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  • Knife Edge

  • Noughts & Crosses 2
  • By: Malorie Blackman
  • Narrated by: Nina Sosanya, John Hasler, Joan Walker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

A frightened girl running barefoot on a knife edge, that's how 18-year-old Sephy feels as she gazes down at her new-born daughter, Callie Rose. Whilst Sephy is a Cross, the baby's father, Callum, was a nought, giving Callie Rose dual heritage in a society where the ruling Crosses treat the pale-skinned noughts (blankers) as second-class citizens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • KE

  • By Andrew on 18-01-16

Incredibly gripping - Malorie Blackman doesn't like happy endings!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Jude is a scum bag! I really grew to detest him. Everything seems so messed up- more than it was in book 1! Not sure if I want to read or listen to book 3. There's not many characters left to like! Poor Mrs McGregor has been dealt an unfortunate hand in life: as if things weren't bad enough!

  • Noughts and Crosses

  • Noughts and Crosses 1
  • By: Malorie Blackman
  • Narrated by: Syan Blake, Paul Chequer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

Sephy is a Cross – a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a nought – a ‘colourless’ member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood. But that’s as far as it can go. Until the first steps are taken towards more social equality and a limited number of Noughts are allowed into Cross schools

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very engaging

  • By M.D. on 14-04-13

A book that everyone should read

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

Reviewed: 09-08-15

Brilliant written. A world turned upside down. It makes you live the life of the 2 characters during an 'apartheid' system of segregation from the point of view of teenagers moving into young adulthood. The author Malorie Blackman wasn't shy to tackle complex issues of discrimination and harsh realities- have to admit I felt quite emotional at the end. Superbly done!

  • Hollow City

  • The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

This second novel in the Miss Peregine's Home for Peculiar Children series begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine's island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other surprises. Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly creepy) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight fantasy fans of all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just keeps getting better

  • By Mumofthreegirls on 06-04-17

Gripping- can't wait for book 3

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

Reviewed: 19-06-15

Read this straight after book 1. Preferred this to the first - it gets very exciting with twists and turns at every page that keeps you sucked in. Again beautiful book - author notes are great too. Looking forward to book 3!

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 797
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 735

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible accents - don't waste your money

  • By Ali on 10-10-11

Great read - I read and listened when I ran out of time

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

Reviewed: 19-06-15

Awesome story - very cool concept! Would make a great movie for older kids. Mix of X men v time travel v school. Good deal of grimness and adolescents troubles. Loved it so much I bought the second book. Also fantastic pictures.

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,345

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 19-06-15

I really enjoyed this story - genius idea of the daemon/ soul on the outside in a parallel version of our world but in years gone by. Sad and brutal in places but brilliant to have such a powerhouse of a young female as the lead character! Hopefully this will leave it's mark on young females, and who read the story! Complex read and some grim moments in places - recommend to 10 years +

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,720
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,741
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,713

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-15

One of the best science fiction books out there. Absolutely superb - one twist and turn after another. Reminded me of Apollo 13 meets Top Gear vehicle challenge on Mars. Outstanding! Now I have a chance to regrow the nails I chewed off in anticipation for Mark to survive another day.

  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Character

  • By BillyBlackBear on 21-03-14

A must read for all

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

Reviewed: 31-05-15

Took a while getting used to the language but well worth it. Superbly read! Brilliant story - I only wish that more had stood up against the scourge of slavery sooner. A dark moment in history.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 1,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378

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

Great for a teenager

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

Reviewed: 15-05-15

I loved the concept of the book - absolutely brilliant! I enjoyed the characters but from an adult perspective it seemed too simple and lacked the complexity that could have made it so much more believable. It all seemed weird that an instructor falls for a child - a bit uncomfortable for an adult male to read in the last third of the book. Military structure and societal structure seems too unbelievable too but good enough to listen, and finish the text. It probably didn't help that I'd completed commando training, and listened to the book only to verify before allowing my child to read it! Needless to say this text is not suitable for a ten year old highly able reader. I do wish books had an age appropriate rating.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Planet of the Apes

  • By: Pierre Boulle
  • Narrated by: Greg Wise
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Greg Wise reads Pierre Boulle's chilling, iconic novel about a nightmare world where apes rule over men. In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. He finds there a planet which resembles his own, except that on Soror humans behave like animals and are hunted by a civilised race of primates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forget the statue of liberty

  • By Dr Caterpillar on 17-04-16

Totally unexpected and unlike the films

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

Reviewed: 14-05-15

I really liked this book, and the role reversal, it must have been considered a very odd book in its day. I really enjoyed the initial landing on this utopian planet & visualising the perfect Nova...and whoop! She snapped the pet monkey's neck - poor monkey! And soon forgotten! Although, I'm not sure if I'd have forgiven her for that! The ending was brilliant however the characters exit from the planet seemed like the author ran out of enthusiasm to complete the book and chose to summarise this complex task in a mere paragraph after it had occurred. Still, I really enjoyed this book and best of all it felt so different from the films I've seen.

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,823

From the Sunday Times top ten best-selling author of The Psychopath Test, a captivating and brilliant exploration of one of our world's most underappreciated forces: shame. "It's about the terror, isn't it?" "The terror of what?" I said. "The terror of being found out." For the past three years, Jon Ronson has travelled the world, meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made jokes on social media that came out badly or made mistakes at work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Paul on 19-03-15

Think before you click 'upload'

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

Brilliant - loved the book! I was truly entertained throughout. It opened my eyes to the online world as well as the psychological impact of shaming. Just don't click the upload picture/ text without thinking it through! Hope the people in the story, particularly the writer at the start of the story get a second chance to shine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful