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jenny wren

England
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  • Out Of Bounds

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138

When a teenage joyrider crashes a stolen car and ends up in a coma, a routine DNA test reveals a connection to a twisted unsolved murder from 22 years before. Meanwhile, Karen Pirie finds herself irresistibly drawn into another mystery that she has no business investigating; a mystery that has its roots in a terrorist bombing two decades ago. And again, she finds that nothing is as it seems....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - brought to life by the narrator

  • By Sam Jones on 31-08-16

Good reader makes all the difference

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Gentle, slow paced, not gory or too suspenseful, this is a solid detective mystery involving the cold case unit. Characters are well developed and believable and the reader is superb.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,595
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,681

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Deliciously original quirky story about loneliness

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

Reviewed: 27-06-17

Loved this book! Beautifully written story dealing with loneliness and the effects of tragedy in childhood. Optimistic, sensitive, emotionally congruent - and with literary depth. The reader makes the book sing.

36 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Life After Life

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,693

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story, beautifully told.

  • By susan on 02-05-13

Extraordinarily inventive, moving and gripping.

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

What can I say? Atkinson must be the top literary novelist of her generation, and this novel, with its partner A God in Ruins, is just a joy to listen to. I just don't know how she does it. I'm speechless. I've never known a novel that paints WW2 so well. The characters are beautifully drawn, the style effortless, and the whole awful grip of WW2 is quite within her grasp. Nothing else to say that wouldn't be crazily verbose, so just listen to it and be awed, and affected.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and memorable

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-15

Wonderful! Just wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

What can I say? Atkinson must be the top literary novelist of her generation, and this novel, with its partner Life after Life, is just a joy to listen to. I just don't know how she does it. I'm speechless. I've never known a novel that paints WW2 so well. Nothing else to say that wouldn't be crazily verbose, so just listen to it and be awed.

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,499

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website - just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I See Something Very, Very Impressive Here!

  • By Simon on 28-07-16

Clever suspense - I'll never go on the tube again!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

If anything this book was just a little too long... but it certainly kept me listening. The suspense is good, and the ending a surprise, but if you guessed (and you listen to a lot of this genre) you could probably guess it. that's my one complaint really; although my disbelief was suspended for most of the novel, the denouement wasn't terribly convincing, and I wished the daughter didn't have to go through it because it emphasised a bit of a weakness in the plot. Suspense endings are difficult to handle, because you can either blow it with an over the top finale or peter it out. So I might be being a bit uncharitable, because I did enjoy the book.

  • Strangers

  • By: Paul Finch
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Dark, gritty and always edge-of-your-seat: the number one best seller is back with a standout new heroine. Unknown, alone, and fearing for your life. As PC Lucy Clayburn is about to find out, going undercover is the most dangerous work there is. But on the trail of a prolific female serial killer, there's no other option - and these murders are as brutal as they come. Lucy must step into the line of fire - a stranger in a criminal underworld that butchers anyone who crosses the line.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wild ride of a story.

  • By anne on 27-09-16

Needs a health warning!!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Brilliant suspense (sometimes almost too much!) Certainly something I could not put down. Would make a good film. Sometimes I felt the main character, Lucy, was doing just a tad too much on her own, and this just scraped by being believable, but hey, fiction is about suspending disbelief and this is 100 per cent a book I got caught up in. Lovely characters, nothing cardboard here. And a plot that has many surprise twists. There is a great underlying knowledge of police procedure which underpins the novel and gives much weight to the story. Paul Finch, you're new to me, but you're definitely one of the best.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Selector of Souls

  • By: Shauna Singh Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Yolande Bavan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Two fascinating, strong-willed women must deal with the relentless logic forced upon them by survival: Damini, a Hindu midwife, and Anu, who flees an abusive marriage for the sanctuary of the Catholic church. When Sister Anu comes to Damini's home village to open a clinic, their paths cross, and each are certain they are doing what's best for women. What do health, justice, education and equality mean for women when India is marching toward prosperity, growth and becoming a nuclear power?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Politics spoils this novel

  • By jenny wren on 26-04-16

Politics spoils this novel

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

Reviewed: 26-04-16

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

I would not recommend this book. It starts well, with a human interest story, but changes to the laborious making of political points, and using the characters in an unreasonable way to do this. I found the Sikh angle quite interesting, but the politics of India seemed to take over and sabotage the plot. I struggled to finish it, and skipped bits near the end. The book is also far too long, and I usually like longer books, but this is ponderous.

Would you ever listen to anything by Shauna Singh Baldwin again?

No. I have already listened to her other book, "What the Body Remembers" which is actually quite good with a beginning that draws you in straight away.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Yolande Bavan?

Possibly, though she has an odd way of reading sentences '...'says Darmani.' pausing for too long after dialogue, which seemed rather odd.

Was The Selector of Souls worth the listening time?

No, unfortunately.

Any additional comments?

I could have returned it, but I wanted the novel to work, so persisted.

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,014
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,018

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Fantastic nordic thriller

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

Any additional comments?

Couldn't stop listening to this book. Beautifully narrated. A slow start for the first two chapters then it really takes off. In fact on the strength of those chapters I was going to give up, but am glad I didn't. Complex plot with some gory bits, but it's the characters who make it.

  • The Forest House

  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

She was Eilan, the daughter of a Druidic warleader and gifted with visions. In a land struggling to survive both Roman conquerors and her own people's enemies, surely fate had marked her to become a priestess of the Forest House. But first Eilan had chosen a different, forbidden path - to love Gaius, a soldier of mixed blood among the legions sent to subdue her country. So she must hide a terrible secret when she is anointed as the new High Priestess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By Fran Pearce on 25-07-17

Prequel to Mists of Avalon

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

Reviewed: 01-03-16

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I found the narrator's male voices irritating because they all sounded pompous and old. You don't have to try and sound like a man if you're reading a male character's speech.

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160

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

The criminal's other half - guilty or not?

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

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

Haven't read the book.

What did you like best about this story?

It's pacing. It's a nasty tale, but sensitively written, so there are no lurid shock moments.

Which character – as performed by Clare Corbett – was your favourite?

Kate

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Just how much does the widow know, and what is she hiding?

0 of 1 people found this review helpful