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  • Bad Little Girl

  • By: Frances Vick
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Little Lorna Bell is from a notorious family on a rundown estate. Everyone thinks she's a nasty piece of work. The schoolchildren call her a thief. But Lorna's hair is matted, her shoes pinch her feet, and school teacher Claire Penny can't help herself; some kids just need a bit more support, a bit more love, than the rest. As the bond between teacher and pupil grows stronger, Claire sees Lorna's bruises, and digs to uncover the disturbing tale behind them. Heartbroken, Claire knows she has to act. She must make Lorna safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bad little girl

  • By M. Mawson on 13-06-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

The storyline was a bit far fetched really, not a lot happened for the first half of the book and got boring, things picked up in the second half but it wasn't very believable at the end.

If I wasn't a mum used to the infant / junior school setting that featured so heavily in the first half of the book, I think I would have lost interest and skipped through those parts. The audio was also strange, the narrator's voice had a tinny sound to it in some chapters.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Where does Beside Myself rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5

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

When one twin refused to swap back, even made me feel panic!

Any additional comments?

Brilliant story, really intriguing and unique.

  • White Is the Coldest Colour

  • Dr. David Galbraith, Book 1
  • By: John Nicholl
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Fifty-eight year old Dr. David Galbraith, a sadistic, predatory paedophile employed as a consultant child psychiatrist, has already murdered one child in the soundproofed cellar below the South Wales Georgian townhouse he shares with his wife and two young daughters. Anthony becomes Galbraith's latest obsession and he will stop at nothing to make his grotesque fantasies reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard hitting subject, incredible story

  • By Devilish Accord on 05-06-16

Gripping listen

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

Reviewed: 28-10-16

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

Yes

What did you like best about this story?

Hard hitting and not an easy listen, but gripping, tense and fast paced, I don't write reviews very often but this book made me sit up and focus non stop which is also rare for me!

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

No

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

Hard to listen to at times, the description right at the beginning was disturbing, I had to fast forward and get on to the next bit. Not an easy listen emotionally, especially as you know the book is based on true life cases that the author experienced as a social worker. Could be a trigger for some people, just a warning.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful