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Another winner from Jane Harper!

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

Jane Harper's latest story is compelling and beautifully narrated. She understands the brutal harshness of the land in the outback, and her narrative let's us understand it too. The story kept me hooked, I would have listened to it all in one sitting if I could. She is excellent at developing her characters and I really felt that I knew them. The gradual revelations as the story progresses are well done. Hoping for another book soon!

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Hugely disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

This is one book I am going to have to abandon. Firstly, the narration is spoiling any hope of getting into the story. The actor's voice lends a whiney aspect to the characters. Her over pronunciation is beyond irritating. The plot itself is thin to say the least and requires a huge suspension of belief.
The characters are difficult to sympathise with and their behaviour within the plot lines is a little far fetched.
Most certainly a book I will be returning.

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Gripping from the first page to the last

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

Where does Close to Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Easily in the top ten

Who was your favorite character and why?

The detective. His character was all too human and his own back story added to the tale.

Have you listened to any of Emma Cunniffe and Lee Ingleby ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No , but certainly will

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

Most certainly yes, I really wanted to know the outcome.

Any additional comments?

It was well written, the writer came across as someone who knows their craft well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing. The tale lost momentum.

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

Reviewed: 24-01-18

What did you like best about Don't Wake Up? What did you like least?

The narrator was the best thing about this book. I found that halfway through the book I didn't care about any of the characters.

Would you be willing to try another book from Liz Lawler? Why or why not?

Probably not

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None in particular stood out

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

No

Any additional comments?

Having read reviews I expected a great deal more from this book. The story started well but seemed to dip, with a disappointing end.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Compelling, heart wrenching, brilliantly narrated

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Silent Child: Audible's Thriller of the Year to be better than the print version?

Having only heard the audio version am unable to comment

What did you like best about this story?

The storyline itself, in addition to well crafted characters, truly convincing

What about Joanne Froggatt’s performance did you like?

An exceptional narrator, easily one of the best I have listened to

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

there were several. I think we can all feel the pain and frustration felt when the protagonist has her damged son returned to her

Any additional comments?

I could easily have listened to this all in one sitting..it is an excellent book. Better then The Girl on the Train.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Gripping, Mason Cross delivers another page turner

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Samaritan to be better than the print version?

I have only listened to the audio version. It's first class, a great story and well told.

What other book might you compare The Samaritan to, and why?

For pace and story line on the main character, it sits well with the Carter Blake series. Not one of these books fails to deliver.

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

In reading we lend the characters our voice, we imagine how they speak, speed, delivery etc. This experience tells us a story, invites us in and we are swept up in the telling of it, at the narrator's pace.

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

Absolutely. It is compelling listening.

Any additional comments?

Mason Cross consistently delivers excellent stand alone tales while weaving the more intricate back stories of the main character.

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absolute genius.

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

Reviewed: 21-08-17

Would you consider the audio edition of On Writing to be better than the print version?

I don't have a printed version, but listening to Stephen King walk us through his history and then seamlessly move into thoughts on writing it is an exceptional listen and excellent guide for writers, opening doors to ideas and making that first inroad into taking pen to paper.

What did you like best about this story?

The way he took us into his story and then revealed in a warts and all telling he invited us to follow him through his life with personal challenges and career highs and lows.
With sometimes uncomfortable honesty he shows us that his writing career was dogged with episodes that were to say the least challenging.
Even if you are a reader of Stephen King with no desire to write, it is well worth a listen.

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

I haven't listened to him narrate any of his books, but he is a master story teller.

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

His story and storytelling invites you as a listener in, to laugh, wonder and enjoy.

Any additional comments?

One of the best audio books I have ever listened to.

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Exciting, fast paced and well written.

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Would you listen to The Time to Kill again? Why?

Not for some time as I would remember the story too well.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Carter Blake is well developed and in such a way that while the story is gripping, you want to now more about this mysterious character.

Which character – as performed by Eric Meyers – was your favourite?

Carter Blake - the main character. As the story unfolds so do some of the secrets of this characters past. His back story is another thread woven through the book and creates interest in his past.

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

No - just a great story. Looking forward to more by Mason Cross.

Any additional comments?

It will be interesting to read more of the Carter Blake novels. Each can stand alone but will be interesting to see how Blake's history brought him to where he is.

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Absolutely compelling!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-17

Where does Taming Tigers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is easily one of the best - ever! It is inspirational and I defy anyone not to listen and look at their lives and assess where they are in terms of where they want to be. It is not a self help book, it's a clear instruction manual.

What about Jim Lawless’s performance did you like?

Jim is a much celebrated speaker and this comes through in the narration. It is brilliantly narrated.

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

It made me think and then best of all take action.

Any additional comments?

Just finished listening and about to re listen now.

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Hooked from the opening page

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

Reviewed: 20-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Wolf Lake to be better than the print version?

The setting in a remote location in formidable weather helps to build an atmosphere of isolation and supense. The characters are believeable, really well drawn and the story unfolded with some surprises. Listening to it made these elements all the more enjoyable.

What other book might you compare Wolf Lake to, and why?

The premise is similar to groups of people in an isolated location and who are in danger, some meeting grisly ends. Along the lines of The House on Haunted Hill. Dark Matter also evokes this kind of atmosphere.

What three words best describe Christopher Lane’s performance?

The wrong narrator

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

Yes, absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Will certainly read more books by this author, an excellent first experience.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful