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  • The Merchant's House

  • Written by: Kate Ellis
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

DS Wesley Peterson, newly arrived in the West Country town of Tradmouth, has his hands full when a child goes missing and a young woman is brutally murdered on a lonely cliff path. Then his old friend, archaeologist Neil Watson, unearths the skeletons of a strangled woman and a newborn baby in the cellar of an ancient merchant's house nearby. As the investigation continues, Wesley begins to suspect that these deaths, centuries apart, may be linked by age-old motives of jealousy, a sexual obsession and desperate longing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring and dated.

  • By Madeleine on 2019-03-20

Boring and dated.

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-20

Very dull, predictable story. Narrator unable to do the accents described, e.g. Liverpudlian, as in The Beatles. He didn't even try, just did a generic Northern accent. Don't waste your credits.

  • 1Q84

  • Written by: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weird and Wonderful

  • By Aaron Upward on 2018-04-25

Soft porn pretentiousness

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-08

Wow, couldn't get beyond the first few chapters. After wading through tedious descriptions of nothing much, I hoped that the story was building to something worth the anticipation, but found instead, to my great disappointment, that it was just leading to the author's creepy sexual fantasies and obsessions. After listening to get another description of breasts and older men lusting after teenage girls, I'd had quite enough. Our female protagonist suddenly asks a much older man if he has a large cock and wants to see it. For goodness sake, if this isn't the self-indulgent fantasy of an aging male author, I don't know what is! I was expecting something more cerebral than this garbage.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Their Lost Daughters

  • Audible's breakthrough crime author of 2018
  • Written by: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

Deep in the muddy fields of the Lincolnshire Fens, a teenage girl is found wandering, delirious, claiming to have been drugged at a party. Metres away, the drowned body of another girl is found on an isolated beach. And all this on a small stretch of land where, nearly 10 years ago, the shocking disappearance of a young girl remains an open case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Jacqueline Ciancone on 2018-10-20

Short, but engrossing.

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-18

Good, unpredictable and strange mystery story. The protagonists are such believable characters that I was sorry to end the book. The narrator was excellent and really helped the book come to life. I'll definitely read more of the series as I want to know how my 'new friends' are doing and what mysteries they are unravelling

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Singularity Trap

  • Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

When Ivan Pritchard signs on as a newbie aboard the Mad Astra, it's his final, desperate stab at giving his wife and children the life they deserve. He can survive the hazing of his crewmates, and how many times, really, can near-zero g make you vomit? But there's another challenge looming out there, in the farthest reaches of human exploration, that will test every man, woman and AI on the ship - and will force Ivan to confront the very essence of what makes him human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ray Porter is quickly becoming a favourite.

  • By Schills on 2018-06-20

Unexpected gem

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-30

My new favorite author. Bought this book on sale and very glad I did. Found out, to my delight, that the author is a BC man who lives not too far from myself. That's beside the point though as I would have loved the book no matter where the author was from. Some serious human issues, combined with fun science and all wrapped up with a pinch of dry humour made this hard to predict book worth every minute spent listening. Add to that the exceptional narration of Ray Porter and you have a winner.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Clocks

  • Written by: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastical narrative of time, love and rebirth.

  • By Rachelle Prevost on 2019-01-08

Almost perfect.<br />

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-12

As far as content goes, my only gripe was the depiction of the Cathars as Satan worshippers which was a shame, given that history describes them as living pretty pure lives Narration accents were inconsistent with the main protagonist, Holly Sykes, going from lower class to upper class and back again, depending on who was narrating. Other than that, I loved the stories within the story and the smart dialogue. So nice to listen to a well written book for a change.

  • Uprooted

  • Written by: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read!

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-18

Ruined by the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 2018-11-15

This would have been a really enjoyable story if it weren't for the narrator. An authentic Russian accent, for sure , but a stilted, monotone throughout and read as if she didn't understand what she was reading. When I researched the narrator, she was described as an actress. Beyond me how she could get employment as an actress,, given her terrible performance of this book. I would hope she could do better in her native tongue. Several times, I had to pause the book to figure out what the meaning was as her pronunciation of some words confused me. Her phrasing was way off to the point where sense was lost. Really too bad as she ruined the book for me. I think Audible should request another narrator for this book to do it justice. Hey, I'll even do it for free!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life

  • Identifying and Dealing with Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Other High-Conflict Personalities
  • Written by: Bill Eddy
  • Narrated by: Tom Parks
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

When a high-conflict person has one of five common personality disorders - borderline, narcissistic, paranoid, antisocial, or histrionic - they can lash out in risky extremes of emotion and aggression. And once an HCP decides to target you, they're hard to shake. But there are ways to protect yourself. Using empathy-driven conflict management techniques, Bill Eddy, a lawyer and therapist with extensive mediation experience, will teach you to spot warning signs of the five high-conflict personalities in others and in yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely useful for work and persona life!

  • By funkyman33 on 2018-09-09

#audible1. Very timely!<br />

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-23

Very glad I picked this up when it was on sale. Quite honestly, it would be well worth a credit.

This book describes High
-Conflict Personality Types and their likely behaviours with tips on how to deal with them. Notably, both Narcissistic personalities and Sociopathic personality types (quite often found together) are drawn to politics and other positions of power. Their ability to dazzle others by their confidence and charisma makes them especially dangerous; more so when they are indifferent to the suffering they may cause others. Their need for conflict is almost addictive as, unlike the rest of us, conflict calms them physiologically, rather than putting them in physical jeapardy. Hmmm, any real life examples spring to mind?
Yes, there are also other High-Conflict Personality types described in this book too, and I would urge readers to pay attention to these descriptions too.

All in all, a valuable reference book and one I shall listen to again and again.

  • Children of the Deterrent

  • Halfhero, Book 1
  • Written by: Ian W. Sainsbury
  • Narrated by: Sam Phillips, Jaimi Barbakoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

The new novel by the author of the best-selling The World Walker series. 'My name is Daniel Harbin, and I'm a child of The Deterrent.' What if a superhuman turned out not to be so super...or even human? Britain's superhero, The Deterrent, was unveiled to the world in 1979 and disappeared two years later. The truth about his origins has never been revealed. The rumours about his children - those that survived - and their mysterious abilities have never been confirmed. Until now....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular story and performance!

  • By GeoEng51 on 2018-08-13

Refreshingly original

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-23

Finally, a book that combines urban fantasy, SciFi, and action with wit, intelligence and interesting characters. Nice take on the whole superhero genre!

Unfortunately, I found the male narrator detracted somewhat from my enjoyment as his funereal monotone dragged on relentlessly with barely any noticeable inflection. Despite this, I'll definitely listen to the rest of the trilogy as the storyline is enough to stop me from drifting off into a hypnotic trance.

  • The Girls Next Door

  • Detective Eden Berrisford, Book 1
  • Written by: Mel Sherratt
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive. Six months after the stabbing of 15-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more? Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks - but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Madeleine on 2018-09-17

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-17

Tedious and amateurish. The narrator sounded as if she were barely out of her teens herself and the general tone was light and fluffy, which did not gel with the violent assaults, which were referred to as 'pranks'. At times, I felt like I was listening to a badly written article about the struggles of raising teenagers, rather than a mystery novel. No, I won't be buying this series or anything else written by this author or narrated by this narrator.

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  • I Am Watching You

  • Written by: Teresa Driscoll
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it - until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she's decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls - beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard - has disappeared.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating writing style

  • By Madeleine on 2018-08-13

Irritating writing style

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-13

I plodded through this book, simply because it wasn't awful and I hoped it would get better; sadly, it didn't. The author spent so much time describing irrelevant minutiae, I felt like I had ADHD while listening! None of these details added helped build the tension I the story, just my tension as my irritation grew with every silly sidebar. The narrator didn't add anything to the book. She made barely any attempt to act the different characters. I'm just glad I bought it on sale and didn't waste a credit on it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful