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  • The Winner

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Frances Cassidy
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

LuAnn Tyler is a single parent striving to escape a life of endless poverty. Then a mysterious Mr Jackson makes her an offer he thinks no one can refuse: a guarantee to be the winner of the $100 million lottery. But LuAnn won't do it. Less than 24 hours later, she is fighting for her life and running from a false murder charge. Jackson's offer - and its condition that she leave the country forever - seems her only hope. Ten years later LuAnn secretly returns to the United States to begin a new life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Book

  • By JennyRay on 12-08-2017

Wishful thinking

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

Reviewed: 01-09-2018

I wish I could rig the lottery and get away with it. Becoming rich isn’t a unique dream but I’d still like to be rich anyway.
As for the book, it’s worth a read.

  • Gray Mountain

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

Worldwide best-seller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet. America's greatest storyteller brings us a new masterpiece of legal courage and gripping suspense - and his finest heroine since The Pelican Brief. Donovan Gray is ruthless and fearless. Just the kind of lawyer you need, deep in small-town Appalachia. Samantha Kofer is a world away from her former life at New York's biggest law firm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow

  • By Simon on 12-08-2018

Slow

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

Reviewed: 12-08-2018

Slow is an understatement. Also, the narrator keeps mispronouncing Appalachia! Very annoying. I’m used to Americans mispronouncing words but it still gives me the shits.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

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

Ouch!

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

Reviewed: 29-05-2018

The narrator has such an annoying voice that made it difficult to listen to at first. Plus, all the male characters sounded the same and so too the female characters.
The story was great though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Whole Truth

  • Shaw and Katie James, Book 1
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Nicolas Creel, a super-rich arms dealer, decides that the best way to boost his business is to start a new cold war - and he won't let anything or anyone get in his way. As international tensions rise and the superpowers line up against each other, the lives of three very different people will never be the same again. As intelligence agent Shaw, academic Anna Fischer and ambitious journalist Katie James are all drawn into Creel's games, can anything stop the world from spiralling out of control?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By Simon on 05-05-2018

Terrific

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

Reviewed: 05-05-2018

So hard to stop reading. Well thought out plot, interesting characters and some good action.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Small towns which have seen better times are not unusual. But the mysterious events in Baronville, Pennsylvania, are raising the highly tuned antennae of Agent Amos Decker and his FBI partner, Alex Jamison. What was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns into a murder investigation when two bodies are found in a nearby deserted house. With the body count rising, Decker and Jamison dig deep to uncover a sinister truth in Baronville, which could be the canary in the coalmine for the rest of the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Memory Man Meticulously Unravels Mysteries

  • By Shalleycat on 22-04-2018

The usual

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

Reviewed: 28-04-2018

Our hero once again pieces it all together correctly and with all clues given if you look hard enough.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

Worldwide best-seller John Grisham goes rogue with his most suspenseful thriller yet.... Sometimes you have to fight dirty to get clean. Sebastian Rudd takes the cases no one else wants to take: the drug-addled punk accused of murdering two little girls; a crime lord on death row; a homeowner accused of shooting at a SWAT team. l Rudd believes that every person accused of a crime is entitled to a fair trial - even if he has to cheat to get one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Rebecca on 25-11-2015

Left hanging.

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2018

Too many issues left hanging at the end but otherwise very entertaining.
Worth a read.

  • The Camel Club

  • Camel Club, Book 1
  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

The man known as Oliver Stone has no official past. He spends most days camped opposite the White House, hoping to expose corruption wherever he finds it. But the stakes are raised when he and his friends, a group of conspiracy theorist misfits known as The Camel Club, accidentally witness the murder of an intelligence analyst, which the authorities seem happy to discuss as a suicide.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WTF

  • By Simon on 07-02-2018

WTF

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2018

The story jumps from character to character in a difficult to keep up way. Not good.

  • 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 1,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,321

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

No surprise

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2017

Not surprised by the end, very predictable.
Still a good read though, kills an hour or two.

  • Total Control

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Marosz
  • Length: 16 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

Jason Archer is a rising young executive at Triton Global, the world's leading technology conglomerate. Determined to give his family the best of everything, he has secretly entered into a deadly game of cat and mouse. He is about to disappear, leaving behind a wife who must sort out his lies from his truths; an air-crash investigation team that wants to know why the plane he was booked on suddenly fell from the sky; and a veteran FBI agent who leaves no stone unturned.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beware - this is a new release but not a new title

  • By Carly on 20-06-2017

Sad

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

Reviewed: 02-08-2017

The anti hero should have been allowed to live, but over all it's a satisfying end, with a few unexpected twists!

  • Dead Simple

  • Roy Grace, Book 1
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

It was meant to be a harmless stag-night prank. A few hours later Michael Harrison has disappeared, and his friends are dead. With only three days to the wedding, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace - a man haunted by the shadow of his own missing wife - is contacted by Michael's beautiful, distraught fiancée, Ashley Harper. Grace discovers that the one man who ought to know Michael Harrison's whereabouts is saying nothing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent !

  • By Helen Miller on 16-01-2017

Suspense

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

The twists keep you guessing as they're not as obvious as they seem at first.