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  • The Dinner

  • By: Herman Koch
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfully dark modern parable.

  • By M on 19-10-14

One dinner covering one whole lifetime

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I enjoyed this book but moreover was intreguied by the many MANY different themes played out in the story. Although it takes place over one dinner it covers a lifetime of guilt, jealousy, hurt, love, trust in one family. The characters are believable and the relationships between them will hit a chord with every reader. A thoroughly good read.

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  • Before I Go To Sleep

  • By: S J Watson
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,522

As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...'Memories define us.So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight.And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story.Welcome to Christine's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This will keep you awake!

  • By MRS on 20-05-11

Gripping & twisty

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I was recommended this book by a friend that knows how I liked to be gripped by a book. She was right, I was gripped. I enjoyed the pace of the narrative which reflected the varying degree of emotion running though the characters perfectly. For 99% of this book I was finding any excuse to flick audible on, in fact there has never been such marathon ironing done before. The twists in the plot are clever and interesting, particularly for a debut novel. However I was disappointed by the end.