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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,673

In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Slowest "Thriller" Ever

  • By Kierstin L Hartwig on 10-18-18

VERY overrated - not good.

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

i got this as it had such rave reviews (at the top of the review list...not so, if you scroll further) As the other people who gave 1,2, or 3 stars noted - it is pretty badly written. Begins OK but then is obvious and descends quickly into utter nonsense I admit i finished it because i wanted to be sure who the culprit was - but i resented every 10 minutes more that i listened and was glad when it ended. The writing was about equal to that of a 15 years old - totally silly fight scene with 9 month pregnant woman - and then ridiculous narration by a boy who had been captive since he was 6 using a fully adult vocabulary. In spite of it being a pretty silly book it has left a sort of 'bad taste' ...an unpleasant book.

60 of 76 people found this review helpful

  • Six Four

  • A Novel
  • By: Hideo Yokoyama
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140

For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the 14 years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police's apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as Six Four. They would never forgive the authorities for their failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful, Subtle,Complicated Mystery

  • By mary in nyc on 03-07-17

Almost impossible....

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

Like a previous reviewer, I had so looked forward to this book and had preordered it by a couple of months. However...first of all, the narrator was SO s-l-o-w that it made it practically impossible to listen to. He left huge self-indulgent gaps between sentences, so it was just about acceptable when sped up to 1.25 time, and actually even OK at 1.50.
Also, his characterisations of various characters were impossible to tell one from another.
I have given it four hours of my best attention - a fair trial I think. It may be better to read it - in fact it MUST be as it has such great reviews in book form. Some of the difficulty was certainly mine, in that unfamiliar Japanese names are not so memorable as more familiar European/American names - so it was hard to follow who was who.
But the story was laborious, did not grab me at all - so I am returning it.
I may well see if its different in print - as the narrator is such an integral part of audio books - and this man was pretty horrific.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Wrong Side of Goodbye

  • Harry Bosch, Book 19
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,072

Harry Bosch is California's newest private investigator. He doesn't advertise, he doesn't have an office, and he's picky about who he works for, but it doesn't matter. His chops from 30 years with the LAPD speak for themselves. Soon one of Southern California's biggest moguls comes calling. The reclusive billionaire has less than six months to live and a lifetime of regrets. He hires Bosch to find out whether he has an heir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Connelly Delivers Everytime

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-19-17

Not great bu any means

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

I thought this was a pretty boring un-exciting run-of-the-mill story. I listened to it as I had a long drive - but otherwise I would not have bothered. The narrator was very dull, monotone, predictable. Altogether - not recommended unless you have very simple expectations.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Apprentice

  • By: Iris Murdoch
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity, and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Squabble of Smartypants

  • By Geoffrey on 09-10-12

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

I loved this book- her characters and their minds and feelings - all are fascinating and make for compelling listening.
The narration is the best I have ever heard. Christopher Cazenove is utterly brilliant - what a great loss to us all that he died so young.

  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating book

  • By Mark J. Lura on 07-12-11

A hauntingly beautiful masterpiece. Perfection.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

What an extraordinary and deeply touching book this is.
It is written so incredibly beautifully, the descriptions of the snow, of the eponymous hero's dying, of his love, his inner musings, his struggles, his hopes and his despair - all are written with such quiet and perfect observation, that one's own heart can follow almost inside of HIS heart.
This is a great classic. The author never lived to see it's sudden trajectory to the tops of European best-seller lists - and that is a great shame. Maybe not unlike Stoner's own experience of being unappreciated.
I cannot imagine why it has not reached the same appreciation in America as in Europe?
It is a sad book for sure, but sad in the way that it is so true to life, to the common experience - it is not the 'hero' so often sought - as the critic in the New Yorker wrote - Stoner is the opposite of Gatsby. Maybe in america people want their heroes to be flamboyant, glamorous and dramatic. (I'm not knocking Gatsby which is of course a great novel - but as 'Hero's' go - Stoner is the opposite )
The narration by Robin Field is also wonderful. He has a voice which seems to be naturally 'set' most of the time in the minor key - which is perfect for this book. However - at the other times where an outburst of anger or other emotion is called for - he conveys that in a way that is all the more shocking having listened to the almost melancholic tone of the rest of the reading.
This is a book so precious and extra-ordinary that I have also bought its typed version.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,284
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,838

