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  • Our Endless Numbered Days

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Eilidh L. Beaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 558

1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children, and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end, which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, thought-provoking, with a good twist.

  • By bookylady on 28-03-16

Perhaps lost on me!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

Ok, so if I were honest, I would say that I found this book a bit dull, despite its many near catastrophes. Perhaps made worse by the fact that I was unkeen on the narrator’s girlish voice and particularly the voice she picked for the father. Not that she did a bad job (and she is a better singer than many narrators I have heard!). Then, finally, the book warmed up towards the end, very warm at one point! It ended very abruptly and left me questioning much. I felt disappointed.

Then I read this review and the book was more pleasing as a result. Don’t read this until it is finished as it contains many spoilers but it added depth for me which was lacking before (am clearly such a heathen!).


http://davesbookblog-daja.blogspot.com/2016/09/our-endless-numbered-days-by-claire_7.html?m=1

  • Northanger Abbey

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Austen's best work brought to life

  • By S Plateau on 31-07-17

Transparent plot, found it boring

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

I can't think of more than one other audiobook that I didn't finish but I am so bored with the transparency and predictability of this plot that I don't want to go on. Have got over half way, too. I like the dramatisation, just not Austen's writing in this instance. I returned it.

  • Lily Alone

  • By: Jacqueline Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Wilson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

Lily isn't home alone – but she sort of wishes she was; looking after her three younger siblings is a lot of responsibility. When Mum goes off on holiday with her new boyfriend and her stepdad fails to show up, Lily is determined to keep the family together and show they can cope without any grown-ups. But taking care of six-year-old twins, her three-year-old sister and the family's flat feels overwhelming and Lily is worried that school or social services might discover their situation and break up the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved Lily !

  • By Jane on 13-04-13

Hated it as a parent. Very poor role modelling.

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

My daughter liked this book but I hated it. It had such poor role models. The mother in particular but certain behaviours of the children too and I don't think it ever saw things through to show that you can't get away with doing such things. On top of that, I'm sorry but I did not in the least like Jacqueline Wilson reading this. Such a contrast to the Katy audiobook which we loved including Katy's wonderful narrator and that book had very good role modelling. We also liked the TV series of Hetty Feather a lot. I realise this is difficult subject matter which is good to encounter but just didn't like the way it played out. We had ordered Wave Me Goodbye but I am considering returning that one too as don't think I can stand it! There are so many children' books that are better than Lily Alone.

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  • Amy Snow

  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764

Winner of the 2014 Richard & Judy Search for a Bestseller competition. Abandoned on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy is taken in at nearby Hatville Court. But the masters and servants of the grand estate prove cold and unwelcoming. Amy's only friend and ally is the sparkling young heiress Aurelia Vennaway. So when Aurelia tragically dies young, Amy is devastated. But Aurelia leaves Amy one last gift. A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can follow. A life-changing discovery awaits ... if only she can unlock the secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Hungrychics on 21-10-15

Rather predictable and not enough intrigue

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

I liked this book, especially the first half but it all got a bit predictable and whimsical. After the end, I did not feel very complete. I felt it could have worked itself out in more interesting ways. The characters were rather stereotypical. Probably still worth a listen though.

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,623

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

A bit drawn out but good

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

I really liked the first half of this book then got a bit bored but overall it was a good listen. The narrators were all sound and the characters were well formed. An interesting portrayal of how much racism existed even when black people were finally paid for their work. I liked the way that things didn't always work out for the characters - it made it more believable. By the end, I thought it a good rather than a great book.

  • Somewhere Inside of Happy

  • By: Anna McPartlin
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Maisie Brennan is standing on a podium on the 20th anniversary of the death of her son, trying to find the first breath that will help her start talking to a room full of strangers. A daunting task at the best of times, but she's also menopausal and one hot flush away from totally losing it. But as Maisie begins her story, she relaxes and, word by word, disappears into her past, back to the day when one mistaken action led to a chain of events that changed her life forever....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous! Just buy it!

  • By Ann D on 05-01-17

Pretty good, some interesting themes

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

I liked this book quite a lot, I just didn't love it. Not sure why. Nothing specific. Interesting subject matter. Ended well enough. Kept me listening, just not gripped in the way some books achieve. Nicely narrated. Not sure I wanted to listen to such detail in the early on in the book exploring of teenage sexuality but the later parts were fine. The most annoying thing was how they called the mother 'Marsy' but I guess that is minor! Worth a listen, all in all.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,719

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

I'm glad I stuck with it

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

I found this book very slow to get into. I didn't like the death character telling the story or his voice but the narrator did do a great job. More than once I was going to return it, even two hours in, but I stuck with it and I guess am glad I did. I found it slow all the way through but you did get to know the characters very well and the story was novel and enlightening. It was stark and impassive much of the time but you got used to that and it lent to the brutality of the time. A good book but not the amazing book I had hoped it would be.

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,149

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Pretty good

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

Not fantastic but there was enough in this to keep me listening. I agreed with others that the male narrator was not great. I really did not like him as the DI. When he took on another voice later, it was a bit better but still very wooden. I thought the first half was a bit slow in parts but interesting enough to keep going. The twists were very unexpected but all made sense when you looked back. I enjoyed it as a whole but the ending was weak and the twist right at the end was unnecessary and detracted from the ending that might have been. It was all quite predictable at that point, even though it was far from that earlier. In summary, not my favourite book in the world but pretty good and worth a listen I think.

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,824
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,828

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

One of my best audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

This wasn't what I expected at all. The way that mental illness is handled here is so thought provoking, sensitive and perceptive. I didn't really want to read a book about mental illness, I was it in for the intrigue of the swap, but I got completely drawn into her world. I was satisfied by the end even though I had hoped for more reassurance! Along the way, the story was interesting, intriguing and fascinating as well as appalling and desperate. The narration was first class. Very well done.

  • Kill Someone

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,265

Here are the rules. Method: you can't use a gun. You can't use explosives. You can't use poison. It has to be up close and personal. You don't have to worry about leaving evidence; that will be taken care of. Victim: no one suicidal. No one over the age of 65. No one with a terminal illness. Choose your method. Choose your victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and gripping

  • By M. Williams on 17-03-17

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I guess this was a clever idea and fairly well thought out. I just didn't really enjoy it. I hated the narration of the man in white - it wasn't badly done, I just didn't like listening to it. The story was intriguing in parts but tedious in others. I wanted him to just get on with it and kill someone so it was over! I guessed who he would kill. The twist at the ending was unpredictable but didn't make me like the book suddenly. Overall, it was uncomfortable throughout yet unbelievable and I wasn't keen on the narration. Sorry Mr Smitherd, I know you read the reviews so this is not lightly said but it really wasn't my cup of tea! I returned it.

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