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  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,054

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-10-16

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Dreary plodding tale with hints of the squalid foul life of an alcoholic. Very very dull

  • Random Abstract Memory

  • By: Hattie Hayridge
  • Narrated by: Hattie Hayridge
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Hattie Hayridge reads from her autobiography, Random Abstract Memory. Recognised internationally as Holly the Computer in the hit BBC TV comedy series Red Dwarf, stand-up comic Hattie Hayridge is no stranger to the bizarre side of life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shortened version

  • By emma on 03-09-17

Funny but short

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

A brief account of Hattie’s early life, her start as a stand up comic and how she got into Ted Dwarf. Just a pity it is so short

  • Warship

  • Black Fleet Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joshua Dalzelle
  • Narrated by: Mark Boyett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

In the 25th century, humans have conquered space. The advent of faster-than-light travel has opened up hundreds of habitable planets for colonization, and humans have exploited the virtually limitless space and resources for hundreds of years with impunity. So complacent have they become with the overabundance that armed conflict is a thing of the past, and their machines of war are obsolete and decrepit. What would happen if they were suddenly threatened by a terrifying new enemy?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent classic space opera.

  • By Russell Ridley on 26-07-15

Enjoyable battles

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

A of a bit cliché, the drunken captain in charge of a badly maintained ship is suddenly the hero. This book is light on character but has some battle scenes

  • Animal

  • The Autobiography of a Female Body
  • By: Sara Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Sara Pascoe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe. Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other. Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and conversation starting

  • By Kathryn on 05-05-16

Fascinating and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

A “popular science” take on human emotions and behaviour, with observations from her own life. Witty, entertaining and thought provoking

  • Doctor How and the Dragons

  • Doctor How Series, Book 4
  • By: Mark Speed
  • Narrated by: Mark Speed
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A children's toy comes to life. And it will do anything to get back a missing body part. But is it the only one, or are there more? Whilst Doctor Peterson of MI16 tries to find the solution, Thickett creates a monster of a problem. With Doctor How taking a leave of absence, can Kevin and Cassandra stave off disaster long enough to get help from the most stubborn of the Time Keepers? This is book four of the Doctor How series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent adventure

  • By Jim__Leeder on 05-02-18

Excellent adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

Kevin and Cassandra battle mythical monsters as they help Doctor How and the Time Keepers. More quirky humour with action packed fights and a mysterious enemy. These stories are not crude parodies, was hey are well written and flesh out there heir own universe.

  • Doctor How Boxed Set: Books 1-3

  • By: Mark Speed
  • Narrated by: Mark Speed
  • Length: 22 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Doctor How's twin brother and cousins deserted their posts in '63, leaving him alone to battle the forces of darkness. Now he's under attack and there are only two beings he can rely on: a morphing superpredator called Trinity and a petty thief called Kevin from a South London slum. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jim__Leeder on 03-02-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

Quirky, humorous action-filled adventure in time and space. Well read by the author, although his female voices wobble a bit at times. No knowledge of Doctor Who is required to enjoy this story,

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,517
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,148

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

Excellent ideas with fun, action and drama

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

A brilliant idea has multiple plots weaving around each other. The science is real but the action is compressed to skip over those tedious interstellar hops. Bob and his offshoots are quirky and full of wry humour

  • The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

  • By: Hendrik Groen
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Hendrik Groen is 83¼ years old, and he has decided that it is time to make something of his life. He may be rich in years, but he refuses to give in to all the trappings of old age just yet. Hendrik's hilarious and touching diary documents his life as an OAP living in a care home. When he recruits some similarly young-at-heart friends to join his Old but Not Dead Club, Hendrik proves that love can blossom, rules can be broken and fun is within reach, even at their age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Old but not Dead Club

  • By Rachel Redford on 05-10-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 31-07-17

Heard a glowing review of this, but I was disappointed by the book. Dull and boring rather than funny. Plods along slowly. Derek Jacobi is, of course, excellent reading it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dunkirk

  • The History Behind the Major Motion Picture
  • By: Joshua Levine
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble, Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

The epic true story of Dunkirk - now a major motion picture, written and directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Mark Rylance. In 1940, at the French port of Dunkirk, more than 300,000 trapped Allied troops were dramatically rescued from destruction at the hands of Nazi Germany by an extraordinary seaborne evacuation. The true history of the soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians involved in the nine-day skirmish has passed into legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Jim__Leeder on 22-07-17

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 22-07-17

This book combines the evidence based history of the Dunkirk evacuation with a commentary on how it was turned into a film. Many detailed individual stories are included in the overall story of improvisation, muddle, perseverance and courage.

Like the film, this book is about the human stories. The style of writing and tone of reading are light. This makes it an interesting and absorbing read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Figures

  • The Untold Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as 'human computers', calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African American women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How did I not know about these women?

  • By Steph Adams on 05-01-17

Dull

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-17

A very worthy subject but a dull. book . A picture of the horrendous bigotry in Virginia in the 1950s and 1960s