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Oliver E Shearer

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  • The Truth About Keeping Secrets

  • By: Savannah Brown
  • Narrated by: Savannah Brown
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Sydney's dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town. He is also unexpectedly dead. Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad - a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples' secrets - crashed alone, with no explanation? And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town's golden child, at his funeral? As the two teenagers grow closer in the wake of the accident, it's clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship. But what is picture-perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The truth about TTAKS

  • By Oliver E Shearer on 28-03-19

The truth about TTAKS

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

My God! This book was so real and so raw in places that it hit home to me on two separate levels. I have lost a few people in my life mostly grandparents but it doesn’t make it any less easier. Now I don’t want to give out any spoilers but this book has an element of realism that all the bugs don’t seem to have it doesn’t shy away from the dark thoughts that you go through when grieving for somebody. No I know everybody is grieving process is different but it does the kind of thing where it just holds up a mirror to it instead so that you can see it rather than just be completely lost in it. But at the same time it allows you to sort of experience what being completely lost and it feels like particularly at the start of the book. It does a really good job of describing the fogginess and me WTF thoughts that you have. It’s not an easy read but it’s not supposed to be it’s fantastic highly recommended I actually read it once and then read it again straight after completing it that’s how good this book is

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The ABC's of LGBT+

  • By: Ashley Mardell
  • Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

The 21st century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights. In the last few years, the overturning of DOMA, the SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office, and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO have advanced LGBT awareness and understanding. In a world full of LGBT questions, The ABC's of LGBT+ has the answers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good starting point

  • By Oliver E Shearer on 20-03-19

A good starting point

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

I have been wanting to read this book since the beginning of 2016 it’s very factual but also cute and funny.

I was interested to see what it entailed although I think the intended audience is younger than myself and has several explanations that aren’t too complicated to understand if you don’t have any previous knowledge of the LGBT community it’s good for people starting to figure out their gender identity and sexuality but not so good for people who find themselves in the space between kind of knowing who they are but still in a grey area

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a truly spellbinding and brilliant book

  • By Tom on 04-05-10

My intrigue could not be sustained

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

I feel like this book is very unique, it’s intriguing to be in the mind of someone portrayed in this book. But it made me increasingly uncomfortable the more I read and it just left a nasty feeling in my mind just really isn’t my type of book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • On the Other Side

  • By: Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Carrie Hope Fletcher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Evie Snow is 82 when she quietly passes away in her sleep, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. It's the way most people wish to leave the world. But when Evie reaches the door of her own private heaven, she finds that she's become her 27-year-old self, and the door won't open. Evie's soul must be light enough to pass through, so she needs to get rid of whatever is making it heavy. For Evie, this means unburdening herself of the three secrets that have weighed her down for over 50 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting tale

  • By Amanda on 14-04-17

Love, pain, honesty and sacrifice

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Usually, I'm not one for romantic stories. But this one, it hit me on a personal level. I think we all have someone we loved ones who for one reason or another sadly could not be our intended in the long run. Life is hard and forces you to make choices, at the most inconvenient moments. Depending on the path you choose with, the choices that you are presented with, depends on where you end up. And how much baggage you have left to bear on your tired heart.

This is beautiful, and at times, painful tale of love and longing mixes elements of magic to make it all the more meaningful and somehow for the first readthrough nostalgic? If you've ever loved someone read this book because you won't regret it.

  • The Outsiders

  • By: S.E. Hinton
  • Narrated by: Jim Fyfe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

What defines a family? That is the underlying question in the life of Pony Boy Curtis. When his parents die in a car wreck, he comes to depend on the love, friendship and support of his two older brothers and a gang of friends defined by poverty, bad attitudes and long greasy hair. The gang, called greasers, carry on a long-standing war with a group of rich kids, known as Socs, a fight fueled by ignorance and prejudice.An American coming-of-age classic, a story of friendship and social prejudice among a gang of friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful story - excellent narration

  • By anon on 20-11-16

Waves of nostalgia

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

So am I read this book in my third year of high school. I have nothing but fond memories of the characters and the story it was so nice to revisit it in this unique format I’m always hesitant to re-read books because I am scared that I won’t be able to recapture the magic the outsiders has are unique we getting on deerskin I highly recommend that people young and old give this book a try

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,809

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful - a horror classic

  • By Catbark on 21-09-16

Unfortunately it was too long

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-19

I really wanted to like this book. I had heard amazing things about it, And as a result always wanted to listen to it but sadly it wasn’t to be the time skips going backwards and forwards were unfortunately too confusing it made the book disjointed and labourious to listen to and I just didn’t enjoy it enough to finish it

  • Eve of Man

  • By: Tom Fletcher, Giovanna Fletcher
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Ritchie, Josh Dylan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

Against all odds, she survived. The first girl born in 50 years. They called her Eve...Described by Tom and Giovanna as an unconventional love story set in a dystopian future, Eve of Man is the tale of what happens when you turn 16 and realise you're the most important person in the world. Do you embrace your fate - or do you run from it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read!!!

  • By Stephanie on 04-06-18

Like, the Truman show and the divergent series.

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

If you love the divergent series you will love this book! I managed to listen to the whole thing within two days. No I get that this is young adult fiction. (25 at the time of writing this) but young adult fiction is often wear someone's love of literature is born. No normally I don't like double point of view box but this one worked really well. It's gripping and sensitive in equal measure but above all it's very thought-provoking. Would you be able to save humanity? Could you sacrifice everything for everyone else? Read the book and find out.

Also you will be coming back for more if you like this because it's part of a trilogy :-)

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shards of Pottery!

  • By Simon on 14-03-17

Cute, but pricey considering the length

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

This was by far the most adorable Harry Potter book I have ever read however I would never go out of my way to purchase it independently. (Received it as a gift)

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Quidditch Through the Ages

  • By: J.K. Rowling, Kennilworthy Whisp
  • Narrated by: Andrew Lincoln
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

A perennial best-seller in the wizarding world and one of the most popular books in the Hogwarts School Library, Quidditch Through the Ages contains all you will ever need to know about the history, the rules - and the breaking of the rules - of the noble sport of Quidditch. Packed with fascinating facts, this definitive guide by the esteemed Quidditch writer Kennilworthy Whisp charts the game's history from its early origins in the medieval mists on Queerditch Marsh through to the modern-day sport loved by so many wizard and Muggle families around the world. With comprehensive coverage of famous Quidditch teams, the commonest fouls, the development of racing brooms, and much more, this is a must-have sporting bible for all Harry Potter fans and Quidditch lovers and players, whether the weekend amateur or the seasoned Chudley Cannons season-ticket holder.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing! Wonderful! Absolutely incredible!

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-18

An interesting concept

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Let's face it, I don't need any convincing jump back in the world HP. This book itself had been mentioned, many times throughout the actual Harry Potter series. So it was nice to finally get to read it for myself. I wouldn't necessarily purchase it myself (redeemed it as part of a gift) but it was nice to jump back into this beautiful world again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Book 7

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 23 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,082
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,005

As he climbs into the sidecar of Hagrid's motorbike and takes to the skies, leaving Privet Drive for the last time, Harry Potter knows that Lord Voldemort and the Death Eaters are not far behind. The protective charm that has kept Harry safe until now is broken, but he cannot keep hiding. The Dark Lord is breathing fear into everything Harry loves and to stop him Harry will have to find and destroy the remaining Horcruxes. The final battle must begin - Harry must stand and face his enemy....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hallowed Be Thy Name Harry Potter!

  • By Simon on 20-12-15

Ending rushed

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

I absolutely love the entire series overall. However, The epilogue in the final book, did seem a little bit hurried. However, again, I will probably re-read all of these because let's face it everybody loves Harry Potter!

... And all was well.