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  • The Southern Reach Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Jeff VanderMeer
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

In the second volume of the Southern Reach Trilogy, questions are answered, stakes are raised, and mysteries are deepened.… Following the disastrous twelfth expedition chronicled in Annihilation, the second book of the Southern Reach trilogy introduces John Rodriguez, the new head of the government agency responsible for the safeguarding of Area X. His first day is spent grappling with the fall-out from the last expedition. Area X itself remains a mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By matt hall on 12-01-18

great book..

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

but the performance is questionable. i liked the narrator for some reason and i wanted it to work and kept hoping it will get better but the way he messed up the voices and accents was consistent and very confusing sometimes which is a shame because the book is fascinating and awesome

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,593
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,680

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

grows on you

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

Reviewed: 24-05-17

it started off a bit slow but it turned out to be a very lovely book indeed

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Things the Grandchildren Should Know

  • By: Mark Oliver Everett
  • Narrated by: The Chet
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Mark Oliver Everett's upbringing was 'ridiculous, sometimes tragic and always unsteady'. His father - a quantum mechanic who worked for the Pentagon - was a genius who had corresponded with Einstein aged 13. He rarely spoke, and following his own miserable childhood had eccentric ideas of how children should be brought up. Raised in a house with no rules, with parents who had 'a kind of seventies swinging marriage', Everett had to raise himself, not always with the greatest success. His love of music helped pull him through, and by his early 20s he was on the brink of stardom with his first album - Beautiful Freak.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, could have been better

  • By George on 18-03-11

please give this beauty a go

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

Reviewed: 20-01-17

Been struggling to start this review as I felt like saying a bunch of endearing things about Mr Everett, things only a grandmother might say.. And that would not do any justice to this book as it is so lovely, awesome and cool, all at once!! His words and music are the ultimate companion on the darkest of days when one cannot imagine having company and turn those times completely around to the point of wanting to crawl out of one's skin for the joy of deciding to stay alive to be able to listen to what E has to say.. but it never becomes too much as one finds oneself cracking up with random laughs on the way, so it's all good. Mr E always has your back when no one else seems to.

Pure pleasure on any other day, too.

Many thanks and a whole lot of love to The Chet as well.

  • Joan Didion

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Joseph Lelyveld
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Joyce Carol Oates called Joan Didion "an articulate witness to the most stubborn and intractable truths of our time." Ms. Didion is the author of the novels Play It as It Lays and The Last Thing He Wanted, the essay collections Slouching Toward Bethlehem and The White Album, and the memoirs Where I Was From and The Year of Magical Thinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By jo on 11-12-16

Lost for words

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

The only note I would like to make here is that while Joseph Lelyveld welcomes her with the first few minutes of introduction, the narrator is Joan Didion herself.

  • The Golden Notebook

  • By: Doris Lessing
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 27 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105

Author Anna Wulf attempts to overcome writer’s block by writing a comprehensive "golden notebook" that draws together the preoccupations of her life, each of which is examined in a different notebook. Anna’s struggle to unify the various strands of her life – emotional, political, and professional – amasses into a fascinating encyclopaedia of female experience in the ‘50s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Perceptive

  • By ROBERT on 24-12-12

it's all very odd, isn't?

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

Reviewed: 19-11-16

delightful at times, painful most of the time. well worth a listen, but I was glad when I finally heard audible's hope..
Juliet Stevenson helps with soldiering through it all.

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  • The Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Audio Collection

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. himself reads from his most celebrated works: Breakfast of Champions, Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse-Five, and three complete stories from Welcome to the Monkey House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nobody reads Vonnegut like Vonnegut

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-07

his singing is priceless

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

Reviewed: 29-08-16

it was surely a lifesaver for me in desperate times (and will be in the future as well). i wish i knew how to speak of this more eloquently because i can't just say nothing. please let yourself have this experience, it is well worth 4 hours of your time on this planet. thank you

  • The Figure in the Carpet and Other Stories

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: William Coon
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Mystery stories - not exactly the genre you'd typically associate with Henry James. The three stories in this collection, however, explore the mysteries of the human psyche and the human heart. This collection contains "A Light Man", "The Madonna of the Future", and "The Figure in the Carpet."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mixed experience

  • By jo on 03-04-16

mixed experience

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

The stories are a pleasure as always, the forced accents are a bit of a nuisance.