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  • The Assassin

  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, is the most dangerous city in the world. And when a mission to break the local cartel’s grip goes wrong, Isabella Rose, the Angel, finds herself on the wrong side of prison bars. Fearing the worst, Isabella plays her only remaining card... 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Needs a Female Narrator!

  • By Vanessa on 17-07-18

Needs a Female Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I struggled to listen to this instalment of Isabella Rose. I had to resort to increasing the play speed to endure the narration. Given the protagonist is female in this series, surely it would make sense to have a female narrator. After all, John Milton books aren’t read by a female narrator!
Unfortunately this will be my last Isabella Rose audiobook unless there is a change of narrator - so sorry Mr Ryan 😐

  • Thirteen

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Hollywood actor Robert Soloman stands accused of stabbing his wife and her lover, but he is pleading that he had nothing to do with it. This is the trial of the century, and the defence want Eddie Flynn on their team. The biggest case Eddie has ever tried before, he decides to take it on despite the overwhelming evidence that Robert is guilty. As the trial starts, Eddie becomes sure of Robert's innocence, but there's something else he is even more sure of - that there is something sinister going on in the jury box.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first Eddie Flynn book

  • By anne on 13-02-18

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Just finished listening to this and the previous novel by Mr Cavanagh, only stopping to sleep!
Great plot and story line in all Eddie Flynn books - true escapism - excellently narrated by Adam Sims.
I hope there will be many more to follow.

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 231

When aspiring writer Guinevere Beck strides into the bookstore where Joe works, he is instantly smitten. Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: tough, razor-smart, and sexier than his wildest dreams. He'd kill to have her. Soon Beck can't resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom made for her. When a string of macabre incidents tears her world apart, there is only one person she can turn to. But there's more to Joe than Beck realizes and much more to Beck than her perfect facade.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Painful

  • By kdsshrub on 15-02-18

Compelling.

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

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I was totally enthralled by the storyline of this book. At times it is shocking but I did laugh out loud at times. A very thought provoking insight into abnormal psychology.
Excellently written with fantastic narration.
I hope the next book (I am just about to buy) will be as good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mountain Man: Prequel

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

After a long day of prepping a house for painting, all Gus Berry wanted was the night off to spend some time with his girlfriend and relax before having to return to work the next morning. But that isn’t going to happen. Because Gus’s co-worker Benny has found a one-night job at the local Mollymart East, a job that has to be done by morning. If Gus and his paint crew can complete the work by then, it could mean huge business with a respected, established grocery store chain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Chance to Walk With the Mountain Man!

  • By Simon on 17-04-18

As Good as it Gets!

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

I thoroughly enjoyed the Mountain Man series published before this prequel and am pleased to say that it is equally as good.
I have to say a big thank you to Simon who reviewed this book first - I wouldn’t have know it was available otherwise.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Skin Deep

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Annette Flynn, Sophie Ward, Declan Rodgers, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Cordelia Russell has been living on the Côte d'Azur for 10 years, posing as an English heiress. Now her money is gone, and her luck is running out. Desperate to escape her grotty flat and grim reality, Cordelia spends a decadent night at the Negresco. But surrounded by the young, beautiful and privileged, she feels her age and her poverty. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing story of an eventful life

  • By Kirstine on 25-04-18

Captivating.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

A very unusual storyline that kept me enthralled until the very last chapter.
Excellently written and narrated.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Missing, Presumed

  • By: Susie Steiner
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 215

Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace. Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story.

  • By Graham on 21-03-16

More and More Please!

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Thoroughly enjoyed this book in all respects!
Although the plot is of a serious nature, I laughed out loud on several occasions (much to my family’s surprise) - the dry witted asides certainly appeals to my sense of humour.
Off to get the next book now - the second of many I hope!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Tiger in the Well

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise. When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrills and suspense, Victorian style.

  • By Jean on 29-03-11

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

Third book in the series and possibly the best.
Exciting, well written storyline that is exceptionally well narrated by Anton Lesser. The characterisation of the various personalities and multitude of accents is amazing - if there is an award for best narrator, Mr Lesser has more than earned it for this book alone.
Would listen to the next book - but alas Audible seem to have misplaced it : )

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Here and Gone

  • By: Haylen Beck
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Audra has finally left her abusive husband. She's taken the family car, and her young children, Sean and Louise, are buckled up in the back. This is their chance for a fresh start. She keeps to the country roads to avoid attention and finds herself on an empty road in the Arizona desert. Looking for a safe place to stay for the night, she spots something in her rearview mirror. A police car is following her, and the lights are flickering. Blue and red. As Audra pulls over she is intensely aware of how isolated they are.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 6 stars! Suberb!

  • By Ann D on 16-07-17

Excellent Portrayal of a Very Real Issue.

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

Reviewed: 18-02-18

A very emotive subject is sensitively addressed in this novel. At first the story is very dark and depressing, but the plot progresses into a thoroughly believable storyline.
Well written and narrated - will certainly look forward to more from this author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • When I Wake Up

  • By: Jessica Jarlvi
  • Narrated by: Juliette Burton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

When Anna is beaten and left in a coma, the news of the attack sends shock waves through her small Swedish community. She had no enemies, so who wanted her dead? Her husband is determined to get to the bottom of the attack, but soon uncovers his wife's secret life and a town riven with desire, betrayal and jealousy. It becomes clear that only one person can reveal the truth, and she's lying silent in a hospital bed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great New Author !

  • By Vanessa on 20-01-18

A Great New Author !

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

Brilliant novel - will certainly be looking out for the next one!
Excellent narration - consistent characterisation - easy to differentiate the various characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Safe from Harm

  • By: RJ Bailey
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Sam Wylde is a Close Protection Officer to the rich and powerful. In a world dominated by men, being a woman has been an advantage. And she is the best in the business at what she does. She takes a job protecting the daughter of the Sharifs - Pakistani textile tycoons - but she realises that there is more to their organisation than meets the eye and suddenly she finds herself in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, I loved it!

  • By Ann D on 22-11-17

Hopefully the First of Many!

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

I greedily consumed this novel in one sitting!
Excellent plot, a female protagonist who is by no means ‘girly’ - I’m sure male readers / listeners would enjoy this as much as I did - some of the analogies made me laugh out loud (no mean feat) - my son kept asking what I was laughing at as I sat headphone clad with my crochet 😄
Last but never least, as usual, exceptional narration by Imogen Church. I have been known to buy a book simply because Ms Church is the narrator; in my opinion she is one of the best narrators on Audible.

Hope the sequel will be finished soon!!!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful