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  • You Were Gone

  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, Rachel Bavidge, Tom Burke
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of You Were Gone by Tim Weaver. Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it

  • By Debs on 02-06-18

You Were Gone - terrible

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

You Were Gone - terrible
From the beginning this book frustrated me,
I think the author was running out of ideas to write about.
I kept on hoping the book would get better a i laboriously plough
through it but it didn’t.
I do normally like Weaver’s book but not this time .
Good narration

  • Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Paul Adams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

Unjustly imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille, Dr. Alexandre Manette is reunited with his daughter, Lucie, and safely transported from France to England. It would seem that they could take up the threads of their lives in peace. As fate would have it though, the pair are summoned to the Old Bailey to testify against a young Frenchman - Charles Darnay - falsely accused of treason. Strangely enough, Darnay bears an uncanny resemblance to another man in the courtroom, the dissolute lawyer's clerk Sydney Carton. It is a coincidence that saves Darnay from certain doom more than once. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to listen to with background music

  • By MAGGS on 01-11-18

Impossible to listen to with background music

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Tale of two cities - Impossible to listen to with background music
Being particularly deaf I find it very hard to hear what narrator is saying as the background ,unicorn unable to concentrate on the words

  • Broken Heart

  • David Raker, Book 7
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen, John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

A woman drives to a beautiful headland overlooking the Devon coast. She is never seen again, and no trace of where she went can be found. The woman's sister calls missing persons investigator David Raker. As Raker tries to find her whereabouts - fearing the worst - he learns that she was recently widowed from a reclusive film director. It seems that, going through her husband's belongings, she found a secret so dark and shocking that it forced her to leave her entire life behind. Chasing the truth will consume Raker and place him in grave danger....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not his best

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-09-16

Broken heart - Usual from Raker but I still enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Broken heart - Usual from Raker but I still enjoyed
The man defy death, but I think the narration always carry’s
the Raker book for me
Great narration

  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Alexander Hamilton was an illegitimate, largely self-taught orphan from the Caribbean who overcame all the odds to become George Washington's aide-de-camp and the first Treasury Secretary of the United States. Few figures in American history are more controversial. In this masterful work, Chernow shows how the political and economic power of America today is the result of Hamilton's willingness to champion ideas that were often wildly disputed during his time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BrilliNT

  • By jacqueline bain on 03-01-18

Alexander Hamilton- Enjoyable but too long

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Alexander Hamilton- Enjoyable but too long
Hamilton was an exception man & left an lasting legacy to US
Politicians then as now were corrupt able.
The press again still sprouts lies & not caring who got hurt.
GREAT NARRATION

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,418

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story, worth getting into...

  • By Mr on 27-02-17

Fahrenheit 451 - Book not for me

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Fahrenheit 451 - Book not for me
Im not really into futurist book but thought I would give it a go as Tim Robbins was narrating, nut as I said this wasn’t for me
Tim Robbins great narration

  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-18

Three Things about Elsie - A delightful book & great storytelling

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

Three Things about Elsie - A delightful book & great storytelling
I loved this book it was so good, nothing to taxing, just a lovely story.
The ending will surprise you
Great narration

  • The Ice Man

  • Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer
  • By: Philip Carlo
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 19 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Top Mafia hit man. Doting father. For 30 years, Richard 'the Ice Man' Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighbourhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Kuklinski was Sammy 'the Bull' Gravano's partner in the killing of Paul Castellano, John Gotti hired him to kill his neighbour and he was also intimately involved in the killing of Jimmy Hoffa. He conducted this sadistic business with cold-hearted intensity, never disappointing his customers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent listen - if you can take it.

  • By Lee on 14-12-13

The Ice Man - Fascinating story

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

The Ice Man - Fascinating story
Somewhat disturbing in parts that could upset some listeners
I did enjoy the book
Great narration

  • A Tale of Love and Darkness

  • By: Amos Oz
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

It is the story of a boy growing up in the war-torn Jerusalem of the 40s and 50s in a small apartment crowded with books in 12 languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. His mother and father, both wonderful people, were ill-suited to each other. When Oz was 12 and a half years old, his mother committed suicide - a tragedy that was to change his life. He leaves the constraints of the family and the community of dreamers, scholars, and failed businessmen to join a kibbutz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Jo Brown on 04-03-17

A tale of Love and Darkness - Great storytelling

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

A tale of Love and Darkness - Great storytelling
The author Amos Oz told the story of his life brilliantly, leaving his darkest moment to the end.
Brilliant narration

  • The House by the Lake

  • By: Thomas Harding
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a house by a lake. It had been a holiday home for her family, that she had been forced to leave as the Nazis swept to power. As he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived, he realised that this house had witnessed violence, betrayals and murders, had withstood the trauma of a world war and the dividing of a nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A historical treasure

  • By KittyB on 28-10-15

House by the Lake - Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 30-04-18

House by the Lake - Terrible narration
I don’t know if this book might have better to listen to if there had been a different narrator but as it happens the narration brought nothing to the book.
Narrator had no enthusiasm even at the tensions moment

  • John le Carré

  • The Biography
  • By: Adam Sisman
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 26 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

In this definitive biography - blessed by John le Carré himself - Adam Sisman reveals the man behind the best-selling persona. In John le Carré, Sisman shines a spotlight on David Cornwell, an expert at hiding in plain sight - "born to lying," he wrote in 2002, "bred to it, trained to it by an industry that lies for a living, practiced in it as a novelist."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Francis on 21-10-15

John Le Carre - not sure about this book, whether...

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

John Le Carre - not sure about this book, whether John Le Carre was telling the author the truth or not, don’t think the author knew it either.
Good narration