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  • The Secret Scripture

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital where's she spent most of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks with her psychiatrist, Dr. Greene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story with exceptional narration

  • By Patricia on 26-07-15

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

What a beautifully written novel. Really quite stunning. It builds slowly to its searing conclusion, across the landscape of a difficult part of Irish history and Irish social change. Loved it, highly recommended. Hogan is the perfect reader.

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All - star treasure island

  • By Mikey on 17-08-17

Great production

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

There may be some sense this would be a simple adventure tale but it is much better than that. Missed reading it as a kid and this rendition is superb.

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  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

'I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.' Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance but slow and slightly dull

  • By DAN on 12-11-18

Unique character

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Some of the canon books for me are better than the recent Last Jedi movie, Bloodlines, Catalyst and the two Thrawn novels. It is great to see the Star Wars world expand into this territory.

Thrawn is a particularly excellent addition to the canon, let’s hope he enters the movies. This novel is as good as the first and touches on Vader in the best way I have read outside of the Skywalker saga.

  • Leonardo Da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An art history course in a book

  • By Nando Cuca on 14-11-17

What a life that man lived

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

The theme of this book is the extent to which Leonardo’s curiosity about life was above any other individual probably in history. Isaacson traces his whole life through his extant notebooks, finished and unfinished works and contemporary and other biography. You would be hard pressed to find a more interesting life than Leonardo’s and to be honest I’ve never read a more powerful biography. Absolutely loved it.

  • Dictator

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 852

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Mary Carnegie on 27-11-15

Excellent conclusion

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The last few years of Cicero’s life, from approximately the Rubicon onwards. Provides almost narrative history while capturing an engaging Cicero and a tumultuous Rome. Caesar has a small part but is appropriately mysterious, chilling and urbane. Reading this would make you want to start the trilogy again. Rintoul is one of the best narrators in the game.

  • The Gathering

  • By: Anne Enright
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather together in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him-although that certainly helped-it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly crafted novel

  • By Helen on 04-05-10

Superb

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

A sumptuous novel that explores a family at a time of grief and mourning. Enright spoke in an interview about ensuring that a novel was not too concerned with plot at the expense of character development or engaging with a distinct voice. This very much achieves that aim and does so with, in fairness, an hilarious voice. Great stuff. Fiona Shaw provides a stellar read.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs

  • The Untold Story of a Lost World
  • By: Steve Brusatte
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Sixty-six million years ago the dinosaurs were wiped from the face of the earth. Today a new generation of dinosaur hunters, armed with cutting-edge technology, is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs created a hugely successful empire that lasted for around 150 million years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable.

  • By G. Morgan on 13-05-18

Pre-history at its best

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

Reviewed: 26-06-18

An outstanding walk through the life and times of the dinosaurs that captures everything you could want of their story. Filled with interest nuggets it is both entertainment and academic, which are not easily brought together.

I think above all his passion for the topic and interest in their story ring most solidly. Loved it, very much recommended.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 555

Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other, for no one but Saunders could conceive it. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved 11-year-old son, Willie, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake

  • By L on 13-07-17

Poetic, fantastic

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Probably one of the strangest novels I have ever listened to, while also being beautiful, poetic, intense, dreamlike and above all heart-rending. At times it infuriated me and at times it told a tale of loss that is among the finest I have ever read.

It was well worth it’s Booker win. I feel it is best listened to over reading as the cast bring it to life and much of the novel is dialogue.

  • From a Low and Quiet Sea

  • By: Donal Ryan
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Gerry O'Brien, Ramon Tikaram
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 54

Random House presents the audiobook edition of From a Low and Quiet Sea by Donal Ryan, read by Stephen Hogan, Gerry O'Brien and Ramon Tikaram. Farouk’s country has been torn apart by war. Lampy’s heart has been laid waste by Chloe. John’s past torments him as he nears his end. The refugee. The dreamer. The penitent. From war-torn Syria to small-town Ireland, three men, scarred by all they have loved and lost, are searching for some version of home. Each is drawn towards a powerful reckoning, one that will bring them together in the most unexpected of ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strong and Poetic

  • By Hugh M. Clarke on 14-05-18

Funny, sad, powerful

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

Three interweaving stories that conclude in a thin enough way. I think the point that stood out the most for me was how funny the middle story was, excellently told, of a young Irish man and his mundane life and how sad the first story was in its long quiet move from a town in Syria to a Greek island (and what that journey means). Very much recommend.

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  • The Road to Unfreedom

  • By: Timothy Snyder
  • Narrated by: Timothy Snyder
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Road to Unfreedom, written and read by Timothy Snyder. The past is another country, the old saying goes. The same might be said of the future. But which country? For Europeans and Americans today, the answer is Russia.Today's Russia is an oligarchy propped up by illusions and repression. But it also represents the fulfilment of tendencies already present in the West. And if Moscow's drive to dissolve Western states and values succeeds, this could become our reality, too. In this visionary work of contemporary history, Timothy Snyder shows how Russia works within the West to destroy the West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the few times I wish there was a sixth star

  • By Alan R on 09-05-18

Great thesis

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Comprehensively argued thesis of two forms of politics and how they apply to Russia, Europe and America. Russian exportation of their politics to the US and how same worked to undermine American politics. Excellent. Much new for me on the Trump / Russia story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful