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  • The Wind Singer

  • The Wind on Fire Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: William Nicholson
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In Aramanth, exams are everything. When Kestrel rebels, her family are sentenced to the harshest punishment. To save them, Kestrel learns the secret of the wind singer and she sets out to discover the true source of the evil that grips Aramanth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, unpredictable and absorbing

  • By Knucklebones on 23-08-14

Loved the trilogy

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

Reviewed: 30-07-15

I hadnt read these books and came across a recommendation.
I simply adored them - buying Books 2 & 3 before I was half way through book 1 - and listened to them all one after the other.
Samuel West is brilliant - he has a wonderful voice and gave the story a perfect delivery.
Highly, highly recommended!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

The Name of the Wind (Part Two)
    
    
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    Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
    2,298 ratings
    Overall 4.8
  • The Name of the Wind (Part Two)

  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,694

Part Two of The Name of The Wind (Unabridged).'I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely BRILLIANT!

  • By Marcus H. on 01-10-12

lost the will to live

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

Reviewed: 30-07-15

Sorry, for all those who love this, I found it tedious, self indulgent and lost the will to finish this... cant believe I wasted credits on it.
Kvothe (Quoth) 's story is like a very dull Harry Potter book - he is not just good at everything - he is exceptional.. dangers come but as he's telling the story we cant get too worried, and his love interest Denna, Diana or whatever, needs a good spanking!!!
Just dont bother!
The narrator was excellent and was the only thing that kept me going...!

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,213

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats.

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

Wonderful and beguiling story

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

Reviewed: 27-09-14

I am not sure how I had managed to live so long and not read this classic book but if like me you come to this fresh then this is a fantastic introduction to this landmark book. If you love the book, then you are in safe hands.

Sissy Spacek's narration is wonderful, beguiling and seemed perfect. the soft, southern accents perfectly recalling the thoughts and viewpoint of a young girl.

The characters are also beguiling - Aticus Finch must be everyone's ideal father, and the children, Jim, Scout and Dill, are realistic and yet charming. The story is both domestic and intense and also global and significant. As a reader/listener, one certainly has to challenge one's prejudices and views.

A must listen.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Shadows Lie

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

One thousand years ago: An Icelandic warrior returns from battle, bearing a ring cut from the right hand of his foe. Seventy years ago: An Oxford professor, working from a secret source, creates the 20th century’s most pervasive legend. The professor’s name? John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Six hours ago: An expert on Old Icelandic literature, Agnar Haraldsson, is murdered. Everything is connected, but to discover how, Detective Magnus Jonson must venture where the shadows lie….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great find!

  • By Denise on 14-05-11

Icelandic saga

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

If you can accept that a Boston cop, in hiding as a major crime witness, would be "hidden" in Iceland, then this is a very enjoyable listen.

There are links to sagas, icelandic superstitions and to Tolkien's major opus... and there is a ring too!

Narration is excellent, the plot moves along at a brisk pace - not too much gore despite plenty of deaths. This is a highly recommended book for those who like Nordic novels. Certainly makes a case to visit Iceland!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,052

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-07-14

I enjoyed this, perhaps not as much as the The Cuckoo's Calling. In some ways this is a very indulgent book, about authors, editors, agents and their vanities and sins. The plot is convoluted and not very plausible.

Having said that, Cormoran Strike is a very enjoyable addition to the detective genre and his assistant Robyn is an excellent foil. I was pleased to see her start to emerge as a major character in this book.

For all my criticisms of the plot, this book kept me captivated and I had to listen to the end - a perfect long journey yarn or summer holiday listen.

The narration, again by Robert Glenister, is superb.

I look forward to the next book in the series - just hope the author allows some editing!

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,581

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

loved it utterly!

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

Reviewed: 17-04-14

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, and for the first couple of moments the narrator's australian voice jarred a little, but then I realised it was as perfect as the whole book.
I fell in love with Don, the dysfunctional protagonist, and with all the characters. I work in academia so the University setting felt so real and honest!

I can only recommend that you get this and fall in love with Don, or Rosie, or all of them!
Brilliant book!

  • Disgrace

  • Department Q, Book 2
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190

Kimmie’s home is on the streets of Copenhagen. To live she must steal. She has learned to avoid the police and never to stay in one place for long. But now others are trying to find her. And they won’t rest until she has stopped moving - for good. Detective Carl of Department Q, the cold cases division, has received a file concerning the brutal murder of a brother and sister 20 years earlier. A group of boarding school students were the suspects at the time - until one of their numbers confessed and was convicted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dead, dead good

  • By GORDON on 13-11-12

As good as the first

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

Reviewed: 08-04-14

These are not so much whodunnits, as why and what happens next?

We pick up with Dept Q and Carl, the head of the dept, and Assad his assistant almost immediately after the end of Book 1.

The case which they have before them has apparently been solved, with someone in prison, but it is clear that more than one person should be punished, and that at least three of them have lived on ill gotten gains too long.

A new quirky character has been added - the "delightful" Rose - a match for Carl.

If you enjoyed the first Dept Q book, then you will love this one - it is different enough from the first in plot to keep one interested throughout and the ending is breathtaking!

the narration is just as great as before. No 3 is already in my basket!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Sleepy Head

  • Tom Thorne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke, and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to 'murder'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me awake!

  • By PP Merge on 15-09-10

Kept one awake!

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

Reviewed: 20-03-14

This book kept me listening to the end, so it gets high marks for the narrator (who was very good) and lower marks for the story. I thought this was clever but pretty implausible. Tom Thorne is fairly predictable - a hard bitten world weary tec with a "past" hang up. For all that not a bad character and one wanted to see more interplay with the young Detective Holland...
Bad bits - terrible, cheesy music between the chapters made my teeth grind! I thought the villain was obvious and the obsession of Tom Thorne a bit over played...

will I listen to more? I might.

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia for a time that has so much to teach us

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-07-15

Beguiling

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

Reviewed: 20-03-14

This is a lovely book, narrated by the protagonist, Stevens, a butler having a rare holiday to visit a former colleague.. as usual with such stories, the reader has to be aware that the view of the narrator may not be wholly accurate and trustworthy. Stevens' journey is both literal as he drives through a post-war Britain which is still evolving, and figurative as he remembers former days and former friendships and events.

I can warmly recommend this charming book. It deserved its Booker prize. It is beautifully narrated by Dominic West.

All in all a definite must have in the modern literary canon

  • Mercy

  • Department Q, Book 1
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620

The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Jussi Adler-Olsen’s Mercy, Scandinavia’s new bestselling crime phenomenon. Read by the actor Steven Pacey. At first the prisoner scratches at the walls until her fingers bleed. But there is no escaping the room. With no way of measuring time, her days, weeks, months go unrecorded. She vows not to go mad. She will not give her captors the satisfaction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danish Noire superbly read by Steven Pacey

  • By Nick on 08-02-13

Enjoyable and gripping

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

Reviewed: 26-02-14

I like the scandinavian noir genre and this is a good new addition to the group.

Department Q is a political manoeuvre to address criticisms about old cases not being followed through, so a wily police chief creates a Cold Case Department with a large budget, which is diverted to main stream policing.... Another problem, Carl has just returned from a traumatic incident where a colleague was killed and another injured. He is distrusted by his colleagues and is full of doubt and self loathing. Relegated to the basement with "an assistant", Assad, he intends to sit out his time in peace and quiet and cigarette fumes. Then Assad interests him in Merete Lynngarde's disappearance - suicide, murder...or something worse.

The reader knows that Merete is alive, kept a prisoner in terrible conditions, so the tension is can Carl work things out in time to save her...

This is well read by Steven Pacey, and I like the way he uses British regional accents to give reality to the Danish setting. I am looking forward to Carl's next foray into cold case land....

1 of 1 people found this review helpful