The Narrow Bed

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3 out of 5 stars
By SCR on 03-02-16

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?


Any additional comments?

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

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By iris on 03-01-16

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.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By highmyope1955 on 02-28-16

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.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Katy Jones on 02-24-16


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!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jules on 02-18-16


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

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By J. M. M. on 04-24-16


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?


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