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  • The Method

  • By: Shannon Kirk
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan, Greg Watanabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

They thought she was the victim, but they're the ones in danger.... Imagine a helpless, pregnant 16-year-old who's just been yanked from the serenity of her home and shoved into a dirty van. Kidnapped.... Alone.... Terrified. Now forget her.... Picture instead a pregnant, 16-year-old, manipulative prodigy. She is shoved into a dirty van and, from the first moment of her kidnapping, feels a calm desire for two things: to save her unborn son and to exact merciless revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent - kept me gripped

  • By Annette on 06-05-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

What did you like best about The Method? What did you like least?

Some elements were interesting but nothing really stood out,

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It seemed to be lacking realism - despite implying that it could happen. Yes what took place could happen, but it was incredibly far fetched. Maybe some background as to the inherent skills the captive possessed and thus how they were then employed may have helped.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I found the female accents to be very grating. Overtly nasal and sounding nothing like I would personally imagine a 16 year old girl to sound.... it detracted from the story.

Did The Method inspire you to do anything?

Not read anything else by the author....

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jonathan Andrews on 13-08-15

Great Read - Pedantic Research Alert!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

What did you like most about Pretty Girls?

I loved the book, lot's going on. It switched and changed around which kept everything interesting but without making the story confusing. The narrator was

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretty Girls?

The description of the torture might be a bit much for some but it felt real and, whether you liked it or not, allowed you to feel as though you were there.

What does Jennifer Woodward and Robert G Slade bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The voices had variety, I can often find some of the nasal accents a bit grating but generally I did enjoy both narrators and felt they did add to the story.

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

Perfect wife, perfect life

Any additional comments?

It may seem pedantic and probably only bothers about 0.05% of the world but to describe technological things in great detail is awesome, but to then destroy it with inaccuracies is really irritating.... a Thunderbolt hard drive connected to a Mac is incredibly unlikely to work on a Windows machine. 1. Thunderbolt is predominantly Mac, in both the connection and the built in compatibility. 2. HFS formatting for Mac is unreadable by Windows. Therefore taking an aforementioned hard drive into a local police station is unlikely to result in anyone being able to plug it in and view anything on it without special hardware, new drivers...

Secondly, storing a gun inside the door pocket of a Tesla Model S is going to be really, really difficult given that the Tesla does not have door pockets....

None of the above changes the story in any way but to take the effort to describe the computer hardware in such detail and then make silly slips was profoundly irritating for geeky folks like me! The detail wouldn't add anything for most anyway!!!

  • Skinny Dip

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

Joey Perrone is a woman with a mission. She's just been pushed overboard from a cruise liner by Chaz, her scumbag husband, and survived to tell the tale. But rather than reporting the crime to the police, she decides to stay dead and instead of getting mad, get even. Filled with a host of endearingly offbeat characters, and a narrative that is hilarious, romantic and thought-provoking by turns, Skinny Dip takes us on a journey through the warped politics of southern Florida.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Acerbic wit and social critique

  • By P1969 on 21-02-15

Very dry humour, loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

Would you listen to Skinny Dip again? Why?

Probably not as i'll never get through my wishlist if i do. I also found the narrator to be a little grating at times, the nasal accent for the Chaz character worked and was fitting but I didn't find it a touch painful at times!

What did you like best about this story?

The light hearted, if slightly dark 'twist' (it's not really a twist as you know fairly early on but I shan't ruin it!

What about Jeff Harding’s performance did you like?

The characters were versatile and the accents clearly different but some of the accents really got to me after a while!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me laugh quite a lot. It also made you think quite long and hard about the one clear underlying message about the destruction of the planet.... i'm not a die hard green but still the whole premise of solution and not caring does ring true!

Any additional comments?

It was a very different book to anything i've read before, but i enjoyed it immensely!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,225

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

An interesting look into what it is to be human

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

What made the experience of listening to The Humans the most enjoyable?

The narrator was very good, dragging in just the right level of seriousness and humour combined. The story gives an interesting view in to the 'what if' scenario of people from another planet reviewing what we as humans do on a daily basis and thus consider normal

Who was your favorite character and why?

Newton. To say why might ruin it.... but his love of peanut butter is an hilarious moment.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

For some odd reason, Newton, the peanut butter and his inability to believe that there really was none left - the narration had me in stitches!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Mostly laugh, but it was sombre, bemusing, sad and many others at the same time.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,985
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,048
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,020

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Phenomenal book all round. The story is engaging and compelling. Personally I didn't find it too technical either...

The narration was equally fantastic, portraying the situation in a very engaging manner. The humour and horror of the book came through brilliantly.

Listen to it, you'll love it!

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,244

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Déjà vu all over again

  • By S. Kingston on 07-07-14

Particularly Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

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

Very much so. I was looking for something a bit different to my usual Crime/Thrillers and the synopsis of this intrigued me. It starts off a little slow and due to the subject matter does jump around a lot but it's fairly easy to stay with what is going on.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry

Which scene did you most enjoy?

His journey through Russia and working at the ultimate destination

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

Probably, although I listen when in the car so have never done so

Any additional comments?

The narrator was excellent, captivating the listener and excellent voicing for all characters.