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  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

John Self is addicted to life. Porn freak and jetsetter, a aficionado of wealth and women, Self is the shameless heir to a fast-food culture where money beats out an insistent invitation to futile self-gratification. Out in New York, mingling with the mighty, making a fortune but spending more, Self is embroiled in the corruption, the brutality and the obscenity of the money conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spot on performance.

  • By S. Wragg on 10-11-09

A proper riot

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

Reviewed: 05-04-19

This popped up in my automated recommendations because I like (love) Irvine Welsh, and it's a good comparison; richly drawn characters living in various moral and actual gutters, having a party while channeling vicious satire on the state of the human race. If you want a book that will make you laugh out loud, and occasionally squeal with a mixture of delight and disgust, this is the one. We all have a friend like John Self: an unrestrained, lovable bastard who just wants to consume everything in his path. It's a absolute riot of a listen. I found the narration a bit over-cooked, but that might be the point.

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,811

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm still waiting for something to happen.....

  • By Fiona Keates on 28-02-16

A little gem of a book

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

This has been on my list for a while. I've heard it described as 'historical, literary thriller': a combination of genres that often translates as ‘long-winded and weighed down by its own sense of importance’. I finally got round to listening and it was an absolute joy. The characters are intricately flawed, heartfelt humans, and the prose is just gorgeous. It manages to be poetic and expansive but never self-indulgent, and always gripping. You are flung into the stinking, bustling, sometimes terrifying heart of medieval Amsterdam: sugar is a rare and expensive commodity, homosexuality is an abomination, reality and magic are blurred, bullies and oppressors operate under the cloak of piety and religion. A breathless listen that I binged through in three days.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Down and Out in Paris and London

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Richard Blant on 20-07-15

Never gets old

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

An underdog classic. Orwell's first book and a fascinating beginning of the ideas he would go on to form so famously. Even at this early stage of his career he had that trademark compassion, wit and love of mankind. The stories of his journey through the streets, restaurant kitchens and homeless shelters of Paris and London are just brilliant, and often hilarious, and the social commentary is so utterly relevant that it wouldn't look out of place in a newspaper column today.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Milkman

  • By: Anna Burns
  • Narrated by: Bríd Brennan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,910

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous. Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very, Very Good

  • By David M on 20-10-18

Brilliant but miserable

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

A languid and literary read that draws you in and comforts you, before you realise how relentlessly miserable it is. I learned alot about The Troubles, and the main character's internal narrative and poetic, bluntly literal turn of phrase is brilliant. Not surprising it won the Booker, but there were times i just wanted to get to the end. The 'wee sisters' - child geniuses, whose existence in the novel was clearly making some grand intellectual point that went straight over my head - were the most charming characters i've come across in a while.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Underworld

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 31 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 89

Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern classic - read it

  • By shirley on 30-04-14

Rambling brilliance

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

A hugely ambitious, gorgeously written novel that seems to aim for the entire 20th century history of America as a backdrop. There are some memorable plot lines and characters, and some that I lost track of completely. At times I just enjoyed the ebbing, soothing beauty of the prose without really having a clue who or what was happening.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Man's Search for Meaning

  • By: Viktor E. Frankl
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938

Internationally renowned psychiatrist, Viktor E. Frankl, endured years of unspeakable horror in Nazi death camps. During, and partly because of his suffering, Dr. Frankl developed a revolutionary approach to psychotherapy known as logotherapy. At the core of his theory is the belief that man's primary motivational force is his search for meaning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Potentially life changing...

  • By Jim Vaughan on 02-12-12

The power of perspective

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

A book to return to again and again, whenever you feel your sense of perspective slipping. This is the story of a concentration camp prisoner whose humanity and intellect saw him through the worst of all times. The author states at the beginning that it is a book about humanity, not a record of the Holocaust or the realities of concentration camp life, and the lightness and readability of the writing is an incredible achievement. Frankl not only survived, but went on to form a school of psychotherapy that is still revered and relevant today. His central idea is that man can choose his attitude even when he loses control of his circumstances. Whatever horrors life throws at us, our thoughts remain our own. Whatever happens, we should be able to put our problems aside and focus on what is decent and humane and brilliant about the world around us. Compared to what Frankl and his generation went through we live in easy, care-free times. If he could keep his humanity and decency intact, the rest of us have no excuse.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,842

Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Literally From Out of the Blue!

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

Pitch perfect reportage

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Insightful, heartfelt reporting that reaches well beyond its subject matter. I finished it feeling educated about the effects of the free porn industry and depressed about some aspects of what it has done, but I also felt an unerring sense of hope and faith in people. Jon Ronson is simply brilliant at what he does: force listeners to look past their own assumptions.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

  • By: Anthony Del Col, Cassandra Bond, JP Conway, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 147

University student Anna Winslow has gone missing and the circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast. Melissa quickly discovers that Anna was a loner with hearing difficulties.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hooks you in, then lets you down

  • By Ryan M on 13-03-18

Frantic, spooky fun

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Takes a little while for suspension of disbelief to kick in, but from the end of episode two this is almost impossible to stop listening to. It's the audio equivalent of a Netflix binge fest. The central character is very well played, and gets more interesting as her own vulnerabilities loom larger. There's so many characters that some some do come across as a bit shallow, but the intention is to thrill, not win literary prizes, and it does that to perfection.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • My Absolute Darling

  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 360

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him. She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done; and what her daddy will do when he finds out....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So grim

  • By Mrs. Caroline Bradshaw on 11-01-18

The best book of 2017

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

This is one of those books where the plots twists and nuanced characterisation continue to reverberate around your brain long after you finish listening. The wild landscapes and starkly beautiful prose bring Cormack McCarthy to mind – quite a feat for a debut writer. Martin and ‘Turtle’ Alveston are two of the most vividly drawn literary characters you will ever encounter. One is a heroine and the other a despicable monster, but there are also flashes of the hero in Martin, and the monster in Turtle. An unadulterated masterpiece.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Sellout

  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 602

Born in Dickens, Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's memoir will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir. Fuelled by despair, he sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hilarious must-listen for the ages

  • By Gabe Fleming (Audible staff) on 14-08-17

A hilarious must-listen for the ages

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Genuinely one of the funniest things I have ever listened to, and all wrapped up in Booker-winning package of vicious satire and a rollercoaster history of racial tensions in America. There are so, so many laugh out loud moments, by my highlight was the main protagonist’s memory of his father’s open mic ‘comedy’ routine – heavy on black heritage but almost completely void of humour – which ends with a long and meticulously detailed set of verbal references and footnotes that go on longer than the act itself.

‘Mr. Me’ himself is a truly unique creation – a laid back African American, accidental provocateur, terrible lover and dedicated stoner, whose internal monologue features a gripping commentary on the intertwining histories of his country, race and family. Oh, and he is on trial at the US Supreme Court, charged with reintroducing slavery and racial segregation. It’s impossible to describe: just listen!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful