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Aoife C.

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  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning

  • How to Free Yourself and Your Family from a Lifetime of Clutter
  • By: Margareta Magnusson, Jane Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Döstädning, or the art of death cleaning, is a Swedish phenomenon by which the elderly and their families set their affairs in order. Whether it's sorting the family heirlooms from the junk, downsizing to a smaller place, or setting up a system to help you stop misplacing your keys, death cleaning gives us the chance to make the later years of our lives as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Whatever your age, Swedish death cleaning can be used to help you de-clutter your life, and take stock of what's important.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed, cried and got on with the task at hand.

  • By Mrs. OM on 07-09-18

Practical, inspiring and not at all depressing

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

This book is full of charm, even more so because the author lends us her experiences of 80+ years. It took me a while to get around to writing this review... I've been cleaning, and it feels great!

  • Then She Was Gone

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,305

A missing girl. A buried secret. From the acclaimed author of I Found You and the Richard & Judy best seller The Girls comes a compulsively twisty psychological thriller that will keep you gripped to the very last moment. She was 15, her mother's golden girl. She had her whole life ahead of her. And then, in the blink of an eye, Ellie was gone. Ten years on, Laurel has never given up hope of finding Ellie. And then she meets a charming and charismatic stranger who sweeps her off her feet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kate on 18-10-17

Compulsive listening

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Having just enjoyed another title by this author I opted for this book. It's a tough one to put down... you've been warned! The author builds the suspense well, weaving and revealing the story at a well judged pace.
The narrator is excellent too. I enjoyed her interpretation.
However, I have one big bug bear with this book, in both the story line and the narration. That is the Irish element... I was dismayed that the Cuckoo character is Irish. It seemed a bit stereotyped. And the Irish accent was waaay off, which was a pity. But if you're not too familiar with Irish accents then you might not pick this up so it shouldn't interrupt what is otherwise and excellent listen!

  • The Remains of the Day

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Dominic West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367

A contemporary classic, The Remains of the Day is Kazuo Ishiguro's beautiful and haunting evocation of life between the wars in a Great English House. In the summer of 1956, Stevens, the ageing butler of Darlington Hall, embarks on a leisurely holiday that will take him deep into the countryside – and into his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia for a time that has so much to teach us

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-07-15

This left me with mixed feelings.

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

The writing is beautiful. The performance excellent. He captured the steady restraint of his character perfectly. However I found myself shouting at Mr Stevens, willing him to allow a crack in his carefully constructed persona, to express a tiny part of his carefully suppressed self. It was fascinating and infuriating in equal measure, definitely thought provoking. Was autism at play here? Or simply the highly delineated roles of society? You decide.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Medieval thriller

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I really enjoyed Company of Liars. I chose it because I am reading a book set in the same time and I thought it would be nice to have two different views of the same era. It was!
I loved the twists and character reveals, and the ending...? Brilliant!!

  • Factfulness

  • Ten Reasons We're Wrong About The World - And Why Things Are Better Than You Think
  • By: Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,347
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,335

Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of carrying only opinions for which you have strong supporting facts. When asked simple questions about global trends - why the world's population is increasing; how many young women go to school; how many of us live in poverty - we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for anyone interested in world events!

  • By JenniferL on 28-04-18

Very interesting. Food for thought

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

This book is well worth listening to. It shows some wonderful ways of looking at data and indeed I feel much less fearful for the future of our planet after considering all his points. I also loved the diagrams and graphs, having never come across a bubble graph before. As a visual learner, I'm a sucker for good infographics!
I found it was quiet repetitive at times, maybe a good thing to drive the points home and make them stick I guess. Also, while the narrator has a lovely gentle lilting voice, he really struggles with diction, or 'getting his mouth around' words. I found this quite distracting at times. I'd definitely recommend this book though, and if you're in business, I'd insist that you listen to it!

