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  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A comic book in wolf's clothing

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

likeable and Jim Dale gives it a laugh

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

the story is nothing special but the voice performances by Jim Dale are great fun and kept me listening.
The different view points are a nice touch but poorly used in some parts, which is a shame.
still very likeable.

  • Heart of Darkness

  • By: Joseph Conrad
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Although Heart of Darkness was one of the first literary texts to provide a critical view of European imperial activities, it was initially read by critics as anything but controversial. While the book was generally admired, it was typically seen either as a condemnation of a certain type of adventurer who could easily take advantage of imperialism’s opportunities, or else as a sentimental novel reinforcing domestic values: Kurtz’s Intended, who appears at the novella’s conclusion, was roundly praised by turn-of-the-century reviewers for her maturity and sentimental appeal. A classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Pippa on 06-04-17

dated classic

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

time has moves on and only the wonderful description has survied the transition. too long and languishing for modem liseners.

  • Salt to the Sea

  • By: Ruta Sepetys
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Will Damron, Cassandra Morris, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer to safety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hauntingly beautiful

  • By Teresa on 18-05-18

sepetys spectacular

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

ww2 story if well researched and well used. I'm not too sure I like multiple POV to lisent to, reading the book this was not an issue but when listening it is a more disjointed aspect.

Characters are fantastic and so thoughtfully crafted. excellent.

the story is outstanding and wonderfully imagined. thank you.

  • A Long Walk to Water

  • By: Linda Sue Park
  • Narrated by: David Baker, Cynthia Bishop
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In 1985 southern Sudan is ravaged by war. Rebels and government forces battle for control, with ordinary people…people like the boy, Salva Dut…caught in the middle. When Salva's village is attacked, he must embark on a harrowing journey that will propel him through horror and heartbreak, across a harsh desert, and into a strange new life. Years later, in contemporary South Sudan, a girl named Nya must walk eight hours a day to fetch water. The walk is grueling, but there is unexpected hope.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, very irritating reading and direction

  • By KV on 10-04-18

very informative

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

this is a great adaptation of a true story and I loved to her the man himself talk about his experience.

  • The Milk of Birds

  • By: Sylvia Whitman
  • Narrated by: Julia Farhat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Fifteen-year-old Nawra lives in Darfur, Sudan, in a camp for refugees displaced by the Janjaweed’s trail of murder and destruction. Nawra cannot read or write, but when a nonprofit organization called Save the Girls pairs her with an American donor, Nawra dictates her thank-you letters. Putting her experiences into words begins to free her from her devastating past - and to brighten the path to her future. K. C. is an American teenager from Richmond, Virginia, who hates reading and writing - or anything that smacks of school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding truth

  • By Mrs on 19-02-18

outstanding truth

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

an great story. very compelling and honest which I believe young readers want. The truths in the way people are treated can be gut wrenching and uncomflable but none of it is overly gruesome. I enjoyed the characters and story very much. great coming of age story in both main protagonists .

  • The Good Braider

  • By: Terry Farish
  • Narrated by: Cherise Boothe
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Viola's strikingly original voice sings out the story of her family's journey from war-torn Sudan, to Cairo, and finally to Portland, Maine. Here, in the sometimes too close embrace of the local Southern Sudanese Community, she dreams of South Sudan while she tries to navigate the strange world of America - a world where a girl can wear a short skirt, get a tattoo or even date a boy; a world that puts her into sharp conflict with her traditional mother who, like Viola, is struggling to braid together the strands of a displaced life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Painful Truth and compelling story.

  • By Mrs on 28-01-18

A Painful Truth and compelling story.

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

The struggle of South Sudan holds many war stories. This retelling of one girl's battle is very close to the truth and at times hard to endure as the reader is attached to the primary characters. However, it is a brilliant story and so full of hope too. I highly recommend this book.

  • The Red Pencil

  • By: Andrea Davis Pinkney, Shane W. Evans (Illustrated by )
  • Narrated by: Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Finally, Amira is 12. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala - Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey - on foot - to safety at a refugee camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heartbreaking but inspirations gift.

  • By Mrs on 07-01-18

heartbreaking but inspirations gift.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

Reading in the form of a prose poem was different. The narrative is excellent. this book is a great way to open a discussion with western Girls about the value of their education and how lucky our hidden privilege makes us.

  • The Bone Sparrow

  • A Refugee Novel
  • By: Zana Fraillon
  • Narrated by: Gareth Locke
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Born in a refugee camp, all Subhi knows of the world is that he's at least 19 fence diamonds high, the nice Jackets never stay long, and at night he dreams that the sea finds its way to his tent, bringing with it unusual treasures. And one day it brings him Jimmie. Carrying a notebook that she's unable to read and wearing a sparrow made out of bone around her neck - both talismans of her family's past and the mother she's lost - Jimmie strikes up an unlikely friendship with Subhi beyond the fence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You must listen to this story.

  • By s on 10-06-17

a refugee story of fantasy and truth

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Based on real refugee camp accounts in Australia. The story carries the tale of dreamlike hope and survival despite the inhuman treatment of some of the most traumatised and vulnerable people in the current crisis.

  • Sea of Poppies

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Kish Sharma
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. As their old family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races and generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful!

  • By alli on 26-08-15

eye opening

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

Reviewed: 01-12-17

This is a contemporary piece of writing that holds fast to the great history it is based in.
truly wonderful characters and I am looking forward to reading the next instalment.

  • Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse

  • By: Chris Riddell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous Ghastly-Gorm Hall. It’s hard for her to make friends and she's rather lonely. Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house, and together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael they begin to unravel a dastardly plot. Ada and her friends must work together to foil the evil gamekeeper, Maltravers, before it's too late!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • creative and funny.

  • By Mrs on 09-11-17

creative and funny.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Riddell has created a fantastic world with quirky and entertaining characters but also an entertaining setting. Just magical.