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  • The Perfect Girlfriend

  • By: Karen Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Meet Juliette. She's intelligent, driven, committed - and in love. Juliette loves Nate. She will follow him anywhere. She's even become a flight attendant for his airline, so she can keep a closer eye on him. They are meant to be. The fact that Nate broke up with her six months ago means nothing. Because Juliette has a plan to win him back. She is the perfect girlfriend. And she'll make sure no one stops her from getting exactly what she wants. True love hurts, but Juliette knows it's worth all the pain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrators voice ruins the audibook!

  • By lucy hollingshead on 16-03-18

Let down by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

I was so looking forward to listening to this book which had been well reviewed pre publication. However it is very difficult to give a fair review of the book as it is so badly let down by the appalling narration. There are many pauses, the narration is slow and dragged out and Anna Friel constantly swallows and slurps. Disappointing !

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Seven Days of Us

  • By: Francesca Hornak
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

It's Christmas and for one whole week the Birch family is gathering under one roof. Olivia, the eldest daughter, has returned from treating an epidemic abroad and must go into quarantine for seven days. Her mother says it's the perfect opportunity to spend some 'quality time' together. Her younger sister wholeheartedly disagrees. Her father isn't allowed an opinion - but is determined to offer one anyway. When no one can leave the house, and no one can enter, life for the Birches feels like an eternity. Especially when they're all harbouring secrets. One of whom is about to come knocking at their door....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by poor narration

  • By Saffy on 09-11-17

Let down by poor narration

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

After reading rave reviews about this debut novel I was really looking forward to listening to it. Unfortunately I was unable to finish it as it is let down by very poor narration. The characters are portrayed as very self entitled and I had little empathy for them or interest in the story.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,861

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Oh for God's sake, just tell the police.

  • By Philip Thompson on 08-01-17

A gripping thriller

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

This is my first Rachel Abbott book and I'll definitely listen to more. It's a part thriller, part police procedural and the narration by Lisa Coleman is absolutely superb. I did find the main character Maggie rather unbelievable and had little sympathy for her. However the police procedural aspect was very well done and kept me listening

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Love, or Nearest Offer

  • By: Adèle Geras
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

On paper, Iris Atkins is an estate agent, but she has a gift: Iris is able to see into people's lives and understand exactly what is missing and what they need - and not just in bricks-and-mortar terms, either. Of course this doesn't leave much time for examining her own problems, and while she may know what's best for everyone else, she doesn't necessarily know what's best for herself - and what she finds out could make her happier than she ever dreamed of.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very tedious

  • By Saffy on 19-07-16

Very tedious

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

Reviewed: 19-07-16

After listening to too many crime and psychological thrillers I was looking for an easy chick lit read but unfortunately this one was very disappointing. It is quite different to previous Adele Geras books I have read and is written very badly. It is narrated brilliantly by Jenny Funnell but this was not enough to motivate me to finish it.

  • If She Did It

  • By: Jessica Treadway
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

What if you began to suspect your child of an unspeakable crime? One night changed everything. A father murdered in his bed. A mother beaten almost to death. A daughter who claims she knew nothing about her boyfriend's murderous plans. But is she telling the truth? Hanna can't remember the details of what happened that traumatic night; she barely survived the brutal assault that left her a widow. However, if she is to keep her husband's killer in jail, she knows she has to try.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • awful narrator (sorry)

  • By lydia donnelly on 06-02-16

What a fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I wasn't sure what to expect from this novel and worried that it would be just another 'domestic noir' of which there are so many currently published. However this is probably the best I have listened to since 'Girl on the Train' last year. It is read brilliantly by Katherine Fenton and I will definitely listen to more books narrated by her. Although this book is a psychological thriller it is also a beautifully written family drama that at times reminded me of the great Anne Tyler. Highly recommended.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Tipping the Velvet

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

'Piercing the shadows of the naked stage was a single shaft of rosy limelight, and in the centre of this was a girl: the most marvellous girl - I knew it at once! - that I had ever seen.' A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King - oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End 'tom'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Victorian London brought to exuberant life

  • By T on 14-10-14

A fantastic debut

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I will never tire of reading or listening to Sarah Waters' debut novel. I have previously read the novel and watched the BBC dramatization but I think that Juanita McMahon brings this novel to life in a whole new way. Waters' writing, characterization and attention to period detail is superb and this novel is a reminder of why she is my favourite novelist writing today.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

A promising debut

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I do wish that publishers would stop hyping novels as the next 'Gone Girl' or 'Girl on the Train' as they rarely live up to the hype. This book certainly doesn't but it is a promising, gripping debut. There is however nothing new here although it does stand out from some of the more recent 'domestic noir' novels. It is excellently read by Clare Corbett who does such a good job of keeping the reader engaged throughout.

23 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

A gripping debut

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

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

I have recommended this book to everyone I know. It is an amazing debut that I listened to at every available moment. My previous book of this year was 'Girl on the Train' but this was even better. I loved the Bristol/Wales settings and really felt that I was there in the middle of the story. The characterisation was excellent and believable and the twists were completely unexpected.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I Let You Go?

One of the twists which I really did not see coming.

What about David Thorpe and Julie Barrie ’s performance did you like?

Both readers were excellent. I love listening to audiobooks with multiple narrators.

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

There were many shocking moments but they were done with empathy and not to shock gratuitously. I felt completely caught up in Jenna's story.

26 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • The Fear Cure

  • Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul
  • By: Lissa Rankin M.D.
  • Narrated by: Jenn Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Not many people in the medical world are talking about how being afraid can make us sick - but the truth is that fear, left untreated, becomes a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Now Lissa Rankin, M.D., explains why we need to heal ourselves from the fear that puts our health at risk and robs our lives of joy - and tells us how fear can ultimately cure us by opening our eyes to all that needs healing in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Saffy on 20-04-15

Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

If you could sum up The Fear Cure in three words, what would they be?

Inspirational. Motivating. Amazing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

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

I have not listened to Jenn Morris before but she does a fantastic job here voicing Lissa Rankin's words. I have heard Lissa Rankin narrate and I was disappointed that she didn't narrate her own book this time. However I do feel that Jenn Morris matches Lissa's reassuring, empathetic tone.

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

I was inspired and motivated through out this amazing book. If you suffer from any kind of illness or are just feeling stuck in your life I would highly recommend Lissa's book. I think it is far better than her first book 'Mind Over Medicine'. It brings together lots of ideas in a really accessible way. It will definitely be a 'self help' book that I follow through on and return to.

Any additional comments?

One of my all time favourite self help books. Highly recommended

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Days of Anna Madrigal

  • A Novel (Tales of the City)
  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters - Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past. Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book

  • By Ken on 20-04-14

Awful narration

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

Would you try another book written by Armistead Maupin or narrated by Kate Mulgrew?

Yes I would definitely try another book by Armistead Maupin. His 'Tales of the City' series are some of my all time favourite books. Sadly Maupin's fantastic cast of characters have been hugely let down by the narration of Kate Mulgrew. Her voice as Anna Madrigal is fine but she struggles to voice any other character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Days of Anna Madrigal?

Sadly I didn't find out as I gave up due to the appalling, grating narration.

How could the performance have been better?

Why was Kate Mulgrew used ? Maupin himself, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon...all would have made great narrators for this book.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I did not get very far due to the appalling narration. I feel very frustrated as now I will never know what happens in the final installment of one of my favourite series of books. For those of you who have never read a 'Tales of the City' book do start at the beginning- the narrators for the rest of the series are excellent.

Any additional comments?

Maybe this is cheating but I have given this book 5 stars for the story as all Maupin's previous books in this series have been fantastic. It is just a shame that the narrator didn't do his words justice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful