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  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,757

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smokin' Start to a New Series!

  • By Simon on 14-06-18

Fantastic detective duo

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

This book is brilliant

I would've appreciated a few more clues to the backstory but, even without that, I was still able to work out bits and pieces ahead of the detectives. However, unlike in some novels, the central duo would then work out the same thing within a few minutes, not multiple chapters later.

I look forward to the next instalment.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 438

Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing clinical cases

  • By Nik Jewell on 20-06-17

Is Sacks enough of an expert?

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

I was quite intrigued by this collection and then we get to the last tale about somebody who "contracted" Autism at age 8. Knowing a fair few Autistic people and being on the spectrum myself, I know he was talking a whole load of bunk. Now, he's not an expert on Autism and he was writing this in the 1970s; I'm sure medical knowledge has moved on.

However, it set my wondering about the reliability of the other tales. After all, he's covering such a wide range of conditions that he can't be an expert in all of them. And, in several of the case notes, he admits to having been unaware of the literature on that particular type of case before publishing.

If you want to get an idea of what happens in a neurologist's office, it's fine.
But I wouldn't put too much credence on the diagnoses or cures.

  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,980
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,691

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well read

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-12-17

Audible do give good gifts

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

Reviewed: 18-01-18

I adore Simon Callow's voice and the frame-story on this anthology is very well-written and sparingly so.

  • The Word Is Murder

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,830

A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can’t control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's new thriller. Spread the word. The word is murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unemployed Detective

  • By Sarah on 30-08-17

As enjoyable as any Horowitz

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

I am, however, wondering why I bother with detective books (apart from Val McDermid's Tony Hill books) as I almost invariably deduce the killer in the first few chapters.

  • Politics

  • Between the Extremes
  • By: Nick Clegg
  • Narrated by: Nick Clegg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Politics has changed. Five years ago Britain had a coalition government built on compromise. Now the Conservatives rule unchallenged, a chasm has opened up between Left and Right and the centre ground is deserted. Nick Clegg knows the volatile state of modern politics better than anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A loss to British politics.

  • By KEN HUMES on 23-09-16

Heartbreakingly insightful

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

This book gives a fascinating insight into how decisions were taken within the coalition government and lays out an alternative to the Tories' current policy, which will break the heart of any Remainer and have us wishing Mr Clegg was back in Downing Street.

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

Not one of Horowitz's best

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

This is much more in the vein of House of Silk (which I still haven't managed to finish) than any of his other novels.

If you read my status updates, you'll get a feel for my issues with the book – ambiguous timelines, words used incorrectly...

I will give him this – I did not deduce the murderer of Alan Conway, I was still hung up on the red herring I identified long before. However, the novel within the book was pretty obvious. I understood the truth of Mary's death as soon as Pünd said that her husband had killed her. Matthew's evidence also told me who killed the other victim, although I had no idea of the motive.

The two narrators are generally quite good, although Allan Corduner occasionally sounds Jamaican while doing Pünd's voice.

  • The Muse

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Cathy Tyson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. Although Quick takes Odelle into her confidence and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left me emotionally confused... But I loved it!

  • By Sarah-rose on 26-08-16

Exquisite but devastating

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

I did not see the final twist coming, which is a rare delight for me.

More generally, the author does a superb job of making both stories as complete as possible, considering that one is still (theoretically) on-going. The author also has a talent for vivid description.

The narrator does a passable job at a Caribbean accent and adds a hint of a Spanish one for the appropriate characters but is obviously more comfortable voicing those which are English.

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,440

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013. Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013. Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful words; beautifully read

  • By Spa2004 on 14-02-16

The perfect performance of an extraordinary book

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

This has got to be the most realistically heart-breaking book I have ever read.

What's worse is that the beauty of its language and imagery, and its theological arguments are likely to drive me back to it over and over again.

I suspect I am going to drown in this book

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Crimson Petal and the White

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By knittyboot on 26-05-11

Infuriatingly unsatisfactory and pointless

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Let me start by saying that I love the language of this book, despite the obsession with the word 'flaccid' (which is used to describe everything from a piece of paper to an overcoat). I also love the care and detail with which the characters are drawn.

What I HATE, however, is the ending. And I do mean ending, not conclusion, as Faber lacks the inclination or ability to wrap up any of the plots or elucidate the remaining mysteries. Regardless of whether there's a sequel, one has a right to expect every book to be a complete story and that The Crimson Petal and the White is not.

It also doesn't have any point to it, unless one counts depicting Victorian misogyny, which I think most of us are aware of and could have been dealt with in far fewer pages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses

  • Read by the Cast of the Stage Play
  • By: Choderlos de Laclos
  • Narrated by: Dominic West, Janet McTeer, Una Stubbs, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 270

From the sumptuous private drawing rooms of 18th-century Paris to the decadent estates and chateaus of the French countryside, La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont hatch a long-distance plan of vengeance and seduction. Valmont is determined to conquer the famously pious Madame de Tourvel, whose husband is abroad on business. However, Merteuil has other plans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A timeless tale of lust and revenge

  • By Ms. D. A. O'neil on 05-02-16

Gorgeous, heartbreaking and salutary

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

Reviewed: 04-02-16

I was so disappointed when I missed the live-streaming of the play but, now, I have it forever and I am so grateful. I wouldn't have missed these performances for the world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful