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  • Notes From a Small Island

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Note From A Small Islander

  • By Jo on 05-11-08

A wonderful look at this sceptred isle

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-19

I first read this book shortly after it was written, some 25 years ago. At that time in my life, I was a student in Dundee and really hadn't seen much of this land I called home. Now, revisiting this book after moving to Yorkshire and having seen a lot more of the UK, it has been a joy to see my home land anew through the eyes of this witty, warm, sometimes waspish and always entertaining domesticated American. Many times I laughed out loud at his turns of phrase and anecdotes, and all in all, He has given me a fresh appreciation for my homeland. The book is also perfectly narrated by William Roberts who seems to channel Mr Bryson in a most uncanny way. Bravo!

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,502

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Another great novel from the master storyteller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-19

Stephen King is a great writer. He writes effortlessly, in a way that sweeps you along on a wonderful river ride - sometimes fast, sometimes slow, and always engaging. His latest book is no exception. It captured my attention and imagination from the beginning and kept coming back to it until I'd finished it. The narrator, Will Patton, is excellent too - his ability to create a myriad of believable characters is amazing, and his languid drawl brought the book to life.

  • Perfume

  • The Story of a Murderer
  • By: Patrick Suskind
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: This is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: A sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: The scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill. And kill...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning! The narration deserves 10 stars.

  • By Isabelle on 26-03-15

A compelling, spell-binding story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I first read Perfume many years ago whilst at university. I enjoyed it very much then, but having found my way to the audio version, I can say that I have enjoyed it so much more listening to it. The narration of Sean Barrett is perfect - such rich characters, perfectly delineated - it's sometimes hard to believe that only one man is narrating it! The story itself is beautifully told, unsettling in parts, but mesmerising in its ability to convey the rich and deep world of this most intangible of senses.

  • The Thirteenth Tale

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Jenny Agutter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

The Thirteenth Tale is a compelling and emotional mystery, in the timeless vein of Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, about family secrets and the magic of books and storytelling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and gripping

  • By Kirstine on 24-05-12

A spell-binding story, beautifully told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-19

I have only recently come across Diane Setterfield's work, and started off with Once Upon A River. However, I found that a little hard to get into, so I bought The Thirteenth Tale as her first novel. I was pulled into her beautifully crafted world almost immediately - her characters, and the atmosphere of the book, have stayed with me long after finishing the story. It has a fairy-tale quality that captivates and delights, with darker threads beautifully woven throughout. This was beautifully read too by Jenny Agutter - it was indeed a perfect marriage of artist and story. Now to go back to the rest of her work!

  • Not Alone: Second Contact

  • By: Craig A. Falconer
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

When a massive meteor lights up the sky over the remote island of Kerguelen, the world holds its breath. In Birchwood, Colorado, Dan McCarthy gets to work. Following his incredible experiences of the previous year, Dan knows this was no natural occurrence. The Messengers are back - to finish what they started - and they didn't come all this way for nothing....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A forced sequel

  • By WhaleFish on 22-04-19

A good solid follow up

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-18

I've just finished both Not Alone books by Craig A Falconer - both pulled me into the story in a subtle yet powerful way. Told in an understated way, for all its momentous happenings, I found the story compelling, believable (with some exceptions), and a fascinating take on human nature, and the "What ifs" that we have probably all asked ourselves at some point or other. Although parts were arguably overlong and might have benefited from tighter editing, on balance, this perhaps reflected the unsophisticated nature of the lead character, Dan McCarthy. The audiobook narration was equally understated but solid - all in all, a satisfying listen/read.

  • The Pillars of the Earth

  • The Kingsbridge Novels, Book 1
  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 40 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660

The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known... of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul... of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame... and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book

  • By Mrs on 23-12-12

A beautifully narrated epic saga

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-18

I first read The Pillars of the Earth some 10 years ago and loved it - it engrossed me from the beginning and I read it in 3 days. Listening to the audio book has been a much richer experience, as the narrator, John Lee, has the perfect for to bring this amazing tale to life - he has deepened my appreciation and admiration of Ken Follett's magnus opus.

The story itself is beautifully woven like a gorgeous tapestry of its historical time, adding embellishment to the historical facts of the era, and bringing it to life in a vivid, and sometimes brutal way. Prior Philip is the true hero in my eyes, and the character has been written and developed with such care as to render him utterly believable and very compelling. The architecture of the era is another major character that affects all the characters in one way or the other - I am sure I am not alone in being totally amazed and humbled by the grand achievement of the cathedrals built during this period in history - York Minster will never be the same again!

Excellent audio book, superb story, and beautiful narration - couldn't ask for more.

  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. In the Depression era, Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers' "Most Spectacular Show on Earth". There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world: Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus' animal trainer); and Rosie, the seemingly untrainable elephant Jacob cares for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story, well told.

  • By ptuff on 02-03-16

Excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This was a thought-provoking, well-paced, deeply moving adventure story. I first came across the book after watching the film and being totally drawn into it - so much so that I wanted to not only read Sara Gruen's book, but also find out more about the train circuses of America. The film follows the book pretty faithfully, but I loved that the book allowed you to get to know the characters in so much more depth, and I particularly loved the narration by the older Jacob, which added a touching counterbalance to the excitement and danger of his younger days. It was beautifully narrated by both voice actors. Well worth a listen.

  • Playing the Matrix

  • A Program for Living Deliberately and Creating Consciously
  • By: Mike Dooley
  • Narrated by: Mike Dooley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Playing the Matrix is a master class for creating the life you want to live. Tried and true, delivered and perfected over a decade while being shared live with tens of thousands of students in 132 cities, in 34 countries, upon six continents. New Thought leader and New York Times best-selling author Mike Dooley brings to bear his advanced course on living deliberately and creating consciously. The concepts Mike shares here make up his most impactful, most transformational program ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The author brings things book to life!

  • By KIRSTEN on 01-06-18

The author brings things book to life!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 01-06-18

I've been a fan of Mike Dooley for a while now, and have read a lot of his books. This is the first audiobook of his I've listened to, and he brings his theories and teachings to life in a way that's hard to convey in the written word.! Not only has his belief system proved itself to be true in his own life time and time again ("thoughts become things"), but you can hear the sheer joy and delight that he has for life in every word that he speaks. Lots of good advice on how to "play the Matrix" and create the life of your dreams, and all told in an endearingly open, honest and humorous way that really brings home the message. Tallyho!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Discount Armageddon

  • An Incryptid Novel, Book 1
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Amy Finegan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

The Price family has spent generations studying the monsters of the world, working to protect them from humanity - and humanity from them. Meet Verity Price. Despite being trained from birth as a cryptozoologist, she'd rather dance a tango than tangle with a demon, and is spending a year in Manhattan to pursue her dream career in professional ballroom dance. That is, until talking mice, telepathic mathematicians, and a tangle with the Price family's old enemies, the Covenant of St. George, get in her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, engaging and fast paced

  • By KIRSTEN on 01-05-18

Funny, engaging and fast paced

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

I was recommended this series of books by a friend, and although the title was a little off-putting because it gave virtually no indication of what it was about, it didn't take long at all to get into it, and be caught up in the under world of New York and the double life of Verity Price, cryptozoologist and ballroom dancer.

Most characters have been compelling written, and I particularly enjoyed the (often brief) introductions to the various Cryptids, the non- human species which co-exist, more or less peacefully, with their Manhattan human counterparts. But the Aeislin Mice were the stars of any scenes they were in!

McGuire has a wonderful imagination and an easy way with words that allow a good story to unfold effortlessly, only occasionally tripping up on some of the less developed characters (Dominic de Luca comes to mind), but there are touches of genius that are just delightful - I particularly liked the idea of the Bogeyman turning on the darks, as we were turn on the lights.

Clever ideas, sassily written and leaving me wanting to read more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a Woman

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain.... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indispensable listening

  • By GlaswegianLassie on 23-12-12

Many a true word is spoken in jest...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Painfully funny and acerbically astute, this book had me laughing out loud and inwardly cringing in equal measures. A great insight into the trials and tribulations of being a woman, from both personal and political perspectives, all wrapped up in a cracking narrative that reveals a sharp mind and a sharper wit. Be warned - no blushes are spared, no topic taboo.