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  • Bricking It

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan, Heather Wilds
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

When siblings Dan and Hayley Daley inherit their late grandmother's derelict Victorian farmhouse, it seems like a dream come true. All they have to do is fix the place up and sell it for a tidy profit! Except - as anyone who has renovated an old house knows - things are never that easy. The walls are rapidly crumbling around them, the architect is a certified lunatic, the budget is spiraling...and then there's the disturbingly intelligent cow to worry about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Ann D on 05-06-16

Fantastic story, painful narration

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

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Bricking It to be better than the print version?

NOPE. Not at all. Napoleon Ryan and Heather Wilds's narration got on my nerves so I had to abandon it an carry on just with the book.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters, the pace, the HUMOUR! My God, I was laughing out loud throughout the whole book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Napoleon Ryan and Heather Wilds ’s performances?

I doubt it, though I'd listen to a whole sample and read the reviews carefully before saying no. Perhaps it wasn't up to them to sound so robotic and awkward.

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

"what could possibly go right?" or "Two siblings, one project, one cow..."

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read (or listen to if different narrators are involved) other books by the author.

  • Signs for Lost Children

  • By: Sarah Moss
  • Narrated by: Merield Scholfield
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Only weeks into their marriage, a young couple embark on a six-month period of separation. Tom Cavendish goes to Japan to build lighthouses, and his wife, Ally, a doctor, begins her work at the Truro asylum. As the couple navigate their separate professional trials, the foundations of their marriage begin to slip. An exquisite novel of the 1880s told in alternating parts: two maps of absence - two distinct but conjoined portraits of loneliness and determination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exploration of doors and chambers of heart & mind

  • By Rachel Redford on 15-08-16

Great sequel to a great book

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

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

I love the depth of the characters and their personal journeys. Ally continues to make her way in the world as one of the first female doctors in the UK and focusing on an underdeveloped aspect of medical science: the treatment of psychiatric patients. And her personal life has changed a lot compared to the last book and keeps changing throughout this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Signs for Lost Children?

When Ally's visit to Manchester comes to an end. Also, Tom's journey through Japan was incredible.

What about Merield Scholfield’s performance did you like?

It was completely unobtrusive. And by that, I don't mean that it wasn't memorable. Even a great narrator can sometimes make me feel that they're obstructing the flow of the story, but not her. I thoroughly enjoyed her style.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, I did. It made me cry a couple of times. It moved me deeply and it was one of those books leaves me thinking about it even when I'm already halfway through the next one. The personal journeys the characters go through and their emotions are so well described, that at times I felt what they were feeling. And I find some of the things they go through so relatable! I've been through a couple of those situations and I couldn't believe the author's ability to capture the emotions and thought they provoked.

  • The Stranger from the Sea

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1810-1811: Poldark, Book 8
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

The Stranger from the Sea is the eighth novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, 1810. The Poldark family awaits the return of Ross from his mission to Wellington's army in Portugal. But their ordered existence ends with Jeremy Poldark's dramatic rescue of the stranger from the sea. Stephen Carrington's arrival in the Poldark household changes all their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic as usual

  • By Celticprincess on 29-11-16

Fantastic as usual

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

Would you listen to The Stranger from the Sea again? Why?

I probably will in a few years, yes. I love the story and the narration they go together perfectly.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Stranger from the Sea?

I find this question very tricky. How can you share what you found memorable without ruining for others? I hate to be told even the slightest detail about books I haven't -but want- to read. I'm going to ignore this one as I usually do.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Again, difficult without including spoilers. For some reason, I loved the scenes where Geoffrey Charles appears and the build-up to the decision by the mine shareholders.

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

Poldark: Next Generation

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  • Ross Poldark

  • Poldark, Book 1
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Tired from a grim war in America, Ross Poldark returns to his land and his family. But the joyful homecoming he has anticipated turns sour, for his father is dead, his estate is derelict, and the girl he loves is engaged to his cousin. But his sympathy for the destitute miners and farmers of the district leads him to rescue a half-starved urchin girl from a fairground brawl and take her home - an act which alters the whole course of his life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't tell...

  • By Amanda Isbell on 13-04-15

I’m a huge fan of the books and the narrator!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

If you could sum up Ross Poldark in three words, what would they be?

Complex, believable, enthralling

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Ross, but I love how gutsy Demelza is

What does Oliver J. Hembrough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I really think his narration is excellent. I love how he plays certain characters (Prudie for example)

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

The whole book is quite moving. I find that Ross and his inner turmoil touch something in me. Even though my life isn't as eventful, I do find that I can relate to some things that he feels when he's in certain situations.

Any additional comments?

Even though the main plot is as far from my reality as it could be, I find that the emotions of the characters are extremely relatable. I Love that certain situations -and the characters' resulting emotions- are not simplified like some other authours may do, things are not always black and white and Graham knew how to work with that.

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  • Dragonfly In Amber

  • Outlander, Book 2
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,054

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant follow up

  • By Rachel on 17-08-08

It’s so packed with action it felt like 3 books

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Where does Dragonfly In Amber rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bang in the middle. The story is fantastic, the narration decent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dragonfly In Amber?

One and without spoilers? That's difficult. There were many memorable moments in this intense and action-packed book

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, but it was nothing extraordinary

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

Hold on tight!!

Any additional comments?

This was the last one I truly liked from this series, I lost interest mid-way through the third book.

  • A Day at the Office

  • By: Matt Dunn
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

Julie kissed Mark at the office Christmas party. She doesn’t seem to remember but he’s not been able to forget. What better day to jog her memory than Valentine’s Day? Calum’s found the girl of his dreams on the internet. Trouble is, he’s not been completely honest about himself. Tonight he’s meeting her for the first time but will it also be the last? Nathan’s organized his usual Anti-Valentine’s party for the office singletons. Sophie’s going - again. Though this year, if she gets her way, they might just be leaving together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like listening to the football scores

  • By Catspaws on 16-02-16

Lovely feel-good story... dreadful narration

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Where does A Day at the Office rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very, very low...

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Day at the Office?

The shaving bit....

Would you be willing to try another one of James Clamp’s performances?

NO, not ever... dreadful performance! So robotic!

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

Not listen. Read? yes...

Any additional comments?

It could've been a great audiobook if a better narrator had been chosen. I stopped listening after a while and switched to only reading. It was terrible!

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  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,939
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,753

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Interesting story lovely narration

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Miniaturist to be better than the print version?

I usually enjoy books narrated by their authors very much, and this was no exception. If the author is a good at it, it adds another level to the experience. You get to listen to the story as it was created, they know what to stress and what the pace was intended to be. This was one of those cases, it was made more enjoyable by the author’s narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Petronella, I found her a loveable character.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Difficult to say without posting spoilers!

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

Again, I can't say without giving away important bits.

Any additional comments?

When I read the mixed reviews I sort of see where they are coming from, but I still believe this book is underrated. It's better than some give it credit for, but there's no accounting for taste, right?

  • How to Fall in Love

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

A thoughtful, captivating and ultimately uplifting novel from this uniquely talented author. She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love - with his own life. Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate - but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him that before then she can show him life is worth living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% pure pleasure

  • By Kaggy on 25-01-14

Lovely, sweet story. Great narration

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

Reviewed: 22-10-16

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

Yes, if they like chick lit. Even though it does have some predictable things (as all chick lit does), the story is different and funny. Some characters are hilarious while others would've felt like cartoons but after the recent developments in British and American life and politics, those seem real enough. It could've easily idealised something that in reality is far from simple, but it didn't. It was fantastic. It was a thoroughly enjoyable story.

What other book might you compare How to Fall in Love to, and why?

Well, other books like the author ("Thanks for the Memories", comes to mind for some reason). But also -with big differences- it made me think of books by Marian Keyes and other by Matt Dunn (though I still have to pinpoint the reason).

What about Aoife McMahon’s performance did you like?

She has a sweet voice and the cadence is lovely. I didn't find anything that got on my nerves at all (high compliment as there is always something) and I loved her marked but soft Irish accent that didn't sound like she was mocking (I've come across those, too), it made me a bit homesick. She gave the characters the right voices and portrayed their personalities so well.

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

Yes!!! Unfortunately, I couldn't but I did change my plans on Saturday to stay home and finish it!

Any additional comments?

If you've never read (or listened) to anything by Cecelia Ahern, give her a chance. It's chick lit, but deeper that most (except maybe from Marian Keyes's books) but it'll still give you that feel-good-chick-lit feeling minus the feeling that you've lost a couple of brain cells.

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  • A Wizard of Earthsea

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

When Sparrowhawk casts a spell that saves his village from destruction at the hands of the invading Kargs, Ogion, the Mage of Re Albi, encourages the boy to apprentice himself in the art of wizardry. So, at the age of 13, the boy receives his true name - Ged - and gives himself over to the gentle tutelage of the Master Ogion. But impatient with the slowness of his studies and infatuated with glory, Ged embarks for the Island of Roke, where the highest arts of wizardry are taught.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbeatable fantasy classic

  • By Macwoman on 13-04-15

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

Would you listen to A Wizard of Earthsea again? Why?

Yes, I would. It became an instant favourite with me :)

What did you like best about this story?

The "bad guy"...

Which character – as performed by Rob Inglis – was your favourite?

Vetch! Definitely.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

If really felt Ged's desperation and urgency during the quest...

Any additional comments?

I read/listened to this for the first time now that I'm in my thirties. I regret not reading it when I was a teenager.

  • The Angry Tide

  • A Novel of Cornwall 1798-1799: Poldark, Book 7
  • By: Winston Graham
  • Narrated by: Oliver J. Hembrough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152

The Angry Tide is the seventh novel in Winston Graham's sweeping series of Cornwall, Poldark. Cornwall, towards the end of the 18th century. Ross Poldark sits for the borough of Truro as Member of Parliament - his time divided between London and Cornwall, his heart divided about his wife, Demelza.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this saga!

  • By Celticprincess on 29-09-16

I love this saga!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

If you could sum up The Angry Tide in three words, what would they be?

I
Can't
Even

What did you like best about this story?

As usual with these novels I love how human relations are not unidimensional. Many authors tend to present the character's relationships and feelings as a bit extreme so that they seem caricatures. In these novels, the characters seem so real

What does Oliver J. Hembrough bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The cadence and the accents! He's a wonderful narrator and it's such a pleasure listening to him.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me cry or laugh, but it did make me reflect on my own relationship with those close to me.

Any additional comments?

These books make me happy! I don't know why, but they do.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful