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  • The Holiday

  • By: T.M. Logan
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

It was supposed to be the perfect holiday, dreamed up by Kate as the ideal way to turn 40: four best friends and their husbands and children in a luxurious villa under the blazing sunshine of Languedoc-Roussillon. But there is trouble in paradise. Kate suspects that her husband is having an affair, and that the other woman is one of her best friends. One of these women is willing to sacrifice years of friendship and destroy her family. But which one? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First class tale of lies and secrets

  • By R Scott on 02-08-19

Not the best

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

Reviewed: 14-08-19

I found that the story and continuous, repetitive theorising was quite boring after a while. I ploughed on to the end because I had got so far through, but would not call this a riveting read/ listen by any means.

The narrator was more engaging when using the American and Irish accents, her main character voice was devoid of actual character and fairly stilted and monotone.

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  • Don't Ever Tell

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire, Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Never make a promise you can’t afford to keep.... This is a story about Charlotte - a mother and a wife with the perfect job, the perfect life...at least, that’s how it looks from the outside. But behind closed doors, the marriage is breaking, and Charlotte’s husband, Tris, doesn’t even know how much. He has no idea what Charlotte has planned for him, who she has found, why she has hired someone to pretend to be her. But he doesn’t have long to wait to find out.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Cracking Good Book from Lucy Dawson

  • By David M on 29-06-19

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 20-07-19

Loved this book from the start. Good characters and a very well thought out plot that kept me hooked. I didn’t see some of the twists coming and that was good, as well as the avoidance of a ‘typical’ storyline. Will look for more by Lucy in future.

The narrators did a great job too and made each character clear as the book progressed.

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  • The Infirmary: A DCI Ryan Mystery (Multicast Drama)

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Tom Bateman, Bertie Carvel, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,305

There's a serial killer targeting the streets of Newcastle, seemingly picking his victims at random but subjecting them all to the same torturous end. When the Chief Inspector on the case goes missing, it falls on DCI Ryan to track down the man who is brutally murdering women and goading the police to 'catch me if you can'. As everyone becomes a suspect, Ryan and his team get drawn further and further into the case, but for Ryan the nightmare gets closer to home than he could ever have imagined. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent DCI Ryan mystery....

  • By Salter on 08-11-18

Great Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-07-19

I really enjoyed this book and the acting/narration was top notch. I hope that more productions will follow this format, as it became one of those books that you listen to everywhere, from the car journey to making the tea!

I will also look for more form LJ Ross in future too, as this standard of writing sets the bar!

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  • Spare Room

  • By: Dreda Say Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Home is where the nightmare is. The number one international best seller everyone can't stop talking about. Beautiful double room to let to single person. Lisa, a troubled young woman with a past, can’t believe her luck when she finds a beautiful room to rent in a large house. The live-in owners are a kind and welcoming couple. Everything is fine until she finds a suicide note hidden in her room. But when the couple insist this man didn’t exist and that Lisa is their first tenant, Lisa begins to doubt herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely First Class Thriller

  • By David M on 08-06-19

Very Good!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-19

I really enjoyed this book and found myself listening to it at every opportunity. Full of twists and turns, some of which you suspected might come along, but when they did they were not in the form expected.The narration was good and I could really visualise the characters and the scenes through the narrator’s skills and great framing of the story by the author. I will look for more by Dreda Say Mitchell in future.

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  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 864

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely mesmerizing

  • By W. M. Koolstra-dekker on 06-03-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 05-06-19

I really enjoyed this book and listened to it whenever I could. It will be difficult for the next listen to match this.

The narration was great, clear character recognition and no confusion about who was speaking and no irritating voices, clicks or noises. Anna and Sian to the right level of emotion and tone to bring this book to life.

The writer has taken a scenario that is different and new and brought about twists, turns and the unforeseen throughout this book. I will be looking for more from her in future.

For those listening to the beginning and wondering why this book is so good, as the scene setting is emerging, the narration from the notebooks in the story will ping it into life for you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • On My Life

  • By: Angela Clarke
  • Narrated by: Sarah Durham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Framed. Imprisoned. Pregnant. It's her worst nightmare.... Jenna Burns thought she had the perfect life: a loving fiancé, a great job, a beautiful home. Then she returns home one day to find her stepdaughter murdered, her partner missing. And the police think it was her.... Jenna knows she's been framed. But how can she prove it from behind bars?   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really liked this book!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-03-19

Just okay

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

Reviewed: 19-05-19

The storyline is different and gives the intensity of the setting of a prison environment. I listened to the end but really struggled to do this because of a few reasons. The repeated narrative of ‘my baby’ was incredibly annoying after a while. Maybe it wouldn’t have been as bad reading written text. The other issue was probably due to the fact that the bulk of the book was in a prison setting and the text was solely written from the main character’s perspective. This meant she repeatedly went over her thoughts, pondering, reasoning etc, making it a slow listen indeed. The additional prison storylines were tedious after a while too.

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  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,372

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would have loved to give this book six stars!

  • By Janet biglari on 13-08-18

Good story line

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

Reviewed: 11-05-19

I found this to have a good storyline that could easily translate to a film in future. Nice twists along the way. I would say that it was a bit too descriptive in parts and could have been edited down a fair bit without losing anything in the plot detail.

The writer has narrated this herself and I found that the main character sounded completely bland throughout - without character so to speak. There was also a clicking sound through parts of the recording. This made it a hard listen to be honest, but I persevered because the story was good.

35 of 36 people found this review helpful

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,383

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deliciously original quirky story about loneliness

  • By jenny wren on 27-06-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-05-19

It took me a bit to get into this book, but I’m so glad I did. It is a brilliant observation of character and situations that it is easy to relate to. The writer’s skill in building humour into Eleanor’s natural persona and the sensitive, moving way that themes, situations or the people around her have been created are fantastic. This is one that I could listen to again very easily in the near future.

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  • The Second Wife

  • An Absolutely Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Have You Hooked
  • By: Sheryl Browne
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

 

Rebecca only wanted to help out - to be kind. Richard seemed so alone after his wife, Nicole, died, and Rebecca wanted to make sure he knew he had someone on whom to rely. But now, she’s in Nicole’s immaculate house. Drinking from her favourite crystal wine glass. Keeping shoes in her orderly closet. Comforting her sweet and grieving stepdaughter. It feels like Rebecca is living another woman’s life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Garbage

  • By Laura on 19-04-19
  • The Second Wife
  • An Absolutely Gripping Psychological Thriller That Will Have You Hooked
  • By: Sheryl Browne
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

A different storyline that was twisty throughout. Kept my interest and finish the okoume in a couple of days. Would definitely recommend.

The narration was good and you could follow who was speaking easily through the characterisation given by the reader.

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  • The Proposal

  • By: S. E. Lynes
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Pippa wants a second chance. Recently divorced and unhappy at work, she uproots her life to move to a beautiful farmhouse in the countryside, determined to make a fresh start. But Pippa soon realizes that troubles are never far behind. One night, when Pippa is at home alone, a stranger arrives at her front door. Pippa invites him in and, in a moment of madness, makes him an offer she believes could change everything.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and very long winded!

  • By Lynn Burfoot on 03-12-18

Overall good

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

The overall performance was good and I managed to listen to the end. This story could have been edited down by around two to three hours and this would have made it a five star experience.