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  • The Well of Lost Plots

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Leaving Swindon behind her to hide out in the Well of Lost Plots (the place where all fiction is created), Thursday Next, Literary Detective and soon-to-be one parent family, ponders her next move from within an unpublished book of dubious merit entitled 'Caversham Heights'. Landen, her husband, is still eradicated, Aornis Hades is meddling with Thursday's memory, and Miss Havisham - when not sewing up plot-holes in 'Mill on the Floss' - is trying to break the land-speed record on the A409.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great follow up book

  • By Andy on 27-03-18

wow, just wow

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

Reviewed: 20-03-19

words fail me to describe the sheer genius of this book.

like a Russian doll of plots it is a book about a book within a book in a world of books that exists separate from the real world.

amazing

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio problems mar an otherwise entertaining read

  • By Charles on 06-06-13

best book I have read in a long time

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

I read a lot of books.
I am not kidding.
it has reached the point that a book really has to pull a serious rabbit out of the hat to impress me

this book can comfortably be described as mind expanding. so clever, so fantastically well written - so many clever little touches and asides.

I truly cannot wait to read the whole series if this is just the warm up.

read it now. thank me later

  • Scrivener's Moon

  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Sarah Coomes
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

The Scriven people are brilliant, mad - and dead. All except one, whose monstrous creation is nearly complete - a giant city on wheels. New London terrifies the rest of the world, and an army of mammoth-riders gathers to fight it. Meanwhile, young Fever Crumb begins a hunt for Ancient technology in their icy strongholds. She finds a mysterious black pyramid full of secrets. It will change her world forever. Scrivener's Moon follows Fever Crumb and A Web of Air to complete one of the most exciting and inventive fantasy adventures series ever recorded for audio.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book ruined by narrator😟

  • By MISS FARHANA Y CHISHTI on 11-01-16

wonderful adventure rounding off this story arc

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

Reviewed: 12-01-19

this perfectly rounds off the prequel trilogy

lots of little nods and details which either explain or account for a lot of things in the Mortal Engines series.

fever crumb is a great character

  • Fever Crumb

  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Philip Reeve
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Fever Crumb has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the Order of Engineers, where she serves as an apprentice. At a time when women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only girl to serve in the Order. Soon, though, she must say good-bye to Dr. Crumb to assist archaeologist Kit Solent with a top secret project. The assignment involves a mysterious room that once belonged to Auric Godshawk, the last of the Scriven overlords, and Fever must help unlock it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It all started with Fever Crumb

  • By Brian on 07-05-18

fabulous prequel

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

I adored the Mortal Engines books and I was so happy to get a hold of this book. it is a wonderful treat full of little in-jokes which enrich the reading experience

a delight. definitely going to read the sequels

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,872

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing - maybe

  • By Richard C. on 10-12-18

interesting but rambling

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

this book does have some clever things to say. however it also rambles a lot and drifts around the topic a lot.

still worth a read but I listened at 1.2x speed to get to the end faster

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  • Tales of the Peculiar

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann, Garrick Hagon, Simon Callow
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs, read by Simon Callow, Garrick Hagon and Bruce Mann. In this collection of fairy tales, Ransom Riggs invites you to uncover hidden legends of the peculiar world. A fork-tongued princess, a girl who talks to ghosts and wealthy cannibals who dine on the discarded limbs of peculiars are just a few of the characters whose stories will have you hooked.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally wonderful

  • By K. Bridges on 22-12-16

great fun

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

great performance

great set of tales. all wonderfully varied

like aesops fables go peculiar

Callow delivers a virtuoso performance

  • A Map of Days

  • Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, Book 4
  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma and their peculiar friends are with him and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery - a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob's grandfather, Abe. Clues to Abe's double life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a cliffhanger

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-01-19

totally blown away!

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

Reviewed: 21-10-18

so deeply anticipated and so richly enjoyed

I can't wait until the next one comes out but there is no way of making an author hurry up.

it is an utter joy to be reunited with the cast of the original trilogy. I had assumed that the third book rounded off the story but I was wonderfully mistaken. the tour de force of creative writing bringing new layers to the peculiar universe knocked my socks off.

first read the original trilogy then round it off with this wonderful story which whets my appetite for more.

  • The Authorities

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

Sinclair Rutherford is a young Seattle cop with a taste for the finer things. Doing menial tasks and getting hassled by superiors he doesn't respect are definitely not "finer things". Good police work and bad luck lead him to crack a case that changes quickly from a career-making break into a high-profile humiliation when footage of his pursuit of the suspect - wildly inappropriate murder weapon in hand - becomes an Internet sensation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An entertaining, humorous police procedural

  • By J Reason on 20-12-15

brilliant story. lots of fun<br />

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

simply wonderful. a place procedural comedy. witty clever and modern.

better than I could have possibly imagined

now I really hope he does a sequel

  • Fight and Flight

  • Magic 2.0, Book 4
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,070

Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces. So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By J Breckenridge on 17-05-17

simply brilliant - compelling and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 13-06-18

loves it from start to finish. the magic 2.0 series never fails to deliver the goods. Each time I think that the next book can't bring a stronger game than the previous one I am always surprised by the creative twists and turns of the storyline.

definitely read the books in order or you won't get as much out of it as I did. I can't wait until the next one comes out (even though it's only 6 days away as I write this)

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  • Armada

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,571

Zack Lightman is a dreamer. He fills his days with wishful thoughts of life on other planets and spends hours playing videogames, neither of which have helped him make friends or find a girlfriend. His refuge from the daily disappointments of life is Armada - an online space-fighter simulator based on defending Earth from an alien invasion. It’s when he’s playing that he feels closest to his father, a champion gamer who died when Zack was a baby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is no 'Ready Player One'

  • By Hannah on 06-08-15

Great Geeky adventure

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

I enjoyed this book a lot. Granted it is not as awesome as Ready Player One but that is one crazy hard act to follow.

The story is a little bit the last starfighter on steroids. I enjoyed it immensely and loved the near constant stream of geeky references which I am glad (or mildly ashamed) to say I totally got.

Read and enjoy