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  • 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 3,095
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,851
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,840

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
  • So much better than completely fine

  • By Bec on 29-10-2017

So much better than completely fine

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

Reviewed: 29-10-2017

What a wonderful book and performance. I loved everything about the flawed Eleanor; sad, blunt and completely hilarious. A beautiful account of the power of friendship and healing, and our ability as humans to recover from trauma. Coupled with a sensational narrator I can’t recommend this highly enough.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloody brilliant!

  • By Jane S on 12-07-2017

Great mystery well performed

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

Reviewed: 16-10-2017

Loved this book, really good story, predominantly female characters and really well performed by multiple narrators.
Recommended.

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674

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
  • absolutely addictive listening.

  • By eloise on 28-01-2016

Great 'page turner'

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

Reviewed: 16-01-2017

I really enjoyed The Widow. Loved the different perspectives from the characters and the couple of "whoa" moments. Clare Corbett's narration was sublime.
Highly recommended.

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it at first, then hated it.

  • By merisa on 29-05-2016

Wonderful performance and book

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2016

I loved Oliver Wyman's narration of this profoundly human story. His characters were complex and consistent and perfect to my ears.
The story itself, harrowing, sad, funny occasionally, but mostly very very human. I loved every minute of it.

  • The Spy Who Loved

  • By: Clare Mulley
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In June 1952, a woman was murdered by an obsessive colleague in a hotel in South Kensington. Her name was Christine Granville. That she died young was perhaps unsurprising, but that she had survived the Second World War was remarkable. She was one of Britain’s most daring and highly decorated secret agents, and the intelligence she gathered was a significant contribution to the Allied war effort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unknown Hero

  • By Bec on 18-12-2015

Unknown Hero

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

Reviewed: 18-12-2015

I loved this account of a brave and flawed woman who was a genuine hero of WW2.
A brilliant narration by Maggie Mash made this a thoroughly enjoyable biography of a woman that I had not ever heard of before The Spy Who Loved. I am glad I know about her now.
Recommended.

  • Devil in the Grove

  • Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  • By: Gilbert King
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Bec on 01-12-2015

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-12-2015

As a newcomer to the story of the Groveland Boys and Thurgood Marshall I found this a compelling listen. Beautifully narrated by Peter Francis James, the disturbing recount of Florida's racial history is ultimately a triumph of humanity and courage. Comprehensive, detailed and entertaining this book is wonderful truthful storytelling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unwanted

  • By: Kristina Ohlsson
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 14 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

In the middle of a rainy Swedish summer, a little girl is abducted from a crowded train. Despite hundreds of potential witnesses, no one noticed when the girl was taken. Her mother, left behind at the previous station, alerted the crew immediately. But as the train pulled into Stockholm Central Station, the girl was nowhere to be seen.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration made this impossible to listen to

  • By Tracey on 30-01-2016

Another great mystery by this author

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

Reviewed: 17-10-2015

This is the second title by this author I have listened to and I plan on listening to them all now.
Interesting and complex characters and great mysteries. My only issue with this title was that I got a bit frustrated that the characters hadn't worked out the main mystery when it was pretty clear much earlier. Other than that a really entertaining read.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great holiday reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Disappeared

  • By: Kristina Ohlsson
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 16 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

The body of a young woman is found carved up and buried in a forest glade in an innocuous Swedish suburb. Alex Recht and his team in the Stockholm Police soon identify the body as belonging to missing student Rebecca Trolle, but as his team continues to excavate the site, they soon find that someone has been returning to the same spot to bury their victims year after year, decade after decade.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to follow the narration

  • By Rebecca on 14-06-2015

Terrific mystery

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

Reviewed: 30-06-2015

I thoroughly enjoyed The Disappeared. Whilst I initially found some of the narrator Maggie Mash's character voices inauthentic, I soon became used to them and the narration worked for me.
A great story with a macabre focus and a large number of different threads pulling both apart and together.
This was my first title by this author but won't be my last.
Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Remember Me This Way

  • By: Sabine Durrant
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

A year after her husband Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place. As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again. At last she reaches the spot. And there, tied to a tree, is a bunch of lilies. The flowers are addressed to her husband. Someone has been there before her. Lizzie loved Zach. She really did. But she's starting to realise she didn't really know him. Or what he was capable of.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a bit predictable

  • By Barb on 28-02-2016

Terrific thriller

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

Reviewed: 14-05-2015

I really enjoyed this story, and the performance was excellent. I love a story told from two perspectives and this didn't disappoint. At times creepy, chilling and thoroughly entertaining.
Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sarah Waters does it again...

  • By Diana on 07-10-2014

Another gripping Sarah Water's story

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2015

I just LOVED this book! A complicated and secret relationship that has incredible and unforeseen consequences. This book is a love story, an historical account of life in England in the 1920s, a shocking crime and subsequent investigation and court case.

Viewed through modern eyes, the lovers' slow movement towards togetherness and willingness to sacrifice their own happiness was sad and frustrating, but that is not the end of the story.

I recommend this great love story, and even more so if you have enjoyed Sarah Water's other works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful