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  • Instructions for a Heatwave

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Dearbhla Molloy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

The stunning new novel from Costa-Novel-Award-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell: a portrait of an Irish family in crisis in the legendary heatwave of 1976.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, brilliant performance

  • By ronx59 on 23-08-13

Poignant

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

A moving and beautifully written book that was at times heartbreakingly poignant. A wonderful portrayal of a family’s trials and tribulations during the hot summer of 1976.

  • Before the Fall

  • By: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

The rich are different. But fate is blind. A private jet plunges into the sea. The only survivors are down-on-his-luck artist Scott Burroughs and JJ Bateman, the four-year-old son of a super-rich TV executive. For saving the boy, Scott is suddenly a hero. And then, as the official investigation is rapidly overtaken by a media frenzy, it seems he may also be a villain. Why was he on the plane in the first place, and why did it crash?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Stephen on 07-12-17

Terrible narrator. Good story.

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

A good story was let down by the monotone drone of the narrator. Why was he chosen to recite this story? There was about as much life in him as my toothbrush! Such a shame as the story was an interesting character play and neatly told.

  • Manhattan Beach

  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Heather Lind, Norbert Leo Butz, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 143

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It could have been great but somehow it wasn't.

  • By bookylady on 22-04-18

I just didn’t get it!

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

Meandering and long. I very much missed the point of it. Was something supposed to have happened?!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Why Mummy Drinks

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane. It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOL

  • By Sarah on 04-01-18

Badly cast narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

I felt that the narrator spoilt would could have been a good book. The protagonist is in her 30s - the narrator sounded like a woman more in her 50s-60s. Her voice just didn’t gel with the story line at all.

The story itself was quite fun - but at times I wondered when it was going to actually get started. Not a huge amount happened, although the author did hit the nail on the head many times with her observations of modern mummy life - which is really what enabled me to keep interested in this book.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,621

The Husband's Secret is a funny, heartbreaking novel of marriage, grief, love, and secrets. When her husband announces he's in love with her best friend, painfully shy Tess picks up her young son and returns to her mother's house. There she begins an unexpected affair with an old flame. Rachel is a woman in her 60s consumed by grief and anger at the loss of her daughter 20 years earlier. When her son announces he is taking her beloved grandson overseas, Rachel begins a descent into deeper bitterness and pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - really enjoyed it!

  • By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 12-11-13

Very enjoyable book filled with twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Where does The Husband's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the better audiobooks I have read.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters are really well formed and believable.

  • The Magpies

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Elliot Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 577

When Jamie and Kirsty move into their first home together, they are full of optimism. The future, in which they plan to get married and start a family, is bright. The other residents of their building seem friendly, too, including the Newtons, a married couple who welcome them to the building with open arms. But then strange things start to happen. Dead rats are left on their doorstep. They hear disturbing noises, and much worse, in the night. After Jamie’s best friend is injured in a horrific accident, Jamie and Kirsty find themselves targeted by a campaign of terror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a spin

  • By Derek on 07-07-14

Horrific happenings but not a horror

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Would you try another book written by Mark Edwards or narrated by Elliot Hill?

Not sure. I found the sex scenes gratuitous and dull and I found myself not really warming to the couple - there wasn't much depth to them.

Would you recommend The Magpies to your friends? Why or why not?

Maybe, however I think there are other books that I would recommend before this.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Elliot Hill?

I didn't like his narration - at times he read sentences with totally the wrong cadence. Also there was some weird editing every now and then, when there would be an unduly long pause between sentences.

Was The Magpies worth the listening time?

It's worth a listen for sure.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful