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  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

With this extraordinary first volume in what promises to be an epoch-making masterpiece, Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the best way to tackle this behemoth!

  • By Simon on 06-08-14

Oh so nearly fantastic.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

If you had asked me to review the first thirty something hours of Cryptonomicon then it would have received four, maybe even five stars and I would, mostly, have been singing its praises. There are a few segments in those hours that didn't quite come up to scratch and I wanted to press the fast forward button (except you might miss a completely different section if one did as the story does jump around a bit).

The plot is varied, and yes there is jargon, and other elements, there that may not please all, but the story draws one in fantastically and I found myself anticipating a fabulous ending.

So I was ever so disappointed by the last few hours, and the ending. It felt as if the story completely fizzled out. In fact I might almost wondered if the final few hours of the book were written by the same person. Gone was the intrigue that I had felt and now I wanted to press the fast forward button in the hope that we would get back to the same level of intrigue. Patience prevailed and I refrained from skipping forward. I wish I hadn't bothered. This will not be an audiobook that I will bother listening to again.

William Dufris' narration, on the other hand was fantastic throughout - definitely a narrator to be listening out for!

  • Albert of Adelaide

  • By: Howard L. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Amelia Cormack
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Albert is a duck-billed platypus, who has escaped from a zoo in Adelaide to look for somewhere that may, or may not, exist: Old Australia, a place where humans never venture, and animals still rule. Albert knows it's somewhere in the middle of the Outback - not the ideal habitat for a water-loving animal - but now he's lost and close to death. He's saved, though, by Jack, a pyromaniac, sardine-loving wombat, who promptly gets him into even worse trouble.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Grit meets Wind in the Willows in the bush

  • By Sara on 19-09-12

Albert of Adelaide - Brilliant, utterly brilliant!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Outstanding! Not at all what I was expecting. Outside of Australia one does not often hear the tales of Australian Bushmen, except for the more famous ones such as Ned Kelly, but here Howard Anderson has put that to rights, although with a marsupial twist. Wonderfully read by Amelia Cormack, this is a story that could appeal to all ages, though perhaps best kept away from younger children due to some of the violence, and questionable moral attitudes of some of the characters that we meet. So disappointed when it came to an end, I could have gone on listening, and listening, and listening . . ..

  • The Christmas Angel

  • By: Marcia Willett
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable five-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end.Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle tale evoking images of Cornwall

  • By Mark on 13-12-12

The Christmas Angel - Sparkling storytelling!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Thank you Audible for suggesting The Christmas Angel. A very pleasurable listen. The story contains a fascinating selection of characters, and a varied selection of sub-plots, not all that easy to grab hold of straight away but once one gets hold of them they are tremendous fun. A fascinating look at life from a slightly different perspective. Well read by Phyllida Nash. A few points in the recording where pauses have been left out, which slightly spoiled the overall experience, but this is definitely one recording that I will be listening too again. Highly recommended.

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  • Doctor Who: The Way through the Woods

  • By: Una McCormack
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

England, today. Between the housing estate and the motorway lies an ancient wood. The motorway bends to avoid it. Last week, teenager Laura Brown went missing. Tonight, Vicky Caine will miss her bus and take a shortcut through the wood. And she will disappear too. England, 1917. Between the village and the main road lies an ancient wood. The old Roman road bends to avoid it. Tonight Emily Bostock and a man called Rory Williams will go to the woods.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great audio book but expected Meera Syal narrating and it is Clare Corbett.

  • By Andrew and Andrew's Wife on 27-09-17

The Way through the Woods - Dr Who at its best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Oh what a wonderful yarn! A fabulous story, superbly read by Meera Syal. One could think of this as countless faerie stories from childhood rolled into one. Definitely a starring role for Amy in this one, with some very interesting supporting characters. And an interesting twist in the, rather foxy, tale! Fantastic!

Life of Pi
    
    
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    Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
    968 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice as Pi

  • By Sandra on 17-12-06

The Life of Pi - falls short of expectation.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I’d heard so much about the book and the film, but not having read the first or seen the latter I thought that this audiobook would be a good choice for in car listening. The story was entertaining enough and I’m glad that I listened to it, but it didn’t leave me wanting to read the book or see the film. There were definitely sections where I was tempted to reach for the fast forward button. There were parts too where Jeff Woodman’s attempted accents made me cringe. Apart from the questionable accents, the recording was generally clear and well spaced. However, the biggest frustration was that the recording cut off before the end of the last sentence, which left me seeking out a copy of the book to find how it all ended. Rather disappointed.

The Bear and the Dragon
    
    
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    Length: 42 hrs and 56 mins
    162 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • The Bear and the Dragon

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 42 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another intricately detailed thriller from Clancy

  • By Clive B on 03-07-17

The Bear and the Dragon - Fabulous listening!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The Bear and the Dragon, like many Tom Clancy novels is one that you don’t want to put down or, in this case, turn off. While I normally listen to audiobooks in the car, this was one that got unhooked and taken with me. It’s hard to believe that this is nearly forty three hours of audio, the plot is so gripping it certainly doesn’t feel that long. Most of the storyline is perhaps all too believable in today’s world, with just a few elements stretching the imagination. Then again, if it didn’t stretch the imagination it might not be such an entertaining listen. Michael Prichard’s narration is excellent, well paced and clear. This is a great story and very good value. Thoroughly recommended.