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  • The Last Act of Love

  • By: Cathy Rentzenbrink
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

In the summer of 1990, Cathy's brother, Matty, was knocked down by a car on the way home from a night out, two weeks before receiving his GCSE results. Sitting by his unconscious body in hospital, holding his hand and watching his heartbeat on the monitors, Cathy and her parents willed him to survive. They did not know then that there are many fates worse than death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By Wicked on 01-01-17

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The fact that this is a true story, as told by his sister, means that there is a level of honesty and detail that you would not normally get. It's not just an account of what happened to Matty, it's about the devastating impact his accident had on his family.

Was The Last Act of Love worth the listening time?

I think so. It's a hard listen, not a book I am likely to listen to again, I was glad when it came to an end.

Any additional comments?

I can't say that I enjoyed this book, I don't think it's that kind of story. It's heartfelt and sincere yet harrowing and painful. It's well written and describes their journey in detail

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

Very thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 28-12-16

What made the experience of listening to Small Great Things the most enjoyable?

Brilliant story telling of a very difficult subject. You never know how Jodi's stories are going to end and this one was no exception. It pulls you in and you want to know where it is going. It's a hard listen at times, and it will probably challenge you. It may not be an exact account of a true story, but it is very, very real. This is a book that will stay with me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters were very interesting in different ways, even by being loathsome, but Kennedy was my favourite. There was so much she learnt along the way. Despite her frustrations, she listened and tried to understand what Ruth was trying to show her.

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

Hearing the 3 different voices helped to relate to and understand each of the main characters in a way that reading it would not have enabled. Each of the narrators told their parts brilliantly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It is far too long to listen in one sitting, but I did listen to the last section in a sitting of several hours because I couldn't switch it off.

Any additional comments?

Such a difficult subject to write about, but Jodi has clearly done her research. The depth of understanding she brings is incredible and the reality of the character's experiences is painful. I also enjoyed listening to Jodi's section after the end of the book, that explained how the book came about.

  • The Element

  • How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
  • By: Ken Robinson Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Ken Robinson Ph. D., Lou Aronica
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Conrad on 27-05-12

Just Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

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

Absolutely. Every parent, teacher and anyone with an interest in education should listen to this.

What does Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It makes such a big difference being read by Ken Robinson. He has a wonderful tone that draws you in and brings the words to life.

Any additional comments?

This book beautifully explains why our education system is so broken and what needs to happen to put it right. It focusses on what really matters, what children really need in order to succeed and how happiness drives success, not the other way around.
Brilliant, insightful and fascinating.

  • The Choice

  • By: Susan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Karen Kass
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Sometimes the choice is too hard to bear... Nikki Grant is only nineteen when she discovers she’s pregnant. Despite her parents’ disappointment and anger, she welcomes the news with joy. The baby will complete the happy home she shares with the man she adores, Spencer James. Baby Zac arrives and is perfect in every way. And with Spencer’s career taking off they are ready to make the big move to London. And then, on a day like any other, Nikki suddenly finds her life turned upside down by tragedy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me!

  • By Lynne Burton on 02-05-18

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

What did you like most about The Choice?

It tackled a difficult issue in a sensitive way.

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

She has a good range of voices so it's easy to identify the different characters. Easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

This wasn't the best book I have ever listened to but it was good. There were parts when it was gripping and I couldn't switch it off, but other parts when it dragged on a bit randomly. The ending was ok if a bit dull.
Despite the very difficult subject matter, it was quite an easy listen.

  • Close Your Eyes

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing. Someone is coming. They're going to find me. A mother and her teenage daughter are found brutally murdered in a remote farmhouse, one defiled by multiple stab wounds and the other left lying like Sleeping Beauty waiting for her Prince.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devastating, brilliant and thrilling

  • By Cabaspre on 26-08-15

Intense and gripping

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

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

I would recommend this whole series. Such brilliant writing brought to life with incredible narration.

What did you like best about this story?

It has so many twists and turns, it is impossible to know which way it is going, impossible to second guess what will happen next. I didn't see the ending coming, I couldn't stop listening towards the end.

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

He is every character so perfectly. From small girl to evil murderer, he brings everyone to life. I will definitely look out for other books narrated by him, I have loved his narration of this series so far.

Any additional comments?

Dark, thrilling and exciting. If you like that in a book, then this is a must listen (but start with the first book in the series)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cry Baby

  • By: David Jackson
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

It’s every mother’s nightmare - the abduction of her baby. That’s how it starts for Erin Vogel when she is attacked and left unconscious in her apartment. When she awakes it is to find that Georgia, her six-month-old daughter, has been taken. But Erin is given a chance to get Georgia back. At an unthinkable price. Like most mothers, she has always said she would do anything for her child. Now the strength of that bond is about to be put to the ultimate test.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best one yet!

  • By Liane on 21-04-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 16-08-15

What did you like best about this story?

A twist from the ordinary. This is a bit different. Takes you to dark places you wouldn't normally explore.

What does Nick Landrum and Jennifer Woodward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Excellent narration bringing the characters to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not far off. I really wanted to know what happened next and had to listen in only a few sittings.

Any additional comments?

This was a really good listen. Can't quite describe it as gripping, but it's not far off. Really interesting characters and a brilliant intertwined story. Really enjoyed it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lost

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Ray Lonnen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz is lucky to be alive. A bullet in the leg, another through the hand, he is discovered clinging to a buoy in the River Thames, losing blood and consciousness fast. It takes six days for him to come out of his coma, and when he does, his nightmare is only just beginning. Because Vincent has no recollection of what happened, and nobody believes him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lost - Ticks my boxes

  • By Michael on 21-04-13

Superb story

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

Reviewed: 21-02-15

What made the experience of listening to Lost the most enjoyable?

I am a big fan of Michael Robotham's books and have listened to a number of the Joseph O'Loughlin series. I didn't read them in order, so for me, this was really useful background story about Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz.

What did you like best about this story?

It takes you all over the place. You can't tell what's going to happen next. It keeps you guessing.

Any additional comments?

Detective Inspector Vincent Ruiz is not a warm fluffy character, he is rough and hard, but he is also determined and you would want him on your side. An excellent book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Accidents Happen

  • By: Louise Millar
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

How many times, when things go wrong, have you said to yourself 'Why me?' Some people seem to have more than their fair share of bad luck, and Kate Parker is one of them. So when Kate and her ten-year-old son Jack move to Oxford to start a new life, Kate is determined that events of the past will not come back to haunt them. Despite the suffocating support she receives from her overbearing in-laws, she starts to feel threatened. Somehow her comfortable family home doesn't feel quite safe - it's almost as though someone is watching them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A compulsive listen

  • By Saffy on 08-07-13

A thoroughly good book

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

Reviewed: 21-02-15

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

Probably. I'm very choosy about my recomendations and this doesn't quite make the absolutely must listen list, but it's a good book and I did enjoy it.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It really was quite gripping and I constantly wanted to know what was going to heppen next.

Any additional comments?

Just how many times can things go wrong for someone? Stretch it too far and it might just be too much. I loved the story, wasn't quite so keen on the ending.The characters were good and the narration was excellent. A worthwhile listen.

  • 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 2,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459

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

An easy listen with an unrealistic ending

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

Reviewed: 21-02-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It takes no effort to listen to this book. It's short and sweet enough.

Would you recommend The Rosie Project to your friends? Why or why not?

No. There's nothing to recommend, and although the portayal of Aspergers started reasonably well, the ending was hideously unrealistic. The love of a woman doesn't cure Aspergers!

Any additional comments?

It was ok. I did kind of enjoy it, but it annoyed me at the same time. I won't be listening to the sequel.

  • No Child of Mine

  • By: Susan Lewis
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Alex Lake’s day job is all about helping people, especially children. She cares about them passionately and does everything in her power to rescue them from those who mean them harm. When the case of three-year-old Ottilie Wade comes to her attention, Alex finds herself completely unable to detach from the child the way she should. She feels an overpowering need to make a real difference in little Ottilie’s life, but no one is prepared to believe that Ottilie is in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping storytelling

  • By Saffy on 23-12-12

A powerful story

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

Reviewed: 21-02-15

What did you like most about No Child of Mine?

It deals with a very emotive subject and our misconceptions about it. Very sensitively written and beatifully narrated, it takes you on a journey with so many near misses, so many times when the story could have ended differently.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Far too long to listen in one go, but it definitely kept the interest going and I wanted to keep listening.

Any additional comments?

It took a little bit of time to get into the book at the start. Some of the start seemed irrelevant, but it wasn't and I am SO glad that I got past that because this really was an outstanding listen.