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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly brilliant! Liane Moriarty does it again!!!

  • By Lu on 08-10-18

Lacking the humour and subtlety of past books

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

About half way through I was getting tired of the heavily accented Russian (although the narrator was very good). Also - about half way through I was getting bored with the clients trippy trips! A bit like having to hear about someones boring dreams. I did feel disappointed having loved many of her other books.

  • 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 1,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358

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

Thought provoking, powerful and wonderful

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

This is a book for interesting debates. It was a very good story but was so much more than that. It was so powerfully written from so many points of view that it made one question everything one had said, done, thought. Jod Picoult has achieved a spectacular achievement in writing "fiction" that is a page turner but also leaves the reader pondering many, many issues.

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

Soooo good

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

The narrator was wonderful! This was beautifully constructed and I enjoyed all the little side stories too. The twist right at the end was astounding. Thoroughly recommend it. I hope the next one comes out soon
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  • Love Is Blind

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Love Is Blind by William Boyd. Love Is Blind is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father, and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Boyd on Top Form

  • By Mark on 27-09-18

Faultless narration. Amazing story

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

Wow! I love this author anyway but this was astoundingly good, well researched, fascinating and at times hilarious. There was a passage where the language was so foul it made one blush (said inside the swearer's head) followed by such a gentlemanly reply to the object of the profaner. Excellent! A perfect package for me really. The narrator was empathetic to the story and with so many accurate accents. I think I would like a prequel to this and find out more about Brody's awful father. The details of the nuances of piano tuning were wonderful - who knew?? I am so sorry to have fininished this - please get to work immediately Mr Boyd.

  • All the Hidden Truths

  • By: Claire Askew
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron, Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

This is a fact: Ryan Summers walked into Three Rivers College and killed 13 women, then himself. But no one can say why. The question is one that cries out to be answered - by Ryan's mother, Moira; by Ishbel, the mother of Abigail, the first victim; and by DI Helen Birch, put in charge of the case on her first day at her new job. But as the tabloids and the media swarm, as the families' secrets come out, as the world searches for someone to blame...the truth seems to vanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really quite stunning

  • By Dominic on 10-08-18

Brilliantly enabling empathy for all characters

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

Well done to the narrator. Every single one of the characters evoked a strong feeling of sadness - even the perpetrator. The construction of the tale was masterly and only towards the end did I understand the beginning. How does a parent live with the repercussions of such an act? A very good and thoughtful book. Highly recommended

  • The Photographer

  • By: Craig Robertson
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

A dawn raid on the home of a suspected rapist leads to a chilling discovery, a disturbing collection hidden under floorboards. Narey is terrified at the potential scale of what they've found and of what brutalities it may signal. When the photographs are ruled inadmissible as evidence and the man walks free from court, Narey knows she's let down the victim she'd promised to protect and a monster is back on the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one wasted word here & David Monteath is fab!

  • By Ann D on 21-02-18

Thought provoking and worrying

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I can't spoil the storyline but the subject of internet trolls is key to the plot. I may be naive and know there are "keyboard warriors" out there but the extent of the nastiness and crowd bullying mentality is horrifying. If nothing else this book highlights a need for more transparency, policing and investigation into this 21st century phenomenon.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible audiobook

  • By Susan Reed Jones on 12-06-18

Heartstoppingly good

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

First of all I normally avoid - with a few exceptions - a book narrated by its author. Catherine Steadman was amazingly good at telling the tale. The tale itself was thrilling and obviously well researched. The start was captivating and forced one to just keep reading - which I did avidly, Write another soon, please

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  • A Gathering Storm

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 462

Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had. Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor. She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell. As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known... As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved EVERY Minute

  • By Charlie on 05-07-13

A bit predictable but well told

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I found the story rather cliched with the "old" person narrating her story to a starry eyed listener. The chance meeting with a handsome man just visiting etc. etc. However, there were a few twists which kept me going

  • Don't Wake Up

  • By: Liz Lawler
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 977

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I"ve read for ages

  • By Mary Thompson on 21-10-17

A frightening nightmare of a tale

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

The narrator was excellent and was able to do many accents successfully and the twists and turns kept me reading.

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,405

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013. Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013. Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful words; beautifully read

  • By Spa2004 on 14-02-16

The narrator saved the maudlin tale

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I was enthralled to start with. Colin Firth was a first class narrator. The tale told of hate, envy, loathing and passion but Colin Firth doubled the impact with dripping, scornful bile through pursed lips. However - after all that praise I did find the story very maudlin towards the end and my dislike for all the characters caused me to not really care what happened.