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  • Alias Grace

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Shelley Thompson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

Sixteen years have passed since Grace was locked up, at the age of 16, for the cold-blooded murders of her employer and his housekeeper/lover. Her alleged accomplice in the crimes, James McDermot, paid the extreme sentence of the law and was hanged on November 21, 1843. But some thought Grace was innocent, and her sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment. After a spell in the Lunatic Asylum she now claims to have no memory of the murders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beautifully written and narrated

  • By Brid on 30-09-16

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 23-05-19

I loved this book. It is beautifully written and equally well narrated. Margaret Atwood is a superb writer, her characters are well drawn and thoroughly believable. Very sorry when I finished it.

  • Wyllard's Weird

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Lynne Thompson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

In the golden age of steam, the London train wends its way across the Tamar into the strange and mystic land that is Cornwall, having left most of its length at Plymouth. A weary doctor is gazing at the countryside when the train grinds to a halt and his professional attention is demanded. A young woman. An apparent suicide. Who was she? What brought her to Cornwall? What drove her to kill herself? Or did she?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story, ropey narration.

  • By Mrs. R. E. Chandler on 24-09-18

A Victorian mystery ruined by the narration

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

This is a classic Victorian mystery along the lines of A Woman in White although not nearly so complex. It would have been enjoyable but for the appalling narration. Words are stumbled over, sentences often repeated and the words that are read in French almost impossible to understand. Sad to hear a classic novel like this so spoiled. I would not listen to anything read by this narrator again and am surprised that it was accepted by any editor.

  • End Game

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Will Robie, highly trained assassin and the US government's most indispensable asset, is called to London. An imminent terrorist attack threatens the Underground, and with the US next in line, Robie is the perfect choice to stop it before it begins. He knows he has one chance to succeed. One chance to save London lives. One chance to make it safely home to find out what has happened to fellow agent Jessica Reel following their last deadly mission together.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the usual Baldacci standard

  • By musical granny on 07-03-19

Not the usual Baldacci standard

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

I have read many DB books and usually enjoy them for what they are....somewhat impossible adventures with a bit of everything thrown in. However although this one was very much written in the same style I found it boring and annoying. Robbie and Reel are just far too unbelievable and incredible. This was not one of his better books.

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  • This Must Be the Place

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

A reclusive ex-film star living in the wilds of Ireland, Claudette Wells is a woman whose first instinct, when a stranger approaches her home, is to reach for her shotgun. Why is she so fiercely protective of her family, and what made her walk out of her cinematic career when she had the whole world at her feet? Her husband, Daniel, reeling from a discovery about a woman he last saw 20 years ago, is about to make an exit of his own. It is a journey that will send him off-course, far away from the life he and Claudette have made together. Will their love for one another be enough to bring Daniel back home? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Music track

  • By Mrs D. on 27-07-18

A Beautiful Book

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

Reviewed: 23-09-18

Maggie O’Farrell is a superb author who tells a compelling story with each book she writes. In this book her characters are intricately drawn and the story weaves in and out of several decades drawing the reader in with every word and sentence. It is an absolute joy to listen to mostly. However in this version the book was almost spoiled for me by the awful musical and sound accompaniments in the background the whole way through the book. I found it particularly annoying when listening to the book while driving my car as the strange tappings and crowd muttering at times made me think there was a problem with my car. Please Audible don’t spoil an excellent book like this with ‘noises off’. A writer like Maggie O’Farrell does not need this embellishment and the narrators read the story so beautifully that neither do they!

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  • Last Dance in Havana

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Cuba, 1958. Elisa is only 16 years old when she meets Duardo, and she knows he's the love of her life from the moment they first dance the rumba together in downtown Havana. But Duardo is a rebel determined to fight in Castro's army, and Elisa is forced to leave behind her homeland and rebuild her life in distant England. But how can she stop longing for the warmth of Havana when the music of the rumba still calls to her?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit mixed

  • By Kathy on 08-10-16

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

What would have made Last Dance in Havana better?

This story line had promise but was too slow, dreary and predictable. I have enjoyed all the authors other books as a good relaxing read with well developed characters and a little mystery thrown in. However I really struggled to finish this book and thought it was poor compared with her other novels. The story was trite, the characters boring and irritating and not likeable at all.

What could Rosanna Ley have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Made it about half the length!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was appalling. There were pauses in the wrong places which completely detracted from the story and the dubious accents used for the men and the Cubans were awful, completely unnecessary and frankly, were laughable. I would not want to listen to another book narrated by this person again.

Any additional comments?

I will read Rosanna's next book as they are excellent books to read on holiday or to listen to while driving. I just hope it will be better than this one!

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented 14-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure.... One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Accents

  • By Patricia on 10-11-15

A very enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 02-12-15

What made the experience of listening to The Lake House the most enjoyable?

This is a good story if a little predictable. I must admit though there is a surprise at the end which was not altogether expected. It's a very good listen for a long car journey as it keeps you interested and absorbed all the way through without being too distracting.

What other book might you compare The Lake House to, and why?

Not unlike some of Kate Mortons other books but I have found them all enjoyable also. Written in family saga style.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Caroline Lee?

Anyone but this narrator. If anything was going to spoil this book it was the was the way it was read. The attempts at a London accent were frankly embarrassing and the narration would have been much improved if it had been read in the narrators own accent the entire way through. Caroline Lee was dreadful

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A Cornish mystery where past and present merge!

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  • The Sunrise

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 245

In the summer of 1972, Famagusta, in Cyprus, is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island's most spectacular hotel, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony. Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Özkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city's façade of glamour and success, tension is building.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Ms on 17-10-14

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-11-14

Would you ever listen to anything by Victoria Hislop again?

Yes, I have enjoyed all her other books and hope the next one would be better

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The book was well read it's just the story that was poor.

Any additional comments?

This book was definitely not up to the standard of Victoria Hislop's previous books. It was well researched but the story was boring and the characters uninteresting and frequently quite unpleasant. I was most disappointed.

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