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  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good, with the usual time-travel problems.

  • By Stuart on 08-11-17

Gripping despite the dodgy premise.

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This is very entertaining. The ‘American Dream’ concept is a little weak but is made up for by good characterisation and an eye for detail. I enjoyed it but I don’t think it will stick in my mind.

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,221

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

Mmmm

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

I think Peter May has a great book in him somewhere, but this isn’t it.
Marred by a tenuous storyline and a predictable denouement this book is rescued by beautiful descriptions of the island and charming performances by the narrators.
Personally I think the author should give up writing thrillers and concentrate on the people and scenery of the islands.

  • 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 12,320
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,345

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

Superb

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

Reviewed: 24-05-17

A wonderful, poignant sad and funny book. Such an assured debut. I can't recommend it enough.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Off to Be the Wizard

  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,577

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Matrix meets mediaeval fabtasy

  • By Matthew on 07-10-15

Pleasing Bunkum

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

A good idea spiced with gentle humour. Shades of Terry Pratchett.
Give it a try why not?

  • Tipping the Velvet

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330

'Piercing the shadows of the naked stage was a single shaft of rosy limelight, and in the centre of this was a girl: the most marvellous girl - I knew it at once! - that I had ever seen.' A saucy, sensuous and multi-layered historical romance, Tipping the Velvet follows the glittering career of Nan King - oyster girl turned music-hall star turned rent boy turned East End 'tom'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written.

  • By getleyartist on 15-06-15

Both writer and narrator simply ooze class.

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

There are only a few authors who can wrap up serious literature in the guise of a popular read. Sarah Waters can and she is aided and abetted in the audible version by the splendid Juanita McMahon.
Listen to this - you'll be doing yourself a favour.

  • I See You

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,871
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,540

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it's there. There's no explanation, no website - just a grainy image and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it's just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I See Something Very, Very Impressive Here!

  • By Simon on 28-07-16

Good concept

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

I liked the concept and the twists and turns of whodunnit. But I found both the story and the performance a little basic.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,900
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,534

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth a read

  • By T. Owen on 19-11-17

Aren't horror stories meant to scare you not make you laugh?

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

Reviewed: 25-09-16

I've read other Stephen King novels; they are always bizarre but well written enough to hold your attention. This one? I'm not so sure. It had me laughing at its sheer ridiculousness. The whole clown thing was just too far fetched, and the hysterical tone of the narration had me smiling half the time.
The book is also sooo long; it could be halved in size without losing anything. I'm an insomniac and it is my habit to use talking books to lull me to sleep so that I wake up in a completely different place. Usually I rewind to the last part of the book I recognise. With this one it made no difference - you could pick it up instantly as if no time had passed.
Having said all that I still made it through to the end - it was just intriguing enough, so it can't have been that bad.

2 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Gillian Burke
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 367

My name is Hope Arden. I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was 16 years old. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous.... The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of a girl no one remembers, yet her story will stay with you for ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just wow

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 18-07-16

Another great concept from Claire North

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

Reviewed: 21-09-16

She's very clever is Claire North. She writes about people with believable but unconventional superpowers. And she writes about them with pathos and humanity.
This one is about Hope, the woman who everyone forgets.
The performer isn't the best but the novel is riveting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sanctus

  • By: Simon Toyne
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 186

An explosive apocalyptic conspiracy thriller from a major new British talent that will set the world alight…REVELATION OR DEVASTATION?The certainties of the modern world are about to be blown apart by a three thousand year-old conspiracy nurtured by blood and lies …A man throws himself to his death from the oldest inhabited place on the face of the earth, a mountainous citadel in the historic Turkish city of Ruin. This is no ordinary suicide but a symbolic act.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sanctus

  • By Steve Sparkes on 25-05-11

Hokum, but good hokum

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

Reviewed: 30-08-16

This book rattles along at a good pace and is pure entertainment all the way. If I knew Simon Toyne I would ask him to do a word search for 'felt like' and 'seemed' and try to omit as many as possible - they weaken the text. I personally could have done with a little less of the crypto-religious hokum as well but it's central to the story so what do I know?

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 741

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more

  • By max on 04-07-16

Innocent and charming

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

Reviewed: 28-08-16

There as so many post-apocalypse books around, and most are violent and disturbing. This one is refreshingly different. It's a simple story of people picking themselves up again after most of humanity perishes.
Naive? Probably, but it's quite uplifting to hear about the good in people for a change.