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Spine Chilling Thriller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-2019

I couldn’t put this story down; it is extremely well crafted, full of suspense and with plausible, well rounded characters. Jerome Pride’s narration and the voicing of all the characters is brilliant. The first chapter, rather graphic and gory, initially made me squirm, but the story did not continue in this vein. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a well written thriller.

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Spellbound - A gripping mesmeric mystery

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Reviewed: 11-06-2019

I have listened to many books by Liane Moriaty and consider the Hypnotist’s Love Story one of the very best; I couldn’t put the story down! The suspense is maintained throughout, and the chapters reveal only a few clues at a time, with many twists and turns. All is not revealed until the final chapter. The portrayal of one of the hypnotist’s disturbed clients is very convincing. This story would appeal to aficionados of psychological thrillers, or to those readers who enjoy Liane Moriaty novels.

Excellent Story, Brilliant Narration

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Reviewed: 29-12-2018

A fan of Rosamunde Pilcher’s work, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although it is long, I didn’t ever lose interest in the story, and warmed to the well-rounded and believable characters. Helen Johns’ voicing of the various characters is amazing! The only fault I could find with her pronunciation is of the Sydney suburb of TURRAMURRA. Her Australian accent did not ring true in places, but this is a minor matter. The story, set just before, during and after WWII, would appeal to anyone interested in this era. A very enjoyable read!

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A Delight from Start to Finish

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Reviewed: 16-07-2018

As with most of Maeve Binchy’s stories, this is a charming and very credible tale. The characters are believable and the life of the small coastal town is very well depicted. What impresses me most about this audio book, is the beautiful lyrical narration by Kate Binchy - a sheer delight to listen to! This book would appeal to anyone who enjoys Maeve Binchy’s books, or who enjoys a nostalgic look at times gone by.

A fascinating story

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Reviewed: 02-03-2018

Juan McMahon is a brilliant narrator, whose voicing of the different characters is amazing. The story is excellent and very engaging. The diversity of rich and well rounded characters in wartime London, and the fact that the story starts at the end and then returns to an earlier period, make it very interesting. Sarah Waters has obviously researched her subject thoroughly, and writes extremely well. I highly recommend this novel and think it would appeal more to female readers interested in this period of history.

Gripping Thriller

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Reviewed: 25-01-2018

I found The Paying Guests full of suspense and was unable to put it down. From the first page to the final surprise ending, I was riveted and anxious to know what the final outcome would be. I chose this book partly because it is read by Juliet Stevenson, whose voicing of the various characters is amazing, and because it is set in the 1920s. This book would appeal to anyone who enjoys a riveting story set in another era, read by a brilliant actress.

Thrilling and full of suspense

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-2017

My Husband’s Wife is a story you won’t be able to put down. From start to finish, as the plot twists and turns, nothing is quite what it seems. The characters are believable and well drawn, but the inability of the narrators to create convincing male voices, is the only flaw in the narration. This book would appeal to anyone who enjoys a good thriller.

An Endearing Diary

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Reviewed: 24-11-2017

Anne Frank’s diary, which is charming, candid and endearing, is beautifully read by Helena Bonham Carter.

Anne shows wisdom beyond her years, and her frank reflections on life make absorbing listening. I like the way she always appears so cheerful on the outside and only reveals her true feelings to Kitty, her diary.
The diary gives the reader an accurate picture of life for Jews in hiding during the war years, and the hardships they had to endure.

I find this audio book very enjoyable, and it is much more positive than I had expected. The reader is so good, that it seems as though it is Anne herself who is talking.

This book would appeal to anyone, especially to those interested in the prevailing austere conditions during the war. Highly recommended.

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Lost at Sea

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2 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-11-2017

Although I listened to the first chapter twice and persisted with the whole book, I found it very difficult to concentrate on and to follow the rather involved story. The narrator’s rather soporific voice did not help to hold my attention either.

Not having read any of John le Carré’s books, I did not know quite what to expect, but there were so many different characters, whose voices often sounded similar, that I became quite confused.

Perhaps this book would appeal more to someone who likes this genre, but I am not one of them. My neighbour saw the story televised and really enjoyed it; perhaps it is more suited to this medium, where one can see the characters, as well as hear them talk.

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A Light Hearted Romp

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-10-2017

An enjoyable and convincing story of family relationships and dynamics. The characters are well rounded and believable, but I feel that the numerous explicit sex scenes detract from the book.

Aoife McMahon's performances are nothing short of brilliant! Her rendition of the voices of the various characters is superb and very convincing.

The Break would appeal to those interested in romantic fiction and family dynamics in modern day Ireland.

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