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  • Blood Orange

  • By: Harriet Tyce
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

An electrifying debut thriller for fans of Anatomy of a Scandal, Apple Tree Yard and Gone Girl. Alison has it all. A doting husband, an adorable daughter, and a career on the rise - she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems.... Alison's client doesn't deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior Thriller well narrated

  • By Janet biglari on 04-03-19

Very good indeed!

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

Reviewed: 23-03-19

I really enjoyed this book. It's well written and very clever, it held my interest right until the end which was wrapped up perhaps a little too nicely, but never mind. Even my husband, who kept hearing bits of it as our paths crossed, enjoyed what he heard and wanted to know how it ended. A definite yes for this one.

  • The Taking of Annie Thorne

  • By: C. J. Tudor
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

One night, Annie went missing. Disappeared from her own bed. There were searches, appeals. Everyone thought the worst. And then, miraculously, after 48 hours, she came back. Though she couldn't, or wouldn't, say what had happened to her. But something happened to my sister. I can't explain what. I just know that when she came back, she wasn't the same. She wasn't my Annie. I didn't want to admit, even to myself, that sometimes I was scared to death of my own little sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Tudor King / Queen?

  • By Simon on 24-02-19

I Really Enjoyed This One

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

Reviewed: 23-03-19

The story is different and I thought Richard Armitage was the perfect narrator for the main character. There's a pretty good twist that I liked too. I enjoyed it and would definitely recommend this one.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The inspector frowned and examined the earth under the trees. As he scanned the glade, his stomach lurched. One, two, three, four. Five, counting the mound of earth disturbed under the tent. Somebody had cleared the earth of its natural layer and sown their own flowers. In five places. Five graves. A young woman, Fiona Holland, has gone missing from a small Irish village. A search is mounted, but there are whispers. Fiona had a wild reputation. Was she abducted, or has she run away?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly entertaining

  • By DartmoorDiva on 08-11-17

I Like Jo Spain But...

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

Reviewed: 23-03-19

I didn't think this one was great, but as it currently has a 4.6 rating I think it's probably just me. Aoife McMahon is such a good narrator, but I became bored with the story towards the end and found that I wasn't actually listening. It's ok, worth a listen but not the best in my opinion.

  • In the Dark

  • DI Fawley, Book 2
  • By: Cara Hunter
  • Narrated by: Lee Ingleby, Emma Cunniffe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250

A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive. No-one knows who they are - the woman can't speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. The elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock - how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no-one is as innocent as they seem....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real treat

  • By Linda on 21-07-18

All A Bit Daft

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

Reviewed: 23-03-19

I thought this book was going to be very good at first, but in the end the story turned out to be a bit too silly and oh my, the police were stupid. Every time someone came up with a new theory they all jumped on it, convinced they had their man, but two seconds later someone with half a brain would suggest something else and they seemed to turn as one, without question, changing their minds in an instant, convinced that this new person had done it. It was ok, I did listen to it all, but it's not great.

  • The Woman in the Dark

  • By: Vanessa Savage
  • Narrated by: Siriol Jenkins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

For Sarah and Patrick, family life has always been easy. But when Sarah's mother dies, it sends Sarah into a downwards spiral. Knowing they need a fresh start, Patrick moves the family to the beachside house he grew up in. But there is a catch: while their new home carries only happy memories for Patrick, to everyone else it's known as the Murder House - named for the family that was killed there. Patrick is adamant they can make it perfect again, though with their children plagued by nightmares and a constant sense they're being watched, Sarah's not so sure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling throughout

  • By David M. on 18-01-19

On and on and on...

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

Reviewed: 23-03-19

I still have three hours to go and I’m on the point of returning this book. The main woman (whose name I can’t even remember) is dreadful, she seriously needs to pull herself together. She keeps saying “I want to ask...” and I want to scream back “well why don’t you then?” And she treats her 15 and 17 year old children as if they’re toddlers. It’s no wonder her daughter hates her most of the time. It might work as a film, with a gradual building of the situation but on and on the book goes. The narrator did her best and I’ve probably been too harsh with her star rating, but it’s the growly menacing voice that’s so annoying. I really wouldn’t bother.

  • The Innocent Wife

  • By: Amy Lloyd
  • Narrated by: Christina Cole, Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida's Red River County. Now he's the subject of a true-crime documentary that's whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted. A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis' case. She exchanges letters with him and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! This held my attention!

  • By Ann D on 02-03-18

Worth A Credit

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

I enjoyed this book. It’s well read and it kept my interest to the end. Maybe the very ending was a little bit flat, but it was still pretty good. Definitely worth a listen.

  • Dirty Little Secrets

  • By: Jo Spain
  • Narrated by: Michele Moran
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Death stalked the Vale. In every corner, every whisper. They just didn't know it yet. Six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead. In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good. There's just one problem. Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery, but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly enjoyed!

  • By stink on 09-03-19

Oh yes!

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

This is a really good one. I enjoyed this book very much and as my husband would tell you, I’m difficult to please. It’s well read on the whole, the story is quirky, not your usual flawed detective blah, blah,blah and it kept my interest right to the end. It’s not corny or silly and the picture of each household built gradually, changing my thoughts about them as it went along. Clever. Definitely worth a precious credit in my opinion.

  • Changeling

  • Six Stories, Book 3
  • By: Matt Wesolowski
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce, Kris Dyer, Jane Slavin, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995. Elusive online journalist Scott King, whose Six Stories podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Clever Format Doesn't Quite Deliver

  • By Simon on 19-01-19

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 22-01-19

The presentation isn’t as good as West Cork but it’s ok. I thought the narration of Wendy was very good and the story is interesting. Worth a listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shelter in Place

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

It was a typical evening at a mall outside Portland, Maine. Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start. A boy flirted with the girl selling sunglasses. Then the shooters arrived. The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down. But one person wasn't satisfied with the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall. And as the survivors slowly heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator is lying in wait - and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-06-18

Started Out Really Well, Quickly Turned To Mush

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

This started well, made me imagine what it would be like to be caught up in such a situation, but it soon turned into Mom's Apple Pie All American Mush. It sounded like some awful B movie, with the oh so handsome hero and the broken beautiful heroine. Plus her rampant, drunken, doped up, gorgeous grandmother. Really, I wouldn't bother, despite the fact that the poor narrator does read it well. This was my first Nora Roberts and I can categorically say that I will never be listening to another.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rumour

  • By: Lesley Kara
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Sian Thomas, Roy McMillan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

Rumour has it that a notorious child killer is living under a new identity, in their sleepy little town of Flinstead-on-Sea. Sally McGowan was just 10 years old when she stabbed little Robbie Harris to death 48 years ago - no photos of her exist since her release as a young woman. So who is the supposedly reformed killer who now lives among them? How dangerous can one rumour become? And how far will Joanna go to protect her loved ones from harm, when she realises what it is she’s unleashed?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Can we ever have a book without hysterical women?

  • By Alice on 06-03-19

Worth A Credit, Well Read

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

As these thrillers go this is quite good. The plot is a bit daft at the end but it's well read and worth a credit.