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  • Wrecker

  • By: Noel O’Reilly
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Shipwrecks are part of life in the remote village of Porthmorvoren, Cornwall. And as the sea washes the bodies of the drowned onto the beach, it also brings treasures: barrels of liquor, exotic fruit, the chance to lift a fine pair of boots from a corpse, maybe even a jewel or two. When, after a fierce storm, Mary Blight rescues a man half dead from the sea, she ignores the whispers of her neighbours and carries him home to nurse better. Gideon Stone is a Methodist minister from Newlyn, a married man.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had to DNF this

  • By Sophie on 02-09-18

Had to DNF this

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

Not much happened and it was really focused in religion, which is something im not interested in. But it was good to see the difference between the poor and rich.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Onyx & Ivory

  • By: Mindee Arnett
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

They call her Traitor Kate. It’s a title Kate Brighton inherited from her father after he tried to assassinate the high king of Rime. Cast out of the nobility, Kate now works for the royal courier service. Only the most skilled ride for the Relay and only the fastest survive, for when night falls, the drakes - deadly flightless dragons - come out to hunt. Fortunately, Kate has a secret edge: She is a wilder, born with forbidden magic that allows her to influence the minds of animals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Pleasantly Surprised

  • By Amie Jordan on 23-09-18

Interesting story

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

I went into this not expecting much as I have recently gone off YA, this came with a Fairyloot box so I thought I'd better see what it is like. It was a lot better than I expected. I loved the different story lines and I loved Kate. I don't think I will carry on with the series though. Also I think the narrator did a very good job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The North Water

  • By: Ian McGuire
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

Behold the man: Stinking, drunk, brutal and bloodthirsty, Henry Drax is a harpooner on the Volunteer, a Yorkshire whaling ship bound for the hunting waters of the Arctic Circle. Also aboard is Patrick Sumner, an ex-army surgeon with a shattered reputation, no money, and no better option than to embark as ship's medic on this ill-fated voyage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A glorious and disturbing assault on the senses

  • By Kaggy on 21-02-17

Hated it!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

I had so much hope for this but I just hated it. I had to DNF after about 4 chapters. There is just too much swearing! I'm alright with swearing but this was just too much! Also didn't like the heavy accent of the narrator.

  • A Burnable Book

  • By: Bruce Holsinger
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37

London, 1385: A city of shadows and fear, in a kingdom ruled by the headstrong young King Richard II, haunted by the spectre of revolt. A place of poetry and prophecy, where power is bought by blood. For John Gower, part-time poet and full-time trader in information, secrets are his currency. When close confidante and fellow poet Geoffrey Chaucer calls in an old debt, Gower cannot refuse.The request is simple: Track down a missing book....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of its genre

  • By tonywhipp on 15-08-16

Great narrator but confusing story.

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

I found like I was getting so confused when listening to this. I was forgetting who was who and what everyone was doing. It did get a but clearer near the end but I think I had given up by then. Bruce was a great narrator but the story let him down.

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,918
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,906
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,847

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen Fry does it again

  • By L. Turner on 14-11-17

It's as though Fry was your personal teacher.

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

This was really interesting. I loved Fry's humor which I don't think I would have got if I had read the book. I learnt so much from this and it has made me want to look into the Greek myths more.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,406
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,387

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

This story will stay with me forever

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

This was a lot more emotional than I thought it would be. I was wanting to cry in the first few chapters. The way the author describes events is so detailed. What makes it worse is that these events are fictional. This is based on a true story. The author notes, additional notes and the afterword by the son were just so sad. Hearing what happened to everyone. This has to be one of the best books of the year and this will stay with me for a very long time. I also have to applaud Richard Armitage who narrated the audiobook. He did an amazing job. I am glad I listened to the audiobook as I think if I read it the problem with pronouncing names may have taken the emotion away.

  • The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837

In The Amber Spyglass, the third and final instalment in His Dark Materials...the war between good and evil reaches a shattering conclusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mr Pullman Please Write Book 4!

  • By Paula on 30-01-08

A real let down

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

Reviewed: 22-04-18

What disappointed you about The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3?

I just could not get into it and I hated all the talk about religion. I don't understand how this can be a children's book. It was so boring and confusing.

Has The Amber Spyglass: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 3 put you off other books in this genre?

Nope. Every now and then I will pick up a children's book that looks interesting. I only read this as I was told it was a must read.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The ending was quite sweet.

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

Mostly disappointment and confusing. Northern Lights was so good and it just went downhill.

Any additional comments?

If I had read this book I would have marked it as DNF.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 2

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,435
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,436

The thrilling second book in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, read by the author and a full cast. In this stunning sequel to Northern Lights, the intrepid Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon, find themselves in a shimmering, haunted other world – Cittagazze where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. Here she meets twelve-year-old Will Parry, a fugitive from a third universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book... but why the changes?

  • By Kirsty on 06-01-08

Not as good as northern lights

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

For some reason i just couldn’t get into this. I kept losing track of everything. I also can’t believe they killed of one of my favourites! Now onto the last book of the series. Hopefully that will be better.

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,016

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

Why was this not given to me when I was a kid!?

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

What did you like most about Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1?

I love the characters! So many different ones!

What other book might you compare Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1 to, and why?

Not too sure...

What about Philip Pullman’s performance did you like?

I just loved how he narrated but I loved the cast! It's the first audiobook I have listened to that has a full cast.

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

Better than the last attempt.

Any additional comments?

I think the BBC is doing an adaptation so I can't wait for that!

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 747
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

This was meant to be the perfect trip. The northern lights. A press launch on a luxury cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next-door cabin. But the records show that no one ever checked in to that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother

  • By Claire on 10-02-17

So annoying!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I don't think I would. The main character was so annoying!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was okay... Nothing special.

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

The accents!

Could you see The Woman in Cabin 10 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Hmmm I wouldn't care. I wouldn't see the film if it was made.