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  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Zach Appelman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the book

  • By Ruth on 23-11-18

Even better than the book

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

At first I wasn't sure about a man reading for Marie Laure, but he seamlessly moved between characters so subtly that it was immediately apparent he was someone else. He conveyed effortlessly the emotions of war. And the Clair de Lune at the end brought tears to my eyes. Loved this performance of the book and will listen to it again.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,563
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,650

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Fantastic listen, one of my top 5s!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

One of my top 5 listens, we could all learn a lot from Eleanor Oliphant

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,395
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,245

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

One of the best books I've listened to

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

I laughed cried and held my breath all through this book. Amazing listen. Could not switch it off

  • Amy and Isabelle

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Strout
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Roberts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

With compassion, humor, and striking insight, Amy and Isabelle explores the secrets of sexuality that jeopardize the love between a mother and her daughter. Amy Goodrow, a shy high school student in a small mill town, falls in love with her math teacher, and together they cross the line between understandable fantasy and disturbing reality. When discovered, this emotional and physical trespass brings disgrace to Amy's mother, Isabelle, and intensifies the shame she feels about her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story about relationships

  • By Nancy Bowring on 19-11-14

overall enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

The struggle of a mum and daughter to accept each other. I empathised for both

  • George's Marvellous Medicine

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 287

Penguin presents a brand new, downloadable audiobook recording of Roald Dahl's classic George's Marvellous Medicine. George Kranky is eight-years-old and wondering what sort of mischief he might get into. George's Grandma is a grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson . . .And when Grandma's finished drinking George's marvellous medicine, she'll really have something to grumble about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By loobert on 24-07-15

Pure Brilliance

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

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

Yes. Classic Roald Dahl brought to life with an amazing narrator.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Grandma! And poor patient George.

What does Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His voices and characterization were brilliant. I never get bored listening to this with my kids. Its a favourite on long car journeys

Any additional comments?

A great listen. One of our favorite Roald Dahl audios. We have a lot of them on cd in a set we bought two years ago and e.g. the witches, even though brilliantly read by miranda Richardson, my kids (and I, in places) cant understand what the grand high witch says i as she is speaking such accented english. Georges marvelous medicine is fantastically performed by Derek Jacobi who wouldn't have been much of a favorite actor of mine before this but now I love him!

  • Strangers

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 29 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesy amateur dramatics style narrator spoils it

  • By Craig Beck on 17-06-13

mediocre listen

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

Reviewed: 11-06-16

What made the experience of listening to Strangers the most enjoyable?

I had read the story 20 years ago, it had been a teenage favorite of mine so I really enjoyed revisiting the storyline. I didn't enjoy the narrator that much but out of nostalgia enjoyed the story itself

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

No, I didn't like him that much. His reading of Ginger, and the other female characters in particular was awful, the term 'mincing' always came to my mind anytime a female character came into play and I found his characterization so annoying that I glossed over their parts a bit

Any additional comments?

Loved this book to read but didn't enjoy the audio performance that much, particularly the female characters. The music etc was very dated too and it detracted from my overall enjoyment of it.

  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,822

First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a key Stephen King title

  • By karen on 13-08-12

fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

Couldn't stop listening to this. One of my favourite books, not disappointed by brilliant narrator

  • Twilight: Twilight Series, Book 1

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town itself. In spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but couldn't bear the narrator.

  • By Lorraine on 14-06-10

disappointing and annoying lead character

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-11

This was a huge disappointment! I have read the books several times, and seen the films, and loved them. Any negative reviews of the audiobook, I took with a pinch of salt fairly confident I would enjoy it as much as the films/books. But, I found Bella tedious and annoying. I got so irritated listening to her fixate on the smallest Edward details, over and over again. I've even deleted the rest of the series from my wishlist, I won't be wasting my credits. Pity, I was looking forward to this series in particular when I joined up

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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly engrossing - couldn't put it down

  • By Wendy on 11-11-05

absorbing listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-11

I loved this. I had read the book years ago and enjoyed it, hence the download. Initially when I first started listening, I wasnt sure what to make of it and I found myself getting a bit bored at one stage, but I think was more to do with having had a second baby recently and couldnt keep my mind on anything, more than anything else! When I got into it, I couldnt wait to hear the next installment, kept it for walks with the baby and it really spurred me on to get out every day. I think I might have found it hard to follow had I not read the book, but regardless, I really enjoyed this my first ever audible book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful