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  • A Wild Sheep Chase

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

A Wild Sheep Chase is one of Murakami's most fantastical novels. An advertising executive, infatuated with a girl who possesses the most perfect ears (an erotic charge for him) uses a picture of a sheep with a star on its back. This catapults him into a weird adventure to find the mythical sheep up in the wilds of Hokkaido, Japan's northern island. There are strange encounters, a hotel with an extra disappearing floor, and other oddities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wild Sheep Chase

  • By Christine on 30-05-11

I just didn't get it

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

It took everything in my being to get through this book, I thought perhaps getting to the end I would see the point of the book, but I just didn't. The narration frustrated me as the people were Japanese and so the American dialect was just all wrong (however if it was an American book the narrators accents were good).

I could not get my head around the sheep, the ears or the whale's penis. I really can't explain more than that. If you like an abstract book that goes slow then this may be for you.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters and these books.

  • By Pegs on 23-11-18

Love the narration

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

Reviewed: 15-12-18

As usual, I enjoyed the book, the characters are great as usual (love Peter) but I was not excited by the story. It felt a little bit samey. Will always look forward to the next instalment but it's not as intriguing as it was at the start.

  • Happiness for Humans

  • By: P. Z. Reizin
  • Narrated by: Gavin Osborn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Do you believe in soulmates? Aiden does. So when his colleague, Jen, is dumped unceremoniously by her dreadful boyfriend, Aiden decides to take matters - and Jen's life - into his own hands. Scouring the internet for a suitable partner for Jen, Aiden finds Tom. He'd be perfect for Jen apart from one minor detail: Tom lives in New York. Luckily for Jen and Tom, Aiden's not just an interfering colleague. In fact, Aiden isn't exactly human - he's a very complicated artificial intelligence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best narrator ever!

  • By Karen A on 12-05-18

An unusual RomCom

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

So this book is about AI doing a bit of matchmaking. It's an easy listen, standard UK characters talking about their loves and lives, with a little bit of artificial intelligence mixed in. (I best not say Robots!)

  • Two Steps Forward

  • By: Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

A romantic comedy from Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project, and his wife, Anne Buist. Two misfits walk 2000 km along the pilgrims' way in Spain to find themselves and, perhaps, each other. Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past - for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable listen

  • By Anonymous User on 25-10-18

Listening to this was like being on The Chemin

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I wanted to like this book and gave it more chance than others because of my love of the Rosie project, but I found it slow and laborious.

So the story is about 2 characters doing The Chemin, also known as the Camino de Santiago, is a centuries-old pilgrim route that ends in Santiago de Compostela. They both have their own demons and that's why they are doing the walk. They meet some interesting characters on the way and work out why they are walking.

As they were not giving up their walk, I wasn't going to give up the book but it was sure was a struggle.

  • Grey Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 2
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

The second novel in the brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns. In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracking instalment

  • By Robyn on 16-05-18

This second book remains brilliant

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

Sometimes when faced with such an amazing first book although you will it to be just as good you are sometimes disappointed with this I was not. The narration is brilliant just from listening you can imagine the characters. It is one of those books you can imagine as a film but you wouldn't want it to become a film as some books, are meant to be read (or listen too!).

Nona's character is still fiercely loyal, talented and skilful. Everyone deserves a friend like Nona.

  • Half Lost

  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Nathan Byrn is running again. The Alliance of Free Witches has been all but destroyed. Scattered and demoralised, constantly pursued by the Council's Hunters, only a bold new strategy can save the rebels from total defeat. They need the missing half of Gabriel's amulet - an ancient artifact with the power to render its bearer invincible in battle. But the amulet's guardian - the reclusive and awesomely powerful witch Ledger - has her own agenda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was wounded not lost

  • By Beccameriel on 02-05-16

Left me thinking about the characters days late

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

I am afraid to write too much in case I give anything away. I truly loved this book. You go on a journey with the characters and you become very protective of them.

It maybe a fantasy, but there is a touch of realism to it. Minutes, hours, days after finishing this book I was still thinking of the characters and what they had gone through.

This quote sums it up

“You've been away a long time. Were you lost?

I was wounded, not lost.”

A great listen - all 3

  • Red Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 1
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy, young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices' skills to deadly effect: it takes 10 years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist. But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don't truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder - guilty of worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Missed at your own expense!

  • By Strawberryskullcrusher on 14-04-17

Amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 13-11-17

I loved this book. A story of friendship, revenge, intrigue and guilt. I wonderful tale of children brought up to fight in a world where only the church can go up against money. Written from the point of view of Nonna, a child that gives her friendship sparingly but when it’s given she will be forever loyal. The book is written beautifully and the narrator makes you feel and love every character.

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  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting tale

  • By mj on 06-09-16

A conversation piece

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I'm not going to lie and don't think I really like the book. It was slow and quite frankly I am sure the story could have been told in half the time. I was ready to give up on the book on a number of occasions thinking it wasn't going anywhere.

You know what is going to happen within the first few pages. It was like reading an episode of Columbo. However, on reflection it was well written. You got to know the characters well and many times you think to yourself what would I do. It is the type of book that would go well in a book club so you can dissect the characters and contemplate what you would have done.

  • Queen Heir

  • NYC Mecca Series, Book 1
  • By: Jaymin Eve, Leia Stone
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Arianna is a queen heir and at 20 years old she's now eligible for the crown of wolf shifters. Heirs are trained and groomed so that they're ready should the queen perish during their time of eligibility. Of course, there's little chance of that happening. The Red Queen has stood for a century, and her power is beyond reckoning. Or so Arianna believes, right up until the final tolling of the bells. The queen has fallen. Four heirs will now fight it out for the crown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So So So good!

  • By Shanny C. on 07-04-17

This should not have been 1 book

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

I have now listened to all 3 books. It is a good trilogy, however, I feel that book 1 and 2 should have been together. I feel that book 1 only set a scene and was not a full story in itself.

I also felt that the narrator sounded too old for the character. It made her seem older than she was.

If you want an easy listen about werebears and werewolves. It is worth listening to all 3.

  • Star Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 2
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Ivy Wilde, the laziest witch in the West, is still entangled with the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. That's not a bad thing, however, because it gives her plenty of excuses to spend more time with sapphire-eyed Raphael Winter, her supposed nemesis. And when he comes knocking because he needs her to spy on the latest series of Enchantment, she jumps at the chance. Hanging around a film set can't be hard - or dangerous - right?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but...

  • By Alison on 04-09-17

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

This is an easy listen just like most of Helen Harper's books. A likeable lead and a fun storyline. Will definitely listen to the next in the series if there is one.