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Manchester, United Kingdom
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  • Come a Little Closer

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath. Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don't speak, because there is nothing left to be said. Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return sooner or later. These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice - and now they have no choices left. Soon they won't be strangers, they'll be family....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as ever

  • By Hayley on 16-06-18

Worth persevering with!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-19

I intended to return this book as I found it really difficult to get into, it seemed predictable and silly, then it gripped me and I read it very quickly. Very interesting story, good characters and the familiar figures of the local police. I enjoyed it very much

  • The Nix

  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605

Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant novel

  • By Will J Bailey on 24-05-17

A great find

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

I don't often write reviews, or read novels of this length: my choices tend to be crime/police procedural/thrillers. I believe I must have bought this book as an Audible Deal of the Day on a whim, and several months after doing so, I am very happy with my purchase. This book is very cleverly constructed, it is funny, tragic, fascinating and intriguing in turn. All the characters are flawed but likeable in some way. It was surprising and satisfying and the best writing I have read in a long time. Despite the length I became hooked, partly because it was excellently narrated, and read it in a week.

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,840
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,355

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Excellent all round read

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

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

It is engrossing. I'd read the two previous novels so was pleased to see a third Cormoran Strike. The plot was interesting, and made compelling listening. I also enjoyed the level of detail involving places which I know well. Tends to make a book more rooted in the real world. I also think Robert Glenister is an excellent narrator, very easy to listen to.

What other book might you compare Career of Evil to, and why?

The two previous in the series, similarly good but believable twists to the plot.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

Has to be Cormoran Strike

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

Sometimes I would become anxious concerning Cormoran and Robin's safety, but it is also quite amusing in places.

Any additional comments?

It was good to learn a lot more about the main characters and their histories. I'm sure I'm not the only person who wanted the ending to be different, but in some senses it had to be.I also like the way the perpetrator's views and intentions are detailed without giving away their identity.
I look forward to the next novel in the series, presumably in about 12 months!

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 1,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

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

Terrific novel, lived up to expectation

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

Reviewed: 25-08-15

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

Yes, but would probably advise them to read the previous ones in the series to fully appreciate the history of the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe, main character who is flawed physically and emotionally but is extremely loveable!

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

I love this narrator: first encountered with the Jo Nesbo novels so I tend to associate him with Harry Hole etc! Great voice and entirely suited to these novels

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

I was upset by something at the end, which illustrates that Michael Robotham makes his characters credible and meaningful.

Any additional comments?

I will look forward to the next in the series. Keep them coming!

  • Touch

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 409

He tried to take my life. Instead I took his. It happened so long ago, I've forgotten the details. But he was desperate, hungry enough to kill. As I was dying, my hand touched his.That's when my first switch took place. I looked through the eyes of my killer just in time to see my own body die. Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone. All it takes is a touch.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing to Follow

  • By Leah on 04-09-15

Hard going at times

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

Reviewed: 25-08-15

Would you try another book written by Claire North or narrated by Peter Kenny?

I wouldn't read another Claire North, but have no problems with Peter Kenny's narration

Would you recommend Touch to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I very nearly gave up on this book: something I rarely do. It improved in the middle but I was pleased to reach the end and found I didn't care much about what actually happened.

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

He is a competent narrator but not the best.

Could you see Touch being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

It would be possible and might be quite effective if it was in a much simplified form.

Any additional comments?

The concept of 'ghosts' and ' skins' I found interesting and the author had done well with consistency and accuracy in developing her theme. I thought the structure was OK but the overall plot was hard going and often dull or disjointed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fab but horrifying<br />

  • By Heidi on 16-09-15

Gripping though harrowing

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

I've enjoyed all of Karin Slaughter's books so was pleased to listen to this one which was well narrated. It had everything: mystery, surprise, family relationships, twists, strong female characters. It also contained some horrific violent descriptions which were essential to the plot. I liked the structure using three narrators: two are sisters in the present time, and one male narrator (their father) describing events which had occurred further back in time.

  • The Skeleton Road

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing as a crime thriller but interesting

  • By iris on 01-03-15

Abrupt ending

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

Reviewed: 26-03-15

I enjoyed most of this book: there was little gratuitous violence, which I have often found unpleasant in other Val McDermid books. Historical descriptions of events around the Balkan wars were very interesting and her characterisation was excellent especially of law enforcement officers. Indeed I thought this could be the start of a new series using this Scottish detective. Perhaps I was disappointed that I had guessed the perpetrator long before the end (I prefer to be surprised). The abrupt ending of several strands of the plot left me feeling a little dissatisfied. A worthwhile read nonetheless.

  • The Children Act

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 781

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now her marriage of 30 years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who is the ultimate judge?

  • By Kaggy on 10-05-17

Enthralling story with a great voice

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

Reviewed: 20-09-14

I like Ian McEwan novels and as a retired social worker I was particularly interested in the story line.My favourite genre is crime/thrillers, which of course this isn't, but it held my interest throughout. I also thought his research was thorough, couldn't fault him on procedures. And of course it's essentially about relationships: so good. He manages to make judgements about class without labouring the point that not all justice is equal. I was a little disappointed in the ending, though not overly surprised. And Lindsay Duncan has the perfect voice. An excellent read.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Look Back

  • By: Karin Fossum
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Beneath the imposing Kollen Mountain lies a small village where the children run in and out of one another's houses and play unafraid in the streets. But the sleepy village is like a pond through which not enough water runs - beneath the surface it is beginning to stagnate. When a naked body is found by the lake at the top of the mountain, its seeming tranquillity is disturbed forever. Enter Inspector Sejer, a tough, no-nonsense policeman whose own life is tinged by sadness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An ok listen but nothing special

  • By PatM on 11-08-13

Good Scandinavian police novel

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

Reviewed: 09-08-13

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this second novel in the Inspector Sejer series. I particularly like David Rintoul's narration, and I expect to make my way through the whole series now!
This book began with a storyline which was emerging at the end of the first novel and which was peripheral but important background to the plot. The characters are interesting and realistic, as is the storyline. There was little political interest in the story apart from an understanding that the police and pathology services are understaffed and underresourced. Although there were many surprises, it always seemed believable. Recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Riders of Ordebec

  • A Commissaire Adamsberg Novel, Book 7
  • By: Fred Vargas
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

"People will die," says the panic-stricken woman outside police headquarters. She has been standing in blazing sunshine for more than an hour, and refuses to speak to anyone besides Commissaire Adamsberg. Her daughter has seen a vision: ghostly horsemen who target the most nefarious characters in Normandy. Since the middle ages there have been stories of murderers, rapists, those with serious crimes on their conscience, meeting a grizzly end following a visitation by the riders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight to read

  • By Margaret on 30-07-13

A delight to read

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

Reviewed: 30-07-13

This is the second Fred Vargas I've read and I hope the other Commissaire Adamsberg books are put on audio soon. David Rintoul is a great narrator.The characters are interesting and engaging. It's different and quirky so I struggle to compare this author with anyone else. The plot was intriguing, two main story lines both of which were interesting. No loose ends on completion of the book. A delightful book which I can recommend.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful