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  • Dragon's Green

  • Worldquake, Book 1
  • By: Scarlett Thomas
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Effie Truelove has made a promise to keep her grandfather's magical books safe from danger. Whatever it takes. But it's not always easy when you're a pupil at the Tusitala School for the Gifted, Troubled and Strange. Together with her new school friends, Maximilian, Wolf, Lexy and Raven, Effie must travel to the mysterious Otherworld and brave the terrifying Diberi, a secret organisation with plans that could destroy the entire universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scarlett Thomas on top form

  • By Cameron on 31-10-17

Promising start

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

This story is very well done, I can't wait to listen to the second book. I loved the world building and some of the character detail (Effie's father and Gryffin Truelove in particular). Some of the other characters are a little bit under-developed, but I have great hopes that this will be remedied in the next installment. The main characters felt a older than 11. The narator was very good.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Rooftoppers

  • By: Katherine Rundell
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. Found floating in a cello case, she is the only recorded female survivor of a shipwreck on the English Channel. But Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help… When the child welfare agency threatens to send Sophie to an orphanage, Sophie and her guardian flee to Paris to find her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ella amazing

  • By Ella on 16-09-16

Wonderful - shame about the ending

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

I loved listening to this book. The relationship between Sophie and her father is described in loving detail. Charles is a wonderful character and Sopie's encounters with the rooftoppers are also very interesting. However, the ending felt rushed to me. The entire story builds up to a resolution which is done in an abrupt way, it almost felt like a cliff hanger. I would be great to have a sequel. The narrator is excellent.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747

The brilliant new novel from the author of the New York Times best seller Everything I Never Told You. Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colours of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average

  • By Miss L E Turvey on 18-01-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

Although the writing is thoughtful with lots of detailed descriptions, it is an absoulute pageturner; I finished it within a couple of days. It's very well written with a cleverly constructed plot which jumps backwards and forwards in time. The characters, although they are 'types', are believable and the book is very good at conveying their different viewpoints. An interesting story about motherhood, difficult life choices and race. Anyone who enjoys reading about complicated families and secrets should give this book a go. From the raving reviews in the press I expected slightly more, but overall I enjoyed it very much. It reminded me of books by Curtis Sittenfeld and Liane Moriarty.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Sisterland

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 63

For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except for their 'Senses', a special kind of intuition that can allow them to see things that are yet to come. When one day Violet ignites a media storm by predicting a major earthquake in the St Louis area where they live, Kate’s normal suburban family life is turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Julia on 05-12-13

Good story

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

Where does Sisterland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What other book might you compare Sisterland to, and why?

To Sittenfeld's previous books "American Wife" and "Prep" which I loved. This isn't quite as brilliant as the other two, but I really enjoyed it nevertheless. The ending felt a little contrived to me, but that's just a small niggle.

What about Laurence Bouvard’s performance did you like?

I thought it was spot on.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's a quiet story, but very absorbing. The portrayal of the relationship between the two sisters is utterly convincing. There were a few moments which made me laugh out loud.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness

  • By Simon on 08-10-15

Enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 05-12-13

If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

forgotten childhood memories

What other book might you compare The Ocean at the End of the Lane to, and why?

I think this book is a highly unusual combination of childhood memoir and magic fairy tale. I cannot think of any other book that is comparable.

What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Hm, I'm not sure about that. I notice there were lots of positive comments about the author reading his own work, but at times I felt that an actor would have done a better job. I focused too much on his voice and accent and sometimes found it a little hard to listen to.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither, but it was very absorbing and enjoyable.

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,342

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

uplifting

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Where does The Rosie Project rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's not my favorite audiobook, but it was a sweet and funny tale. As it's a rather short audiobook, so no big comittment required. The story is rather predictable, but there were a couple of really, really funny moments. Overall, I enjoyed it very much.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rosie Project?

The dancing scene was hilarious.

What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

Liked the accent.

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

He was looking for the perfect wife - and found her!

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Completely absorbing

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

Would you listen to The Handmaid's Tale again? Why?

This is such a good book and very well narrated too. I was completely absorbed in this tale and couldn't stop listening to it. Even though I listened to it a while back, I still find myself thinking about the story frequently. I especially loved the epilogue which is so ironic and added a whole new dimension. I probably wouldn't listen to the whole book again, but I'm certainly going to revisit some episodes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Whenever the protagonist thinks about her old, 'normal' life she thinks about her best friend. She's a completely different voice who puts the whole story in perspective.

What about Joanna David’s performance did you like?

It was very, very good.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I certainly wanted to!

Any additional comments?

highly recommended!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Happiness Project

  • Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it.

  • By Kerry Pocock on 06-04-14

enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-07-13

If you could sum up The Happiness Project in three words, what would they be?

thought-provoking, entertaining, focused

What other book might you compare The Happiness Project to, and why?

Drop-dead healthy by AJ Jacobs. Both authors spent one year testing theories in their own lifes. Both look at the most convincing research in their respective fields. They also both live in New York and write about their marriage, family life etc.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Read by the author Gretchen Rubin. It's obviously not of the same quality as books read by professional actors, but (contrary to others) I didn't mind her voice. It made the audiobook more authentic.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I didn't find it emotionally involving, but it did make me think about me own life and choices.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this audiobook.