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  • Play Dead

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Ex fashion model and successful business woman Laura Ayars' perfect world is shattered at a time that should have been the happiest of her life. On her honeymoon, her sports superstar husband goes for a swim - and never returns. But what has happened to David - can he really be dead? Whilst struggling to cope with her almost overwhelming grief, Laura is plagued by questions and doubts. Was it an accident? Or suicide? Or is it some terrible, ill-judged hoax?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What just happened ?

  • By john on 04-10-17

Wow, it's a mystery...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

You wouldn't guess where this is going... is it possible?? Listen and decide for yourself!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Never Look Away

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day at Five Mountains will help dispel his wife Jan's recent depression, black moods that have led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Instead, a day of fun with their four-year-old son Ethan turns into a nightmare. When Jan disappears from the park, David's worst fears seem to have come true. But when he goes to the police to report her missing, terrified that she's planning to take her own life, the facts start to indicate something very different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never Put It Down

  • By Patricia A. Thompson on 19-09-10

I never saw that coming!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

You will never guess the plot of this book! Keeps you on your toes throughout, plenty of twists and turns along the way. Well recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Baby Group

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Phoebe James
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Meet the Baby Group: Natalie ran her own design company until baby Freddie unexpectedly came along. Now the capable person she once was is trapped inside a crazy woman's body, longing for just one decent night's sleep and words of more than one syllable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you've got kids...

  • By The Slowest Bookworm on 23-09-08

Long for the story it tells

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

A good story, a little long for the story it tells. Could have been 8 hours long as still told the same tale. Easy to listen to and a good hoilday listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ordinary Thunderstorms

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 486

Adam Kindred, visiting London for a job interview, comes across a little Italian bistro as he walks along the Embankment, admiring the views. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, Adam's encounter leads to a series of accidents through which he will lose everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book, beautifully read.

  • By L. Fuchs on 24-09-09

Excellent and set in London

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

Twists and turns all the way through. Adam's situation could happen to any one of us, a fastinating story. Well recommended.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Daughter

  • By: Barbara Delinsky
  • Narrated by: Dian Perry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

A pregnancy pact between three teenaged girls puts their mothers' love to the ultimate test in this explosive new novel from Barbara DelinskyWhen Susan Tate's seventeen-year-old daughter, Lily, announces she is pregnant, Susan is stunned. A single mother, she has struggled to do everything right. She sees the pregnancy as an unimaginable tragedy for both Lily and herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Emotional

  • By Samuel W. on 23-07-10

It could happen...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

School girls make a pact to have babies at the same time. Scary because it could happen!! Well written, annoying reader but you get used to her. Overall a good story.

  • Wild Weekend

  • By: Celia Brayfield
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

It's Easter in the Suffolk village of Great Saxwold. Oliver Hardcastle is scraping an existence as an organic farmer. Miranda Marlow, high-earning international town-planner, is not looking forward to a weekend with her mother at a country-house hotel. But thanks to a teenage Goth, a wine-tasting at Chateau Saxwold, and an urban fox, love finds a way to change Miranda's mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wild Weekend

  • By Christine on 07-05-09

Easy listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

A fun story to listen to on the train or while doing the housework. Easy going and fun!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nanny

  • By: Melissa Nathan
  • Narrated by: Suzy Aitchison
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

When Jo Green takes a nannying job in London to escape her small-town routine and perfect-on-paper boyfriend Shaun, culture shock doesn't even begin to describe it. Dick and Vanessa Fitzgerald are the most incompatible pair since Tom and Jerry, and their children glittery warrior pixie Cassandra, bloodthirsty Zak and shy little Tallulah are downright mystifying. Suddenly village life seems terribly appealing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brummy accent?

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-08-18

Easy listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

A great fun story for listening to in the bath! Enjoy, chick lit at its best!

  • Room

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • reasonable

  • By Caroline on 29-01-11

Gripping, I listened over 2 days, couldn't stop!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

Well written and cleverly told, Room is a psychological thriller. It messes with your head as you try to make sense of the horrible situation the characters find themselves in. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in child development or who can relate to the mind of a 5 year old. Jack is an inpirational character for whom you have both both empathy and awe. Download it now!

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  • Ark

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

With the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away, there is hope for a chosen few to leave the soon-to-be submerged Earth. Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates, having been trained for this purpose since childhood, when the ships Ark One and Ark Three were being built. But as Holle prepares to endure life aboard the Ark, she comes to realize that her attempt at escape may be more dangerous than trying to stay afloat on a drowning planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great bit piece of end-of-the-world sci-fi

  • By Paul on 14-03-11

Wow! Amazing story, loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-10

Where do I start with this book? It is well written, gripping and well read. I loved the development of the plot, it is such a detailed book. Ark lends itself well to audio as it contains complex technical language, a lot of which you get the gist of but don't understand, and i think reading it would be hard work.
The basic plot, (without spoiling it!) the earth is filling up with water, land is disappering, and a crew of scientists and astronauts build an Ark to fly to a planet they hope to colonize, Earth 2. Only 80 people will be aboard the ark so the first part of the book focuses on the training and selection of this crew. Of course nothing goes to plan, not the selection and not the mission! Highly recommended book, makes you think...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Lovely Bones

  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book!

  • By robert on 31-12-09

Great story - bit long...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-10

First of all I haven't seen the film so i'm not sure how it relates... The Lovely Bones is a great story, well told mainly although the author does have the tendancy to use 5 words where she could use 1. This makes the story rather long and repetative in parts. None the less I was gripped by the story and keen to find out the ending. Read by an American so check the accent is not going to irratate you first, it did rather get on my nerves after a while hence 4 stars not 5!