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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,252
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,193

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

A very fine book

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

Reviewed: 21-03-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and really liked the characters, especially Eleanor. She came across as an eloquent Aspergers young woman who struggled with the obstacles of everyday life with all the dramas it has to offer.
Equally, I liked the wonderful array of male characters and fervently hoped that the star crossed lovers would eventually get together.
I quite agree with the author that Glasgow was a wonderful setting for this story, all the folk I’ve ever met in Glasgow made me feel good to be amongst them.
For all the sad bits there are equal funny, happy bits. This book is as uplifting as the sun on a rainy day. Read it, you’ll love it!

  • A Secret History of Witches

  • By: Louisa Morgan
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

Brittany, 1821. After Grand-mere Ursule gives her life to save her family, their magic seems to die with her. Even so, the Orchires fight to keep the old ways alive, practising half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. The lineage continues, though new generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever - not for simple potions or visions, but to change the entire course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Jai s69 on 06-07-19

I am sending this to the Queen

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

If you can stand to listen to the appalling mis-use of the English language from both the Author and Narrator. If you can hold your breath for longer than the narrator and then accept that she has nothing exciting to convey. Then perhaps you will reach the end of this slanderous book that I think should be placed in the garden incinerator.
The book is a sandwich without any robust filling ‘all lettuce!”
Alice (Alice in Wonderland)would most certainly say whilst looking at the author “Off with her head.”

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Locked Ward

  • Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly
  • By: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Narrated by: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward - the fear, the violence and despair, and also the care and the compassion. Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of the friends he made on the ward, O'Donnell provides a detailed account of day-to-day life behind the doors of the most feared and stigmatised environment in healthcare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, Poignant, Thought Provoking and Funny

  • By M. R. Nixon on 24-01-18

A Brilliant Book!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I listened to this book on my phone whilst knitting socks and I really enjoyed it. There was nothing to really dislike, the odd personal comment from the author rattled my cage a bit but on the whole it was an interesting and thought provoking book. I have mental health issues but have in my working life as a carer had to deal with some difficult people and I hope have shown as much empathy and kindness as the author of this book.

  • Runemarks

  • By: Joanne M. Harris
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 15 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

It's been 500 years since the end of the world and society has rebuilt itself anew. The old Norse gods are no longer revered. Their tales have been banned. Magic is outlawed, and a new religion - the Order - has taken its place. In a remote valley in the north, 14-year-old Maddy Smith is shunned for the ruinmark on her hand - a sign associated with the Bad Old Days. But what the villagers don't know is that Maddy has skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RUNES RULE!

  • By Meera on 10-02-18

A book of books already written.

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

Reviewed: 17-12-17

Overall the story had some wonderful aspects and it was interesting how the use of the runes carried it along most elegantly. However, I could hear traces of the Lord of the Rings not written but they were there and other less known books but those that have read them will know. The narrator curiously has collected a range of voices from films i already know, so like old friends finding different words she ‘glamoured’ me. The ending poetry? was awful I couldn’t listen to it. Will I listen to a second one? I will let you know.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Strain

  • Book One of the Strain Trilogy
  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

A plane lands at JFK and mysteriously 'goes dark', stopping in the middle of the runway for no apparent reason, all lights off, all doors sealed. The pilots cannot be raised. When the hatch above the wing finally clicks open, it quickly becomes clear that everyone on board is dead - although there is no sign of any trauma or struggle. Ephraim Goodweather and his team from the Center for Disease Control must work quickly to establish the cause of this strange ocurrence before panic spreads.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Matt on 17-07-09

It could happen to you.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

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

In my top twenty. I liked this story and as it was set in America it was credible. I can't remember any one individual character but as a whole they carried the story forward.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Strain?

I can't think of just one.

Have you listened to any of Ron Perlman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No this is a first for me but i shall look for others.

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

I think most people nowadays are aware that this sort of thing isn't Science Fiction anymore and actually it is possible that something similar to this might just happen one day. The story niether made me laugh or cry.

  • Boy's Life

  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 20 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's at the top of my list.

  • By Ms Amanda Thompson on 07-04-15

It's at the top of my list.

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

What made the experience of listening to Boy's Life the most enjoyable?

It was a wonderfully written complete story that enveloped me inside from start to finish. I don't think there was one character that i didn't like, perhaps the mayor - he was creepy and the German vet and his wife but the story wouldn't have been the same without them. I have recomended it to my Mum and my youngest daughter .

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh it has to be Corey after all it was his story and i believed in it, i was there when it began and sadly when it ended.

Which character – as performed by George Newbern – was your favourite?

Corey - George Newbern brought him to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No there were several. The thing is in a story written this well each character brings a parcel of goodies and a couple of rotten apples it's what makes the story believable and very enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

This is the best book i have listened to this year and if you haven't read or listened to it yet or thought it wasn't your genre then do give it a go, i am certain you will not be disappointed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Passage

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 29 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping from start to end

  • By Val Durow on 02-07-15

Repetitive and Medical

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Would you try another book written by Connie Willis or narrated by Dina Pearlman?

No.

Would you be willing to try another book from Connie Willis? Why or why not?

Probably not unless it was totally away from anything medical.

What aspect of Dina Pearlman’s performance might you have changed?

Rememberance of characters voices and giving each their own.

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

No, no, no. There is nothing more to say if written in the same style.

Any additional comments?

This book is laborious, repetitive and contains too much medical information which really just was used as fluff to fill a page. Many of the chapters contained the same phrases, the same speeches and dully the same medical references. The idea was good but it was like reading a failed dissertation or rejected medical paper.The book could have been half the length and more enjoyable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Weaveworld

  • By: Clive Barker
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Clive Barker has made his mark on modern fiction by exposing all that is surreal and magical in the ordinary world - and exploring the profound and overwhelming terror that results. With its volatile mix of the fantastical and the contemporary, the everyday and the otherworldly, Weaveworld is an epic work of dark fantasy and horror - a tour de force from one of today's most forceful and imaginative artists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh and vibrant after all this time

  • By Mic on 09-12-16

I just couldn't stop listening, a damned fine book

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

What did you like most about Weaveworld?

The imagination of this writer is wonderful i felt as if i were part of the weave. It is very cleverly written, i have read most books written by Clive Barker and as yet i haven't found one that was disagreeable. This was the first Clive Barker book that i have listened to rather than read and it gave me a good excuse to get a lot of work done and actually with very little sleep i'd finished it in two days. If you have a good imagination, like books that lead you astray yet ties in all but one loose end then you will thoroughly enjoy Weaveworld.

Who was your favorite character and why?

This is a difficult question to answer, Cal of course caught my interest but i found him annoying and at times wanted to shake him but i am not sure if this due to the voice that Simon Vance gave him or because the voice didn't fit the person i had imagined him to be. However, I did rather like Jericho

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

Shadwell, i disliked everything about him but he was a wondeful character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was enthralled when Suzzanna reached the Temple and discovered what the Loom actually was.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Signature of All Things

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profoundly interesting story

  • By S on 09-12-13

Oh such a complete wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

If you could sum up The Signature of All Things in three words, what would they be?

Discovery, Romance, Surprises

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh it has to be the main character Alma Whittaker, such an interesting life story.

What about Juliet Stevenson’s performance did you like?

Yes she read the story well, nothing grated and it flowed well. A couple of character voices didn't sound quite right but overall she did an excellent job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the part that moved me the most was when Alma discovered the truth about her husband and then went on a remarkable journey that helped her discover who she really was.

Any additional comments?

This book will be in my Mum's xmas stocking this year.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Magician

  • By: Raymond E. Feist
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 36 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917

Here starts an adventure that will span lifetimes and worlds. Discover where the story begins. Raymond E. Feist is an internationally best-selling author. My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician…War is coming to the Kingdom of the Isles from another world, bringing with it chaos and destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic fantasy adventure

  • By Simon on 26-08-15

A really good listen.

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

If you could sum up Magician in three words, what would they be?

Exciting, Interesting,Magical

What other book might you compare Magician to, and why?

This author is well read and there are lots of comparisons but two seemed to echo for me the most- The Lord of The Rings for the characters and some events that mirror in many ways the ones that Tolkien invented. Stephen King - The Dark Tower books for the curious groups of creatures and people and the can't put it down, when is the next one coming out feeling.

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

Well rounded characters both inside and out. The only niggle for me were the bad use of tenses but i guess it was because he was using American English.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, as a Textile Artist i like to listen when i am working.

Any additional comments?

This is a really good book but if like me and obviously the author you are a bit of a horror/science fiction buff then you might find that some of the ideas are echos of books that you have read. I found i was easily guessing the outcomes of events because of this detail, however the book has some of its own merits and i shall look out for a sequel. I have recommended this book already to my daughter.