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  • In Her Shadow

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88

For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy. As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring Boring

  • By Sarah Bowker on 11-10-18

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

The story for me started well but gradually went down hill. I didn’t feel there was any real depth to the characters. I like a story to evoke emotion, this book failed to do that. The narrator left a lot to be desired, I found her to be rather flat and at times couldn’t distinguish as to which character was supposed to be speaking. Overall it’s a book that I will easily forget.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really thought provoking story

  • By Frances Locke on 25-02-18

A thought provoking book.

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

I loved this book so much that I listened to it twice back to back. Taking you through family life it saddened me to think that so many years were lost by the inability to communicate through fear of what might or might not happen. I was able to relate to much of the emotions and sense of loss with my own life story. Likeable, believable characters and that sense of hope is truly heartwarming.
You won’t be disappointed by this gentle story.

  • 99 Red Balloons

  • By: Elisabeth Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Sarah Ovens, Victoria Riley, Maggie Ollerenshaw, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Eight-year-old Grace is last seen in a sweetshop. Her mother, Emma, is living a nightmare. But as her loved ones rally around her, cracks begin to emerge. What are the emails sent between her husband and her sister? Why does her mother take so long to join the search? And is there more to the disappearance of her daughter than meets the eye?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good.

  • By Chrissie on 10-09-17

Gripped from the first page!

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

I love books that capture you from the very first page. Full of intrigue, characters that were believable and likeable...well most of them anyway. The author manages to provoke such an array of emotions, tears, frustration, anger, sadness, little smiles and hope. Families struggling to cope with such huge tragedies, the tensions that threaten to rip them apart. The narrators did a fine job adding to the enjoyment. Loved it!

  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-18

The rich tapestry of life.

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Such a beautifully written book...reminded me of a stream as it ebbed and flowed meandering through the rich tapestry of life. Likeable characters, touching, sad gentle and funny with some jaw dropping surprises along the way. Makes you think about age and the workings of the mind. I loved it!

  • Lying in Wait

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Caoilfhionn Dunne, David McFetridge, Lesley McGuire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Lydia Fitzsimons lives in the perfect house with her adoring husband and beloved son. There is just one thing Lydia yearns for to make her perfect life complete, though the last thing she expects is that pursuing it will lead to murder. However, needs must - because nothing can stop this mother from getting what she wants....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifically superb!

  • By Ann D on 07-01-17

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 24-09-17

I was gripped from the first page, full of intrigue and plot, with an interesting set of characters...you certainly wouldn't want a mum like Lydia. The ending really was so unexpected! Love the different voices making the book three dimensional...I will definitely read it again. Highly recommended.

  • 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 6,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,668
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,659

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

Absolutely brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-17

Wow! Rarely do I come across a book where I want to shut the world out and just read...I loved it. The intrigue, the twists and turns of the characters lives. Beautifully narrated this story takes you down a path that is utterly compelling. Edward, dark and mysterious, Emma, a sweet, mixed up, impulsive individual, Simon, (a smile) and Jayne, resourceful. But beyond the fiction, it is thought provoking, the questions posed throughout and the way we choose to live our lives...highly recommended.

  • Dear Amy

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale, John Sackville, Laura Aikman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,376

Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Examiner. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: 'Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery.' Bethan Avery has been missing for nearly two decades. This is surely some cruel hoax. But as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommend it

  • By Miko on 22-06-16

A story full of intrigue!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I was gripped from the opening page, full of twists and turns. It shows the power of the human mind...its resourcefulness and the inimitable capability of survival. I would have liked for Katie's parents to be a bit more involved, for me it would have added a little more depth. I will read it again as I was somewhat confused by whom the Bellamy character was... overall I would highly recommend.

  • The Loney

  • By: Andrew Michael Hurley
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 257

If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney - that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr. and Mrs. Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest. It was impossible to truly know the place. It changed with each influx and retreat, and the neap tides would reveal the skeletons of those who thought they could escape its insidious currents. No one ever went near the water.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting and thought provoking

  • By Celia on 13-03-16

A child who never really experienced the magic of childhood.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-17

Interesting, thought provoking, sad, bleak even. It in my opinion it shows the power of religion, of the chains it can place upon one. A child who was born to serve, who never really had the opportunity to experience childhood and the freedom that entails. The narrators voice was gentle, melodic as he led you down a winding path.
Very different from my usual reading, I will most definitely read it again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Girls

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 3
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping. And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for D.I. Kim Stone and the squad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration much better - story outstanding

  • By Marie on 10-12-15

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-15

A truly gripping tale, fast paced, gruesome in parts, full of twists and turns. It depicts humanity at its worst and at its best. The characters were gritty shaped by childhood experiences. It's about the power of love, how important it is and the devastation to the human soul when there is none present. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • No Time for Goodbye

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

On the morning she will never forget, suburban teenager Cynthia Archer awakes with a nasty hangover and a feeling she is going to have an even nastier confrontation with her mom and dad. But when she leaves her bedroom, she discovers the house is empty, with no sign of her parents or younger brother Todd. In the blink of an eye, without any explanation, her family has simply disappeared.Twenty-five years later Cynthia is still haunted by unanswered questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Linwood Barclay is Quality. Never disappoints

  • By Andy on 10-09-15

A great story!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-15

I loved this book...right from the start it had me gripped as it twisted and turned. I loved the fact that through the most appalling events this family stuck together. It was very human. The narration was excellent too with the myriad of voices. Highly recommended!