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  • The Perfect Girlfriend

  • By: Karen Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Meet Juliette. She's intelligent, driven, committed - and in love. Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She's even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she'll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it's worth all the pain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrators voice ruins the audibook!

  • By lucy hollingshead on 16-03-18

Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

What would have made The Perfect Girlfriend better?

Imogen Church narrating.

What was most disappointing about Karen Hamilton’s story?

Anna Friel narrating,

Would you be willing to try another one of Anna Friel’s performances?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

I was really looking forwards to this book but all that swallowing and sucking is unbearable. I think Anna is trying to act the part but I really just want it read nicely.

  • The Watcher

  • By: Ross Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99

Lily Gullick lives with her husband, Aiden, in a new-build flat opposite an estate which has been marked for demolition. A keen bird-watcher, she can't help spying on her neighbours. Until one day Lily sees something suspicious through her binoculars, and soon her elderly neighbour, Jean, is found dead. Lily, intrigued by the social divide in her local area as it becomes increasingly gentrified, knows that she has to act. But her interference is not going unnoticed, and as she starts to get close to the truth, her own life comes under threat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Strange

  • By Andrea on 10-01-17

Not for Audible

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

What would have made The Watcher better?

The story in itself would be reasonable to read in a book, but it's the kind of story that is so complicated with so many names you need to keep looking back which is not easy on ipod.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I felt the build up expeced a different ending. A bit flat really.

What three words best describe Catherine Steadman’s voice?

Catherine Steadmans voice was very good. No complaints there.
Three words.....varied voices distinct.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Just that, some books were not meant for audible, and this is one. The amazon reviews are variable and liken the book to marmite. I think it would be a good book to read but not listen to.

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  • FREE: Crackanory Too Cracked for TV - exclusive to Audible

  • By: Crackanory
  • Narrated by: Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,198

Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Combining some of the UK's best and brightest comedy writers and performers, this exclusive to audio edition of UKTV's Dave Channel Crackanory is a master class in storytelling and features an all-star cast including Toby Jones, Katherine Parkinson, John Robins, Robert Bathurst and Simon Bird.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Decent Freebie!

  • By Simon on 03-02-17

More please

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

Reviewed: 24-02-17

Where does FREE: Crackanory Too Cracked for TV - exclusive to Audible rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Amongst the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE: Crackanory Too Cracked for TV - exclusive to Audible?

There were many.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Albert.

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

Laugh out loud.

Any additional comments?

Great entertainment. Fantastic narrators. Would happily pay for a full book of these short stories.

  • The Hypnotist's Love Story

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 732

The Hypnotist's Love Story is about the mild craziness that lurks behind the facades we present to the world, especially when it comes to love. Ellen O'Farrell is an expert when it comes to human frailties. She's a hypnotherapist who helps her clients deal with everything from addictions to life-long phobias. So when she falls in love with a man who is being stalked by his ex-girlfriend she's more intrigued than frightened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Catherine on 23-11-14

Hypnotic

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

Where does The Hypnotist's Love Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks with the enjoyable, funny in parts with lots of feeling but not intense (which is what I like now and then).

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters were in their own way my favorites but Jack was a sweetie.

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Caroline Lee is a very experienced reader and brings expression with total consistancy. If you are a person who is constantly on and off your audible, sometimes just for 5 minutes while peeling the potatoes then you will appreciate Carolines reading as it is easy to recognise which caracter she is narrating.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were many but no spoilers here.

Any additional comments?

This book shows the reader the complications of people, proving that no one is born bad and that even when people do bad things, it is because they have had sad things happen in their lives. Also the author is spot on regarding hypnotherapy and clearly knows her stuff.

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  • The Woman Who Ran

  • By: Sam Baker
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

She can run. But can she hide? Helen Graham is a new arrival in a tiny Yorkshire village, renting dilapidated Wildfell Hall. The villagers are intensely curious - what makes her so jumpy, and why is she so evasive? Their interest is Helen's worst nightmare. Looking over her shoulder every day, she tries to piece together her past before it can catch up with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ended too soon

  • By Ms Cherry P Heinrich on 23-02-17

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

Would you try another book written by Sam Baker or narrated by Jenny Funnell?

No to Sam Baker, yes to any narrated by Jenny Funnell.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sam Baker again?

No.

Which character – as performed by Jenny Funnell – was your favourite?

I gave up caring about any of them.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narrator was very good.

Any additional comments?

The book dragged and was so repetative in Helens need to hide away. It took so long to get anywhere that I had given up caring. Not worth the cost of a credit. The end was even more dissapointing than I could have expected.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW !!!!

  • By M F Herbert on 23-04-16

Excellent read.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

What did you like most about Behind Closed Doors?

The strengths and weakness of people.

What did you like best about this story?

The development of strength that comes from despartation.

What does Georgia Maguire bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The feelings put into the words.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

It was hard to put down, I just wanted to know how this situation could develop let alone end. Well work the credit.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Little Black Lies

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis, Kenny Blyth, Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Admittedly, it wasn't murder. A moment's carelessness, a tragic accident - and two children are dead. Yours. Living in a small island community, you can't escape the woman who destroyed your life. Each chance encounter is an agonizing reminder of what you've lost - your family, your future, your sanity. How long before revenge becomes irresistible? With no reason to go on living, why shouldn't you turn your darkest thoughts into deeds?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Omg best story ever read . Depressing at times tears towards the end then one hell of a twist Boom

  • By Miss on 12-08-15

Slow start. Great end.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-16

What did you like most about Little Black Lies?

Good twist to the end.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Black Lies?

The twist (No spoilers)

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

All three were good. Liked having three voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

At first, I thought this would be a book I dont particularly like due to bleak setting and subject. As I kept with it, I realised it was worth listening to the end.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jonathan Andrews on 13-08-15

Did not finish.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

What disappointed you about Pretty Girls?

The story was slow and dragging, I got past the first half of the download and could not face the second. The drawl of the Alabama accent was too much too.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karin Slaughter again?

No.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Woodward and Robert G Slade ?

None really, although I did not like the drawl, they worked well for the story.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pretty Girls?

Losts of dialogue between the sisters, they dragged on, and yes we get it that they had a bad past relationship.

Any additional comments?

I don't want to be too hard on the narrators, just because I did not like the accent, doesnt mean they were not good at what they did.

  • The Stopped Heart

  • By: Julie Myerson
  • Narrated by: Katie Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

What happens when every parent's worst nightmare comes true - and when the past is unwilling to be the past? Some memories are too powerful to live only in the past. During a ferocious storm, a red-haired stranger appears in the garden of a small farming cottage. Eliza and her parents take him in. But very soon, it's clear he has no intention of leaving. A century later, Mary and Graham have experienced every parent's worst nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and amazing.

  • By Alison on 16-04-16

Haunting and amazing.

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The story was great and gripping. The narrator brilliant and so good it was almost like listening to a BBC play.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of them except (of course) James.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not so much a particular scene but the description and atmosphere was fantastic.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Impossible. I needed to have spaces between myself and the story as it is very dark and intense.

Any additional comments?

Yes. Huge credit to Katie Moore the narrator. So skillfully read. Not only did she have many different voices to change but ages too. Each time I listened, I knew who she was reading by her amazing talent with accents age and gender. Even sulky teen. All very subtle and not overpowering.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moving

  • By: Jenny Eclair
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd, Clare Willie, Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

It only took one night to tear a family apart. Artist and illustrator Edwina Spinner used to have a busy family life. Now she lives alone in a house that has grown too big for her. She has decided to sell it. As Edwina takes the estate agent from room to room, she finds herself transported back to her life as a young mother. Back to her twins, Rowena and Charlie, and a stepson she cannot bring herself to mention by name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really enjoyable story

  • By mrs on 04-02-16

Brillient

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

Reviewed: 14-04-16

What did you like most about Moving?

The gradual development and humour.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No one in particular

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

The narrators were all good and I liked them all.

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

It was sad but I was surprised at how many times I laughed. So well written with just the right amount of emotion.

Any additional comments?

I hope Jenny continues to write in this way.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful