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  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,963
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A layered and satisfying listen

  • By Barry on 08-09-16

Good short listen

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

It only took me about 2 days to finish this book. It is a quick exciting story and has a strong female character. I have bought the next book and I hope its as good as this one.

  • The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

  • The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 1
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Wayward daughters. Missing Husbands. Philandering partners. Curious conmen. If you've got a problem, and no one else can help you, then pay a visit to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only - and finest - female private detective. Her methods may not be conventional, and her manner not exactly Miss Marple, but she's got warmth, wit and canny intuition on her side, not to mention Mr J.L.B. Maketoni, the charming proprietor of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than on television!

  • By Dorothy Owen on 19-07-09

Lovely homely book

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

I really enjoyed this and am planning on getting the next one. It is a homely story that you can listen to whenever. You warm to the character she is a good woman and makes you like her straight away. The book is set in Botswana and reflects all the good things about the country.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Amanda W on 29-09-16

Good listen however quite long

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

This story follows to woman whose lives are intertwined by a few coincidences. Each woman has a different narrator which makes it a better and easier listen.
The book follows nearly there whole life, it starts a bit slow, but you need to listen to understand the rest of the story.
There are little clues between each chapter referring to the ending of the book so you have an idea of what might happen. At first I didn't like this, but then I found myself looking forward to the story unraveling and all the clues to make more sense.
The characters progress throughout the book and become more 3 dimensional all the characters have good and bad sides, they make human mistakes so you get more invested in the story.
I think its a really good listen it does drag on a bit but its worth listening to and it wraps up well at the end.

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Neil Gaiman!

  • By Bookworm. on 23-12-12

Great story

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

I really enjoyed this book, it was an easy listen.
the book is set in 1990, there is a world in the underground/ under london were there are many different creatures such as vampires, rat talkers etc a man from the 'London above' helps an injured girl lying on the pavement on his way to a fancy dinner, the next day he finds himself in the underground world where he goes on an adventure- finds himself, grows as a person, has the best adventure hes ever had and finds true friends.
I thought the story flowed well I never got bored and just wanted to keep listening to it. I think the ending went on a bit, but I was pleased because I wanted to listen to more. I wish there was a second book.
I will defiantly listen to more of Neil Gaiman books he is a good writer. He really drew me into the story and the world he made was so fantastical.
I thought the play on tube station names was really good if you're a Londoner you will appreciate it :)

  • Partials

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

The only hope for humanity isn't human. In a world where people have been all but wiped out by a virus created by part-human cyborgs called Partials, and where no baby survives longer than three days, a teenage girl makes it her mission to find a cure and save her best friend's unborn child. But finding a cure means capturing a Partial....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great series a must read/listen

  • By ellie illing on 06-12-16

Great series a must read/listen

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

Reviewed: 06-12-16

I really enjoyed this book. It starts in a dystopian future where most of the human population is dead because of a disease that was let out by the partials which were made by humans to defeat a war, they look and act like humans.
The human race that is left over have come together in NY and are trying to find the cure for the disease. Most of the woman are constantly pregnant because they are trying to carry on the human race, but their babies die instantly from the disease.
Kira is the main character she is a doctor and is trying to find the cure however she goes one step further and because of this step things start to get very interesting.
It is a great read, its got action, it is funny, its smart, thrilling and it gets you thinking about what you would do in certain situations.
Kira is a great main character she has her faults which makes her human i don't like it when the lead is perfect.
Theres lots of surprises and it makes you want to get the next book as soon as you finish this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690

Earth is dying. Thousands of workers, who live in the vast caves beneath Mars, mine the precious elements that will make the planet habitable. They are Earth’s only hope. Until the day Darrow learns that it’s a lie. Mars has been habitable - and inhabited - for generations. Darrow disguises himself and infiltrates their society, intent on taking them down. But the surface is a battlefield - and Darrow isn't the only one with an agenda.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for everyone

  • By ellie illing on 30-08-16

Not for everyone

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

Reviewed: 30-08-16

I can see why this book is popular however it's not for everyone. It starts quite interesting however, it just goes on to be a very long type war a bit like hunger games when they are in the arena. There is a lot of strategies and smart moves to get to the top. I started to get quite bored. It would be good for someone who likes books about wars. There are lots of characters it's hard to remember who is who.

(spoilers but you find out early on in the book) The book is set in the future where everyone lives on different planets like mars and pluto and there are people in charge called golds and all the other 'colours' serves them. Reds are at the bottom our hero is a red and he finds out he is a slave to the golds so he wants to get revenge and let everyone else know. So he infiltrants the golds to try and get to the top because that's the only way he can stop the golds.

I haven't yet finished the book but I feel it is dragging on at the moment and it needs to move on from the type war thats happening and move on to more exciting things. The idea of the book is very interesting but it needs to escalate faster than it does.

67 of 81 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Star

  • The 5th Wave, Book 3
  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Ben Yannette, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now is the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great trilogy!

  • By Nikki on 06-01-18

Good ending, needed more though

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

This book seemed to move a lot faster than the other. It focused on the characters more, less on cassie this time. I enjoyed the book but I felt there should be more to it. I feel it should have another book or have it wrapped up a bit more. Maybe the author is leaving it open so he can write another book if he wants to. I was pleased with the outcome though and I recommend you listen to this one to finish the story, the last one was left on such a big cliffhanger.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

Brilliant read

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

Reviewed: 10-07-16

This book allows you to see the point of view of a child in Nazi Germany, it is full of stories, characters that you connect with. It makes you cry and laugh. I really enjoyed it. Allan Corduner is a really good narrator it makes you feel like hes in the room with you sometimes.

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,806

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

AMAZING STORY

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

Reviewed: 27-06-16

What made the experience of listening to Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

The story line is really good! There are lots of characters who are all rounded with different back stories and personalities. i listened to it when i was young with my parents on road trips. It was very easy to follow and the whole family enjoyed it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lyra Belacqua she is a rounded character, brave, loyal and very adventurous. She makes the book very exciting.

What about Philip Pullman’s performance did you like?

Phillip Pullman has a very soft voice its a good story telling voice. I liked that there was an actors for each character, that isn't very common in audio books, it made it easier to follow and more like a play. I only didn't like some of the cuts between the narrator and the characters voices.