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  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but Yoruba Speaker please!

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-03-18

Can't wait for the next in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Absolutely brilliant, the narrator makes it so real. Can't say more without giving too much away, so simply listen to it yourself and that I can feel a film coming on ( which I hope will not ruin the story).

  • Mary Barton

  • A Tale of Manchester Life
  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Elizabeth Gaskell's remarkable first novel, Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life portrays a love that defies the rigid boundaries of class with tragic consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely listen!

  • By Daniel on 16-10-15

loved every single minute

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I listened to this in one long session it was so good.

Narration was truly brilliant, as are all audio books done by Juliet Stevenson.

It was actually an easy listen and held my interest to the final word.

Certainly on my list of 'listen again'.

  • Beyond Black

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad, Beautiful and Dreamlike

  • By Ova Incekaraoglu on 05-08-18

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Would you try another book written by Hilary Mantel or narrated by Anna Betinck?

I've listened to Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies so I can't say I would not listen to other books by Hilary Mantel but I will definitely steer clear of any follow up to Beyond The black. The characters were weak as was the book. It may have been better to get it down to about half the size as it appears to be stuffed full of waffle and repetition. The idea may have been interesting, indeed it was the idea that attracted me to the book, but it died in the book. Anna Betinck did her best but there was no way any narrator could have improved the listen.

What will your next listen be?

Adam Bede - George Eliot.

What character would you cut from Beyond Black?

Almost all of them

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  • The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 81 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 60

Ever since Colin Firth's Mr Darcy emerged from the lake in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, the novels of Jane Austen have become more popular than ever, delighting millions of fans all over the world. Now, Alison Larkin's critically acclaimed narrations of Austen's six completed novels are brought together in this very special 200th anniversary audio edition. "Alison Larkin's narration will captivate listeners from the first sentence" raves AudioFile magazine about the Earphones Award-winning recording of Sense and Sensibility, which starts the collection.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All in one place

  • By Ramona Toy on 11-02-18

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

If you could sum up The Complete Novels : Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion in three words, what would they be?

Not three words. I decided to catch up with those books which were compulsory school reading matter and which I managed to avoid by simply 'bunking' off school. Very happy to see that all the novels of Jane Austen are available in one download and amazingly for one credit. I really did enjoy them, I don't think I would have done at school though.

What about Alison Larkin’s performance did you like?

Alison Larkin's narration was excellent. She performed each character so well that they were easily identifiable. I've returned quite a few books because a narrators voice either doesn't fit the characters or becomes tedious and grating to listen to, definitly not so with Alison Larkin.

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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,009

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Top marks in all aspects

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

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl with All the Gifts to be better than the print version?

I cannot compare them, but the audio version is magnificent and I can't imagine how anything can improve on it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Miss Justineau, she was not afraid to admit mistakes and was brave enough to take on her final new responsibility

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

No, this was the first one and immediately checked for others which she had narrated, sadly there wasn't another book that I would read at the moment. When my children are a little older I will be returning to some of those she has narrated.

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

It would be a brilliant idea for a dark animation, I have no idea of a tag line though.

Any additional comments?

An excellent read, I really do recommend it.