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  • The Core

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,506
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412

Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close. The war has begun.... For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Two heroes arose - men as close as brothers yet divided by bitter betrayal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointing end to a series that petered out.

  • By Tom on 18-02-18

Brilliant end to the series

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

If you have read and liked the previous books I think you'll love this. The pace of the story is frenetic and I didn't want to put it down, with battles taking place in each and every element of the book.

  • Alex

  • Camille Verhoeven, Book 2
  • By: Pierre Lemaitre, Frank Wynne
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Winner of the CWA International Dagger. In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prevost – beautiful, resourceful, tough – may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trying too hard to shock

  • By Alex on 19-09-13

Brilliant crime novel

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

A graphic crime story which messes with head in how you feel about the victims the main character and victims.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible piece of art (written & narrated)

  • By PBM on 04-06-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 21-10-16

Brilliant story of an unbelievable life, if even half the experiences written by the author are true then it would still have been an amazing life.

It was a great performance too, bringing each of the characters from all around the world with their varied accents to life.

  • The Buried Giant

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 722

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at last the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased.The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards - some strange and otherworldly - but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hmmmm

  • By Jenny on 12-03-15

Love and Adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

What made the experience of listening to The Buried Giant the most enjoyable?

It was simply a pleasant book to listen too, I really enjoyed the love between the elderly main characters, who like everyone else, are struggling to remember what happened a few hours ago let alone the past, but even through clouded memories, they know without doubt the love they feel for each other.

What about David Horovitch’s performance did you like?

I thought his narration was on the most part excellent, there we just a few occasions where the characters accents slipped and I was unsure who was being portrayed, but it wouldn't put me of listening to other books he had done.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found the end pretty thought provoking, but couldn't go into it without spoiling the moment for others

  • The Slap

  • A Novel
  • By: Christos Tsiolkas
  • Narrated by: Alex Dimitriades
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 73

At a suburban barbecue, a man slaps a child who is not his own. This event has a shocking ricochet effect on a group of people, mostly friends, who are directly or indirectly influenced by the incident. In this remarkable novel, Christos Tsiolkas turns his unflinching and all-seeing eye onto that which connects us all: the modern family and domestic life in the 21st century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Piece Of Storytelling.

  • By Louise Hartgen on 12-04-11

Australian Eastenders

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

Any additional comments?

I really struggled with this book, it was like listening to an Australian version of Eastenders, every character or family was having there own drama dealing with sex, drugs, alcoholism, violence or old age. Which on that basis you'd think it was interesting, but going from one character to the next, it just didn't work for me, especially as some scenes seemed written just for affect and didn't add to the story at all.

Also a friend who read the book asked if men really think like that when it comes to sex. I can't speak for all men, but this one doesn't :)

  • Excalibur

  • The Warlord Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 423

A story of love, war, loyalty and betrayal, Excalibur begins with the failure of Lancelot's rebellion and the ruin of Arthur's marriage to Guinevere. The Saxons, sensing the disunity of the Britons, seize the chance to destroy Arthur. The climax of the war comes with the legendary triumph at Mount Badon, and Arthur`s great victory. But the promises he made then come back to haunt him after the years of peace and glory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Now Complete"

  • By Lee on 10-04-15

"Now Complete"

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Any additional comments?

Having read previous reviews I was put off from buying the book, but I was desperate to finish the trilogy as I've enjoyed it so much. So I contacted Audible, and following checks they informed me the issue of it being cut short had been resolved. Which I can now confirm having listed to the book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Avril Sawers on 02-11-13

Go Abridged

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

Reviewed: 17-10-14

What disappointed you about The Luminaries?

It is very well written and has lots of depth, but as others have said its slower than slow.

I struggled with this book and for the first time in 5 years of listening to audio books, I wished I'd had the abridged version, as I really don't think you would miss anything.

Which character – as performed by Mark Meadows – was your favourite?

Mark Meadows narration of the many characters in this book was excellent, and each was distinctive from their speech

  • Broken Homes

  • Rivers of London, Book 4
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,978
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673

Ben Aaronovitch has stormed the best-seller list with his superb London crime series - a unique blend of police procedural; loving detail about the greatest character of all, London; and a dash of the supernatural. A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil: an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer? Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case, a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his caseload.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Mayhem...

  • By Sharon on 28-07-13

Can we have the next book please

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

Reviewed: 08-08-13

What did you like most about Broken Homes?

I am really enjoying the series and the excellent characters within it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken Homes?

Unable to say without potentially spoiling it for someone else, but there are great scenes toward the latter part of the book.

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

His narration is excellent, and I am sure from what I read from and interview with Ben Aaranovitch he is deliberately trying to make it harder for Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. I'm glad I listed to this rather than an attempt to read the German text and I think some Russian as well.Brilliantly done.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the book and have been waiting for eagerly for the release, however at the end I kind of felt like I had only listed to the first half of the full book. So I guess the next will start right where we left off and I would like it now please :)

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,399

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

The Start of a Great Series of books

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

Any additional comments?

I read this book and the sequels nearly a year ago, and when I think of all the books I have listened to (2 a month) these are the ones that come straight to mind and the ones I would recommend to friends.

When I first considered buying the book another reviewer said that this could be a TV series and have to agree.

Now looking forward to number 4 :)

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,392
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,386

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

I couldn't turn it off / put it down.

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

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

Having a different narrator for each of the main character chapters really added to the audio book, and made it easier to know whose perspective you were hearing the story from at anyone time.

Any additional comments?

I was unsure about listening to this book, as it not a genre I would typically listen to. However, I was so glad I did. I couldn't turn it off, I always wanted to know what would happen to next in their lives, and the writer has a really good way of teasing you with an answer but not giving it when you think your just about to find out.

A little sad it ended, and more gripped that some of the action/crime books I have recently read.