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  • Give Me the Child

  • By: Mel McGrath
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Dr Cat Lupo aches for another child despite the psychosis which marked her first pregnancy. So when Ruby Winter, a small girl in need of help, arrives in the middle of the night, it seems like fate. But as the events behind Ruby's arrival emerge - her mother's death, her connection to Cat - Cat questions whether her decision to help Ruby has put her own daughter at risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • gripped

  • By Kaye Buckley on 22-03-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 27-07-18

I felt this book was so unrealistic yet still predictable. It's the first time I've had to speed down a narrator and that the book was way too long than it needed to be with the ending being tied up quite quickly in comparison. An interesting premise for a story but not 'meaty' or exciting.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,490

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change many things about the book, such as half of the characters and content.

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

I have read one other Liane Moriaty book before but not listened to any other. I feel it is around the same standard of the other I read but was not a massive fan of, The Husband's Secret.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked the expressions of the narrator and believe her performance added to the story.

Do you think Little Lies needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't think so. There's nothing more that needs to be said. Half of Little Lies didn't even need to be said.

Any additional comments?

I found the background stories more interesting than the actual main plot.

  • Reality Boy

  • By: A. S. King
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: The day his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he is still haunted by his rage-filled youth - which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle - and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they're all just waiting for him to snap.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dull

  • By Pinkbee on 03-03-15

Dull

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

What did you like best about Reality Boy? What did you like least?

I found the subject matter intriguing and liked the exploration of the relationship between him and his sister as children, however I felt as the story progressed it became more and more unrealistic and disengaging.

Would you recommend Reality Boy to your friends? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book, I was highly disappointed by it and expected more insight and depth with this topic.

Did Michael Stellman do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Stellman did his job. I would say it was good but not an outstanding performance.

Did Reality Boy inspire you to do anything?

Listen to another book.

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,995

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

Exceptional story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

If you could sum up Elizabeth Is Missing in three words, what would they be?

A gentle mystery.

What did you like best about this story?

Many books claim to keep you guessing, to have twists or unpredictable and heartfelt moments and this book is one of the few which live up to those expectations. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of this book and appreciated how we unfolded the main character's life by looking at the past and the present through her eyes.

What about Anna Bentinck’s performance did you like?

The way she conveyed emotion and her wonderful old woman voice!

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

It regularly made me laugh and also made me tearful. Any book which evokes emotions is a book worth reading/listening to.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Life of Amy Archer

  • By: R. S. Pateman
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 194

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace...now she's back. On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart. On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth's world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding debut

  • By Saffy on 24-05-14

Interesting but unsatisfying

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

Reviewed: 12-07-14

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

People who never learnt that a book needs a beginning, a middle and an end.

Would you be willing to try another book from R. S. Pateman? Why or why not?

I would not be willing to read another book by this author, the premise of the story was interesting but the book overall was a massive disappointment. There was no conclusion, there was quite a lot of repetition and I was left with a feeling of "what, is that it?"

Have you listened to any of Clare Corbett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to any other of Corbett's performances but I would, she was an excellent narrator.

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

Frustration and disappointment. Of course there were moments of sadness because of the subject matter of the book and it did make you think but I expected more.

Any additional comments?

I genuinely can't understand why people have given this listen such rave reviews.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,814

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

A decent follow on

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to The Silkworm again? Why?

Yes, I would. I am planning to listen to The Cuckoo's Calling again and this straight after to tie the story together.

What did you like best about this story?

I like that the content is more edgy and it is a complete plunge into the genre I know and love.

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

Cormoran Strike of course.

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

Thorough enjoyment.

Any additional comments?

I don't think it is as good as The Cuckoo's Calling although it is still definitely worth a listen. The story unfolds much more slowly this time but I was left guessing all the way through and up until the end still did not know who did it. The narrator slipped up on some of the accents for the characters which was slightly annoying but not a massive deal. I can't wait for the next installment of the series.

  • The Never List

  • By: Koethi Zan
  • Narrated by: Kristen Zieh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

There were four of us down there for the first 32 months and 11 days of our captivity. And then, very suddenly and without warning, there were three. Even though the fourth person hadn’t made any noise at all in several months, the room got very quiet when she was gone. For a long time after that, we sat in silence, in the dark, each of us wondering what this meant for her and for us, and which of us would be the next in the box. Never get in the car.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling story

  • By Pinkbee on 07-07-14

Thrilling story

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Never List to be better than the print version?

I think both would be equal, Kristen Zieh's narration may not be to everyone's liking although I think her tone fit the personality of the main character.

What other book might you compare The Never List to, and why?

I don't think I've read any other book like it!

Did Kristen Zieh do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

I think there could have been more of an emphasis on each character's tone/voice so it would be easier to distinguish each character. Saying that, I never struggled to know who was speaking and the story was easy to follow so it didn't interrupt the book at all.

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

I didn't laugh or cry, although the situation the girls faced in the book filled me with sympathy and disgust.

Any additional comments?

I was fascinated by the story line and left in suspense at to what would unfold and how the characters would end up.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Susan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Charlotte Nicholls has a secret that haunts her. She and three-year-old Chloe have left their home and friends, and are now building a new life for themselves elsewhere. All Charlotte wants to do is to forget the past, to blot out what went before, and to look only to the future. At last she and Chloe feel safe. Then, suddenly, their nightmare returns, and Charlotte finds she has no power to prevent what comes next…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent, gripping listen.

  • By Saffy on 23-10-13

Perfect sequel

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to Don't Let Me Go again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to it again. After reading No Child of Mine, I was desperate to know what happened next and downloaded the sequel immediately. I would happily listen to both again.

What did you like best about this story?

Don't Let Me Go tied up the story without feeling like it was constantly retelling No Child of Mine. It left us wondering what the conclusion would be.

Have you listened to any of Julia Franklin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I listened to her narration on No Child of Mine and actually found it quite irritating, this story was a huge improvement for me.

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

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

This is the first time I have listened to/read any Susan Lewis books but will be reading a lot more after this!

  • The Life of Lee

  • By: Lee Evans
  • Narrated by: Lee Evans
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. Read unabridged by the man himself, the audiobook edition of The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography, charting his ups and downs on the way to the top.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By AandL272 on 05-06-13

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

What made the experience of listening to The Life of Lee the most enjoyable?

Lee Evan's narration obviously brought the whole thing to life, I would listen to anything he reads! He does read a bit fast at times but that's alright.

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

The story made me quite emotional at times but there were also a few laughs along the way. It wasn't as funny as I expected it to be but I suppose he is writing his life story, not doing a show. I'm still not sure how I feel about his dad!

Any additional comments?

Although it was interesting to hear about Lee Evan's early life, I was quite disappointed at where the book ended and would have liked it to continue further in to his life.

  • How to Fall in Love

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

A thoughtful, captivating and ultimately uplifting novel from this uniquely talented author. She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love - with his own life. Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate - but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him that before then she can show him life is worth living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% pure pleasure

  • By Kaggy on 25-01-14

Predictable and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-14

Would you try another book written by Cecelia Ahern or narrated by Aoife McMahon?

I have listened to and read many Cecelia Ahern books in the past and find most of them to be an easy and enjoyable read so I would definitely read another. I would also listen to a story narrated by Aoife McMahon in the future, she sounds very natural and conveys the characters very well.

Do you think How to Fall in Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I don't think it needs a sequel, things were tied up quite nicely at the end even if it was predictable and the subject wasn't interesting enough to warrant another book.

Any additional comments?

Having read Ceclia Ahern's books before, I thought she may finally be delving into something deeper dealing with such a serious subject matter here, however the story and solution was so unrealistic it was almost frustrating. There were some touching moments but overall, it was difficult to really connect to Adam and I was more interested in Christine's life. I probably would have enjoyed the book more if it was just about her, without the looming love story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful