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  • Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light

  • By: Stan Lee, Kat Rosenfield, Created by Stan Lee, and others
  • Narrated by: Yara Shahidi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

What is more real? A world we are born into or one we create for ourselves? Legendary creator, master storyteller, and cultural icon Stan Lee sets off into a new universe in search of answers to some of the most pressing questions of our time! The only question left: Will you join him on this journey?  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A disappointing & predictable story

  • By RStreet on 11-07-19

Great, thought-provoking start

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

4.75 Stars

While this has some similarities to other stories I have read this has genuinely interesting characters that I cared about, an engrossing plot that caused me to listen to it in one sitting and until well after midnight. As well as that it was a plot that made me think about how we depend upon and use technology in the real world too. The narration was good too.

I really hope they decide to carry on releasing what Stan Lee has been working on prior to his death as I for one want to find out what happens next.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nevermoor

  • The Trials of Morrigan Crow, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 222

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-02-18

A middle-grade with universal appeal

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

5 Stars

This book was brilliant! I can see why it's compared to Harry Potter. I also saw hints of My Neighbour Totoro as well. Despite that it was its own story full of magic, intrigue and tension with interesting characters. When I was listening it I was hooked and times when I wasn't listening it I was wondering what was going to happen next and trying to find any excuse to continue listening it. Great narration too. I can't wait to experience the next book now and hoping that there are more on the way because I love the world within this book.

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,956
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,952

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

This was great!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

5 Stars

This book... what can I say. This is one of the most intriguing books I have ever experienced. Genuinely interesting characters, a story that drops you straight into the thick of it so you're as confused as the main protagonist and drags you along for a great ride with great narration by Jot. I will be recommending this to others for a long time. This is a book that has to be experienced to appreciate just how good it is.

  • The Idiot Brain

  • A Neuroscientist Explains What Your Head Is Really up To
  • By: Dean Burnett
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

Why do you lose arguments with people who know MUCH LESS than you? Why can you recognise that woman, from that thing...but can't remember her name? And why, after your last break-up, did you find yourself in the foetal position on the sofa for days, moving only to wipe the snot and tears haphazardly from your face? Here's why: the idiot brain. For something supposedly so brilliant and evolutionarily advanced, the human brain is pretty messy, fallible and disorganised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! A much needed explanation. Thank you 😊

  • By Big G on 25-02-17

Great introduction to how the brain works

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

5 Stars

I have always been fascinated by the brain and mind so I picked this up and I am so glad I did. This was aimed at the general public rather than someone who already has a background in neuroscience yet it never felt infodumpy or patronising. The examples used made the points raised within the book relatable, the narration was great and the humour made it a joy to experience and wasn't overdone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • H Is For Hawk

  • By: Helen MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Helen MacDonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 485

"Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson PrizeShortlisted for the 2014 Costa Biography Award‘. In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they’re the birdwatchers’ dark grail.’ As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Autobiography, superb audiobook.

  • By Chris Lilly on 30-01-15

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

3.5 Stars

I'm really torn when I think about this book. The parts that focused on T.H. White were overbearing and although I know he was a big influence to Helen but I felt that she spent the majority of her book gushing about his books and adaptations to the point where I felt like I was listening to all of his books rather than one of Helen's and it also spoilt The Sword in the Stone for me as I had not seen the Disney film yet.

However, the bits where Helen focused on her own story were great. How she talked about grief struck a chord with me and I absolutely loved hearing her narrate her journey with Mabel and how it helped her deal with her grief. Those parts were why I wanted to experience the book and if there had been more focus on that rather than T.H. White I would have liked it more and rated it higher than I have.

  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kristin Hvam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329

Common enemy, common cause. When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz...something is happening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magical entrancing writing at its best.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-09-17

Slightly disappointing conclusion.

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

Story 3.75 Stars

For me this series felt like the more of it I consumedthe more steam it lost so to say. Not that I didn't enjoy it because I did. I devoured the first one in one sitting and was an instant 5 star read, the second was a 4 star read, the novella was a disappointment at 2.5 stars then this, while better wasn't the best.

I just felt like after everything that went down in the series including this, the concluding book the ending felt a little too easy come by and rushed.

Despite my slight disappointment in this book I must say that the book was still a pleasure to read because of Laini's writing style so it's still worth experiencing for that alone.

  • The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

  • By: Christopher Skaife
  • Narrated by: Christopher Skaife
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

For centuries, the Tower of London has been home to a group of famous avian residents: the ravens. Each year they are seen by millions of visitors, and they have become as integral a part of the Tower as its ancient stones themselves. But their role is even more important than that - legend has it that if the ravens should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust, and great harm will befall the kingdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never underestimate a raven again

  • By Toni on 17-11-18

You'll never underestimate a raven again

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

5 Stars

Ever since first seeing The Crow in 2004 I've always been fascinated by ravens and my dad worked at the Tower of London as a chef at some point, likely before I was born so when I discovered this book I just had to listen to it. I expected to like it but I ended up loving it!

It's a great balanced mixture of autobiography, history of the Tower and the ravens who reside there as well as a great insight into the raven itself coverings biology and culture as well as the myths and legends surrounding the birds.

I found it fascinating, funny, intriguing, heartwarming and heartbreaking while meeting Chris, learning about how he came to work at the tower and the 7 ravens he looks after and hearing about all their adventures and misadventures together. Christopher 's love, enthusiasm and sense of humour was clear to hear in his narration and that made it a joy to listen to.

Ravens are truly fascinating birds and in some ways, capable of more human traits than the majority of us realise. This book only served to further my fascination with ravens and I hope that I'll get a chance to see them up close one day.

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  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,085

Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we have invented this concept, and now we let it rule us. Rest has become a dirty word, and our idea of satisfaction is answering the last email. We're sleepwalking through our own lives. Ruby Wax shows us how to wake up from this stupor with a scientific solution to modern problems: mindfulness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathetic

  • By maria on 20-02-16

Accessible, enlightening and funny

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

5 Stars

This was my first time experiencing a Ruby Wax book and it won't be my last. Everything was explained in an easy to understand way but was never once patronising. Combine that with Ruby's humour and personal experiences it was a joy to listen to and helped me understand myself a little more. Although things like this are usually easier said than done this is definitely something that I want to try so I will definitely be dipping in and out of this from time to time in the future.

  • From Here to Eternity

  • Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 130

As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity, she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. She meets Bolivian ñatitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls) and introduces us to the Japanese ritual of kotsuage, in which relatives use chopsticks to pluck their loved ones' bones from cremation ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-02-18

Thought Provoking

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

5 Stars

Just with Caitlin Doughty's first book Smoke Gets in Your Eyes I thought this was fascinating. I loved hearing about the death rituals and cultures from various places worldwide. Some seemed bizarre, some seemed slightly sickening and others made complete sense. Whatever I thought if each different country's approach it made me realise that the western world are so behind the rest of the world because death is still a taboo here and very much hidden from the public eye. Hearing about the countries that have vastly more public involvement than that found in the UK or US has made me realise that our hide-all-but-absolutely-necessary approach is likely why we still fear death and have little to no idea of what happens to our bodies after death because people here feel it's not something that should be talked about.

We need to change this and with this books candid but humourous look at death we can begin to make the changes we need for death to no longer be a taboo. One slight warning however. If you have never watched and want to watch Psycho without being spoiled watch Psycho before diving into this.

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Stephen on 09-01-11

An atmosphere that sticks to you

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Story - 4.5 Stars

So I had planned to consume this before watching the Netflix adaption but I ended up watching the series first and my fiance and I binged that over 3 sittings (and that was us trying to spread it out and make it last). Anyway after watching it I just had to experience the book.

Apart from Mrs Montague really annoying the heck out of me and it genuinely making me feel sorry for Mr Montague and question why he hadn't filed for divorce yet I loved it and devoured it in a single sitting!

While it was a fairly slow start for a short book I felt that helped build atmosphere and develop characters and while it wasn't particularly scary there was something about the atmosphere that Shirley created that I loved that was aided by really good narration.

I found it had a very subtle but sneaky ingraining sense of foreboding and claustrophobia with a side serving of sanity-doubting confusion that left me feeling as if I've just walked through a spider's web and am now unsure as to whether it is still dangling precariously from the wall or whether it has in fact attached itself to me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful