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  • Then She Was Gone

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,471

A missing girl. A buried secret. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment. She was 15, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kate on 18-10-17

This was a great listen

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

I found this novel faced paced and full of interesting characters. I had no problem tracking the "then and now" lives of the characters. The narrator was outstanding. My only criticism is that the author let the ending linger in the details.

  • The Lie

  • By: C.L. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 300

Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter. Best friends are there for each other through thick and thin. You trust them with your life. At least that's what Emma, Daisy, Leanne, and Al think. But all that changes when they embark on a trip of a lifetime together. When they return home, only two of them are left alive, and the group has been torn apart by lies and deception. Many years later, when the dust has settled and life has moved on, one girl receives a threatening letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read couldn't put it down

  • By tegan on 12-04-16

Makes me want to read another C.L. Taylor

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I am very satisfied. This was a good story with interesting characters and good plot twist. The narrator did an admirable job.

  • The Fear

  • By: C. L. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911

When Lou Wandsworth ran away to France with her teacher Mike Hughes, she thought he was the love of her life. But Mike wasn't what he seemed, and he left her life in pieces. Now 32, Lou discovers that he is involved with teenager Chloe Meadows. Determined to make sure history doesn't repeat itself, she returns home to confront him for the damage he's caused.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Isobel Vaughan on 17-04-18

Finished this excellent book in one day

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

Would you listen to The Fear again? Why?

Probably not. Although I think this an excellent book, once you know the conclusion, the gripping suspense would be defeated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fear?

Can't answer this as there are many surprising plot twists.

What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The epilogue.

Any additional comments?

I like the layout of the plot. In most mysteries, the murder takes place and then the "who done it" is the body of the book. In this book the murder is at the end and you really don't know who the victim will be until the deed is done.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Visitor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 4
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Visitor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army highflyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story with twists. Great narration.

  • By RavenBow on 24-12-17

Author Breaks Trust with His Readers

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Any additional comments?

Any reader of a "who done it" expects plot twists. In fact they are crucial to an entertaining read. Lee Child abandons believability in this book. He provide's clues to the murder's identity that are totally bogus. I refer to the scene where the killer is described crossing a name off of a list and is interrupted by an army corporal. Bull shit to the whole story.




2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Summer Seaside Kitchen

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Sarah Barron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Flora is forced to move back to the tiny island of Mure from the bright lights of London. It's tough: even the beautiful landscapes and bright blue sea can't lift her spirits - she's too busy looking after her dad and her feckless brothers. Then she chances upon her mum's collection of recipes and begins to cook her way through it. As she reconnects with her family and the place she was born, might she also find herself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different but brilliant!

  • By JulieGeorgiana on 20-02-17

Really Hard to Stick With This one

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

Any additional comments?

Too much of a "cookie cutter" book. There is nothing to catch the reader's attention, other than the faint hope that the plot would show itself. The unfortunate thing the books ends before anything interesting happens.

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,449
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Hard to Believe Premise plus Horrible Narration.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

Any additional comments?

It is 1920 and a good, church going girl has a one night fling just because she wants to get laid. There is no believable set up as to why Maise does this. The story is predictable from there on out until you reach the end of the book where the author sets up his next "gotcha" as an introduction to volume two.

The author's habit of writing in first and third person, sometimes in the same paragraph is totally discombooberating.

The narration by Roger Allam totally ruins an already mediocre story. He reads as if he is reciting pages from a dictionary. His pace is so slow and labored and totally lacking in emotion.
I am glad this was a free book, as I would certainly regret having paid for it.

  • While My Eyes Were Closed

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash, Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,647

Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Ms on 26-03-16

The Synopsis contains all the suspense you'll find

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

Any additional comments?

Save your money. Read the synopsis and count yourself good. There is very little action, few surprises and one plot twist. You want to yell "shut up already." as the protagonists' angst is revealed in a long drawn out stream of consciousness dialog. The ending is contrived but nothing better can be expected.

  • The House in Quill Court

  • By: Charlotte Betts
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

It's 1813. Venetia Lovell lives by the sea in Kent with her pretty, frivolous mother and idle younger brother. Venetia's father, Theo, is an interior decorator to the rich and frequently travels away from home, leaving his sensible and artistic daughter to look after the family. Venetia designs paper hangings, and she and her father often daydream about having an imaginary shop where they would display the highest quality furniture, fabrics and art to his clients.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellant

  • By janice g. on 20-03-16

Fluff and Fluttering Eyelashes

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Menopausal housewifes with IQ"s less than 100.

What will your next listen be?

Back to mysteries and crime thrillers for me.

What about Anne Dover’s performance did you like?

Her voice is easy to listen to.

What character would you cut from The House in Quill Court?

Really stupid question.

Any additional comments?

This story is SO predictable it becomes almost comic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
    1,379 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Tripwire

  • Jack Reacher 3
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Garrick Hagon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit. He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Reacher.. Don't mess with this man

  • By Eddie on 01-08-14

Good Plot concept -but a fail as a novel.

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

Reviewed: 21-09-16

Any additional comments?

This is my third book of the Jack Reacher series and i was disappointed. The author had an excellent concept - interesting characters, and an adequate narrator. However this book failed to live up to the caliber of the first books of the series. On several occasions, the reader is forced to plod through meaningless dribble. For example the scene that describes how the villain took of his clothes is just plain pointless. There are several other occasions that serve to add only to word count. I was also disappointed in the character development of Reacher. It just softened him up too much. (not physically, but mentally. )So will I try the next book in the series? Maybe, but not for a couple of months.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr Mercedes

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065

Described as 'the best thriller of the year' Sunday Express, the No. 1 bestseller introduces retired cop Bill Hodges in a race against time to apprehend a killer. A cat-and-mouse suspense thriller featuring Bill Hodges, a retired cop who is tormented by 'the Mercedes massacre', a case he never solved. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of that notorious crime, has sent Hodges a taunting letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliched, Predictable but Brilliant

  • By Philip on 26-07-15

Excellent Book - I Listened to it a second time.

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

Any additional comments?

This is a gripping crime novel with great characters. Detective Hodges and his various side kicks are excellently developed and you easily enter into their world in search a the truly evil. The scenes of violence and depravity are chilling, but believable. The plot twists and turns and never lets you down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful