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  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928

When Alice Love surfaces from a beautiful dream to find she's been injured in a gym, she knows that something is very wrong – she hates exercise. Alice's first concern is her baby – she's pregnant with her first child, and she's desperate to see her husband, Nick, who she knows will be worried about her.But Alice isn't pregnant. And Nick isn't worried.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story

  • By Mari on 19-08-2014

Wasted my time

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

Reviewed: 06-01-2019

I disliked this book but somehow kept listening. I found the relationships were full of cliches, with the exception of the children who seemed real and interesting. But samba dancing oldies, wholesome young couple who lose the plot - somehow it all seemed so superficial and contrived - as of course is the convenient amnesia. But it's a handy plot device and worked to keep me listening. But in the end I wished I'd scrapped it earlier. I couldn't have cared less who she settled for.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • great book. reader was a little annoying.

  • By jess on 05-02-2018

Unconvincing women

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2018

Michael Roebotham does not write women with the same insight as men and this book is all about women and women's issues. Even the language seems drawn from women's magazines rather than observation. I was not convinced by the plot either. No woman could get away with the deceptions of Agatha, especially as far as other women were concerned. Having said that the end was classic Roebotham, full of heart and surprising with it.

  • Why We Die

  • By: Mick Herron
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

When Tim Whitby checks into a hotel, he’s not intending to check out again – but then he meets Katrina Blake, a woman in need of rescue. When Arkle, Baxter and Trent inherit the family business, they’re not planning on making a go of it – there are quicker ways of getting rich. But when Zoë Boehm agrees to track down the masked men who robbed Harold Sweeney’s jewellery shop, she’s just looking for some cash to pay off the taxman. She’s not expecting to wind up in a coffin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Transported by it

  • By Rica on 11-01-2019

A very good listen

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

Reviewed: 31-05-2018

I love the wit and the sadness that coexist in the main character Zoe Boehm alongside her ferocious courage. I also like the way, the villains are often stupid as well as dangerous.
The plot is brilliant and keeps you guessing till the end but in the end it is more than the plot that satisfies; it is the way the people are affected by what happens and how they carry burdens with them. They are vulnerable, and as in the Slough House series, there is no guarantee that they will survive to the end of the story.
The narrator is excellent too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Touching Distance

  • By: Graham Hurley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Jimmy Suttle has barely got his feet under the desk at his new job. Having flown in the face of his superiors on his first big case he now finds himself trying to track down a hugely skilled killer before another innocent dies and before the media tear the force apart. Jimmy is facing a case that could end his career. And his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Silly relationships

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-05-2018

Silly relationships

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

Reviewed: 28-05-2018

A good plot and interesting background on snipers was spoiled by a silly romance in the middle Nothing against romance but this one just didn't convince me or endear me to either party in it. I won't be bothering with this author again.

  • Strange Shores

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding grief

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-11-2017

Understanding grief

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

Reviewed: 06-11-2017

I loved the moodiness and the ferocious Islandic scenery which provide a backdrop to a gripping mystery that the dogged detective pursues to the bitter end. But most of all I.liked the way the author got me to experience grief and sorrow that persists over decades and the additional twist of pain that comes from not knowing the details of how a death comes about or where the mortal remains are.

If t here was anything that annoyed me (and not much I have to say) it was the way the detective constantly barges into houses, the doors of which have been left open and also the way he never leaves when he,s told to

  • The Shadow District

  • By: Arnaldur Indridason, Victoria Cribb - translator
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Old crimes, new consequences. In wartime Reykjavik, a young woman is found strangled behind the National Theatre, a rough and dangerous area of the city known as 'the shadow district'. An Icelandic detective and a member of the American military police are on the trail of a brutal killer. A 90-year-old man is discovered dead on his bed, smothered with his own pillow. Konrad, a former detective now bored with retirement, finds newspaper cuttings in the dead man's home reporting the shadow district murder....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moody and surprising

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-10-2017

Moody and surprising

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

Reviewed: 20-10-2017

The power of this thriller comes both from its Icelandic setting and the way it moves between the war years and the present. An added melancholy comes from the way the detective team age as you listen. Iceland too changes over the course of the story. I learnt so much about Iceland past and present that I want to go there now.

  • Mercy

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Give it time to warm up!

  • By Tracey on 12-03-2016

Warms up

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

Reviewed: 16-03-2017

At first I was irritated by this book. Carl, the damaged detective was unappealing and making heavy weather of things in a long drawn out way. Then once the story took off it kept me listening. I loved his refugee sidekick and the atmosphere of their basement. My only reservation was the slightly crude sexist underpinning of the narrative. A good intelligent woman in there somewhere would have been nice.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,333

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An edgy and effective thriller

  • By Rod on 28-03-2017

poisonous

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

Reviewed: 12-02-2017

I disliked this book so much i couldn't finish it. the nasty dominating hero, the silly girls.

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  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • People don't actually behave like this

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-03-2017

Dislikeable

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

Reviewed: 17-04-2015

This book was compulsive listening but ultimately made me feel I'd been wasting my time. The ideas were provocative - a future with no privacy and the consequences of monopolies but the characters were unbelievable and uninteresting -especially the main character who hovers between being damaged and just damn stupid. A more skilful writer could have made a satire out of the material.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So sad, so frustrating.

  • By paula on 16-02-2015

A thriller with a twist

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

Reviewed: 06-03-2015

I really enjoyed the insights into dementia as well as the rather creepy story. The plot is a clever way of combining past and present with recollection being a natural part of old age and often running alongside dementia. I particularly liked the daughter character, her barely controlled impatience at times and yet her total loyalty to her mother.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful