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  • The Lost Waves of Time

  • The Untold Story of How Music Shaped Our World
  • By: Jill Ingeborg Mattson
  • Narrated by: Wayne Lee
  • Length: 23 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The Lost Waves of Time (TLWOT) is one of those truly unique books that can alter your world-view. Unlike anything you have read before, it reveals an amazing history of ancient cultures, where music was wielded as a secret weapon. It details how masters and leaders across the ages utilized sound energy in the form of exquisitely precise music. The ultimate achievement of this secret was the ancients' ability to shape their people and as a result control the entire culture via their culture's signature music.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly terrible narration!!!

  • By Gemma on 17-02-19

Shockingly terrible narration!!!

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I thought this sounded like a really interesting book but literally as soon as the narrator started talking I couldn’t stand it! He reads as though talking to someone who is struggling to hear and understand, is so slow and it sounds as though it is the first time he’s seen the text, stumbling over words. Don’t waste any money on this audio recording-get the real book itself.

  • The 3-Day Effect

  • By: Florence Williams
  • Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The 3-Day Effect is a look at the science behind why being in the wild for a minimum of three days can make us happier, healthier and more creative. Whether it’s rafting down Utah’s Green River, backpacking in Colorado wilderness or strolling through Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., scientists are finding that immersions in nature can reduce anxiety, enhance creativity and boost overall well-being.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need more of this

  • By Chris F on 30-10-18

Very interesting

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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: 16-11-18

An interesting listen, many ideas and theories about the benefits of being in the great outdoors with scientific evidence and research to back up the claims. An easy listen and great ideas that I can apply to me own life. Glad I listen. Thank you

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Perfect

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine's life has completely fractured - all her freedoms gone. Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret - one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect follow up

  • By Ellisticity on 11-09-17

A good story but...

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Narration was so poor it was such a distraction-learn how to pronounce the word ‘says’ please!!

  • 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 795
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 733

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

Terrible narration!

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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-16

Absolutely shockingly bad narration of all British accents-very much a Dick Van Dyke cockney even though most of the characters are from wales! Really let the book down.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,718

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

Very engaging!

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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: 17-05-16

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! I found the idea of somebody waking up in someone else's head highly entertaining and really enjoyed the down-to-earth tone of the writing and narration. Looking forward to listening to some more books by Luke Smitherd.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blackout

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First of a great pair of books

  • By PrintersPie on 25-02-11

Not as riveting as previous books (Doomsday Book)

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-15

Disappointing compared to the previous books-very slow pace. Also the narrator had an unusual way of pronouncing words 'passage' 'almost' which was a little off putting. However, I shall be downloading the follow up book to find out what happens to the characters.

  • Crimes Against Magic

  • The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Steve McHugh
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Crimes against literature

  • By Ozzymandias on 29-05-16

A great listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

Have you read anything by Steve McHugh before?
No but after listening to this book I will try the second.
How was the narration?
Great! I loved listening to James Langton!
Would you recommend this book to others?
Yes, if you like fantasy, history, time travel and action then this is a great choice!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful