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  • Roots

  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 269

Tracing his ancestory through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By tru.gough on 23-12-12

Nothing like I imagined

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

My memories of the TV show for roots are obviously faded and I approached this book with trepidation expecting to get something filled with (justifiable) hate and emotional trauma. But in the end I think this is far more a story of hope and triumph than it is of bitterness and human suffering.

Alex Haley's story covers such an amazing timescale of Afro-American history and Avery Brooks has given a stunning performance.

  • The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Power of Meow

  • By: David Michie
  • Narrated by: David Michie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

In the latest installment of the Dalai Lama's Cat series, His Holiness' Cat ('HHC') is on a mission: to think less, to experience more, to live in the moment. She soon learns the proper phrase for this: being mindful, or a concept better known to her as the power of meow. What ensues is a journey to discover her own true nature, to gain a deeper understanding of her mind, and to experience life's greatest joy: the here and now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful.

  • By Leo'sMa on 09-04-17

Meditation for Dummies

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

The author cleverly weaves instructions on how to meditate in between his tale of the inhabitants of the city and their interaction with the famous feline.

A pleasure to listen to.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,160
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By madeleine davitt on 06-05-18

Loved it - Well written and beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

Refreshing to hear a tale about a familiar character from the classics, with a whole new twist.

The story is great and ties in well with what little we already knew about Circe.

I loved it so much I've brought hard copies to give as Christmas Presents.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Constantine Gregory
  • Length: 22 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

A century after it first appeared, Crime and Punishment remains one of the most gripping psychological thrillers. A poverty-stricken young man, seeing his family making sacrifices for him, is faced with an opportunity to solve his financial problems with one simple but horrifying act: the murder of a pawnbroker. She is, he feels, just a parasite on society. But does the end justify the means? Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov makes his decision and then has to live with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Last two words are missing which is a nuisance..

  • By trufflesmummy on 19-07-16

A bit of an uphill struggle

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

I'm not sure why I struggled with this one. I had a real problem remembering who was who. (This might have been down to the long Russian names.)

The story itself meanders through a glut of self sabotaging amid society rules and noble gestures. In true Russian Literary style nothing actual happens for multiple chapters at a time as minutia are thoroughly re-examined and dissected.

Just not for me.