Susan Random

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The Visitor

This was OK crime thriller, but rather unbelievable and far fetched at times. The character of David was written as though he was autistic, but it was never explicitly stated.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-06-18

Come A Little Closer

I have listened to the majority of Rachel Abbott's novels on Audible, but this wasn't one of her best, although to be fair, neither was 'The Sixth Window'. The central character, Callie, was just too naive to be believable and the various plot strands were too far-fetched. Also, DI Becky Robinson's hero worship of her boss, DCI Tom Douglas, was rather nauseating "he was wearing a powder blue shirt which matched his eyes ..."

There alsowas rather a lot of repeated backstory. Wasn't Jack Douglas a Carry On actor? Did he fake his own death too?

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-06-18

Rebel Prince

This book started out so well and I listened to it for at least two hours in one sitting at first. After that, I soon became bored by the continual anti Prince Charles slant. Clearly he's a bit of a Divine Right Of Kings throwback with a high handed cruel way with subjects and ex-spouses, but there must be something good about him? Clearly not ...

After chapter after chapter of listening to endless blathering on about The Prince's wastefulness and the intricate machinations relating to his various charities and donors I soon lost the will to live and received my credit back.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-18

The Birthday Girl

I bought this as one of the regular 2for1 offers. It was a gripping listen, but what I would say was that none of the main characters was pleasant and that can make it difficult for the listener/reader to fully empathise.

The narrator managed a dispatare series of accents with aplomb, especially the Scottish ones. She did, however, make Andrea sound like Anne Robinson, which made me dislike the spiky character even more!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-04-18

Consent: Read Me

This isn't a novel for the faint hearted. An un-named male stalker interferes in management consultant Fran's professional and personal life with horrific consequences. Be warned - some sections are incredibly visceral to say the least. The author provides the listener/reader with believable characters, pace and understanding.

The narrator, Matthew Baynton, was sublime - his geeky tones really made the central character more sinister.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Five Go To Smugglers' Top

Ah, one of my favourite childhood adventure books and made all the better by Jan Francis' narration (although her portrayal of Marybelle was just a little too screechy for my ears.)

Excellent throughout.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-18

After The Lie

If you could sum up After the Lie in three words, what would they be?

Compelling family drama.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Lydia, as she was very three dimensional.

What about Emma Spurgin-Hussey’s performance did you like?

She narrated the novel with a very Bodeny middle class accent, which was very believable.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Lies find you out ...

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-18

29 Seconds

What made the experience of listening to 29 Seconds the most enjoyable?

The thriller element - it was quite literally, unputdownable!

What other book might you compare 29 Seconds to, and why?

Other thrillers and crime novels.

Which character – as performed by Jane Slavin – was your favourite?

The main character, Sarah, but also her father.

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

Nope, but it was a great listen.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-18

Sometimes I Lie

Hmm ... I didn't want to read any reviews prior to finishing this book, just in case it ruined the twist(s), but the plot points were protracted anyway. Quite frankly, it was a confusing mess of a thriller and relied upon far too many coincidences to be believable. I kept on thinking "er?" None of the characters really seemed to make sense and appeared as caricatures. I did finish it though, so the rating gets raised to a 2* for that very reason. Actually ... I may apply for my money back via Audible's 'Great Listen Guarantee' because this just ... wasn't.

The narration was slightly breathy, but the actor had a nice tonality.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

The Girlfriend

I do love a psychological thriller, so tend to choose that particular genre on Audible. I must admit that it took me a while to get into this book as the characters were pretty unsufferable. There's a lot of class war/rich vs poor in the text and I got the distinct impression that Laura was based on the author's own career and background.

The plot was too far fetched and relied on far too much coincidence. Also, what's so wrong with living in Croydon or working in a supermarket!? Snobbery abounds in this book.

The narrator was ok until the last third when she was far too nasal. It wasn't a comfortable listen.

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