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  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,703

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-10-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I loved the first trilogy set in the 15th / 16th centuries. This was no where near as interesting. I found the politics boring. But, this may be just because the subject is less interesting to me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ken Follett again?

Yes

What aspect of John Lee’s performance might you have changed?

Maybe ... he's quite ... booming.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fall of Giants?

All the political stuff.

  • The Son

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843

Sonny's on the run. Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins. He's been lied to his whole life. But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father. Sonny wants revenge. He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes. Whatever the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By David on 26-04-14

Let down by really poor editing.

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

Reviewed: 25-04-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I like Jo Nesbo usually. Also the narration is very good but somewhere on the way the editor seems to have decided to remove all pauses. This means the narration skips from to chapter to chapter, character to character and it was really hard to keep up with who was speaking when. Consequently, I couldn't really follow the complex plot. I think I'd have loved this as a book but I wish I hadn't bought it as an audio.

What will your next listen be?

Curtis Sittenfeld because I have just read Sisterland (which was great).

What didn’t you like about Sean Barrett’s performance?

He was very good.

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

Disappointment in the editing!!!!

Any additional comments?

Such a shame.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Alex

  • Camille Verhoeven, Book 2
  • By: Pierre Lemaitre, Frank Wynne
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Winner of the CWA International Dagger. In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prevost – beautiful, resourceful, tough – may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trying too hard to shock

  • By Alex on 19-09-13

Ok, didn't really keep my interest.

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

Reviewed: 28-08-13

What disappointed you about Alex?

Hard to say, it just wasn't really a "page turner" for me ... lost my interest after a bit.

Has Alex put you off other books in this genre?

No.

Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. I don't think I'll listen to any others by this author.

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

Worse - apathy!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,655

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far too good to be left to teenagers

  • By Charles on 22-02-12

Just lovely.

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

Reviewed: 18-06-13

Listen to this book. It's just lovely. It's frustrating I have to write 15 words!

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  • The Bone Garden

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

A gruesome secret is about to be unearthed ...When a human skull is dug up in a garden near Boston, Dr Maura Isles is called in to investigate. She quickly discovers that the skeleton - that of a young woman - has been buried for over a hundred years. But who was the young woman? And how did she die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpected and absorbing.

  • By Hannah on 01-10-14

dross

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

Reviewed: 17-05-13

utter dross. the story was predictable & boring. i struggled to be bothered to listen to what happened to these sterotypical one dimensional characters.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Color Purple

  • By: Alice Walker
  • Narrated by: Alice Walker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

As a young black woman living in 1930s Georgia, Celie faces constant violence and oppression. Raped repeatedly by her father, she loses two children and then is married off to a man who treats her like a slave. But a deep bond with her husband's mistress teaches her she is a woman capable of being loved and respected. Gradually, Celie begins to leave the past behind and start a new life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Cross Stitcher on 08-04-13

One of those books that stays with you.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-13

I listen to lots of book. Many are pointless drivel that glide in and out of my brain, leaving no mark. This one made a very distinct impression. It's a classic, narrated perfectly.

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  • Flight Behaviour

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

On the Appalachian Mountains above her home, a young mother discovers a beautiful and terrible marvel of nature. As the world around her is suddenly transformed by a seeming miracle, can the old certainties people have lived by for centuries remain unchallenged? Flight Behaviour is a captivating, topical and deeply human story touching on class, poverty and climate change. It is Barbara Kingsolver's most accessible novel yet, and explores the truths we live by, and the complexities that lie behind them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, mixed feelings about narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-12-12

Lovely book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-13

This author has a lovely turn of phrase. Her writing is just ... smooth & .... well there you go, that's why she's the author and I'm not. But I loved this book. The story, the writing, the characters & the reading. Buy it.

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,004

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

Not bad. Little bit different.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-13

Not overly memorable, but ok, average I guess. Jesus, why are they making me write all these words.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Never Saw It Coming

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Francine Brody
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what she passes herself off as. The truth is, Keisha's real powers have more to do with separating troubled families from their money than actually seeing into the netherworld. Keisha watches the news for stories of missing family members. She gives it a few days, then moves in, tells these families she's had a vision, that she may have some clue to where these missing people are. And by the way, she charges for this service, and likes to see the money up front.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring, lazy & childish. Don't bother.

  • By Miss on 07-02-13

Boring, lazy & childish. Don't bother.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-13

Sorry but this is just boring drivel. Words thrown together lazily by someone cashing in on a previous success. I'm about 2/3 of the way through and I don't give a toss what happens at the end. Waste of time & money.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jamrach's Menagerie

  • By: Carol Birch
  • Narrated by: Dave John
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Jaffy Brown is running along a street in London's East End when he comes face to face with an escaped circus animal. Rescued by Mr Jamrach - explorer, entrepreneur and collector of the world's strangest creatures - the two strike up a friendship. Before he knows it, Jaffy finds himself on board a ship bound for the Dutch East Indies. His journey will push faith, love and friendship to their utmost limits. Carol Birch's epic novel brings alive the smells, sights and flavours of the nineteenth century, from the docks of London to the storms of the Indian Ocean: a gripping exploration of our relationship to the natural world....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Charles on 25-10-11

Lovely.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-11

I loved this book. It's just so ... lovely. I'm not so sure of the ending ... but the beginning and the middle are so satisfying. It's a tale of the sea, of exotic ports and mythical creatures. I enjoyed it very much.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful