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  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE best zombie trilogy ever!!!!

  • By TheWitchesCat on 04-05-13

Gripping and mildly fun Zombie Dystopia.

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

An interesting look at what American society and politics would look like post zombie outbreak. I was gripped by the story but the end was a little .... disappointing.

  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5

  • By Kim on 02-06-18

Lovely story of walking the British coast.

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

I really enjoyed listening to the description of walking the coastal path. The main character is difficult to like, but it doesn't detract from the story. The narrator sounds like an elderly woman when the main character is only 53!?!

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,989
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,965

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By OldskoolHrdcore on 25-08-17

Excellent read.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Fascinating account of what it was like to grow up in South Africa. Not surprising well read.

  • In the Habit: Introduction to Changing our Behaviour

  • By: Ash Ranpura, Alice Fraser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

How can we change our behaviours? The first step is understanding our habits. For better or worse, habits are the invisible building blocks of daily life. Research suggests that about 40% of what we do is repeated almost daily and yet most of the time we aren’t really aware of what’s happening. In this series, neuroscientist Ash Ranpura and comedian Alice Fraser deep dive into the science of behaviour change. They want to find out how we can make good habits and how we can break bad ones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narrative by Ash and Alice.

  • By Luke on 28-01-19

Wow, really useful.

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

Reviewed: 27-01-19

Really interesting and easy to listen to guide of various evidence based methods and tricks to change bad habits or just make life a bit easier. The presenters made a good team.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • By: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Narrated by: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,923

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Flagrant Racism Posing as Social Justice

  • By Joaquin on 11-09-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

I've had this on my wish list for ages. I wasn't disappointed. Well written and narrated. Unsettling and inspiring.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild by Nature

  • From Siberia to Australia, Three Years Alone in the Wilderness on Foot
  • By: Sarah Marquis, Stephanie Hellert - Translator
  • Narrated by: Emily Lawrence
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This is an incredible story of adventure, human ingenuity, persistence, and resilience that shows firsthand what it is to adventure as a woman in the most dangerous of circumstance, what it is to be truly alone in the wild, and why someone would challenge themselves with an expedition others would call crazy. For Marquis, her story is about freedom, being alive and wild by nature.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable travel journal.

  • By RJS on 04-02-18

Enjoyable travel journal.

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Like listening to someone tell me about their holiday rather that a deep or immersive story. I found the narrator's sleepy tone a bit fake. But it was enjoyable enough to keep listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

  • By: Anne McCaffrey
  • Narrated by: Sally Darling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Miss J Niven on 18-02-09

Wonderful tale of dragons and music

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

This is a lovely plot but it feels like a short story, little happens and the universe in only sketched out.
The audio quality is poor, the narration can be over excited and grates a little in places.

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 42 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,466
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,452

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of the Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The problem with a trilogy....

  • By Robyn on 09-01-14

Fantastic second installment.

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Wonderful weaving and winding tale, lost its way a little in places. Like a lot if second books it dragged towards the end.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

An important book in our time.

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Holds up a mirror to our culture in a way that might hopefully inspire positive moves towards liberalism in everyone who reads it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,906

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Thrilling, engaging fantasy epic.

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

Reviewed: 24-07-17

The first of a epic trilogy, it openly follows well trodden tropes of fantasy and yet is fascinating, surprising and gasp inspiring on occasion.
The narration is excellent and the Male narrator manages to portray female characters cringe free and the regional accents really add to the characters.