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  • Out Of Bounds

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to a twisted unsolved murder from 22 years before. Meanwhile, Karen Pirie finds herself irresistibly drawn into another mystery that she has no business investigating; a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - brought to life by the narrator

  • By Sam Jones on 31-08-16

Beautifully narrated, complicated story

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

Reviewed: 24-08-19

I enjoyed this although at times the pieces took a long time to combine. Jason, the sidekick, was rather annoying and I am not sure why he has the job but this may be a backstory. Generally good

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  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679

For years, rumors of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I could discover this for the first time over and over

  • By KCT on 04-04-19

A wonderful tale to escape with

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

Reviewed: 24-07-19

The descriptions were wonderful, the story interwoven with sadness and wonder. My imagination ran riot with the colours, sounds and all the different glowbugs. Fabulous

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  • Himself

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aidan Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland's west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village's lies. Mahony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves, with their foggy memories and hidden stories floating greyly amongst the unseeing living. No one, though - living or dead - will be able to guess what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration of a great story.

  • By Anonymous User on 17-01-17

A wonderful and beautifully narrated tale

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

Reviewed: 21-07-19

I started off being rather confused as to reality and otherworldliness. I then realized this was the genre of the tale. The narration was excellent and I think added to the magic. I definitely recommend this

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  • The Stolen Marriage

  • By: Diane Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

In 1944, 23-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Hickory is a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess' new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Maggy on 12-10-18

A lucky find

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

Reviewed: 21-07-19

This was not my usual diet of crime and thriller and I am always wary of very "pink" books. This was gentler fodder but well written about an age that was cruel, genteel, intolerant and confused. It was well narrated, well written and very interesting as a comparison to life today.

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  • Bridge of Clay

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Markus Zusak
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. From the internationally acclaimed, prize-winning, best-selling author of The Book Thief, here is a story told backwards and inside out. The five Dunbar brothers are living - fighting, dreaming, loving - in the perfect squalor of a house without grownups. Today, the father who abandoned them is about to walk back in. But why has he returned, and who have the boys become since he left?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with this one

  • By Aisling on 26-12-18

Beautifully told sadly wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 18-06-19

I absolutely loved this. I preferred it to the Book Thief possibly because it was about my old home city told with wonderful expressions that I haven't heard for years. I have to admit to being a bit confused with so many boys, names, and the story jumping around but it all makes sense in the end. This was a heartachingly beautiful story of a large family with the normal rumpus of home life. I would have to think that it was almost autobiographical with the close attention to detail. Markus Zusak was incredible as the author and the reader. Please read it!

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  • Dead at First Sight

  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504

A man waits at a London airport for Ingrid Ostermann, the love of his life, to arrive. Across the Atlantic, a retired NYPD cop waits in a bar in Florida’s Key West for his first date with the lady who is, without question, his soul mate. The two men are about to discover they’ve been scammed out of almost every penny they have in the world - and that neither woman exists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Hitting All the Grace Notes!

  • By Simon on 17-05-19

Interesting and very current but hmmmmm?

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

Reviewed: 09-06-19

I have loved so many of these books but this seemed to miss the mark somehow. It was an interesting subject but I am getting a bit bored with the sneering Chief who seems never to get demoted for bad decisions whilst Roy Grace always prevails. I will certainly read the next instalment but felt a bit short changed on this one. Sorry Mr James.

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  • The Silent Patient

  • By: Alex Michaelides
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954

The Silent Patient is a shocking psychological thriller of a woman's act of violence against her husband - and of the man obsessed with uncovering her motive.... Famous artist Alicia Berenson shoots her husband in the head five times and then never speaks again. Five years later, forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber must find a way to get Alicia to talk if he wants to treat her. Only then can he unravel the shocking events of that tragic night five years before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever twist

  • By Pawsthevizsla on 18-02-19

A worryingly good look at psychotherapy

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

Reviewed: 09-06-19

I think the only bad comment I would have is that I would drift off whilst listening owing to confusion of time lines. Having reached the end I now understand why there were the almost deliberate non-clues! Very good and rather worrying. I think I would be wary if I met the author! :)

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  • The Hoarder

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 872

Maud Drennan - underpaid carer and unintentional psychic - is the latest in a long line of dogsbodies for the ancient, belligerent Cathal Flood. Yet despite her best efforts, Maud is drawn into the mysteries concealed in his filthy, once-grand home. She realises that Cathal, and the junk-filled rooms, are opening up to her. With only her landlady and a troop of sarcastic ghostly saints to help, Maud must uncover what lies beneath Cathal's decades-old hostility and the strange activities of the house itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, beautifully read Irish novel

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-03-18

Dry wit and sadness combined

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

Reviewed: 09-06-19

Beautifully read with a lovely lilting accent and so well written. I would definitely recommend it.


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  • The Truth About Melody Browne

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

Melody Browne can remember nothing before her ninth birthday. Now in her early 30s, Melody lives in the middle of London with her 17-year-old son. She hasn’t seen her parents since she left home at 15, but Melody doesn't mind. She’s better off on her own. And then fragments of her past start to come back. At first her memories mean nothing to her, but slowly, day by day, she begins to piece together the real story of her childhood. But with every mystery she solves, another one materialises; with every question she answers, another appears....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • powerful

  • By Kameliya Hristova on 26-03-19

Compelling, sad, uplifting and very well told

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

Reviewed: 16-05-19

The storyline jumps a little and can be confusing but stay with it. I love the friendships that Melody makes and also think the relationship with her son is wonderful. All the loose ends get tied up satisfyingly. A lovely heartwarming but devastating tale.

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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,440
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,264
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,212

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17
  • This Is Going to Hurt
  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay

Funny, ascerbic and interesting

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

Reviewed: 23-04-19

I feel that a man would not appreciate some of the details that were included in this book. I hope that doesn't sound sexist, ageist or whatever - but it is quite detailed! I had many laugh out loud moments which I couldn't explain whilst in public! I am happy that Adam Kay has found his niche in writing and the comedy circuit but what a sad thing that the NHS lost such a dedicated doctor who obviously cared so much for his patients.