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  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

  • By Alex on 18-11-16

Wonderful reading

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

Reviewed: 24-07-17

What did you like most about His Bloody Project?

Evocation of a past society.

What other book might you compare His Bloody Project to, and why?

The suspicions of Mr Witcher

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

Amazement of how people were treated then and how this was considered normal.

Any additional comments?

Fantastic narration. Excellent subject.

  • 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

Slow to take off

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

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

It was enjoyable.

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

The slow burning. Both good and bad.

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

Not much

Was Eileen worth the listening time?

It was ok

Any additional comments?

Would have liked a clear resolution. It was not the kind of novel that benefits from loose ends.

  • Outline

  • By: Rachel Cusk
  • Narrated by: Kate Lock
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

A woman writer goes to Athens to teach a writing course. Though her own circumstances remain indistinct, she becomes the audience to a chain of narratives, as the people she meets tell her one after another the stories of their lives. The more they talk the more certain themes begin to emerge: the experience of loss, the difficulty of intimacy, and the mystery of creativity itself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Appalling Performance

  • By Vinca on 20-09-15

Spoiled by the narration

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

What would have made Outline better?

It would have been preferable to have a straight narration, rather than an actorly audible interpretation, of the text

Has Outline put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

What didn’t you like about Kate Lock’s performance?

She tried to give an audible character to the people in the book. The interpretation was over the top and did not match my view of the characters.

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

Disappointment

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and memorable

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-15

Atkinson surpasses herself

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

What made the experience of listening to A God in Ruins the most enjoyable?

The plot and the straight narration by Alex Jennings

What other book might you compare A God in Ruins to, and why?

Life after Life. Atmosphere and evocation of period.

Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favourite?

Teddy, of course

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The one but last chapter.

Any additional comments?

Read it. I did not think Life after life could be bettered. It was. Just.