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  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,860

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, a great read.

  • By Justine on 12-12-16

Each book in the series has got a weaker storyline

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

Each subsequent book has a weaker story line, and this is the most watered down yet. Disappointed. I spent the whole book waiting for something significant, which I felt never materialised.
The performance was as excellent as always but the story lacks substance.
One to give a miss and time to choose another author, I think.

  • Summer's Path

  • By: Scott Blum
  • Narrated by: Diane Ray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 59

Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible prose, terrible story.

  • By Anonymous User on 31-03-09

Dreadful.

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

Simply a load of twoddle. Such glaring errors jarr the 'storytelling' to the point of extreme irritation.

  • Why Mummy Drinks

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane. It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOL

  • By Sarah on 04-01-18

Really not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Didn't feel any affiinity with the main characters. All annoying and over reactions everywhere. Grim.

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 740

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible accents - don't waste your money

  • By Ali on 10-10-11

Amazing story, marred by a terrible performance

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

An incredible story, perfect for older children and teens. Sadly the narrator really spoiled our listening pleasure. I am not sure why he thought it acceptable to speak slowly and with a very affected tone for any non american character. His attempts at English and Welsh accents were so pitiful they distracted so much from the beutifully created characters.

All in all, reading the story rather than listening to it, is a much more gratifying experience for all ages.

This is the first Audible fail that I have heard.
F-

  • The Art of War

  • The Strategy of Sun Tzu
  • By: Sun Tzu
  • Narrated by: Mike Borris
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

This timeless text is required listening for any business person or athlete interested in strategy. It includes a soundtrack entitled "The Mysterious Sound of Wind In the Bamboo", a 43-minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by the Matsu Take Ensemble.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Half book is music & adds nothing

  • By Eric Dale on 21-07-16

I have listened so many times...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

...and never managed to stay awake until the end. Perfect for insomnia, sleeping in an unfamiliar place, power napping & relaxation. It is so soothing.

  • Mermaids & Fairy Dust

  • Beautiful Imaginative Meditations for Wonderful Little Girls of All Ages
  • By: Christiane Kerr
  • Narrated by: Christiane Kerr
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

This audio is designed to help children relax and will enhance feelings of happiness and contentment. It can be used at home with your children or as a teaching resource.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully soothing.

  • By kisag_queen on 18-09-16

Beautifully soothing.

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

Reviewed: 18-09-16

A gentle introduction to relaxation and meditation for young children. My daughter has been listening to this, and others in the series since she was 2 years old. She is now 10 and they still help her relax and unwind at bedtime and fall asleep quickly and calmly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,159

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

  • By Clare on 24-07-08

Weirdest Audiobook I have listened to yet!

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

Weird in so many ways but I thouroughly enjoyed listening to it. I have reached the end not sure if I quite understand all that the story told me, and unsure if the listener is ever meant to. Give it a go.

  • The Year of Taking Chances

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 636
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 632

It's New Year's Eve, and at a house party, three women bond over dodgy cocktails and fortune cookies, and vow to make this year their best one yet. But as the months unfold, Gemma, Saffron, and Caitlin find themselves tested to their limits. Under pressure, they are each forced to rethink their lives. But dare they take a chance on something new?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasant!

  • By Ann D on 21-03-15

Absolutely Average Chit Lit

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

Reviewed: 16-07-16

This audio book is very easy on the ears. I guess it would be perfect for listening on the beach or by the pool. It certainly doesn't ask anything of the listener and gives very little in return.
I will not be seeking anything else from this author or narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lubetkin Legacy

  • By: Marina Lewycka
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

North London in the 21st century: a place where a son will swiftly adopt an old lady and take her home from hospital to impersonate his dear departed mother rather than lose the council flat. A time of golden job opportunities, though you might have to dress up as a coffee bean or work as an intern at an undertaker or put up with champagne and posh French dinners while your boss hits on you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If he was still alive he'd be spining in his grave

  • By Rachel Redford on 16-05-16

Utterly Unfunny

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

Mediocre at best and that is generous. I kept listening in the hope of last minute hilarious redemption, but alas, it was not to be.
Narration was good but I thought the story was terrible. To me it feels like Lewycka has exhausted herself. She had an amazing first entry with "Tractors" and each subsequent novel has struggled to live upto the previous. I don't think I will put myself through any more of her offerings, if/when they appear.
The story is only vaguely more interesting than reading the legislation regarding it's subject matter, the bedroom tax'.
One to return to Audible if you have the misfortune of finding it in your library.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gentlemen and Players

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

At St Oswald’s, a long-established boys’ grammar school in the north of England, a new year has just begun. For the staff and boys of the school, a wind of unwelcome change is blowing. Suits, paperwork and Information Technology rule the world; and Roy Straitley, the eccentric veteran Latin master, is finally – reluctantly – contemplating retirement. But beneath the little rivalries, petty disputes and everyday crises of the school, a darker undercurrent stirs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Narration

  • By Laurie-an on 01-05-11

As Twisty and Turning as a Twisty Turny Thing

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

Excellent narration lead me through excellent prose with and exciting and unforseen conclusion. Very enjoyable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful