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Where the Crawdads Sing
    
    
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        Delia Owens
    
    


    
    
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        Cassandra Campbell
    
    


    
    Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
    60 ratings
    Overall 4.8
  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 60

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable, Memorable, Beautiful

  • By firedog on 28-09-2018

Remarkable, Memorable, Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 28-09-2018

Everything about this book will stay with me; the setting, the characters, the plot. As for the writing, it is superb. Also the reader brought the book to life in a quiet understated exactly right performance. Highly recommend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,520

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

Totally Original and Enthralling.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-2018

Sad, funny, original with characters that haunt you long after the end of the book. The reader was also superbly understated allowing the book to flow beautifully. Will listen and read this again soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After the Fire

  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Fredrik Welin is a 70-year-old retired doctor. Years ago he retreated to the Swedish archipelago where he lives alone on an island. He swims in the sea every day, cutting a hole in the ice if necessary. He lives a quiet life. Until he wakes up one night to find his house on fire. Fredrik escapes just in time, wearing two left-footed wellies, as neighbouring islanders arrive to help douse the flames. All that remains in the morning is a stinking ruin and evidence of arson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By firedog on 23-12-2017

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 23-12-2017

At first I thought this book was slow paced but quickly I became immersed in the story, the characters, the setting and loved it.
What was most poignant was knowing it was Mankell's last book, finished after he had his diagnosis of cancer.
What a writer, what a novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Seagull

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

A visit to her local prison brings DI Vera Stanhope face to face with an old enemy: former detective superintendent John Brace. Brace was convicted of corruption and involvement in the death of a gamekeeper - and Vera played a part in his downfall. Brace promises Vera information about the disappearance of Robbie Marshall, a notorious wheeler-dealer, if she will look out for his family. He tells her that Marshall is dead, his body buried close to St Mary's Island in Whitley Bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but woeful voices

  • By Amazon Customer jo on 24-10-2017

Marvellous story. Shame about the reader

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

Reviewed: 14-11-2017

The plot and characters are beautifully written - as always in an Ann Cleeves novel. However I almost gave up as the reader’s annoyingly over dramatic voicing of the various characters was distracting. She needed to tone down the whole performance. I kept thinking I would stop listening and read the novel instead but a very intriguing plot kept me interested. Five stars to Ann Cleeves.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 13
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another triumph from Louise Penny

  • By firedog on 24-10-2017

Another triumph from Louise Penny

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

Reviewed: 24-10-2017

I loved this book - and an excellent performance from the reader. So why not 5 stars? The previous Gamache book was so good, and this one, while excellent, doesn't quite make the same grade. But a 4 starred Gamache book is 10 stars from any other writer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

  • By: Dominic Smith
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

This is what we long for: the profound pleasure of being swept into vivid new worlds, worlds peopled by characters so intriguing and real that we can't shake them, even long after the story's told. In this extraordinary audiobook, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, Dominic Smith brilliantly bridges the historical and the contemporary, tracking a collision course between a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the Golden Age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated Australian art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration terrible Australian accent

  • By Prudence A. Greene on 15-08-2016

Excellent story, shame about the reader.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-2017

It took a few chapters to discover the serious flaw in this rendition of an excellent book. Bt that time I was engrossed in the story so with gritted teeth plowed on. The flaw? The reader's atrocious Australian accent. Oh and when he attempted a Dutch accent it was almost as bad. Plus he was not good at women's voices. Totally spoiled the reading ( unless you have cloth ears for accents) So sad as I loved the plot and the writing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Widow

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Scarlett Mack
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating plot.

  • By firedog on 27-06-2017

Fascinating plot.

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2017

I loved this book and the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was the annoying male reader. However the well conceived storyline and above all the lead female character, as well as the support characters, are wonderfully depicted. Should have bought the book on this one and may just do that as it is a well worth a second go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More holes than a sieve.

  • By liz on 26-09-2016

A mesmerizing plot beautifully read.

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2017

Would you listen to Kill Me Again again? Why?

Yes, I'd listen to it again as there were so many strands that make it worthy of a second listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The narrator as she rang so true. Also her son - a well rounded depiction of a child.

Which character – as performed by Lisa Coleman – was your favourite?

The husband.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely.

Any additional comments?

Although this is a novel in a detective series it felt like the policeman was secondary to the main character - the woman pivotal to the drama. I liked that as it gives the series more breadth and depth.