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R. Haylock

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  • The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde

  • By: Eve Chase
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Present day: Applecote Manor captivates Jessie with dreams of hazy summers in the Cotswolds, but the house has an unsettling history, and strange rumours surround the estate.... The '50s: When teenage Margot and her three sisters arrive at Applecote during the heatwave of '59, they find their aunt and uncle still reeling from the disappearance of their daughter, Audrey, five years before. Drawn into the life Audrey left behind, the stifling summer takes a shocking, deadly turn.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By R Mason on 03-02-19

Not for the normal of hearing

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Probably very good if you are a dog with their superior hearing. This audio book is recorded at such a low volume that even at full volume you need to be in a place with no background sound. Try to listen in a car, going for a walk and you have to strain to hear it. This seems to be becoming more common with audible recordings which if check with monitoring software you will find are recorded at a level many decibels below where any clipping would occur. There is nothing wrong with the recordings except this. Using headphone boosters you can get acceptable levels of volume. But why should you need this, I don't want to have to have extra bits and cables to carry around when it would be the simplest thing in the world deliver the books with sensible volume levels. I can do it with a piece of consumer software costing £50. There are multiple complaints about this on the internet yet Audible does nothing.

  • A Suitable Lie

  • By: Michael J. Malone
  • Narrated by: Steven Cree
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 207

Andy Boyd thinks he is the luckiest man alive. Widowed with a young child after his wife dies in childbirth, he is certain that he will never again experience true love. Then he meets Anna. Feisty, fun and beautiful, she's his perfect match.... And she loves his son, too. When Andy ends up in the hospital on his wedding night, he receives his first clue that Anna is not all that she seems. He ignores it; a dangerous mistake that could cost him everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Domestic abuse noir

  • By Timi on 18-07-17

Monotony

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

Reviewed: 26-07-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It could have been completely rewritten by a different author.

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael J. Malone again?

Probably not

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I am not sure if this this colourless reading was deliberate to match the monotony of the story or if this is the narrator's normal voice

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sleepiness and sighs.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Ark

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Chris Patton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

With the discovery of another life-sustaining planet light years away, there is hope for a chosen few to leave the soon-to-be submerged Earth. Holle Groundwater is one of the candidates, having been trained for this purpose since childhood, when the ships Ark One and Ark Three were being built. But as Holle prepares to endure life aboard the Ark, she comes to realize that her attempt at escape may be more dangerous than trying to stay afloat on a drowning planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great bit piece of end-of-the-world sci-fi

  • By Paul on 14-03-11

Please just read in in American English.

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

Reviewed: 18-07-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It would have got 4 stars if the reader accepted that their only ability was an American accent. I can do a better scottish accent than the one in this reading and I am hopeless at immitation of accents.

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen Baxter before, how does this one compare?

NA

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Chris Patton?

Hugh Lee an Irish actor who convincingly speaks in various Dublin, English accents even to being able to speak female parts to the extent that I was convinced that there must be a separate female narrator. I am sure he could manage the accents required for this book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Nothing in particular it was an proficiently written book as would be expected from this author

Any additional comments?

The reader has a pleasant American English accent not grating as so many of them are, if only he had stuck to that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful