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  • The Cows

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O'Porter, Karen Cass, Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,757

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Hippynat on 24-05-17

Interesting but flawed

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

This book is really a long musing about women's issues and I can't criticise it for that. Some of the points are interesting and well made, but as a story I found it flawed. Overall I thought it struggled with trying to deliver some important and serious points but utilising Brigit Jones style characters in farcical situations. For example one of the main sub-plots involves preventing a male character seeing something on the internet. The whole idea was that his PA had complete control over his life. This was frankly unbelievable and silly. Another character is supposed to be shocked and surprised at seeing an embarrassing event on the internet even though the event happened the night before and she knew it had been filmed. Stella was a particularly good and intriguing character but her plot turns into an absurd comedy caused by her stupid and unnecessary lies. In short I think this story should either have been a drama or a comedy and it didn't really work as both.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Calling Major Tom

  • By: David M. Barnett
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

Calling Major Tom is a funny, uplifting tale of friendship and community about a man who has given up on the world...but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. We all know someone like Thomas. The grumpy next-door neighbour who complains to the residents' committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don't have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feeling Blue?

  • By Jumpin' Bean on 19-07-17

A pleasant little diversion

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This was purchased as part of a two for one offer and to be honest I took a bit of a flyer with this choice, but I’m glad I made it. This is like a Richard Curtis film, with his characteristic gentle humour shot through with some moments of genuine poignancy. Tom is a man who has made mistakes in his life but is fundamentally a good person who deserves our sympathy. His decision to go to Mars may not be entirely believable given the current state of the British space programme, but there are enough clever little details to make his adventure almost credible. The author makes use of genuine events (for example a misdialled phone call from space) to make this an enjoyable yarn that is very relatable. The only issue I have is the balance of the storyline. Once the Wigan side of the story is dealt with, the Major Tom side ends abruptly and this is rather a shame. On the upside David Thorpe is a terrific narrator and he carries this off extremely well. This is a light entertaining read/listen and let’s face it, we all need one of those every so often.




1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cat Out of Hell

  • By: Lynne Truss
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

A cottage on the coast on a windy evening. Under a pool of yellow light, two figures face each other across a kitchen table. A man and a cat. The story about to be related is so unusual yet so terrifyingly plausible that it demands to be told in a single sitting. The man clears his throat, and leans forward, expectant. 'Shall we begin?' says the cat….

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusually gripping

  • By mollymoon1 on 21-03-14

It’s the tabbies you need to watch.......

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

As an avid cat lover I was mesmerised by this dark and humourous tale of demonic cats and sinister librarians. Lynne Truss perfectly captures the absolute hold these pesky creatures have over us hapless souls and the fact that no matter what devilment they get up to, they always manage to enchant us with their un-worldly beauty and absolute self-assurance. Of course another great feature of cats is that they are very funny, and so too is this book. I particularly adored the main character who when confronted with a terrifying denouement wishes for nothing more than a sausage sandwich. It is rare that I would rate the narrator as being of equal importance as the author of the tale but in this case Mike Grady is the absolute embodiment of all the fantastic characters in this book. This is 100% recommended for all cat and non-cat lovers who enjoy a bit of eccentric British humour spiced up with some genuine chills.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tin Man

  • By: Sarah Winman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

It begins with a painting won in a raffle: 15 sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who couldn't be closer. And the boys become men, and then they meet Annie, and it changes nothing and everything. Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By C. Long on 02-08-17

Too twee and dull for me

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

This was very highly rated on Twitter so I bought it without knowing anything about its subject matter. To be honest, had I known, I probably would have thought twice. There seems to be a lot of books around at the moment where the author appears to be concentrating on churning out quality writing but without any interesting storyline and I’m afraid this falls within that category. I found the characters too stereotypical to really gain my sympathy and some of the scenes were unbearably twee. One particular toe curling example is where one character starts quoting Walt Whitman while being rescued from a near drowning. O Captain, My Captain May have worked in The Dead Poets Society but frankly one outing is adequate for most people’s needs. The author seems to be a reasonable narrator but not really well showcased by this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakfast of Champions

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: John Malkovich
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Breakfast of Champions (1973) provides frantic, scattershot satire and a collage of Vonnegut's obsessions. His recurring cast of characters and American landscape was perhaps the most controversial of his canon; it was felt by many at the time to be a disappointing successor to Slaughterhouse-Five, which had made Vonnegut's literary reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique and biting wit

  • By Kaggy on 28-06-18

A unique and biting wit

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

What can I say? This is after all by one of the most fascinating and daring novelists ever to have produced a book. Although written in the 70s, his faux innocent descriptions of America remain relevant today and his humour is as fresh and startling as any contemporary comedian. John Malkovitch’s dry and steady voice makes him the perfect narrator for Vonnegut and I loved to picture his face while he read some of the more outrageous passages. This was a real treat and I will be ploughing through the Vonnegut catalogue on Audible with real relish.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • House of Spines

  • By: Michael J. Malone
  • Narrated by: David Elliot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Ran McGhie's world has been turned upside down. A young, lonely and frustrated writer, and suffering from mental health problems, he discovers that his long-dead mother was related to one of Glasgow's oldest merchant families. Not only that, but Ran has inherited Newton Hall, a vast mansion that belonged to his great-uncle, who appears to have been watching from afar as his estranged great-nephew has grown up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fine Cocktail of Contemporary & Gothic Twists

  • By Simon on 10-12-17

Promising story but a muddled plot.

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

Overall this starts out as a promising story with a very sympathetic main character. Ran suffers from mental health issues that distort his sense of reality and that coupled with his very strange and hitherto unknown family would have made a very fine tale. My mouth almost watered at the description of the fine old gothic house which Ran unexpectedly inherits and I couldn't wait to find out what the inevitable downside would be. Sadly this was let down by the ghost theme which was rather corny and insipid and a very unwelcome silly element. Additionally the re-telling of his uncle's backstory became tedious and to be honest as a reader I couldn't work out who I was supposed to believe. I admit I did care about what happened to Ran, and the ending was quite tense and nail-biting, but my conclusion at the end was duh?

Praise however must be given to Michael J Malone who has a truly beautiful voice and I hope to hear more from him in future productions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • He Said/She Said

  • By: Erin Kelly
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent, Helen Johns
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 899

In the hushed aftermath of a total eclipse, Laura witnesses a brutal attack. She and her boyfriend, Kit, call the police, and in that moment it is not only the victim's life that is changed forever. Fifteen years on, Laura and Kit live in fear. And while Laura knows she was right to speak out, the events that follow have taught her that you can never see the whole picture: something - and someone - is always in the dark....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping & different

  • By Lulu M on 04-05-17

Stumbling upon a nightmare

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

I enjoyed two previous books by Erin Kelly (The Poison Tree and The Sick Rose) and had pretty high expectations of her latest offering. Overall this is a slick suspenseful tale that dares to take us off the beaten track and into something more intense and interesting than the usual ‘did he or didn’t he’ rape story. Once again the author writes about intelligent, middle class people who do stupendously stupid things and as a result wreak catastrophic havoc on their lives. (This is very satisfying for a lesser mortal like myself). From the beginning you realise there is something a little off kilter with the relationship of the main characters and the ensuing story is a very interesting explanation of why that is the case. My only criticism is with the final denouement which I thought was too cluttered and unbelievable. I was also disappointed that eclipse theme didn’t yield any deeper meaning or indeed serve as the backdrop of a really spectacular payoff - what a waste! The narration was adequate but the female narration was a bit flat and monotone. In summary I would recommend this if you are looking for something that will entertain and surprise you, but don’t expect to be fully convinced by the proceedings.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blind Defence

  • By: John Fairfax
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

She was found hanging in a dingy London bedsit with a blood orange in her mouth. Diane Heybridge, a young woman without a past or much of a future, has captured in death the compassion denied her in life. For the prosecution, this seeming suicide is nothing more than a bungled killing, and a disgusted public looks to Court 2 of the Old Bailey for justice. Her callous, jilted partner, Brent Stainsby, stands accused of her murder, and he's turned to the maverick legal team William Benson and Tess de Vere to defend him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm One of Benson's Advocates!

  • By Simon on 05-04-18

Enthralling and intelligent drama

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

Once again Benson, the maverick barrister with a murder conviction, is tasked with defending the indefensible and here he has a case where his client must surely be guilty by any stretch of the imagination. In the meantime Benson's colleagues are closing in on his past but at the same time unearthing more baffling co-incidences that only deepen the mystery of his crime. Poor Benson has enemies everywhere, from lofty places to murky depths but somehow the credibility of this story remains intact, and although the answer is out there, I am in no hurry for this very promising series to come to an end.

Roll on the release of the next book and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the very excellent Daniel Weyman will again do the narration.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Summary Justice

  • By: John Fairfax
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

The last time Tess de Vere saw William Benson, she was a law student on work experience. He was a 21-year-old, led from the dock of the Old Bailey to begin a life sentence for murder. He'd said he was innocent. She'd believed him. Sixteen years later Tess overhears a couple of hacks mocking a newcomer to the London Bar, a no-hoper with a murder conviction, running his own show from an old fishmonger's in Spitalfields.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book for a very long time. And I'm 67.

  • By Grumpy Scot on 12-03-17

The birth of a super-character

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

If you are looking for a book that will make you crave for the ironing pile to grow or the train to be delayed, just so you can squeeze out some more listening time, this could very well be the one. This is a tense, fast paced and 100% unpredictable drama based in the theatre we call the criminal court. This is not a simple tale of good and bad guys. In fact we are never really sure if the main hero is or is not guilty of the crime he was convicted of. The fact he leaves jail as a lifer and becomes a criminal defence lawyer sounds preposterous but John Fairfax (an ex-barrister) is more than qualified to convince us that this situation is indeed possible, and even if Benson was guilty he still has the right to pursue the career he has chosen. The tension between the main characters is gripping and there is enough depth to suggest this could make a very long running series of books. I won't go into the detail - just like eating chocolate you should experience this for yourself and hopefully be generous enough to share the pleasure with others.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ablutions

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: Garrick Hagon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

.In a seedy bar in Hollywood, a whiskey-loving barman is drawn into the nocturnal world of his sociopathic clientele, with their squabbles, delusions, and bizarre acts of violence. In this brilliantly funny portrait of addiction and its consequences, escape offers the only chance of survival. Utterly absorbing and surprisingly tender, Ablutions is a startlingly bold and original debut.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Booze raddled comedy of nightmares

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-18

Booze raddled comedy of nightmares

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

This is a gritty and frequently nauseating story of a whiskey addicted barman and his descent into oblivion while working in a Hollywood dive bar. The author serves up a series of vignettes filled with vomit, graphic physical decline, revolting sex and the madness of people trapped in the nightmare of drug and alcohol addiction. Patrick De Witt is very impressive author who manages to inject humour and tenderness into the proceedings despite this story being filled with some of the most unappealing people you will never wish to meet. My only quibble is that he seems to focus his revulsion on the rather two dimensional female characters with a number of unpleasant and fairly similar scenes involving haggish and sexually voracious women. My favourite book by this author is The Sisters Brothers and it one I highly recommend. Ablutions is a much more difficult book to love but is well worth a read/listen if you can handle some very strong stuff.

Garrick Hogan does a very fine job of bringing this whole thing to life in all its stomach churning glory.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful