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Susan Whitehead

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  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,756

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

The Girl Before

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This story is more than a bit far fetched. It smacks a little of Shades of Grey. There are some interesting twists and turns and the readers are very good

  • Special Circumstances

  • Mike Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Sheldon Siegel
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Meet Mike Daley. Ex-priest. Ex-public defender. And as of yesterday, ex-partner in one of San Francisco's most prominent law firms. Today he's out on his own, setting up practice on the wrong side of town. Then his best friend and former colleague is charged with a brutal double murder, and Daley is instantly catapulted into a high-profile investigation involving the prestigious law firm that just booted him. As he prepares his case, Daley uncovers the firm's dirtiest secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great legal drama

  • By Judith on 22-06-17

Special Circumstances

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Brilliant, intriguing storyline. Well told. I would like to read more of Sheldon Siegel. I really enjoyed it

  • Thirteen

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511

Hollywood actor Robert Soloman stands accused of stabbing his wife and her lover, but he is pleading that he had nothing to do with it. This is the trial of the century, and the defence want Eddie Flynn on their team. The biggest case Eddie has ever tried before, he decides to take it on despite the overwhelming evidence that Robert is guilty. As the trial starts, Eddie becomes sure of Robert's innocence, but there's something else he is even more sure of - that there is something sinister going on in the jury box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Eddie Flynn book

  • By anne on 13-02-18

Thirteen by Steve Cavenaugh

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

A gripping but far fetched story, it’s more sci-fi than crime fiction. Superman versus Batman comes to mind. Not terribly impressed.

  • Selling Hitler

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Spring 1983: it seemed that one of the most startling discoveries of the century had been made, and that one of the world's most sought after documents had finally come to light - the private diaries of Adolf Hitler. What followed was a fiasco of fakery, greed, the duping of experts, and the exchange of extraordinary sums of money for worldwide publishing rights. But that was just the beginning of the story....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Hitler Diaries

  • By D. R. Croft on 24-06-18

Selling Hitler

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

This book was interesting, but not always easy to follow but that may have been my fault rather than the authors. However the recording seemed faulty in places. A couple of times the audio stopped altogether at other places it repeated itself and occasionally jumped like records used to when the needle had stuck.
I don’t think there was anything wrong with my listening device, l haven’t experienced this before or with anything else.

  • The Executor

  • By: Blake Morrison
  • Narrated by: Adam James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

What matters most: marriage or friendship? Fidelity or art? The wishes of the living or the talents of the dead? Matt Holmes finds himself considering these questions sooner than he thinks when his friend, the poet Robert Pope, dies unexpectedly. Rob had invited Matt to become his literary executor at their annual boozy lunch, pointing out that, at 60, he was likely to be around for some time yet. And Matt, having played devotee and apprentice to ‘the bow-tie poet’ for so long, hadn’t the heart (or the gumption) to deny him. Now, after a frosty welcome from his widow, Matt sits at Rob’s rosewood desk and ponders his friend’s motives.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Executor by Blake Morrison

  • By Susan Whitehead on 31-08-18

The Executor by Blake Morrison

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

An awful book. I stuck it out to the end hoping something would happen. It didn’t. Complete waste of my time and money. A self indulgent pretentious book full of the F word and second rate poetry. If l had wanted a poetry book l would have bought one. I can’t understand why the Times rated it. I could not see the point of it at all. I have never read Blake Morrison before. Perhaps he is always like this, l don’t know but l won’t be listening to or reading any more of him.

  • Rescue

  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Is love always worth saving no matter what the cost? Peter Webster, a rookie paramedic, pulls a young woman from her wrecked car. Sheila Arsenault is a gorgeous enigma - streetwise and tough-talking, with haunted eyes and fierce desires. Soon Sheila and Peter are embroiled in an intense love affair. Eighteen years later and Peter is raising their teenage daughter, Rowan, alone. But Rowan is veering off course and Peter fears for her future. He seeks out the only person who may be able to help her...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rescue by Anita Shreve

  • By Susan Whitehead on 05-08-18

Rescue by Anita Shreve

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

An absolutely brilliant story, beautifully narrated by Laurence Bouvard who really brought the characters alive. Anita Shreve writes such brilliant books, each one is different but all that l have read so far have been superb

  • The Lives of Stella Bain

  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in a London garden, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in. However, Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-18

The Lives of Stella Bain

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

Another brilliant story from Anita Shreve. I wasn’t aware unti well into this story that it was a sequel to ‘All he ever wanted’. It was fascinating seeing the world through the female protagonist.

  • Instructions for a Heatwave

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Dearbhla Molloy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, brilliant performance

  • By ronx59 on 23-08-13

Instructions for a heatwave

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Awful it just went on and on about nothing really important or apparently to do with the story. Stuck with it until chapter 3 and then l thought l would go mad if l listened anymore. Very boring

  • All He Ever Wanted

  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3

A man receives a bill for a white chandelier that he never ordered and has never seen. This mysterious document turns out to be the hinge of his world, and his attempts to make sense of it lead him to facts about himself, his marriage and his orderly life that had previously been hidden from him. Set in New England and Florida during the 1920s, All He Ever Wanted gives us a marriage, betrayal and the search for redemption from the vantage points of both a husband and a wife.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All he ever wanted Anita Shreve

  • By Susan Whitehead on 01-06-18

All he ever wanted Anita Shreve

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

A gripping and disturbing book. It has a slow start but builds in the way that only Anita Shreve can achieve to create a thoroughly memorable novel. It is excellently narrated by Jeff Harding.

  • Never Greener

  • By: Ruth Jones
  • Narrated by: Sharon Small
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 961

When Kate was 22, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she'd never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on - Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife, Belinda, are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10/10

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-04-18

Never Greener

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Sorry l couldn’t finish it. It was all so trivial. I could feel no empathy for the protagonist. Hated it, not my sort of book.

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