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  • Stalker on the Fens

  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

DI Nikki Galena's close friend Helen Brook is involved in a serious accident where she is trapped in a collapsed cellar. After her hard-won recovery, Helen is still getting flashbacks to a man she says was down there with her and who confessed to a murder. But no trace of this man can be found. Then Helen tells Nikki that someone is watching her. But is all this in her friend's imagination and part of her post-traumatic stress?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER BRILLIANT READ IN THE FENS' SERIES

  • By Liz on 11-03-18

Good story. Voice actor poor. Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

This was a good story, well written. A bit over convoluted at times but well constructed.
My problem lay with the narrator, voice actor. Good to start, especially female parts but the squeaky male parts became more and more irritating as the book wore on. It’s not right to differentiate roles by simply shouting.
I would prefer if audible would employ two or three actors for books like this. Male parts by men, female parts by women. That would be a better product.

  • The Guilty Ones

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons. DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past. Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances. What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite The Same Buzz This Time!

  • By Simon on 06-02-19

Excellent. Better than the rest.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

Very good book, dark, psychological thriller. Well written and as usual for Richard Armitage brilliantly narrated. A superb skilled, sensitive, intelligent voice actor.
I am enjoying Audible books. Thanks

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,742
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,712

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

Inspirational.

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

Reviewed: 31-01-19

I think this is the best book I’ve ever read. Brave, strong and a magnificent book. Totally inspiring, honest, real, human. What an amazing woman. Thank you Michelle for all you have done and continue to do for humanity and for girls and women.
It was a joy to read, to listen, to think, to reflect, to learn, to grow and to be encouraged to embrace transition. Thanks.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better analysis of coercive control than The Archers!

  • By Frances Locke on 21-09-17

Good book, well written. Confusing voice actor in parts.

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

I enjoyed this book, listened to it twice in fact.
Main problem was that it was impossible to distinguish between the voice of Lara and the voice of Maggie. It was announced at the start of each chapter and I learnt to watch out for it and then work it out. Anna was easy to spot but the two key women were often confused.

The story is good and descriptions and analysis of class were excellent.

  • The Murderer's Son

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511

Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl. Twenty years ago: a farmer and his wife are cut to pieces by a ruthless serial killer. Now: a woman is viciously stabbed to death in the upmarket kitchen of her beautiful house on the edge of the marshes. Then a man called Daniel Kinder walks into Saltern police station and confesses to the murder. But DI Rowan Jackman and DS Marie Evans of the Fenland Constabulary soon discover that there is a lot more to Daniel than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sitting On The Fens About This One!

  • By Simon on 17-10-18

Excellent book, superb voice actor. I enjoyed the book

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Very well written. Intriguing story with twists and turns. Good escapism. Loved Richard Armitage as narrator.

  • Fire on the Fens

  • DI Nikki Galena Series, Book 9
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The Fens are burning, and Detective Nikki Galena faces a cat-and-mouse battle with a killer arsonist. Someone is lighting fires. First they target homes and businesses, but then a body is found at one of the crime scenes. More fires are lit. And at each one a single person dies. But the victims have led spotless lives, and apparently there's no connection between them. Meanwhile, the town is facing a very peculiar threat from a group of sinister Satanists led by a charismatic businessman. Who is burning with anger, and can Nikki stop them before anyone else dies? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fire on the fens

  • By Teresa evans on 16-09-18

Problems with the voice actor .

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

Great story, well written characterisation good
I found it difficult to follow; the narrator, the voice actor did not a sufficient range to play the parts. Sometimes it was hard to link the voices to the characters. I found the voice tedious at times even screeching.
It was frustrating to try to unravel the intricacies of the plot through the range of voices. The skills of a great voice actor include the ability to play a range of voices with different genders, ages, accents. These skills were underdeveloped.
A good story, suitably distracting but I will avoid this narrator in the future.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,560

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Superb story, well crafted by a genius writer. Very long but gripping to the end. It was great, very impressive voice actor too.

  • The Ex-Wife

  • A Nail Biting Gripping Psychological Thriller
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 632

Newly married Natasha has the perfect house, a loving husband, and a beautiful little girl called Emily. She’d have it all if it wasn’t for Jen, her husband’s ex-wife who just won’t leave them alone. Then Natasha returns home one day to find her husband and Emily gone without trace. Desperate to get her daughter back, Natasha will do anything even if it means accepting an offer of help from Jen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Brilliant

  • By Sarah on 08-06-18

Problems with the actor.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

This is a good book and generally I enjoyed the work of the narrator, voice actor. There are two female characters J and N. Sometimes it was impossible to determine if the narrator was playing J or N?
No change of voice, if you missed the chapter heading you lost the plot. Was this J or was it N’s reflections and story? So this spoiled the book for me.
A great story, but the actor was not sufficiently skilled to give each female character a distinctive and different voice.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

 

Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really excellent

  • By mollyeyre on 16-06-18

Brilliant book.

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

I really enjoyed this book. Great story, well written. Beautiful observations of the nature of humanity.
I loved the way the story is interwoven with deep insights on humanity, grief, relationships, power, greed, jealousy and fear. Superb.
Great respect for the narrator , sensitive, intelligent and a skilled actor.
Well done the whole production team. Highly recommended, much more than a crime story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful