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  • Turtles All the Way Down

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

The wait is over! John Green, the number one best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back. It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My best read of 2017!

  • By Laura on 07-11-17

Loved this audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

You can always trust that a John Green book will have a strong underlying message, and Turtles All the Way Down is no exception. Beautifully and intelligently written, Aza is an unconventional main character who is charming with her flaws, and both Pickett sons are particularly important characters in their vulnerabilities. Green puts into words many thoughts and feelings I’ve always had difficulty describing.

I was curious at the interesting title of this book, but it fits perfectly with the story, which kept me gripped the whole way through. Slightly different from his previous books, this is a must listen for anyone looking to get into the mindset of someone with a mental illness in a really relatable way.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Martina Cole

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Martina Cole
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Martina Cole joins Robin Morgan in the Audible Studios to discuss her latest book, Betrayal, the inspiration behind her writing, and the house that she dedicates to her significant book collection!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Martina!

  • By Elise on 21-11-16

Love Martina!

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

Reviewed: 21-11-16

What made the experience of listening to FREE: Audible Sessions with Martina Cole the most enjoyable?

It's so interesting to hear about the authors life and her books. Love these interviews!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Magic Arrives Without Warning

  • By Paul Snook on 15-05-16

Get lost in the magic

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

Any additional comments?


What a perfect tagline. ‘The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.’

I haven’t been this hooked by a book in years. I devoured the audio, and once finished was ready to start again.

The incredible detail sucked me into the circus; it felt like I was there, walking around at night experiencing all the unbelievable performances, enchanted by all that is on offer. And the storyline that holds it all together was extremely compelling; although there is a love story at the heart of the book it isn’t overpowering.

The Night Circus was recommended to me by a friend who knows just how active my imagination is, and this book fed it perfectly. It is now my most recommended book and I urge anyone with a love for mystery, magic, and beautiful descriptions to give it a go.

  • Fellside

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 798

Jess Moulson is convicted of murder. But it's a murder she can't remember committing. Nothing is quite clear from the drug-fuelled night when a blaze set in Jess' apartment killed the little boy upstairs. But when the media brands her a child killer, she starts to believe it herself. Now she's on her way to Fellside, the biggest, most formidable women's prison in Europe, standing in the bleak Yorkshire moors. But Jess won't be alone in her prison cell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Genre-Hopping Mystery Drama

  • By Simon on 13-04-16

Refreshing, gripping listen!

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

Reviewed: 26-05-16

Where does Fellside rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's up there in my top listens. One of the best books I've listened to this year. Great story - relevant with TV series like Wentworth and Orange is the New Black but original with the supernatural element. Also refreshing to have a main character that isn't stereotypically beautiful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fellside?

The ending, which I don't want to give away. It wasn't quite what I was expecting and that was refreshing.

What does Finty Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Finty Williams is an exceptional narrator, one of my favourite female narrators, and she does a stunning job with this book. Her voice gave me a perfect picture of Jess in particular.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were a few parts of this novel that moved me but I won't go into them for fear of giving any of the plot away. Character development in particular for some of the inmates was extremely touching.

Any additional comments?

Unlike anything else I've read. Definitely worth a listen!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,815

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

Emotional rollercoaster

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

Reviewed: 21-01-16

A must listen! I devoured this audiobook in two sittings, great story with fitting narration.

17 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,910
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,902

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By katherine on 30-01-16

Amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

I'd not read Pride and Prejudice before though I knew the story but I've found I like listening to the classics. Rosamund Pike added a whole new dimension to this story; if I didn't know any better I'd have thought there was more than one narrator. I really enjoyed the storyline, more than I was expecting to. Definitely worth a listen.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely incredible

  • By MsRanPan on 05-12-15

Addictive

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

Reviewed: 28-10-15

I didn't think I'd get as hooked on this story as I did. finished listening over two days. The music is perfect, the sound effects really add to the story and the cast are amazing. the story is pretty messed up but I'd expect nothing less from Joe Hill

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Debt & the Doormat

  • By: Laura Barnard
  • Narrated by: Elisa Hilton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Poppy and Jazz have been best friends since the first week of uni. Whenever these two get together, trouble isn't far away - and things haven't changed much. When Jazz gets herself into financial trouble, Poppy, being a good friend, offers to help. Instead, she ends up being talked into swapping lives, with Jazz insisting it will be good and will help her get over her broken heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud listen!

  • By Elise on 19-10-15

Laugh out loud listen!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-15

What did you like most about The Debt & the Doormat?

Poppy and Jazz; their lives are just hysterical.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Izzy, she has a good heart.

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

I haven't but I enjoyed her narration.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Modern day Bridget Jones

Any additional comments?

If you want a good laugh, give this a go!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful