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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,140

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Gripping, very compelling.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

This book was well worth listening to. I couldn't wait to get back to it after each break. It is also a very plausible plot about extreme intimate partner violence.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Taste of Wormwood

  • By: Keith McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Arthur Meadows has just returned home in his HGV from a long trip to southwest Europe, supposedly bringing back a consignment of cloth, yet is actually bringing back something far more deadly. Meanwhile, a young Asian couple are murdered in their small house in the middle of Gloucester, the killings done with ruthless efficiency. Beverley Wharton, now Chief Inspector, does not relish the investigation of the murders because she does not get on with her new sergeant, and because the pathologist Charles Sydenham would not have been her first choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mystery + strange illness

  • By Kathryn on 05-18-13

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely recommended! It is a gripping story, one of those ones you don't want to put down.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the suspense and utter surprise at the twists in the story.

Have you listened to any of Seán Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

At one stage I almost didn't want to listen because I could guess what terrible things were going to be said - but I couldn't tear myself away from the grimness of the story being told. I found myself thinking "Oh my god".

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!! sai King

  • By roy on 11-12-11

Fascinating but long!!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make it not so darn long.

Would you recommend 11.22.63 to your friends? Why or why not?

I wouldn't. Although the story was fascinating initially with the time travel aspect, I was not nearly so interested in JFK's assassination.

Could you see 11.22.63 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes I could imagine it would make a good movie, but no ideas re actors.

  • The Rottweiler

  • By: Ruth Rendell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

The first girl had a bite mark on her neck, but they traced the DNA to her boyfriend. But the tabloids got hold of the story and called the killer 'The Rottweiler' and the name stuck. The latest murder takes place very near Inez Ferry's antique shop in Marylebone. When the Rottweiler’s trinkets start showing up in the shop, suddenly, everyone Inez knows is a suspect, and the killer feels all too close.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of atmosphere, and a Freudian mystery.

  • By Sparkly on 11-03-12

Really good potboiler!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Where does The Rottweiler rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say one of the top ones. The characters were ones I could relate to, with their little quirks of personality.

What other book might you compare The Rottweiler to and why?

This was a good Ruth Rendell, typical of her. It included many moments that made me smile. I can't really compare it to anything else I've read.

What about Nigel Anthony’s performance did you like?

He was brilliant with his voices. They were all very distinctive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,626
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,630

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good narrator but extremely boring story!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

Really exciting story!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

No, I never listen to a story or read a book more than once. I like to be in suspense.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a gripping science fiction story.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was robotic. The narrator puts on some quite good voices, but does sound like a robot, which is a bit disappointing.

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

Probably the bit where the characters were hanging on for dear life out in space - very exciting!

1 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Half Lives

  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Barry
  • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Ruth Bussey knows what it means to be in the wrong and to be wronged. She once did something she regrets, and her punishment nearly destroyed her. Now Ruth is rebuilding her life, and has found a love she doesn't believe she deserves: Aidan Seed. Aidan is also troubled by a past he hates to talk about, until one day he decides he must confide in Ruth. He tells her that years ago he killed someone: a woman called Mary Trelease. Ruth is confused. She's certain she's heard the name before, and when she realises why it sounds familiar, her fear and confusion deepen....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit convoluted

  • By Susan on 08-21-12

A bit convoluted

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

Reviewed: 08-21-12

Would you try another book from Sophie Hannah and/or Julia Barry?

The narration was good, with excellent voices.

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

The story dragged on a little and was quite a complicated story. However, it was gripping at times.

What does Julia Barry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She brings the characters to life very well.

Did The Other Half Lives inspire you to do anything?

No