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  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me. A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good but ....

  • By ken on 28-10-2015

Suspense fear anger sadness hope

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-2018

This is Michael Robotham taking you through every possible emotion. Finally left with awareness of grief and loss,

  • Bleed for Me

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

When Sienna Hegarty turns up at his family home one night, covered in blood and frozen in shock, psychologist Joe O'Loughlin finds himself drawn deep into her world, trying to unearth the dark secrets her mind has buried. The police find a major piece of the puzzle at Sienna’s house: her father, a retired cop, is face-down in a pool of his own blood, his throat slashed and his skull caved in. The blood covering Sienna was his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By Lyn Bender on 22-08-2018

Enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-2018

Another brilliant suspenseful narrative by Michael Robotham. Wistful and sadly philosophical as well as thought provoking.

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  • Shatter

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

A naked woman is perched on the edge of Clifton Suspension Bridge weeping into a mobile phone. Clinical psychologist Joseph O'Loughlin is only feet away, desperately trying to talk her down. She whispers, 'you don't understand,' and jumps. Later, Joe has a visitor - the woman's teenage daughter, a runaway from boarding school. She refuses to believe that her mother would have jumped off the bridge - not only would she not commit suicide, she is terrified of heights.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • average and predictable

  • By Amanda Vermeulen on 07-11-2018

Shattering

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-08-2018

The anguish of the characters leaps out of the writing and laves you shattered till the very end. Extracting fear and desperate hope for a bearable conclusion. Reading this book requires courage. What did it demeans of it’s creator?

  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • S C Bates is too young for this book

  • By Wendy on 14-04-2018

Profound and consoling.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-08-2018

Anyone who has watched a loved one age will appreciate the depth of understanding revealed in this novel. Amidst the confusion there is still wisdom and the need to find a solution and resolution.

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful if you love philosophy.

  • By Inkshed Press on 05-03-2016

Well worth the effort.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-2018

Seems to struggle ponderously towards a meaning. Seen through the eyes of an ageing concierge in Paris and the. Wisdom of a struggling twelve year old .Stunning in its final discovery. Keep going . It’s worth it.

  • Winter Garden

  • A Novel
  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The glittering white nights

  • By Lyn Bender on 19-07-2018

The glittering white nights

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-2018

Myths meet stark reality. The untold story emerges and the siege of Leningrad emerges from its darkest hour into the light. Part fantasy joins searingly harsh night and the death of a million . A story of hope and love emerging fro locked in suffering, finally liberated.

  • Vinegar Girl

  • The Taming of the Shrew Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare)
  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

'You can't get around Kate Battista as easily as all that.' Kate Battista is feeling stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister, Bunny? Plus, she's always in trouble at work - her preschool charges adore her, but the adults don't always appreciate her unusual opinions and forthright manner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming yet unsentimental

  • By Lyn Bender on 14-07-2018

Heartwarming yet unsentimental

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-2018

Loved this book. Avoids the misogyny of the time of the original . Updates Taming of the Shrew . Sensitive and absorbing.

  • Clock Dance

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life: when she was 11 and her mother disappeared, being proposed to at 21, the accident that would make her a widow at 41. At each of these moments, Willa ended up on a path laid out for her by others. So when she receives a phone call telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot and needs her help, she drops everything and flies across the country. The spur-of-the moment decision to look after this woman - and her nine-year-old daughter, and her dog - will lead Willa into uncharted territory....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming use of Anne Tyler's skills.

  • By Dr. Jeannette Kavanagh on 11-10-2018

Anne Tyler always succeeds in gently moving the reader

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-2018

This gentle yet steering story invited us to understand minor people with small lives. Yet they matter. The sadness of family distance and the joy of love . The longing for family closeness. How men and women are divided by walls. The clockwork dance is subtly feminist liberating women from the traditional shackles of compliance and expected subservience. Yet honours the nurturant of their souls. Captures the internal struggle of an ageing woman in middles America.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband, Antoine, and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight, and Viann finds herself isolated, so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Ness on 10-09-2015

Sensitive tragic breathtaking.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-2018

This book encapsulates the tragedy of nazi occupied France. Stunning denouement at the end. Secrets guilt and love.

  • Salem Falls

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

A handsome stranger comes to the sleepy New England town of Salem Falls in hopes of burying his past: Once a teacher at a girls' prep school, Jack St. Bride was destroyed when a student's crush sparked a powder keg of accusation. Now, washing dishes for Addie Peabody at the Do-or-Diner, he slips quietly into his new routine, and Addie finds this unassuming man fitting easily inside her heart. But amid the rustic calm of Salem Falls, a quartet of teenage girls harbor dark secrets - and they maliciously target Jack with a shattering allegation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Anonymous User on 16-12-2018

Stunning

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-2018

Engaging enthralling plot. Brilliant parallels with the Salem witch hunt. The final denouement is shocking and yet recognisable