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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 9,422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,641

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joanne Froggatt 💕

  • By Anonymous User on 09-06-17

Brilliant performance...

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

...much more than a reading.
But I could not blame the child remaining silent. He left one hell for another: a fragile
home barely tended by a self-indulgent, needy, hysterical mother who, rather than patiently devote herself to her son's well being, thrashed around trying to discover who had hurt him. Her lack of control made me long for more punishment--in the hope that she'd finally grow up. The plot, otherwise, was well crafted.

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,275

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of enjoyable, fun listening

  • By avid reader on 04-30-10

Morbid and derivative

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

Reviewed: 10-19-17

Cornwall should not sound like Ireland. The French word for doll should not sound like the baby word for excrement. Do your research and don't attempt accents you can't deliver.

The labyrinthine and strained plot had me hoping that all the characters would come to no good! And that's about what happened to most.

  • Emma in the Night

  • By: Wendy Walker
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,525

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: 15-year-old Cass and 17-year-old Emma. Three years later Cass returns without her sister, Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn't add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family, Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could not stop listening

  • By Pamela (@SpazP) on 08-23-17

Thrillingly clever

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Deliciously perceptive and labyrinthine. Complicated and three-dimensional characters.
Can't wait to read her other books.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Judas

  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Jerusalem, 1959. Shmuel Ash, a biblical scholar, is adrift in his young life when he finds work as a caregiver for a brilliant but cantankerous old man named Gershom Wald. There is, however, a third, mysterious presence in his new home. Atalia Abravanel, the daughter of a deceased Zionist leader, a beautiful woman in her 40s, entrances young Shmuel even as she keeps him at a distance. Piece by piece, the old Jerusalem stone house, haunted by tragic history and now home to the three misfits and their intricate relationship, reveals its secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amos Oz is artist of words.

  • By Lahana Singer on 05-15-18

Incandescent

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

A sublime experience. Absolutely shattering and yet funny, profoundly sophisticated and majestic in scope and understanding.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • All the Missing Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Ms. Megan Miranda
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,823
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,425
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,429

It's been 10 years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne's case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched. The decade-old investigation focused on Nic; her brother, Daniel; her boyfriend, Tyler; and Corinne's boyfriend, Jackson. Since then only Nic has left Cooley Ridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stay with it

  • By Amber on 07-03-16

Overwrought and irritating

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

Reviewed: 04-21-17

Gratuitously manipulative skipping between past and present. Self-dramatising narrator. In one ear and out the other... Oh, and overuse of the word "said". There are so many words like asked, answered, suggested, replied, hinted, whispered, remonstrated, protested, etc.

  • In This Grave Hour

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,018
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017

When listeners last heard Maisie Dobbs, it was 1938, and the world was on the brink of war. Maisie herself was on a dangerous mission inside Nazi Germany, where she encountered an old enemy and the Führer himself. In In This Grave Hour, a year has passed, and Maisie is back home in England - yet neither she nor her nation is safe. Britain has just declared war on Germany and is mobilizing for the devastating battle ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good Maisie story again

  • By Maine Knitter on 03-17-17

Belgian angle a bit limp

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

Reviewed: 03-25-17

My least favourite of the Maisie Dobbs series, which I love. Could not rustle up much care or sympathy for the Belgian characters. I do want to follow up on little Anna, though.
Cassidy has a lovely quality, but some of the vowels are wrong. And someone should check up on pronunciations of proper nouns like Folkestone or even gas mask. Is there a Brit in the studio?

  • A Lesson in Secrets

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

In the summer of 1932, Maisie Dobbs' career takes an exciting new turn when she accepts an undercover assignment directed by Scotland Yard's Special Branch and the Secret Service. Posing as a junior lecturer, she is sent to a private college in Cambridge to monitor any activities "not in the interests of His Majesty's government". She soon finds herself investigating a web of activities being conducted by the emerging Nazi Party.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy edition to the series

  • By Jeanette Finan on 03-25-11

Cups of tea

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

I am so immersed in the series that I have bought a giant box of proper tea, though it will never taste quite right without London water. But I must attempt to bring myself in sync with Maisie and her unravellings. Right you are.

  • An Incomplete Revenge

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

In the midst of the hop-picking season in the village of Heronsdene, Kent, Maisie Dobbs, Psychologist and Investigator, undertakes an assignment from James Compton, son of her long-time supporter, Lady Rowan Compton, to look into aspects of a land purchase on his behalf. Quickly drawn into the local community, Maisie soon becomes involved in an effort to discover the source of petty crime in the area as well as a spate of fires that has blighted Heronsdene for years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Never Again!

  • By CeeBee on 06-11-13

Intricate and exciting story and (spoiler)

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

what a relief that Simon finally and truly died. At this point in the series, just the mention of his name made me groan. And not in sympathy. And what a relief that he was cremated, because future cemetery visits would have done me in. Otherwise, brilliant as ever.

  • Pardonable Lies

  • A Maisie Dobbs Novel
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlaugh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

In the third novel of this best-selling series, London investigator Maisie Dobbs faces grave danger as she returns to the site of her most painful WWI memories to resolve the mystery of a pilot's death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Maisie Does It Again

  • By Nancy on 05-09-06

I love Maisie Dobbs

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

Why the BBC has not made a series based on these novels, I will never understand. Characters and costumes, victories and vistas. Marvellous female protagonist.

  • Hag-Seed

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: R.H. Thompson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Felix is at the top of his game as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival. His productions have amazed and confounded. Now he's staging a Tempest like no other: Not only will it boost his reputation, it will heal emotional wounds. Or that was the plan. Instead, after an act of unforeseen treachery, Felix is living in exile in a backwoods hovel, haunted by memories of his beloved lost daughter, Miranda. And brewing revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The play on the Play's the thing

  • By Mel on 02-05-18

Drag deed

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

A little tortuous and over long. Like a literary equation that had to be solved and examples of every possible explanation wrung out. Impossible to care about the characters-/ciphers all.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful