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  • The Thirst

  • Harry Hole, Book 11
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as normal

  • By Sue Edwards on 07-05-17

Depressingly gruesome

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

Would you try another book written by Jo Nesbo or narrated by Sean Barrett?

Not so much a thriller as a torrid trawl through unimaginably bleak characters and horrifically dark deeds. No more Jo Nesbo for me.

What about Sean Barrett’s performance did you like?

The only good thing about this book is the reading. Even Sean Barrett cannot save what is in my view a repellent story.

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

Disappointment. Revulsion.

Any additional comments?

It is turgid going. I gave up after a few chapters; unpleasant horror and not an intriguing crime story. Unrelenting gloom and misogyny, this is not a thriller but a catalogue of vile behaviours; not a good listen in any way. It is so gruesome I am surprised it is not accompanied by some sort of warning as to the content. I would give it no stars for story or overall rating if I could, even though the reading is good.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One Child

  • The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment
  • By: Mei Fong
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

When Communist Party leaders adopted the one-child policy in 1980, they hoped curbing birthrates would help lift China's poorest and increase the country's global stature. But at what cost? Now, as China closes the book on the policy after more than three decades, it faces a population grown too old and too male, with a vastly diminished supply of young workers. Mei Fong has spent years documenting the policy's repercussions on every sector of Chinese society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful research of China's One Child Policy

  • By Mrs. on 22-02-16

Insightful research of China's One Child Policy

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

Where does One Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Unexpected. Interesting research based writing, investigating the sources and impact of what was an inhumane policy - more in terms of its execution (literally) than its ideals. Very different listen so not possible to rank it.

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

Some of the descriptions of people's experiences (men as well as women) are harrowing but overall one has a good sense of a carefully investigated history into the power of the Chinese state over the fertility of its people (women), and its continuing impact today. Not comfortable and very hard to imagine what it must have been like to be a woman subjected to the strictures of this regime. Raises interesting questions about whether this policy to reduce population has actually had the desired outcome, and how a reduced population looks after an ageing one. The spectre of 'designer' babies becomes a reality to the burgeoning wealthy classes of China, while the poor remain disadvantaged.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, it was factual and not really a story in the usual sense. Fairly detached reading but not a problem as the facts and accounts were startling and needed no embellishment.

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

It is not a long book so it was easy to do so and was surprisingly compelling.

Any additional comments?

I don't think this was what I expected but I found it very interesting and am glad I listened to it. It most certainly gives much to think about.

  • Talking to Addison

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Holly is a frustrated florist whose life doesn't exactly seem to be coming up roses. Fleeing the houseshare from hell, she moves in with Josh, a sexually confused merchant banker; Kate, a high-flying legal eagle with talons to match; and the gorgeous Addison, who spends his days communicating only with his computer and those who worship at the altar of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Right up my street

  • By HippyH on 17-12-18

Dreary with poor characterisation

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

What would have made Talking to Addison better?

A stronger storyline. The writing attempts to be amusing but fails; flat footed. weak story and unconvincing characters. Well read, but that alone could not save it.

What was most disappointing about Jenny Colgan’s story?

Gratuitous swearing, unbelievable characters, weak plot. In fact, no plot, but no strand to the book to keep one on board. I just did not warm to these dreary individuals, or care what happened to them.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

A good attempt at enlivening this book, but it was not enough to make it worth listening to.
Repeating the epilogue was a strange mistake.

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

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Disappointing.

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  • White Nights: A Thriller

  • Shetland, Book 2
  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

In this second audiobook of the Shetland Quartet to feature Inspector Jimmy Perez, the launch of an exhibition at The Herring House art gallery is disturbed by a stranger who bursts into tears, then claims not to remember who he is or where he comes from. The next day he's found dead, wearing a clown's mask.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • l didn't guess the twist at the end

  • By other nanny on 02-08-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-01-16

What disappointed you about White Nights: A Thriller?

muddled, hard to get in to and too easy to loose interest in protagonists. A weak plot.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not a lot - this was a very dreary story which just seemed too convoluted and quite quickly I was just wondering why I was bothering to listen.

Any additional comments?

Muddled, unbelievable plot. very disappointing.

  • Elephant Moon

  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 342

As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma, and the British rulers prepare to flee. But the human legacy of the British Empire will be left behind in the shape of 62 Anglo-Burmese children, born to local women after affairs with foreign men. Half castes, they are not acknowledged by either side, and they are to be abandoned with no one to protect them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Granny June on 28-01-16

well written, well read and gripping story

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

Reviewed: 27-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Elephant Moon the most enjoyable?

excellent characterisation, well read, but a very good narrative to work from.

What did you like best about this story?

involving, imaginative. great sense of place and time

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

no

Any additional comments?

recommended by a friend, this was a terrific listen. very good story with scope for vivid sound 'pictures' so very easy to be present in one's imagination with all the characters and places. good pace and mostly well read.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Storms of War

  • By: Kate Williams
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 20 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

In the idyllic early summer of 1914, life is good for the de Witt family. German Rudolf and his aristocratic English wife, Verena, are planning the wedding of their daughter, Emmeline, while their elder son, Arthur, is studying in Paris, and Michael is just back from his first term at Cambridge. Celia, the youngest of the de Witt children, is on the brink of adulthood and secretly dreams of escaping her carefully mapped-out future and exploring the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • promises more than it delivers

  • By Mrs. on 08-05-15

promises more than it delivers

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

What did you like best about Storms of War? What did you like least?

writing and narration weak, somewhere in there is a good story

What didn’t you like about Katie Scarfe’s performance?

phrasing and emphasis very odd which completely got in the way of the story.

Was Storms of War worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Some very 'modern' grammar /writing which did not fit the tone. disappointing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Villa

  • By: Rosanna Ley
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 276

When Tess Angel receives a solicitor's letter inviting her to claim her inheritance - the Villa Sirena, perched on a clifftop in Sicily - she is stunned. Her only link to the island is through her mother, Flavia, who left Sicily during World War II and cut all contact with her family. Initially resistant to Tess going back to her roots, Flavia realises the secrets from her past are about to be revealed and decides to try to explain her actions.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • So happy when it was over...

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-10-14

romantic holiday story

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

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

might do, its easy listening

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

Very good, clear and gives characters colour.

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

No

Any additional comments?

Not very serious but enjoyable listen

  • Love on the Rocks

  • By: Veronica Henry
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

When Lisa Jones and her boyfriend George take on the run-down Rocks Hotel, they aim to do for Mariscombe what Rick Stein did for Padstow and set up a chic maritime retreat. But renovating a hotel is about more than stripped wooden floors and Egyptian cotton sheets, particularly when the locals are shifty and unhelpful. Especially Bruno Thorne, the tall, dark and surly owner of the nearby Mariscombe Hotel, where life is one long holiday; for the staff, anyway.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but let itself down in places

  • By Maggie on 17-05-15

A romp

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

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

light relief

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Not really very interesting more a diversion and amusing

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

well read and definitely creates characters

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

yes

Any additional comments?

a soap really but good fun

  • 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 22,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,266

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

Quite a journey

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

What did you like best about The Girl on the Train? What did you like least?

Well read, clever idea but not always easy to follow

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

yes

Was The Girl on the Train worth the listening time?

just about

Any additional comments?

slightly unbelievable. Mainly because sensible outside help was never consulted (police/lawyer etc) and the manipulation seemed far fetched. clever premise though.

  • The Olive Branch

  • By: Jo Thomas
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

It's amazing what you can buy online these days: memorabilia, fashion accessories, a crumbling Italian farmhouse... After a Prosecco-fuelled girls' night in gets out of hand, Ruthie Collins awakes to discover that she has bid for her dream Italian home online - and won. Recently out of a relationship, a new start is just what she needs. Anything is better than sleeping on her mum's settee.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A transporting romance

  • By Pipsicalpopsicle on 05-04-15

relaxing easy listen

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

Reviewed: 24-04-15

What did you like most about The Olive Branch?

eventually quite like the characters and the gentle story

Would you be willing to try another book from Jo Thomas? Why or why not?

yes.

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

yes

Any additional comments?

Enjoyable and quite easy to draw pictures of the landscape in ones mind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful