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  • Diary of a Young Girl

  • By: Anne Frank
  • Narrated by: Helena Bonham Carter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,031

In Amsterdam, in the summer of 1942, the Nazis forced teenager Anne Frank and her family into hiding. For over two years, they, another family and a German dentist lived in a 'secret annexe', fearing discovery. All that time, Anne kept a diary.An intimate record of tension and struggle, adolescence and confinement, anger and heartbreak, Anne Frank's diary is one of those unique documents, famed throughout the world.It portrays innocence and humanity, suffering and survival in the starkest and most moving terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad I decided to buy this book.

  • By Tracy on 18-06-16

heartbreaking but wonderful

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

Every word was heartbreaking as the ending is inevitable.
humour, fun, pain, sadness. this has it all and really puts you un the annex with them all.
first time EVERY I have cried.

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil? Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever read.

  • By anne levine on 11-12-16

Well worth listening to

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

This is a well written and interesting, horrific and amazing story.
John Boyne does a great job narrating the story as he helps to serve the story in such a way that it is from the view of the child.
Very clever and well written and excellently read.

Well worth listening to.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle, the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The One Where King Crossed A Line

  • By Simon on 29-03-18

Slow but stick with it

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

Reviewed: 17-02-19

I have put this book into thirds.
The first third builds the story. A bit slow but its worth sticking with.
The second third really gets going and I couldn't stop listening to it. It was interesting and very enjoyable.
Then.. the part where he went to the human graveyard... this took up most of the final third!
It just dragged and dragged and really made it tough to stick with which is a shame.
It was like getting into a car, driving merrily along, getting onto the motorway to put your foot down.....then getting stuck in a traffic jam.
Pretty frustrating.

Then the "Finale" so to speak, seemed to be more of an anticlimax. So much more potential and so many things that could've been done here but it just wasn't the great ending I thought and hoped for.
Pretty short and sweet really.

But that being said, it was worth listening to and the story was quite good.

Michael C. Hall
It is only Fair I give a separate review of the narration because Michael does an amazing job with this.
His expressions and character voices are fantastic and I think that his narration actually kept me listening.
He really brings the book to life and actually adds life to the story that as I have mentioned, really slows down.
An excellent narration in all aspects.

  • Bird Box

  • By: Josh Malerman
  • Narrated by: Katharine Mangold
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

Most people ignored the outrageous reports on the news. But they became too frequent, they became too real. And soon, they began happening down the street. Then the Internet died. The television and radio went silent. The phones stopped ringing. And we couldn't look outside anymore. Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors. The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows. They are out there. She might let them in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Different Take on an Apocolyptic Tale.

  • By Sharon on 18-01-19

Potential, but not as good as expected.

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

This story had a lot of potential but unfortunately there are countless potholes and mistakes.
But even so, it was still an interesting story and worth listening to/reading.

The Narration... Unfortunately the Naration (To me) was very monotoned and not very good at all.
I am not knocking Katherine Mangold but on this occasion, her work wasn't brilliant.
My wife heard a bit and actually thought it was a computer generated voice as it was that flat.

  • God Is Not Great

  • The Case Against Religion
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 991

With eloquent clarity, Hitchens frames the argument for a more secular life based on science and reason, in which the heavens are replaced by the Hubble Telescope's awesome view of the universe, and Moses and the burning bush give way to the beauty and symmetry of the double helix.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For lovers of literature everywhere

  • By R on 14-03-08

Hitchens at his best

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Absolute brilliance.
whether you are an Athiest or not, listen to this book and you will start seeing things so different. it is a real eye opener!
Hitchens narrating just adds to the excellence.

  • Basic Economics, Fifth Edition

  • A Common Sense Guide to the Economy
  • By: Thomas Sowell
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312

In this fifth edition of Basic Economics, Thomas Sowell revises and updates his popular book on commonsense economics, bringing the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Drawing on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history, Sowell explains basic economic principles for the general public in plain English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By astromads on 03-06-17

A great starting place

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

This really is a great place to start if you have an interest in economics.
Well worth getting!

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  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 475

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Rory on 10-06-16

Brilliant. Absolutely Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

Would you listen to Watership Down again? Why?

Yes.
Many books have brought characters to life but none as vividly as Watership down.
Thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this wonderful book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bigwig. A tough nut that has pride and compassion and willing to do anything to protect his friends.

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

Cosham did a fantastic job of bringing this story from the pages and nothing could have been improved. First class performance

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

When Bigwig was battered and beaten but still stood his ground until his chief told him otherwise. True Loyalty.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to this Audio book 3 times and will still continue to do so.
A childs book written in an adults way. Brilliant. Simply Brilliant.

  • Jaws

  • By: Peter Benchley
  • Narrated by: Erik Steele
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was number 48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted number-one spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By M Smith on 19-10-16

different but good

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

its very different from the film but just as enjoyable. i dont think either is better than the other.. just different. well worth a read.. well.. listen.

  • Heaven and Hell

  • Volume Three of the North and South Trilogy
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

From America's master storyteller and writer of historical fiction comes the dramatic conclusion to the North and South saga. The Civil War has ended, but the Hazards and Mains have yet to face their greatest struggles. Even as the embers of old hatreds continue to burn in the heart of a nation torn apart by war, a new future in the West awaits a new generation of Americans seeking a life of their own - and a place to call their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Simply Brilliant!

  • By Baz94 on 14-09-17

Brilliant, Simply Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 14-09-17

Would you listen to Heaven and Hell again? Why?

Yes.
The story is amazing and Grover really brings the story to life!

What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

Grover reads this with fantastic clarity and his accents really make you feel like the characters are with you!
I must say that he does need to work on his English accent though as they border hilarious BUT in saying that,I wouldn't have anyone else do the narrative as Grover was fantastic!

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

it is already a film but the film was awful in comparison!

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth listening/reading.
Jakes has done an amazing job of mixing fact and fiction to produce an fabulous work of art!
A story that closes the many plots and twists nicely.
Many questions from the other 2 books were answered nicely in this story.
I have now had the pleasure of doing the whole trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it!

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Richard Allen
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Uncle Tom's Cabin opens with a Kentucky farmer named Arthur Shelby facing the loss of his farm because of debts. Even though he and his wife, Emily Shelby, believe that they have a benevolent relationship with their slaves, Shelby decides to raise the needed funds by selling two of them - Uncle Tom, a middle-aged man with a wife and children, and Harry, the son of Emily Shelby's maid Eliza - to a slave trader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic narration

  • By FEAA on 04-04-16

wow. just... wow

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

Reviewed: 30-08-17

There are no words to explain the phenomenal book here. Read it. if there is only one book you will ever read or listen to then make it this one. the narration was perfect and you could really see the charecters when each was presented. I am quite a hardy person but even I succumbed to the emotion presented within the book and within the narration that was executed with perfecion by Richard Allen. 10 out of 10 in all aspects!

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