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  • Tell Me a Secret

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Claire Sturgess
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Holly is feeling on top of the world - celebrating a new promotion and dying to pop the champagne with her best friend Roz. But is Holly just imagining things, or is Roz - who supported her every step of the way - not as happy for her as she should be? Something about Roz's behaviour doesn't add up. And soon Holly has the sneaking suspicion that there's a target on her back. Has someone been playing dirty in a war Holly didn't know she was fighting? And is Roz more tangled up in this than she'll admit? Only one woman can be left standing - but will the best woman win?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last a heroine my age

  • By dld on 15-01-19

"ALEXA - NARRATE ME A STORY"

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

I was excited to get a new book by Jane Fallon - but am afraid this was disappointing.

Bitchy women double crossing and lying to each other. V similar to Faking Friends.

The oddest thing though was the narration - I'm surprised this passed through any kind of editing, as it sounded like Alexa had been instructed to read the book. Little variation in the few moments of drama and an overall flat portrayal of the characters, although they were all quite one dimensional.

Am about 2/3 of the way through and think I'll save the rest for when I can't get to sleep.

Will just put this down to an off day and hope the next book is back to form.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Transcription

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Mary Compton on 12-09-18

Still Confused

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

Reviewed: 16-10-18

I've no idea having listened to this all the way through, what the point of this book is.

OK I know it's fiction, but I couldn't really discern any plot or outcome.

Shame, love her other work.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

  • By: Joanna Nadin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

  • By Lu on 21-04-18

Bravo!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Bought this on a whim; engaging story, great characters, loved musical and historical references. evoked at lot of memories.

  • The Sunday Lunch Club

  • By: Juliet Ashton
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is...don't make any afternoon plans.  

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way.   

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 40. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.  

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?  

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book

  • By Mary Bolch on 27-06-18

Very predictable, but unresolved plot lines

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18

Everyone in the book is lovely, their lives are mildly troubling, etc etc. I tuned out of some parts because they were so dull. Only interesting story was that of the siblings' parents, but this plotline wasn't followed particularly.

Sorry not for me

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Faking Friends

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Sally Scott, Kristin Atherton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Faking Friends by Jane Fallon, read by Sally Scott and Kristin Atherton. Best friend. Soulmate. Confidante. Backstabber. Amy thought she knew who Melissa was - then again, Amy also thought she was on the verge of the wedding of her dreams to her long-distance fiancé. When her career begins to unravel, she pays a surprise trip home to London. Her boyfriend Jack is out, but another woman has been making herself at home....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end

  • By JGC on 18-01-18

Jane Fallon - Back to Form

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

Really enjoyed this story, plenty of good characters, although Amy was a little too saintly

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Deni Francis, Paul Panting
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,457

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By Rory on 12-08-18

Enoyable Thriler

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

Overall I liked this book. The pace was good and the description of middle class South East London suburbia rang lots of bells. The hopelessness of spiralling out of control following one, relatively, minor infraction was drawn well. I found I sympathised more with the 'Bram' character than Fi.

An ability to accept this is fiction is needed to explain some elements of the crime and subsequent deceptions - particularly in the 'epilogue' which I could have done without.

I'd say this does fit well with the current thriller twist fashion and if you like Claire Mackintosh you'll probably enjoy this.

Will definitely look out for more books by this author.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 895

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

LAPSE IN FORM

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

Reviewed: 16-04-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I counted down the days until this book was released as I'd enjoyed Clare's previous work so much. Perhaps the anticipation outweighed the enjoyment of this book. Story is OK, as far as generic thrillers go, but I was left dissatisfied by the twist and the playing out of the last third. The perpetrator was completely unbelievable.

Would you be willing to try another book from Clare Mackintosh? Why or why not?

Yes.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the first half of the book as the tension built up. I enjoyed Murray's story throughout.

Do you think Let Me Lie needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Unlikely

Any additional comments?

Found it difficult to engage with the lead character or have much empathy as, other than the tragedy which befell her, we don't have that much to go on.

  • The Cows

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O'Porter, Karen Cass, Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,440

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Hippynat on 24-05-17

Udderly Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

loved every second of this booked, laughed, cried, blushed! definitely recommend. very on trend narrative

  • The Essex Serpent

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 982
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 912

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Authentic Voice

  • By Christina on 20-09-16

Can anyone tell me

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

What this was about? no real idea, kept falling asleep. shame as was highly recommended

12 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Mount!

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

In Jilly Cooper's latest, raciest novel, Rupert Campbell-Black takes centre stage in the cutthroat world of flat racing. Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto's Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival, Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife, Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully sentimental

  • By Ami-Lou on 04-12-16

Awful but still enjoyed it!

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

Gradually the RCB stories have been getting more lame, sex scenes were cringe. Lots of repetition and break neck recapping of previous novels in the series. Give us some credit Jilly. I still enjoyed overall, but won't be on the edge of my seat waiting for the next saga.