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  • Divergent

  • (Divergent, Book 1)
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405

For 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…. A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy reading

  • By Diane on 08-07-14

Easy reading

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

I purchased this book as I had seen the film, and it did not disappoint.
The screenplay remained true to the book. It was easy to read but descriptive and engrossing. Listed as a book for teenagers, I found it enjoyable in the lack of adult themes. With an open mind, give it a try.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What did you like most about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

The book is written with so much detail that you can picture the whole thing, even down to timings. This is the first of the trilogy - you really need to go for broke and get them all!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

The story builds to quite a climax - not one I expected.

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

I could not stop listening - every possible moment I spent with the headphones. Yes, antisocial, but so worth it.

Any additional comments?

Everything about this was excellent. It may take a little time to warm to the narrator, but he does an excellent job, given the Swedish names etc. Do give the whole trilogy a try!

The Northern Clemency
    
    
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        Philip Hensher
    
    


    
    
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        Carole Boyd
    
    


    
    Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
    38 ratings
    Overall 4.1
  • The Northern Clemency

  • By: Philip Hensher
  • Narrated by: Carole Boyd
  • Length: 25 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Beginning in 1974 and ending with the fading of Thatcher's government in 1996, The Northern Clemency is Philip Hensher's epic portrait of an entire era, a novel concerned with the lives of ordinary people and history on the move. Set in Sheffield, it charts the relationship between two families: Malcolm and Katherine Glover and their three children; and their neighbours the Sellers family, newly arrived from London so that Bernie can pursue his job with the Electricity Board.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • English Franzen

  • By Mrs G on 06-01-11

Features Sheffield

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

I selected this book as it was based in Sheffield, my nearest City. Descriptions took me on a journey around areas I know quite well, and most characters had substance. What spoiled it for me was the time lapses - I had to re-listened to some parts several times as they seemed a little un-connected. I felt the conclusion was a little rushed. Worth a listen to draw your own conclusions however.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Duma Key

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642

A man discovers an incredible talent for painting after a freak accident in which he loses an arm. He moves to a "new life" in Duma Key, off Florida's West Coast - a deserted strip, part beach, part weed-tangled reef, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Here, Freemantle is inspired to paint the amazing sunsets. But soon the paintings become predictive, even dangerous.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Duma

  • By Seamus on 15-10-08

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Worth listening - a thought provoking book, very well written, as always, from Stephen King. Another usual concept with absorbing characters.

Any additional comments?

Unfortunately I listened to this book after 11.22.63 which was amazing, so I don't think I really gave it a fair try. I will listen to it again, and may review again.

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,053

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Wow

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

Reviewed: 02-07-13

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

Excellent book. Very well constructed, and engaging from the outset. What a concept! The whole idea becomes so real, as do the characters. Do give it a listen.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Difficult to tell you without giving away the story - I am sure you will find several favourite parts of your own though.

Any additional comments?

A totally enthralling book. Now listened to it 4 times, and I hear something new each time.