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D. P. Applebaum

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  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,366

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another dystopian novel

  • By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

A gem

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

Reviewed: 25-07-15

If you could sum up Station Eleven in three words, what would they be?

Not a book I'd normally have chosen but I loved it. Well written, thought provoking and not contrived.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,001
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,811

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I'm still waiting for something to happen.....

  • By Fiona Keates on 28-02-16

Terrific read.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Fascinating story with beautifully drawn characters. One of the best listens I've had for ages.

  • Philomena

  • By: Martin Sixsmith
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 346

Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Glory Be!!!

  • By mollyeyre on 18-07-14

Misleading and disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Sold as a woman's search for her child but it doesn't involve the mother - it tracks the son - long and rambling with 2 dimensional characters, irrelevant lectures on American history with little passion. Philomena doesn't play a part in this story - totally disappointing waste of listening time.

  • The Broken Bridge

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

The Broken Bridge is the story of Ginny Howard, who lives with her widowed father in a little village in North Wales. Her mother came from Haiti, and Ginny’s half-African heritage marks her out from most of her friends; but equally important to her is the knowledge that her mother was an artist, and Ginny, too, has talents in that field. Over the course of one summer she makes some devastating discoveries about her family, which make her rethink everything she thought she was sure of.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen.

  • By G. Robertson on 03-03-18

Lovely captivating story

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

A good listen with characters you could like and care about. As always with Philip Pullman the language was lovely. Good narration too.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Excellent story and fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

I thoroughly enjoyed this - the characters, the insight into life in Nigeria and as emigrants - couldn't stop listening. The narration was superb.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Lives of Stella Bain

  • By: Anita Shreve
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

When an American woman, Stella Bain, is found suffering from severe shell shock in a London garden, surgeon August Bridge and his wife selflessly agree to take her in. However, Bridge quickly develops a clinical interest in his houseguest. Stella had been working as a nurse's aide near the front, but she can't remember anything prior to four months earlier when she was found wounded on a French battlefield.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-18

disappointing and spoiled by the narration

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

Reviewed: 05-05-14

Would you try another book written by Anita Shreve or narrated by Penelope Rawlins?

I like Anita Shreve and the story had the potential to draw me in but the narration was very poor - dreadful accents for the English and for all the male characters. Very unconvincing and quite irritating. A pity.

Would you ever listen to anything by Anita Shreve again?

I would certainly read another book by Anita Shreve as I have enjoyed many of her books in the past.

Would you be willing to try another one of Penelope Rawlins’s performances?

Definitely not