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  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 539

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good a discovering a new Georgette Heyer

  • By Beccameriel on 24-01-16

Historical romance without travel

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

Reviewed: 21-08-16

Once I had stopped thinking of her previous books and viewed it more in the vein of Jane Austen meets Wilkie Collins I started to enjoy the humour, characterisation and tale. A very enjoyable way to spend a wet Sunday!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Six Weeks to OMG

  • Get skinnier than all your friends
  • By: Venice A. Fulton
  • Narrated by: Venice A. Fulton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

The digital audiobook edition of Venice A. Fulton’s new diet sensation, Six Weeks to OMG: Get skinnier than all your friends, read by the author himself. Let’s test your knowledge: true or false? Skipping breakfast can be healthy, certain fruits instantly block fat loss small frequent meals are damaging cellulite can be massively reduced in everyone juices and smoothies cause overeating exercise is more than just how much and how hard broccoli carbs can be worse than those from Coke.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This really works!

  • By Anne on 01-10-12

Enthusiastic rubbish

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This leads the individual into unhealthy practices not designed to aid concentration or a healthy body. Agreed obesity is not healthy for the body but neither is emulating a couple of weeks in a prison camp. He's enthusiastic, he's full of directions but the content is scary.

Any additional comments?

I should imagine teenage girls looking for control and hypersensitive about their changing bodies would love this. Not that I would like to deal with the consequences of it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,264

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Scary how misconceptions alter perceptions

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

Would you listen to The Girl on the Train again? Why?

I would listen again as it brought up interesting assumptions based on generalisations and I'd like to know if, knowing the end, I can see the other side of things

Who was your favorite character and why?

Anna, because she isn't what she seems to be.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The accuracy of the voices to the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was a whole book production, although I listened to it over several days.

Any additional comments?

Not the book I was expecting but nevertheless such true and interesting aspects of life that it intrigued me the further In I got.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 819

When two girls are abducted and killed in Missouri, journalist Camille Preaker is sent back to her home town to report on the crimes. Long haunted by a childhood tragedy and estranged from her mother for years, Camille suddenly finds herself installed once again in her family's mansion, reacquainting herself with her distant mother and the half sister she barely knows - a precocious 13-year-old who holds a disquieting grip on the town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sinister and exciting

  • By Kim on 23-03-13

Love and death

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

Reviewed: 17-05-15

Be careful what you say and do. The actions that ensue from a skewed idea of love. Keeps you wondering.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,076

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

Better than Lord of the Rings

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

These are such good books with an excellent and intriguing story line. Whether an adolescent or an adult the sudden twists that George RR Martin produces leave you on the edge of your seat and at times crying out in despair. Very strong female characters and a political agenda that will rival most. good fighting tactics and well drawn 3d characters make these stories classics in the making. Excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aria because she is a child with tremendous spirit and yet retains her youthful vulnerability

What aspect of Roy Dotrice’s performance might you have changed?

His character voices which do not stay the same and it becomes confusing across the books.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The red Wedding

Any additional comments?

An excellent series and worth every penny.

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  • Christmas at Candleshoe

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 38

When an American multi-millionaire is keen to buy an Elizabethan manor, she comes up against fierce opposition from a young boy, Jay, and his band of bowmen, who are prepared to defend the manor and its nonagerian owner against all comers. It seems likely that that behind a monumental, 17th-century carving, by the hand of Gerard Christmas, lies a hoard of treasure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A strange tale.

  • By Aspiring Bookworm on 14-04-13

A strange tale.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

I had to listen to this audiobook twice to check that i hadn't misheard it. It is a surreal story, being a mixture of a Bertie Wooster era and more modern day times. The characters are not extremely clear, the 'gung ho' nature of the tale being more obvious. This audiobook is what might be described as a 'ripping yarn' and fulfils this remit. I would recommend it as a fireside tale on a dark night but not for the beach!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Fielding

  • By: Chad Harbach
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

A wonderful, warm novel from a major new American voice. In The Art of Fielding, we see young men who know that their four years on the baseball diamond at Westish College are all that remain of their sporting careers. Only their preternaturally gifted fielder, Henry Skrimshander, seems to have the chance to keep his dream – and theirs, vicariously – alive, until a routine throw goes disastrously off course, and the fates of five people are upended.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get this its a great listen

  • By swimmerpaul on 07-02-12

A surprising book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

I really enjoyed this book even though I knew nothing about baseball and wasn't interested in it. It is a story of what can happen when one realises personal greatness but how inexperience and naivety can impede its progression. The characters are very real and the human stories both tragic and believable. There are many people's individual lives here which all implicate on each other. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it and I would recommend trying it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Killing 2

  • By: David Hewson
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326

Thirty nine steps rose from the busy road of Tuborgvej into Mindelunden, with its quiet graves and abiding bitter memories. Lennart Brix, head of the Copenhagen homicide team, felt he’d been walking those most of his life. Beneath the entrance arch, sheltering from the icy rain, he couldn’t help but recall that first visit almost fifty years before. A five-year-old boy, clutching the hand of his father, barely able to imagine what he was about see…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me guessing till the end

  • By Jill on 18-01-13

Spellbinding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-13

David Hewson's written account of 'The Killing2' is extremely accurate and paints such a vivid picture of the story. His words clarify and magnify aspects of the television series that I had previously missed, stimulating the empathetic response of the listener in a more marked way than the visual did. The pace of narration by Christian Rodska is easy to listen to and his characterisations lend a 3D quality to the text. I would thoroughly recommend this audio book especially for long train journeys.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alif the Unseen

  • By: G. Willow Wilson
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients - dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups - from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif - the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind. The aristocratic woman Alif loves has jilted him for a prince chosen by her parents, and his computer has just been breached by the state’s electronic security force, putting his clients and his own neck on the line.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meandering story, awful voices, interesting idea

  • By Jaspal on 11-04-14

Improves.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This started off in a similar way to Arabian Nights set in the modern world and expanded into a fantastical story revolving around demons, jenie and disaffected communities. Interwoven is the the story of the woman behind the burka. I enjoyed it but wasn't completely hooked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,783

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

Thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

This is the first Harry Hole book and is certainly a powerful start. Set in Australia as a lonely Norwegian detective brought over to save himself and his career. He does both whilst taking up a love interest and making new friends. However just as the path of the earth is elliptical so is the story. Excellently narrated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful