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  • Lonesome Dove

  • By: Larry McMurtry
  • Narrated by: Lee Horsley
  • Length: 36 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

 

Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove will make listeners laugh, weep, dream, and remember. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Wild Highlander on 25-02-19

Epic, beautifully written, perfectly performed!

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I was worried that this book was about 38 hrs long, but I ended up wishing it were longer! Such a beautifully crafted novel, the characters and Wild West landscapes are superbly drawn. I feel as though I've been on the cattle drive, I'm exhausted, humbled and ready to settle down back in the comfort of the presence. The performance couldn't have brought it to life better.

  • The Taxidermist's Daughter

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 309

Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway. Standing alone is the taxidermist's daughter. At 17, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it is all that is left of Gifford's once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed animals that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and excellent narration

  • By Patricia Grundy on 24-04-15

Plot a bit obvious, writing a bit clichéd

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

The story is so-so, I have to admit, I expected better from Kate Mosse...
The reader is pretty awful - at times sounds as though she's reading the shipping forecast, and often uses odd pronunciation.

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  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. Jacob introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus' animal trainer); and to Rosie, a seemingly untrainable elephant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Water for Elephants

  • By Suzannah on 16-08-11

Wonderful story, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 03-11-16

Super engaging split narrative between 90yearoldjacob and young Jacob working at a circus during the depression

  • The View from the Cheap Seats

  • Selected Nonfiction
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

The View from the Cheap Seats draws together, for the first time ever, myriad nonfiction writing by international phenomenon and Sunday Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman. From Make Good Art, the speech he gave at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia that went viral, to pieces on artists and legends including Terry Pratchett, Lou Reed and Ray Bradbury, the collection offers a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed writers of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, beautiful and always funny

  • By Josh McCullough on 23-09-16

Inside Neil Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 15-06-16

If you love Neil Gaiman, reading, sensible and simply genius life philosophies, you will love this.

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  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All you need is Ove

  • By Kaggy on 22-09-14

Unexpectedly brilliant

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

Reviewed: 16-03-15

Where does A Man Called Ove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to for ages - beautifully narrated, Joan Walker's intonation and accent evokes the Swedish characters and scenery without putting on a fake accent. Bachman's heartwarming and heartrending story subtly presents incisive observations on character and modern day life. The gentle comedy had me laughing out loud in many places.

What other book might you compare A Man Called Ove to, and why?

The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of a window and Disappeared perhaps - because it uses a similar type of narrative (alternate past and present) from the perspective of a no-nonsense protagonist, it helps you to understand today's human condition through character creation and historical events.
Like Jonasson's story, both the characters and the narrative are charming and engaging - and hilarious!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It is tragically heartrending in places - the struggles of a poverty-stricken orphan, the tragedy of childlessness and a lost loved-ones; but also heartwarming in so many places.

  • The Boy in the Snow

  • By: M. J. McGrath
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

When Arctic guide Edie Kiglatuk stumbles across a body abandoned in the Alaskan forest, she little imagines what her discovery will lead her to. With the local police convinced the death is linked to a sinister Russian sect, Edie's friends insist she leave the investigation to the proper authorities. But Edie cannot get the image of the frozen corpse out of her mind....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not brilliant but OK

  • By Juliet Bernad on 05-04-15

Beautifully read, great idea, the writing fails it

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

Reviewed: 21-02-15

The narrator's tone really helps to evoke the stark Alaskan setting and Inuit characters
I really enjoyed learning about Alaska and the people and politics; however, the writing lets it down in many places. Nevertheless, I DID finish it, and sort of enjoyed it to the slightly unsatisfying end.