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  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

So enjoyable and unexpected!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but pleasingly it was a very enjoyable and easy listen, the plot follows an intriguing life story and is very funny in places.

  • The Miracle Morning

  • The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life - Before 8AM
  • By: Hal Elrod
  • Narrated by: Rob Actis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

What if you could miraculously wake up tomorrow and any - or every area of your life was transformed? What would be different? Would you be happier? Healthier? More successful? In better shape? Would you have more energy? Less Stress? More Money? Better relationships? Which of your problems would be solved? What if I told you that there is a "not-so-obvious" secret that is guaranteed to transform any - or literally every area of your life, faster than you ever thought possible?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok, but in places reasonably obvious!

  • By robin gwinnett on 24-09-15

Could be a lot shorter

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

Reviewed: 20-10-15

What did you like best about The Miracle Morning? What did you like least?

The message was probably as simple as this: wake up earlier than you think, stretch, shower, read a book eat something healthy and go to work. Nothing really new or mind blowing to be honest! Could have been a lot shorter, and probably a lot less self-appreciating.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It needs to be far shorter with a lot less fluff!

Any additional comments?

If you love american health hype - this is the audio book for you! If not, don't bother.

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  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,291

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

A curious perspective on humanity

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

Reviewed: 20-10-15

What did you like most about The Humans?

I laughed quite a bit at all the keenly observed and innately 'human' habits of ours! I enjoyed the perspective and pragmatic thoughts of the main character.

What other book might you compare The Humans to, and why?

I've never read another book like this so unfortunately I cannot compare accurately, however it was almost more enjoyable because of it!

Which character – as performed by Mark Meadows – was your favourite?

Aside from the alien, the character I enjoyed most, was the dog. I absolutely agree with the author that this is how dogs would speak and act if humans could only understand! It also gives a gorgeous warmth to the story, knowing that the alien is not only capable of understanding and learning to love humans but essentially all life on earth. Something that captures the imagination of many hearts and minds!

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

When the alien decides to give up even his power of healing in order to live a human life. I also really laughed at the almost slap stick reactions and interpretations while the alien is desperately trying to copy human kind and fit in with society.

Any additional comments?

Worth a listen, the narrator is good. I think reading the book would be very enjoyable, too. Probably a good holiday read, it kept me giggling throughout! Looking forward to reading more Matt Haig.

  • David Attenborough's Life Stories

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 147

One of the nation's most popular presenters examines twenty marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences. What was Sir David's first pet? Which animal would he most like to be? What creature lays 'the biggest egg in the world'? How do you communicate with an ancient nomadic community in Fiji? And what did Sir David do when confronted by a ten-foot-long reptile?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attenborough's a hit once again...

  • By Wil on 14-12-09

A wonderful and engaging listen

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

Reviewed: 20-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of David Attenborough's Life Stories to be better than the print version?

If you like the gentle sound of his voice, it's a must!

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

Without a doubt i could have binge-listened to this entire audiobook. Something about the way Attenborough tells tales of adventure and discovery and detail is fascinating and conjures up many vivid depictions! I can't wait to get started on the next book.

  • Wild

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Story

  • By Colin on 30-01-15

Simply wonderful

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

Reviewed: 23-04-15

An amazing story of self discovery after trauma and grief. So uplifting.... Going to lace up my walking boots and have my own adventure!

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,143

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-09-14

What did you like most about The Silkworm?

I like the two main characters of this book, having read the first book they really grow on you!

What did you like best about this story?

The plot is easy to follow with good twists and turns. The subject matter was quite unusual, I liked heading an author writing about other authors and the publishing industry. I also really like the narrator's interpretation of the characters though I would say that the character of Robin is more confident in the second book and should be read as so.

Any additional comments?

I felt a bit like this story was longer than it needed to be... the plot was interesting although I think I guessed the murderer quite early on and so the ending wasn't much of a surprise.