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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,405

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW !!!!

  • By M F Herbert on 23-04-16

Dire, Unconvincing Melodrama

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who inhabit an alternative reality where email and mobile telephones don't exist.

Would you ever listen to anything by B A Paris again?

Possibly. The writing was not terrible, but the plot was wholly implausible.

How could the performance have been better?

Better material would have helped. The narrator is playing an implausibly helpless woman - and that can't be easy.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Eye-rolling incredulity

33 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

  • By Alex on 18-11-16

Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

What did you like most about His Bloody Project?

The different styles of prose. The novel comprises witness statements, two memoirs, a trial transcript and more - each flawlessly executed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main protagonist is Roddy - a triple murderer. While it may be hard to take his side, he is nevertheless a sensitive and sympathetic character.

What about Crawford Logan and Cameron Mowat ’s performance did you like?

DO NOT BE PUT OFF BY THE SAMPLE! This is merely the author's prologue. He is great at writing, but narration, not so much. The two narrators perfectly capture the tone of their respective parts and were a pleasure to listen to.

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

Pass. This reads more like a documentary than a feature film - and is all the more compelling for it.

Any additional comments?

I wish Audible would feature the narration of all readers in a multi-reader production. Otherwise the sample can be very misleading.

52 of 54 people found this review helpful