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  • Liar

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb narration and tense plot

  • By Lee on 09-07-17

Fantastic listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-18

Brilliant narrator who has a lovely voice to listen to.

Listened to entire book in one day. Although you can see the end coming from about half through the book, this does not detract from the story at all.

The lead character gradually develops throughout the book and it keeps you gripped for her next step.

I’d recommend it to anyone.

  • 12th of Never

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: January Lavoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she’s ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he’s convinced it's real. Lindsay doesn't believe him, but then a shooting is called in - and it fits the professor's description to the last detail.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not the best

  • By Delacy on 07-04-13

Formulaic

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-05-16

Should have known better. Nothing against James Patterson, his books are like magazines, easy to read, don't need to think, good for train journeys etc as nice short chapters.

Liked women's murder club when it started but there have been too many. This was a rag tag miss mash of story lines. The most irritating was Julie, the baby. Her story took up far too much of the book. I just didn't care, I bought the book for a good murder, not the usual boring new mother story. Heartless I may be but I just didn't care and kept fast forwarding. Such short books anyway, ended up being about 6 hours.

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  • Flesh Wounds

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

When her father’s killer, Glen Fallan, is arrested for another murder, PI Jasmine Sharp enters an underworld where violence is a way of life and vengeance spans generations. DS Catherine McLeod has one major Glaswegian gangster in the mortuary and another in the cells for killing him - which ought to be cause for celebration. But this case is far more dangerous than it appears on the surface; deeper than skin, darker than blood.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A BRAW STOY

  • By Patricia on 18-08-13

Not up to usual standard

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-16

Doesn't seem to have the same humour I would expect from a Brookmyre. However, this could well have something to do with the irritating narration. Too breathy albeit she reads with feeling and easily distinguishable character voices. Just something too whispery and breathy. Found myself dropping out for minutes on end and having to rewind. Lost my way with quite a few of the characters. Whether or not it was just a bit dull or narrator just too annoying, I'm not sure.

  • Follow Me

  • By: Angela Clarke
  • Narrated by: Imogen Wilde
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Like. Share. Follow.... Die. The 'Hashtag Murderer' posts chilling, cryptic clues online, pointing to their next target. Taunting the police. Enthralling the press. Capturing the public's imagination. But this is no virtual threat. As the number of his followers rises, so does the body count. Eight years ago two young girls did something unforgivable. Now ambitious police officer Nasreen and investigative journalist Freddie are thrown together again in a desperate struggle to catch this cunning, fame-crazed killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teen book??

  • By faye on 15-01-16

Teen book??

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-16

Like the narrator a lot. Easily identifiable character voices and lovely voice to listen to.

Story is good and holds your attention as quite fast moving. Quite London centric and desperately trendy, but in view of main subject - social media - suppose it fits.

However, I'm not sure who it is aimed at. Half the time felt I was listening to a book aimed at teens. The 'heroine' is an outwardly cocky 23 year old, who feeds the homeless and stands up for the weak. A know all with no respect for authority or anybody over 30. All very stereotypical. The author made the police into uneducated idiots with little to no general knowledge and no understanding of technology whilst the heroine Freddie, a graduate made sense of the literary and historical references. To me she had little credibility and the author had to crow bar her into her role as social media consultant. I didn't like her character and preferred her childhood friend Nas, who at least seemed to have moved on from a sulky 15 year old.

At one point, the lead detective jumps and complains about a mobile 'shaking' when referring to a phone on the vibrate setting. At the same time he is talking about meow meow, so being credited with knowing about up to date recreational drugs whilst having no idea about mobile phones and A complete lack of knowledge about Twitter/Facebook etc

Despite getting a bit annoyed at the show off, mouthy Freddie seemingly out thinking everyone, I did enjoy the story. Despite being over the hill myself, I do understand and use social media as do plenty of others my age. The author should perhaps recognise this and not assume you have to be 23 to crack modern day crime.

Having criticised this I will get the next in the series as I liked the story but I hope characters are more rounded and have a bit of depth.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • All the Little Pieces

  • By: Jilliane Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Anne Wittman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

She could have stopped an awful crime. She could have saved a life. She tried to forget about it. But now the truth is out. The terrifying new psychological thriller from the best-selling author of Retribution and Pretty Little Things. Faith Saunders is the perfect wife, mother, and community champion - loved and admired by all who know her. One night will change everything. As she drives home in the pouring rain, a dishevelled young woman appears out of nowhere, pleading for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Rosemarie Shaw on 12-08-15

Self pitying whining pathetic individual

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-16

No idea if you are supposed to have sympathy for the main character, Faith. I loathed her, self interested, self pitying pathetic character who spends a great deal of book in tears.

Book extremely slow and find myself cutting of for lengthy periods of time with no inclination to rewind. No idea why I'm sticking with it.,think it's because I've invested a long time and now reluctant to miss the ending.

narrator OK.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Silent Scream

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

Five figures gather 'round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken, but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. Years later a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, dreadful narrator.

  • By G. Willoughby on 04-10-15

Awful narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Unfortunately I bought several books at the same time by this author. Not bad if you like this genre. However, the narration is terrible and ruins it.

Ms Cramer has a lovely voice, however, her "voices" in this series of books are dreadful. Hard, cold and demanding for the main character which makes you doubt she could possibly have a loyal team or command any sort of respect. Others have a peculiar sing song voice with the stresses in the wrong places. All in all distracted me far too much from the story itself. Normally an avid listener I kept switching to radio to break from the narrator.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Evil Games

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 2
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

When a rapist is found mutilated in a brutal attack, Detective Kim Stone and her team are called in to bring a swift resolution. But, as more vengeful killings come to light, it soon becomes clear that there is someone far more sinister at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mystery to sink into

  • By SaxonSpirit56 on 30-08-15

Very Helen Grace

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-11-15

So similar to MJ Arlidge's Helen Grace books. The lead character is so similar, damaged, bike riding, family background horrors etc.
however, I suppose there are only so many detectives you can come up with.

That did not detract from my enjoyment of the story. Reasonably fast moving and you hear the protagonist's voice throughout.

Narration pretty poor, made Kim Stone cold and aggressive and I don't think she is meant to be. Driven and demanding of high standards yes but unsympathetic and manic, no. Made other characters sound bored.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 717

Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered. Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop reading

  • By KomKem on 10-11-15

Average

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-15

Showed promise early. However, very predictable, slow and you could see everything happening from a mile off. Got to the stage when flashing back that whole chunks of story were reread and it seemed almost word for word.

narrator ok, pleasant voice but that's about it.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Thursday's Children

  • A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 4
  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 350

When psychotherapist Frieda Klein left the sleepy Suffolk coastal town in which she grew up she never intended to return. Left behind were friends, family, lives, and loves but alongside them, painful memories; a past she wouldn't allow to destroy her. Then, years later, an old classmate appears in London asking Frieda to help her teenage daughter and long-buried memories resurface. Death soon follows, leaving Frieda no choice but to return home to confront her past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good series

  • By Lucy on 16-05-15

Cold lead

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-10-15

Would you listen to Thursday's Children again? Why?

Unlikely but there are very few I listen to twice.

What other book might you compare Thursday's Children to, and why?

very much of its genre. No specific book but there are plenty like it. That's not to say it's too "samey".

Did Beth Chalmers do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I'm a little stumped how to answer this. She is a very good reader, lovely voice. But there are one or two characters that are annoying to listen to. Chloe is just irritating but she is a minor character and I find Carlson pedantic and boring. Love her Ukranian friend.

It's the lead one I struggle with. I don't necessarily think she is characterised badly, but there is something about Freida that is cold, humourless and unlikeable. She is irritable, snappy and considering her occupation, goes stamping over people's feelings to progress her investigations. I've listened to the whole series and, if anything, I like her less each book. However, there is a 'back story' here and perhaps I'll be more forgiving as the series progresses. She does have her good bits and can be selfless, it's just I find her soulless and it may be the reading that does this as she evidently has very loyal friends.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Despite my feelings about Freida, I will stick with this series as I like the stories and the characters floating around on the periphery. Don't expect anything new or original, but is there really such a thing nowadays?

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood Pit

  • By: Kate Ellis
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

DI Wesley Peterson is called to an unusual crime scene. The victim, Charles Marrick, has been murdered, his body drained of blood. Described by those who knew him as "evil", it seems there won't be a shortage of suspects. But when a popular local vet is murdered in an identical fashion, Wesley wonders what the two men could possibly have in common.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Almost there.

  • By Enquiring Mind on 30-03-12

Distinctly average

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-15

It's fine, performance OK. Little slow and reading is a bit ponderous. Nothing I've not heard before but certainly not terrible. Sort of thing you can keep playing and pop off for a few minutes and nothing much will have happened by the time you get back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful