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  • 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 13,195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,138

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

Cracking....

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

An excellent, warm, touching, thought provoking, and, in parts, funny book. For a first timer, it’s surprisingly good. Cathleen McCarron has done the usual and made a great book brilliant, absolutely love her performance, and her accent is just sublime...

  • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother's favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry's worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nailbiting from start to finish

  • By Wilma on 06-12-10

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

This was good, my first time with a J Nesbo and enjoyed it. Sean Barrett has the perfect talent for this type of story, excellent narration and will look out for more from him in the future..

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,823

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

A cracker....

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

This was good, captivating, and original. It's not a new concept, abducted child, shows up years later, etc, etc, but the style was fresh and a few good twists added to a smooth story, recommended if you like a well thought out thriller.
Joanne Froggatt is a revelation though, had recognised her from various TV roles, didn't know how she would be with an audio book, but she was absolutely perfect as the narrator and as our heroine, will definitely add her to the list of performers to look out for in the future...

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Gods

  • A Novel
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears. Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By Jonrjfr @yahoo.co.uk on 04-05-17

Very Good..

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

I thought this was a clever, well put together, piece of work. Well worth the download and, of course, R.C Bray takes the good and makes it great...

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,788

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful - a horror classic

  • By Catbark on 21-09-16

Wow,

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

Reviewed: 15-06-17

Surprised how much I enjoyed this, tried to read it many years ago but gave up quite early on. Webber does an excellent job as narrator, would really look out for him again in the future.
Depending on your age, you'll have the like of Richard Thomas, John Ritter and, of course, Tim Curry in your head as you listen which is not a bad thing at all...it's long, but give it a go...

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  • Paradise

  • Expeditionary Force, Book 3
  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,043
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875

While the crew of the starship Flying Dutchman have been trying to assure people that hostile aliens do not have access to Earth, the UN Expeditionary Force has been stranded on the planet they nicknamed "Paradise". The Flying Dutchman is headed back out on another mission, and the UN wants the ship to find out the status of the humans on Paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • its skippy time

  • By stewart on 23-05-17

The beer can does it again:

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

Reviewed: 15-06-17

Good continuation on from the other books in the series, would like the author to think up a few new words other than Monkeys, Beer Can, etc. The Skipster is a master mind but needs to expand his vocabulary just a little bit. R.C Bray brings every character to vivid life and makes this go from good to absolute Awesome...

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Characters, Chilling Story, Excellent Narrator

  • By Sophie on 29-11-16

Very good,

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

A few little niggles but nothing to put you off it or not to finish it. R.C Bray does his usual.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Deathmatch

  • Arisen, Book 11
  • By: Michael Stephen Fuchs
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Humanity's most fearsome enemy is no longer death. Alpha and Marsoc meet their match. Lurking in the bush is the dark shadow cast by the operators - a terrifying force every bit their equal in skill, ferocity, and sheer resolve...but utterly unconstrained by humanity, compassion, or brotherhood. Now, to complete their mission and save the world, the operators will have to pay with their lives, or their souls, or possibly both.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wtf is up with Spetsnaz

  • By Anonymous User on 14-08-17

Another Cracker...

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

Yet again, another great addition to the series by Mr Fuchs. The background story is well known by book 11, this leads to an adventure with a lot more action. Ok, towards the end, it was, maybe, a little too full on, but it was satisfying and did keep you gripped. Definitely looking forward to 12, really hope it's not as big a gap as there was between 10 and 11.

Of course, a special mention to Mr R.C Bray, this guy just gets better and better. He brings these books to life in a way that, I don't believe, any other performer could. HE ROCKS!!!!

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,437

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

This is very good

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Two stories, one after the other, coming together at the end, very clever and nicely done. From start to finish, both narrators do an excellent job(though, I have a serious soft spot for Samantha Bond, slight bias there). You WILL scream it at, after the first part, but stick with it, it worth it. I'll be checking out more Horowitz after this......

  • Monster 1983

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Ivar Leon Menger, Anette Strohmeyer, Raimon Weber
  • Narrated by: Marc Warren, Callum Blue, Anastasia Griffith, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 225

Oregon, summer 1983. A series of mysterious deaths shakes the coastal town of Harmony Bay from its peaceful sleep. Shortly after the death of his wife, Sheriff Cody is called upon to investigate numerous murders which all exhibit strange puncture wounds. Cody and his team expect the murders are committed by a serial killer, but it soon becomes clear something more sinister lurks behind this idyllic town, which becomes his worst nightmare.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not the full story

  • By Gridiron on 19-10-16

Seriously????

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

Reviewed: 22-01-17

This had all the makings of a good tale. Set in the 80's(best decade ever), Set in "Harmony Bay" so smacks of King, Carpenter and other's, excellent cast(with no exceptions), so, overall, the signs were good - then it began. The concept of the story was good, and It started off well, but then became more muddled and disjointed as it went along and just a tad drawn out. I won't give away the ending(because their wasn't one), and I feel a bit cheated about that. Maybe it's just me, and you'll love it, but I would solely recommended this for the voice talents of the actors only, they're the ones that kept me from deleting this earlier and staying until the end(sic)....

1 of 2 people found this review helpful