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  • Sailing Alone Around the World

  • By: Joshua Slocum
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

Challenged by an expert who said it couldn’t be done, Joshua Slocum, a fearless New England sea captain, set out in April 1895 to prove that a man could sail alone around the world. A little over three years and forty-six thousand miles later, the proof was complete. This is Slocum’s own account of his remarkable adventures during the historic voyage of the Spray.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stylishly written, charming, and witty.

  • By Louis Hall on 17-07-18

Stylishly written, charming, and witty.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I really enjoyed the authors sense of humour. It comes out again and again. He has a lovely relaxed style of writing that is enhanced by the narrators voice. I felt like I was gliding round the world on the wind with him. It was a bit light on detail. I would have been quite happy for it to have been double the length.

One of the most enjoyable, and stylishly written books I have listened to on audible. A hidden gem, and a book anyone would enjoy.

  • Catch 22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Trevor White
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182

At the heart of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Keith on 25-05-09

Long winded, extremely repetitive dialog.

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

I wanted to like this classic. I can't. The dialog between characters is like filler for each chapter. This book is SO long and repetitive it really doesn't need filler.

"you said X"
"no you said X, i said Y"
"Y! Why Y; what about X"
"WHAT DO YOU MEAN X, I MEANT Y"
"Yes Y! Y is the best"
"But you said X?!"

On and on and on and on and on.

The subject matter has been done better by others since. It may have started a genre, but since then, others have done it so much better. Bits of it are a little thought provoking, others are a little bit funny, but only funny like watching Friends.
I asked friends and family what they though of the book, all (five) bar one, thought that it was beyond tedious.

  • Made in America

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 487

In Made in America, Bryson de-mythologizes his native land, explaining how a dusty hamlet with neither woods nor holly became Hollywood, how the Wild West wasn't won, why Americans say 'lootenant' and 'Toosday', how Americans were eating junk food long before the word itself was cooked up, as well as exposing the true origins of the G-string, the original $64,000 question, and Dr Kellogg of cornflakes fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A history of America through its language

  • By Tom on 12-05-10

Feels like a text book.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Devoid of the Bryson's usual charm and wit. This book sadly felt like a text book with some mildly interesting factoids. It made for quite turgid listening. Essential reading pedants everywhere.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,643
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,633

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Not the Martian

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

A light and fun listen. A slightly kitsch action packed detective adventure novel. Incomparable to the Martian. I enjoyed the narration and the fast paced story line.
A perfect throw away after you have finished book for a long journey or a listen by the pool on holiday.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood of Elves

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

For more than a hundred years humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races once again fight each other - and themselves: dwarves are killing their kinsmen, and elves are murdering humans and elves, at least those elves who are friendly to humans... Into this tumultuous time is born a child for whom the witchers of the world have been waiting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, if you read them all.

  • By Filip on 09-10-16

Hard to see what he fuss is about

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Good narrator. Shame tepid plot. An audio book for young teens maybe?

The characters were pretty basic and predictable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wasp Factory

  • By: Iain Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 416

The Wasp Factory is a bizarre, imaginative, disturbing, and darkly comic look into the mind of a child psychopath - one of the most infamous of contemporary Scottish novels. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • PERFECT

  • By GOGS on 14-10-08

Brilliant and disturbing

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Banks at his best. Very dark, very funny, brutally honest and tart writing. Peter Kenny’s narration does justice to Banks' brilliance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crow Road

  • By: Iain Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach. Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God, and illegal substances.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly enjoyable

  • By Rachel on 07-04-13

I love Banks, but not unconditionally.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

I read and loved every one of the culture novels, I loved the wasp factory, and I will continue to read his fiction.

This is well written, and funny in places. but overall it is mind numbingly boring. Out of deference to his brilliance as a writer I soldiered on. But even listening to someone else reading it was arduous. I almost never give up on books, let alone audio books. This is an exception. At the half way point I have given in. It is a long book, and even by this point there is nothing like a clear plot to follow.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows in Bronze

  • Falco, Book 2
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

I was the new boy, so they saddled me with the worst jobs.' Rome, AD 71. Against his better judgement, Falco secretly disposes of a decayed corpse for the Emperor Vespasian, then heads for the beautiful Bay of Naples with his best friend Petronius. He conveniently forgets to mention to his companion that this will be no holiday. They have been sent to investigate the murderous members of a failed coup, now sunning themselves in luxurious villas and on fancy yachts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story, performed by pensioner!

  • By ms.A on 30-03-16

The narrator is not a patch on the original.

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

A lot of the dry humour is lost in this book from stilted narration. The main personality of the main character seems lost on Gordon Griffin. It is still a good story, and the characters are very well written. Might read, rather than listen to the next instalment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Literally could not put it down!

  • By Emily on 11-08-17

To many mortals

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

Slow start decent finish. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the previous two.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The North Water

  • By: Ian McGuire
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594

Behold the man: Stinking, drunk, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaling ship bound for the hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to embark as ship's medic on this ill-fated voyage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A glorious and disturbing assault on the senses

  • By Kaggy on 21-02-17

Starts very very well. Becomes predictable quickly

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

Reviewed: 21-06-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Less use of the f word. I swear a lot. but every single character in this book says f**k every other word. It grates after a while.

I would change the ending. It’s not very sophisticated.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ian McGuire? Why or why not?

I would be willing to try one.

Did John Keating do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He has a really great voice naturally. His accents are almost charmingly bad. He has several stock English accents. One is a high pitched cockney that makes the character sound mentally deficient, which at first is particularly amusing, but later is just irritating. His Scottish accent seems to wander from Irish to Scottish to English. He uses exactly the same accents for several characters.

Was The North Water worth the listening time?

Just about. 6.5 out of 10

2 of 3 people found this review helpful