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Sarah Tilsley

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  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Johanna Ward
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. With the help of a robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden brings happiness to Mary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A childhood favourite

  • By Samantha-Jane on 03-12-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 03-09-14

I first saw the film years ago when I was a child. I loved it then, but I'd never read the book. I'm glad that I have, the film and the book (from what I remember if the film) follow closely with each other. I really enjoyed reading this and the audible version is great too. A real classic that I will be sure to read again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Firestarter

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

"You're a firestarter honey.... just one big zippo lighter." A year ago, he was an upstanding instructor of English at Harrison State College. Now Andy is on the run with his daughter, a pigtailed girl named Charlie. A girl with an unimaginably terrifying gift. A gift which could be useful to corrupt authorities. Soon Charlie will be caught up in the menace of a fateful drug experiment and a sinister government ploy….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A little slow to start with.

  • By Emma on 19-11-15

Great

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

Reviewed: 15-04-14

This is a great book. The narrator reads well and helps to bring the story to life. It gets exciting in parts and overall is an interesting concept for a novel. It didn't grab me as quickly as some of his novels do, but we'll with reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,297

Stephen King's epic fantasy series, The Dark Tower, is being made into a major movie starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. Due in cinemas February 17, 2017 USA. In the second novel of King's best-selling fantasy masterpiece, Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger, encounters three doors which open to 1980s America. Here he joins forces with the defiant Eddie Dean and courageous, volatile Odetta Holmes. And confronts deadly serial killer Jack Mort.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Sarah Tilsley on 06-03-14

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

Another fantastic novel by Stephen King. When I first read The Gunslinger (The First in the Dark Tower Novel) it felt to me, more like a Western. I had a vision of Clint Eastwood in a bad Western movie. I pushed through it as it's Stephen King and I expected that The Dark Tower series as a whole would get better and really bring out the parts of King's books that I love and that I have come to expect from the master that is Stephen King.

At the very start of The Drawing of the Three, it grabbed me. It struck me straight away as different from The Gunslinger and once this one grabbed me, it didn't let me go, not even for a second. Every word of this book drew me in and I was fully under the spell. It is a great novel and one that read more like a Fantasy.

If you are planning on reading The Dark Tower series and you are unsure about it, I urge you to read it anyway. Push your way through The Gunslinger if you have to because you will not regret it once you get to this novel.

The Drawing of the Three has me firmly in the Dark Tower series and I can't wait to read more of it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 2

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 532

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOTR - Beautifully read

  • By Amanda on 31-08-09

Good

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

I watched the movies at the cinema when they came out, but never read the book. I wanted to read the book to see the differences and decided that the audible audiobook copy would be a great way to do that. I'm glad that I did. The narrator was good and the story was interesting. It was a good listen and one that I would recommend and wouldn't hesitate to listen to again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,423
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,418

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Nat on 20-02-11

Good

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

Reviewed: 09-01-14

I watched the movies at the cinema when they came out, but never read the book. I wanted to read the book to see the differences and decided that the audible audiobook copy would be a great way to do that. I'm glad that I did. The narrator was good and the story was interesting. It was a good listen and one that I would recommend and wouldn't hesitate to listen to again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Night Shift: Selections

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Highlights
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

A collection of tales to invade and paralyse the mind as the safe light of day is infiltrated by the shadows of the night. As you listen, the clutching fingers of terror brush lightly across the nape of the neck, reach round from behind to clutch and lock themselves, white-knuckled, around the throat.This is the horror of ordinary people and everyday objects that become strangely altered; a world where nothing is ever quite what it seems, where the familiar and the friendly lure and deceive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good collection of stories

  • By kmcca5 on 01-11-12

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-01-14

I loved this book of short stories so much that I listened to them all in one day. I couldn't stop listening. Some of the stories are mediocre, but most are brilliant. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and he is just as good at writing short stories like these as he is at full-length novels. Well worth the read.

The narrator was fantastic, he really helped to set the story at times, he has a great voice and is easy to listen to.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Blindsighted

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, paediatrician and medical examiner, finds Sibyl Adams dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it's only once Sara starts to perform the post-mortem that the full extent of the killer's brutality becomes clear

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Sarah Tilsley on 30-10-13

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 30-10-13

The plot flows nicely, the story is enticing. It makes you want to read to find out what's going on. It's creepy and disgusting in places. The characters didn't grab me much though, didn't stick in my mind like they should have done. The narrator was good, get voice fitted well to the story. Overall a good impression though, I would be willing to read more of her books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • NOS4R2

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897

Summer. Massachusetts. An old Silver Wraith with a frightening history. A story about one serial killer and his lingering, unfinished business.Anyone could be next. We're going to Christmasland . . .NOS4A2 is an old-fashioned horror novel in the best sense. Claustrophobic, gripping and terrifying, this is a story that will have you on the edge of the seat while you read, and leaving the lights on while you sleep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spooky treat

  • By charlie on 07-01-17

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 28-10-13

Where does NOS4R2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the best

What did you like best about this story?

It's unusual and captivating

Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favourite?

I loved the antagonist the best. She really portrayed him well.

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

It made me laugh in places and was creepy in others.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic book, perfect narrator.

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King in his best Shawshank or Stand By Me mode

  • By Rose on 13-12-13

He's done it again

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

Reviewed: 26-10-13

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

It's a great book, which manages to keep you entertained.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

A little bit more action would have been nice, it was a little slow for my liking and not quite like his other books.

What about Michael Kelly’s performance did you like?

He was perfect for the narrator, his voice fitted in well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I couldn't listen to it in one setting due to it being a little slower than I'd like. I found although it drew me into the book, it didn't keep me wanting to read it.

Any additional comments?

Different than the usual King books I've read, but enjoyable none the less. A must read for Stephen King fans.

  • Is It Just Me?

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,758

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!

  • By berta on 25-12-12

not for me

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

Reviewed: 02-10-13

I enjoyed the sample I got on my kindle and wanted more, thinking the audio version would probably be better seen as she's narrating her own book, I went ahead with the purchase. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. I am really disappointed in it, and was bored listening to it and found myself not wanting listen. I won't be buying anymore of her books, whether audio or kindle.