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  • The Fishermen

  • By: Chigozie Obioma
  • Narrated by: Chukwudi Iwuji
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Told from the point of view of nine-year-old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, The Fishermen is story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990s Nigeria. When their father has to work away, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the forbidden nearby river they encounter a madman, who predicts that one of the brothers will kill another. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact will transcend the lives and imaginations of both its characters and its readers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The dangers of self-fulfilling prophecy lyrically told

  • By Julie Fisher on 14-07-16

Emotional Rollercoaster

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Excellent story. Excellent narration. Brilliantly written and told. I am hooked on Nigerian fiction and narrators. 😃

  • In Our Mad and Furious City

  • By: Guy Gunaratne
  • Narrated by: Ben Bailey Smith, Lou Marie Kerr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Guy Gunaratne's blistering debut, In Our Mad and Furious City, is an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate. For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music, freedom. But now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe. While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan remain focused on their own obsessions, girls and grime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Subject Matter

  • By Raggzy on 06-07-18

Everyone should read this

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I have waited patiently for a book like Feral Youth by Polly Courtney and it's been a long wait. This is the only other book like it but much broader in its reach. It cleverly and accurately tells the story of the street, from the street but also shows it in a historical context that is blistering in its delivery.

10 stars - five for the book and five for the narration!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Stunning. Illuminating. Wonderful. Educational.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

A great read after Half of a Yellow Sun. A fictional intersect with the work of Renni Eddo-Lodge. Eye-opening conversation about race, the African Diaspora and, well, life.

Excellent narration.

  • Half of a Yellow Sun

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Zainab Jah
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my living memory

  • By julie on 19-10-17

The world was silent when we died

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

A chance encounter with a Nigerian Uber driver led me to this book, his way to educate me on his family's struggle to be Biafran.

The story is cleverly told, weaving personal stories through a historical narrative. Read it and weep then realise the struggle is still very much on.

Brilliant narration and by the end of it I could speak a few phrases of Igbo to the amusement of my Nigerian colleagues.

Abu m onye Biafra.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Who Fears Death

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

In a postapocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the colour of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different - special - she names her Onyesonwu, which means 'who fears death?' in an ancient language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Book perfectly Narrated

  • By jazzsundays on 05-06-18

A profoundly moving and magical book

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This book is unlike any other I have read. I struggle to even assign it a genre. The realism of this book coupled with the spiritualism combines to make something special. The narrator as always is flawless in her delivery. Special.

  • Dalila

  • By: Jason Donald
  • Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Irene Dalila Mwathi comes from Kenya with a brutally violent personal history. Once she wanted to be a journalist; now all she wants is to be safe. When she finally arrives, bewildered, in London, she is attacked by the very people paid to protect her, and she has no choice but to step out on her own into this strange new world. Through a dizzying array of interviews, lawyer's meetings, regulations and detention centres, she realises that what she faces may be no less dangerous than the violence she has fled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thought provoking roller coaster

  • By Mrs. S. Phillips on 01-11-18

Stunning and Saddening and also quite Sickening.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

This was unputdownable. A first person perspective of what it is like to flee violence and persecution, seeking asylum in the UK only to be treated as criminal until proven otherwise or until the Home Office can find a way to reject you using fair means or foul so they can meet their quota or agendas.

The narrator in this is absolutely incredible.

  • The Republic of Thieves

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765

He's back! The long-awaited return of the most exciting new commercial fantasy writer of the 21st century.... After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins, the Bonds Magi. It is a fallout that will pit both men against Locke's own long lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life and now it is time for them to meet again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Please!

  • By Stephen on 13-12-13

I thoroughly enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 03-07-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Republic of Thieves to be better than the print version?

The narrator is fantastic, I did read the print version as well (alongside) but I preferred the audio simply because the narrator is magnificent.

What did you like best about this story?

The world building and the mysterious backdrop of The Eldren.

What about Michael Page’s performance did you like?

EVERY WORD HE SPOKE

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

Yes...although it took me considerably more sittings than that.

Any additional comments?

This book took me twenty-three days to read. That's longer than I'd normally take to get through a novel of this size but something called "Brexit" happened just as I was approaching the half-way point of the book. If you haven't heard of Brexit then you are indeed fortunate and I will spare you the details. The political farce leading up to, during and immediately after this event was unparalleled in my lifetime and required me to divert my time and energy to man the front-lines of Twitter. It was brutal out there, shoulder to shoulder with fellow Twitter denizens repelling wave after wave of opinions of mass stupidity.

Anyway, that happened. I retreated from the front-line for a few days and finished the book. I was then struck by some of the parallels between UK and Karthain politics. Mostly one parallel actually, everything had gone to Hell in a handcart. This is unsurprising when you consider that the political campaign for one side was being orchestrated by Locke Lamora, ably assisted by Jean Tannen.

No spoilers here, no detailed review, just my usual summary of whether I enjoyed it and whether I think anyone else, especially any one having read the previous books, would enjoy it.

If you enjoyed book one and survived reading the interminable second book then this will definitely delight you. Honestly, this book kind of makes it worth finishing the second book because what you realise as you read this is that a world, deep and complex has been spun around you and that's just the world of right now. As usual in the background of the novel is the ever present backdrop of mystery of the structures and technology that the long-departed race known as The Eldren left behind.

There is more backstory of the early years of Locke and the rest of Chains' gang which is always a delight and a reveal in equal measure. This time though we finally get to meet the mysterious Sabetha. I'll say no more.

What really marks this book out is that upon finishing it you emerge realising that you didn't read the book but you experienced it. The world, its history, the cities, the people, the politics and the magic. It's epic worldbuilding, perhaps the urban fantasy equivalent of Raymond Feist's Riftwar (I know that might be an unfair or unequal comparison to some literary experts, this is simply my humble opinion as a reader). Part of the backstory involves our gang of thieves becoming actors which leads up to them taking part in a play (The Republic of Thieves from which the title of the book is taken). The way that this play is enacted inside of the story had me more completely immersed in a fictional world than I can remember being for quite some time. To be fair I spend most of time living in fictional worlds and I'd choose most of them over the current reality!

I feel that I can now go back and give two a much more favourable review.

I deliberately didn't mention the Bonsdsmage. Those testicle-withering bastards are everywhere. I hardly dare speak their name.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

A bloody marvellous book.

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

As sure as the sea is full of fish piss (to quote the book) this book is in my top five books ever.

  • The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 6
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Sir Richard Francis Burton's expedition has returned from the future, bringing with it knowledge of technologies that must remain secret if history is to proceed as it should. However, when one of his colleagues turns rogue, the secret falls into the hands of the very people most likely to misuse it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great conclusion to a brilliant series

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-09-16

A brilliant ending and so much more.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-16

This was the sixth and final book. As the last third of the three-parter that was books 4-6 I may have enjoyed the second half of this series even more than the first.

Narration was as excellent as ever.

  • The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 4
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Burton & Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of the series so far.

  • By N16 on 16-02-16

The best of the series so far.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-16

I had originally though this series was a trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I was very surprised to find out there was more as the story seemed to have finished. What Mark Hodder does with the story next however marks this out clearly as my favourite so far. Bismillah! Also, as ever, Algy is truly the main character. Downloading the next one now!

I must just add that the narration is exquisite and couldn't not be any better.