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S. Christie

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  • One for Sorrow

  • By: Sarah Denzil
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Seven years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found facedown in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel - at age 14, found covered in Maisie's blood - was convicted of murder. As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she's not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent, too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Dysfunctional Relationship With Sarah Denzil!

  • By Simon on 08-07-18

Far fetched and ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Really didn’t enjoy this book. I longed for it to be over. Ridiculous story. Entirely unbelievable. Struggled through the second half finding it just got stupider and stupider. As I have worked In a Forensic Hospital I felt would enjoy this . How wrong I was. I have had my fill of Sarah Denzil novels now. They get worse and worse. Very little to redeem it. Not a hit in my book.

  • Watching You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Watching You by Lisa Jewell. You’re back home after four years working abroad, with a brand-new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re living with your big brother, camped out in his spare bedroom. And then - quite unexpectedly - you meet the man next door. He’s the head teacher of the local high school. He’s twice your age. And he’s devastatingly attractive. Soon you find you’re watching him. All the time. But what you don’t know is that someone is watching you....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling listen!

  • By Mazalicious on 28-07-18

Very good

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I enjoyed this book. It seemed to take a long time to get going but the second half is fabulous. Lots of suspense and a great twist. The narration was good, convincing performance. The only thing I didn’t like was the ending which I felt was untidy and unsatisfying. However it’s a great good and well worth a listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 99 Red Balloons

  • By: Elisabeth Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Sarah Ovens, Victoria Riley, Maggie Ollerenshaw, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Eight-year-old Grace is last seen in a sweetshop. Her mother, Emma, is living a nightmare. But as her loved ones rally around her, cracks begin to emerge. What are the emails sent between her husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is there more to the disappearance of her daughter than meets the eye?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good.

  • By Chrissie on 10-09-17

Confusing read

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

Was expecting good things from this book but was left a bit disappointed. The suspense was quite good but the story dragged. It was full of padding and boring details that added nothing to the story ( the description of bingo for example) I got to the stage I just wanted it to be over, not that it was particularly bad, just slow and too long. The story was confusing, jumping back and forth between time periods and the narration didn’t help. All the female characters ( with the exception of the child) sounded exactly the same and it was difficult to distinguish between who was speaking. I kept waiting for a twist at the end which never came and I was left feeling that the whole book was distinctly ‘Meh’.

  • Daisy in Chains

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Famous killers have fan clubs. Hamish Wolfe is no different. Locked up for the rest of his life for the abduction and murder of three young women, he gets countless adoring letters every day. He's handsome, charismatic and very persuasive. His admirers are convinced he's innocent and that he's the man of their dreams. Who would join such a club?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing from the start.

  • By Susan A. on 19-07-16

Good twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

A thriller with plenty of twists and turns, especially towards the end. The story is however a bit lacking and parts are frankly ludicrous and very unbelievable. Narration is pretty awful. Intonation abysmal, very little distinction between characters and a pretty unconvincing performance overall. Have given it 4 stars because of the good ending but I think it’s probably more like a 3.5.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman in the Window

  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

It's been 10 long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen so Far!

  • By Heather on 06-02-18

Dull and uninteresting

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Couldn’ get into this book at all. Too slow and uninteresting.. didn’t like the narration either found the American accent difficult to understand.Gave up after 8 chapters and have returned.. .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cover Her Face

  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

An Adam Dalgliesh mystery. Cover Her Face is P. D. James' debut novel, the first Adam Dalgliesh mystery, and a thrilling work of crime fiction set in the English countryside, from the best-selling author of Death Comes to Pemberley and Children of Men. From P. D. James, one of the masters of British crime fiction, comes the debut novel that introduced Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it's early

  • By Mr David Newton on 18-06-17

Average

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

Not great, not terrible, just an average read with an average performance. The story started well but quickly became bogged down with too many suspects and too much detail. As it wasn’t overly long I listened to it all but found it rather dull and uninteresting. The revelation of the murderer was unexciting and wholly predictable.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Death of Mrs Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark, and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18

Fabulous!

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

Loved this book. Creepy, gothic and with a perfect amount of suspense and mystery. Reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s style and with a hugely satisfying conclusion. My favourite Ruth Ware book so far! A compulsive listen with fabulous narration by Imogen Church. 5 stars across the board from me. Recommended.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 603

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely mesmerizing

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 06-03-18

Disappointingly average

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

I enjoyed the start of this book but didn’t enjoy it so much once it slipped into the ‘cult’ aspect of the story. I found little to resonate with and didn’t like any of the characters portrayed in this part of the book. To me the setting seemed wrong and I felt that it should have been set in the 1960s or 1970s rather than in the late 1980s. The parallels between this story and a Charles Manson type figure annoyed me. I spotted the very obvious twist quite early on but it seemed to take forever for it to be revealed. I also found the revelation at the end entirely unbelievable. Sophia had a very small family yet seemed to know nothing at all about them in any sense. The two narrators worked well but I didn’t like Anna Popplewell’s performance, which I felt was rather over egged and without conviction. Sian Thomas was excellent. All in all a good and novel storyline but with believability stretched extremely thinly and with very predictable twists and turns, none of which were surprising. Disappointingly average.

  • The Dead Ex

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Honeysuckle Weeks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

He said in sickness and in health. But after Vicki was attacked at work and left suffering with epilepsy, her husband, Daniel, left her for his mistress. So when Vicki gets a call one day to say that he's gone missing, her first thought is 'good riddance'. But then the police find evidence suggesting that Daniel is dead. And they think Vicki had something to do with it. What really happened on the night of Daniel's disappearance? And how can Vicki prove her innocence when she's not even sure of it herself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By S. Christie on 24-06-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

I was hooked from the first chapter. Great book with lots of suspense and plenty to keep you interested. Much better then the last Jane Corry book I read. The narration was also very good. I would definitely recommend.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Three Secrets

  • By: Clare Boyd
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Robert kisses his wife on the head before heading out to the shop for more wine; he walks up the hill, takes a left across the footbridge, and jumps to his death on the busy motorway below. Two years later, Francesca and her young daughter are leaving London for a fresh start. Money is tight, and Robert’s mother has found them a little cottage in her village. Francesca is grateful for the help, but why does Robert’s mother want to keep them so close? Does she know about what Francesca did in the hour before Robert’s death?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly dull

  • By S. Christie on 22-06-18

Utterly dull

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

Loved the description of this book and was looking forward to reading it. It turned out to be a huge disappointment and I gave up after 30 brain numbing chapters. Nothing happened. Tiny things were blown up out of all proportion and the story was simply boring. I couldn’t engage with any of the characters and couldn’t have cared less about any of them. After 5 hours I gave up and have returned it. Dreadful.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful