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  • Remember Me This Way

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

A year after her husband Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place. As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again. At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her. Lizzie loved Zach. She really did. But she's starting to realise she didn't really know him. Or what he was capable of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Flower Girl on 15-08-14

Slow narration

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

Reviewed: 22-01-18

The narration was so slow to be painful. Glad to reach the end of the story which was interesting enough to want to know its conclusion.

  • Lie with Me

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Kirk Bage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036

It starts with a lie. The kind we've all told - to a former acquaintance we can't quite place but still, for some reason, feel the need to impress. The story of our life, embellished for the benefit of the happily married lawyer with the kids and the lovely home. And the next thing you know, you're having dinner at their house and accepting an invitation to join them on holiday - swept up in their perfect life, the kind you always dreamed of.... Which turns out to be less than perfect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very cleverly observed and put together.

  • By janice wildchild newman on 02-10-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

Excruciatingly slow, boring and irritating but a satisfying ending, though it didn’t make up for the majority of the book. Flat performance, perhaps excused by the flat story.

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  • The Drowning

  • Patrik Hedström and Erica Falck, Book 6
  • By: Camilla Lackberg
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Christian Thydell has been receiving anonymous threats since he began writing his novel, The Mermaid. When one message, secreted within a bouquet of flowers, causes him to collapse at the book's launch party, crime writer Erica Falck is compelled to investigate. Erica’s husband, detective Patrik Hedström, meanwhile, is puzzled by the disappearance of Christian’s friend Magnus Kjellner. When a body is found frozen in the sea near Fjallbacka, he has a murder enquiry on his hands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rather Disappointing

  • By Nom de Plume on 10-05-12

Drawn out

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

Reviewed: 24-10-17

An interesting and good story eventually but rather repetitive and drawn out. Great psychological content

  • Cartes Postales from Greece

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens, Victoria Hislop, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 210

Week after week the postcards arrive, addressed to a name Ellie does not know, with no return address, each signed with an initial: A. With their bright skies, blue seas and alluring images of Greece, these cartes postales brighten her life. After six months, to her disappointment, they cease. But the montage she has created on the wall of her flat has cast a spell. She must see this country for herself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Fragmented and tenuous

  • By V on 06-11-17

Dull, dull, dull.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I found this book slow, dull and at times almost morose. The narration added to the mood. So disappointing.

  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passionate story, passionless reading

  • By Siobhan on 31-07-07

This will stay with me

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Narration a bit flat, but otherwise brilliant. A truly moving book which enhanced my understanding of the history of Afghanistan.