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Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
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  • Twisted Minds

  • By: Hilary Norman
  • Narrated by: Hilary Norman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

From the first day he sets foot in the house, Matthew Gardner begins to realise that life with Caroline is going to be infinitely tougher than he hoped. Not only is he to live in the house that belonged to his new wife's first husband, two of her three teenage daughters, Flic and Imogen, charming to him in public, absolutely loathe him. These two young sociopaths in the making are utterly determined to get rid of their stepfather. And their means are chillingly ruthless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping read

  • By Sheila on 24-07-07

Quite an interesting story

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

This was well read by the author. The american accent she adopted for the main character wasn't too exagerrated and therefore worked. The story was interesting and moved along at a good pace. The teenage protagonists were well portrayed and on the whole believable although the plot did have the odd hole in it! I enjoyed it and will look for other novels by this writer.

  • The Shell Seekers

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Artist's daughter Penelope Keeling can look back on a full and varied life: a Bohemian childhood in London and Cornwall, an unhappy wartime marriage, and the one man she truly loved. She has brought up three children - and learned to accept them as they are. Yet she is far too energetic and independent to settle sweetly into pensioned-off old age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A genuine, quaint story that keeps you listening

  • By LivingTheDream on 30-04-18

Good story spoilt by the narrator

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I have always enjoyed The Shell Seekers having read the hard copy many years ago. I bought this recording to
enjoy it again but found the narrator Hayley Atwell falls short in many ways. She races through some passages as if she is bored, drops her voice so that you have turn up the volume regularly and mispronounces many words which is very distracting. I was disappointed as a result.

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pulls you in.

  • By Gadget Queen on 09-05-12

Really good

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

Reviewed: 30-01-18

I enjoyed this book very much. I found the characters well crafted and sympathetically portrayed. The story is an interesting one and well executed. It is quite long but I enjoyed the gradual development of the relationships and the plot. The narrator was excellent, getting the nuances of the different voices of the characters beautifully. This is the best of the Nora Roberts books I have read so far.

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,772
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,771

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So boring ...

  • By Heike on 14-11-17

Good Listening

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

I enjoyed this book although it might have been a bit on the long side. I was interested in the idea of what would happen if a couple agreed to a "break" in their marriage. What happens is not that earth shaking and fairly predictable but I found the characters sympathetic and the side stories mostly amusing. I also liked the outcome. The narration was very good.

  • I'm Watching You

  • The Chicago Series, Book 2
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Dani Cervone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

When admiration becomes obsession, will it turn to murder? I'm Watching You is a brilliant thriller from best-selling Karen Rose, and part of her Chicago series. Kristen Mayhew, the Chicago Public Defender's office star prosecutor, is no stranger to success. With success comes danger, though, and it's only a matter of time before she herself becomes a victim. A secret admirer is following Kristen's every move. He kills the criminals she herself is powerless to stop, then sends her letters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reasonable story, bad romance

  • By Evelyn on 09-01-18

Reasonable story, bad romance

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I quite enjoyed the crime story which held my attention most of the time. I found the love interest really tiresome. The female defence attorney came across as feeble and the big strong policeman as too masterful! I found the love scenes a bit soppy and yucky. He kept on pulling her onto his lap like a father with his child. She was small and vulnerable and he was big and powerful - awful stereotyping and not very fair to women in responsible professions. It was, however, very well read.

  • How Hard Can It Be?

  • By: Allison Pearson
  • Narrated by: Poppy Miller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Kate Reddy is back! This is the follow-up to the international best seller I Don't Know How She Does It, the novel that defined modern life for women everywhere. This time she's juggling teenagers, aging parents and getting back into the workplace, and every minute will have you laughing and thinking: it's not just me. Kate Reddy is counting down the days until she is 50, but not in a good way. Fifty, in Kate's mind, equals invisibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life's Rollercoaster

  • By Allison on 11-10-17

Sometimes improbable

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

While I enjoyed aspects of this book I thought that the author had thrown too much content at the story covering the menopause, returning to the workforce after a long absence, self harming child, potential affair, useless husband, money pit of a house, ageing parents and their problems, chauvinism, etc, etc! Too much. In particular I was irritated by how spineless she was in dealing with her husband's self indulgent life style. I found that unconvincing.
However I did enjoy the humour and some of the insights into life for the "sandwich" generation. I found the reader difficult to hear sometimes as she drops her voice quite considerably when she is trying to sound confiding or conveying thoughts. That's probably ok if you are in a car listening to it or sitting down but I listen while doing other, sometimes
slightly noisy, things!

  • Mercy

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder - a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Rachel on 22-09-09

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

I found this book a bit turgid. The love affair between Cam and Mia took up a lot of the narrative and I sided with Allie throughout although she was unconvincingly oblivious to what was going on which I thought improbable. The main thrust of the story about euthanasia was quite harrowing although the husband was quite an unsympathetic character. The Scottish side story was quite boring. I like most of Jodi Piccoult's books but this is not a favourite.

  • Suddenly

  • By: Barbara Delinsky
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the idyllic small town of Tucker, Vermont, life flows at a rhythmic pace for pediatrician Paige Pfeiffer. But when Mara O'Neill, her best friend and medical partner, inexplicably kills herself, Paige's comfortable world is suddenly shattered. Temporarily caring for Mara's newly adopted baby daughter while she comes to grips with her grief, Paige clings to the hope that, in time, her orderly life will return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite absorbing

  • By Evelyn on 23-09-17

Quite absorbing

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

Reviewed: 23-09-17

I enjoyed listening to this book although I thought it was a bit too long. I found the constant reflections on the dead character Mara a bit laboured and sometimes unconvincing. The story included romance, adoption, sexual abuse, marital problems and family issues so there is a lot to get your teeth into! It was not a demanding story but good escapism if you enjoy this genre.

  • Between You and Me

  • A psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming
  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 300

They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened.... Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren't happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does - no matter how much it hurts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great twist

  • By Emma on 28-06-17

Unexpected end

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

Reviewed: 18-09-17

It is difficult to review this book without giving away the twist at the end but I did enjoy it very much and found the story interesting as it unwound although sometimes harrowing. While listening I felt that there should have been two different voices for the characters but the end explained why that couldn't happen. It is tempting to re-listen to spot any inconsistencies but that would be petty!

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  • Me Without You

  • By: Kelly Rimmer
  • Narrated by: Federay Holmes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

If you enjoyed Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, One Day by David Nicholls, or The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks, then make time for Kelly Rimmer's stunning, heartbreaking new audiobook, Me Without You.A story of how love can break our hearts - and heal them. A year ago I met the love of my life. For two people who didn't believe in love at first sight, we came pretty close....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and beautifully read

  • By jacqui on 11-05-16

Poignant

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

I thought this was a very good book. The subject matter was sad and the outcome inevitable but the two characters were well drawn and sympathetic. The narrator did a very good job of projecting the individual voices. I will be reading more books by this author and hope they will be as engrossing.

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