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  • The Amber Keeper

  • By: Freda Lightfoot
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116

After her mother's suicide, Abbie Myers returns home to the Lake District with her young child - and no wedding ring. Estranged from her turbulent family for many years, Abbie is heartbroken when she hears that they blame her for this tragedy. Determined to uncover her mother's past, Abbie approaches her beloved grandmother, Millie, in search of answers. The old woman reveals the story of how she travelled to Russia in 1911 as a young governess and became caught up in the revolution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story, shame about the narration!!!

  • By Miss D Srao on 18-06-15

Shame about narration

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

Reviewed: 20-05-19

Good story and as I really wanted to know what happened i persevered. I am normally easy going with narrators but in future will be checking to ensure I avoid this particular one.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,280
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,268

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Brilliant story

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Couldn’t put this “book” down as I wanted to know what happened to Emma. The last couple of chapters were so unexpected.

There were parts of the story I found tedious but overall it was a well written narrated book.

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  • Persuader

  • Jack Reacher 7
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939

Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past. When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By antony on 07-04-13

Jack Reacher is always a good read

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

Reviewed: 09-04-16

Whenever I want true escapism I read a Jack Reacher story. The Persuader like like other Lee Child books did not disappoint.

Must say I prefer Jeff Harding's as a narrator for JR however Dick Hill is a reasonable substitute.

  • The Lie

  • By: C.L. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 304

Haunting, compelling, this psychological thriller will have you hooked. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl and Daughter. Best friends are there for each other through thick and thin. You trust them with your life. At least that's what Emma, Daisy, Leanne, and Al think. But all that changes when they embark on a trip of a lifetime together. When they return home, only two of them are left alive, and the group has been torn apart by lies and deception. Many years later, when the dust has settled and life has moved on, one girl receives a threatening letter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read couldn't put it down

  • By tegan on 12-04-16

Slow start ....

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

.... But compulsive listening as the story went on. It's worth sticking with.

I starred this at least 3 times but in the end just continued listening hoping I would make some sense of story. Thankfully it proved worth while!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Love and Devotion

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

At the age of thirty two, Harriet Swift thinks she has the perfect life - a satisfying career, her own flat and a new boyfriend who respects her need for her own space. But when tragedy strikes and her only sister is killed in a car crash, Harriet is forced to give up her well-ordered life and to help her parents look after her orphaned niece and nephew. Moving back to her childhood home and sacrificing so much doesn't come easy and before long Harriet discovers things about her family she never believed possible...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great easy listening with substance...loved it!

  • By Love audio on 12-10-13

Love it!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Brilliant easy listening. Really enjoyed this book and will be "reading " other books by this author. Only issue is that I will have to save for my holiday as I could not put this book down.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Holmes Affair

  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: John Chancer, Nick Rawlinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38

Victorian London: As the world mourns the demise of fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, Conan Doyle has a new preoccupation, as a chance encounter sets him on the trail of a brutal killer targeting suffragettes. Together with Bram Stoker, he roams the streets of Victorian London searching for clues. Modern-day New York: Literary researcher Harold White’s lifelong obsession with Sherlock Holmes turns into something far more sinister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, terrible accents!

  • By lilacaliston on 29-01-12

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 19-03-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure

What was most disappointing about Graham Moore’s story?

Just could not get into it even when I re-started in case I missed something

How could the performance have been better?

Be less monotonous

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After the Fall

  • By: Charity Norman
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

In the quiet of a New Zealand winter's night, a rescue helicopter is sent to airlift a five-year-old boy with severe internal injuries. He's fallen from the upstairs veranda of an isolated farmhouse. At first, Finn's fall looks like a horrible accident; but his frantic mother, Martha McNamara, knows how it really happened. And she isn't telling. Not yet. Maybe not ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling read

  • By Bizzylizzy on 06-05-13

Brilliant story!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of After the Fall to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version

What was one of the most memorable moments of After the Fall?

The realisation as to what happened to Finn.

Which character – as performed by Nicolette McKenzie – was your favourite?

The twins

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

Both however the storyline is a nightmare I thankfully have not experienced.

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  • Killing Floor

  • Jack Reacher 1
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,863

Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in 30 years. The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure: They picked the wrong guy to take the fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Helen on 10-12-13

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 13-02-14

Would you listen to Killing Floor again? Why?

Yes. As with any book I am sure I have missed bits.

What other book might you compare Killing Floor to, and why?

Sorry nothing to compare with, the book, the narration & the character are unique.

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

Th e Jack Reacher character. This is the second JR book I have listened to and I am sure will not be the last. having listened to The Affair & thoroughly enjoyed Jeff Harding narration I was a little nervous that Dick Hill would not be as good as the narrator is important with audible books however he was brilliant!

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

The end however I understood without this end there would not be other JR books.

Any additional comments?

Can't wait to start book 3. My 2 hour travel time to & from work is no longer a chore.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474

Fight them, Mr Brigance. To the bitter end. We must prevail. In the long-awaited successor to the novel that launched his phenomenal career, John Grisham brings us the powerful sequel to A Time to Kill. As filled with twists as it is with legal mastery, Sycamore Row proves beyond doubt that John Grisham is in a league of his own. Jake Brigance has never met Seth Hubbard, or even heard of him, until the old man's suicide note names him attorney for his estate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham back at his best

  • By Liz on 10-12-13

Glad you have recovered your mojo JG

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

Reviewed: 29-12-13

Where does Sycamore Row rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best however given I have been a JG fan for years this was a easy decision.

What did you like best about this story?

The twists and turns of the story,

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When the plainiffs were shown the video.

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

Yes could not leave alone until I reached the last page. (so disappointed that work and sleep not to mention christmas interuptted my listening)

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,018
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - really enjoyed it!

  • By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 12-11-13

Brilliant story and love the epilogue

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

Reviewed: 29-12-13

What did you like most about The Husband's Secret?

I loved the unexpectedness of the plot right up to the last "page" the story twist and turn when you least expected.

What did you like best about this story?

The epilogue!

What about Caroline Lee’s performance did you like?

the way she told the tale.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The title says it all!

Any additional comments?

One of the best stories I have listened to this year.