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Shelagh Robinson

Newcastle under Lyme Staffordshire UK
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  • Say You're Sorry

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767

When Piper and her friend Tash disappeared, there was a huge police search, but they were never found. Now Tash, reaching breaking point at the abuse their captor has inflicted on them, has escaped, promising to come back for Piper. Clinical psychologist Joe O'Loughlin and his stalwart companion, ex-cop Vincent Ruiz, force the police to re-open the case after Joe is called in to assess the possible killer of a couple in their own home and finds a connection to the missing girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent plot, superbly narrated...

  • By Jill on 09-11-12

Dark thriller.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-07-18

This is the second book by this author i have listened to. His main character a clinical psychologist with Parkinson's Disease is an interesting and complex man.

Robotham understands the way good psychology is made up of professional expertise and the occasional almost inexplicable flash of intuition. His view of the psychologist as the outsider in the police team is well observed and I feel more realistic than other crime novels using a psychological profiler I have read. The relationship with the two kidnapped girls is beautifully worked out. He certainly can handle cliff hanger after cliff hanger. Might have been improved by a little humour. Even the darkest stories can be. Brilliantly read ,as always by Sean Barrett

  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Philip....

  • By Hannah on 22-10-17

The master

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-01-18

One of the great Chandler thrillers, perfectly read with just the right note of world weariness. , yet with all the values Iintact. If you are a fan of American noir you will love it

  • Ma'am Darling

  • 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret
  • By: Craig Brown
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

From our funniest writer, a portrait of our most talked-about royal. She made John Lennon blush and Marlon Brando clam up. She cold-shouldered Princess Diana and humiliated Elizabeth Taylor. Andy Warhol photographed her. Jack Nicholson offered her cocaine. Gore Vidal revered her. John Fowles hoped to keep her as his sex slave. Dudley Moore propositioned her. Francis Bacon heckled her. Peter Sellers was in love with her. For Pablo Picasso, she was the object of sexual fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • La-di-da

  • By Pamela on 06-11-17

What a monster.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-17

Fascinating look at Margaret R o se. What a monster she was but how ill served by her family and so called friends. Could have done without the whimsy marriage to Picasso, friendship with the Duke and Duchess of Wi indsor and what monsters they were too ,. The helicopter ride over Coleridge's House was irritating and unnecessary. Lots of faults but so different from the usual sycophantic royal biography. Why on earth the family were so horrified by Diana after years of this is a,mystery - but royal blood I suppose.



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  • Takedown Twenty

  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn't take him down, he may take her out. New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore "Uncle Sunny" Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it's up to Stephanie to find him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By alix kyne on 19-07-17

Tear bringing laughter

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

Reviewed: 19-02-14

Where does Takedown Twenty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High for it's genre. I prefer the earlier Stephanie Plumb stories but Lorelei King offers a perfect reading and Grandma and Ranger never fail to amuse, The introduction of a random giraffe on the streets of the Burg is a stroke of genius and Stephanie and Granma almost buried in cement was a masterstroke of plotting. Not thrillers that have you on the edge of your seat with suspense but falling off your seat with raucous laughtger. Brilliant

What other book might you compare Takedown Twenty to, and why?

Janet Evanovich is a unique talent sso I can only really compare them with her other books.

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

Perfect voice for this novel with a real difference in characterisation. Grandma Bella for example is wonderfully gothic in her curses and she does menace well.

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

I laughed until I cried.