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  • A King of Infinite Space

  • By: Tyler Dilts
  • Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Long Beach, California homicide detective Danny Beckett is pouring the weekend's first shot of vodka when the call comes in: Elizabeth Williams, a teacher at nearby Warren High School, has been brutally murdered in her classroom. When Danny arrives at the school, the blood-spattered crime scene turns even his veteran stomach. What could this young woman have done to make her the target of such a violent attack?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed this book.

  • By Venetia on 26-04-15

Really enjoyed this book.

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

Reviewed: 26-04-15

What did you like most about A King of Infinite Space?

It was a very easy listen, neat plot line, likeable and believable characters. Most of all the narration by Alex Hyde-White is excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

It rolled along nicely and there were a couple of great surprises.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The one where we find out about Beth's father.

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

A Thriller with Heart

Any additional comments?

More narrations of thrillers, psychological thrillers and fiction from Alex Hyde-White please.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Gypsy Boy

  • By: Mikey Walsh
  • Narrated by: Mikey Walsh
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Mikey's family were Gypsies. They live in a closed community and little is known about their way of life. As he didn't go to school, the caravan became his world. But although Mikey inherited a vibrant culture, his family had a dark hidden history. Eventually Mikey was forced to make a decision – to stay and keep secrets, or escape and find somewhere to belong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really inspirational book

  • By Marilyn on 20-07-10

Extraordinary story of survival and love of family

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because it is a an insight into gypsy culture. It is one of the most violent books I have ever read. I was horrified and in awe all at the same time. The author is a courageous young man who should be applauded for his boundless love.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gypsy Boy?

The persecution of his boyfriend Calib.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can't say I "enjoyed" this book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It appalled me. It made my heart break for that little boy, and then that young man.

Any additional comments?

The author is the narrator and the job he does is truly amazing. No one else could have done this book justice in the same way. Beautifully read. I congratulate him. Writing this book was truly courageous but reading it aloud was beyond brave.

  • These Things Hidden

  • By: Heather Gudenkauf
  • Narrated by: Ali Ahn, Angela Lin, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Once the golden child of tiny Linden Falls, Iowa, Allison Glenn watches her reputation crumble as she is sent to prison for five years—convicted of a terrible crime. But what really happened that fateful night? Allison’s younger sister is the only other person who knows the truth. Now out of prison, Allison is more desperate than ever to set the record straight, but the revelation of the truth could have far-reaching consequences.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant book

  • By poppy on 04-03-16

This is a truly terrible book

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

Reviewed: 23-05-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This book could never be a 4 or 5 star listen.

What could Heather Gudenkauf have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Everything. The story was totally unbelievable, totally impossible and the self pitying, victim bearing characters were enough to make me want to throw my iPad out of the window. Ridiculous, morose and deeply irritating.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Well read if you like an earnest miserable book. Too earnest for my liking.

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

Anger!

Any additional comments?

How this book ever got published defies belief. Sometimes I admit a book is just not for me, but this one should be for no one. Horrible.

  • Calling Me Home

  • By: Julie Kibler
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Love doesn't play by the rules... Shalerville, Kentucky, 1939. A world where black maids and handymen are trusted to raise white children and tend to white houses, but from which they are banished after dark.Sixteen-year-old Isabelle McAllister, born into wealth and privilege, finds her ordered life turned upside down when she becomes attracted to Robert, the ambitious black son of her family’s housekeeper. Before long Isabelle and Robert are crossing extraordinary, dangerous boundaries and falling deeply in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle road trip

  • By Venetia on 13-12-13

A gentle road trip

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

Reviewed: 13-12-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. I loved it. A hard-hitting, touching story of love and loss, race and hopelessness and of the damage that society can subject its people to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I cannot choose between the two main characters. Both were well-crafted and rounded and one without the other is unthinkable. The story is dependent on the relationship between the two women and, therefore, the one complements the other.

What does Bahni Turpin and Lorna Raver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Both narrators were excellent and their readings added colour and character to the book. These readers were obviously very carefully chosen and the people who cast them have to be congratulated.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I cried at the end of this book. Both characters were very real to me, but the end was perfect.

Any additional comments?

A lovely gentle listen even though the story was harrowing at times.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Character

  • By BillyBlackBear on 21-03-14

This is a book for the school curriculum

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

Reviewed: 13-12-13

Would you listen to Twelve Years a Slave again? Why?

Absolutely. This book was touching, poignant, frightening and enlightening. Solomon Northrup was a courageous man and this is a story of hope and triumph. I loved listening to it and it was beautifully narrated.

What did you like best about this story?

I learnt a great deal about the slave era. I have read many fictional books on this subject and we all know the stories, but, this memoir was much more raw and authentic. I loved the character of Solomon Northrup and his factual, and understated emotional account was powerful and informative. It is an unforgettable story.

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

I haven't listened to this narrator before but I have to congratulate him on this performance. He read the story with exactly the right amount of emotion and at exactly the right tempo. I would love to hear him read again.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I found the book very emotional, although I did not laugh or cry. I think my over-riding emotion was shame. I am white. The slave owners were white. I am ashamed that any person from my race could ever have been so cruel.

Any additional comments?

An excellent book that I will never forget.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,325

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

This book is beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 13-12-13

What made the experience of listening to Rivers of London the most enjoyable?

Despite that fact that I gave this book a high score I didn't particularly enjoy it. However, I do think that it is well written and the characters are well rounded. The two main male characters are lifelike and eccentric with a healthy dose of cynicism. All in all for those that like this genre, I think this book would be very enjoyable.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ben Aaronovitch? Why or why not?

I would not read another one of Ben Aaronovitch's books because it was a little too far fetched for me. Also I'm afraid I didn't take to the concept of Mother and Father Thames. Once these characters appeared I lost the ability to "believe" in the story.

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've never listened to Kobna Holdbrook-Smith before, as far as I'm aware. However, I very much hope to listen to him again. I loved his narration and it was because of him that I didn't stop listening until the end of the first part of the book. I sincerely hope that I will have the pleasure of listening to him again. He is one of the few narrators who can truly "do voices" and listening to his characterisations was nothing but a joy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Sadly I couldn't finish the book, so listening to it in one sitting would be out of the question.

Any additional comments?

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre and I would certainly recommend the narrator. Even though I didn't finish the book I do feel that I got quite a lot out of it and so I will not be returning it.

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  • The Dead Tracks

  • David Raker, Book 2
  • By: Tim Weaver
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Seventeen-year-old Megan Carver was an unlikely runaway. A straight-A student from a happy home, she studied hard and rarely got into trouble. Six months on, she’s never been found. When missing persons investigator David Raker is hired by Megan’s parents to find out what happened, he recognizes their pain - but knows that the darkest secrets can be buried deep. And soon the conspiracy of silence leads Raker towards a forest on the edge of the city. A place with a horrifying history - which was once the hunting ground for a brutal, twisted serial killer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Saffy on 19-07-13

More of the Same

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

Reviewed: 29-10-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the story had been different from two of his other books. They are all too alike. I loved the first one I read, but got more disappointed by the next two.

Would you ever listen to anything by Tim Weaver again?

No.

What about Joe Coen’s performance did you like?

Very good.

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

Disappointment and boredom.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Over the Edge

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: Alexander Adams
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When the phone rings in the middle of the night, child psychologist Alex Delaware does not hesitate. Driving through the dream-lit San Fernando Valley, Alex rushes to Jamey Cadmus, the patient he had failed five years before - and who now calls with a bizarre cry for help. But by the time Alex reaches Canyon Oaks Psychiatric Hospital, Jamey is gone, surfacing a day later in the hands of the police, who believe Jamey is the infamous Lavender Slasher, a psychotic serial killer. Wooed by a high-powered attorney to build a defense, Alex will get a chance to do what he couldn't five years ago.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much detail

  • By Venetia on 26-09-13

Too much detail

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

Reviewed: 26-09-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. I lost interest about a third of the way through. There was just too much minute detail which held the story back so the pace was too slow.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Kellerman again?

Probably not.

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

Probably but I'm not good with looking at the names. However, I did think he was very good and would definitely hope to hear him again.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No.

Any additional comments?

I personally won't recommend this book despite the narration.

  • The Long Shadow

  • By: Liza Marklund
  • Narrated by: India Fisher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

A violent robbery has taken place in an affluent area of the Costa Del Sol, in which an entire family are killed. Annika Bengtzon is assigned to the story, and when she arrives in Spain and gains access to the crime scene, she is horrified to discover there was a third child - a teenage daughter - who is unaccounted for. Annika makes it her mission to find the missing girl. But as she delves into the mystery she becomes embroiled in a far darker side of Spanish life than she’d envisioned, as she begins to piece together a terrifying story of violence, abuse and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better if I'd listened to earlier books first

  • By Kirstine on 06-09-15

A good thriller

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

Reviewed: 15-09-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I would. It was well written, if a little confusing at times. The story was fast paced and quite engrossing.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked that it was based in the Costa del Sol and I was was interested to learn that there is a large community of Swedish people who have settled there. I don't think there is a "least interesting".

What about India Fisher’s performance did you like?

I think she read the book very well. She made voice distinctions between the characters that worked because they were not over the top and she didn't use accents - thankfully. A very well narrated book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No.

Any additional comments?

It was an original thriller.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 44 Scotland Street

  • 44 Scotland Street, Book 1
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Hilary Neville
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

The story revolves around the comings and goings at No. 44 Scotland Street, a fictitious building in a real street in Edinburgh. Immediately recognisable are the Edinburgh chartered surveyor, stalwart of the Conservative Association, who dreams of membership of Scotland's most exclusive golf club. We have the pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five-year-old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle read full of delicious humour

  • By Louise on 02-03-12

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 13-09-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

For me it lacked the liveliness of The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series. And I also found it incomplete.

What was most disappointing about Alexander McCall Smith’s story?

I felt it lacked a point.

What three words best describe Hilary Neville’s performance?

Good, clear, easy

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's well written

Any additional comments?

Perhaps it's just not for me.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful