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  • The Wave at Hanging Rock

  • By: Gregg Dunnett
  • Narrated by: Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Fourteen-year-old Jesse is shipped halfway round the world after the death of his father. He struggles to adapt to life on the Welsh Atlantic coast but eventually befriends John, a popular, charismatic, and outwardly charming boy. But as their friendship grows, a darker side to John emerges. Will Jesse notice before it's too late?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Wave -

  • By alastairl39 on 24-02-19

Good story, awful narration

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

I have listened to about 50 audiobooks and this is the first time I’ve been tempted to stop reading because of the narrator. He puts emphasis on so many wrong words that it’s distracting and weird, and the accents are excruciating. It spoilt the experience for me. Otherwise it’s a good plot, but I recommend getting it on kindle or as a book.

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,343

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey Patina on 22-12-15

Vile

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

Just horrible. I couldn’t listen to this. Didn’t like the style either, like a radio play not an audio book

  • 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 3,348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070

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

Not as good as I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 18-06-17

The first part of the book really drags and the male narrator sounds more like he's reading a sports report on the radio

  • The Girlfriend

  • By: Michelle Frances
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,521

Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband, and a 23-year-old son, Daniel, who is kind, handsome and talented. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart, but she hasn't had the same opportunities as Daniel. And she wants Laura's life. Cherry comes to the family wide-eyed and wants to be welcomed with open arms, but Laura suspects she's not all that she seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most gripping book I have read in a while

  • By irene on 26-05-17

Struggling to finish this

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

What would have made The Girlfriend better?

The characters are all very unpleasant, you're never able to see the side of Cherry that makes Daniel like her. The story is only just plausible. I agree with the reviewer below - I've just reached the part of the book where the narrator sounds like she's got a blocked up nose.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Antonia Beamish?

Anybody who didn't sound like she had a cold.

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

Not really.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Chilbury Ladies' Choir

  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Imogen Wilde, Laura Kirman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

The village of Chilbury in Kent is about to ring in some changes. This is a delightful novel of wartime gumption and village spirit that will make your heart sing out. Kent, 1940. The women of Chilbury village have taken umbrage at the Vicar's closure of the choir now that its male singers are at war. But when spirited music professor Primrose Trent arrives, it prompts the creation of an all-female singing group.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Liz on 06-03-17

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 30-04-17

Any additional comments?

Maybe it's because I listened to this straight after Big Little Lies but I found myself equally enjoying this book and being irritated by it. The passages about the effect of the war on the women of the village are moving and thought provoking, so the somewhat ridiculous storylines that run alongside them don't sit comfortably. I also don't like all of the performances, they are over the top in some cases, and I am sure there are phrases that are used which wouldn't have been around in those days. And I hoped for more singing based on the comments I read before buying it. However I have finished it so that must be some kind of positive recommendation!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful