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  • The Gift of Rain

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin, Luke Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Penang, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. But when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted friend has been harbouring a devastating secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect novel

  • By SDY on 13-08-13

Tragic story about friendship

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

Reviewed: 25-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because it is such a powerful and sad story well told

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

It made me cry

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Hundred Pieces of Me

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 902

Gina is starting her life again, after a difficult few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long just don't seem to fit who she is now. So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred items - the rest can go. But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gorgeous gorgeous book!

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 19-04-14

Good premise but disappointing execution

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

Reviewed: 19-10-14

Would you try another book written by Lucy Dillon or narrated by Juanita McMahon?

I won't try another book by this author as I didn't like this style. Narrator was OK though.

What could Lucy Dillon have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More about the actual "pieces" and items.

Have you listened to any of Juanita McMahon’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I would listen to her again.

Any additional comments?

It was all too predicatable a story with no real suprises.

  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the Coen Brothers...

  • By Sara on 15-12-11

Violent, gruesome but thoroughly enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-14

What did you like most about The Sisters Brothers?

The quirky unusualness of the story.

Which character – as performed by William Hope – was your favourite?

Eli - I found I had some sympathy for him

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

Yes it was funny, but in a sick humour way

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Postman Always Rings Twice

  • By: James M. Cain
  • Narrated by: Stanley Tucci
  • Length: 2 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

An amoral young tramp. A beautiful, sullen woman with an inconvenient husband. A problem that has only one, grisly solution; a solution that only creates other problems that no one can ever solve. First published in 1934 and banned in Boston for its explosive mixture of violence and eroticism, The Postman Always Rings Twice is a classic of the roman noir and regarded as one of the most important crime novels of the 20th century. It established James M. Cain as a major novelist with an unsparing vision of America's bleak underside, and was acknowledged by Albert Camus as the model for L’Etranger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Rebecca Fair on 08-07-13

Steamy murder

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

Reviewed: 17-09-14

What did you like best about The Postman Always Rings Twice? What did you like least?

It is a good story, but I felt it could have done with more description and background. I'm still trying to work out what the postman had to do with it!

Would you recommend The Postman Always Rings Twice to your friends? Why or why not?

No, because it didn't interest me enough

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Stanley Tucci?

Stanly Tucci seemed to be racing through the narration. I thought the story needed a slower pace to go with the atmosphere of the book.

Do you think The Postman Always Rings Twice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No because I found I did not care very much about the main characters.

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Couldn't wait to find out what would happen

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

Reviewed: 17-09-14

What made the experience of listening to Apple Tree Yard the most enjoyable?

Juliet Stevenson's narration

Who was your favorite character and why?

Yvonne because she is a stong, intelligent, attractive and middle aged female lead.

Have you listened to any of Juliet Stevenson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, this is one of the best

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

Yes, both

Any additional comments?

I couldn't wait to find out how the story would pan out, but then I didn't want it to end!

  • The Green Mile

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 711

At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, along the lonely stretch of cells known as the Green Mile, killers such as "Billy the Kid" Wharton and the possessed Eduard Delacroix await death strapped in "Old Sparky". Guards as decent as Paul Edgecombe and as sadistic as Percy Wetmore watch over them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story & superbly narrated

  • By Tom on 16-05-09

Sad and engaging story

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

Reviewed: 17-09-14

Where does The Green Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Up there as one of the best

What did you like best about this story?

The unusual story line

What does Frank Muller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I was better able to imagine what the characters were like

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

Yes, both.

  • The Fall

  • A murder brings them together. The truth will tear them apart
  • By: Claire McGowan
  • Narrated by: Tanya Moodie, Jane Collingwood, Anthony Howell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

What would you do if the man you love was accused of murder? Bad things never happen to Charlotte. She's living the life she's always wanted and about to marry wealthy banker, Dan. But Dan's been hiding a secret, and the pressure is pushing him over the edge. After he's arrested for the vicious killing of a nightclub owner, Charlotte's future is shattered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really good story, I became totally involved

  • By Jill Besterman on 10-10-12

Modern story

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

Reviewed: 25-08-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. It was an intriguing plot, but I didn't like the two main female characters. I wanted them to be a bit more gutsy and proactive, but I just found them irritating. I don't mind a bit of swearing, but there was too unnecessary f words.

What will your next listen be?

Apple Tree Yard

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yes, except that they pronounced Keisha differently!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Eustace Diamonds

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 25 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Who owns the Eustace Diamonds? Lizzie Eustace claims that Sir Florian Eustace, her late husband, gave them to her. But Mr Camperdown, the family solicitor, insists that they are an heirloom, to be passed down from generation to generation. Lizzie is both beautiful and clever, yet Mr Camperdown believes her to be a scheming liar. And Mr Camperdown is right! The battle for the diamonds rages until a robbery intervenes and they disappear. Or do they...?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Eustace Diamonds

  • By Client d'Amazon on 25-08-10

A cast of thoroughly nasty characters

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

Reviewed: 25-08-14

Would you try another book written by Anthony Trollope or narrated by Timothy West?

Yes to both. Anthony Trollope is a witty writer and Timothy West a good narrator.

What was most disappointing about Anthony Trollope’s story?

It felt as though he didn't know how the plot would develop and that he was making it up on the spur of the moment. I wanted Lady Eustace to get her come uppance.

What does Timothy West bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Timothy West made each character separate and distinct and made me appreciate the humour of the book.

  • The Return of the Native

  • By: Thomas Hardy
  • Narrated by: Alan Rickman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Set on Egdon Heath, a fictional barren moor in Wessex, Eustacia Vye longs for the excitement of city life but is cut off from the world in her grandfather's lonely cottage. Clym Yeobright who has returned to the area to become a schoolmaster seems to offer everything she dreams of: passion, excitement and the opportunity to escape. However, Clym's ambitions are quite different, and marriage only increases Eustacia's destructive restlessness, drawing others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous.

  • By Pauline on 17-08-11

Classic Hardy love story

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

Reviewed: 13-07-14

Would you listen to The Return of the Native again? Why?

Yes. I enjoyed the story and particularly Alan Rickman's interpretation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Diggery Venn because he has such a great name, is a good and 'colourful' character.

What does Alan Rickman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Wonderful regional accents and singing!

Any additional comments?

Wonderful descriptions of the heath throughout the year and the local people brought to life by Alan Rickman's narration.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Bleak Expectations

  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Mark Evans
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

Bleak Expectations' recounts the remarkable adventures of young Pip Bin as he tries to repair his destroyed family and distinctly damaged life, aided by his best friend Harry Biscuit and definitely not aided by his cruel and ironically named guardian Mr Gently Benevolent and his accomplices, the fearsome Hardthrasher siblings.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the radio

  • By John on 07-04-13

Not as funny as it should have been

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

Reviewed: 13-07-14

Would you try another book written by Mark Evans or narrated by Mark Evans?

Probably not

What did you like best about this story?

It tried to be funny

What about Mark Evans’s performance did you like?

He has a good reading voice

Do you think Bleak Expectations needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No

Any additional comments?

A bit too silly. Entertaining but some of the situations were too extreme and ridiculous for my taste.