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  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,645
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,291

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

really great book by a fab author

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

set my heart racing! loved it and didn't want it to end. will now have to listen again to the other books. I hope he writes more

  • Imitation in Death

  • In Death, Book 17
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of the strongest books but moves narrative

  • By alex on 15-10-17

Not one of the strongest books but moves narrative

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

Reviewed: 15-10-17

it was a good listen as always but didn't feel like the strongest book in terms of story lines. seemed to be a filler to move the narrative

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,138

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

interesting twists and turns good story line

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

Reviewed: 17-04-17

although app says review optional has to be at least 15 words and actual star selection not registered. it opts for one extra star but I eventually managed to give 4 stars by clicking on 3. it's a good book with an interesting story. inspiring me to declutter too!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 527

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable

  • By Loopygoose on 28-08-15

nice easy listening

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

well read and nice innocuous story. uplifting and funny. made me laugh walking around which earned me some odd looks. female reader put strange emphasis but wasn't offputting

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mostly Harmless

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Martin Freeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

Arthur Dent hadn't had a day as bad as this since the Earth had been blown up. Depressed and alone, Arthur finally settles on the small planet Lamuella and becomes a sandwich maker. Looking forward to a quiet life, his plans are thrown awry by the unexpected arrival of his daughter. There’s nothing worse than a frustrated teenager with a copy of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in their hands. When she runs away, Arthur goes after her determined to save her from the horrors of the universe. After all - he’s encountered most of them before.… Volume Five in the Trilogy of Five.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book!

  • By Mr T on 21-02-18

love hitchhiker's guide. one more part

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

apparently this bit is optional but review has to be twenty words. somewhat like a truly terrible waffling vogon poem I will fill this space and say I loved this book. as I love all hitchhiker's guide books this didn't take me terribly by surprise. but does explain the confusion I encountered having stumbled upon "and another thing" somewhat like a non linear time line. now having adjusted to temporal shifts and multi dimensions I realise "mostly harmless" came first. now to go back to the future and revisit "and another thing......."

  • F--k It Therapy

  • The Profane Way to Profound Happiness
  • By: John C Parkin
  • Narrated by: John C Parkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

If every therapist and psychotherapist on the planet could repeat this to their clients, like a mantra, again and again, there would be fewer therapists and psychotherapists. Because it works. Very quickly. Realising that what you're worrying about and stressing over doesn't really matter so much in the grand scheme of things is the door to freedom and healing. And the little profanity 'F**k It' is the key to that door.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • . f**k it a waste of money

  • By Anthony on 09-03-15

good ideas

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

gaias voice threw me initially. but ideas were hood. wish you got accompanying pdfs of exercises.

  • Between Two Thorns

  • The Split Worlds Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Newman
  • Narrated by: Emma Newman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him - with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer. There is a witness, but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs. But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but ends unfinished

  • By alex on 10-11-14

Good story but ends unfinished

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

Reviewed: 10-11-14

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

it's a good storyline and leaves you wanting to know the end, so will entice you to get the next in what is, i guess a series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between Two Thorns?

can i say without spoiling any plot? the first interaction with lord poppy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

the author does the reading, and tells the story well, she doesn't distinguish voices well and has a very feminine voice, which makes it difficult to tell who is saying what sometimes.

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

the head scratching of the gargoyl

Any additional comments?

wish i'd known it was part of a series at the start, but v good, worth a listen if you like sci-fi, fairies and fey and all that.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • An Evening with Ranulph Fiennes

  • By: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Narrated by: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been described by The Guinness Book of Records as "the world's greatest living explorer". He has led over 30 expeditions, including the first polar circumnavigation of the Earth and the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen while you're driving!

  • By Mr. S. Gibson on 15-10-07

such a shame it was so short

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

Where does An Evening with Ranulph Fiennes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

very very close to the top

What other book might you compare An Evening with Ranulph Fiennes to, and why?

it's a very short audiobook as it is him giving a talk, so cant compare it

Have you listened to any of Ranulph Fiennes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

not listened to any other books, but i am going to look them up now

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

short but hilarious

Any additional comments?

very very funny and interesting book, basically a talk that he has given on evening explaining where he has come from. very humorous.

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur. In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking A+

  • By Theodore on 10-01-13

nothing groundbreaking

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

Reviewed: 19-04-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

maybe - its an easy going listen and kind of interesting in places

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

it was fairly level ground, but interesting that certain niches suit introverts well

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

perfomance was fine, quietly read

If this book were a film would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

mildly interesting, not ground breaking, but an ok listen

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tidal Shift

  • A Novel
  • By: Dora Heldt, Jamie Lee Searle (translator)
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 8

Forty-six-year-old divorcée Christine is finally happy - or so she thinks. She has an amazing boyfriend but she also has a drama-filled family she fears might scare him off. And when Christine spies her dependable Aunt Inge in the company of a man who is most certainly not her husband, it sends the family drama into overdrive - and delivers an unexpected wake-up call to Christine. Because after witnessing the newfound passion with which 60-something Inge is tackling each day, Christine becomes aware of the mounting frustrations in her supposedly fabulous life. Sick and tired of playing it safe, Christine finally decides the time has come to make some big changes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice story spoilt by terrible narration

  • By Kathy on 13-11-13

couldn't finish it - awful narration

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

Reviewed: 19-04-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

anyone who likes listening to robotic voices or children that have just learnt to read but an't put emphasis in the correct place - you'd be better off with an ebook and getting a generic software pacakge to read it out loud.

Would you ever listen to anything by Dora Heldt and Jamie Lee Searle (translator) again?

maybe the author as long as it had a different narrator. I can't actually say for sure as i never finished it as i just couldn't listen to it any more - it was winding me up too much

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Awful. emphasis in wrong places, and sounded like a child that had just. learnt. to read. with. a strange ability to. intone punctuation where. i am sure there probably wasn't. any. an automatic text reader. would do a better. job.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

possibly the story might have been ok. i can't say as i couldn't finish

Any additional comments?

PLEASE - no more books from this narrator.