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Susan Random

London
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  • The Other Wife

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

 

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

The Other Wife

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Having lapped up all of Michael Robotham's previous Professor Joe O'Loughlin novels I was delighted that he'd penned another. The plot zipped around and it was fantastic to catch up with familiar characters, especially Vincent Ruiz.

  • Meghan

  • A Hollywood Princess
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Andrew Morton, Charles Armstrong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The first in-depth biography of the American actress and humanitarian campaigner who will marry Prince Harry in May 2018, written by the world's best-known royal biographer. When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were set up by a mutual friend on a blind date in June 2016, little could they know that just 16 months later the resulting whirlwind romance would lead to their engagement in November 2017 and marriage in May 2018.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meghan Markle

  • By Susan Random on 31-10-18

Meghan Markle

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

As this is the first unauthorised biography of Meghan Markle available I thought I'd listen to it. Quite frankly, it seems that Ms M was sent from above to sit amongst us mere mortals. In the book she seems not to have ever put a pedicured foot wrong.

The narration was a bit monotone in places.

  • The Sleeper

  • By: Emily Barr
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,053
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 950

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Vanessa on 22-02-14

The Sleeper

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

Brilliantly plotted and pacey. Great thriller, recommended. The narrator was very versatile with the various characters.

  • Believe Me

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers, Lorelei King, John Chancer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 363

Claire Wright likes to play other people. A struggling British actress, in New York without a green card, Claire needs work. She takes the only part she's offered: as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands, catching them on tape with their seductive propositions. The rules? Never hit on them directly. Make it clear you're available, but they have to proposition you, not the other way around. The firm is after evidence, not entrapment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't perform, act.

  • By MardiGras on 04-08-18

Believe Me

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

Reviewed: 14-08-18

It started so well, Claire, a wannabe actress studying at the impressive Actors' Studio in NYC, is working as a honeytrap to elicit some income. She gets involved with Professor Patrick Fogler, whom she'd tried, unsuccessfully, to pick up the very way his wife is brutally murdered.

So ... The perspectives changed and it morphed into a film noir. What or who was real? The constant references to the erotic poems of Charles Baudelaire got a bit wearing after a while. I gave up half way through and then picked it back up a week or so later. Now I've finished it, do I have a clue what the plot was? Nope.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Take Me In

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear, Morven Christie
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

It starts with a holiday. A three-year-old boy on a beach, and the hero who saves his life.But nothing is ever that simple.Tessa and Marcus know they owe Dave Jepsom more than they can ever repay.Yet even as he is walking from the sea with their son in his arms, there is something about him that makes them uneasy. He is not like other people that they know. Being with him makes them confront truths about themselves they would rather not see. The shock of that moment will change everything. And it's not how things start that matter. But how they end....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just too long!

  • By Creeda on 27-07-18

Take Me In

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

Once again Sabine Durrant sets her latest psychological thriller in the moneyed streets of gentrified Wandsworth, so expect loads of premium name dropping and 'kitchen suppers'. I did find the central characters, Marcus and Tessa,
who met when they both worked for the same PR company, insufferably smug if I'm honest, making it difficult to have any sympathy for their plight.

I think that the plot, which switched between the first person narrative of the couple to be a bit convoluted at times and there were a few stands which I expected to play an important role in the story, but they did not.

The narrators, Rory Kinnear and Morven Christie both did a sterling job, trying to inject some life into the somewhat staccato text. That said, Kinnear did whisper some of the female parts in a very odd manner.

The ending was far too abrupt considering how long it took the reader to get there.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Only the Innocent

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049

When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera. Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narration

  • By mrs c a dunne on 20-07-15

Only The Innocent

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

This is the first novel to feature DCI Tom Douglas and he's based in the Metropolitan Police for this case, away from his native Manchester. The story of the murder and unravelling the complex life of wealthy Sir Hugo Fletcher indeed has many twists and turns and was engaging enough.

That said, the fact that narrator Peter Wickham was tasked to perform Laura, Imogen and any other female character was flipping awful. He sounded ridiculous, like the hammiest am dram actor in audibly in drag. Why on earth didn't the producer employ two actors, one female and one male? After all, we listeners pay enough for these audio books!

  • The Visitor

  • By: K. L. Slater
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 328

Holly never thought she'd move back to her hometown, but then something terrible happened. She doesn't know if she can recover. But she knows she can never tell another soul. People say her neighbour, David, is 'different'. He doesn't go out much, and never after dark. But in David, Holly finds just what she needs: a friend. Someone who's always there. No-one knows Holly's secret or where she lives. She has left the past behind. So why does she feel as though she's in terrible danger?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Drama That Doesn't Quite Deliver

  • By Simon on 16-05-18

The Visitor

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

This was OK crime thriller, but rather unbelievable and far fetched at times. The character of David was written as though he was autistic, but it was never explicitly stated.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Come a Little Closer

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508

Snow is falling softly as a young woman takes her last breath. Fifteen miles away, two women sit silently in a dark kitchen. They don't speak, because there is nothing left to be said. Another woman boards a plane to escape the man who is trying to steal her life. But she will have to return sooner or later. These strangers have one thing in common. They each made one bad choice - and now they have no choices left. Soon they won't be strangers, they'll be family....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By Marj on 02-06-18

Come A Little Closer

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

I have listened to the majority of Rachel Abbott's novels on Audible, but this wasn't one of her best, although to be fair, neither was 'The Sixth Window'. The central character, Callie, was just too naive to be believable and the various plot strands were too far-fetched. Also, DI Becky Robinson's hero worship of her boss, DCI Tom Douglas, was rather nauseating "he was wearing a powder blue shirt which matched his eyes ..."

There alsowas rather a lot of repeated backstory. Wasn't Jack Douglas a Carry On actor? Did he fake his own death too?

  • Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles

  • By: Tom Bower
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Best-selling author Tom Bower reveals the power, passion and defiance of Prince Charles. Few heirs to the throne have suffered as much humiliation as Prince Charles. Despite his hard work and genuine concern for the disadvantaged, he has struggled to overcome his unpopularity. After Diana's death, his approval rating crashed to 4 percent and has been rescued only by his marriage to Camilla. Nevertheless, just one third of Britons now support him to be the next king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • startling book

  • By cg on 17-04-18

Rebel Prince

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

This book started out so well and I listened to it for at least two hours in one sitting at first. After that, I soon became bored by the continual anti Prince Charles slant. Clearly he's a bit of a Divine Right Of Kings throwback with a high handed cruel way with subjects and ex-spouses, but there must be something good about him? Clearly not ...

After chapter after chapter of listening to endless blathering on about The Prince's wastefulness and the intricate machinations relating to his various charities and donors I soon lost the will to live and received my credit back.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Birthday Girl

  • By: Sue Fortin
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Dear Carys, Zoe and Andrea. Come and join me for my 40th birthday adventure weekend, full of mysteries and surprises the like of which you can't imagine. When Joanne's friends reluctantly accept an invitation to her birthday party, it quickly becomes clear that there is more to this weekend than they are expecting. One of them is hiding a secret. And Joanne is planning to reveal it.... A weekend away in a cottage in the woods sounds like fun - until no one can hear your cries for help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sparkles then gradually fizzes out.

  • By Lee on 01-05-18

The Birthday Girl

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

I bought this as one of the regular 2for1 offers. It was a gripping listen, but what I would say was that none of the main characters was pleasant and that can make it difficult for the listener/reader to fully empathise.

The narrator managed a dispatare series of accents with aplomb, especially the Scottish ones. She did, however, make Andrea sound like Anne Robinson, which made me dislike the spiky character even more!