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  • A Dance with Dragons

  • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,086
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrative a little disappointing 😕

  • By Anna on 06-05-15

such an amazingly detailed story

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

I listen to this again and again, It's just so detailed that there is always something more to notice. Since the tv series has overtaken the book there are so many more things that seemed irrelevant but were actually bread crumbs for a whole extra bunch of stories that now make sense (pay particular attention to the snippets about Ashara Dayne).
I knocked one star off the performance because although it's wonderful the accents have changed for individual characters throughout the series which is distracting but doesn't spoil the story and it is read wonderfully.

  • Brain Rules for Baby

  • How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  • By: John Medina
  • Narrated by: John Medina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

In his New York Times best seller Brain Rules, Dr. John Medina told us how our brains really work—and why we ought to redesign our workplaces and schools. Now, in Brain Rules for Baby, he shares what the latest science says about how to raise smart and happy children from zero to five.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every mother needs to read this!

  • By Rebecca on 10-10-16

easily absorbed sensible advice on child rearing

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

Reviewed: 30-12-14

This was sensible, well explained advice that I can easily imagine working into my new life as a parent and I am actually looking forward to listening to this as a regular refresher as they grow and I have to practice new parenting skills (e.g. when the tantrums start).
The voice is perfect, not irritating but not so dull that it makes you want to fall asleep (quite amazing for a parent of new born twins as everything makes me want to sleep!)
I highly recommend this book if you are looking for some scientific yet practical advice.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasingly long

  • By Felix on 24-08-05

This felt arduous to listen to if I am honest

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

Reviewed: 19-02-14

I hate giving negative reviews but I think it's best to be honest and let people make an informed decision. This whole (very long) book felt like a text book, not just because of the footnotes used so frequently, which was one of the few bits I found interesting, but because the whole thing felt like I was being told information rather than a story.
There were interesting characters but they seem to be small sidelines and everything was a bit too neat. I didn't feel any drama or passion and for a book about magic it seemed to miss having any of it's own.
The narrator was perfectly competent and not unpleasant to listen to, I just felt that the characters were lacking in something. Unfortunately I be will sending this title back. I have had the pleasure of listening to some similarly long books, pillars of the earth had me finding excuses to listen it while this one felt like a chore which I hoped would be worth while by the end. I was left disappointed.
It was very detailed and I am sure it suits some people very well, but it's just not for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,888

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just fantastic!

  • By Miles on 12-06-13

I didn't want to like this book, but I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 16-02-14

Reading the description I didn't think I would like this and fully expected to be returning it before the end. I only tried it because I loved stardust so much that I figured it was worth a gamble.
Turns out I was hooked within about 10 minutes!
I was intrigued, I really liked the main character and some of the other characters (Anansi might be my favourite) and felt intrigued about the less likeable characters.
I loved how all of the little sub plots knitted together and I honestly didn't see what was coming until right before it happened.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Good Omens

  • The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's the end of the world... but not as we know it

  • By Wayne on 09-10-08

Fantastic, so pleased to have stumbled across this

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

Reviewed: 16-02-14

I love all the Neil Gaiman books I have listened to so far, I was nervous about this collaboration as I haven't ever gotten as lost in Terry Pratchett stories. I was not disappointed.
This was so random, funny and an absolute joy to listen to. I will certainly be listening to this again when I need a good laugh and have recommended this to friends already.
Thank you Mr Pratchett and Mr Bauman.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Storm of Swords

  • Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,747
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,739

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Odd narration

  • By Marianne on 05-05-12

Mostly TV vs Book time line in this review

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

Well I was told that season 3 of HBO tv series basically followed the first half of the third book but when I got to the end of part 1 of a storm of swords I realised that lots hadn't happened in the book yet, and quite a bit had happened in the book that hadn't yet happened in the series. So I started on the second half with every intention of stopping when I got to vaguely the same place that the third tv season finished.

This did not work, not least because it is so totally impossible to stop listening to this twisting turning tale, but also because the two do not line up exactly. One of the first person characters will reach the final scene from the series while the rest of the first person characters are still meandering on their way to their own.

I had hoped to watch the series and then listen to the books (as I find that the book is always better so if I listen first then the tv series does not disappoint, although I know this is a contentious point of view). However the big ending in the book is amazing, I do not want to give anything away and spoil it but I did not see that coming and I can't wait to see how the tv series handle it. I will have to keep very quiet when I watch it with my partner as I don't want to spoil the surprise for him.

So my advice is if you want to watch the tv series first then don't listen to the second half of the book until you have watched the 4th season.

That said it is a very good book and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Storm of Swords (Part Two) - Blood and Gold

  • Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 23 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

George R.R. Martin’s superb and highly acclaimed epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire continues with the third in the series A Storm of Swords. There is passion here, and misery and charm, grandeur and squalor, tragedy, nobility and courage. Unabridged and split into two parts. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast. Beyond the Northern borders, wildlings leave their villages to gather in the ice and stone wasteland of the Frostfangs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to A Feast for Crows?

  • By Sean on 06-10-11

What an ending!!! (TV vs Book themed I am afraid)

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

Well I was told that season 3 of HBO tv series basically followed the first half of the third book but when I got to the end of part 1 of a storm of swords I realised that lots hadn't happened in the book yet, and quite a bit had happened in the book that hadn't yet happened in the series. So I started on the second half with every intention of stopping when I got to vaguely the same place that the third tv season finished.

This did not work, not least because it is so totally impossible to stop listening to this twisting turning tale, but also because the two do not line up exactly. One of the first person characters will reach the final scene from the series while the rest of the first person characters are still meandering on their way to their own.

I had hoped to watch the series and then listen to the books (as I find that the book is always better so if I listen first then the tv series does not disappoint, although I know this is a contentious point of view). However the big ending in the book is amazing, I do not want to give anything away and spoil it but I did not see that coming and I can't wait to see how the tv series handle it. I will have to keep very quiet when I watch it with my partner as I don't want to spoil the surprise for him.

So my advice is if you want to watch the tv series first then don't listen to the second half of the book until you have watched the 4th season.

  • Moranthology

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

Possibly the only drawback about the best-selling How to Be a Woman was that its author, Caitlin Moran, was limited to pretty much one subject: being a woman. Moranthology is proof that Caitlin can actually be ‘quite chatty’ about many other things, including cultural, social and political issues which are usually the province of learned professors, or hot-shot wonks – and not a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not half as good as it should be

  • By kisag_queen on 20-08-15

I laughed, I cried, mostly laughed!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-14

What made the experience of listening to Moranthology the most enjoyable?

It was mostly very funny, I actually stood laughing to myself while trying to do the dishes on more than one occasion. There were touching and sad parts as well but the contrast and the joy made these polar aspects even more extreme

What was one of the most memorable moments of Moranthology?

I think it was the Sherlock part. I also love BBC's Sherlock so it was brilliant to hear about it from another perspective and how much it is loved by the people who make it. The serious parts were very memorable for a very different reason and the description given of those will stay with me for some time but still written in a beautiful way that I felt showed consideration for the subject.

What about Caitlin Moran’s performance did you like?

Her honesty and self deprivation made it really easy to listen to.

Any additional comments?

The only thing that grated on me was the word wholly which she pronounces holly and I pronounce holey so that is probably an accent thing that can't be helped. Other than that I enjoyed the narration very much.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale

  • By: Graham Joyce
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

Some Kind of Fairy Tale is a very English story. A story of woods and clearings, a story of folk tales and family histories. It is as if Neil Gaiman and Joanne Harris had written a fairy tale together.... It is Christmas afternoon and Peter Martin gets an unexpected phone call from his parents, asking him to come round. It pulls him away from his wife and children and into a bewildering mystery. His sister, Tara. Not so unusual you might think, this is Christmas after all, a time when families get together. But 20 years ago, Tara took a walk into the woods and never came back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real page turner

  • By Kate on 02-08-12

Definitely an adults fairy tale not for children

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

Reviewed: 03-12-13

Would you be willing to try another book from Graham Joyce? Why or why not?

Yes but not in a hurry.

Any additional comments?

Definitely for adults only, interesting twist on the idea of a fairy tale and I was keen to listen as much as I could to see where the story would go. Not one I would listen to a second time though.
The narrator was really easy to listen to and I enjoyed the performance.
This book is no stardust, not in line with the ocean at the end of th lane in my opinion, but that I will listen to again

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness

  • By Simon on 08-10-15

another interesting adults fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 31-10-13

Would you listen to The Ocean at the End of the Lane again? Why?

Yes, it's written from such an interesting view point and I love listening to Neil Gaiman narrate. I love the way you see it from his point of view as a child and an adult remembering through more experienced eyes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

I love the way he fits the cat characters into his stories and they are particularly poignant in this fairy tale.

Any additional comments?

Another one of those books that made me look forward to doing the housework so I could listen to a bit more. Neil Gaiman has written another interesting adults fairy tale and I am looking forward to listening to it again.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful