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Susan Random

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-09-18

The Sleeper

Brilliantly plotted and pacey. Great thriller, recommended. The narrator was very versatile with the various characters.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

Believe Me

It started so well, Claire, a wannabe actress studying at the impressive Actors' Studio in NYC, is working as a honeytrap to elicit some income. She gets involved with Professor Patrick Fogler, whom she'd tried, unsuccessfully, to pick up the very way his wife is brutally murdered.

So ... The perspectives changed and it morphed into a film noir. What or who was real? The constant references to the erotic poems of Charles Baudelaire got a bit wearing after a while. I gave up half way through and then picked it back up a week or so later. Now I've finished it, do I have a clue what the plot was? Nope.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-07-18

Take Me In

Once again Sabine Durrant sets her latest psychological thriller in the moneyed streets of gentrified Wandsworth, so expect loads of premium name dropping and 'kitchen suppers'. I did find the central characters, Marcus and Tessa,
who met when they both worked for the same PR company, insufferably smug if I'm honest, making it difficult to have any sympathy for their plight.

I think that the plot, which switched between the first person narrative of the couple to be a bit convoluted at times and there were a few stands which I expected to play an important role in the story, but they did not.

The narrators, Rory Kinnear and Morven Christie both did a sterling job, trying to inject some life into the somewhat staccato text. That said, Kinnear did whisper some of the female parts in a very odd manner.

The ending was far too abrupt considering how long it took the reader to get there.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-18

Only The Innocent

This is the first novel to feature DCI Tom Douglas and he's based in the Metropolitan Police for this case, away from his native Manchester. The story of the murder and unravelling the complex life of wealthy Sir Hugo Fletcher indeed has many twists and turns and was engaging enough.

That said, the fact that narrator Peter Wickham was tasked to perform Laura, Imogen and any other female character was flipping awful. He sounded ridiculous, like the hammiest am dram actor in audibly in drag. Why on earth didn't the producer employ two actors, one female and one male? After all, we listeners pay enough for these audio books!

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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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