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  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By mollyeyre on 16-08-18

Read the red

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

Overcoming an abnormality, especially one that is as noticeable as red eyes, cannot be easy, and so finds Som the protagonist of this story. A story of adversity, friendship, and faith, if not in god hen in yourself. A heartfelt story that, I when into knowing very little but left thankful that I had spent time with Sam Hell.

  • Looking for Trouble

  • By: Riley Hart
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Dylan Sutton doesn't go looking for trouble, but it always seems to find him. After the devastating loss of his father, he travels across the country to deliver a letter to his dad's estranged best friend. But surely, he deserves a night of relaxation when he first gets to town, right? He sets his sights on the attractive older guy at the bar - except his almost-one-night-stand turns out to be the very man he's in town to see. Oops.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trouble found.

  • By spencear on 05-05-19

Trouble found.

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

Reviewed: 05-05-19

The relationship at the centre of this book feels organic and real as Dylan and Clay adjust and change the way each sees themselves and the world they inhabit. From getting Dylan getting Clay to dance, to Clay's support of Dylan's creative underwear designs, each step builds there growth as a couple. All given a wonderfully rich life from Michael Pauley's performance.

  • Things in Jars

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jacqueline Milne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful delight of a book

  • By Michelle Callaghan on 15-05-19

Lovely language

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

The language flows well like the water that features so strongly throughout this tale, poetically linking words and ideas to weave a story full of fantasy. The genre tag on this title is historical, which I was in the mood for, so the appearance of the ghost of a dead boxer to our main character took me by surprise, but it didn't deter me from following where the narrative lead. There is meany a flashback here, some not well signposted, which as a listener I would find if my attention was taken away from the story for a moment at the wrong time, I'd be lost in another time and have to scramble to regain my hold on the plot. Jacqueline Milne has a pleasing voice and performed well.

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  • How to Be a Normal Person

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Derrick McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Kallie Harris on 10-03-17

Relate-able feels

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

Reviewed: 30-03-19

With this book, TJ Klune has reignited in me a love for the gay romance. The characters here are in no way cookie cutter or the sort of cut and past personalities that seem to be used in this strain of fiction that I have read over the past years. Here the individuals live and on more than one occasion I had a twinge in my chest, a catch in my throat, or tear of joy attempting to escape the corner of my eye. Gus embodied every awkward feeling and action that all of us feel to some degree, and who hasn't used the internet to research a perceived upcoming problem, Oh just me then. I haven't felt this way with characters in fiction since 'The Front Runner', which I read when that burst onto the literary scene back in the mid-seventies. This is on to take to your heart.

  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,446

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey Patina on 22-12-15

Secrets on the high seas

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

A well thought out drama that delivers through a strong cast, with enough twists, and turns which could get you lost in the corridors of this ocean liner. The diverse collection of characters bring the story to life plummetting the listener into the action, holding them in place, as the tale unfolds in all its demented terror.

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 888

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book But Annoying Over Use of The Word "said

  • By Michael on 18-07-12

He said, she said

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

By chapter four I was ready to give up on this, as after each short sentence uttered by a character, the author saw fit to announce who had spoken without any movement or action:
'We have a box' said 1
'What Box' said 2
'A box in that room' said 1
(Approximation of conversation only)
Which for me became growling on the ear, even with Wil Wheaton's soothing voice in my ear.
But I continued listening but was sorry I had by the end of the experience, as the John Scaizi sen to fall down a wormhole of his own ideas, losing this audience member as ending was piled on ending. Sorry, not one that I could recommend.

  • Sweet Tooth

  • By: Tim Anderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

What’s a sweets-loving young boy growing up gay in North Carolina in the '80s supposed to think when he’s diagnosed with type-1 diabetes? That God is punishing him, naturally. This was, after all, when gay-hating Jesse Helms was his senator, AIDS was still the boogeyman, and no one was saying, "It gets better." And if stealing a copy of a gay porno magazine from the newsagent was a sin, then surely what the men inside were doing to one another was much worse. Sweet Tooth is Tim Anderson’s uproarious memoir of life after his hormones and blood sugar both went berserk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Switching it up

  • By spencear on 19-03-19

Switching it up

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

Although I found the narrative switching between first and third person jarring at first, I soon fell into the author's rhythm. You get a good feel for the struggles of sugar dependence even once you know that overdosing could kill you, mix that with a burgeoning identity that is different from that the constructs of society, and you have a heavy mixture indeed, which is handled well for the most part. Perhaps the old voyeur in me, having been teased by lustful young musings in the first half of the book, felt a little let down in the later chapters as Tim glazed over the gay interactions. I'm not suggesting there should have been graphicness, but a bit more of the earlier descriptive flare in these sections would have lifted them for the reader I feel.

  • Doctor Who: Scratchman

  • 4th Doctor Novel
  • By: Tom Baker
  • Narrated by: Tom Baker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

In his first-ever Doctor Who novel, Tom Baker’s incredible imagination is given free rein. A story so epic it was originally intended for the big screen, Scratchman is a gripping, white-knuckle thriller almost 40 years in the making. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures - hideous scarecrows who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative and perfect. If you love 4 this is it.

  • By Mike on 25-01-19

Big, bold, a waking nightmare.

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

Tom Baker, brings his imaginative story to life with a witty, flowery, expansive language. Told in the first person, the Doctor recounts his encounter with Scratchman to the great and the good Gallifrey who again sit in judgment on him. Climb aboard the warm rich tones of a singular voice as he paints such pictures in the mind.

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  • Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different.... Collected together for the first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett’s novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent radioplay renditions of Pratchett's work

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-11-18

Good audible book

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

Reviewed: 21-01-19

It is a really good audible book to listen to on audible on the phone

  • The Book of Forgotten Authors

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Christopher Fowler
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder. It makes people think you're dead. So begins Christopher Fowler's foray into the back catalogues and backstories of 99 authors who, once hugely popular, have all but disappeared from our shelves. Whether male or female, domestic or international, flash-in-the-pan or prolific, mega-seller or prize-winner, no author, it seems, can ever be fully immune from the fate of being forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cornucopia of literary bygones & their writers

  • By Rachel Redford on 15-10-17

Good authors

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

It is a really good books of forgotten authors to listen to on audible on phone

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