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  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

loved this book!!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Great story, easy to listen to narration so yes I would recommend it

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

It made me laugh, shout out loud, be angry, full of different emotions

Any additional comments?

This is a really enjoyable, enthralling book, I couldn't stop listening to it and was disappointed when it finished.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • City of Thieves

  • By: Cyrus Moore
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Nic Lamparelli works for a leading US investment bank in London. Starting at the bottom, he rises rapidly through the ranks to reach the pinnacle of his profession. Even at the top, he holds true to his principles while those around him abandon theirs. And that’s what makes him special. Soon he has it all: a beautiful girlfriend, a high-flying career, an overpaid City job with a reputation as one of the bank’s star analysts. Then one day he wakes up to find that things can go wrong - fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • its actually rather good

  • By Steven on 30-11-10

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 26-10-14

What did you like best about this story?

Not my usual kind of book but thought I'd try it for a change and I'm glad I did, it was enthralling, easy to listen to and I couldn't stop listening and was sad when it finished.

Any additional comments?

Recommend this book, 5 stars !

  • The Ice Cream Girls

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Julie Maisey, Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

As teenagers, Poppy Carlisle and Serena Gorringe were the only witnesses to a tragic event. Amid heated public debate, the two seemingly glamorous teens were dubbed 'The Ice Cream Girls' by the press and were dealt with by the courts.Years later, having led very different lives, Poppy is keen to set the record straight about what really happened, while Serena wants no one in her present to find out about her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Cracking Dorothy Koomson Listen

  • By Liz on 18-06-13

great book

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

Any additional comments?

This is a great book, easy to follow, easy to listen to, would recommend it to others

  • A Place of Greater Safety

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 33 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

A tour-de-force of historical imagination, this is the story of three young men at the dawn of the French Revolution. Georges-Jacques Danton: zealous, energetic, debt-ridden. Maximilien Robespierre: small, diligent, and terrified of violence. And Camille Desmoulins: a genius of rhetoric, charming, handsome, but erratic and untrustworthy. As these key figures of the French Revolution taste the addictive delights of power, they must also come to face the horror that follows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Maddy on 04-06-14

gave up on this one!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-14

Would you try another book written by Hilary Mantel or narrated by Jonathan Keeble?

No. Story was difficult to follow, narration boring, sorry but didn't like this book. First time I've given up listening to a story but it was just not for me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

good book

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

If you could sum up Fall of Giants in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, historical, good

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

Took a while to get used to his voice and rhythm but I stuck with him and I did enjoy listening to him.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

revolution !

Any additional comments?

Stick with this book, I would recommend it and I would listen to another of Ken Follets' books. I'm missing it now I've listened to all of it.

  • Calling Me Home

  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Love doesn't play by the rules... Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939. A world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark.Sixteen-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and privilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family’s housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle road trip

  • By Venetia on 13-12-13

Great book !

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

Reviewed: 19-08-14

Where does Calling Me Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The characters, the history, the injustice of life. It made me laugh and cry, I wanted to listen to it all the time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Yes definitely I'm now interested in listening to others books with a history like this.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The narration along with the story line makes this a good listen. I wanted to know what was going to happen next but it also went at a nice pace not hurrying along. I found myself speaking out loud at some of the things that were happening as well as laughing out loud. I would listen to it again.

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

Nothing

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Philippa on 10-09-11

I loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 19-08-14

If you could sum up The Persimmon Tree in three words, what would they be?

Interesting, sad, happy !

What did you like best about this story?

The story line was great, it was interesting, funny, sad, happy all in one book. The characters and story line were easy to follow.

Which character – as performed by Humphrey Bower – was your favourite?

I liked them all to be honest.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long for that which I liked. I listened to it while out with the dog, doing my ironing and just chilling.

Any additional comments?

First time I've written a review but this was definitely one of my favourite books.