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  • A Change of Climate

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 283

Ralph and Anna Eldred live in the big Red House in Norfolk, raising their four children and devoting their lives to charity. But the constant flood of 'good souls and sad cases' welcomed into their home hides the growing crises in their own family. From the violent townships of South Africa to the windswept countryside of Norfolk, this is an epic yet subtle family saga about what happens when trust is broken...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting tale acutely observed

  • By linda on 24-12-12

Very slow

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

Reviewed: 24-01-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The pace of the first half of the book was so slow that I got bored and broke off listening to it but kept returning as I felt the story could eventually start and be a good book. It could be condensed into half to make it more gripping.

What other book might you compare A Change of Climate to, and why?

No idea on this

Which character – as performed by Sandra Duncan – was your favourite?

None, they all seemed rather lifeless

Was A Change of Climate worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

I tried several times to listen to this book but it was so slow and the characters had no real appeal that 3/4 of the way through the first half of the book I gave up completely.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,092

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Amazingly appealing

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

If you could sum up The Girl with All the Gifts in three words, what would they be?

Wide audience appeal

Who was your favorite character and why?

Melanie because she was so honest and intelligent

Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favourite?

Miss J because of her dedication and flaws. A believable character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When they were exploring the big house, the descriptions of the previous life there was very real and possible.

Any additional comments?

Like other reviewers have said, I wouldn't have chosen this book if I'd been told of the storyline, but because it was so highly rated and recommended I decided to plunge in. I'm so glad I did because it was one of the best I've ever listened to and thoroughly recommend it. Being a bit squeamish, I prefer stories with human interest and decidedly not horror, whilst my son goes for as ghoulish and outlandish as it comes. This book has engrossed us both which is a first for us. Not overly sentimental or grisly, but enough for us to want to read it again soon. If it hasn't been already, this would make a really fantastic film.
The narration was very enjoyable with no exaggerated accents.

Altogether I would give this book 10 out of 10.

  • 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 1,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 932

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
  • Uplifting and life affirming

  • By Saffy on 24-04-14

Gradually unfolds

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

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

I'd definitely recommend this book because it holds your interest through so many linked threads which gradually unfolds the heart of the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were ordinary people with flaws as well as compassion. No-one was perfect, but no-one was truly bad.

What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

Juanita McMahon reads clearly with no annoyingly exaggerated accents.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the introduction of the dog into the story. Yet another thread to get absorbed in.

Any additional comments?

An unusual book as it's like a wall being built. Each brick is insignificant on it's own, but put together it has strength. I'm looking forward to reading this again someday.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,016

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Completely engrossed

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

Reviewed: 19-12-13

Would you listen to The Woodcutter again? Why?

This is one of the few books that are on my 'must read again' list. I was gripped from start to finish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wolf, the central character, was my favorite character because of his dignity, independence and singlemindedness. He's a man who became wealthy through his own efforts, but who never forgot his carefree childhood in the wild landscape of Cumbria.

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

Jonathan Keeble's narration was superb. The accents he gave the characters were in my opinion just enough for the listener to place them without being over the top caricatures. Expertly done.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Scarred and torn like the landscape he loves.

Any additional comments?

Not so much twists and turns, as ever evolving storylines. This book should be in everyone's library.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Christmas Angel

  • By: Marcia Willett
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable five-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end.Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle tale evoking images of Cornwall

  • By Mark on 13-12-12

Far too slow

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

Reviewed: 18-12-13

Would you try another book written by Marcia Willett or narrated by Phyllida Nash?

I found that the story-line proceded much too slowly for my liking, and after two and a half hours of perseverance, I finally gave up. It was my first book by Marcia Willett and I'm not likely to try another if this is her writing style. Others may enjoy the minute detail she gives to every aspect of the story, but for me, I just grew impatient for the story to begin.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I couldn't say that I gained a liking for any of the people in the story because their characters just hadn't developed by the time I gave up on it.

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

I have enjoyed Phyllida Nash's narration of other books but found the voice she gave the child in the story really grated on me.

Was The Christmas Angel worth the listening time?

I have listened to some tremendous books on Audible, but sadly this was one of the very few that I gave up on.

Any additional comments?

I don't like giving a bad review, and judging by previous reviews a lot of people have enjoyed this book. Unfortunately it just wasn't for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful