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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

'Like wading through treacle '

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This story is extremely convoluted, but has merit. However never was I as glad to get through a book. The reason,Richard Armitage and his funeral delivery. His tone throughout was dour, souless, and monotone. To me he ruined an otherwise good story. Listening was like wading through dark treacle. I could never listen to another book he narrates.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Heart

  • Detective Dan Riley, Book 1
  • By: Anna-Lou Weatherley
  • Narrated by: James Lailey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

When Nigel Baxter, a middle-aged married banker with an unremarkable past, is found dead in the bath of a plush hotel suite, his wrists slit, it looks as if he's taken his own life. At first. But when Detective Inspector Daniel Riley is assigned to the case, he soon realises all isn't as it first appears to be. When a postmortem shows Baxter was poisoned, Riley suspects foul play. And then there's the odd addition of a teddy bear left at the crime scene....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Ann D on 21-03-18

Narrator saves the day!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-08-18

A simple story in effect, but it has edge and grit. The main saving grace was James Lailey's superb narration. He is the best narrator by far. He brings characters to life, and his ability to do female voices is excellent. I have found other male narrators trying to do the same usually resort to a high camp effeminate high pitch effort. James does not.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Party

  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Georgia Macguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

It was just a party. But it turned into a nightmare. When Rachel wakes up in a strange room the morning after a neighbour’s party, she has no memory of what happened the night before. Why did her husband leave her alone at the party? Did they row? Why are Rachel’s arms so bruised? And why are her neighbours and friends so vague about what really happened?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An average book, poorly read.

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-08-18

Appalling.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-18

This is an appalling book, so badly written, which includes every cliche around. I became so bored with this overwritten story that from chapter 11, I skipped to the last couple. Nothing seemed to have happened as this dreary, overly melodramatic rubbish reached a conclusion. The writer appeared to be someone who had done loads of creative writing courses, as she battered every cliche in the book, lots of blood coursing through veins, lots of heavy aroma of after shaves, and oh, I lost count of her male characters brushing their hands accross bristles on their faces "making scratching noises". Dire, dire, dire!!!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Date

  • By: Louise Jensen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 134

Her Saturday night started normally. Recently separated from her husband, Ali has been persuaded by her friends to go on a date with a new man. She is ready, she is nervous, and she is excited. She is about to take a step into her new future. By Sunday morning, Ali’s life is unrecognizable. She wakes, and she knows that something is wrong. She is home, she is alone, she is hurt, and she has no memory of what happened to her. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Another poorly edited novel...

  • By Ninecatz on 22-08-18

Tense deep thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-18

The writing is exquisite, the narration devine, making this such an immersive thriller you just don't want to put down. Not for the faint hearted!!

  • Chasing the Dead

  • David Raker, Book 1
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Lee Ingleby, Joe Coen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

One year ago Alex Towne's body was found. One month ago his mother saw him on the street. One week ago David Raker agreed to look for him. Now he wishes he hadn't. Mary Towne's son, Alex, went missing six years ago. Five years later he finally turned up - as a corpse in a car wreck. Missing persons investigator David Raker doesn't want the work: it's clearly a sad but hopeless case of mistaken identity brought to him by a woman unable to let go of her son.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Begging for it to be over

  • By Mrs. E. L. Martin on 01-11-18

Dire

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-18

This must be amongst the worst book I have read for some time. Initially it had the power to engross, but as the story went on it became a dire farce and totally ridiculous in its crafting. Lines like " she had lived with this man for 23 years, but had not known him at all" , and the " He had listened to the TV on mute??? ". The narration was however first class hence the 2 stars I have given in sympathy for them in trying to breed life into the most ridiculous story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • What You Wish For

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 120

Marie Walker has vanished from the face of the earth….Her besotted boyfriend, newspaper photographer Richard Thompson, vows to find her, convinced that Marie's unusual beliefs hold the key. But a shocking discovery makes him question if he ever really knew his girlfriend. And when people around him start to die, Richard is plunged into terrible danger. Drawn into the world of a sinister cult and the darkest corners of the Internet, Richard finds himself increasingly out of his depth as he discovers just how far people will go to protect what they believe in….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange but Thought provoking.

  • By A nn Salman on 05-02-15

Out there?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-18

A gripping book about obsession. It's well paced and intriguing. I thought narration was good, bringing to life this complex group of people.

  • From the Cradle

  • By: Mark Edwards, Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 442

When Helen and Sean Phillips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent's greatest fear. Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out - and that nothing in this case is as it seems.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but not brilliant

  • By Mrs yvie on 14-02-16

Enveloping thriller.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-04-18

This is a supreme thriller which constantly takes you by suprise. Strong characters brilliantly developed totally engage. The narration is the best I've heard. James Clamp is able to move from character with absolute ease, quite brilliant.

  • No Good Reason

  • By: Cari Hunter
  • Narrated by: Nicola Victoria Vincent
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Detective Sanne Jensen (not blonde, not tall, definitely not Scandinavian) and Dr. Meg Fielding (scruffy, scatterbrained, prone to swearing at patients) are lifelong best friends, sharing the same deprived background and occasionally the same bed. When a violent kidnapping stuns the Peak District village of Rowlee, both women become involved in the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as reading it yourself!

  • By Claire on 26-12-17

Naration dreadful - too fast

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-18

Having read a previous Cari/Cary Hunter book I looked forward to this one. However It was dreadful, dreadful, dreadful!!
It was so so full of cliche, A lesbian cop absolutely shouting the fact, a Lesbian Doctor doing the same by overdoing it - just appallingly dire.
What absolutely let this book down was the dreadful naration. It was delivered at a break neck speed making it feel rushed and lacking any depth because of this. Also naration without good character definition, very uncomfortable.
I couldn't continue with this book beyond chapter 6, because of the horribly fast narration and feel I have wasted, and lost, the money it cost to buy it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey on 22-12-15

Carry on Cruising ( a farce)

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

After the reviews I had read I just assumed there would be so much more to this book. Instead I found it bordered on Whitehall farce. I could see it on stage with doors opening and closing with bodies carried from doors to doors. At one stage Max Beasley would utter his best line of the book "Drop the screwdriver" a literary masterpiece! However I did enjoy the mix of narration and set stages pieces.

  • A Murder of Magpies

  • A Short Sequel to The Magpies
  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Five years ago Jamie Knight lost everything: his home, his wife and their unborn child. But at least the woman responsible, 'Dark Angel' Lucy Newton, was in prison, and slowly Jamie was able to rebuild his life. But now Lucy has been freed on appeal, and before long Jamie receives a message from a desperate stranger. Lucy is up to her old tricks - ruining lives for fun. Jamie agrees to help. But once again, he has no idea what he is getting himself into....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth buying

  • By ababy on 05-11-18

Dire!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-18

A step too far, by a usually brilliant author. Oh God let it please be over.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful