We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Narrow Bed Audiobook

The Narrow Bed

Regular Price:$21.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Queen of psychological crime Sophie Hannah returns with a chilling new Culver Valley crime novel.

A killer that the police are calling "Billy Dead Mates" is murdering pairs of best friends one by one. Before they die, each victim is given a small white book....

For months detectives have failed to catch Billy or work out what the white books mean. And then a woman, scared by what she's seen on the news, comes forward. Stand-up comedian Kim Tribbeck has one of Billy's peculiar little books. A stranger gave it to her at a gig she did a year ago. Was he Billy, and does he want to kill her? Kim has no friends and trusts no one. How - and why - could she possibly be Billy Dead Mates' next target?

©2016 Sophie Hannah (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

2.5 (2 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Overall
4.0 (1 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Story
4.0 (1 )
5 star
 (0)
4 star
 (1)
3 star
 (0)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance


There are no reviews for this title yet.

Sort by:
  • SCR
    3/2/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "I think I liked it - but not sure!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Narrow Bed the most enjoyable?

    This audiobook is going to require at least another listening before I can make up my mind whether I enjoyed it or not - up until halfway through I found the number of characters (particularly in the police) and the story hard to follow. One of the downsides of audiobooks is you can't flick back a page or two to remind you who's who. During the second half once I figured things out - I enjoyed the story and the narration. The writing was descriptive and making the lead character quite un-likeable was an interesting choice. The plot left a lot of unanswered questions.Such as what happened with Kim's ex-husband and what the point of the sub plot with Charlie and her sister was, or what happened to Sondra.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sophie Hannah? Why or why not?

    I'd read another book by the author, but perhaps not audio book


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book because I really enjoyed Julia Barrie's narration of I Let You Go.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • iris
    Paris, France
    3/1/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Ludicrous plot saved by humour."

    The story is told from a first person narrator the stand up comic Kim and third person narration for the police team leading the investigation. The first person narration is actually the supposed reading of a book Kim has written about her brush with the law and a murder mystery in which she should have been a victim. Books are at the heart of this tale and the killer's motive is closely linked to books too. The motive for the killings is perhaps one of the most ridiculous I have ever read and the police work is so far from any semblance of reality that suspension of disbelief is stretched to the utmost limit.
    However the reason why I listened to this book straight through was the humour - there are passages which had me in stitches especially Kim's sex-mad lover who verges on the autistic. Her description of life with her husband is highly amusing and various scenes involving the police characters are also very funny.
    The sub plot of Charley trailing her sister is also beyond credibility but also entertaining especially when Kim gets involved in this saga.
    As a murder mystery I could not honestly rate this book very highly but as a tale of human foibles and eccentricities it does a great job of entertainment. The narrator was very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elinor Quinn
    Hampshire, England
    2/28/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not the author's usual high standard."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, because I follow the Culver Valley series. I don't want to miss anything about the various characters.


    Would you recommend The Narrow Bed to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they were Sophie Hannah fans and had read other Culver Valley books.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Barrie’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    It's pretty good.


    Was The Narrow Bed worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I wish it hadn't been so long-winded. Once one knew who the villain was, there was too much left to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope the next one is as good as the ones before this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Katy Jones
    Manchester, UK
    2/24/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Compelling"

    I find this whole series strange, but completely gripping. I have to try and ration my helpings so I don't finish the same day I start!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jules
    UK
    2/18/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unbelievable"

    Overly complicated and the denouement and plot were so unlikely. Narration good. Characters not very believable either. Disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    10/21/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A really fun joy of a book"

    I absolutely savoured all of this book. Didn't realise it was part of a series. I will have to check out all the others now.
    Wonderfully read too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. M. M.
    France
    4/24/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Tortuous"
    What disappointed you about The Narrow Bed?

    It lumbered along and kept treating the characters as idiots.


    What was most disappointing about Sophie Hannah’s story?

    It did not live up to the synopsis


    What didn’t you like about Julia Barrie’s performance?

    The quality of the material she had to work with


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • W. M. Koolstra-dekker
    2/22/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unlikely story, but all the same great listen"

    It' s always a treat when there' s a new Sophie Hannah book. The stories are different and keep you guessing until the end. I like the quirky characters of Charlie and Simon and the humour that is woven into the story. This story is quite unlikely, but still I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bridget
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    2/20/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another great book from Sophie Hannah"

    A gripping story, which if it was an actual paper copy book, was hard to put down.
    Julia Barrie is a great narrator which makes all of the difference to the enjoyment of the book.
    When the book appeared on Audible I bought it immediately as Sophie Hannah has become a "must listen to" for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqui
    Henley on Thames, United Kingdom
    3/24/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Awful"
    Would you try another book written by Sophie Hannah or narrated by Julia Barrie?

    Narrator was fine but would never dream of trying another book by Sophie Hannah.


    Has The Narrow Bed put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What three words best describe Julia Barrie’s voice?

    Easy to listen


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None didn't finish it


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.