LISTENER

Hoskins

  • 18
  • reviews
  • 14
  • helpful votes
  • 209
  • ratings
  • The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story

  • By: Hyeonseo Lee, David John
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

An extraordinary insight into life under one of the world's most ruthless and secretive dictatorships - and the story of one woman's terrifying struggle to avoid capture/repatriation and guide her family to freedom. As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, gripping & educational

  • By reader101 on 14-08-17

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

What an excellent book. I just couldn’t stop listening to it. The world knows about North Korea but to hear how people live in such a repressive society it both sad and shocking. Also how other people make a profit in other people’s desperation to escape.

  • The Crow Road

  • By: Iain Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

It was the day my grandmother exploded. I sat in the crematorium, listening to my Uncle Hamish quietly snoring in harmony to Bach's Mass in B Minor, and I reflected that it always seemed to be death that drew me back to Gallanach. Prentice McHoan has returned to the bosom of his complex but enduring Scottish family. Full of questions about the McHoan past, present and future, he is also deeply preoccupied: mainly with death, sex, drink, God, and illegal substances.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly enjoyable

  • By Rachel on 07-04-13

Boring

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

Reviewed: 18-10-16

What disappointed you about The Crow Road?

No storyline to this book at all, gave up on the 2nd half it just didn't get any better. One person talking about their family which wasnt even interesting at all. Awful

Has The Crow Road put you off other books in this genre?

Yes.

What three words best describe Peter Kenny’s voice?

Good narrator

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Crow Road?

Too many to describe

Any additional comments?

Would have given no stars.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bonkers

  • My Life in Laughs
  • By: Jennifer Saunders
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,426
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer Saunders is comedy genius

  • By Vicuña on 20-10-13

Not Bad

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

Reviewed: 19-02-16

Didn't think I'd enjoy this book but was pleasantly surprised. I hadn't realised she had suffered from breast cancer and having the same treatment myself recently she actually made me laugh about it,

  • The Christmas Angel

  • By: Marcia Willett
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

As Christmas approaches, everything seems to be falling into place for Dossie. Her son Clem and his adorable five-year-old son Jakey have moved to Cornwall to be closer to her. She runs her own successful catering business. All she needs now is for the run of bad luck in her romantic life to end.Forming a slightly unconventional family setup with Dossie are the jovial nuns of the local convent and the wonderfully eccentric Janna.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle tale evoking images of Cornwall

  • By Mark on 13-12-12

Nice

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-12

This was a nice story. I would have never have chosen it if it hadn't been in the advent offer but I actually enjoyed it.

  • Charles Dickens' The Chimes

  • A Radio Dramatization
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jerry Robbins, The Colonial Radio Players
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

Toby Veck is a humble porter who has lost his faith in humanity. Then high up in a church steeple, where spiders spin their castles in the air, the spirit of the bells appear to take Toby on a New Year's Eve journey where he discovers all he has to be grateful for.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gets you in the mood

  • By MsRanPan on 29-12-12

Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-12

I couldn't listen to all of it, the narration was the worst I've ever heard. It was hard to follow the story due to the narration being so poor, their accents were simply terrible and not professional at all. I am surprised and disappointed that audible offered this in their advent calendar because I thought it must be a good story for them to offer it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,522

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-12

I listened to it and thought it would get better but it didn't. My husband gave up after 2 hours, he said it was just too boring for him.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,051
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,850
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,844

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Over hyped and dreadfully narrated

  • By AdaT on 29-06-12

Different

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-12

I enjoyed the book, although I thought it was a bit too graphic and repetitive in places. It is a book of lust, two people wanting each other. You are left wanting more because you know there are reasons why Christian is so weird and it leaves you at the end of book 1 wanting to find out more. You wouldn't want a boyfriend like him but at the same time you probably would, he is handsome, rich, caring and generous but he is controlling, obsessive and jealous. She is naive but it's her first love. I thought the narrator was ok, she suited Ana. I don't understand why book 2 and 3 aren't avaiable on audible uk when they are avaible in the states. I am reading the second book because I can't wait.

  • Catch Me If You Can

  • By: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating - his audacity is astounding

  • By Leya on 19-10-13

Interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-12

I was so pleased to be able to hear this story which has fascinated me since I watched the film. Hard to believe it is true because he managed so many scams over a relatively short period. It is told in a very entertaining way and a pleasure to the ears.
I guess it was easier to be a criminal such as he was before computers and modern technology, but when someone is obviously as intelligent as he was in thinking up his scams and determind and greedy for the life he wanted to live, there was no stopping him until he was caught.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,507

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-12

What a great book, I was so surprised how good this book was. I only brought it because of the other reviews and I am so glad I did, one of the best books I've listened too.

  • The House of Silk

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a ripping yarn

  • By L on 25-02-12

Addictive

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-12

I really loved this book, I found it easy to listen too and I really enjoyed the story.