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  • Dunstan

  • One Man Will Change the Fate of England
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Beevers
  • Length: 16 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

The year is 937. England is a nation divided, ruled by minor kings and Viking lords. Each vies for land and power. The Wessex king Æthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, is readying himself to throw a spear into the north. Behind him stands Dunstan, the man who will control the destiny of the next seven kings of England and the fate of an entire nation. Welcome to the original game for the English throne.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dunstan Isn't quite a Caesar

  • By Simon on 16-05-17

Wearying tone of narrator

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

I should know by now but it is so striking with this voice, he sucks the life out of the story, he sounds world-weary and deadens the writing, what a shame!

  • Revelations of Divine Love

  • By: Julian of Norwich
  • Narrated by: Katie Scarfe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

On May 8, 1373, 30-year-old Julian of Norwich, sick and near death, had a series of visions of Christ. In these 16 visions she learnt about God's loving nature. God in Julian's visions was not angry and wrathful. Instead, the three properties of God were presented as life, love and light, and all of His creation was good, including his servant, man. In Julian's version, Man is not to blame for his sin; instead it is something that he must experience and overcome in his spiritual journey with God.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Patrick on 30-01-19

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 30-01-19

A wonderful translation. I started reading/studying Julian of Norwich in 2004, 15 years have gone by! I wholeheartedy recommend this translation, it flows, it sounds good and is quite beautiful. It reminds me of Carmen Acevedo Butcher's translation of The Cloud of Unknowing, a marvellous companion-piece, I dare to suggest.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

Oh great ! becomes OMG !

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

An unusual time travel story that just squanders what it has and became, for me, unfinishable. Such a shame but I feel so let down by this author I will avoid him in fuure.

  • Summary: Bradley Nelson's The Emotion Code

  • By: Black Diamond Publishing
  • Narrated by: Michael Price
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 2

This is a summary of Bradley Nelson's The Emotion Code

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trapped nonsense

  • By Patrick on 06-07-18

Trapped nonsense

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Trapped Nonsense can make you buy an audiobook your commonsense tells you will be a waste of time but this can be revered and cured.Step 1 , write a critical reviw, step 2, return it, this will redress a psychologicand and financial imbalance. Step 3, delete it from all your devices, cure complete.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Men Without Women

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Bruno Roubicek
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same wry humor that has defined his entire body of work, in this collection Murakami has crafted another contemporary classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern day Hemingway

  • By Suswati on 03-06-17

Murakami deserves better

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

Reviewed: 24-08-17

I have loved some recent books and this narration by Bruno Roubicek throws into relief the importance, the vital importance, of a good narrator. The writing had a deadened, flat quality and Murakami is never dead or flat. I really didn't like this (as you might have gathered, lol).

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • All Our Wrong Todays

  • By: Elan Mastai
  • Narrated by: Elan Mastai
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should've turned out like this. And it's all my fault - well, me and, to a lesser extent, my father. And, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope. In both worlds she's the love of my life. But only a single version of her can exist. I have one impossible chance to fix history's greatest mistake and save this broken world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The point of it all....

  • By Kaggy on 02-05-17

Trite, vacuous, unfunny, glib, trivial

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

Reviewed: 19-07-17

Oh dear, so bad it's not even good but just bad. Badly written, badly read, ill concieved, dreadfully executed

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,309

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

Fury, yes, but what a story !

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

Loved it, tragic but SO funny at times (kudos to Stephen Hogan a wonderful narrator). I am an Irish catholic hetero-sexual and felt ashamed at times but relished the honesty and perhaps we do have a new Ireland, though not fully. I felt that a lot of the anger was self-directed, perhaps John has a bit of work still to do? His polemic hit the targets that so richly deserved to be hit but not all Irish, not all Catholics, not all hetero-sexuals deserve the Boyne fury, , now do they John?

  • The Colony

  • By: F.G. Cottam
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Drew on 07-08-13

Slow and steady tries the patience

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

Of course you need a build up but at 6 hours 51 minutes they still haven't got to the island!
I've had enough, he knows where he's going but I'm jumping ship, F G Cottam, one to avoid.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Line of Fire

  • By: Ian Townsend
  • Narrated by: David Tredinnick
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

It's hard to imagine this story as being part of our past, but in 1942, an 11-year-old Australian boy, Richard Manson, and his parents either side of him were shot by the Japanese for suspected spying in Rabaul in Papua New Guinea. Acclaimed Fourth Estate author and award-winning science journalist Ian Townsend has uncovered a fascinating story of World War Two, little known to most Australians.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible tedium

  • By Patrick on 27-04-17

Audible tedium

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

It's now 26 days since I downloaded this and I'm unsure why I'm still listening, a masochistic streak, perhaps.One clear, tragic incident at the very beginnning and the rest is back-story, today we were back to the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago, I kid you not !The author knows how to thoroughly scrape a given barrel, the things I've learned, maybe that's why i'm still listening, a cult being born, so bad it's good.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,056

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

Just amazing, DO TRY

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

I was recommended this title, I wouldn't have chosen it, it is a marvellous story, wonderfully told, I couldn't wait to get back in the car to listen to the next bit.
Really, really, go for it !