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Shed End Girl

London, England
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  • The Angel Tree

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 20 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460

Thirty years have passed since Greta Marchmont left the Marchmont Hall. Now she finally returns, with amnesia and no memory of her past. But a walk through the wintry landscape leads to a disturbing discovery: she comes across a grave in the forest, and the weathered inscription on the cross tells her that her own son is buried here. Greta begins to search for the woman she once was, and to do so she must summon all of her courage....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well a poor man's classic at best

  • By Rose on 03-04-17

a long attention holding story

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Lots of twists and turns but this certainly held my attention. Well narrated and a joy to listen to.

  • The Silent Corner

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

"I very much need to be dead." These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for - but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what. People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important - so terrifying - that they will exterminate anyone in their way.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Silent Corner

  • By AJ on 18-10-18

Not Koontz finest work

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

Reviewed: 17-08-17

I struggled to finish this.....and it had a most unsatisfactory ending. Main character was 2 dimensional and no woman/mother would have reacted the way she did. It is hard to explain without spoilers so I won't elaborate. If the “left in mid air“ ending to the book is to leave it open for a second book I won't bother to read it....but my opinion is the sloppy ending is due to this story going nowhere! I recommend you read any other Dean Koontz book than this one. The narrator did a good job.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Restless

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read, 2007.
Winner of the Costa Book Awards, Novel of the Year, 2006.
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

What happens when everything you thought you knew about your mother turns out to be an elaborate lie? During the summer of 1976, Ruth Gilmartin discovers that her very English mother, Sally, is really Eva Delectorskaya, a Russian émigrée and one-time spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping and thoughtful book

  • By Tom on 03-11-07

a very pleasant story

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

I thought this was going to be predictable and cliche but it was an unusual story. I loved it.

  • The End of the Day

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 118

Charlie meets everyone - but only once. You might meet him in a hospital, in a war zone, or at the scene of traffic accident. Then again, you might meet him at the North Pole - Charlie gets everywhere. Sometimes he is sent as a courtesy, sometimes as a warning. Either way, this is going to be the most important meeting of your life. The End of the Day is the stunning new story from Richard and Judy Book Club author Claire North: the voice behind the word-of-mouth best-seller The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such a disappointment

  • By Eugene Oconnell on 14-04-17

A long story about nothing

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm sure someone will like this book - maybe someone who likes long drawn out stories that do not have a conclusion.

What was most disappointing about Claire North’s story?

On the description this book looks like it would be perfect for me - sadly it wasn't. It was long and rambling and repetitive, I stuck with despite being bored and wondering what the point of this book was - I kept going because I thought there would be an ending that would put everything into perspective - or maybe some twist at the end - but there was nothing, it fizzled out to an anti-climax of the highest magnitude and I wished I had never started the book.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I have no criticism of the performance - the narrator did a good job with a dull book.

What character would you cut from The End of the Day?

I wouldn't cut any character from the book - I'd just like these characters with a strong story line and a real purpose.

Any additional comments?

This book would have been great if it was a short story - but as a long non eventful book it is dull and pointless sadly.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 997

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Simply no Formula for Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

Fab book I.stumbled across by accident

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

I bought this by accident.... clumsy clicking fingers....but to my surprise I loved this book. I was a little apprehensive when I realised that it was narrated by the author but he did an ok job. ok that doesn't sound like great praise....let me reword that.... the voices of the two main characters was too similar and to begin with I struggled to distinguish between the two, but a third of the way through the book I had got used to who was who and was totally engrossed in the story. I loved the story ....I.want more....I'd read this again.

  • King John

  • Treachery, Tyranny and the Road to Magna Carta
  • By: Marc Morris
  • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

The brilliantly compelling new biography of the treacherous and tyrannical King John, published to coincide with the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. Authoritative and dramatic, Marc Morris' King John offers a compelling portrait of an extraordinary king whose reign marked a momentous turning point in the history of Britain and Europe. King John is buried in Worcester Cathedral.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid

  • By Jim on 15-06-15

Maybe read it rather than listen!

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

Reviewed: 18-05-16

Would you try another book written by Marc Morris or narrated by Ric Jerrom?

Yes, but I'd read it myself rather than have an audio book

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

His voice was quite dull ... I'm sure he can't change his speaking voice, but I'd have liked the book to sound more exciting and less like a dull lecture.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Amy, 27

  • By: Howard Sounes
  • Narrated by: Howard Sounes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The most detailed and insightful portrait of the life and death of Amy Winehouse, in the context of the infamous 27 Club. The death of Amy Winehouse at the age of 27 was a tragedy. She was one of the brightest music stars in years - a brilliant, original song writer with a mighty voice and great personal charm. Amy was loveable, but troubled. She was as notorious for her messy personal life, drug addiction and alcoholism, as she was celebrated for her songs, and her death in 2011, while shocking, was not unexpected.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably better as a book than an Audio Book

  • By Shed End Girl on 18-05-16

Probably better as a book than an Audio Book

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

Reviewed: 18-05-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This was time well spent - the book seems to stick to the fact and no conspiracy theories included. Lots of information about those in the 27 club that I didn't know - it was all very interesting and I'm glad I downloaded the book.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that it seemed to be a factual book and not out to shock or make mysterious claims, as many books of this type seem to do.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

This book was narrated by the author, and it is very much one of those books that would have been so much better if a professional narrator had got the job instead.
Howard Sounes is rubbish at accents, his French accents sound like something off of "Allo Allo", his Amy Winehouse East London accent slips into Australian accent in parts or dodgy Eastender character in others. His American accent is laughable and I found it really detracting from what would otherwise been an enjoyable and easy read.

Did Amy, 27 inspire you to do anything?

Yes - it inspired me to go get out the Doors, Rolling Stones, Jimmy Hendrix, Nirvana and Any Winehouse CDs and give them a good old blast out - here's to those sad but talented people who left an indelible legacy for this world despite leaving it so young themselves.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Hard work and confusing

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

What disappointed you about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

Too much too soon - the book starts off referring to people and places and events that I just couldn't keep up with. It is like the book starts in the middle and I was totally lost, and despite persevering I just didn't understand what was going on - and neither did I care in the end. I was bored and frustrated. Probably just me as this is a best seller, but the book was so bad I wouldn't even entertain watching the movie now.

Has The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo put you off other books in this genre?

No Not at all

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I didn't like the narrator, it was like listening to a bored librarian speak. I felt he didn't bring the book alive for me.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

The entire book would never have made it to print!

Any additional comments?

Please don't let my comments put you off the book - try it for yourself you might love it.

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  • Play Dead

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

When basketball player David Baskin disappears on honeymoon and a mutilated body, assumed to be his, is discovered, his ex-model wife, Laura, is plagued by questions and doubts. Then a total unknown startles the basketball world with a style of play exactly like Baskin's. As Laura begins to uncover a conspiracy, she risks her life and those around her to uncover the truth before it destroys everyone involved.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly awful!

  • By Gary on 01-02-11

Predictable but a good read

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

Reviewed: 03-09-15

this was an enjoyable read but I had guessed the ending long before I got to the end of the book. A little far fetched but entertaining enough to want to keep reading.

  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,804

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

a must read classic

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

Reviewed: 12-08-15

i had seen the film a hundred times, after reading the book I will watch the film with fresh eyes. this book is a masterpiece.