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  • Black Widow

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Scarlett Mack
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By N. Macdougall on 06-02-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

This book had so much potential, but never lived up to it. The pace was dreary and the plot so predictable, that I guessed it before the book was half way through. I’d find myself getting so annoyed with the characters for not being able to see the blindingly obvious. The narration was decent, bar a few dodgy accents, but it couldn’t make up for an altogether mediocre book.

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story, worth getting into...

  • By Mr on 27-02-17

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 14-10-17

Let me start by saying I really wanted to like this book. It got rave reviews, it was that bit different, and it was narrated by a famous actor. So far so good. Unfortunately it didn’t work out that way.
I found the writing to be very inaccessible. It tried to be so different that it came across as pompous.
The storyline was so poorly developed I don’t know where to start. It has that many gaps and unexplored issues in it, I wonder whether even the author got bored.
The characters are barely developed, including I would say the main protagonist.
I don’t necessarily mind an open ending, but this is so open ended it had me checking Audible to make sure I wasn’t missing a chapter.
Tim Robbins is, I’m sure, a great actor; but he really struggles with this narration. At numerous points during the book, he has to repeat a word or a phrase 10 or more times. There are only so many different intonations you can give to a word, before it sound like reading out loud a particularly bizarre shopping list.
Well at least I tried it and persevered to the end, but I will avoid this author in the future.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,050

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow and a bit confusing but stick with it!

  • By Beccameriel on 07-07-15

Thoroughly enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

This is such a brilliantly different book. It seamlessly blends an old fashioned cop story with the paranormal world of ghosts and entities. The narrator took a bit of getting used to, but it didn't detract from the excitement of the book.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Magic Arrives Without Warning

  • By Paul Snook on 15-05-16

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 20-03-17

I'm not sure this book has any redeeming features for me. I kept hoping it would improve, so I persevered, but I should have saved myself the bother.

The storyline is incredibly rambling, the characters are shallow and not particularly likeable and after all of that, the book didn't have a proper ending.

  • Found

  • Brides of the Kindred, Book 4
  • By: Evangeline Anderson
  • Narrated by: Jodie Bentley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The son of the evil AllFather, Xairn, is filled with conflicting emotions. On one hand, he has finally gained his freedom and cut the ties that bound him to his race and the sadistic male who is his father. But doing so has unleashed feelings in him Xairn would rather keep buried. Desires that he prayed would never manifest now rage through him and they are centered on one woman alone....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pity about the narrator

  • By Anonymous User on 30-11-16

Pity about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-11-16

The story was enjoyable enough, but why on earth would you change narrator part-way through a series. The characters just sounded all wrong. Sylvan sounded dreadful, and don't get me started on Sophia and Locke. Not sure I'll continue purchasing books in this series with this narrator. What a shame!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

Amazing book

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

Reviewed: 10-11-16

The audiobook was utterly brilliant and if I could have given the narrator six stars, I would have done so.
The period drama has all the fabulous characters you would expect from a Julian Fellowes's book, and they are all beautifully developed throughout the story.
Juliet Stevenson is superb as the narrator. Each character has its own unique voice tone and accent; so much so, that soon I forgot I was listening to just one narrator telling the story.
I will be listening to this audiobook again in the very near future!

  • Room

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • reasonable

  • By Caroline on 29-01-11

Incredible book

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

It's an absolutely superb book! The poignancy, without being over sentimental, is amazing. This has been the best book I listened to this year by a long way!

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

  • By Clare on 24-07-08

Dismal

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

If you are not into totally bizarre 'off the wall' books that happily cover distasteful topics like consensual incest between mother and son, then I recommend you look for a decent book instead. Give this one a wide berth!

  • The Bat

  • A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817

Harry is out of his depth. Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can. He's not supposed to get too involved. When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry. He might just be the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Harry Hole.

  • By Richard on 04-12-12

A great book - as long as you're a masochist

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Usually I find it hard to put a book down; in this case I had to convince myself to keep on with it. I kept deluding myself it was bound to get better - it didn't.

None of the characters, in my opinion, were particularly likeable, so as a result it's hard to care what happens to any of them. The plot was tedious and inane. I was surprised to find the book had an actual ending to it. I was half expecting a pointless ending to a pointless book.

I won't be purchasing any further books by this author but the narrator is worth another try.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,941

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

An absolute gem of a book. The story is brilliant in it's quirkiness and dry humour. The narrator was totally marvellous. I'm downloading the next book in the series right now.