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  • The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman

  • By: Mindy Mejia
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Thorburn, Jeff Harding, John Moraitis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Eighteen-year-old Hattie Hoffman is a talented actress, loved by everyone in her Minnesotan hometown. When she's found stabbed to death on the opening night of her school play, the tragedy rips through the fabric of the community. Sheriff Del Goodman, a close friend of Hattie's dad, vows to find her killer, but the investigation yields more secrets than answers: it turns out Hattie played as many parts offstage as on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Kerrie on 20-07-17

Loved every aspect

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

Reviewed: 04-05-19

Great story told from several perspectives. Kept me guessing right to the end; very hard to put down. Great cast of likeable characters that were really bought to life with the fantastic narration throughout. Will eagerly await the next book by the same author.

  • One for Sorrow

  • By: Sarah Denzil
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Seven years ago, six-year-old Maisie Earnshaw was found facedown in a duck pond, her body mutilated. Isabel - at age 14, found covered in Maisie's blood - was convicted of murder. As Leah spends time with Isabel, she comes to know her as a young woman with a sweet, gentle nature, someone she could never see as a murderer. Leah begins to suspect members of the Fielding family of framing Isabel as a young girl, and she's not the only one. True crime blogger James Gorden thinks Isabel is innocent, too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Dysfunctional Relationship With Sarah Denzil!

  • By Simon on 08-07-18

Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 27-03-19

Really don't understand why this has such a good rating. I enjoyed the previous books but this is just silly, the main character weak and often badly written. The general premise was interesting enough that I've stuck it out to the end (despite being so put off at the horrific mockney accent that I nearly gave up after the first chapter) but from the beginning of part 2 it's been ridiculous. I'm not sure if a different narrator or possibly the same narrator using her normal voice could have made it easier to listen to but this is the first audiobook I've listened to that the narration was such a poor fit and detracted from the story. If you're not a Londoner this may not grate so much but listen to the sample before downloading or you might be disappointed.

Also, anyone with experience with cat rescue will tell you that feral cats don't jump out of bushes to randomly attack passersby - that alone should give you an idea of what to expect

  • Scrublands

  • By: Chris Hammer
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

A dead river. A dying town. A killer's secrets.... In an isolated country town ravaged by drought, a charismatic young priest opens fire on his congregation, killing five men before being shot dead himself. A year later, journalist Martin Scarsden arrives in Riversend to write a feature on the anniversary of the tragedy. But the stories he hears from the locals don't fit with the accepted version of events. Just as Martin believes he is making headway, a shocking discovery rocks the town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in ages.

  • By Robert E. on 07-10-18

Stunning fiction debut

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

One of the best stories I've ever read. So many twists and turns and so much action from beginning to end. I read a lot and usually guess what happened fairly quickly but I had this wrong in lots of places. A varied cast of complex and likeable characters. Also, the very most unpleasant aspects of the story were dealt with tastefully without seeming to be censored. Narration was excellent throughout and made the characters come alive especially old Codger!

Excellent work from both the author and narrator, hope they will produce another story asap.

  • Force of Nature

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 321

Is Alice here? Did she make it? Is she safe? In the chaos, in the night, it was impossible to say which of the four had asked after Alice's welfare. Later, when everything got worse, each would insist it had been them. Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story, but perhaps better to read this book rather than listen to it?

  • By Jo on 22-03-18

Totally gripping

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

Had me hooked from start to finish. Difficult to know what to say without any spoilers but a real thriller with some excellent characters that had me on the edge of my seat especially towards the end. The narrator was excellent throughout and although the characters were mainly female it was clear who was speaking. Really hope this series will continue.

  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • Oil, Money, Murder and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And this was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant

  • By Ms. Ej Austin on 19-06-17

Absolutely fascinating

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

Possibly the best audiobook I've listened to (out of maybe 50). Truly fascinating account of this true case including an amazing level of detail and some tense action.

Three narrators tell a different portion of the story. All three are excellently suited to their part.

A quick Google image search will show historic photos of many of the people involved (be careful not to read any text to avoid spoilers!)

A must listen if you're interested in true crime.

  • Every Last Lie

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Graham Hamilton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Clara Solberg's world shatters when her husband and four-year-old daughter are in a car crash, killing Nick while Maisie is remarkably unharmed. But when Maisie starts having nightmares, Clara becomes obsessed that Nick's death was far more than just an accident. Who wanted Nick dead? And, more importantly, why? Clara will stop at nothing to find out the truth - even if it makes her question whether her entire marriage has been a lie....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute page turner

  • By P. Coleman on 13-08-18

Absolute page turner

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

Two converging storylines told from different points of view. Lots of twists and turns throughout with some very well drawn characters. One of the best narrations I've listened to and I listen a lot.

  • The Craftsman

  • By: Sharon Bolton
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Florence Lovelady's career was made when she convicted coffin-maker Larry Glassbrook of a series of child murders 30 years ago. Like something from our worst nightmares the victims were buried...alive. Larry confessed to the crimes; it was an open and shut case. But now he's dead, and events from the past start to repeat themselves. Did she get it wrong all those years ago? Or is there something much darker at play?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of the best

  • By P. Coleman on 07-05-18

Best of the best

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I've read all of Sharon Bolton's work and eagerly pre order them. This is the best by far and I hope the 30 year gap in this story will allow her to write some more cases starring WPC Lovelady. Excellent exciting story from start to finish and kept me guessing throughout.

The narration of the main character was oddly stilted like someone reading not acting however in this story it gives the feeling of the policewoman testifying from written notes and is less obvious with the other characters.

Really can't go wrong with this whether you've read any of her previous work or not.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pendulum

  • By: Adam Hamdy
  • Narrated by: Luke Thompson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 243

You wake. Confused. Disorientated. A noose is round your neck. You are bound, standing on a chair. All you can focus on is the man in the mask tightening the rope. You are about to die. John Wallace has no idea why he has been targeted. No idea who his attacker is. No idea how he will prevent the inevitable. Then the pendulum of fate swings in his favour. He has one chance to escape, find the truth and halt his destruction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mrs. Jennifer Petrie on 22-10-17

My most exciting listen

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Really thrilling from the very first chapter and not a dull moment right to the end. Similar to the work of Simon Kernick. An inventive and creepy idea for a bad guy and main characters that you could really get behind. The first chapter was absolutely nail biting and although you know nothing about the first victim you're already invested.

Also possibly one of the best narrations I've ever heard. It doesn't seem possible that one reader could give an individual recognisable voice to such a huge cast of characters. There's a huge amount of dialogue between the male and female leads with British and American accents which are always spot on.

Looking forward to the next one.

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

Can't rate this highly enough

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

Reviewed: 13-11-17

Didn't think I'd find anything to top my previous favourite but this is it. Really hope there will be more to follow.

The main character is likeable and well played, the small supernatural element believable and it truly kept me guessing right to the end. A real adventure while also giving some beautiful description and remaining tasteful with no sex, little violence and minimal swearing.

This would particularly appeal to anyone who enjoyed Stephen King's "Insomnia"

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Distress Signals

  • By: Catherine Ryan Howard
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

The day Adam Dunne's girlfriend, Sarah, fails to return from a business trip to Barcelona, his life begins to fall apart. Days later, the arrival of her passport and a note that reads, 'I'm sorry - S' sets off real alarm bells. Adam is puzzled when he connects Sarah to a cruise ship called The Celebrate and to a woman who disappeared in eerily similar circumstances. Adam must try to outwit a predator who seems to have found the perfect hunting ground....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story that kept me focussed

  • By Sophie S on 01-08-16

Fantastic story brought to life by amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Either the best or joint best audiobook I've listened to in the 2 years since I joined. Hard to describe the plot without any spoilers but a page turning mystery that had me listening in every spare moment and puzzling over it when I was dragged away to do anything else. Pretty believable most of the way through whilst still exciting. An excellent job by the author to keep us guessing right to the end without getting boring or silly. I find very few mysteries that aren't boringly obvious or totally unrealistic but this couldn't have been better.

I usually prefer female narrators but this book could have been written for this narrator, he managed the accents and gender differences to the point where it was more like a full cast. In fact this story really lends itself to this format as most of it is narrated from the perspective of the main character and most of the larger sections of dialogue involve characters that have different accents so it's very easy to follow. A credit very well spent and I hope this author and narrator can collaborate again soon.