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  • The One Plus One

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to.... Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking.... Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling, uplifting listen

  • By Saffy on 13-03-14

In typical Moyes style.

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

Reviewed: 25-07-15

What made the experience of listening to The One Plus One the most enjoyable?

I enjoy this author's light touch, clever observations and authentic understanding of the complexities of modern family life.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

Jojo Moyes is great with characters. Although occasionally a little stereo-typed, her handling and development of the people she portrays never disappoints. She places interesting people at the centre of well told stories and the result is a light but satisfying read of great appeal.

Any additional comments?

I've read almost all that Jojo Moyes has written and have enjoyed them all. What more could you ask?

  • Burial Rites

  • By: Hannah Kent
  • Narrated by: Morven Christie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnúsdóttir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of her lover. Agnes is sent to wait out her final months on the farm of district office Jón Jónsson, his wife and their two daughters. Horrified to have a convicted murderer in their midst, the family avoid contact with Agnes. Only Tóti, the young assistant priest appointed Agnes’ spiritual guardian, is compelled to try to understand her. As the year progresses and the hardships of rural life force the household to work side by side, Agnes’ story begins to emerge and with it the family’s terrible realization that all is not as they had assumed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agnes - understanding the human being

  • By Kaggy on 27-06-14

Holmchappell

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

Reviewed: 27-02-14

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

This is a superb piece of writing; a profound and intriguing story, based on truth but so well told as fiction.

What did you like best about this story?

It excels in its authenticity, carefully drawn characters and Kent's exploration of a theme with real gravitas. It's clear she immersed herself in this tale and the gorgeous richness of her writing pulls us in with her.

Which character – as performed by Morven Christie – was your favourite?

All the characters are superbly fleshed out with deep and thoughtful insight.

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

This is a book that wraps itself around you and draws you into a world imagined in minute detail. I was there, throughout.

Any additional comments?

I listen to a lot of audio-books and I would lay money on this being in the five star listens for 2014. If it isn't, it's a FIX!

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Redbreast: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 3

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

Harry Hole, drunkard, loner and brilliant detective is reassigned to surveillance after a high profile mistake. He’s bored by his new job until a report of a rare and unusual gun being fired sparks his interest because of its possible links to Neo Nazi activity. Then a former soldier is found with his throat cut. Next Harry’s former partner is murdered. Why had she been trying to reach Harry on the night her head was smashed in?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow burner, but thrilling finish

  • By Steven on 06-09-11

needs editing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-11

This is a decent story, tightly plotted and with well drawn, now familiar characters. However, the audio book itself needs more careful editing! There are numerous re-takes (where the reader makes a mistake, pauses and re-reads the sentence correctly) which should have been edited out and have not been. This makes an irritating listen in places, where the spell is broken for the audience by yet another unedited re-take. Tut tut.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Juliet, Naked

  • By: Nick Hornby
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Wiltsie, Ben Miles, Bill Irwin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Annie's put fifteen years into safe, slightly obsessive Duncan, and now she'd like her money back, please. It's time to move on. But she lives in Gooleness, the north's answer to a question nobody asked. Is she really going to find real, proper, fell-it-deep-down-in-your-boots love on a damp and windy seafront? Or perhaps she should follow her heart and pursue Tucker, the reclusive American rock star, who keeps emailing her his smart advice. But between Annie and her second chance lie a few obstacles.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun but beware the narration

  • By Baz Borozitch on 05-05-12

A gem.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-10

If you are browsing and windering what to buy, download this wonderful gem of a book. Nick Hornby is such a talented writer and this three way narrative has all his hallmarks; great voice, wit and such a feel for the frailty of what it is to be human, it cannot fail to touch something in all fo us. Sympathetically read, you will be delighted and at ?3.99 in the autumn sale, the book is a steal!

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasingly long

  • By Felix on 24-08-05

A Tour de Force

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-10

Simon Prebble's reading of this wonderfully rich novel was easy to listen to and for me, gave just the right atmosphere to the book. Susanna Clarke's monster novel really is a historical tour de force but with a wild fantasy and a great deal of humour thrown in for good measure. The detail and layering in her writing are intricate and endlessly pleasing and all the little twists and turns in this complex story unravel at just the right pace. The feel of period and setting are authentic and skillfully handled and the characters walking (or otherwise) Clark's story world are beautifully drawn, utterly believable and very engaging. I am not sure that I have ever read anything quite like this book before and I would strongly recommend it to anyone considering the download. It will keep you entertained for many a long hour and at 1 credit, is fantastic value. No hesitation in awarding it five stars.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful