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  • The Suspect

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Mark Meadows, Sian Thomas, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

When two 18-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth - and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kate's Muddied Waters

  • By Simon on 29-01-19

Just not as good as The Widow

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I just ploughed on with The Suspect. The narration was disjointed by the multiple voices, and the story was predictable, unadventurous and disappointing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Also Human

  • By: Caroline Elton
  • Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Also Human by Caroline Elton, read by Rachel Bavidge. Doctors are the people we turn to when we fall ill. They are the people we trust with our lives and with the lives of those we love. Yet who can doctors turn to at moments of stress or when their own working lives break down?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for educational supervisors of doctors

  • By Nathalie S. on 08-05-18

A well written and thought provoking book.

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Also Human serves as a reminder to doctors we are not infallible, as educators we have a duty of care to our juniors and students who will succeed us, and to the general public who might start to realise we are a resource to use wisely. Take care of us, so we can keep taking the very best care of you. I wish Jeremy Hunt had read this before he unilaterally decimated hundreds of junior doctors’ lives with his ignorant policies!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 856

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely mesmerizing

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 06-03-18

Reluctantly got through to the end...

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Not sure if I felt this was the gripping page turner other reviews have stated, but perhaps I am unfair having listened to some blindingly good thrillers recently. Predictable, in my view.

Anna Popplewell's narration grated on me throughout. I'm sure she's a lovely person but goodness was she over doing it...

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,586

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Brilliantly imaginative, in reality, not in simulation

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

Reviewed: 31-12-17

Ready Player One is one of my top audiobooks of 2017. I can't believe it has taken me so long to find it! The narrative is fast paced, fun, and engaging, even if Wil Wheaton's voice annoyed me at the start.

If escapism is what you are looking for in a book, you'll get it in spades here. If you aren't into geeky sci fi dystopia, this isn't the book for you, but if you love the '80s, Monty Python, and miss the Commodore 64, dive on into this Oasis.

Loved it. And I rarely write a full review these days...

  • 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 5,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,823

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

It was OK but a bit OTT

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I found Joanne Froggat pretty irritating at first, but that's mainly because I couldn't place her and kept expecting her to ask for Mr Bates... Sorry...

The storyline was good, predictable though and not as amazing as touted by audible. Still, I cracked through this one pretty quickly and it improved towards the end.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,161

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By joanna Prendergast on 30-06-17

Another outstanding book by Fiona Barton

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

I was so excited for Fiona Barton's new novel after The Widow.

I was not disappointed.

Don't hesitate. Download this book and get lost in the story.

Bereft it is over...

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,645

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website - just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I See Something Very, Very Impressive Here!

  • By Simon on 28-07-16

Gripping and highly addictive

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

Reviewed: 26-10-16

I See You fills the void left by Girl on the Train and The Widow. I could not stop listening to this production - the narrative develops the characters well, and the story is compelling, and worryingly freakish... I loved it. The performance is excellent and brought the characters to life. I listened to this after really enjoying I Let You Go by the same author, and I feel have got the order right. This was a stronger book, in my view, and now I am bereft having finished it!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Fellside

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 856
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 803

Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it's a murder she can't remember committing. Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fuelled night when a blaze set in Jess' apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands her a child killer, she starts to believe it herself. Now she's on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women's prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors. But Jess won't be alone in her prison cell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I story that keeps you guessing

  • By Ace88 on 12-12-16

Really not sure what was going on here...!

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

Reviewed: 16-05-16

I loved The Girl with all the Gifts so I immediately went for Fellside when it was released. Hmmm. Too many plots, none of them really working together?

Fellside doesn't fit as a convincing fantasy fiction, nor tale of crime, nothing really. I didn't enjoy the odd dreamscape narratives - all just a bit weird and awkward. I lost the characters along the way, or lost interest.

Still, Finty Williams narrates it beautifully and is a pleasure to listen to.

Disappointing, but I'll look to a future offering from MR Carey nonetheless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,362

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

Gripping, addictive reading

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

Reviewed: 29-04-16

A first novel? Really? The Widow is an outstanding debut. Compelling characters, brilliantly brought to life by the narration. This is definite must listen. I could not stop listening, but it was over in a day!

  • Tightrope

  • By: Simon Mawer
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Returned to an England she barely knows and a postwar world she doesn't understand, Marian searches for something on which to ground her life. Family and friends surround her, and a RAF officer attempts to bring her the normality of love and affection, but she is haunted by the guilt of knowing that her contribution to the war helped to develop the atom bomb. Where, in the complexities of peacetime, does her loyalty lie?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent sequel to The Girl Who Fell From The Sky

  • By NIGEL on 22-07-15

On the fence about a sequel that didn't need writing?

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

Reviewed: 28-04-16

I know what other reviewers meant about the narration. Truly grating...the inflexions at the end of sentences was pretty irritating. Not one I could listen to for long periods. His voice changed the compelling heroine of Girl who Fell from the Sky into a simpering floosie...

Overall, it was one way to wrap up the life of Marian but a bit disappointing, for her as much as me! I almost wish I hadn't picked it up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful