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  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 118

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • story that won't let go of you

  • By anna on 13-04-13

A real love story, with extra levels below......

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yep.
Gives plenty to think about and ponder after its done.....
Hhmmmmm - what would I have done......
I wonder.....

It's well worth a read/listen

What was one of the most memorable moments of Redeeming Love?

The rescue scenes - harrowing yet gentle....

Did Kate Forbes do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Narrations OK, but a little slow in pace I thought.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lump in throat several times - makes you think about your own life - and in a good way.

And it's about you too - just read the book of Hosea....

Any additional comments?

This is a book to listen to, ponder, and apply to yourself - as well as following the characters and plot. The parallels with the book of Hosea in the Bible are there, but not at all overwhelming or intrusive.

  • The Squickerwonkers: The Prequel

  • By: Evangeline Lilly
  • Narrated by: Sylvester McCoy
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Let us introduce you to the remarkable Squickerwonkers - a band of colorful marionettes, and stars of the fabulous Squickershow - and to Selma of the Rin-Run Royals - a clever little girl with a naughtiness lurking just beneath the surface. One day Selma stumbles upon this troupe of puppet-scoundrels and endures a cheeky test of character that leads to an unpleasant lesson; one The Squickerwonkers are only too happy to oblige in orchestrating. In this, the prequel to the multi-book Squickerwonkers series, Selma’s curiosity and the Squickerwonkers’ vices set the stage for a wonderful cautionary tale that will captivate old and young alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is just wonderfully entertaining.

  • By Lenny on 18-11-14

Weird, short and noisy....

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

It's so short everyone should give it a go,

What could Evangeline Lilly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Tried a bit less to be cleverly weird and tried a bit more to bring out a character to like.

What didn’t you like about Sylvester McCoy’s performance?

Noise. Couldn't quite hear what was being said sometimes over sound effects and through accents.

What character would you cut from The Squickerwonkers?

The quickerwonkers.

Any additional comments?

Try it - it will only take a few minutes - and it might press your buttons.

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  • Netherland

  • By: Joseph O' Neill
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

What do you do when your wife takes your child and leaves you alone in a city of ghosts? Dutch banker Hans ver den Broek chooses cricket. But New York cricket is a long way from the tranquil sport he grew up with. It's a rough, almost secret game, played in scrubby marginal urban parks by people the city doesnt see - people like Chuck Ramkissoon.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Aimlessly entertaining.....

  • By Steve Porter on 04-12-14

Aimlessly entertaining.....

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'd like a bit more plot and a bit less of the quirky, characterful digressions....

Would you ever listen to anything by Joseph O' Neill again?

Possibly.....with different subject matter; his writing flows really nicely.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

All the scenes where he's talking with his wife - the dialogue is insightful.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Nope. Not enough plot for me.

Any additional comments?

This is a quirky, rambling read with endless time jumps and digressions into interest and entertaining but ultimately pointless asides. But it is entertaining.

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  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Glen Runciter is dead. Or is everybody else dead? Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic and paranormal crimes. But when its special team tackles a big job on the moon, something goes terribly wrong, and Runciter is seemingly killed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visionary

  • By Mark on 29-03-13

Good - but it's a bit too clever - or I'm a bit too dense.......

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

Reviewed: 16-10-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Depends on the friend.......
If they like clever plot and to ponder realitys reality with really unreal endings - yes.
If they like romance, goodies, baddies, down to earth plots and a resolution, then - no.

If you’ve listened to books by Philip K. Dick before, how does this one compare?

Compares well.
I got partway into a book of his about 'electric sheep' but didn't see it though - I seem to remember similar themes of 'who are we really' and 'what real really makes us human'.

What aspect of Anthony Heald’s performance might you have changed?

Nothing really, the narration is good.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Doubt it....
but maybe with my son if we fancied a 'sci-fi esque' evening, which we do occasionally.

Any additional comments?

There are some really clever ideas in here which genuinely do keep you guessing on a couple of levels - firstly about how the plot will resolve and secondly about what is reality for us anyway. I just wasn't clever enough to pin down the commentary on modern life I suspect was being made. Oh well.

  • David Copperfield

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 34 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

When David Copperfield escapes from the cruelty of his childhood home, he embarks on a journey to adulthood which leads him through comedy and tragedy, love and heartbreak, and friendship and betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Joy of Audible

  • By Mr David Newton on 15-09-09

Makes you smile, sigh and look at your watch.......

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

Reviewed: 16-10-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Well, it sure did feel like a lot of time spent listening ........ He just takes so long about getting to the point - and when he does you've already guessed what's going to happen. I did enjoy it overall though, it's certainly an entertaining classic and you willingly fall under its spell....

What will your next listen be?

Something shorter, punchier, real and meaningful - the Bible.

What does Martin Jarvis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

This bloke does so many voices so well, so convincingly, so consistently its amazificationary!!!

Do you think David Copperfield needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

PLEASE NO - one is sufficient. I like variety in my life, let's try something new....

Any additional comments?

There's a real charm about the narrative and the dialogue which pulls you into an olde fashioned dreamy world of top hats, cocky characters and scheming scoundrels safe in the knowledge that uppance will surely come for the baddies and all will be well with the world. Jolly jolly good.

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  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2007.
America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for the road - or anywhere else

  • By SKA on 20-09-09

Don't read this to cheer yourself up !! :-(

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

Reviewed: 16-10-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes.Always worth trying new stuff that's well written, even if it's not your usual cup of tea.And make no mistake, this is well written, especially the sparse dialogue.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Enjoyed piecing together the back story of 'what in the worlds happened'.Got a bit fed up of dour descriptions of desolate roadscapes and the like.

What three words best describe Tom Stechschulte’s voice?

Dour. Warm. Male......

Was The Road worth the listening time?

Yep, I think so overall, even though it's not my fave genre.

Any additional comments?

This is not a perky book. Unperky. And I mean it.Next one I picked had a deliberate dash of comedy to it.... :-)

  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like the Coen Brothers...

  • By Sara on 15-12-11

Real 'man' dialogue - I grinned all the way

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

Reviewed: 16-10-14

Where does The Sisters Brothers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top stuff

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eli - he's a fat, tough, no good killer - with a squishy centre

What does William Hope bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Fab American accents, with subtle differences to set characters apart

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

THE SISTERS BROTHERS - don't watch this Hollywood tripe, read the book instead !!

Any additional comments?

Nice plot twists, not cliched 'cowboy' and with some cool grisly bits to make your toes curl....

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