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Juno Marcos

Midlands, England
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  • The Summer of Impossible Things

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636

Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death. In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens.... Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So lovely

  • By Emma on 02-09-17

Easy to Listen to, Lovely story

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

The narration is spot on and the story is such a wonderful fantasy, and also a tragedy, a love story, a bit of sci-fi and so family centric. I thoroughly enjoyed it start to finish, very impressed and highly recommended.

  • All Our Wrong Todays

  • By: Elan Mastai
  • Narrated by: Elan Mastai
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should've turned out like this. And it's all my fault - well, me and, to a lesser extent, my father. And, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope. In both worlds she's the love of my life. But only a single version of her can exist. I have one impossible chance to fix history's greatest mistake and save this broken world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The point of it all....

  • By Kaggy on 02-05-17

A New Favourite

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

I'm currently recommending this book to anyone who will listen. It's a bit "Back to the Future" and "About Time" but so different to anything I have read before. It's not my usual genre and I am not entirely sure how I actually came to find it but I am so glad I did. The narration by the author is perfection.
The story is about so much more than time travel. It's beautiful, funny, gripping - a real page turner.
You won't regret it.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,384

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

What a Wonderful Novel

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

This is going down as one of my all time favourites. I'm telling all of my friends to read this next, i didn't want it to end. It's beautifully written with excellent characterisation and narrated to perfection.

Highly recommended!

  • Then She Was Gone

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,415

A missing girl. A buried secret. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment. She was 15, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kate on 18-10-17

I've "rediscovered" Lisa Jewell

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

The last of Jewell's books I read was Ralph's Party about 15 years ago. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this title quite as much as I did. Jewell's style and standard is almost unrecognisable from her earlier work.

While vaguely predictable, this story is one of great pain, loss, love and gratitude. It makes you want to wrap your babies in cotton wool and never let them out of your sight. It makes you wonder who you might be trusting your children to and what evil is going on in your neighbourhood, behind closed doors.

I never once got bored, loved the twists and turns of the story and despite the slightly off accents, the narration was flowing and expressive.

I am happy to have rediscovered Jewell and will be listening to more of her recent work.

  • Sleep Tight

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove, Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

When Olivia calls the police to report that her husband and children are missing, she believes she will never see them again. Two years later,Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas is called to investigate, but this time it’s Olivia who has disappeared. Her car is in the garage, and her purse is in her handbag. For some reason every single picture of this family has been removed from albums, phones, and computers. Then they find the blood...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Fantastic story!

  • By Liane on 12-02-15

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

What disappointed you about Sleep Tight?

It was all just a bit obvious and predictable and the writing was not great.

Has Sleep Tight put you off other books in this genre?

Not so much the whole genre, but definitely this author.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

No, the narration wasn't bad.

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

It was easy to listen to and didn't involve any brain power.

Any additional comments?

It's not truly dreadful, just not for me. It was the first book of this author that I had listened to so wasn't sure what to expect, and having listened to other authors in the genre, it has put me off reading any more of her books.

  • Local Girl Missing

  • By: Claire Douglas
  • Narrated by: Hannah Murray, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 591

Twenty years ago 21-year-old Sophie Collier vanished one night. She left nothing behind but a trainer on the old pier - and a hole in the heart of her best friend, Francesca. Now a body's been found. And Francesca's drawn back to the seaside town she's tried to forget. Perhaps the truth of what happened to Sophie will finally come out. Yet Francesca is beginning to wish she hadn't returned. Everywhere she turns are ghosts from her past. The same old faces and familiar haunts of her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great thriller.

  • By Miss Lesley Davidson on 09-11-16

Not great

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

Reviewed: 16-11-17

i struggled to finish this and it took some perseverance. Predictable and dull. Not much happened. Give this one a miss.

  • The Girl You Lost

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Willow Nash
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Eighteen years ago Simone Porter's six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband Matt have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them. Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace - and can Simone trust her? When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous

  • By ruby on 05-01-17

Don't Bother

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

What disappointed you about The Girl You Lost?

The story was awful, badly written, condescending and predictable.

Has The Girl You Lost put you off other books in this genre?

No, just this author and narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes, she was absolutely dreadful. Boring and really OTT accents!!

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

Not really. It's 9 hours of my life I will never get back!

Any additional comments?

If you want to read or listen to something of a similar ilk, get The Child by Fiona Barton. It has a similar them but the story and narration are far better.

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,802

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman. The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times Number One best seller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the Hype Comes Real Quality!

  • By Simon on 03-05-17

I couldn't even finish it

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Utterly boring. I'm not sure if anything exciting happens at the end because I couldn't bring myself to listen. Life is too short. I found it a complete let down after having loved The Girl on the Train.

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,738

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Unique and Classic

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

I've never read anything like it before and absolutely loved it. What a talented write Margaret Atwood is, after years of hearing about this novel I am so glad I eventually got around to reading it. Nothing at all like I was expecting and found it completely addictive.

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,920

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By joanna Prendergast on 30-06-17

Was not disappointed

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

Another great story by Fiona Barton and fantastic narration by all!! It was good to hear Kate's voice again and although I guessed the twist well in advance, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.