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Juliet

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  • Why Did You Lie?

  • By: Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

A standalone thriller from the prizewinning queen of Nordic noir and author of the Thora Gudmundsdottir series. A chilling thriller from the author of The Silence of the Sea, winner of the 2015 Petrona Award for best Scandinavian Crime Novel. A journalist on the track of an old case attempts suicide. An ordinary couple return from a house swap in the states to find their home in disarray and their guests seemingly missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW

  • By Cynthia Curran on 13-08-16

Shouty narrator!

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

Reviewed: 15-11-16

I nearly didn't make it through this book due to the narration. According to her everyone who is stressed, angry, anxious or showing any emotion shouts! The story was intriguing but I didn't enjoy the characterisation of the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Misbegotten

  • By: Katherine Webb
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline King
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Bath, 1821: Rachel Crofton escapes her unhappy employment as a governess by marrying a self-made businessman. But her new life soon takes an unexpected turn. Reclusive Jonathan Alleyn is a man tormented by the disappearance of his childhood sweetheart, Alice. Starling, foundling child and now servant, is convinced that Alice, the woman she loved as a sister, was stolen from her. Did Alice run away? Or did something altogether more sinister occur? As Starling tries to expose the lies behind Bath's immaculate facades, others want only to forget, and will go to extreme lengths to do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jobbins on 07-10-17

Exciting last couple of hours!

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

Reviewed: 26-08-16

Slightly laboured first hours of the book. It only really got enthralling during the last few hours. If only it could have been as gripping from the start.

  • The Summer Before the War

  • By: Helen Simonson
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

East Sussex, 1914. It is the end of England's brief Edwardian summer, and everyone agrees that the weather has never been so beautiful. Hugh Grange, down from his medical studies, is visiting his aunt Agatha, who lives with her husband in the small, idyllic coastal town of Rye. Agatha's husband works in the Foreign Office, and she is certain he will ensure that the recent sabre rattling over the Balkans won't come to anything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Ellen on 11-05-16

Slow burner

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

This was an easy going, easy listening story .... Until the last 2 hours. At which point, after many hours of a slightly tepid story line, the drama ramps up and I was gripped.
There is some brilliant descriptive narrative and character creations. However, it was more of a 'back ground chatter' when listening in the car for many miles than a riveting drama.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Half Forgotten Song

  • By: Katherine Webb
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline King
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

England, 1937. In the village of Blacknowle on the Dorset coast, 14-year-old Mitzy Hatcher has endured a wild and lonely upbringing. Shunned by her neighbours, the arrival of renowned artist Charles Aubrey - along with his exotic mistress and their daughters - is like a breath of fresh air. As Charles's muse, Mitzy develops a deep and abiding bond with the Aubrey household over the course of the following three summers. Gradually, Mitzy begins to perceive a future she had never thought possible....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really engrossing

  • By helen on 05-10-12

A well constructed gripping tale

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

Captivating from the beginning. Fascinating characters you don't necessarily like but are enthralled by their thoughts and feelings. I listened to this on holiday and found I looked forward to getting back to it when I had the chance. Well read and very convincing, although 'Hannah's voice' slightly irritating! I look forward to listening to more of her books.