My Favourite Audible Books
I don’t know about you but as much as I love this writing and self-publishing malarkey it does take its toll sometimes.
Sitting at my desk for hours on end, hunched over a laptop does nothing for my posture or my waistline, especially as a mid-lifer. So for around the past four years I’ve started walking regularly (and more recently, running – well, joggling, I suppose, is a better phrase – think tortoise rather than hare); whatever the weather.
I have a busy mind (the curse of the creative) and so to dull the inner chat and add an extra layer of entertainment to my fresh air exploits, I’ve always had an audible subscription. You’ll already know this if you subscribe to my blog feed, as I talk regularly about how my Audible addiction has impacted my life.
If you’ve never used Audible before, then snap up the free 30-day trial – you will be hooked whether you’re a crime thriller fanatic (like me) or you’re addicted to reading memoirs, business books and/or self-help. Find out more here:
And don’t worry, it’s not techy either. Just download an Audible App from the Google Play Store and it will be magically sorted by the busy little cloud wizards and their flying unicorns.
Because I’ve subscribed to Audible for so long I have stacks of audio books in my library (which, even when you cancel your subscription, you get to keep). Here’s a little insight into my favourite thriller in the hope that if you’re a thriller addict they might fall into your Audible library too.
I See You – Clare Mackintosh
Clare’s a Sunday Times best-selling author and ex-police officer (with CID experience) and I love her psychological thrillers. Let Me Lie is another addictive read of hers. She has a rare talent where, just when you think you know what’s going to happen, she pulls the rug from under you, and you’re left guessing until the nth moment.
“You do the same thing every day.
You know exactly where you’re going.
You’re not alone . . .
When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there. There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.
Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make . . .”
I See You summed up in three words: stalker… creepy… chilling.
The Child – Fiona Barton
“When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers it’s impossible to ignore.
For one woman, it’s a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her.
For another, it reveals the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered.
And for the third, a journalist, it’s the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth.
The Child’s story will be told.”
Right up until the unravelling of the denouement, I really thought I’d solved this one and was genuinely stunned to discover the truth.
The Child summed up in three words: compelling… dark… unpredictable.
Blood Sisters – Jane Corry
Questions spark as soon as you start to read Blood Sisters. It’s one of those Audible books that I used to grab every possible opportunity to listen to. I think I would even go in search of ironing, just so I could plug in my book. That’s how much I was addicted to the rollercoaster plot of this thriller.
Blood Sisters summed up in three words: atmospheric… cinematic… heart-stopping.
“THREE LITTLE GIRLS SET OFF TO SCHOOL ONE SUNNY MAY MORNING.
WITHIN AN HOUR, ONE OF THEM IS DEAD.
Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that’s the story she’s sticking to.
Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.
But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.
Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May.
And only another life will do…”
Cold Blood – Robert Bryndza
I’ve just finished listening to Cold Blood, Book 5 in the Detective Erika Foster series for the second time. Bryndza has created a fantastic police crime series and an unconventional, fearless (and occasionally vulnerable) main female protagonist in Erika Foster.
If you’re reading this, Robert Bryndza, please please please do your best to bring Erika to our TV screens.
The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…
“When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. But it’s not the first time she’s seen such a brutal murder…
Two weeks earlier, the body of a young woman was found dumped in an identical suitcase. What connects the two victims? As Erika and her team set to work, they quickly realise they are on the trail of a serial killer who has already made their next move.
Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the target of a violent attack. Forced to recover at home, and with her personal life falling apart, everything is stacked against her, but nothing will stop Erika.
As the body count rises, the case takes an even more twisted turn when the twin daughters of Erika’s colleague, Commander Marsh, are suddenly put in terrible jeopardy. The stakes are higher than ever before, but can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer.”
Cold Blood summed up in three words: gripping… disturbing… blockbuster.
Are you a thriller addict?
An Audible addict?
Please share your favourite page-turning, crime thrillers so I can check them out!
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