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  • As Far as You Can Go

  • By: Lesley Glaister
  • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32

When Cassie sees a job advertised for a couple to run a remote Australian farm, she thinks it will be the perfect escape for her and Graham. But trapped under the baking sun of the outback, paranoia sets in. There's no radio and they send but never receive any letters. Their enigmatic and unusually forgiving boss Larry and his wife Mara have secrets, sedatives, and some very odd habits: a result of their isolated lifestyle or something more sinister?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Looked promising but ultimately dull

  • By Kaggy on 24-07-16

Rather dull

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

Would you try another book written by Lesley Glaister or narrated by Kate Rawson?

I doubt it.

What was most disappointing about Lesley Glaister’s story?

There was not much of a plot to speak of, and the so called climax lacked any sense of suspense.

What three words best describe Kate Rawson’s voice?

Clear, good with accents.

What character would you cut from As Far as You Can Go?

The characters are not the problem, and there are already very few of them.

Any additional comments?

It doesn't make much sense to market this book as a thriller.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,318

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Quite enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Where does The Girl on the Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best, but nowhere near the worst.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main protagonist, Rachel, because she feels very realistic without being dull.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

It was an interesting idea to use three different narrators for the different protagonists, but it was slightly disturbing when some of the characters that interact with all of them have very different voices depending on the narrator. In one case a completely different accent.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this to fans of Before I Go to Sleep.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,175

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good one!

  • By Robyn on 23-11-16

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Would you try another book written by Peter Clines or narrated by Ray Porter?

Probably not, it's not really my favourite genre

What other book might you compare 14 to, and why?

I haven't read too much science fiction, but it reminds me of TV shows like Stargate. It's a bit of a sci-fi horror story that doesn't take itself too seriously.

Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't think it needs one, but it probably wouldn't be too difficult to come up with one.

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,093

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Does not live up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not, the story is OK but the book is about two thirds two long and would benefit from heavy editing.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stieg Larsson again?

Not in a hurry.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

He does a good job, but he keeps switching the pronunciation of the protagonist's name.

Was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo worth the listening time?

It is way too long, so I'm inclined to say no.

Any additional comments?

I don't understand why this book is so popular. The story only gets going in the second half of the book, and there is too much detail and irrelevant background information. The best thing about this book are the well-constructed and interesting characters, especially the two protagonists.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness

  • By Simon on 08-10-15

Children's book for adults

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

Reviewed: 26-03-15

Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the most original stories I have listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist, he feels very authentic and relatable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this to fans of Gaiman's other works.

  • Blood Vines

  • By: Erica Spindler
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Alex Owens knows very little about her childhood or who she really is - her only family an absent, emotionally fragile mother. Alex has always felt something was missing and has spent most of her life searching for what that could be. When an infant's remains are unearthed, Alex realises she has a connection to the case. Suddenly long-lost memories start flooding in, leading her back to a small town in California and to dark and terrifying nightmares that haunt her every waking moment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Salter on 28-07-14

Slightly soapy thriller

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

What did you like best about Blood Vines? What did you like least?

The story is fast-paced and suspenseful, but the characters, including the protagonist, are a bit one-dimensional and some of the plot twists are not very credible.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The most interesting thing is the murder mystery at the centre of the story, the least interesting to me was the love story.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Woodward – was your favourite?

None of the characters really stood out to me.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Quite possibly.

  • Her

  • By: Harriet Lane
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 48

Two women; two different worlds. Emma is a struggling mother who has put everything on hold. Nina is sophisticated and independent - entirely in control. When the pair meet, Nina generously draws Emma into her life. But this isn't the first time the women's paths have crossed. Nina remembers Emma and she remembers what Emma did. But what exactly does Nina want from her And how far will she go in pursuit of it?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but stretched the bounds of credibility

  • By Kaggy on 12-09-14

A story of obsession

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was definitely not a waste of time, the story kept me entertained while doing chores.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I must say I didn't like the ending, I thought it was a too easy a way to end a story like this.

What does Julie Maisey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Hard to say, not having read the print version. But she does a very good job.

Did Her inspire you to do anything?

No.

Any additional comments?

The story feels like it was written for women who enjoy thrillers but don't like gore or violence.

  • Deity

  • By: Steven Dunne
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

A brilliant new serial killer thriller from a hugely talented British author to rival the best from Mark Billingham, Peter James and Peter Robinson. When four Derby College students are reported missing, few in Derby CID, least of all DI Damen Brook, pay much attention. But then a film on the internet is discovered purporting to show the students committing mass suicide. If it's real, why did they kill themselves when they had such bright futures ahead of them?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deity

  • By jennifer on 05-04-14

Interesting premise, a bit long-winded

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I might recommend it as holiday reading, the story is quite entertaining.

Would you be willing to try another book from Steven Dunne? Why or why not?

I might, because the idea behind the story is quite interesting and original.

What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

He does a good job.

Did Deity inspire you to do anything?

No, and I don't think it was meant to.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wicked Girls

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

One summer morning, three little girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, two will be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside town when her investigation leads her to interview funfair cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day when they were just children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-12-13

Slightly too long

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

Reviewed: 18-03-15

Where does The Wicked Girls rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the best but not the worst.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wicked Girls?

Towards the end, when one of the characters is driven from her home by an angry mob. One of the most suspenseful scenes I have ever read or listened to.

Any additional comments?

This book would benefit from cutting about a quarter of its contents; at the moment it's slightly too long, and especially the flashback scenes advance the story very slowly. The ending leaves the reader (or listener) pondering questions of justice and responsibility for a long time.

  • The Never List

  • By: Koethi Zan
  • Narrated by: Kristen Zieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

There were four of us down there for the first 32 months and 11 days of our captivity. And then, very suddenly and without warning, there were three. Even though the fourth person hadn’t made any noise at all in several months, the room got very quiet when she was gone. For a long time after that, we sat in silence, in the dark, each of us wondering what this meant for her and for us, and which of us would be the next in the box. Never get in the car.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling story

  • By Pinkbee on 07-07-14

The darkest corners of the human mind

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Never List to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Never List?

Some of the descriptions of torture were quite starling.

What does Kristen Zieh bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The reader always adds their own interpretation of the way the characters talk.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really, but I don't think this story was meant to elicit an emotional reaction.

Any additional comments?

Fast-paced thriller with lots of plot twists.