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  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,347

The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed . If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favourite

  • By Raison on 10-11-13

Powerful stuff

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

A very well written and well narrated tale. Highly thought provoking story set in a dystopian society which treats women as servants of the state and forces them in to sexual servitude to re-populate the world. This plot could be implausible but somehow it is not which makes it slightly disturbing. You get angry and upset for the characters and I was sad when I had finished it. I am now watching the TV series but I am glad I read it first.

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Hannah Murray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238

Annie's mother is a serial killer. The only way Annie can make it stop is to hand her in to the police. But out of sight is not out of mind. The secrets of her past won't let her sleep, even with a new family and name - Milly. A fresh start. Now surely she can be whomever she wants to be. But Milly's mother is a serial killer. And blood is thicker than water....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Anne on 23-01-17

Had me gripped

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

This is about child murder and child abuse, bullying and cruelty so not for the faint hearted. However it is well written with some nice twists. The narration is a bit laboured but it matches the character. Recommended although the subject matter is disturbing.

  • 11.22.63

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless.... King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill who becomes the love of Jake's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Return to top form

  • By John on 14-12-11

Well executed story about time travel

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

This was a good story about time travel and the impact it would have if we could. It had a good plot and was well written but rather long.

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,873

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enchanting read

  • By anne on 15-08-15

Something a bit different

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

This book had an interesting unpredictable story. It was a bit slow at first but was well written and well narrated. It was a pleasure to read something a bit different and I will definitely read more of Natasha Pulley.

  • The Improbability of Love

  • By: Hannah Rothschild
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 558
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved Every Minute of It. Great Characters.

  • By bookylady on 02-04-16

Very enjoyable and something different

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

Reviewed: 16-02-17

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A story about a lost masterpiece that somehow turns up in a second hand shop. At first you think the story is going one way and then it takes an unexpected turn revealing an unusual intriguing plot. It is slightly unbelievable in parts and rather wordy, but excellently narrated. A good find on audible and definitely a book I would rather listen to than read. Recommended.

  • The Little Friend

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 24 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

The second novel by Donna Tartt, best-selling author of The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), The Little Friend is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil. The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Julie on 08-07-15

Too many words

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

Reviewed: 13-06-16

Donna Tartt is a good author. She writes very descriptively so you get a clear image and develops her characters well. There is a good story line but.....it is just too drawn out. I like literature that is challenging, but found I lost interest and had to keep going back. I think the author finally ran out of descriptive phrases and finished the story in that order. Could have been so much more.

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  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent story and brilliant performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-05-18

Didn't finish it

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

Reviewed: 14-02-16

I bought this with Black Out. I struggled through Black Out and tried to listen to All Clear. Finally I could not be bothered to listen any more. This is the very first book I have listened to or read that I have not finished. The story is about three time travellers who have got stuck in the blitz, cannot get back to 2016 and may have compromised history. The narrator reads it too fast and the accents are awful. She appears to be shouting all the time even if you turn the volume down. The author introduces the book and is clearly excited about it, I was not. It may have a good ending but I cannot waste any more time finding out. Recommendation - don't buy!

  • Blackout

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
  • Length: 18 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First of a great pair of books

  • By PrintersPie on 25-02-11

Why ever did I buy this?

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

Reviewed: 14-02-16

This is by far the worst audiobook I have purchased and sadly I bought the sequel at the same time. The idea is good, time travellers going back to the blitz who may be compromising history. But after that it is not worth listening to. The narrator appears to be shouting at you, no matter how low you set the volume and the accents are awful. The characters are stereotyped and quite frankly I don't care if they get back so I won't be reading the sequel All Clear. The author introduces the book and she is clearly very excited by it, which I was not. Don't buy!

  • How to Fall in Love

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 198

A thoughtful, captivating and ultimately uplifting novel from this uniquely talented author. She has just two weeks. Two weeks to teach him how to fall in love - with his own life. Adam Basil and Christine Rose are thrown together late one night, when Christine is crossing the Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin. Adam is there, poised, threatening to jump. Adam is desperate - but Christine makes a crazy deal with him. His 35th birthday is looming and she bets him that before then she can show him life is worth living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% pure pleasure

  • By Kaggy on 25-01-14

Poor contrived plot and tedious

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

I had read Cecilia Ahern before, narrated by Aoife McMahon and had enjoyed her other work. However, the plot was just contrived and so predictable. Possibly a holiday read, but nothing more.

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  • By: Renée Knight
  • Narrated by: Michael Pennington, Laura Paton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 747

What if you realized the book you were reading was all about you? Disclaimer stealthily steals your attention and by the end holds you prisoner - a searing story that resonates long after the final words. When an intriguing novel appears on Catherine’s bedside table, she curls up in bed and begins to read. But as she turns the pages, she is sickened to realize the story will reveal her darkest secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyed!!

  • By MR on 24-04-15

Good story, well written

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

I found it took a while to get in to this book but once I was there I looked forward to listening to it whenever I could. The story was well written, weaving in in between past and present. The characters were not instantly likeable, but that did not seem to matter. The ending was unexpected but absolutely the right one. Recommended.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful