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Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 20-09-19

Absolutely riveting from start to finish with a few twists and turns along the way. Performances were strong. Loved it.

Magical

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

I have recently discovered James Herbert books and love them. I like the way he slowly builds the story. I think it may annoy some who like constant action but there is a hypnotic quality to his writing. He builds the magical atmosphere of the cottage so you experience some of it yourself.
The narrator was good apart from his portrayal of Midge. I read someone say she sounded like Julian Clary and this was the case. I couldn’t conjure up a picture of Midge as the voice was so off-putting. The “ baddy” was a little bit stereotypical but still enjoyed it.
Loved the book though , will read more of James Herbert. I loved its magical quality.

absolute nonsense

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

I am not averse to chick lit and I have read a few of Jenny Colgan's books but I am half way through this book and intend to return it. The plot line is interesting enough-relationship breakdown, a new life in a remote village. However, the story takes forever to get going, it takes until over halfway in the book before she even opens the bakery and the supporting characters are just nonsense. The narrator's terrible accents doesnt help but to hear lines from the supposedly stinking rich American such as " Ive got a helicopter" as his supposed opening line to a woman -just nonsense. The sailors are absolute cliches as is Cadenza. The story meandered so much that I got bored very quickly. Just lacks the humour of "Where have all the boys gone" which made me think this is a chick lit author with a dry sense of humour. Not for me.

big disappointment-am returning

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

I thought this was a book about what it says-which is a self-help manual about living with less and cutting down the shopping habit. I was quickly disappointed. Instead it turned out to be a memoir about someone who had an alcohol and eating problem. I then read other reviews which said similar, that it was dull and that it dealt with a relationship break-up etc. If I had wanted to read about someone I had never heard of and their life disasters I wold have made that choice. Yes it says memoir in the small print apparently but I found it in the self-help section of Audible. I was not impressed and stopped it after a couple of chapters. Am returning

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

Fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Gripping, well-written story of an everyday demon serial killer. Da Vinci Code meets Silence of the Lambs. Iloved the narration-Sean Barrett was suitably gritty and the pace was perfect. The characters were interesting and believable. I couldn't stop listening! Got nothing else done!

Creepy ghost story for snowy winter nights

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

What made the experience of listening to Sing Me to Sleep the most enjoyable?

I loved the story as I really enjoy stories about people moving to a creepy old house. It was really well-written, quite measured in its pace but beautifully atmospheric. I loved it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There were not many characters in the book but I liked the main character, Laura. She came across as a sympathetic character and you cared what happened to her.

Have you listened to any of Becky Hindley’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no. I found it slightly too rushed but that is a minor criticism as overall I enjoyed the performance.

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

dont want to add spoilers so I will just say the moment something disastrous happens to a younger person.

Any additional comments?

Loved it. Would like more from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Enjoyable but could have gone further

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

Would you listen to The Dark Tourist again? Why?

I enjoyed this book and laughed out loud on many occasions. Dom Joly narrates his story well. I listen to audiobooks on my long commute to and from work. I actually looked forward to the drive to hear what happened next.

What other book might you compare The Dark Tourist to, and why?

It belongs to the travel writing genre but perhaps is less descriptive than other writers such as Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson etc.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The dodgy hotel in Kiev. Hilarious

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

no

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyed it

Tedious and hardly a ghost story

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

I was really looking forward to this book as I love stories about creepy old houses and about renovations. There was little of either. The storyline was tedious, long-winded and a drawn out affair giving endless character backgrounds . I fast-forwarded a lot as I quickly grew bored. In the end I returned the book

Disappointing ending

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

Would you listen to The House on Cold Hill again? Why?

No as I wouldnt gain anything from a second read

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably the ghost....it had the most fun

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed lots of scenes and I was gripped by the story-couldnt wait for the end for all the loose ends to be tied up and explanations given. However the ending was far too cliched and predictable.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me quite scared at times.

Any additional comments?

Overall I really enjoyed this book. You cant beat the heady combination of a good rollicking ghost story and a house restoration. But some of this was much too far-fetched. The ghost wore crinoline yet could swear like a trooper and was proficient in emailing, texting and general computer literacy. It could kill people who were far away so we never got the chance to see anyone pit their wits against it as they all died. The timeslips were never explained. The skeleton in the room was never followed up and concluded. The ending was a complete cop out. Loved the concept, loved the story but the ending was terrible.

tedious

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

Would you try another book written by Celia Imrie or narrated by Celia Imrie?

I would give her a second chance as the premise was good-a move to a new and unknown place which needs work.

Has Not Quite Nice put you off other books in this genre?

no

What aspect of Celia Imrie’s performance might you have changed?

The performance was not a problem.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I liked the idea

Any additional comments?

I love travel books and books about restoring houses and I thought that was what I was going to get. However, the plot line was utter nonsense-every adult child was absolutely hideous, the fact that the story was based in a seaside town near Nice made no difference. I could not get a flavour of Frenchness as the story centred round a group of quite unpleasant English ex-pats. The beauty of the village was alluded to but never realised as it seemed to be full of English retirees, unpleasant offspring, robberies and muggings. A huge disappointment