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  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 936

What if they hadn't gone? That's the question Clementine can't stop asking herself. It was just a backyard barbeque. They didn't know their hosts that well. They were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no. But she and her husband, Sam, said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn't do that beautiful winter's day. Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. It's a normal weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book the authors best work

  • By Mrs on 30-07-16

So much guilt

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

I was reading the book on kindle & listening in my iPod in parallel and it was not a light experience. Every single page of this book should be watermarked with huge "trigger warning" signs. Wow.

  • Eileen

  • By: Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

The Christmas season offers little cheer for Eileen Dunlop, an unassuming yet disturbed young woman, trapped between her role as her alcoholic father's carer and her day job as a secretary at the prison. When the charismatic Rebecca Saint John arrives as the new counsellor at the prison, Eileen is enchanted and unable to resist what appears to be a miraculously budding friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic reader made this good, wouldve struggled otherwise

  • By ziiigggg on 19-03-17

Brilliant. And disturbing. And very repulsive.

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

Reviewed: 27-04-18

Eileen is unpleasant. And no matter how well the book about Eileen is written (it is actually great), it does not appeal to me as a reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Calling Major Tom

  • By: David M. Barnett
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

Calling Major Tom is a funny, uplifting tale of friendship and community about a man who has given up on the world...but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. We all know someone like Thomas. The grumpy next-door neighbour who complains to the residents' committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don't have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feeling Blue?

  • By Jumpin' Bean on 19-07-17

Little Britain oddity

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Here is another book about a broken person becoming less broken, and despite all the improbable circumstances and setting, the story itself feels quite real and full of hope. Perhaps, it is somewhat like believing in fairies, but I do believe in happier (although not necessarily very happy) endings. Also, there seem to be a lot of grumpy and/or dysfunctional fictional characters recently, and there are plenty of similarities between Major Tom and Fredrik Backman's Ove, but in the end I could only relate to Major Tom. Maybe it is the age of a character that makes a difference, but maybe it is the cardboard-ish feeling left by Ove.

  • Jane Steele

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Susie Riddell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Like the heroine of the novel she adores, Jane Steele suffers cruelly at the hands of her aunt and schoolmaster. And like Jane Eyre, they call her wicked - but in her case, she fears the accusation is true. When she flees, she leaves behind the corpses of her tormentors. A fugitive navigating London's underbelly, Jane rights wrongs on behalf of the have-nots whilst avoiding the noose. Until an advertisement catches her eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jane eyre meets dexter.

  • By Tamaz on 19-07-18

*heart*

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I liked Jane Eyre even though it was not always easy to agree with her (tempora, mores - all this shit), and I like (not so) murderous Jane Steele even more as the only times I disagree with her is when she is drowning herself in a pool of self-accusatory thoughts.

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An historical eye opener

  • By Ellen on 07-07-17

not worth the time spent on reading/listening

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

The Alice network would make a decent movie, even a good one if actors do their job well, but it's quite a bore of a book. It is predictable, it is full of clichés, and, honestly, it is overfilled with the word "whore".

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,672

Big Brother is watching you.... 1984 is the year in which it happens. The world is divided into three superstates. In Oceania, the Party’s power is absolute. Every action, word, gesture and thought is monitored under the watchful eye of Big Brother and the Thought Police. In the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s department for propaganda, Winston Smith’s job is to edit the past. Over time, the impulse to escape the machine and live independently takes hold of him and he embarks on a secret and forbidden love affair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent narration.

  • By Chris on 20-12-16

only getting better with age

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I first read 1984 when I was 15 or 16, and I thought something like "OK, it's a bit too much, and somebody here was really unimpressed by all these dictators' moustaches". I still stay on the point with the moustache and I cannot stop seeing Big Brother as Stalin with somewhat anglicised hairdo, but I reviewed my opinions about the characters. I trust them more and I expect less of them. As for narration, it is great. I was worried that 1984 isn't exactly a book for listening to but it worked out really well.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special

  • By Jordan Brewitt-Taylor on 13-08-17

I tried to like it

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

But I could not. I really liked the protagonist before and outside of the "love story", but then this love story tore the chains and took over the whole book like a mad baboon. It was my general impression that the author has a better idea of how to set up the story and create a sense of drama than how to develop a conflict and wind the whole tale up. The ending was so dissatisfying, I almost decided to never read anything but "Oblomov" again.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Vintage Caper

  • By: Peter Mayle
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Hollywood lawyer Danny Roth is the victim of a world-class wine heist – and he is devastated. Sam Levitt, former corporate lawyer, wine connoisseur, and expert on cultivated crime, is called in by Roth’s insurance company, now saddled with a multi-million-dollar claim. His leads take him first to Bordeaux’s magnificent vineyards and then to glorious Provence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story of greed and intrigue

  • By Jonathan G on 01-12-15

Never. Read. This.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

Unbelievably uneventful book flourishing with snobbery and false sense of superiority of one sort of rich people over other sort of reach people. Nah.

  • Anne of the Island

  • By: Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In the continuing story of Anne Shirley, Anne attends Redmond College in Kingsport, where she is studying for her BA.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Third Book in Series

  • By Dwyllie on 26-04-18

Terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

All off the books about Anne Shirley are wonderful, but this narration is killing all the pleasure. It is absolutely impossible to follow the text as Alan Munro makes pauses in random places and reads everything with no emotions whatsoever.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,282

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

Could be so much better

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

The book is good, and it is great to be able to have it in audio format, but it would be so much better if foreign words and names were pronounced correctly even if accented. Half of the time I could not understand what Russian/Polish words were used in text and had to go to the e-book version.