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  • The Long Song

  • By: Andrea Levy
  • Narrated by: Adrian Lester, Andrea Levy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story that is held within these pages. As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed. July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration

  • By Sue156 on 28-04-18

Amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

I loved this book - brought alive by the most amazing narration. I laughed,aloud at times but was also shocked; saddened and it made me think deeply about ‘Great’ Britain’s shameful colonial past. I couldn’t stop listening to this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Colony

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 298

For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Drew on 07-08-13

Silly and sexist

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

Reviewed: 09-12-16

I hated this book. The men were portrayed as viewing women only for their looks and whether they would go to bed with them. Both men and women had very shallow characters.
The story felt silly, repetitive and the fear was built up by what happened to the people - there was very little building of the emotions and fear of the characters - they felt flat and unconnected with the events on the island and so the whole story felt unreal flat and ludicrous to me
I won't be trying any more books from this author

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply disturbing and yet i couldn't stop reading

  • By Jenny on 05-01-16

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 20-11-16

This is one of the most captivating books I have listened to. Although I was doubtful in the first few chapters and had to get used to the narrator's accent and delivery - I then became enthralled. The language of the book is beautiful - how she captures each characters thoughts and motivations through her description is truly breathtaking and had me going back to listen to a sentence again on more occasions than I have ever done before. The story of the long term friendship of the men and how it all interweaves is immense and Jude - well what can I say about Jude - I know he'd never let me hug him but that's what I did throughout the book. I'm going to give it a few months and then listen to it all over again. Be prepared for a deep intense powerful human story that is wonderfully written

  • The Hangman's Song

  • Inspector McLean, Book 3
  • By: James Oswald
  • Narrated by: Ian Hanmore
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

The body of a man is found hanging in an empty house. To the Edinburgh police force this appears to be a simple suicide case. Days later another body is found. The body is hanging from an identical rope and the noose has been tied using the same knot. Then a third body is found. As Inspector McLean digs deeper he descends into a world where the lines of reality are blurred and where the most irrational answers become the only explanations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST AUDIO BOOK

  • By Animal lover on 05-03-14

Getting the hang of this series now - getting hooked in

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

Reviewed: 08-09-16

I was initially sceptical about this series because of the 'supernatural' but the way the books link together and how the personal storylines are developing has got me hooked. I love the narration. Can't wait to listen to the next book - relieved I have a spare credit to use and relieved there are quite a number still to go in the series

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,044

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enchanting read

  • By anne on 15-08-15

Intriguing

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is a very unusual book - unusual storyline; unusual characters. I loved the narration - Thomas Judd has a gentle and kind style that suits the book admirably - he manages to depict the different characters without the use of horrible artificial accents. I love the book because you can't guess what is going to happen. Natasha Pulley's writing style and description are sumptuous and sometimes her allegory takes you by surprise in a delightful way.

What other book might you compare The Watchmaker of Filigree Street to, and why?

I can't think of another book - this one feels very unique

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Thaniel's first visit to Filigree Street - the descriptions are wonderful - especially of Kato.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Things don't always go like clockwork

Any additional comments?

It is sometimes difficult to work out the timeline when listening to this as an Audiobook - different chapters sometimes relate to different periods and dot about on the timeline - this gradually builds so that the story; the characters and the themes pulls together and make sense one to the other. Whilst the chapter headings have dates in them it is difficult with an audiobook version to flick back to work out where the chapter falls on the overall timeline of the story. It takes effort to work it out and I finished the book with a nagging disappointment that I could't tell the overall time period covered by the book and therefore how much of Keita Mori's life was touched upon. This didn't spoil the story but I know I am now tempted to also read this book - to get more of the sense of time but also to enjoy the writing even more fully.

  • A Symphony of Echoes

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846

Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More entertainment

  • By Robyn on 09-11-16

Great fun ripping yarn

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

Reviewed: 27-05-16

I am hooked on this series. Light, funny ripping yarns with a female Indianna Jones/Bridget Jones doing Famous Five but travelling in time. It's all just good old fashioned fun. Love it

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Sea Detective

  • By: Mark Douglas-Home
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

Cal McGill is an Edinburgh-based oceanographer, environmentalist and one-of-a-kind investigator. Using his knowledge of the waves - ocean currents, prevailing winds, shipping records - McGill can track where objects came from or where they've gone. It's a skill that can help solve mysteries ranging from disappearances to murder. Two severed feet wash up on two different islands off the coast of Scotland. Forensics shows that the feet belong to the same body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story by a new author

  • By Renka on 24-01-16

Interesting storyline

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

This was an interesting book - not at all what I had expected from the synopsis. A bit far fetched at times but fun the way all the different strands pull together. Depth of characters a bit shallow. Loved the narration. Overall I enjoyed it and would try other books by Mark Douglas-Home

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Year of Marvellous Ways

  • By: Sarah Winman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 405

A Year of Marvellous Ways is the much anticipated and utterly beguiling new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the international best seller When God Was a Rabbit. Cornwall, 1947. Marvellous Ways is a 90-year-old woman who's lived alone on a remote creek for nearly all her life. Recently she's taken to spending her days sitting on a mooring stone by the river with a telescope. She's waiting for something - she's not sure what, but she'll know it when she sees it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh what a book, what a story.

  • By Mrs S. on 11-09-15

Sublime - couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 15-04-16

The combination of the Sarah Winman's marvellous lyrical writing and her wonderful reading was an absolute pleasure - Gave me goosebumps more than once as I listened. Anyone who loves 'lifetime reminiscence' stories will adore this book.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

COULDN'T STOP LISTENING - BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

What did you like most about Just One Damned Thing After Another?

brilliant narration; fun; exciting. Indiana Jones meets Bridget Jones meets Philip Pullman. Enough twists in the plot to keep me hooked all the way through - kept thinking 'that must be nearly the end' and then there would be another clever twist. going to listen a second time - it was that good

What did you like best about this story?

clever, fun and lots of twists. A great idea and I love the fact that there are a number of books in the series

What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

Brilliant - light interested narration and she depicted Max' personality really well and was highly believable

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Indiana Jones meets Bridget Jones in the Tardis

  • The Weather Experiment

  • By: Peter Moore
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

In 1865 a broken Admiral Robert FitzRoy locked himself in his dressing room and cut his throat. His grand meteorological project had failed. Yet only a decade later, FitzRoy’s storm-warning system and ‘forecasts’ would return, the model for what we use today. In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s great wrath, 19th-century meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Sue156 on 16-03-16

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 16-03-16

I loved this book. It skilfully took the reader back to a time when the weather wasn't a science - when people didn't know about storms, how rainbows formed, the names of clouds - a time when no weather could be forecast it even reliably described. Anyone who loves to see science applied and evolving will find this book fascinating. The narrator has a style that engenders excitement and freshness to the ideas. It is also a series of stories of amazingly brave and dedicated people who changed our knowledge of the world for ever - and it all happened within the last 300 years.
Highly recommended - I have already told lots of my friends about it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful