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  • The Year of Living Biblically

  • One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
  • By: A. J. Jacobs
  • Narrated by: A. J. Jacobs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly Enjoyed It

  • By Dave Kinsella on 26-07-15

Things you never knew

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

Reviewed: 09-02-14

If you could sum up The Year of Living Biblically in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking, crazy, informative

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Year of Living Biblically?

The fact that there is a rule for ultra Orthodox Jews about wearing mixed fibres!

Any additional comments?

Thought provoking and challenging, while maintaining humour

  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods

  • By: Gavin Extence
  • Narrated by: Joe Thomas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero, and an improbable journey, Alex's story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears. And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever heard. Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had the most conventional start in life. He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won't endear him to the local bullies. He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen - he's got the scars to prove it. What he doesn't know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he'll make an unlikely friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on you!

  • By F on 26-05-13

A moving and interesting story

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

What made the experience of listening to The Universe Versus Alex Woods the most enjoyable?

The storyline was interesting and convincing with good characterisation.

What did you like best about this story?

The surreal premise on which the story was founded. The interaction between the main character Alex and Mr Peterson, the older man with whom he becomes friends. The fact that the implausible becomes plausible. That the book questions what it means to live life with principle and dignity without having a pompous tone. Oh roughly believable characters

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, the narration of the story was good.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Being hit by a meteor was just the beginning for Alex...l

Any additional comments?

The only minor detraction was the unconvincing American accent

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  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,539
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

Engaging and amusing

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

Reviewed: 13-07-13

What did you like most about The Rosie Project?

An amusing interesting and moving story

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

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime

Any additional comments?

Loved it

  • Paul Temple and the Gilbert Case (Dramatised)

  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Peter Coke, Marjorie Westbury, Full Cast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Just as Paul and Steve are about to go on holiday, Wilfrid Stirling visits with a plea. His daughter Brenda was recently murdered, her body dumped on a bomb site. Her boyfriend Howard Gilbert, seen walking away from the site, has been convicted of the murder and sentenced to hang, but Brenda's father feels sure he didn't do it. In spite of all the evidence against Gilbert, Mr Stirling asks Paul to clear his name and discover the real murderer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pure escapism

  • By Karen on 19-10-14

"By Timothy a Classic Paul Temple!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Our family was first introduced to Paul Temple with a BBC radio version one Christmas. We have listened as a family from when our children were quite young. As expected releiving many a tedious car journey (we once waited outside or holiday cottage to hear the last 20 minutes) and surprisingly often preferred to TV. If you like a 'ripping yarn' look no further, "By Timothy"

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  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle but engaging

  • By Ms on 17-06-12

Great narration and a moving story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

I thouroughly enjoyed this book. There are some books which I think are enhanced by the qulaity of the narration and this is one of them Jim Broadbent is thoroughly convincing.

The events of the story are perhaps ulikley, but the storytelling is convincing. We are all leadng lives of quiet desparation but this is essentailly a story of hope and redemption, it is in parts very moving as Harold's personal journey in coming to terms with his past is mirrored through the actual journey that he takes.

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