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Susana Silvestre

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  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

what a ride!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

I am not writing this review because the author asked for it, I am writing because I have to share my feelings on this one, I've just finished it and I am still reeling....
This is my third Luke Smitherd novel, first I listened to The Physics of the Dead and about a year later to Kill Someone, and now, about a year later again, I listened to this great "Black Room".

I love audio books, I listen to about 80 a year, and my preferences are all over the place: thrillers, sci-fi, historical fiction, fantasy and even some romance. This one is hard to label, no exactly sci-fi, not exactly thriller, it is a genre of its own.

This is one of those books that by the middle of it you really have to pay attention, so the tendency is to stop whatever you are doing (the wonderful ability of audiobooks - to do stuff while you are "reading") and just listen. This is no effort at all, by this time you will be so enthralled by the story that you just want to keep on listening.

This is a story about bonds between people, about alternate realities, and about psychotic illness. And what a story it is (I shall say no more, not to give away some spoilers inadvertently).

Luke does an excellent job reading his own book, I didn't even realize it wasn't a professional reader until the very last minutes, when he points it out.

So, I have to say that Luke Smitherd is now one of my favourite authors, and I'm looking forward to discover what he comes up with on the other books available (my next one will be How to Be a Vigilante, which I already own).

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,255

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another dystopian novel

  • By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

I don't really know what to say....

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

this is about an apocalipse, yes.
But it is mainly about people, and about relationships, and about coincidences, and connections, and so sad, and so beautiful, and so poetic..... I know this one will be in my mind for a very long time.... I really have. no more words....

  • Tangled

  • The Tangled Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tagged by Emma Chase

  • By Amazon Customer on 31-05-16

delicious

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

So hot and funny!
The guy's, sorry the man's, prespective all the way.
Really good and, I have to say, educational... ;)

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,570

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

different

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

I don't understand people who say this is predictable, it is not. Not really.
I loved it,

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tycoon

  • By: Katy Evans
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Aaric Christos was a guy who protected me. Wanted me. Maybe even loved me. That man is gone. In his place is the most powerful real estate tycoon in the city. He's a cold, ruthless, aggressive businessman. The only one who can save me and my start-up from ruin. It takes every ounce of courage to put my pride aside and ask for his help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tycoon

  • By Mrs. C. Hunt on 03-02-19

boring.....

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

Only the last hour is good. I'm very disapointed. I've read a lot of katy's books and was expecting more!

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,764

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman. The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times Number One best seller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!

  • By Simon on 03-05-17

liked it so much....

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

Reviewed: 21-05-17

I liked this one even better than the girl on the train!
I love the concept of different people interpreting events in different ways, and about how that interpretation makes one judge things then on. And how, specially british people, don't talk about their feelings and it takes years for some relationships to heal, when it could all have been cleared with one single, simple, conversation....

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

Luke, where do you get these stories???

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

this is my second Luke Smitherd novel, I am still in awe of the complexity and diversity of both stories.
good move with the adition of "the stoneman"'s first chapter, now I have to get ir!
damn you! :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Loved it, except for one thing

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

This is sort of a spoiler, because the theme of domestic violence only appears in the middle of the book. What I found most interesting about this book is the different perspective on it, to feel what the abuser is feeling and thinking.
The one thing I found too much, was the last connection to the child. There was no need for that, and it made the story far-fetched at that point.

  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,416
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

magnificent family saga

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

Reviewed: 19-11-16

loved all seven books. wonderfully written, wonderfully read.
I will miss dearly all the Cliftons and all the Barringtons.

  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immaculately crafted tale

  • By Vivienne F on 29-11-14

one of my favourite stories

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

Reviewed: 29-08-16

I've read the book, some years ago, and thought the concept was fascinating, and also a very beautiful and strange love story. Ever since then, I've been recommending it to everyone!
I've seen the movie, and as usual, was very disappointed (our imagination is always greater than that of the people making the film!).
I've downloaded this audiobook immediately as I saw it as a daily book deal, literally jumping from joy, but was a bit apprehensive to start listening to it, afraid of being let down, and having my myth destroyed. So, after some time, I couldn't wait anymore. I've listened to all of it in 3 days and it was wonderful! Both performances are great, and it was a very good pleasure to be reacquainted to Henry and Claire. I'm missing them already, especially Henry,!