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Daytime soap chick-lit

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

Reviewed: 10-11-13

Would you try another book from Liane Moriarty and/or Caroline Lee?

no

Has The Husband's Secret turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm not sure what the genre is - but this is, I think badly written, boringly conceived and really does remind me of the few times I have seen mid-day television - is there something called Desparate Housewives? I think this must be like that...
I liked the reviewer who said it was suitable for Philosophy 101

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

it was ok - she did a very good job considering the text she was reading.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. Annoyance.

Any additional comments?

I am rather sad (for the sake of an indication of the general level of intellect) that this has reached such heights in the New York Times best seller list - although I must say it is MILES above the Shades of Grey series...so I suppose that is a good thing.

37 of 55 people found this review helpful

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  • Nothing to Be Frightened Of

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

"I don't believe in God, but I miss Him." This book is, among many things, a family memoir, an exchange with Barnes' brother (a philosopher), a meditation on mortality and the fear of death, a celebration of art, an argument with and about God, and a homage to the French writer Jules Renard. Though he warns us that "this is not my autobiography," the result is a tour of the mind of one of our most brilliant writers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An accesible meditation on Death and Life

  • By Robert on 09-12-12

Thought provoking- wonderful writing.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-13

What made the experience of listening to Nothing to Be Frightened Of the most enjoyable?

Following the thought process of Julian Barnes - on a subject that is so often avoided.
He has a remarkable clarity of thought and the process of his enquiry and exploration is fascinating. Interspersed with great humour. A wonderful book.

What about Julian Barnes’s performance did you like?

He wrote it - and so he reads it perfectly (although in some books this isn't the case)

Any additional comments?

He is altogether a wonderful writer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Madame Bovary

  • By: Gustave Flaubert, Gerard Hopkins (translator)
  • Narrated by: Ronald Pickup
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

Before marrying, Emma Bovary believed she would enter a life of luxury and passion like the sentimental stories she'd read in her novels and magazines. Now married to an ordinary country doctor her life is not the romantic ideal she imagined and seeks an escape through having extra-marital affairs. This devastating spiral into deceit and despair leads to catastrophic consequences. Emma Bovary continues to be enjoyed to this day because of its profound humanity, still as fresh today as when it was first written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Narrator

  • By A. Laprade-velasco on 07-18-10

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-13

Where does Madame Bovary rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is such a wonderful reading by Ronald Pickup - and of course, the story is a classic for good reason. I did not want it to finish...highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Under Milk Wood (Dramatised)

  • By: Dylan Thomas
  • Narrated by: Richard Burton
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Richard Burton’s voice has been digitally remastered and seamlessly mixed with an all-Welsh cast to create a magical, fresh visit to the unique but universally recognisable world of Llareggub. Richard Burton’s inimitable narration as the Narrator in the BBC’s 1963 recording of 'Under Milk Wood' was hugely acclaimed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This town's as full as a lovebird's egg.

  • By Darwin8u on 03-12-17

Timeless, Wonderful - a masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 06-06-12

A classic - that I have read many times but wanted to have handily on ipad to listen to at any given moment. It is magical...shut your eyes - and follow along the streets, meet the people - a masterpiece - of writing and reading.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • A Cure for All Diseases

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Convalescing in Sandytown, Dalziel befriends Charlotte Heywood who is researching the benefits of alternative therapy. With much in common, the two soon find themselves in league when trouble comes to town. Sandytown's principal landowners have grandiose plans for the resort -- none of which they can agree on. One of them has to go, and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate -- with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Ellen on 03-17-09

Somehow annoying

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

Reviewed: 06-06-12

I had listened to and very much enjoyed Hill's 'The Woodcutter' - so chose this as a follow on. But it was SO slow in developing any plot, and I found the overly cheerful Charlie character so annoying I could hardly listen. The main character, Dalziel seemed unbelievable too - all too jolly and witty. I struggled on for 3 hours to give it a chance - but no - that's it. Can't go on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful