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  • Pigeon English

  • By: Stephen Kelman
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Lying in front of Harrison Opuku is a body, the body of one of his classmates, a boy known for his crazy basketball skills. Armed with a pair of camouflage binoculars and detective techniques absorbed from television shows like CSI, Harri and his best friend, Dean, plot to bring the perpetrator to justice. They gather evidence and lay traps to flush out the murderer. But nothing can prepare them for what happens when a criminal feels you closing in on him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you loved Life of Pi...

  • By CA Weir on 06-09-11

If you loved Life of Pi...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-11

Adored this book. Perhaps even more as I'd not read any reviews, nor had heard of any of the hype surrounding this (which I found out about after).

My advice. Don't either. I loved the fact that I had no idea what this was about, or even where in the world this was. As the story unfolded it painted a very vivid picture of this boy's world that slowly I began to truly understand.

What brings this to life is the narration. Its superb, I could imagine, if you were to read just the printed book, you'd really not enjoy as much or be as immersed as I became.

Reminded me of Life of Pi, another favourite of mine, for reasons that I won't say here, but I think you'd understand having finished it.

Ultimately incredibly moving and a very rewarding listen.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

This book could have been made for me...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

Great action, takes place in the Lake District (one of my favourite places), features rock climbing (my passion) and the guy's a successful entrepreneur (not quite, but this time next year Rodney...) Loved it, well narrated and a really gripping plot. Fantastic characterisation as well as you delve into the minds and motives of the key players, with your opinion constantly being challenged and changed as the book develops.

Really glad I didn't know that this was the guy who wrote Daziel and Pascoe before I listened to this, as I'd probably not have bothered if I'd known that (not read the books, but the TV series seems so dull). But now that I have finished it, probably going to check out his other books like that.

  • 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 7,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,325

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

Brilliant Londoners book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

I initially thought twice about downloading this, after all I don't really like fantasy type books. But some strong reviews on here made me think to give it a try. Plus my best mate works for the Met Police and having heard many of his stories I was keen to see how this fictionalised account compares.

Really enjoyed it and devoured it in a very short time...really glad the next book is now out which will be my next listen. The narrator is superb, to me he sounds like a young Idris Elba which is no bad thing. Yes its got spirits and vampires and trolls in it, but its not really a fantasy book to me, or at least what I would stereotype as being the fodder of your typical world of warcraft wielding weirdo...

This is a gritty, urban, London crime story, with large dollops of humour chucked in. Loved that, being focussed around the Thames, I could relate to the places and streets and have even drunk in the pubs mentioned.

Download it now, sit comfortably and write off the next ten hours...

20 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Never Look Away

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Cummings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

It starts with a trip to a local amusement park. David Harwood is hoping a carefree day at Five Mountains will help dispel his wife Jan's recent depression, black moods that have led to frightening thoughts of suicide. Instead, a day of fun with their four-year-old son Ethan turns into a nightmare. When Jan disappears from the park, David's worst fears seem to have come true. But when he goes to the police to report her missing, terrified that she's planning to take her own life, the facts start to indicate something very different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never Put It Down

  • By Patricia A. Thompson on 19-09-10

A randomly discovered delight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-11

I downloaded this based on the strength of reviews. The sample on here didn't sound great but thought I'd give it a go anyway as I'd seen a review that the narration was better than the sample indicated.

I really enjoyed this. Its an easy listen, not particularly cerebral, but it had me hooked from fairly early on and I finished this very quickly.

The narration was very good, and able to convincingly, and seamlessly, deliver all the characters from young to old, male to female.

I've now downloaded No Time For Goodbye from the same author and going to see how that one goes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

Go the F--k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest verses perfectly capture the familiar - and unspoken - tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ideal Parenting Tool

  • By Oliver Dayman on 31-05-13

F--king loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-11

Laugh out loud funny, even though I've not got kids....

Listen with headphones though, certainly not work safe...

And Samuel L Jackson is pure genius. It's like Jules from Pulp Fiction having a hard time with the kids...

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, an audiobook that knows it's an audiobook

  • By PP Merge on 18-05-11

Do you know Tina Fey?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-11

I certainly didn't before listening to this, aside from the classic Palin sketches. But having recently finished, I'm certainly going to go listen/watch her work. A brilliantly narrated story that had me laughing out loud on many occasions whilst cycling to work and in Sainsburys.
I love the fact she's not just reading from her printed book but has taken the time and thought to make this a unique performance, with brilliant comic timing and acting out of stories, interspersed with clips from her work and references to pictures of her outfits.

Really hope we get more from Tina Fey on Audible soon!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • LEGO

  • A Love Story
  • By: Jonathan Bender
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Gage
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream of becoming a master model builder for The LEGO Group, he discovers the men and women who are skewing the averages with collections of hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks. What is it about the ubiquitous, brightly colored toys that makes them so hard for everyone to put down?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you liked Lego you'll LOVE this

  • By CA Weir on 28-02-11

If you liked Lego you'll LOVE this

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-11

I'm about an hour yet to go on the Lego Love Story so not technically finished. But wanted to write my review now, seeing as this book's the current listen of the week and what better way to get folks to see it and hopefully download as I've been telling all of my friends about it!. Plus, I'm not expecting some major plot twist before the end when the space monkeys come down and kill them all. It's only a Lego love story....

With the narration, for me Lego is very much a UK/European product and to me doesn't quite fit with the US narrator. I did think if it had been a Danish or UK voice, then would have given it a nice Louis Theroux type docu-commentary tone...especially when talking about the somewhat obsessed world of adult lego fans. But that said, there's nothing wrong with the actual narrator, he does bring it to life well. Plus its the story of one man rediscovering his love of Lego, and he is American after all.

I guess you need to have been a Lego fan to enjoy this fully. For me, a child of the 80's, I had those Lego sets, some of which are rather fascinatingly changing hands for thousands now.

Loving learning about the world of the AFOL (adult fan of Lego) and to be honest, its making me want to explore in my parents' attic and see what Lego treasures are up there.

Which to meet summarises the appeal of this download, a warm, familiar trip back to happy childhood memories...sitting on the living room carpet, bricks scattered everywhere, and an idea for a spaceship/castle/car slowly coming forming into reality.

And even if you'd never been a Lego fan when a child, download this and maybe you could be one now...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,685
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

Fantastically entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-02-11

Whilst not being a devoted McIntyre fan, I've always found him entertaining, if a little mainstream. And whilst he's not had the most tumultuous of lives, the story of how hard he worked to make it as a comic is both entertaining and inspiring.

As an audio product this really works, definately superior to the print version in that it's his story brilliantly narrated by himself, and where he's added extra chapter introductions specifically to this audio product. Little touches like that make this product very special.

Hugely entertaining, I think I finished this on a return trip to Cornwall. Highly recommended.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Sh-t My Dad Says

  • By: Justin Halpern
  • Narrated by: Sean Schemmel
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

'At 28 years old, I found myself living at home, with my 73-year-old father. As a child, my father never minced words, and when I screwed up, he had a way of cutting right through the bullshit and pointing out exactly why I was being an idiot. When I moved back in I was still, for the most part, an idiot. But this time, I was smart enough to write down all the things he said to me…'

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not long enough

  • By Robbie McBride on 13-11-18

Taking notes for future fatherhood....

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-10

I really enjoyed this book, had me laughing out loud on the ride into work. Brilliantly narrated and left me with little soundbites I'm dying to fit into conversation...

'My Dad's opinion on my swimming technique...
'You look like a slow kid trying to smack ants''

Quite un-PC, quite a gruff character, but one who's words and actions are underpinned with unquestioning love for his son.

  • A Partisan's Daughter

  • By: Louis de Bernières
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas, Jeff Rawle
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

A beautifully wrought and unlikely love story, exploring the power of storytelling. The new audiobook from the acclaimed author of Birds Without Wings and Captain Corelli's Mandolin is a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. Chris is bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger to the 1970s youth culture of London, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Partisan's Daughter

  • By Ian on 07-04-08

A Walter Mitty tale?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-10

I did enjoy this title, well narrated and it moved along at an enjoyable pace. Also told me new things about the breakup of former Yugoslavia. And it was amusing, with some laugh, and cringe, out loud moments.

But I felt it a little thin in story. Like an essay that poses a lot of questions but doesn't seek to address them. Ultimately, I felt a little let down by the author not addressing whether these stories were true, and what happened to the characters afterwards...and I guess I was not captivated enough by the story to try and work it out or invent it for myself.

But, it was an enjoyable listen and perhaps a more inventive mind could piece together the story better than I did?