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Nik Nik C

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  • Widows

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Ann Mitchell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband's bank deposit box containing a gun, money and detailed plans for the hijack, she has three options. She could hand over the ledgers to the Detective. She could hand them over to the thugs who want to take over Harry's turf. Or, she and the other widows could finish the job their husbands started....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Peter on 02-07-18

Not sure I got the whole story.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I was really looking forward to hearing this book. Like so many other people on here, I vaguely remember this being on TV when I was young & although I couldn’t remember the whole story, it always stuck in my mind that it was really good.
So to have the main actress reading it... I was delighted when I came across it.
I’m sad to say this this was SO hard to listen to. I had to keep going back & trying to listen again, and even then I couldn’t make out what was being said in parts.
I’m unsure if Ann Mitchell is/was unwell when reading this book but what I do know is, that I totally missed parts due to not being able to understand or hear what was said.
I stuck with it as I knew the story itself was going to be good but it was definitely a hard listen.
Wish I’d bought the paperback.

  • Strangers

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Dark, gritty and always edge-of-your-seat: the number one best seller is back with a standout new heroine. Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life. As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option - and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire - a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wild ride of a story.

  • By anne on 27-09-16

I LOVED this book.

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

This has to be one of my favourites so far in the 5 years I've been a member of audible. I loved the twists and turns in the story. I love how the story was told & I pictured every scene in my minds eye. Chloe Massey read this so well. I loved the way she read this book, she was easy to listen to & I wouldn't hesitate in buying another book based on the fact Chloe is reading it. Paul Finch is an amazing writer. I can't wait for the next book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pop Goes the Weasel

  • DI Helen Grace 2
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton's red light district - horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed. Hours later - and barely cold - the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier. A pattern emerges when another male victim is found dead and eviscerated, his heart delivered soon afterwards. The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse; revenge against the men who lead sordid double lives visiting prostitutes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast pace, interesting, edge of my seat throughout

  • By Cian on 21-01-15

Another great read by MJ Arlidge.

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

I enjoyed all the twists and turns in this book right up to the very end.
If you're the type of person that usually knows the killer half way through, I think you'd be surprised with this one.
Elizabeth Bowers delivery was one of the things that made this book for me. She has such a easy voice to listen to & her accents were on point (in my opinion).
Another great book from MJ Arlidge.

  • Hide and Seek

  • DI Helen Grace 6
  • By: M. J. Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

Helen awaits trial in a crumbling women's prison in Southampton. She has a fight on to prove her innocence from inside her prison cell, but this soon turns out to be the least of her worries. A serial killer is picking off fellow inmates, thriving in an environment where there is truly nowhere to run. Is it a criminal giving in to their dark urges or a member of the prison staff preying on the captive population? Helen must work fast to reveal this devious killer, all the time wondering if she will be next on her list....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slightly disappointing

  • By Anna Timlin on 01-11-16

I couldn't wait to find out what happened next...

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

Reviewed: 21-09-16

99% of my library in Audible are Crime Thrillers & I find it really hard to find a book that surprises me. (I drive my husband mad when we're watching a movie, as I usually reveal the murderer in the 1st quarter of the film lol). But with this book, just when I thought I knew what was happening... I didn't. And I love that. Elizabeth Bower reads this book really well and although I don't think I've heard any other books read by her, Elizabeths voice has a familiar tone which makes it easy to listen. I really enjoyed this book. I work full time but managed to somehow listen to this book in 3 days. Right... I'm off to buy the other book from this author ... enjoy!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wronged

  • By: Kimberley Chambers
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 170

When the going gets tough, the Butlers get even.... ‘Murdered in 1980 she was, bless her. Now I'll tell you the story of everything that's happened since....' No parents should ever have to bury their child, but God knows the Butlers have buried more than their fair share. Now Vinny and Michael are planning the downfall of all who've wronged them. The Butlers don't forgive or forget, and they take their secrets to the grave. As yet more tragic events rip the family apart, loyalties are on a knife edge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Gripping

  • By Jo Q on 27-06-15

Another fab book from Kimberley

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Would you listen to The Wronged again? Why?

Yes definitely!! It was totally gripping with its twists & turns. I love Kimberley's books.

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

If you've read Kimberley's other books & enjoyed them, I positive you'll enjoy this one too. Can't wait for the next one.

What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I love the way Annie tells the story. I have lots of books that Annie reads. But Annie, if you read this, (as a Scouser myself), PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE stop with that "Scouse" accent you do.

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

Queenly & Viv make me laugh at some point in each book. I can just imagine these two look putting the neighbours in their place. Hahaha

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Friends to Die For

  • By: Hilary Bonner
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

A group of friends living in London's Covent Garden are subjected to the whims of a dangerous prankster. At first, whilst disturbing, the tricks are funny. But as they continue they become more serious and violent, until finally someone lies dead. As the remaining friends struggle to manage their grief and identify the culprit, suspicion soon falls close to home and secrets furtively kept hidden are brought to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Friends to die for

  • By Nik Nik C on 19-03-15

Friends to die for

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

I enjoyed this book & didn't really want it to end.
My most memorable moment was finding out who the killer was ... I didn't see that coming.
I have a lot of books read by Annie & enjoy listening to her.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is Brilliant

  • By Deborah on 24-01-14

It was "ok"

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I don't think 'time well spent' best describes this book. It dragged in places. I'm not sorry I read it, but it's not a book I'd listen to for a second time.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It was too long for me. I believe the film is good, maybe I should have gone to see that instead.

What about Eric Meyers’s performance did you like?

I really liked Eric's performance for this book. I pictured a 'wise guy' / Ray Liotta in Goodfellas type.

Was The Wolf of Wall Street worth the listening time?

Not really. I liked the story overall but found I had to force myself to listen to get the book finished.

  • The Ladykiller

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 20 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

George Markham has a nasty little hobby, one that erupts into an orgy of viscous sexual depravity. Patrick Kelly is a hard man. His one soft spot is his daughter, and when she falls victim to the Grantley Ripper, Kelly wants revenge. The DI in charge of the case is Kate Burrows. She feels for Kelly but her growing involvement with a known villain is putting her career at risk...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Nik Nik C on 22-02-15

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

Would you listen to The Ladykiller again? Why?

Yes. I really liked this book. The story kept me wanting to know just what was going to happen next.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't really have a favourite, I enjoyed it all.

What does Annie Aldington bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Yes definitely. Annie is a great story teller & brings it to life.

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

It didn't make me cry, it did however have me looking behind me every five minutes whilst walking my dog haha..... no, really!!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Faceless

  • By: Martina Cole
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

A terrifyingly gripping thriller of East End violence and corruption. Eleven years ago Marie Carter was convicted of killing her two best friends. And she's paid the price. Now she is being released from prison. It's time to go home. But life has moved on, and Marie has nowhere to go. Her parents have disowned her; her friends have abandoned her; even her kids don't want to know. But some people out there are watching her, following her every move - they know that Marie Carter wants retribution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen for all

  • By Monique on 22-07-13

Good book

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

Would you listen to Faceless again? Why?

Yes and have done already. It's a good story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Marie Carter. She's a great character

Which character – as performed by Annie Aldington – was your favourite?

All of the Southern characters are Annie's best. I can't say I like the Northern accents.

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

Not really. I did really enjoy the story though.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Next To Die

  • By: Neil White
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Joe Parker is Manchester's most ingenious criminal defence lawyer. Sam Parker is Manchester's most tenacious homicide detective. Both bear the burden of the unsolved murder of their sister fifteen years earlier. And both have a stake in a new series of murders that has shaken their city to its core. Ronnie Bagley is locked up and facing trial for the murder of his girlfriend and baby and there's only one lawyer he wants to defend him: Joe Parker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love discovering a new series

  • By Colette on 06-10-15

Great read.

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

Reviewed: 22-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes definitely. I enjoyed the story and the narration.

What other book might you compare Next To Die to, and why?

I'm unsure what other book I could compare it to, sorry.

What about Mike Rogers’s performance did you like?

All of it. His story telling had me wanting to keep listening.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes definitely. I've listened to it three times overall.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful