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WomanOnTheVerge

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  • 14
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  • An Unremarkable Body

  • By: Elisa Lodato
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

When Katharine is found dead at the foot of her stairs, it is the mystery of her life which consumes her daughter, Laura. The medical examiner's report, in which precious parts of Katharine's body are weighed and categorised, motivates Laura to write her own version of events. To bear witness to the unbearable blank space between each itemised entry. What emerges is a picture of a life lived in the shadows as well as an attempt to discover how and why her mother died.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise!

  • By WomanOnTheVerge on 12-01-19

A pleasant surprise!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

I came to this book with no great expectations at all but quickly found myself well and truly hooked!
There was only one bit of the story that jarred for me - I won’t say what it is because it might be a spoiler.. but it was at around the 94% mark.. I just don’t think that character would have done that?
Despite that small distraction, I absolutely loved this book and have recommended it to friends.
I’ll definitely be looking out for this author’s next book.

  • White Rose, Black Forest

  • By: Eoin Dempsey
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • RUBBISH

  • By Agnes on 27-01-19

Good story ruined!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This has to be the absolute worst narration I have ever heard! Totally ridiculous- every word read with maximum drama.. and the way he over-pronounced words like ‘face’ was extremely distracting. Thank goodness I’d bought the kindle book so I could have a break from the dreadful narration.
The woman’s voice was also terrible - everything half whispered..
A real shame as the story is really interesting!
Avoid the audible - unless you want a laugh!
Ps I tried giving the performance no stars but wasn’t allowed.

  • The Underground Railroad

  • By: Colson Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A spellbinding, heartbreaking tale of slavery.

  • By bookylady on 13-06-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

This book is well worth reading/ listening to. Best book I've read in ages. Highly recommended.

  • Birdcage Walk

  • By: Helen Dunmore
  • Narrated by: Emma Fenney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

It is1792 and Europe is seized by political turmoil and violence. Lizzie Fawkes has grown up in radical circles where each step of the French Revolution is followed with eager idealism. But she has recently married John Diner Tredevant, a property developer who is heavily invested in Bristol's housing boom, and he has everything to lose from social upheaval and the prospect of war. Diner believes that Lizzie's independent, questioning spirit must be coerced and subdued. She belongs to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great novel spoiled by narrator

  • By DartmoorDiva on 04-07-17

Wonderful story and characters

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

Enjoyed this book very much. Set during an interesting time historically, I learned a lot and it really made me think about how people's achievements etc. can disappear after they die... this became particularly poignant after I'd finished the book and discovered that the author died recently and was seriously ill while writing the book (even though she didn't know at the time).
I really warmed to the characters and was worried sick throughout that something terrible would happen to Lizzie.. The depiction of what nowadays would probably have been considered gaslightling was very well done and I found it quite menacing.
The performance overall was good, however there were moments where I found the reading slightly grating - usually when reading the name 'Lizzie' in a slightly over-exasperated tone. Could just be me though!
A recommended read for sure.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Good Girls Don't Die

  • By: Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 853

Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, DI Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex. Any hopes of a quiet start to her new life are dashed by the discovery of the body of a female student, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. Grace has her first case. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news. Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Victoria Burton on 17-01-15

Welcome Grace Fisher..

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

An enjoyable first story to introduce DS Grace Fisher. The plot was well paced and, although the killer was pretty obvious early on, it was interesting to watch the twists and turns as the characters tried to puzzle things out. I'll definitely be looking out for more stories featuring Grace.
The narration was ok, not annoying and fairly pleasant to listen to - maybe a little too slow and flat in places. Four stars.

  • The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Imogen Wilde, Laura Kirman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes. This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out. Kent, 1940. The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar's closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when spirited music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Liz on 06-03-17

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 27-03-17

I wasn't sure if I'd like this book as it's not the sort of thing I'd usually choose. It was an 'Editor's Choice' and caught my eye for some reason.
The story is engaging without being overly sentimental or dramatic. The narrators were all excellent and listening was a pleasure. The plot ticked along nicely and kept me interested. All in all, a lovely listen!
I'm very glad I gave it a try.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: January Lavoy
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 115

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today - written as a letter to a friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just one thing missing

  • By Margaret on 12-04-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

I love Chimamanda's writing and this book should be read by all parents, grandparents, family members - in fact by EVERYONE! It doesn't matter if you're a parent of a girl or boy - read this book!



  • Under the Harrow

  • By: Flynn Berry
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel's familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. Stunned and adrift, Nora finds she can't return to her former life. An unsolved assault in the past has shaken her faith in the police, and she can't trust them to find her sister's killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad....but those accents!

  • By WomanOnTheVerge on 13-03-17

Not bad....but those accents!

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

The story was a bit different to the usual crime/psychological thriller books that have become so popular in recent years.
I confess to sometimes losing my way and had to rewind quite frequently - it felt like it jumped around quite a bit between past, present, imaginary and between characters.
The 'plot' was good - I write 'plot' as I didn't feel it was a plot in the usual sense of the word when it comes to this genre. The insight into a relative's state of mind after a loved one is murdered worked very well. I usually work out whodunnit (or at least have a strong suspicion) but didn't in this story.
The narrator did ok - but the accents were dodgy to say the least, I'm talking laugh out loud dodgy! She just about got away with the Scottish (I'm being pretty generous here)... but the least said about the Australian/Welsh/Geordie/Irish character the better!

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,756

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

A very engaging listen...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

The performances were great. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot and the moral dilemmas thrown in throughout the story.
Slightly unbelievable that Jane would turn to Simon when she was afraid - why not turn to her women friends who she'd been confiding in? I'm sure one of them would have a spare room or a sofa!
That aside, I was hooked by the plot and found many excuses to keep listening - traffic delays were actually welcomed for once!

0 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 3,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

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

Gripped but AAARGHHH!!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

What made the experience of listening to I Let You Go the most enjoyable?

This was a really good story. It's hard to write a psychological thriller that is unpredictable but I think the author did a great job. One twist in particular came as a complete surprise. I think she really captured how insidious domestic violence can be. The characters were well drawn and the storyline was very engaging - and I for one liked the slow start.

How could the performance have been better?

The reason for the screaming in the title is down to the awful over-pronunciation of the male reader. Every time he came on, I was so distracted by the way he spoke it started to drive me slightly mad! The over pronounced 't' and 'd' at the end of words was particularly annoying.

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

I found myself trying to sneakily find times to listen to this book it was that good.