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  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,084

In The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy shares stories about her family, her relationships, her career, good - and bad - sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to her teenage quest for popularity (and boys) to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women's rights.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry Amy

  • By Adam on 26-03-18

Don’t expect many laughs

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

Not what I expected from the hilarious Amy. Hard work and although she claims at the start this is not an autobiography, she then earnestly goes through a string of life experiences in chronological order. I hoped for funny and this was just hard work.

  • Sleeping Giants

  • Themis Files, Book 1
  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe, Christopher Ragland, Charlie Anson, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,175

Deadwood, USA. A girl sneaks out just before dark to ride her new bike. Suddenly, the ground disappears beneath her. Waking up at the bottom of a deep pit, she sees an emergency rescue team above her. The people looking down see something far stranger.... That girl grows up to be Dr. Rose Franklin, a brilliant scientist and the leading world expert on what she discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've ever listened to

  • By JBL on 13-05-16

Original in story and style

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Brilliant and unexpected. A superb story told in an original way (don't let that put you off!). So unexpected to find something like this by chance - if you like a thriller, science fiction, anything like that, you should enjoy this.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,987

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

So much going for it...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

It's funny, it's got real science in it, it's relatable even for us despite being set well into the future, it's original and far reaching, whilst always maintaining a hold on the reader. This is an awesome book! And the sequels (it's part of a trilogy) and just as good. Settle in, download all three and enjoy! Narrator is also excellent!

  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

Here is one of the greatest English comic novels read by incontrovertible king of English comic audiobook readers, Martin Jarvis. Three men, worried about their health and in search of different experiences, set off 'up the river' in a boat. Jerome's delightful novel, dating from 1900, paints a vivid picture of innocent fun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jerome and Jarvis

  • By cad on 13-04-13

Just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

This is a sublime novel; funny and informative whilst getting on with the job of telling a great story of the characters on their little adventure. I have listened to this at least 5 times now and will do many more times... if you like a bit of humour in a book, try this one... almost PGWodehouse levels of greatness.

  • London Fields

  • By: Martin Amis
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 132

The murderee is Nicola Six, a 'black hole' of sex and self-loathing who is intend on orchestrating her own extinction. The murderer may be Keith Talent, a violent lowlife whose only passions are pornography and darts; or the rich, honourable, and dimly romantic Guy Clinch. And as Nicola leads her suitors towards the precipice, London - and, indeed, the whole world - seems to shamble after them in a corrosively funny novel of complexity and morality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, I think...

  • By Simon on 26-01-11

I know I should appreciate it more, but...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

... I just got so bored. I made it to the end with sheer will and not due to any enjoyment. I found the characters well realised, but it took so long for them to actually get around to being involved in the next bit of plot... then there would be another couple of hours of not much going on before the next thing happened. An endurance event from an author I really wanted to like... it's put me off his other titles... I appreciate his writing might be amazing, but the storyline just didn't keep momentum enough for me.

  • Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day

  • And Other Tales of the Necromancer
  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Johannes Cabal is a necromancer - and he's slightly infamous. Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day: And Other Tales of the Necromancer features seven of Cabal's most frightening adventures, including "Exeunt Demon King", "The Ereshkigal Working", "Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day", and more. Also included is an original introduction written and read by the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Moriah on 03-12-15

Like Supernatural genre? Then get this...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

If you like the whole supernatural genre, the reach back to late 19th/early 20th century characters and domains, then give this a try. A collection of short stories to introduce you to the Necromancer, it shows the style of writing from the author; his humour and prose is a lot of fun and the stories are original and dramatic.

  • The Bedlam Stacks

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international best seller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria. On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859, and India is ravaged by the disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting in a weird way

  • By Erica on 06-01-18

If you like other Pulley stories...

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I loved the Watchmaker of Filigree Street, and so was enthusiastic to read this new novel from Pulley. I did not enjoy it as much, but nor did I expect to. That difficult second novel, and all. Nevertheless, this is an original and engaging story, excellent characters and I struggled to read anything else once I had started this one (I usually have a few books on the go at the same time). But if you have not read her first book yet, read that first.

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  • All Our Wrong Todays

  • By: Elan Mastai
  • Narrated by: Elan Mastai
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should've turned out like this. And it's all my fault - well, me and, to a lesser extent, my father. And, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope. In both worlds she's the love of my life. But only a single version of her can exist. I have one impossible chance to fix history's greatest mistake and save this broken world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The point of it all....

  • By Kaggy on 02-05-17

Repeatedly unexpected

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

This really is an unusual book about time travel, but unusual in many good ways. Not only does it dip into the potential science and ethics, but it also really makes you consider less obvious implications of time travel that I have not read before. Coupled with a back story to compete with the amazing Time Traveler's Wife, this really is recommended. There is even a level of humour exposed too... a super read.

  • Spectacles

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,267

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins. When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Jeannette on 31-01-16

Exactly what you would expect... but

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

Reviewed: 28-12-15

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

Funny, honest, revealing

Any additional comments?

A great collection of life stories told by the author herself - but you can expect some open and honest tales from childhood through to what approximates for her adulthood. If you like her, as I do, you will not be disappointed by her writing or performance in reading it. A total pleasure and not as silly as many might expect.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,071
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,700

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Just get it and listen - it is superb

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

Reviewed: 23-11-14

What made the experience of listening to Rivers of London the most enjoyable?

The story is original, funny, and oddly believable. The characters are wonderfully developed and the narrator is perfectly cast to bring it alive. A superb mix of technology and old world magic, clashing together with the backdrop of London as the stage.

What did you like best about this story?

It is original but does not rest on having a great idea; these are great stories and if you read the first one, this book, then you will get all his other books too. They just get better and better.

Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

The main character, in his confusion and eventual realisation of the truth about himself and the Met, is so well shared with the reader. You can very easily relate and care about these characters, so well is the story told.

Any additional comments?

This is probably the best series of books I have enjoyed on Audible.