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S. Lancaster

England
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  • 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 3,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,438

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

A beautifully crafted investigation.

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

Not so much a whodunit, more a who is it, gripping and emotional. First class.

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Did I Enjoy it or Experience it?

  • By Simon on 05-06-17

As astute and relevant today as it was in 1968.

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

Vividly read, beautifully written. The madness of war is lampooned with pity and wild imagination.

5 of 6 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 2,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106

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

Who took baby Bella? And why?

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

Loved this tightly plotted account of the investigation of a child's abduction from the points of view of the detective, the news reporter and the widow of the prime suspect. You need to concentrate to keep up with the switchback storyline but it's a gripping account.
The different viewpoints bring all sorts of unexpected insights into how a missing child case can affect many lives.
And the widow herself is character who is far more complex than she seems at first.
I ended up listening until 3am to finish it.

  • Girl with a Pearl Earring

  • By: Tracy Chevalier
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

An international bestseller with over two million copies sold, this is a story of an artist's desire for beauty and the ultimate corruption of innocence. 17th Century Holland. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer in the town of Delft, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful.

  • By Tracy on 07-04-13

Wonderful sympathetic reading.

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

Beautiful way to enjoy a story of art, love, loss and life enduring.

  • The Spire

  • By: William Golding
  • Narrated by: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 186

Dean Jocelin has a vision: that God has chosen him to erect a great spire on his cathedral. His mason anxiously advises against it, for the old cathedral was built without foundations. Nevertheless, the spire rises octagon upon octagon, pinnacle by pinnacle, until the stone pillars shriek and the ground beneath it swims. Its shadow falls ever darker on the world below, and on Dean Jocelin in particular.From the author of Lord of the Flies, The Spire is a dark and powerful portrait of one man's will, and the folly that he creates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful narration lifted the whole work.

  • By Morganrandg on 11-03-15

A marvellous story of faith and mediaeval building

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

Reviewed: 19-01-16

This is a book about a real building, the soaring spire of Salisbury Cathedral. It is also about an imaginary Dean who is obsessed by the idea of getting the spire built in the teeth of endless opposition and difficulties. And about the builder, Roger the Mason and a red headed girl called Goodey who haunts everything in the end.
Not a cosy historical romp, lots of medieval despair and darkness of the soul and some fantastic building going on in the middle of it all.
Read beautifully by Benedict Cumberbatch.