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Montignac sur Charente, France
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  • In Self-Defense

  • By: Sarah Gregory
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In this spine-chilling courtroom drama, beautiful 30-something defense attorney Sharon Hays takes on the case of Midge Rathermore, the teenage daughter of a Texas millionaire, who is accused of hiring a hit man to kill her father. In addition to her case, Sharon finds herself and her daughter being stalked by a savage sexual psychopath.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up after an hour!

  • By Annie on 10-11-18

Gave up after an hour!

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Far too much detail of the minutiae of each character - 'the slithering of silk as Sharon crossed her legs', 'he loosened his tie by pulling it down with one finger'; far too much detail about the processes of US law; unable to feel any attachment to the two main characters and there were obviously going to be more sleazy characters to appear. The narrator's reading was also very one-dimentional, so won't try anymore books by this author.

  • Panic Room

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: Hollie Taylor, John Sackville
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

High on a Cornish cliff sits a vast uninhabited mansion. Uninhabited except for Blake, a young woman of dubious background, secretive and alone, currently acting as housesitter. The house has a panic room. Cunningly concealed, steel lined, impregnable - and apparently closed from within. Even Blake doesn’t know it’s there. She’s too busy being on the run from life, from a story she thinks she’s escaped. But her remote existence is going to be invaded when people come looking for the house’s owner, missing rogue pharma entrepreneur Jack Harkness. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Completed ruined by unbelievably bad narration

  • By Pam on 24-10-18

Such a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I have thoroughly enjoyed Robert Goddard's books, until this one, and wish I had been able to read the reviews before buying. An unbelievable plot, one-dimensional characters, and really badly narrated: the actress reading the 'Blake' character struggled with the male voices and really didn't need to read Blake as a silly, overexcited teenager. Lots of things didn't ring true - at one minute Blake admits she has never had a mobile phone, and then she's able to access files and emails from a stolen phone - no password? I don't think so! In previous Goddard novels, he has never used the number of 'f' words that appear in this book - lazy writing in my opinion, and the story told by two characters, one (Blake) in the present tense and first person, really did not work. I advise any Goddard fans to steer clear of this one - a dreadful book from start to finish

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  • Child Taken

  • By: Darren Young
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey, Jonathan Keeble, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

One hot summer's day, two-year-old Jessica Preston disappears from the beach. The police are convinced she drowned, but Sandra Preston won't give up hope that her daughter is still alive. How can she? Twenty years later, another child goes missing, and Sandra is approached by a young journalist who raises questions about what really happened to Jessica Preston all those years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and far too long

  • By Annie on 08-09-18

Predictable and far too long

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

With a bit of judicious editing this book could have been at least three hours shorter and might then have been worth sticking with. The review I read predicted a whopper of an ending, but I'd worked out who the missing child was about halfway into the story. Far too much detail on domestic life (putting on the kettle, etc.) and work life too and the characters were not developed enough for me. A mother dies in a tragic accident and neither her daughter or husband seemed to show too much emotion and the daughter's best friend's solution to any of her friend's problems seemed to be to open another bottle of wine and box of chocolates!. The parts written for the parents and read by the male narrator and the older female one were much more interesting to listen to but the main narrator, although she had to be a younger voice for the younger characters, was far too immature and didn't make enough effort to change accents between the characters of Laura and Dani. Altogether a disappointing listen and I won't be listening to anything else written by this author or read by this narrator.

  • The Girl Who Came Back

  • By: Susan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Karen Kass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

When Jules Bright hears a knock on the door, the last person she expects to find is a detective bringing her the news she's feared for the last three years. Amelia Quentin is being released from prison. Jules' life is very different now from the one she'd known before Amelia shattered it completely. Knowing the girl is coming back, she needs to decide what to do. Friends and family gather round, fearing for Jules' safety. They know that justice was never served; every one of them wants to make the Quentin girl pay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it,

  • By Kindle Customer on 24-03-16

Tedious family story

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I stuck with this book because I was hoping for, perhaps, a twist or and exciting ending, but sadly no. It was probably about three hours too long and the author had a very annoying habit in the beginning of mentioning a character's name, but not explaining until much later who that character was. The reader made a fair job of the Devonshire accent for Jules, but the other voices were far too similar to make the story interesting to listen to and I'd have preferred some indication that the story was switiching from the present into the past. The main characters were far too good to be true, as was the incredibly precocious Daisy - I've never known an almost three-year-old who could handle a camera! The trial scenes could have been much more exciting and it was a great disappointment that the mysterious death of Amelia's mother wasn't investigated at all. Glad the book's over, and won't be trying any more by Susan Lewis.

  • Gone in Seconds

  • A Dr Kate Hanson Cold Case
  • By: A. J. Cross
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

When the skeleton of a young woman is found near a West Midlands motorway, evidence suggests that it is that of teenager Molly James, who went missing five years ago. Forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are called in to re-investigate Molly's case. The deeper they dig the dirtier the clues get, and when a second set of remains is unearthed Kate suspects they're looking for a Repeater: a killer who will adapt, grow and not stop until they are caught.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying narrator

  • By Charmaine on 01-07-13

Interesting police drama

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

I enjoyed the premise of this novel but I can never understand why writers have to use stereotypes when creating the characters of children - Maisie, in this book, is one of the most annoying twelve year olds I have ever read about - every cliche used - precocious, bad tempered, rude, and I was almost wishing she'd be a victim of the serial killer or 'doer' as described. I normally enjoy Anna Bentinck's readings but she used a really irritating voice for the child. Kate was quite a sympathetic character but seemed unable to deal with her revolting child - no challenge over the discovery of little blue pills in the child's bedroom was just preposterous. The investigation, however, was really interesting and the way the author dealt with the emotions of the bereaved families was very well written.

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  • White River Burning

  • Dave Gurney
  • By: John Verdon
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Tensions have been running high in White River as it approaches the anniversary of a fatal shooting of a black motorist by a local police officer. The economically depressed, racially polarized city is on edge, confronted with angry demonstrations, arson, and looting. In the midst of the turmoil, a White River police officer is shot dead by an unknown sniper. As the town spirals out of control, local authorities approach Dave Gurney to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting. But when he zeroes in on peculiar aspects of the individual murders that follow, his involvement is suddenly terminated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish choosing my next book was as easy as this every time

  • By David F. on 22-07-18

Yet another excellent Dave Gurney story

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

Reviewed: 16-08-18

I have listened to several Dave Gurney books and have enjoyed them all, but I think this is one of the best. Apart from the details of (sometimes) gruesome murders that need solving, I also enjoy the domestic details of Dave and Madeleine's lives and the rapport between them is well described, as is the scenery around their home. Usually, the books are read by the excellent Jeff Harding, but Christopher Lane did as good a job. Can't wait for the next one !

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  • A Game of Proof

  • The Trials of Sarah Newby, Book 1
  • By: Tim Vicary
  • Narrated by: Susan Edmonds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Sarah Newby, who left school at 15, and was living as a teenage single parent on an inner-city estate, has worked her way up to begin a career as a criminal barrister. But what should she do when her own son, Simon, is arrested and charged with a series of brutal rapes and murders?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly brilliant

  • By Andrew P on 25-03-15

A brief history of very unsympathetic characters

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

First, the narrator: Dead-pan style and some of the accents very dodgy.
Second: the characters: one-dimentional, especially the main character (uncaring mother to a daughter and obsessed mother to her son), her son (foul-mouthed wining layabout) and the detective - one parent widower struggling with fancying the lawyer - difficult to have any sympathy for them.
Third: the story - hate books where the author has to give the main character something interesting to do (in this case wearing black leather and riding a motor-bike) just to make them seem a bit more interesting.

I have stuck with this story because I don't like abandoning books halfway through but won't listen to any more by this author or any other authors narrated by Susan Edmonds

  • The Girl in the Woods

  • Patrik Hedström and Erica Falck, Book 10
  • By: Camilla Lackberg
  • Narrated by: Robin Bowerman
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Number one international best seller and Swedish crime sensation Camilla Lackberg's new psychological thriller featuring Detective Patrik Hedström and Erica Falck - irresistible for fans of Stieg Larsson and Jo Nesbo. When a four-year-old girl disappears in the woods just outside Fjällbacka, the community is horror-struck. Thirty years ago a young girl went missing from the exact same spot and was later discovered murdered....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen!

  • By Marspain on 01-10-18

Far too long

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. The book is far too long and there are far too many characters with stories that have no relevance to the crime and the solving of it.

Would you recommend The Girl in the Woods to your friends? Why or why not?

No. As already said: far too many characters with side stories and I really failed to see the relevance of the witch trial in the seventeenth century.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes. Both rather slow

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

No

Any additional comments?

I have enjoyed Camilla Lackberg's books before but prefer when she concentrates on the solving of the crime.

  • Little Liar

  • By: Clare Boyd
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

When a child’s scream pierces the night, Mira does what any good neighbor would do: She calls the police. She wants to make sure that Rosie, the little girl next door, is safe. Opening her front door to the police the next morning, Gemma's picture-perfect family is forced under scrutiny of social services. As her flawless life begins to crumble around her, Gemma must fight to defend the family she loves and protect her daughter from the terrible secret she's been keeping. When Rosie disappears without a trace, Gemma thinks she only has herself to blame....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I had a Love/Hate Relationship With this Book

  • By Rochelle Edwards on 22-02-18

A horrid story of a disfunctional family

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea - can't imagine anyone will want to read about a self-obsessed mother and her nasty child and weird neighbour

What could Clare Boyd have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Perhaps given some of the characters different accents

Would you listen to another book narrated by Jane McDowell?

Possibly, if the plot was a more believable and interesting one

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

Disappointment and despair that I have stuck with this silly story

Any additional comments?

Nowhere in this story did either parent think they should be seeking help for their difficult child and the way they were bringing her up. Novels , like the BBC, are there to entertain and inform, and this book did neither. Don't know if I can be bothered to soldier on to the end, now six hours in.

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  • This Rough Ocean

  • By: Ann Swinfen
  • Narrated by: Philip Battley
  • Length: 23 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

It is December, 1648, and England faces one of the greatest crises in its history. Bands of renegade soldiers and broken men roam the countryside, looting, burning, and raping. In Parliament, former allies are torn apart after six years of bloody conflict. John Swynfen, a rising young MP and one of the leaders of the moderate party, is working for peace, but only if safeguards can be established to protect Parliament and control the powers of the king. Ranged against him and his friends are Oliver Cromwell and his son-in-law Henry Ireton, intent on seizing power by the sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful gripping read

  • By Annie on 23-03-18

A wonderful gripping read

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

Would you listen to This Rough Ocean again? Why?

Yes. The historic detail of the period portrayed is educational and the minutiae of domestic life in the seventeenth century is fascinating

What did you like best about this story?

The contrast between the lives of Ann and John

What does Philip Battley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His various different accents were spot on

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

The end, without giving anything away

Any additional comments?

A wonderful book, for anyone who is a fan of Norah Lofts, this book is a must. Can't wait to try some of her other novels.