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  • Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling

  • By: Emer McLysaght
  • Narrated by: Amy McAllister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

Aisling is 28 and she’s a complete...Aisling. She lives at home in Ballygobbard (or Ballygobackwards, as some gas tickets call it) with her parents and commutes to her good job at PensionsPlus in Dublin. Aisling goes out every Saturday night with her best friend, Majella, who is a bit of a hames (she’s lost two phones already this year - Aisling has never lost a phone). They love hoofing into the Coors Light if they’re 'Out' or the vodka and Diet Cokes if they’re 'Out Out'.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light and Pleasant book

  • By Ann D on 30-12-18

Lighthearted and humorous

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

The storyline was that of a girls comfort book, very easy to listen to, not too complicated to follow. Ordinarily, I love the Irish accent, the thicker the better. However, I found this narrators tone a little too coarse and then a little too piercing to be relaxing. On hearing a few sound bites my daughter likened it to fingernails being drawn across a chalk board.

  • The House We Grew Up In

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Karina Fernandez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

The Bird children have an idyllic childhood: a picture-book cottage in a country village, a warm, cosy kitchen filled with love and laughter, sun-drenched afternoons in a rambling garden. But one Easter weekend a tragedy strikes the Bird family that is so devastating it tears them apart. Many years later something will call them home, back to the house they grew up in - and to what really happened that Easter weekend all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the house we grew up in

  • By AmyAlice on 02-12-13

Thoroughly enjoyed!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

What a beautiful assortment of emotional, dysfunctional family behaviour. Great plot, clear narration, thoroughly enjoyed.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By madeleine davitt on 06-05-18

Lacked substance

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

I persevered through to chapter 9 but still could not get my teeth around any kind of storyline. Each chapter a new character identified, each chapter detailed description of the winds, the shoreline, this God, that God but nothing of substance to.join them together. With this my focus turned to the narrator who began to sound slightly annoying. Talking as though constantly rising from a deep slumber with particular emphasis on the "t's" in pronunciation. I tried, I did not like, I returned.

  • One Enchanted Evening

  • By: Anton Du Beke
  • Narrated by: Julian Ovenden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 267

Inside the spectacular Grand Ballroom of the exclusive Buckingham Hotel the rich and powerful, politicians, film stars, even royalty rub shoulders with Raymond de Guise and his troupe of talented dancers from all around the world, who must enchant them, captivate them and sweep away their cares. Accustomed to waltzing with the highest of society, Raymond knows a secret from his past could threaten all he holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One Enchanted Book

  • By Ville Girl on 09-11-18

Great story

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

The story itself is a pleasurable tale. A 'Rich man Poor man's' romance with a twist that gives a view of 1930s London from behind the scenes of the opulent Buckingham hotel. The performance was marred slightly by the incessant swallowing and mouth sounds of the narrator. I loved his voice but felt the mouth sounds should have been edited out.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 434

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC !!!!

  • By helend on 26-09-18

A bit of a chore! Slow story

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

The overly descriptive manner of this book swamps the story line. Often I'd be listening and my mind would wander but there'd be nothing to pull my mind back to the book. I've had 4 x 40 minute drives listening to this book but there is not enough storyline to motivate me to listen to it at home. I've returned it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heads You Win

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Heads You Win is the incredible and thrilling novel by the master storyteller and best-selling author of the Clifton Chronicles and Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer. Leningrad, Russia, 1968. Alexander Karpenko is no ordinary child, and from an early age, it is clear he is destined to lead his countrymen. But when his father is assassinated by the KGB for defying the state, he and his mother will have to escape from Russia if they hope to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-11-18

OK but lacked the old Archer substance

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

A few chapters in I wondered whether to rewind to establish how the single family was split 2 ways. I did but then slightly irritated, decided it was intentionally vague. I expected clarity as the plot thickened but actually it never came. I am an ardent Jeffrey Archer fan and must admit to being quite disappointed with his latest offering.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Half of a Yellow Sun

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Zainab Jah
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my living memory

  • By julie on 19-10-17

I desperately wanted to finish it but...

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

...well but sadly there was not enough of a story. I felt duty bound to stick with it to learn about the terrors of the war in Nigeria. However in the end, in addition to the weakish storyline, the nasal, Anglo pretentious accent of the narrator got to me and I switched it off for good.

  • The Burning Chambers

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Hattie Morahan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Bringing 16th century Languedoc vividly to life, Kate Mosse's The Burning Chambers is a gripping story of love and betrayal, mysteries and secrets; of war and adventure, conspiracies and divided loyalties....   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A special time and a special place

  • By Beady on 20-05-18

Too many characters doing nothing in particular

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

The rate at which characters are introduced in this book was confusing for me. I found the story line fragmented because of the different locations and myriad of characters that lacked development. I found it difficult to attach a purpose to each character and follow whether they were good or bad from chapter to chapter.

I am almost at the end of the book now and even as I appear to approach its climax the storyline is wanting. I will probably return this.

The narrator has a very soothing voice and is typically the type of tone I enjoy listening to.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Man's Footsteps

  • Roy Grace, Book 4
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

From the ashes of mass destruction.... Amid the tragic unfolding mayhem of the morning of 9/11, failed Brighton businessman and ne'er-do-well Ronnie Wilson sees the chance of a lifeline: to shed his debts, disappear and reinvent himself in another country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant suspense and intrigue

  • By r on 06-10-08

Weak storyline difficult to follow

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

I loved the narrator in this book but struggled to finish it. The book jumps between 2001 and 2007 without having a very clear storyline / common characters to pin it all together.

  • Whiteout

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Sally Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Filled with startling twists, Whiteout is the ultimate knife-edge drama from Ken Follett - an international best-selling author who is in a class of his own. As a blizzard whips down from the north on Christmas Eve, several people converge on a remote family house. Stanley Oxenford, director of a pharmaceutical research company, has everything riding on a drug he is developing to fight a lethal virus.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read

  • By fran on 28-02-17

Believable plot. Great accents well narrated.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I enjoyed the plot and somehow a female narrator reading male parts didn't bother me as much as it usually does.