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  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,997

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-10-16

The book that got me hooked on audible

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

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

Yes - and I have recommended it to everyone! I listened to this book before reading it or seeing it as a film and I think it worked better as an audiobook than anything else. The cast really made the story come to life. It is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to and would recommend it to anyone, especially if they haven't tried audible before.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I found Megan really interesting

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

It was certainly hard to put down.

  • Under the Skin

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 271

Isserley spends most of her time driving. But why is she so interested in picking up hitchhikers? And why are they always male, well-built, and alone? An utterly unpredictable and macabre mystery, Michel Faber's debut is an outstanding piece of fiction that will stay with you long after you have finished listening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting and heartbreaking story

  • By Kaggy on 03-05-14

Not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was a bit disappointed in this book. It was recommended to be by a friend who loved it. I think the book is deliberately unsettling and disturbing, and I think this particular genre is a bit of an acquired taste. The story certainly starts out in an interesting way which had had me guessing and intrigued. Unfortunately the more I listened the less I liked it, and eventually I gave up on it altogether. I watched the film adaptation more recently and wasn't much impressed with that either, but can see why some people would enjoy it

  • Across the Nightingale Floor

  • Tales of the Otori, Book 1
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Tamblyn Lord, Anna Steen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48

An international best seller, Across the Nightingale Floor is the first book in the Tales of the Otori series by Lian Hearn. In his black-walled fortress at Inuyama, the warlord Iida Sadamu surveys his famous nightingale floor. Constructed with exquisite skill, it sings at the tread of each human foot. No assassin can cross it unheard. The youth Takeo has been brought up in a remote mountain village among the Hidden, a reclusive and spiritual people who have taught him only the ways of peace.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by intrusive, loud music

  • By Georgia on 30-07-16

Pure magic

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

What did you like most about Across the Nightingale Floor?

The intriguing mixture of history, religion and magic. Every part of the story is described perfectly and draws you in.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I really loved all of them. Especially Takeo, Lord Shigeru and Kaede

Any additional comments?

I read these books as a child and the series was definitely among my favourites. I don't think I will ever get sick of re-listening.

  • Sahlawayhi 3: Graded Stories for Beginners (Arabic Edition)

  • By: Ahmed H. Khorshid
  • Narrated by: Ahmed H. Khorshid
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This is the first-ever series of graded stories for beginning adult learners of Arabic as a foreign language.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very useful

  • By anon on 09-12-17

Very useful

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Any additional comments?

Easy to listen to. Suggest to buy the full series on audible and in print. All of the stories are narrated slowly enough for a beginner to listen to easily. New vocab is introduced gradually.

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  • Sahlawayhi 2

  • Graded Stories for Beginners [Arabic Edition]
  • By: Ahmed H. Khorshid
  • Narrated by: Ahmed H. Khorshid
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This is the first-ever series of graded stories for beginning adult learners of Arabic as a foreign language. The 24 stories in this audiobook are divided into 6 levels of 4 stories each. Levels 1 to 3 are for beginners; levels 4 to 6 are for intermediate students. The stories range from 200 to 400 words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very useful

  • By anon on 09-12-17

Very useful

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

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

Yes, and I have recommended it to all those in my Arabic class.

Any additional comments?

It's useful to buy the books in print alongside it.

  • Sahlawayhi 1

  • Graded Stories for Beginners [Arabic Edition]
  • By: Ahmed H. Khorshid
  • Narrated by: Ahmed H. Khorshid
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

This is the first-ever series of graded stories for beginning and intermediate adult learners of Arabic as a foreign language. The 24 stories in this audiobook are divided into 6 levels of 4 stories each. Levels 1-3 for beginners, levels 4-6 for intermediate students. The stories range from 200 - 400 words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely useful

  • By anon on 09-12-17

Extremely useful

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Sahlawayhi 1 to be better than the print version?

Yes. I have the print versions of this series also, but sometimes the whole pages of Arabic can look a little daunting to a beginner. Listening to them is much easier than reading them. The books can be useful though if you're struggling to catch a word/want to look up a word in the dictionary but can't hear it properly to spell it.

Any additional comments?

Recommended for any MSA students

  • Maya's Notebook

  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Maria Cabezas
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The narrator and protagonist of Maya's Notebook is a 19-year-old girl who grows up in Berkeley, California, and falls into a life of drug addiction and crime. To rescue Maya and save her from the criminal types pursuing her, Maya's Chilean grandmother sends her to a remote island off the southern coast of Chile. Here she lives among a traditional rural people, the Chilote, who speak an older form of Spanish and have remained largely isolated from the materialism, crime, and fast-paced contemporary life which is our own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Isabel Allende clasic

  • By Janet Hughes on 24-04-16

Beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

Would you listen to Maya's Notebook again? Why?

Yes. Not only is it a very engaging story, but the narration is also extremely soothing and suits the character.