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  • Into the Wild

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and cautionary.

  • By @Scattered_Laura on 17-09-12

intriguing

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

Reviewed: 15-07-19

Left me wanting to know more so I'm going to get 'The Wild Truth' next.

  • Theft

  • A Love Story
  • By: Peter Carey
  • Narrated by: Stan Pretty
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.
Nominated for the Man Booker International Prize, 2007.

Michael "Butcher" Boone is an ex-"really famous" painter, now reduced to living in the remote country house of his biggest collector and acting as caretaker for his younger brother, Hugh, a damaged man of imposing physicality and childlike emotions. Together, they've forged a delicate equilibrium...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • narrators are important

  • By Kim on 05-07-07

Poignant and funny

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

Reviewed: 24-06-19

An intricate, tapestry of love (in many forms) art, psychopathy, but not a heavy listen. Narrator brilliant too.

  • Lowborn

  • Growing Up, Getting Away and Returning to Britain’s Poorest Towns
  • By: Kerry Hudson
  • Narrated by: Kerry Hudson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 94

Kerry Hudson is proudly working class but she was never proudly poor. The poverty she grew up in was all-encompassing, grinding and often dehumanising. Always on the move with her single mother, Kerry attended nine primary schools and five secondaries, living in B&Bs and council flats. She scores eight out of ten on the Adverse Childhood Experiences measure of childhood trauma. Twenty years later, Kerry’s life is unrecognisable. She’s a prize-winning novelist who has travelled the world. She has a secure home, a loving partner and access to art, music, film and books..

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should hear or read this.

  • By More than a Mum on 20-05-19

Sensitive but not sentimental

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

Reviewed: 13-06-19

The author visits the scenes of her often traumatic childhood and adolescence.
She's not wallowing, though who could blame her if she did, but searching for information to fill in some gaps and explain her adult self. The longing of a poor kid, to fit in and be liked is almost underplayed but flows from the page.

  • Conviction

  • By: Denise Mina
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

It’s just a normal morning for Anna McDonald. Gym kits, packed lunches, getting everyone up and ready. Until she opens the front door to her best friend, Estelle. Anna turns to see her own husband at the top of the stairs, suitcase in hand. They’re leaving together, and they’re taking Anna’s two daughters with them. Left alone in the big, dark house, Anna can’t think, she can’t take it in. With her safe, predictable world shattered, she distracts herself with a story: a true-crime podcast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful!

  • By Sharon on 10-06-19

Patchy

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

Starts well but becomes increasingly far fetched and scattered with cliches. Mostly enjoyable but a bit irritating by the end.

  • Blood Orange

  • By: Harriet Tyce
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

An electrifying debut thriller for fans of Anatomy of a Scandal, Apple Tree Yard and Gone Girl. Alison has it all. A doting husband, an adorable daughter, and a career on the rise - she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seems.... Alison's client doesn't deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior Thriller well narrated

  • By Janet biglari on 04-03-19

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 26-05-19

I've seen some rather sniffy reviews of this and it's true it's not a piece of high literature but it is a really good yarn.
The description of the all consuming life at the criminal bar including 'the just going out for one' heavy drinking is painfully accurate and so are *aspects* of the relationships between the men and women. Kept me listening.

  • Then It Fell Apart

  • By: Moby
  • Narrated by: Moby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

What do you do when you realise you have everything you think you've ever wanted but still feel completely empty? What do you do when it all starts to fall apart? The second volume of Moby's extraordinary life story is a journey into the dark heart of fame and the demons that lurk just beneath the bling and bluster of the celebrity lifestyle. In summer 1999, Moby released the album that defined the millennium, PLAY. Like generation-defining albums before it, PLAY was ubiquitous, and catapulted Moby to superstardom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moby the legend

  • By Larry on 04-05-19

Hangover Hell

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

Reviewed: 23-05-19

An insight into the long lasting effects of feeling shame as a child and the aftermath of anxiety and attempts to beat it back with vast quantities of booze and drugs- among other distractions. Beware though, I felt rather queasy at times.

  • Adele

  • By: Leïla Slimani
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Adèle appears to have the perfect life. A respected journalist, she lives in a flawless Parisian apartment with her surgeon husband and their young son. But beneath the veneer of 'having it all', she is bored - and consumed by an insatiable need for sex, whatever the cost. Struggling to contain the twin forces of compulsion and desire, she begins to orchestrate her life around her one-night stands and extramarital affairs, arriving late to work and lying to her husband about where she's been, until she becomes ensnared in a trap of her own making. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hypnotic

  • By Natalie Chong on 30-04-19

Adele wants more...

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

Reviewed: 20-05-19

and so did I. Lost a lot of interest in Adele about 2/3 of the way in. In a way this book is genius because it perfectly evoked the feeling of monotonous misery, claustrophobia and frustration lived by the protagonist day in and day out but not sure that makes for a good read. Also from time to time I found myself wondering about the translation eg 'She had the impression that...' rather than 'she felt like...' I'm sure the translation is faithful and excellent but that I started thinking about it shows I was not totally absorbed in the story.

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  • Engleby

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a "traditional" school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible - In the very best way!

  • By Robert on 08-02-08

Reassuring Futility

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

Reviewed: 15-05-19

So good if you like this sort of thing. gave me the same feeling as 'L'etranger'.

  • The Snakes

  • By: Sadie Jones
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Bea and Dan, recently married, rent out their tiny flat to escape London for a few precious months. Driving through France they visit Bea’s dropout brother Alex at the hotel he runs in Burgundy. Disturbingly, they find him all alone and the ramshackle hotel deserted, apart from the nest of snakes in the attic. When Alex and Bea’s parents make a surprise visit, Dan can’t understand why Bea is so appalled or why she’s never wanted him to know them; Liv and Griff Adamson are charming and rich. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good listen

  • By Bee on 14-04-19

A very good listen

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

Kept my interest throughout but if I were to be picky I thought the first 2/3 were very realistic and natural while the ending seemed
contrived and rushed. But well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Five

  • The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
  • By: Hallie Rubenhold
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 231

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses and lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped people traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-19

Very Interesting

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

Fascinating insight into the lives of women (and men ) in the Victorian era and a fitting tribute to the victims.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful