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  • The Unquiet

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has been missing for years following revelations about harm done to the children in his care. Believing him dead, his daughter Rebecca has tried to come to terms with her father's legacy, but her fragile peace is about to be shattered. Someone is asking questions about Daniel Clay, someone who does not believe that he is dead: the revenger Merrick, a father and a killer obsessed with discovering the truth about his own daughter's disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another classic

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-12-17

Haunting uncomfortable compelling

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend if they enjoyed supernatural thrillers with a twist

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I love Jeff Harding he brings the characters to life. I first came across him when I listened to "Dancing for the Hangman"

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

Yes, it made me really sad, its uncomfortable listening because you really don't want to believe the evil that people do but you know it goes on. Even though the book is fictional you get drawn in and hooked. It could have been based on real events and in parts, probably was.

Any additional comments?

The research into child abuse the author did for this book must have been harrowing. I wasn't sure I was going to like the book but I just couldn't put it down. I wanted to see justice done! The twist at the end was one I didn't see coming either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me. A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devastating, brilliant and thrilling

  • By Cabaspre on 26-08-15

RUINED BY ANOTHER REVIEW

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

Reviewed: 15-08-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, the predictable ending

If you’ve listened to books by Michael Robotham before, how does this one compare?

I find it very hard to believe that one family can be so unlucky.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes

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

No

Any additional comments?

Other reviewers should think very carefully about what they write. A review on this website gives the ending away and ruined it for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Chasing the Dead

  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Six years ago Alex Town went missing. One year ago his body was found. One month ago, his mother saw him on the street. One week ago, David Raker agreed to look for him. Now he wishes he hadn’t. Missing persons investigator David Raker doesn’t want the work: it’s clearly a sad but hopeless case of mistaken identity but haunted by a loss of his own, Raker reluctantly agrees. Big mistake. For as he digs deeper, he discovers that Alex’s life was not the innocent one his mother believed....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • First book of series and boy it shows!

  • By Cian on 10-11-14

What complete and utter tosh!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The plot was absolutely ridiculous. So what would have made it a 4 or 5 star listen for me? Not having purchased it in the first place and gotten something else.

What was most disappointing about Tim Weaver’s story?

I had just finished "Fall from Grace" a superb thriller, expertly read so I couldn't wait to get my mitts on another Tim Weaver book. The narrator thought he was James Bond which did not help. There was no story just a ridiculous overdone "thriller" with too much blood and gore and absolutely no substance to it.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Wickham?

I would have spared anyone this task.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

If you like lots and lots of blood, gratuitous violence, poor story line, and have 15 hours of your life to spare listening to it, then this is for you. If you want to listen to a really good thriller by this author try "Fall from Grace". I will be returning this book.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fall from Grace

  • David Raker, Book 5
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

When Leonard Franks and his wife Ellie leave London for a dream retirement in Dartmoor, everything seems perfect. But one afternoon, Leonard goes to fetch firewood, and never returns. With the police investigation dead in the water, Ellie turns to David Raker. Raker tracks down missing people for a living, but nothing can prepare him for this. Because, behind Leonard's disappearance, lies a deadly secret, buried so deep it was never meant to be found.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By caroline on 23-10-14

Gripping good yarn!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

Would you listen to Fall from Grace again? Why?

Oh yes, in fact straight away

What other book might you compare Fall from Grace to, and why?

Shatter Michael Robotham

What about Ben Allen’s performance did you like?

Everything, faultless performance

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

Raker gets the job done

Any additional comments?

This is a superb thriller with many twists and turns. I could not put it down and now I have finished it, I am going to listen to it again. One of those audible books you don't want to end but at the same time you want to get to the end to find out whodunit. More please!

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,819

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Strike vs. Potter no contest

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

What would have made The Silkworm better?

A quarter of the way into this book I rang my mother and told her to take no notice of the negative reviews, I was hooked and enjoying the book. Half way through I rang my mother and told her not to get this book because of the unnecessary amount of foul language which at 81 years of age, my mother would frown upon. Three quarters of the way through the book I gave up. With illusion to grown up Goth horror I almost wondered if the author was writing two books at the same time and confusing Harry Potter with Cormorant Strike. It was as if Potter had come of age literally on his way to collecting his pension and no longer had a broomstick but half a leg (which was not magic).

What could Robert Galbraith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Well it could have been edited for a start! It was far too long and in the end, I just didn't care who did what to whom.

Did Robert Glenister do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Poor Robert Glenister did his best but sometimes sounded like a Cornish Del Boy. He even sounded profoundly bored at times.

What character would you cut from The Silkworm?

Strikes ex girlfriend, she wasn't necessary and the constant references to her beauty, mental health issues and violent tendencies made her sound like a wannabe vampire who wanted to join the ranks of the un-dead but could not find anyone to bite her. I quite expected her to pop up on the Jeremy Kyle show at some point in the book like a lost celebrity who needed a DNA test on her unborn baby which she said was Strikes....oh and it just went on and on and on!

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the first Cormorant Strike book. If this was a school report (and I am not a teacher) I would just have to say "this book had potential but the author was trying too hard". If there is another in the series I am not sure I would bother with it. JK Rowling please take note!

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Do You Trust?!

  • By garry on 07-07-14

If your neighbour was a killer....

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

Reviewed: 17-07-14

If you could sum up The Killer Next Door in three words, what would they be?

Keeps you hooked

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vesta, we can all mostly relate to Vesta, someone's mother, grandmother, friend

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The opening scene, it drew me in and kept me there until the end of the book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes but I don't want to give the plot away but it relates to Cher the young runaway

Any additional comments?

The ending was a little frustrating with the author leaving you to make your own mind up about what happens to one of the key characters but I was hooked from start to finish. Very entertaining thoroughly enjoyed this work of fiction, more please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Trials of Laura Fair

  • Sex, Murder, and Insanity in the Victorian West
  • By: Carole Haber
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

In this rousing history, Carole Haber probes changing ideas about morality and immorality, masculinity and femininity, love and marriage, health and disease, and mental illness to show that all these concepts were reinvented in the Victorian West. Haber's book examines the era's most controversial issues, including suffrage, the gendered courts, women's physiology, and free love.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard work!

  • By Gillian on 20-06-14

Hard work!

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

Reviewed: 20-06-14

Would you try another book written by Carole Haber or narrated by Pam Ward?

The narrator did her best, never say never with regard to the author

What could Carole Haber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author has obviously researched her subject exhaustively but that's the problem, it was equally tiring to listen to. In fact, as much as I wanted to know what happened to Laura Fair, it was easier to google the answer than endure listening to the second part of this book.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Pam Ward?

I felt the narrator did her very best to make this book interesting.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Trials of Laura Fair?

As stated, it was well researched but there was far too much detail which made the book protracted and tedious. I think it could have been condensed without cutting scenes necessarily.

Any additional comments?

I have tried to listen to this book a couple of times but I never get passed the first half of this audio book. It had the potential to be a great listen but was just too wordy and drawn out for my personal liking. I have returned this book without finishing it and reverted to google to find out what happened to Laura Fair!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED this book!

  • By Patricia on 04-06-14

Tense thriller would make great TV

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Murder Bag to be better than the print version?

The narration is outstanding. If It had been poorly read it would have ruined it for me. This narrated took on the persona of all the characters to perfection.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Max Wolfe the main character. I could actually believe he was a real person rather than a character of fiction his part was so well written.

What about Colin Mace’s performance did you like?

Everything, his performance was stunning. He brought so much to this book I could not put it down.

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

Yes definitely

Any additional comments?

More please. Unlike the previous review I found this to be a fast paced thriller. I related to the family life of the main character, its what made him human. If you like Michael Robotham's books, narrated by Sean Barrett then you will enjoy this book. Author and narrator have blended well together.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • They Hanged My Saintly Billy

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

On 14 June 1856, after a scandalous and extremely high-profile trial, Dr William Palmer was hanged for the poisoning of his friend John Parsons Cook. The case was one of the most infamous of its time, and as the twelve-day trial unfolded, accusations of no less than fourteen murders came to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breathtakingly good

  • By J NEILL on 12-05-16

Not what I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 23-04-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More facts, more substance, it was sadly lacking in both for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Graves again?

I am not sure that I would

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could have been a little less irritating with his "brummies' accent which he rather seemed to revel in.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

In a nutshell, no, I am going to return it.

Any additional comments?

I thought it was going to be similar to "Death at the Priory" or "Dancing for the Hangman" both of these books are excellent. This however, was just plain tedious

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Stranglehold

  • By: Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by: Chet Williamson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Lydia McCloud meets Arthur Danse at a wedding party in Plymouth, N.H., and she thinks he's a man she could grow to love. Arthur sees things differently. In Lydia, he sees the sort of woman people always want to protect. He decides he's going to show her she wouldn't always be protected. Once their only child, Robert, is born, Arthur's behavior worsens. When the courts become involved, the nightmare really begins. This scathing novel is an indictment of a justice system that makes a mockery of its very name.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Entertainment? I think not

  • By LPJ on 31-05-15

A graphic story of child abuse

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

Reviewed: 26-12-13

This book should have come with an explicit warning as to its contents. This is a very graphic account of domestic violence and child abuse, be warned before listening, it is unpleasant.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful