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  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,340

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

A little contrived but very fun.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

A very gentle and evenly-paced book that tells the story of, probably, the most incredible man on Earth (in both senses of the word "incredible"). A fun book with it's tongue firmly in-cheek throughout.



The narrator really brings the story alive and does justic to all manner of people.



A good read.

  • Swan Song

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 34 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long but worth the effort

  • By Rob on 19-11-12

Apocalyptic epic

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This is a fantastic book; the only reason I haven't given it a fill five stars is that tha narrator doesn't really do it justice. Great chracters, epic story and an underlying current of disquiet.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Great read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-12

I bought this book because I enjoyed American Gods so much and, while there are some strong links between the two books (Anansi), they could not be more different.



The story has tonnes of the charm and imagination that you come to expect from a Neil Gaiman story. I found myself caring about the characters (even the antagonists) who are riddled with personality flaws, conflicts and other baggage. The settings are so vividly described that it was hard not to get lost in the settings.



Lenny Henry makes for a surprisingly excellent narrator for this book - his range of accents is incredible and leads to a very immersive experience. He even pulls-off a posh blazer-wearing middle-aged white guy very well.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,438

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasingly long

  • By Felix on 24-08-05

A very English novel

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-12

This is an absolutely fantastic book. It's written in a gentle, rambling style that seems to epitomise the style and pace of Georgian high society. The narration really emphasises the whole experience and brings a thorough credibility to the reading.



The magic is imaginative throughout and is a far cry from the banal and obvious spells one tends to find in other stories of sorcery. The characters are richly portrayed with very distinct personalities and affectations. The settings and events are also put-across very well and the author has obviously made some great effort to research the era.



All-in-all, I was left wanting more. I want to know more of the main characters, of The Raven King, the lands of Faerie and how the revival of English magic unfolds. While a complete story in itself, there's a presentiment of greater things to come - I do hope there's a sequel.

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    Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
    81 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • Little Hands Clapping

  • By: Dan Rhodes
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

In a room above a bizarre German museum lives the Old Man. Caretaker of the museum by day, by night he enjoys the sound of silence, broken by the occasional crunch of a spider between his blackened teeth. Little Hands Clapping brings together the Old Man with the respectable Doctor Ernst Frohlicher, his greedy dog Hans, and a cast of grotesque and hilarious townsfolk, all of whose lives are thrown together as the town uncovers a crime so outrageous that it will shock the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Curious, dark, creepy and delightful.

  • By Mr on 06-03-12

Curious, dark, creepy and delightful.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-12

What a wonderful book; heart-warming and creepy in equal measure. Kris Dyer's narration lends the perfect tone to this book, giving it a quietly sinister and pensive air throughout. The storytelling kept me listening, both in rapt delight and ghoulish curiosity.

Definitely looking forward to more from this author.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful