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  • The Dark Forest

  • The Three-Body Problem, Book 2
  • By: Cixin Liu
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

The Trisolarian fleet has left their home world and will arrive in four centuries' time. But the Sophons and their extradimensional emissaries are already here. This is the motivation for the Wallfacer Project, a last-ditch defence that grants four individuals almost absolute power to design secret strategies, hidden through deceit and misdirection. Luo Ji, an unambitious Chinese astronomer, is baffled by his new status. All he knows is that he's the one Wallfacer that Trisolaris wants dead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Where is the third book in this trilogy?

  • By MR A CARLIN on 08-01-18

Hard science fiction at its best

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

if you are a fan of Asimov this is a really good book to read. I had not heard of the author until reading the first two books in this trilogy and so had no idea these books existed, I'm now looking forward to finishing the trilogy and seeing what the Fate of humanity is in this world. there are a mix of characters that it can take some getting used to but overall the story is the winner here. This has made me think differently about the search for extraterrestrial life and if we ever do find any I'm going to dig a hole..

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All you need is Ove

  • By Kaggy on 22-09-14

Love this story. so much heart.

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

I don't cry when I read books. Well, I do now apparently, at least 3 times in this book, and I laughed a lot too. Such a lovely story!

  • Wuthering Heights

  • By: Emily Bronte
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

The wild and passionate tale of Cathy and Heathcliff's impossible love for each other and its phenomenal setting on the blasted Yorkshire moors has to be one of the best-known love affairs in literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully read

  • By sharie on 17-09-16

it's not like the adaptations!

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

Reviewed: 16-02-18

great book, but not what I was expecting. Some of the key characters were complete abominations.

  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible piece of art (written & narrated)

  • By PBM on 04-06-16

Bombay in all its glory - with caveats.

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

I only finished this book because I enjoyed the presence of Bombay in it. The main character, Lyn, is by far and away the worst character I have ever come across. not because of his actions, but because of the constant , unnecessary BS he comes out with, or thinks.

I believe this is a partly autobiographical novel, and it reads like it's been written by an enthusiastic individual, who really needed an editor.

It might just be me, but I really took against this book with all its fake (to me) heart searching and over justification of itself. That said, the description of some of the characters and the slum was very good. There is a good book in here somewhere.

I think this is intended as the middle book in a trilogy. I will not be seeking out any others by this author.

  • The Book of Human Skin

  • By: Michelle Lovric
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Strevens, Peter Noble
  • Length: 20 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In 18th-century Venice, Minguillo Fasan, heir to a fortune, contrives to dispatch of his sister, Marcella, condemning her to the fate of a nun. But Marcella Fasan is tougher than Minguillo imagines, and, aided by a servant, a painter, a skin-obsessed doctor, a Scottish merchant and a cigar-smoking pornographer, she pitches her wits against her brother….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique & different. Loved it!

  • By Campbell on 21-05-16

Pulled its punches but a good story.

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

Reviewed: 29-06-17

really good performance, very intriguing but pulls its punches in places. I would like to see a re-write with A more brutal outlook.

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  • Hunger

  • A Novel
  • By: Knut Hamsun
  • Narrated by: Kevin Foley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Knut Hamsun's Hunger, first published in 1890 and hailed as the literary beginning of the 20th century, is a masterpiece of psychologically driven fiction. The story of a struggling artist living on the edge of starvation, the novel portrays the unnamed first-person narrator's descent into paranoia, despair, and madness as hunger overtakes him. As the protagonist loses his grip on reality, Hamsun brilliantly portrays the disturbing and irrational recesses of the human mind through increasingly disjointed and urgent prose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Knut’s noble Nobel novel

  • By Welsh Mafia on 19-12-11

Surprisingly modern in feel.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-17

This is an odd book, I hated the protagonist, his pride and foolishness are the driving forces for the novel. but watching his travails and his own assessment of them within the context of historic Christiania are very interesting. I would recommend as an antidote to unwarranted self pride and a glimpse into how low the human condition can go.

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 720

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more

  • By max on 04-07-16

Didn't go anywhere, no jeopardy.

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

Reviewed: 21-11-16

This book confused me . It kept me going, and kept dangling possible story progressions, all of which failed to materialise. It must be intended as the first of many books in a series, but don't bother unless you have read all other post apocalyptic fiction and you are really at a loose end. Actually, I will qualify that. Do read it if you find post apocalyptic fiction depressing, and want the lite version where generally everything works out quite well actually. Another criticism is this is so very American centric. This normaly wouldn't bother me, but in this case it became grating. I like Scott Brick as a narstor, I think he kept me going. without the class reading the fan-fiction underpinnings would have prevented me finishing this book. I've been harsh, and undid actually like some of the characters, but it is far too damn cheerful!

  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting tale

  • By mj on 06-09-16

Good story, but didn't warm to the characters

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

Reviewed: 14-09-16

Really engaging story, and well read by the author, but I found myself disliking all the characters and not really caring what happened to them, other than hoping that something did happened. Don't get me wrong, it's a really good book, but compared with the goldfinch, where I really liked the protagonist, this was a bit lacking. still, Ms Tartt set the bar bloomin' high with that book, so to compare is unfair.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,230

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Gentle read, simple idea

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

I liked this story. A simple premise, and simply told. Some sweet sentiment, but didn't feel fully rounded and the basic premise was somewhat old school star-trek Spock, what is this thing you humans call love?! I was also a little annoyed at Emily Dickinson constantly being referenced, along with Ennio Morricone as if once done human art/ creativity was spoken for. Having said this I am being harsh, it is a quick novel. Maybe I wish it was longer and brought more substance in..

  • The City of Mirrors

  • The Passage Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 29 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966

In life I was a scientist called Fanning. Then, in a jungle in Bolivia, I died. I died, and then I was brought back to life.... Prompted by a voice that lives in her blood, the fearsome warrior known as Alicia of Blades is drawn towards one of the great cities of The Time Before. The ruined city of New York. Ruined but not empty. For this is the final refuge of Zero, the first and last of The Twelve. The one who must be destroyed if mankind is to have a future. What she finds is not what she's expecting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful epilogue - don't listen

  • By Freddietheone on 15-02-17

it's all over!

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

Reviewed: 29-06-16

finally the series has ended. I have been waiting expectantly for this. it hasn't disappointed, however it reads a lot like a TV series rather than a coherent story. all the elements and characters are great, it reads very easily, but I wish more had gone unsaid, it's around 2 hours too long at the end for example, and the final confrontation is too much the action scene rather than the culmination of an idea. it's like Cronin had built it up to be one thing, then lost confidence and gave us something else. as in the first two books Justin, you could have killed key characters, that would have been fine! overall im glad I finished it, the journey was worth it, but hopefully next time the story will satisfy without over egging the pudding!