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  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but Yoruba Speaker please!

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-03-18

Fantastic from Start to Finish

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. The incantations and description of everything was so perfectly placed and timed.

The authors note at the end also give pause for thought. We can all make a difference each day

  • The Brighton Mermaid

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Acheampong, Pippa Bennett-Warner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Brighton Beach, 1993. Teenagers Nell and Jude find the body of a young woman, and when no one comes to claim her, she becomes known as the Brighton Mermaid. Nell is still struggling to move on when, three weeks later, Jude disappears. Twenty-five years on, Nell is forced to quit her job to find out who the Brighton Mermaid really was - and what happened to her best friend that summer. But as Nell edges closer to the truth, dangerous things start to happen. Someone seems to be watching her every move, and soon she starts to wonder who in her life she can actually trust....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but another great book! Thanks Dorothy

  • By Miss E on 02-06-18

More Than Satisfied my Mermaid and Mystery Obsession

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

She’s done it again. Another brilliant book from Dorothy Koomson.
The pace is perfect and the opening chapter draws you right in.
I myself love mermaids so the title intrigued me from the off. The descriptions of the places in Brighton are so good that I can picture them vividly in my head. Another book that has made me want to visit Brighton at least once in my lifetime.
Twists and turns that leave you thinking “just one more chapter” over and over again.
Definitely a book I’ll read again and again and again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

BRILLIANT From Start to Finish!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-16

W. O. W. JUST WOW! As someone who is half white British & half Black Caribbean I found this book insightful and eye opening.
The characters are gripping and although you may not agree with some of their beliefs and actions you can empathise with each one. THIS book is why Jodi Picoult has been my favourite author since I was a teenager and why she will continue to be one of my 'go too' authors.
Be prepared to be educated!!

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Darkest Corner

  • By: Elizabeth Haynes
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Karen Cass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 848
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696

Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Dizzything on 26-03-12

Wow! Just Wow!

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

Reviewed: 21-06-16

This book was brilliant from start to finish! It really draws you in and makes you really feel like you're right there with the character.
At one point I could feel my heart racing and anxiety for the character.
Powerful, emotive writing from start to finish. This delves into the behaviour related to OCD, PTSD & Domestic Violence.
One of the best things I've ever read. Think I've found another favourite author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • long and absorbing

  • By Tom on 20-07-10

Slow start but quite good once you are a couple of chapters in

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Although this is a very slow start the book eventually starts to come together and make a bit more sense. It is epic so definitely something good for a holiday or listening to whilst working/driving like me.
I like how all the loose ends of the main characters are tied up but also left open.... And then the whopping cliffhanger...... Definitely worth listening too if you like a twist on the old vampire stories

  • 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 848
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

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

Story is excellent however the Narration was like a robot at times

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

Reviewed: 26-05-16

The intricacies of this story were excellent with each new clue drawing out something from Kim Stone's past.
The narrator is definitely not a skilled actress as the narrative was frustratingly wooden and dull at points. It was only the authors writing that made me persevere with it.
Unsure whether I will bother with the other audio books in this series as I have seen they are narrated by the same individual.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband, Antoine, and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight, and Viann finds herself isolated, so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hreatbreaking and horrifying story

  • By Lynda on 17-10-17

Fantastic fantastic fantastic

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

An excellent account of the 2nd world war in France and what the women left behind endured to survive the war. The lengths they went too protect their friends, family and the airmen who would ultimately save them.

Absolutely fantastic!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, be inspired & provoked to think...

  • By Rachel on 24-01-12

Emotional from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

I decided to give this a go as the trailer to the upcoming film looked good. I always prefer to have read the book before watching a film adaptation.
Anyway this book was fantastic and I found myself listening avidly and putting things off for "just 5 more minutes" so I could hear a bit more.
Wherever you sit regarding 'The Right to Die' debate this story will make you think about the other side and what you would do in Will's position or Lou's position!
Definitely one to read again for me!!

  • Little Boy Blue

  • DI Helen Grace 5
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

Hiding her personal connection to the victim - and a double-life which must remain secret at all costs - Helen becomes a woman possessed, working her team around the clock to chase down every lead. As the killer strikes again, the investigation takes its toll not only on Helen but also her senior officers. Tempers flare, friendships fray and Helen faces an impossible choice. Confess her sins and lose control of the case? Or keep living a lie, protecting her darkest secrets, and risk getting trapped in this tangled web?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A totally implausible storyline.

  • By Steena on 21-03-16

Unbelievably Good

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

Reviewed: 14-03-16

Another excellent Helen Grace book!! How does MJ Arlidge do it?!
Although from the synopsis indicates that the killer is out to get Helen Grace you are drawn in from the get go and feel sure you know who it is only to find it is someone else!
What will happen to Helen now? How will she turn this around!
Brilliant! Just brilliant!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528

Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult returns with her compulsive new novel - about the lengths we go to for those who have left us behind; about the staying power of love; and about how three broken souls might have just the right pieces to mend each other. Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This should be a movie

  • By JPH on 08-03-15

What a Twist!!

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

Reviewed: 18-12-15

Oh my lord! This book sucks you right in from the start! From the vast Elephant facts and descriptions of Africa to the heart breaking search for Jenna's mother this story has you gripped!!
You grow to love elephants in a way you never thought you would.
And then there's The shocking twist!! Everything you thought u knew is turned on it head and then the heartbreak sets in.
Brilliantly written! Well done Jodi Picoult, you've done it again!