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  • Winter Dark

  • Audible's Thriller of the Year 2019
  • Written by: Alex Callister
  • Narrated by: Ell Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

GCHQ agent Winter has just 14 days to bring down a website before a teenager is tortured to death in front of an internet audience of millions. Winter has to go deep undercover, disguised as the paid assassin Snow White, to infiltrate the criminals’ organisation and bring down the man at the heart of the dark web. Winter is razor-sharp, quick-witted and sexy, an expert in all forms of combat, master hacker and the number one field agent of British Intelligence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very entertaining

  • By andrea on 2019-03-30

Great Narration & Concept, Poor Execution

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-15

This was sooo hard to get into. The storyline is thrilling at first but it felt like the author was throwing too much at the reader at once which made the plot hard to keep up with; I kept finding myself asking “wait, what’s going on?”. I couldn’t finish this but since the narration stellar and the plot had potential, I’m hoping I can re-read it another time and find it more enjoyable (or at least actually get through the whole thing).

  • Dirty Headlines

  • Written by: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Jacob Morgan, Grace Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Célian Laurent. Manhattan royalty. Notorious playboy. Heir to a media empire...and my new boss. I could have impressed him, if not for last month's unforgettable one-night stand. I left it with more than orgasms and a pleasant memory - namely, his wallet. Now he's staring me down like I'm the dirt under his Italian loafers, and I'm supposed to take it. But the thing about being Judith "Jude" Humphry is I have nothing to lose. Brooklyn girl. Infamously quirky. Heir to a stack of medical bills and a tattered couch. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy, Charming & Hilarious

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-03-14

Sexy, Charming & Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-14

I’d read this before listening to the audiobook and absolutely loved it (my review of the story can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2672848813)! I still enjoyed the audiobook but there were just some small things in the narration that bothered me.

I usually like Grace Grant as a narrator but I felt her voice was too mature to be that of a 23 year old in 2018(/2019). Granted Jude is rather mature and wise beyond her years but the voice just didn’t fit the character in my opinion (but this could also be because I had a voice for Jude in my head since I’d previously read the book). I really liked Jacob Morgan as Célian but I found at times he was just reading (particularly towards the end of his parts), but he did do a great job of voicing Célian’s dry humour and sarcasm (loved that)!

I also noted that pronunciations of names changed throughout the book (i.e. Mathias was pronounced MAT-tee-us at the beginning by Jacob Morgan then Mat-TEE-us during some parts towards the end and Célian was pronounced Say-lee-on by Grace Grant at the beginning and then See-lee-on towards the end). Those inconsistency annoyed me. But other than that I still enjoyed the story and it’s heart-tweaking and laugh out loud moments!

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By Kaitlynn Jensen on 2018-12-24

SUCH A BEAUTIFUL STORY

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-08

This was adorable. A story of love, friendship, life and staying true to one's heart.

I loved the narrators and felt as though they did their characters pure justice. I loved the friendship between Laurie and Sarah - they felt like friends of mine by the end of the book after listening to how their lives played out. This was a story where you wanted ALL the characters to have a happy ending. This story made me feel things; like REALLY feel. The author was able stir up so much emotion to the point where I was like almost in tears at several points and I could feel my heart starting to race at the build up to points I knew were going to be difficult for the characters.

Definitely a great Christmas read but perfect for any time of year when you need reminding that life is too short to not love wholeheartedly.