  • Warbreaker

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 24 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578

Warbreaker is the story of two sisters who happen to be princesses, the God King one of them has to marry, the lesser god who doesn't like his job, and the immortal who's still trying to undo the mistakes he made hundreds of years ago. Their world is one in which those who die in glory return as gods to live confined to a pantheon in Hallandren's capital city and where a power known as BioChromatic magic is based on an essence known as breath that can be collected only one unit at a time from individual people.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Painfully slow to get going but worth persevering

  • By Martin on 06-07-18

Loved listening to this

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

I read Warbreaker a few years ago and enjoyed listening to it just as much. Well written, lots of colour and humour. Well read too.

  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the Coen Brothers...

  • By Sara on 15-12-11

Beautifully written and delivered

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

This book is different from any other I have read. It is so beautifully human in its telling, as we follow two assassins in their line of work. It is a story of kindness, regret, innocence and hope that will leave you laughing and crying in turn. If I could hang a single adjective on this book, I'm surprised (given the career choice of the brothers) to say it would be 'gentle', both in the writing and the narrating. An enjoyable and uplifting listen.

  • The Blade Itself

  • The First Law: Book One
  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 22 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266

Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly My Favourite Listen So Far...

  • By Andrew on 18-10-13

I struggled with this one

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

My brother recommended this trilogy, and I was influenced by another listeners positive review, but I honestly couldn't say I connected with it. I nearly gave up on it several times and was 10 hours in before I could nail down who all the characters are, who belongs to which faction etc I found there were too many characters and not enough depth, not enough colour, lots of cursing and references to piss. My last listen was The Name of The Wind, and The Wise Mans Fear... maybe it's just poor in comparison.

Somewhere around the 18 hour mark the story seemed to take shape and move forward. and then, it ended.

The narrator was excellent, (especially when portraying talking with no teeth), although I preferred his performance in Best Served Cold. There were sections where the character is thinking to himself during loud conversations and I found I was having to tweak the volume to catch details.

Would I recommend this book? I'm still on the fence. Definitely read some of the other reviews before deciding.

  • Elantris

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
  • Length: 28 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442

Elantris was built on magic, and it thrived. But then the magic began to fade, and Elantris began to rot. Now its shattered citizens face domination by a powerful Imperium. Can a young Princess unite the people of Elantris and lead a rebellion against the imperial zealots? Brandon Sanderson's debut fantasy showed his skill as a storyteller and an imaginer of baroque magical systems to be fully developed from the start.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By BM on 19-11-14

A decent listen with interesting extras

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Full disclosure... I'm a Brandon Sanderson fan. I loved his Mistborn series. This is the first audio book of his that I've listened to though. It would be fair to say I had high expectations.
The story line is good, very creative. The characters have texture and depth. Sanderson steers clear of limiting his characters to 'goodies and baddies', which is refreshing. It did seem a bit laboured at times, as if the writer knew where the story had to go but had to go through some 'long grass' scenes to get there, but this was only in little pockets.
The narrator was excellent in his range of character depictions but I found I really didn't like the voice he chose for Galadon (purely subjective opinion. There was nothing wrong with it... I just didn't like it. Sorry). As well as that I struggled with the pace. It was just a bit slow in delivery. Not enough to stop listening, but enough to be distracting.
There is a section before the book that gives us readers/listeners a peek into the mysterious world of the writing process. And there is a similar section at the end, as well as chapters and story threads that didn't make the final cut. All very interesting!
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely!

  • Best Served Cold

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877

Springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Low down dirty double crossing ...

  • By Stuart on 08-02-13

A cracking good story

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Some books are good and the narrators do a decent job of portraying them. In this book however, the narrator blows all other narrators out of the water with his performance. I enjoyed the story and relished the delivery! It is brilliantly written, witty and sharp with wonderfully colourful characters. I found myself cheering on my favourite characters and loving to hate the nasty guys. Favourites? Day and Friendly. This is a book I look forward to listening to again.