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Mr Robert Butler

Long Eaton, UK
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  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,961
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,947

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Smooth and Classy Thriller

  • By Simon on 26-08-16

Excellent character development

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

I read this book after reading the back road, not having realised I'd missed out some books between. Although there were some convenient coincidences (including links to a crime spree 12 years ago) the story is extremely well told and the characters developed really well as we go through the story.
The story telling is really good and I actually looked forward to the next instalment to find out what would happen next. There are a few twists and turns as the story progresses to an excellent ending (the close of this story is very well done). Rachel Abbott is rapidly coming one of my favourite authors - I love her style and will return and read the novels I've missed out in the series

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Back Road

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Penny McDonald
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,013

A girl lies close to death in a deserted lane. A driver drags her body to the side of the road. A shadowy figure hides in the trees, watching. For Ellie Saunders last night’s hit and run on the back road could destroy everything she has ... Ellie’s new neighbour, former Detective Chief Inspector Tom Douglas has moved to the village for some peace and quiet, but as he is drawn into the web of deceit his every instinct tells him that what happened that night was more than a tragic accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The biggest disappointment on Audible

  • By Ryan Clontz on 23-09-14

Great characters & a break from the usual thriller

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

I absolutely loved this book. It differs from lots of crime stories as it doesn't focus on an investigation by a detective. Instead the story starts to develop from a dinner party and develops from there to an unexpected conclusion. The story opens with a hit and run and the location of the incident (on the back road) would suggest that the killer lives at the local village since the road doesn't go anywhere else.
I loved the way we found out something about each character in turn, all of which kept the plot twisting and turning as you try to work out who the hit and run driver is. I enjoyed the book so much I immediately ordered the next (and previous) book in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret

  • By: Katerina Diamond
  • Narrated by: Stevie Lacey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The brand-new crime novel from Katerina Diamond. Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it.... Bridget Reid has a secret - one that could get her killed...if she can escape the man who is keeping her locked in a basement bedroom. DS Imogen Grey is good at keeping secrets - truths she'd never reveal to her colleagues at Exeter Police. She worked hard to get where she is. She nearly died for it. Now her past is catching up with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • much better than before

  • By Ho-Man Yau on 18-11-16

Different but as gripping as the first

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

A great story and like the first in the series it extremely well told. As the book went on I began to question the characters as they seemed to change from the last book. Imogen Grey seems to lose some of her strength and grit to the point you start to ask yourself if she is the same character. As the book goes on you have to suspend disbelief and accept the number of coincidences including the cliffhanger at the end!
Worth a read! :)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nightmares and Dreamscapes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Matthew Broderick, Stephen King, Tim Curry, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 216

A star-studded cast of readers presents unabridged tales of horror and suspense from master storyteller Stephen King. The Stephen King Amusement Park - an unnerving experience, with rides every which way to hell...and a few to glory. A solitary finger pokes out of a drain. Novelty teeth turn predatory. The Nevada desert swallows a Cadillac. Meanwhile, the legend of Castle Rock returns...and grows on you. What does it all mean? What else could it mean?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stories fantastic, music terrible,

  • By S. Yarrow on 29-09-16

Great story telling from the King!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

Classic Stephen King. It’s always a pleasure to listen to Stephen King’s books and this one is narrated by a variety of people. I like reading Stephen’s short stories because it’s a bit like dipping into a box of chocolates. Each one is different but they are all linked by his excellent storytelling. I’m not sure how this collection passed me by the first time but I enjoyed it years after release (and it was an extremely long audiobook!)
My only complaint is the awful snippets of music between stories - they serve no purpose and detracted from the book

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    Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
    210 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Influx

  • By: Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!!!!

  • By Chris on 03-03-14

Excellent sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

I have to say that this book is one of the best I have read (well technically listened to) in ages. It is science fiction but deeply rooted in fact, and so believable that you start to ask yourself if this could account for the lack of technological leaps forward over the last decade or two!

I tend not to pay a lot of attention to books before I buy them and didn't know what to expect. The action starts almost straight away, but the narrative draws you in from the opening paragraph. There are goodies and baddies in this story, and better still lots of technology (even artificial intelligences!) There are plot turns and twists and you never see which way the plot is going to turn.

Other reviewers have said that parts of this book are a little far fetched and that might be the case but they don't detract from an excellent story. The plot is very well conceived and extremely well told. The hallmark of a good book is that you reflect on it when you aren't reading it, and I certainly gave this one a lot of thought.

Would I recommend this book? Without hesitation. If you like science fiction or thrillers then you are likely to enjoy this book. I will be looking at the other titles by the same author - I enjoyed the book that much :)

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,948

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Excellent story telling

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

I listened to this as an audiobook rather than read it as a paper/ebook which may be one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much (it makes the journey to and from work much more bearable).

The plot and the storyline isn't one of the best ever but it was good enough to keep me hooked. The author cleverly leads you through the story getting to know the main characters but moving from suspect to suspect to keep you guessing about the end.

What I really loved about this book was the story telling. When I read a book I want a picture in my head and one thing Galbraith/Rowling does is to create excellent imagery using words. The detail in the book isn't superfluous but helps add credibility to the story, and gets you involved and believing in the characters.

I loved the two main characters and the back-story that surround their lives. The ex-army private detective who has a fake leg and sleeps in the office, and his temporary secretary who turns out to be one of his greatest assets. The story is about the death of a famous supermodel and the quest to find her killer, and it takes us on a tour through fashion houses and the lives of the rich and famous.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to reading the next one when I have time!

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,988

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Doesn't disappoint

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

I bought this book after enjoying the first in the series and this is more of the same. Whilst not quite as good as the first as the first book, this book follows a similar formula with a high profile murder and lots of twists and turns.

Although we are familiar with the characters, Galbraith manages to weave more information about them and their lives into the narrative of the story. The story crafting is good and I found it easy to visualise the characters from the detailed description and attention to detail.

As with the previous book, this is an adults only book with the occasional piece of strong language (thrown in to make a point?). However the pace of the story and the twists and plot developments held me until the end.

I look forward to reading the next in the series!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,368

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

An good read - not what you expect

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

A brilliant idea for a book let down slightly in execution. Slow in parts and full of characters that have problems or personality disorders. I think Rachel's landlady is the only "normal" person in the book. The plot twists and narration were enough to keep me listening to the end (I got my copy from Audible) but unfortunately I predicted the ending about three quarters of the way through the book (pretty obvious as you know the author is constructing a plot twist with a limited number of options or characters). I still enjoyed the book - and I'm glad I don't have nearly as many problems as the characters in the book!

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  • The Chimp Paradox

  • The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness
  • By: Prof Steve Peters
  • Narrated by: Prof Steve Peters
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,334

Leading consultant psychiatrist Steve Peters knows more than anyone how impulsive behaviour or nagging self-doubt can impact negatively on our professional and personal lives. In this, his first book, Steve shares his phenomenally successful mind-management programme that has been used to help elite athletes and senior managers alike to conquer their fears and operate with greater control, focus and confidence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be taught in Primary Schools!

  • By ChloetheMum on 17-07-12

Makes you think...

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

I heard Professor Steve Peters speak at the ASCL conference about his work and his book. As well as being a very entertaining speaker his ideas seemed to make sense, essentially a model for how your brain works and how to learn to work with the primitive aspects to the brain.

I’ll confess I didn’t read the book in the traditional sense but I listened to the book, read by Prof Peters himself (courtesy of my Audible subscription). I find non-fiction books hard to read and thought an audio book would be easier than reading. With a hundred minutes in the car each day the audiobook was indeed better than a paper copy although I did have a tendency to let my mind wander (probably because you don’t get the same kind of imagery in your brain as you do reading a fiction book).

The first few chapters of the book covered the material Steve used in his talk about the chimp, the computer and the human in your brain (SEN teachers will be able to relate to the concept of the chimp being in control!). As well as giving a model to explain how your brain works, the purpose of the book is to train you how to program the brain, replacing the things that happen instinctively with things that you would prefer happen. This is then extended into target/goal setting for yourself and for working with others.

The book avoids using terminology that would bamboozle readers and keeps things simple, explaining why you have to set and follow the strategies set if you want to succeed (and some excellent advice about finding a partner). I would recommend this book to people from all walks of life who want improve their lives by achieving success, happiness and confidence!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,026
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,997

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

The book is far better than the film...

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

The measure of a good book is how much you want to read it (or in this case listen to the book - my copy came from Audible). I looked forward to the next installment to find out how our astronaut (Mark Watney) would survive being abandoned on Mars.

The book is quite technical and there is a lot of science in there. Most of it seems plausible and you should perhaps be more concerned about the number of times luck is on the side of Mark Watney than the accuracy of the science. The book does a fairly good job of exploring how it would feel to be left behind and to be the only living organism on the entire planet. There is plenty of Martian geography in the story and even reference to old Mars rovers that are not longer in use.

I would like to know what happens after the story - there were a number of plot lines that I felt would lead somewhere only to be abandoned at the end. The audio book is extremely well read and around 11 hours in length making it a good buy. I would recommend this book without hesitation

1 of 1 people found this review helpful