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  • Us Against You

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

A small, broken town sits on the edge of a frozen lake surrounded by a forest, its wounds still raw from a tragedy that tore its fragile community in two. Beartown has lost its way. Now the cold and dark that surround the snowbound town creep in, and so do new conflicts and tensions. What was once a friendly rivalry with the neighbouring town is beginning to turn sinister and Beartown braces itself for another tragic blow. How far will the people of Beartown go to preserve their reputations for a second, deadly time? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could give it 6 stars I would

  • By Jane S on 25-11-2018

If I could give it 6 stars I would

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

Reviewed: 25-11-2018

I cried and laughed and my heart ached when I listened to this sequel. Backman touches the reader’s soul like nobody can. It’s one of those books that will stay with you forever. Simply amazing writing which finished way too soon.

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed but......

  • By Annie on 04-08-2018

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 22-08-2018

One of the best thrillers I’ve “read” in a long time. Unusual plot, great character development and brilliant narration. Listened to it in two days. Look forward to more books by this author.

  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely Thrilling

  • By steellyn on 24-03-2018

Not sure why the 5 star ratings

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2018

Mediocre and far fetched plot, weak characters combined with lacklustre monotone narration from the “daughter” makes this book a pass for me.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book. Awesome narration.

  • By Gregory Chijoff on 01-06-2018

Yes! Bill Hodges legacy lives on!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-2018

Fantastic work once again. I loved finders keepers series and was said to see their end. Outsider although a stand alone novel almost takes off where the series ended. Bloody fantastic work and superb narration by Will Patton ❤️

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict, to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy, mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant narrative masterly voiced

  • By Philip on 19-04-2018

Biography of a cleaner, not actually what it takes to be one

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2018

Great book but not what I expected. You get to learn about the wonderful character of a trauma cleaner and her hard and enduring life but not the intricacies of this gruesome yet fascinating process itself.

  • It's Always the Husband

  • By: Michele Campbell
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

It's always the husband...unless it's the best friend. Kate, Aubrey and Jenny are inseparable at college - friends who promised they'd always be there for each other. But 20 years later, their friendship is about to take a deadly turn. Kate married the gorgeous party boy, Aubrey married up, and Jenny married the boy next door, but when one of the friends dies in shocking circumstances, will everyone assume that it's always the husband? Or could it be the best friend?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and underwhelming

  • By Jane S on 11-02-2018

Predictable and underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2018

Stopped listening with 5 hours to go. Story lacks individuality and mystery. Felt like I’ve heard it many times before. Forgettable with the first pause button.

  • Sleeping Beauties

  • By: Stephen King, Owen King
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent, and while they sleep they go to another place....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Never thought I’d say this about a Stephen King...

  • By Brenda on 26-11-2017

Impostor book

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

Reviewed: 05-12-2017

I'm a huge fan of King's work - everything from his early works to Mr Mercedes series I've read or listened to over the years. I've pre-ordered this book almost a year earlier counting days to its release in anticipation....5 hours into it o just had to stop. The book lacks King's magic - purpose, wittiness, character development, atmosphere. I couldn't continue with it because it's really not his work. I'm sure he has given his name to help his kid get audience. That's pretty much all you'd get from it - his name on the title. Oh well, there is always the next one I suppose

  • 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 611
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

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

Bloody brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2017

I have been hanging for a good story for a while and loved Fiona's debut novel. Boy her second story doesn't disappoint! Truly brilliant storyline, great twist, fantastic character development coupled with outstanding narrators the book is in the "can't put down" types. Fiona Barton is now one of my favourite crime writers.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Search

  • By: Howard Linskey
  • Narrated by: Kieran Bew
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Little Susan Verity went missing during the heat wave of 1976. An unprecedented amount of police resources went into finding her, but to no avail. Until now. Serial killer Adrian Wicklow was always the prime suspect. He's lied to the police about Susan's whereabouts repeatedly, but this time, he says, he'll tell the truth. Because Wicklow is dying. As the case reopens, DS Ian Bradshaw works with investigative journalists Tom Carney and Helen Norton to find Susan. But this is Wicklow's life's work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read<br />

  • By Tracey on 06-01-2018

Another great story by the author

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

Reviewed: 20-05-2017

I throughly enjoyed this new book by Howard Linskey. What's unusual about his narratives is how easy he can weave a few storylines into one. You get a few crime mysteries unfolding at once in his books. Loved it. Narration is fantastic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Water

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 599

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, read by Imogen Church, Sophie Aldred, Daniel Weyman, Rachel Bavidge and Laura Aikman. The addictive new psychological thriller from the author of The Girl on the Train, the runaway Sunday Times Number One best seller and global phenomenon. In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't wait to finish this dragging disjointed story

  • By Jane S on 11-05-2017

Couldn't wait to finish this dragging disjointed story

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

Reviewed: 11-05-2017

What a disappointment this book is. It felt like girl on a train and into the water were written by different authors. The story lacks mystery, purposelessly slow paced sucking you into false sense of grand mystery about to be revealed only to reach disappointing conclusion. The narrators are dull and monotonous. If it hadn't been for the fact that Paula's first book was great, I would have stopped listening 1/3 into her second.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful