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  • Because She Loves Me

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 886

When Andrew Sumner meets beautiful, edgy Charlie, he is certain his run of bad luck has finally come to an end. But as the two of them embark on an intense affair, Andrew wonders if his grasp on reality is slipping. Items go missing in his apartment. Somebody appears to be following him. And as misfortune and tragedy strike his friends and loved ones, Andrew is forced to confront the frightening truth.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending

  • By Michael on 11-01-17

Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 13-03-16

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

Someone new to psychological thrillers. It must be difficult to maintain the standard of surprise and insert the expected twists in these stories that we readers have come to expect. It still comes as a great disappointment if the story fails at the end.

What could Mark Edwards have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I read these books and applaud the writers that come up with these amazing plots so it would be hard for me to offer an alternative book. Maybe this is the one he should have abandoned.

What three words best describe Napoleon Ryan’s voice?

He managed to change his voice for Charlie quite well.

What character would you cut from Because She Loves Me?

Sounds ridiculous (no spoilers) but Rachel!!!

Any additional comments?

I have read Mark Edwards before - particularly when he wrote with Louise Voss and enjoyed the books. . Maybe this writing partnership works better for Mark.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable Listen

  • By Sue Bayliss on 03-09-14

Very Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 28-02-16

What disappointed you about The Good Girl?

Unconvincing love story and implausible plot. The love story was described as encompassing but I didn't feel it. If they were so close why didn't Mia confide in Colin. I felt no compassion for the characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Kubica again?

I have already purchased another book by Mary Kubica, I have not yet listened to it and I am now wondering if I have made a mistake.

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

The narrators did a good job and I liked Abe.

What character would you cut from The Good Girl?

Difficult to say as the only character I had any liking for was the detective.

Any additional comments?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 14-12-15

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

The way the story unfolded with the different voices was excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ray. I could sympathise with his dilemma. Work before family - family before work and I understood.

What about David Thorpe and Julie Barrie ’s performance did you like?

Marvellous

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

Wished I could have. I thought about it between sittings.

Any additional comments?

I did not see the twist. No spoilers. Read it.

  • The World According to Bob

  • The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-Wise Cat
  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

The sequel to the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness. "Since Bob had appeared, I'd made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I'd been a homeless drug addict. I'd been lost to the world and forgotten what was important in life. Now I'd got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I was still stepping unsteadily into the future."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How can you not love this book!

  • By kellie brown on 30-01-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 14-12-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The World According to Bob to be better than the print version?

I have read A Street Cat Named Bob and listened to The World According to Bob and enjoyed both. The narrator was excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Because I am 'a cat person' obviously Bob. The bond between James and Bob is so telepathic.

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

Pathos

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I just can't get enough of the details regarding this story and even follow James on Facebook. I am also looking forward to the film. I just missed seeing Bob whilst I was in a shop in Notting Hill. I only saw the cameraman with 'A Street Cat Names Bob' written on the camera. Pity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

  • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 27-11-15

What made the experience of listening to Child 44 the most enjoyable?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book even though it was not what I expected.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Child 44?

When Raisa told her husband she had fallen in love with him.

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

I felt moved when they went to the orphanage and offered Mikhail's children a home.

Any additional comments?

This book gave such a picture of the dark side of Russia and the fear that ordinary people live through each day.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Taming of the Queen

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

Why would a woman marry a serial killer? Because she cannot refuse.... Kateryn Parr, a 30-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father, who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him. Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted 16 months, the one before barely half a year.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Karin on 19-10-15

Recommended

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

Reviewed: 18-10-15

If you could sum up The Taming of the Queen in three words, what would they be?

Sympathetic and riveting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katherine. Although she had to resort to scheming this was not really in her nature.

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

No but I found her voice very easy to listen to.

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

When Katherine was obliged to make love to Henry who disgusted her. It felt horrific.

Any additional comments?

I love this period in history and it was brought very vividly to life. I felt her fear and disgust of Henry. The description of the stink from his leg was palpable. She made you feel sick when she talked about the quantities of food Henry consumed. Thomas Seymour came across an exciting man (someone I would have loved to invite to dinner) but he let her down badly in the end. I would have like to book to have carried on to the end of her life.

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,677
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,675

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Intriguing conception

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

Reviewed: 27-09-15

Where does The Humans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

About 6th

What did you like best about this story?

I loved his innocent mistakes whilst trying to understand our way of life.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

How he related his day - mentioning he had had sex with Maggie, almost as an after thought.

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

No

Any additional comments?

It was an enjoyable listen. A different slant on SciFi.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Spool of Blue Thread

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer’s day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not For Me

  • By Alison on 23-05-16

Too drifting

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

Reviewed: 27-09-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I felt I would tie up the loose ends more securely.

Would you be willing to try another book from Anne Tyler? Why or why not?

Yes. I have read a number of Anne Tyler's books which I enjoyed much more.

What about Kimberly Farr’s performance did you like?

She was quite engaging and easy an easy listen

Could you see A Spool of Blue Thread being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

I felt the tensions within the family could have been better illustrated. But it did make me think and I emphasised with the Stem and Denny characters but it all seemed pointless in the end.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for 20 years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey, too.’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joy to listen to this

  • By mollyeyre on 06-11-14

Gripped. Both eager and reluctant to finish

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

Reviewed: 17-08-15

Would you listen to The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy again? Why?

Definitely. I feel I would get even more from a second listen. The story was so tender. The sacrifice Queenie made by not declaring her love to Harold was breath taking. It would be good to savour her words once again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I thought Harold's wife was a silent strong character and although she remained almost in the background you felt her presence. You knew she knew a lot more than she said.

Which character – as performed by Celia Imrie – was your favourite?

Celia Imrie's delivery brought the book alive and it would be difficult to choose.

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

See this film and experience tender unselfish love.

Any additional comments?

I read the Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and whilst I enjoyed it I think I would have enjoyed the audio version even more.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,254

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Lived up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 17-08-15

What made the experience of listening to The Girl on the Train the most enjoyable?

The narration was extremely clever shifting from each character and held your attention.

What did you like best about this story?

Sometimes Rachel made me angry and I despaired at some of her decisions. However, I remained gripped throughout.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Rachel. She was fascinating.

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

Despair.

Any additional comments?

I thoroughly recommend the book as an absorbing read and look forward to more from this author.