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  • The Gift of Rain

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin, Luke Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Penang, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. But when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted friend has been harbouring a devastating secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect novel

  • By SDY on 13-08-13

Incredible book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-17

One of the richest books I've listened to. I can't wait to listen to more of this author's work now.

  • The Mark and the Void

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Mark and the Void by Paul Murray, read by Charlie Anson. What links the Bank of Torabundo, www.myhotswaitress.com (yes, hots with an s, don't ask), an art heist, a novel called For Love of a Clown, a four-year-old boy named after TV detective Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, and a pest control business run by an ex-KGB man?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well read - and with patches of brilliance...

  • By Alison on 16-04-16

A modern day masterpiece!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-16

Without saying too much, this was one of the most relevant, articulate, inspiring and lucid books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.

I now know what everyone I know is getting for Christmas this year!

  • Beatrice and Virgil

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist; it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey - named Beatrice and Virgil - and the epic journey they undertake together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought Provoking

  • By Lucy on 03-07-10

Oh humanity

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-09-16

One of the best books I've listened to.
A book for our times, a book to remember
Searing

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,448

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

The most interesting book I've listened to in years

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-16

It's not often the I find my ideas about the world shaken to their roots.
I now think about the world, my place in it and the future fundamentally differently now. This is a must read fir anyone who wants to be a better human.

  • How to Build a Girl

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

It’s 1990. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly on local TV that she decides that there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde - fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! She will save her poverty stricken Bohemian family by becoming a writer - like Jo in Little Women, or the Brontes - but without the dying young bit. By 16, she’s smoking cigarettes, getting drunk, and working for a music paper.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard listening!

  • By Linfo2 on 13-06-16

I wish I'd read this when I was younger

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-16

Sometimes a book comes along that it totally comforting in it's refreshing honesty and joy.
I love the central character in this book. I know her. She makes me feel unashamed and happy and hopeful that one day, there will be female voices all throughout our society.
Thank you :-)

  • Artful

  • By: Ali Smith
  • Narrated by: Ali Smith
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Originally four lectures given by Ali Smith at Oxford University, Artful is a tidal wave of ideas in four thematically organised bursts of thought: On Time, On Form, On Edge and On Offer and On Reflection. Refusing to be tied down to either fiction or the essay form, Artful is narrated by a character who is haunted - literally - by a former lover, the writer of a series of lectures about art and literature. Full of both the poignancy and humour of fiction and all the sideways insights and jaunty angles you would expect from Ali Smith’s criticism

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Initially confusing, ultimately engrossing

  • By B. on 03-04-16

A feast of thought and art

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-16

Before this book, I think I have thought academia a waste of time....especially the study of literature and art. This unfurling of thought, infused with the magic of Synchronisity has totally undone my preconceptions.

It will inform my thinking for a long time and I might actually listen to it again...and probably again....it is so rich, I know I've barely touched the surface of it.

Thank you, people who brought this to fruition.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • According to Yes

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal, ruined the storyline; cringeworthy

  • By PoppyS on 29-03-16

Awesome

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-15

Just wonderful! Thank you for such a refreshing endearing hopeful entertaining story :-) I really enjoyed it and can only imagine anyone else would too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unforgotten Coat

  • By: Frank Cottrell Boyce
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

Two refugee brothers from Mongolia are determined to fit in with their Liverpool schoolmates, but bring so much of Mongolia to Bootle that their new friend and guide, Julie, is hard-pressed to know truth from fantasy as she recollects a wonderful friendship that was abruptly ended when Chingis and his family were forced to return to Mongolia. Told with the humour, warmth, and brilliance of detail which characterises Frank Cottrell Boyce's writing, The Unforgotten Coat is a magical and compelling story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By michael on 04-09-16

Engaging, interesting, relevant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-15

I found this story poignant, enjoyable and interesting
In a way, exactly the sort of story for our unknowable, strange and politicised times.

Apparently it us a book for young people, maybe it is also a book for people who want to understand more about refugees, but can't be doing with the news!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What Are You Looking At?

  • 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye
  • By: Will Gompertz
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 108

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of What Are You Looking At? by Will Gompertz, read by Roy McMilllan. What is modern art? Why do we either love it or loathe it? And why is it worth so much damn money? Join Will Gompertz on a dazzling tour that will change the way you look at modern art forever. From Monet's water lilies to Van Gogh's sunflowers, from Warhol's soup cans to Hirst's pickled shark, hear the stories behind the masterpieces, meet the artists as they really were, and discover the real point of modern art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Its a great listen. Intelligent and engaging.

  • By douglas on 16-09-16

Listen to words and look at pictures! Perfect

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-07-15

I really enjoyed looking at art on my iPad and listing to Roy read this book.
An unusual experience for this avid audible fan.
I really recommend it

  • H Is For Hawk

  • By: Helen MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Helen MacDonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

"Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson PrizeShortlisted for the 2014 Costa Biography Award‘. In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they’re the birdwatchers’ dark grail.’ As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Autobiography, superb audiobook.

  • By Chris Lilly on 30-01-15

A real feast of words

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-15

One of my favourite books of the past few years. An impressive marriage of ravenous life and sparkling intellect; a moving meeting between woman and bird; a portrait of England told forwards and backwards conjuring a felt, magic eye tapestry.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful