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  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,216

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Erm. Not sure tbh.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I really don’t know what to make of this story about hitler returning to modern times. Despite spouting racist and violent speech, he comes over as a quaint character who had good intentions. He inadvertently helps other characters for example with their love lives, and many of them like him. These things don’t sit well. The novel is meant to be a critique of social media, I’m not sure that works either. The main pleasure of the novel is simply listening to a curmudgeonly old fashioned character, dealing with modern things like mobile phones and laptops. This trope is used in many other novels and films, it doesn’t have to be hitler. It’s a humorous light listen but too light I think, it should be more shocking and have more to say.

  • Too Close

  • By: Natalie Daniels
  • Narrated by: Clara Salaman, Sarah Stewart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

There’s a moment, when you meet someone new, when the connection is so strong that making a friend can feel like falling in love. That’s how it was for Connie and Ness. They met in the park while their children played, and as they talked, they realised they were neighbours. Perhaps it was only natural that they and their families would become entirely inseparable. But when Ness’ marriage ends in a bitter divorce, she is suddenly at Connie’s house all the time. Connie doesn’t have a moment to herself, no time alone with her husband, not a second to chat to her kids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC!! The best book I've listened too

  • By Weigh In Time on 10-12-18

Very good. Well worth a credit.

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

I enjoyed this book very much. The story initially seems to be about the relationship between the main character,Connie and ness, An interloper, but ends up being about the relationship between Connie and her psychiatrist Emma. The story is a mystery. We meet Connie scarred and scared in a secure hospital, and find out how she got three through her conversations with Emma. Not so much a story of twists, but one of putting in a backstory of a woman’s unravelling. I would have liked to have more of Ness In the story, even though I couldn’t get a handle on her character, making her worse than she is would’ve added some bite. Connie sounds just like dawn French, especially when she is wise cracking. Once I noticed this I couldn’t I hear it.

  • Someone Like Me

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Liz Kendall wouldn't hurt a fly. Even when times get tough, she's devoted to bringing up her kids in a loving home. But there's another side to Liz, one that's dark and malicious. A version of her that will do anything to get her way - no matter how extreme. And when this other side of her takes control, the consequences are devastating. From the author of the million-copy best seller The Girl with All the Gifts comes an utterly unique thriller with a twist....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What Ya Gonna Read? Genre-Busters!

  • By Simon on 09-11-18

Honestly ? utterly boring.

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

There is a great idea here, an evil alter ego gradually taking over a life. But the execution of the story was very poor indeed.
I listened for about an hour, thinking maybe it was the narrator Who was at fault, well she wasn’t great, but she was struggling to make a dull book interesting.
I gave up an returned for a refund.

  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Gillian Burke
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 354

My name is Hope Arden. I am the girl the world forgets. It started when I was 16 years old. A father forgetting to drive me to school. A mother setting the table for three, not four. A friend who looks at me and sees a stranger. No matter what I do, the words I say, the crimes I commit - you will never remember who I am. That makes my life tricky. It also makes me dangerous.... The Sudden Appearance of Hope is the tale of a girl no one remembers, yet her story will stay with you for ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just wow

  • By Mr. S. Wallace-jones on 18-07-16

I like Claire north but ...

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I love that Claire north doesn’t patronise the reader and she shares her sparkling ideas and cleverness with us as equals. I love her original ideas like playing with time, and here a woman with a condition where people forget her in minutes. How can she live like this ? But then Claire gets carried away and it sounds like she is writing for her own enjoyment, not ours. I liked this novel a great deal, the narrator and character are strong. But the story should’ve ended with the massacre. Instead it goes on and on in an search for a character and a final showdown. Thus isn’t necessary. Claire is brilliant but she needs to learn when to put the pen down !

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 735
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 739

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. It's about a jealous wife obsessed with her replacement. It's about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Edge of The Seat Thriller

  • By Janet biglari on 12-02-18

first person narrative irritating

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

I bought this not realising it was written in first person which I hate. I tried to return but audible has cut off my returns so I ended up listening. I have a mixed opinion.
The narrator is inconsistent. She rushes sometimes, and her infections are just wrong, but other times her voice works well.
Characters ..Nellie is just irritating, I think the writers meant to show her as coming back strong at the end but I still doubted her so it didn’t quite work. Also the books big showdown is just in a hallway. Really ? Surely it should be somewhere dramatic like a cliff top ? So the ending was a let down.
Disliked the pseudo psych talk about Richard ‘changing the narrative of their marriage’ what dies that even mean?
The story is co written and perhaps that’s the problem.
Upside. The story cracks along at a good pace. Opposite to most books, the middle is strong, the start and ending weak.
Others probably will like it better than me. There’s worse out there.

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. Gripping psychological drama for fans of Apple Tree Yard, The Good Wife and Notes on a Scandal. Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, engrossing and very topical

  • By Kaggy on 06-02-18

Unpleasant.

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

This story started strongly with a great woman barrister character and a high profile couple affected by his affair. There were flashbacks to Oxford days, and an interesting insight to white male privilege, I thought I was listening to quality writing and quality treatment of a difficult subject. Then it stalled. Cliche after cliche came trotting out, a confusing array of characters so I lost track of whose timeline I was following, a very muddied character in James, then it got unpleasant and unrealistic, then it got very very dull. Not dark, just distasteful and dull, how is this drawn out misery entertainment. Gave up and returned for refund.

  • The Thing Itself

  • By: Adam Roberts
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Two men while away the days in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build as they argue over a love letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book - by the philosopher Kant. As a storm brews and they lose contact with the outside world, they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. The come to hate each other, and they learn that they are not alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story, original and doesn't patronise

  • By ziiigggg on 15-08-18

Amazing story, original and doesn't patronise

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

This for me was a quality listen. I've studied philosophy so thoroughly enjoyed the explanations of Kants metaphysics and how government agencies and high tech companies are linking the ideas with AI. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters too and just the old fashioned fast paced adventure of the chases and surprises. Highly recommended and more please.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,510
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,603

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Perfect in everyway

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

GreAt characters to care about, a story, a backstory, plot development, humour and love in buckets. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this story and was heartbroken when it ended and I had to say goodbye to the people in it. This is what an audiobook should be. Not one wasted word, not one bad intonation. Well done everyone involved.

  • The Woman in the Window

  • By: A. J. Finn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 727
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 647

It's been 10 long months since Anna Fox last left her home. Ten months during which she has haunted the rooms of her old New York house like a ghost, lost in her memories, too terrified to step outside. Anna's lifeline to the real world is her window, where she sits day after day, watching her neighbours. When the Russells move in, Anna is instantly drawn to them. A picture-perfect family of three, they are an echo of the life that was once hers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Listen so Far!

  • By Heather on 06-02-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

One of those 'I must've read a different book' because everyone else seems to love it,
A dull woman is housebound with agoraphobia and sees a murder next door. Various people pop in and out of her house, and she has online activities chess, and counselling. That's it. Boring, boring, boring. I first tried to get to the end by leaping forward chapters, but despite missing great chunks, this hapless woman is still on her sofa counting pills and fretting. Ad nauseum. I have no idea if it was illusion, or reel, or whodunnit, as I've returned for refund unlistened too, though I suspect the neighbours shy son isn't all he's making out to be but so what ? I didn't care.

  • The Invisible Ones

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 456

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, narrated well

  • By Helen on 25-10-12

Buy it

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

Great story set in interesting travelling family, brilliant main character ..a settled traveler as investigator. The twist was obvious to me but I see others were surprised by it.
Great book and I only dropped a star as the big reveal was single note and went on a bit, I would've preferred a more populated and complex reason.
Nevertheless, highly recommend, and dan from downtown abbey is perfect.