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  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,723

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, be inspired & provoked to think...

  • By Rachel on 24-01-12

fantastic book with amazing insight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-12

I loved this book. The characters were realistic and the research carried out into the world of paraplegics was outstanding. A very different type of book looking at real issues of today. In the national news today, was the case of Tony Nicklinson, 58, from Wiltshire who having suffered a stroke 7 years ago was left totally dependant on others for his fulltime care, and his case to die with dignity was today turned down. He has no movement of his body below the neck and can only communicate by blinking his eyelids. I wish the High Court had read this book before giving their judgement, perhaps they might have understood what exactly is going on with someone in this predicament, who's mental capacity is still sound and who fully understands the implications of what they are doing.
This book was funny in places and at times heart-wrenching without being over-sentimental. Great, well worth reading and the ending may not be what you think!

  • Hanging Hill

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

What if you found yourself divorced and penniless? With no skills and a teenage daughter to support? These are questions Cal has never really thought about before. She’s always been a bit of a dreamer. Until now. Her sister Zoe is her polar opposite. A detective inspector working out of Bath Central, no one would guess that she hides a crippling secret that dates back 20 years. Then Cal's daughter gets into difficulties, and Cal finds she needs cash fast. With no one to help her, she is forced into a criminal world of extreme pornography and illegal drugs. Two sisters intent on survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read

  • By CantVal on 19-07-12

A good read but lacking reality

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-07-12

The story focuses on two estranged sisters in their 30's. Zoë, is the beautiful police officer with Amazonian attributes. She's a fighter but emotionally stunted and self abusive when her troubles come to a head. Sally is the stereotypical well to do housewife who had become overly reliant on her husband, that is, until he leaves her and starts a new family. She then has to learn the hard way that her carefree ways don't necessarily serve her well when she has a teenage daughter to look after and ever increasing bills and repairs to pay.

Separately, these women become involved in the tangled web that occurs after a local schoolgirl is brutally and sadistically murdered. They each have to make dangerous decisions and work together to try and keep themselves and those that they love, safe from harm.

Very enjoyable if a little implausable for instance Zoe's past life and self harming would never in the real world have eluded her employers, never mind her boyfriend. She placed herself in situations which were at the least illegal, again this would go totally out of character of a zealous, hard-working police officer. There were too many coincidences within the plot and finally the "twist in the tail" totally negates any previous idea of the motive for the original killing.
The "twist in the tail" scenario could have fitted other characters in the plot just as easily as the one that was chosen and I was left feeling dissatisfied with the ending, which rathet spoilt the whole book for me. Yes i know its fiction, but there has to be, for me, a tolerable element of reality to make it work.
As always, just my opinion!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

A sureal love story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-12

I guess its all a matter of taste but I loved this story and I thought the choice of narrators leant a lot to the overall feel of the book. In true Murami style the characters are well moulded and their lives interwoven throughout. I liked the way the stories of the two main characters, Aomame and Tengo were featured as alternative chapters until the last few chapters when of course it was necessary to feature them together. It was in parts repetetive and I found the repeated pronounciation errors rather irritating i.e Aomame was armed with a heckler and coke, and one of the male narrators constantly referred to Tango. Despite this I really enjoyed it although I still think his best is "The Windup Bird!"

  • The Stranger's Child

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: James Daniel Wilson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

In the late summer of 1913 the aristocratic young poet Cecil Valance comes to stay at ‘Two Acres’, the home of his close Cambridge friend George Sawle. The weekend will be one of excitements and confusions for all the Sawles, but it is on George’s sixteen-year-old sister Daphne that it will have the most lasting impact, when Cecil writes her a poem which will become a touchstone for a generation, an evocation of an England about to change for ever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Murder by Narrator

  • By Christina on 28-07-11

utter rubbish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-12

Sorry but I persevered for over 7 hrs with this novel, about halfway, hoping for some interest and inspiration. Perhaps at the time of writing, it may have been faintly tittilating but it is devoid of anything remotely interesting, the characters are dull and lacklustre and the story has no interesting areas and goes absolutely nowhere. I am pleased I gave up on it, which I generally loathe doing, but I have no idea why anyone would find this book worthwhile and I wouldn't waste any money or credits on it if I were you.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,960

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-12

Having read numerous reviews for this novel in which it was described as "the best yet" from Hill, I was sorely disappointed. I found it disjointed making it necessary to listen to several parts more than once as I kept thinking I had missed something. I didn't like the characters and found them on the whole somewhat less than believable and they constantly said or did something totally out of character from the pen-picture which had been laid down originally.
I don't know why this for me was so poor but if the story doesn't grab you in the first 100 or so pages, then it's not going to!
Unfortunately this has put me off reading any more from Hill for the time being.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-12-11

I had not expected to enjoy this book so much. It was fantastically engrossing for such a long listen. The characters were well defined and despite this being a work of fiction, the descriptions of historical events were so well written that my knowledge base of WW1 and the Russian uprising are now so much clearer in my mind. Better than any monotonous history lesson. Narrated beautifully and with swift changes of language and pronunciation it must have been a difficult book to perform so smoothly.
I was disappointed when the end came.

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  • Never Let Me Go

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy were pupils at Hailsham, an idyllic establishment situated deep in the English countryside. The children there were tenderly sheltered from the outside world, brought up to believe they were special and that their personal welfare was crucial. But for what reason were they really there? It is only years later that Kathy, now aged 31, finally allows herself to yield to the pull of memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Chris on 07-02-11

Disappointing, shallow and poorly conceived

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-11

The narrator read this story beautifully, the initial characters through their childhood and teens were interesting yet simple in their thoughts and deeds. But they never did anything and nothing happened of any consequence. I found myself wondering if I had chosen a novel by mistake for children or teenagers on several occasions, but decided this was not the case as it wouldn't have interested that age group in the slightest. I also found the constant use of the phrase "and it's like..." incredibly annoying after the first 30 instances, together with the phrase "I need to go back and explain....".
This was a very shallow and poorly written story? if it can be called that. I would not recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blueeyedboy

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Colin Moody
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Once there was a widow with three sons, and their names were Black, Brown, and Blue. Black was the eldest; moody and aggressive. Brown was the middle child, timid and dull. But Blue was his mother's favourite. And he was a murderer. Blueeyedboy is the brilliant novel from Joanne Harris: a dark and intricately plotted tale of a poisonously dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy, and a serial murderer who is not who he seems.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • boring

  • By Anthony on 28-05-11

boring

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-11

I am sorry to report that this novel was incredibly boring and long-winded. Initially the characters seemed intruiging and worth continuing with, but after a while it just became monotonous and just a little sick. Having read other novels by this author including Chocolat, I found this incredibly poor. In fact this is the first audible i have listened to in 3 years that I have given up on. I normally resolutely persevere in the hope that things will get better. Previous reviews suggest it is worth waiting for the huge "plot twist" at the end....sorry, this book should be readable from cover to cover...this wasn't and it is a poor reflection on the author.
It has certainly put me off endeavouring to read more of Harris's fiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims, Ian Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Information is everything in Hard-Boiled Wonderland. A specialist encrypter is attacked by thugs with orders from an unknown source, is chased by invisible predators, and dates an insatiably hungry librarian who never puts on weight. In the End of the World a new arrival is learning his role as dream-reader. But there is something eerily disquieting about the changeless nature of the town and its fable-like inhabitants.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • surreal

  • By Anthony on 26-05-11

surreal

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-11

Well this is my 3rd Murakami from audible and I just love them. The story revolves around one main character whose whole existence becomes embroiled through dreams, fantasy and perhaps even reality at times with the "chubby girl" in pink, the General, the librarian and the Professor. All of whom seem to be forcing him towards his unknown destiny, when along the way he faces the terror of the inklings, the unicorns and other motley strange beasts. The story is strangely surreal but possesses such skill in the telling that every twist and turn is followed with great anticipation to the next junction in the road. It cannot be classed as exciting, however, once started the story carries you along in such a fascinating and imaginative way that it is impossible to put down.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Blind Assassin

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 18 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Even now, at the age of 82, Iris lives in the shadow cast by her younger sister Laura. Now poor and trying to cope with a failing body, Iris reflects on her far from exemplary life, in particular the events surrounding her sister's tragic death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling

  • By Anthony on 15-02-11

Compelling

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-11

A glorious book full of intrigue, secrets and the frailties of human relationships. The book was a litle difficult to get into but once the listener understands the elements of moving back and forth in time, it becomes unputdownable! At times the story seemed surreal reminding me of stories by Michael Cox another great novelist. The sister Laura is clearly much confused by her mothers untimely death which to all intents and purposes does much to shape her life during her teens and later years. Iris the main character hovers between timidness and strength in her unhappy and unfulfilled life and secretly harbours such anger against those who have become her intimate family.
The characters were well defined and believable and the story as a whole never became tedious or drawn-out.
Brilliant with a satisfactory ending!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful