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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,899
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,887

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Human spirit and strength at its best

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I seriously enjoyed this Audible book, Richard Armitage has such a wonderful way of interpreting each character, it is hard not to get drawn in by his voice and tone.
As for the actually story of Lale and Gita - it is unbelievable how two people can find love in such an inhospitable and harrowing place. I have been to the camps and have felt the latent misery that resides there even now decades later, so imagining it in full swing whilst listening to this was awful. The reality for so many people and how even in the darkest paces whilst surviving some of the darkest choices and occurrences people can still find a place of hope and understanding.
I want every single one of my students to read this book and to imagine the choices these two young people had to make when they were not much older than them.
The narrative was spellbinding and the additions at the end explaining how everyone ended their stories was wonderful.
I would recommend this book wholeheartedly as it is heartwarming and harrowing in equal doses. Lale and Gita make it but some people don’t and reliving those losses and the subsequent gains of survival and strength makes it possible to put your own life in perspective in a way.

  • Ep. 9: IX (Six Degrees of Assassination)

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

MI5 Chief Counter Terrorism Officer, Alex Cartwright and his partner Ellen Townsend, come a step closer to exposing corruption at the heart of the establishment — and identifying the true killers of John Campbell, Britain's Prime Minister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Sarah H on 19-11-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

I enjoyed the production and the actors were believable and well cast. I found some points in the narrative annoying very telling etc but all in all excellent. The plotline was interesting and fun. You definitely get a thrill ride...the twists and turns happened at just the right moment and the summation was accurate and satisfying.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By madeleine davitt on 06-05-18

Wonderful mythology reimagined

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

I enjoyed this reimagining of Circe and her life - 'historically'accurate but with an added extra of being able to hear Circe's thought and decisions and therefore being able to understand her choices and actions. it was a bit slow at times but worth the push. The narrator was good she did at times become monotonous in her tone but overallsheconveyed the millenia and the depths of time through this tone.

  • The Photographer's Wife

  • By: Nick Alexander
  • Narrated by: Annie Aldington, Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Barbara - a child of the Blitz - has more secrets than she cares to admit. She has protected her children from the harsh realities of life and told them little of the poverty of her childhood, nor of the darker side of her marriage to one of Britain's most famous photographers. With such an incomplete picture, her youngest, Sophie, has struggled to understand who her parents really are, and in turn, Barbara sometimes worries, to build her own identity.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Male perspective narrated by women

  • By Sarah H on 11-09-18

A Male perspective narrated by women

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I have to say that i was enjoying the journey I was taking with Barbara and her family in war torn London. However, when we moved to 'present day' London andmet Sophie I was lost. The narrator's American accent was shocking and I was even more put off by the writing. The intimate scenes between Sophie and Brett were quite frankly written by a man as a woman. They were definitely written for and from the Male Gaze. I eventually decided I wanted to find out what happened to Barbara not Sophie and tried to force myself to finish it. But I failed I could not handle the terrible narration of Sophie and Brett. I will read te remainder of the book rather as my own imagination can at least create a more likable voice.

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,700

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

An unexpected joy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I have had this book in my library for years. Bought it as it intrigued me and then let it pass by on numerous travels through my library. I literally decided this very rainy Sunday to start it...I did not put it aside or miss an event till I got to the last word. What a gem - it was a beautiful narrative that I am so glad I finally got around to reading. I obviously sought every ounce of information that I could and love it even more now that I know it is based on a real person - not her real life but the author's imagined life for her. It was beautifully read by the writer and I think this is another reason why I enjoyed it so much. Her breathlessness at times added to my imaginary view of Petronella - even with all the things that I learnt about the main characters I should have hated them but found I could not. Their flaws make them even more enjoyable and therefore likable. So I will be moving to her next book and pray that I won't be disappointed. Wish me luck!