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  • From the Shadows

  • Dan Grant, Book 1
  • By: Neil White
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

When defence lawyer Dan Grant inherits a murder case just weeks away from trial, he's just expected to babysit it and take his fee. But Dan's not that kind of lawyer. If he takes on a case, then he investigates it his way - wherever the evidence takes him. Investigator Jayne Brett is Dan's investigator and a woman with a terrible secret in her past - one that still haunts her today. Needing the money, she takes on the task of investigating the case that Dan's inherited. But has she taken on more than she can handle?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping listen! Loved it!

  • By SJC on 11-09-17

Really enjoyed this one

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

This author is new to me but i like Jonathan Keeble as a narrator so thought i would give it a go.
It kept my interest all the way through and i really enjoyed the story.
I will definitely read the next one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Siege

  • By: Simon Kernick
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

London is under attack. People are dead. Many more lives hang in the balance as a group of highly trained gunmen storm the historic Lanchester Hotel on Park Lane. The gunmen have given the government just five hours to meet their demands before they blow up the building. Shots ring out. Some guests panic. Others text their loved ones. Still more try to escape. All are united by one thing: fear for their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • His best yet ?

  • By T SOTHCOTT on 10-04-17

Not my favourite but still brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

I love these book, they are always a good listen.
i like the way they are fast paced with lots of action. This wasn't the best one for me but still really enjoyed it.
Always enjoy Paul Thornley's narration

  • Don't Make a Sound

  • Nathan Cody, Book 3
  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712

You can't choose your family. Or can you? Meet the Bensons. A pleasant enough couple. They keep themselves to themselves. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy. There's just one problem. Daisy doesn't belong to the Bensons. They stole her. And now they've decided that Daisy needs a little brother or sister. DS Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jackson Makes it a Hat Trick!

  • By Simon on 08-05-18

Brilliant from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

I really enjoyed this book and really looked forward to listening.
The narration was first class and definitely helped to make this book a great listen for me.

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,422

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By joanna Prendergast on 30-06-17

Narration makes this a brilliant listen

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

Reviewed: 01-08-17

What did you like most about The Child?

The narration was really good with different narrators doing each chapter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Child?

overall i enjoyed it all

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

I don't know about all of them, I always enjoy Clare Corbett

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

The end but not really in a good way as it was the only bit i didn't like.

Any additional comments?

Normally when different characters have a chapter each i find some less interesting than others and look forward to getting back to a certain character, with this book there was no chapter where i had that feeling.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 892

What if they hadn't gone? That's the question Clementine can't stop asking herself. It was just a backyard barbeque. They didn't know their hosts that well. They were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no. But she and her husband, Sam, said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn't do that beautiful winter's day. Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. It's a normal weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book the authors best work

  • By Mrs on 30-07-16

Okay listen but not the best, too longwinded

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

Reviewed: 16-10-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, the fact that for most of the story you do not know what has happened at the bar b q. It is like listening to a story but not knowing what it is about. It is far too long with not enough happening. So much time is spent on different aspects of their lives such as the audition and it's just not that interesting.

What was most disappointing about Liane Moriarty’s story?

It takes too long to get going and I wasn't keen on most of the characters, I didn't find them particularly likeable. When you did find out what had happened in all its detail it was quite a good plot but by that time I wasn't really that bothered.

Did Caroline Lee do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

The narration takes a bit of getting used to but it is easy to differentiate between the characters.I liked Erica's mother at the meal, she was funny!

Did Truly Madly Guilty inspire you to do anything?

No, apart from reach the end.

Any additional comments?

It was a good listen in parts but the almost tedious detail spoils it. For me it needed more to happen early on or to be a bit shorter.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Do You Trust?!

  • By garry on 07-07-14

A good story made great by the narration

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

Reviewed: 15-07-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes in audio form because it was riveting and I actually cared about the characters. This was mainly because of the excellent narration bringing the characters to life. I would warn about the slightly squeamish parts though. A bit too much information about dead bodies.

What other book might you compare The Killer Next Door to, and why?

Can't think at the moment

What about Imogen Church’s performance did you like?

Amazing narration which raised the story from good to great for me

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

No I can't imagine listening for over 12 hours in one go even if I had the time, but I was always looking forward to listening

Any additional comments?

I am off to download another with this combination of author and narrator which will hopefully be as good

  • Stranger Child

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684

One dark secret. One act of revenge. When Emma Joseph met her husband, David, he was a man shattered by grief. His first wife had been killed outright when her car veered off the road. Just as tragically, their six-year-old daughter mysteriously vanished from the scene of the accident. Now, six years later, Emma believes the painful years are behind them. She and David have built a new life together and have a beautiful baby son, Ollie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller With a Human Side

  • By Simon on 10-11-15

enthralled from the start,great listen

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Stranger Child to be better than the print version?

Possibly,hard to say without reading it

What other book might you compare Stranger Child to, and why?

Psychological crime book, not any specific book

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

You could feel her pain as Ollie's mum

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

no i didn't laugh or cry but i was captivated

Any additional comments?

I loved this book, yes it was far fetched in places but i was kept interested all the way through. I liked that i enjoyed it immediately, sometimes it takes a while to get into a book but this was immediate. Also i did not lose attention which i sometimes do if the book gets a bit tedious. Loved it and good narration too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,741

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

Mixed feelings, good in parts

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The frustrating, implausible storyline where no one realised the twins are swapped, not even school staff who work closely with one of the twins, absolutely ridiculous. Hard to get past this annoyance. And we're supposed to believe the mother didn't realise for most of the book.

What was most disappointing about Ann Morgan’s story?

The fact that it was so well written and good in parts but yet they were the most horrible characters who were always so unkind to each other all the time. Impossible to believe even in the circumstances that it was necessary for them always to be so malicious and unpleasant to each other.

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

I thought the narration was brilliant.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Probably not

Any additional comments?

I nearly gave up after the first quarter of the book and then eventually it was good for a while. Then it seemed to go on and on until I just wanted to know how it ended and was glad when it had.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cake Shop in the Garden

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

Fay Merryweather runs her cake shop from her beautiful garden. She whips up airy sponges and scrumptious scones while her customers enjoy the lovely blossoms and gorgeous blooms. Looking after the cake shop, the garden, and her cantankerous mother means Fay is always busy, but she accepts her responsibilities because if she doesn't do all this, who will? Then Danny Wilde walks into her life and makes Fay question every decision she's ever made.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to feel miserable then this is for you

  • By Maz on 21-04-15

Predictable but mainly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If they liked lightweight happy ending style stories

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

I preferred the xmas one I listened to

What didn’t you like about Jilly Bond’s performance?

I found her too excitable and cringey in parts and wanted her to stop, especially the loved up moments, just embarrassing. I think the character would have not seemed so pathetic with different narration.

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

The character of Leah redeemed the book and I did laugh out loud a couple of times

  • Follow You Home

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 851

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilization, they must hike along the tracks through a forest...a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dare to go into the house and face yourself

  • By Kaggy on 16-02-16

Not really for me

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Would you try another book written by Mark Edwards or narrated by James Langton?

I have already listened to some already

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Edwards again?

I would and have but I did not like this one much. The storyline was far fetched and the subject matter too gritty but not matched to the type of story. In the end the whole thing was ridiculous. It did have some good twists but went on a bit and I only persevered to find out the ending as I had already invested so much time in it. Was glad when it ended.



What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was okay

Did Follow You Home inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

Surprised at the good ratings