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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 760
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 703

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Great story concept, way to long

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I absolutely loved the health retreat as a backdrop for the story. It’s so current in a wellness obsessed age and the author whose other books I enjoyed, is great at capturing the minor details which make her characters believable. But the story could have done with cutting out at least 7 hours and still been as detailed. Also, as others have pointed out, why was the narration so slow? I normally like Caroline Lee’s narrations.

  • Where Women Are Kings

  • By: Christie Watson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Elijah, seven years old, is covered in scars and has a history of disruptive behaviour. His adoptive mother Nikki believes that she and her husband Obi are strong enough to accept his difficulties - and that being white will not affect her ability to raise a black son. Elijah's birth mother Deborah loves her son like the world has never known. Elijah thinks it's his fault they can't be together. Each of them faces more challenges than they could have dreamed, but just as Elijah starts to settle in, a shocking event rocks their fragile peace and the result is devastating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT!!!!

  • By bloved on 30-08-18

A lovely written book about a dark reality

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

Reviewed: 13-11-17

It’s scary to think about things we do for love. Esprcially when depression and superstition clouds the mind. In this book Christie Watson talks about many serious topics from miscarriages to children branded as witches by so called holy men. She tells the different stories in such a way that you understand what drives the different characters to act the way they do. Very few books make me cry, but this one did. Hoping to read more from this author who also wrote the brilliant Tiny sunbirds far away.

  • It's Now or Never

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

When twins Annie and Lauren attend their older sister Chelsea’s 40th birthday party at the Dorchester Hotel, they wonder why their lives are so different. Why is Chelsea’s devoted husband twirling her round the dance floor, while Annie’s husband has gone fishing and Lauren’s lover is at home with his wife and children? There and then, they decide it’s time to turn things around. To go all out for what they want, to start living again. The question is: have they left it too late?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you follow your dreams your dreams...

  • By Lie Back & Listen on 15-07-13

Very disappointed

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

I loved A place to call home by Carol Matthews, so I was excited to try this one. But the characters were both unbelievable and disappointing and the narrator made them sound 20 years older than they were. I gave it a 2 because there were some LOL moments, but I'd say give this one a pass.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,572

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Couldn't stop reading

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I started listening to this book at Johannesburg airport and finished it half way to London. I loved the unexpected twists to this story and I was guessing along with Emma to the end. Loved Joanne Froggat's voice to this story too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Behind Her Eyes

  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Josie Dunn, Bea Holland, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 841
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 841

Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets...David. Young, successful and charming - Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife...Adele. Beautiful, elegant and sweet - Louise's new friend seems perfect in every way.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible!

  • By frozentoes on 07-02-17

Loved the story, hated the ending!

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

I was totally engrossed in the book and was initially impressed with the writer because I couldn't work out the mystery, until I did. But I refused to believe I had until it couldn't be ignored. I got the feeling that she ended it like this due to lack of imagination. Also, what was Anna Bentinck even doing on the narration? And why did some Scottish characters have English accents?

  • You Don't Know Me

  • By: Imran Mahmood
  • Narrated by: Adam Deacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 538

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By The One Who Reads on 30-06-17

Loved the consept

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

I was hooked from chapter 1. The story was simple and narration brilliant. I can't say I've been a gang insider, but I know how a young boy could be easily caught up in this mess. That is why my verdict is Not Guilty.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

Perfection

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

I knew I needed to have this book in my library as soon as I saw the summary. It was a gripping story and I enjoyed following Chris's reasoning throughout. Matt Addis narrated the story beautifully and made some excellent voices. He made even me wanna kill the man in white with the unsympathetic voice he made for him. Stone man is in my wish list, and I'm looking forward to reading more books by Luke Smitherd.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stay with Me

  • By: Ayobami Adebayo
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Yejide is hoping for a miracle, for a child. When her in-laws insist upon a new wife, it is too much for Yejide to bear. It will lead to jealousy, betrayal and despair. Unravelling against the social and political turbulence of '80s Nigeria, Stay with Me sings with the voices, colours, joys and fears of its surroundings. Ayobami Adebayo weaves a devastating story of the fragility of married love, the undoing of family, the wretchedness of grief and the all-consuming bonds of motherhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful realism

  • By Linn on 13-03-17

Beautiful realism

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

This is a very beautifully written story about an issue which is still very real and taboo in Nigeria, causing many women to suffer unnecessarily. I couldn't put the book down. Adjoa Andoh is one of my favourite narrators and she didn't disappoint. Good, but not perfect attempts at Yoruba, but she still made it sound like she knew it well. This book left tears in my eyes.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • My Not So Perfect Life

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a supercool Instagram feed. Okay, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, she has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they? Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her megasuccessful boss, Demeter, gives her the sack. All Katie's hopes are shattered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy light read

  • By Miss Claire A Phipps on 16-02-17

Too predictable, but with some good point

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

This was a very predictable story in many ways, but it discussed some relevant topics such as fake life on social media and how hard and competative the job market is. There were also some unexpected twists and hilarious scenes which kept me reading though the story was average. I predicted the end of course. This isn't Kinzella's best, but it's fine for a relaxing read.

  • Homegoing

  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman.

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery, one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best book I have ever read

  • By FEAA on 08-01-17

Brilliant story concept

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

Reviewed: 19-02-17

I was a little weary picking up this one. I'd just finished reading The under ground railroad which was good, but heavy at times. However, I immediately couldn't put this down as the stories had me captured straight away. I loved the concept of the lineages from the original sisters being told by one person in each generation. I could say so much about this book, but it would make this review too long, so if you're unsure, buy, read and let the stories within the main story take you on a great literary journey.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful