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Adele

Paremata, Wellington, New Zealand
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  • The State We're In

  • By: Adele Parks
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

What are the odds that the stranger sitting next to you on a plane is destined to change your life? Especially when they appear to be your opposite in every way. She's a life-long optimist, he's a resolute cynic. In the time it takes to fly from London to Chicago, each finds something in the other that they didn't even realise they needed. When they get off the plane their true journey begins...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grim

  • By Jayneylonglegs on 17-06-15

Why did I persevere?

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

This story is total cliche, not to mention preposterous. Not sure why I finished it. Dreadful ending , not the equally bad ending I was expecting though, so I guess that's something. Was well written and well read.

  • The Nowhere Man

  • Orphan X, Book 2
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927

Ambushed and drugged, Evan Smoak wakes up in a locked room with no idea where he is or who has captured him. As he tries to piece together what's happened, he receives a desperate call for help. With time running out, he will need to out-manoeuvre a powerful opponent to have any chance of escape. He's got to save himself to protect those whose lives depend on him...or die trying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book as good as the first one

  • By despie on 03-03-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

I don't know why I finished this book. I found the premise preposterous, the writing cliched, the characters cardboard cutouts, and there was way too much gratuitous violence. Safe to say, probably not my favourite genre. But at least it moved along at a good clip, and the narration was great.

  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite books list

  • By Buster on 26-07-12

Patrick De Witt... I love you!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

Worth 7 stars. Yet another great novel from Mr De Witt, complemented with utterly perfect narration. This could just be my favourite. Every character as lovable as they are despicable. Every exchange worth reading twice. And just as well. I've read all Mr De Witt's books, and will need to read them all again soon, as I don't think I'll be able to hold out until the next one.

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the music

  • By DD Kaplan on 27-07-10

Hilariously chilling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-17

After all these years Our Man in Havana just keeps gets better. The rapid pace, vibrant relationships and exchanges set against a sinister and exotic backdrop make for a great read.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,191

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

LOVED EVERY MINUTE!

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

Reviewed: 31-01-17

Medieval road trip with great characters, stories and just a little fantasy. Narration was just amazing. Many voices but none felt contrived. Just wished there was a two second pause between chapters. The transition from from cliffhanging suspense to jaunty chapter heading with no pause at all was somewhat jarring .

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  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,012

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected Gem

  • By SalES on 12-01-17

Love, love, loved this book

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

Reviewed: 16-12-16

Am a fan of Robert Harris, and bought it on the strength of that. Wasn't' sure I'd like it though, not being religious, much less Catholic. But I loved it. Superb narration helped. I got a good sense of the diverse characters. In fact, some began to feel like intimates. Aside from being a gripping story, it left me more knowledgeable and with greater empathy for why some people might choose religion and a religious life.

  • Small Island

  • By: Andrea Levy
  • Narrated by: Andrea Levy
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Andrea Levy's acclaimed Small Island is a delicately wrought and profoundly moving novel of empire, prejudice, war, and love. It was awarded the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction, the 2004 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize. It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A breath taking saga.

  • By Dolly on 01-10-15

Sensational narration!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, but the narration was truly outstanding. Unbelievably well read. Diverse accents and characters all read flawlessly - I felt I knew them all. Simply remarkable.

  • Stuart: A Life Backwards

  • By: Alexander Masters
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

A unique biography of a homeless man and a complete portrait of the hidden underclass. ‘So here it is, my attempt at the story of Stuart Shorter, thief, hostage taker, psycho and sociopath street raconteur, my spy on how the British chaotic underclass spend their troubled days at the beginning of this century: a man with an important life. I wish I could have presented it to Stuart before he stepped in front of the 11.15 train from London to Kings Lynn.’ Stuart Shorter’s brief life was one of turmoil and chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An actual "must read". Surprisingly funny.

  • By Sophie Gray-Bickle on 29-04-16

Simply lovely!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-16

I thoroughly enjoyed Stuart: A life backward. At finst I thought it might become a bit tedious, and indeed found it slightly predictable in some places, but I became engrossed in the complex unfolding relationship between Stuart and Alexander. Narration was absolutely superb!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intimate and insightful

  • By Adele on 30-08-16

Intimate and insightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-16

Loved this book so much I've just listened a second time. It would have been so easy to ruin the book with less than perfect narration. The Icelandic pronunciation was musical, and seemed to conjure the dramatic unfamiliar landscape. The unfolding of the main character's story is handled in a way that affords great dignity rather than eliciting pity. It was a privilege to be a witness to it. A truly extraordinary novel.

  • The Ask and the Answer

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor's new order. But what secrets are hiding just outside of town? And where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then, one day, the bombs begin to explode....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mr. D. V. Carruthers on 18-08-11

Seamless sequel

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

LOVE the book title! The Ask and the Answer is a psychological thriller. The story is original, the relationships between the characters are satisfyingly complex, and the language is wonderful. If I was being picky I'd say that once or twice I felt a scene was a little drawn out, but that would be really picky. Occasionally I had trouble with the switch between Todd and Viola, not realising that the speaker had changed immediately. No one else seems to have had this issue though and I completely agree with other reviewers that Humphrey Bower is one of the best audio-book narrators there is. If you liked The Knife of Never Letting Go you'll love The Ask and the Answer.