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  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 607

Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other, for no one but Saunders could conceive it. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved 11-year-old son, Willie, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake

  • By L on 13-07-17

Complete gibberish as far as I can tell

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

Reviewed: 27-07-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

No idea

What will your next listen be?

Julian Barnes

Would you listen to another book narrated by the narrators?

Some of the narration is great - but I have no idea what they were narrating

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

Mystification. I started it again twice thinking I might not have been concentrating whilst I was gardening or driving - but once they got past Willie's death it just gets sillier and sillier

Any additional comments?

I listen to and read a lot of "literary" fiction - but this is just a waste of time or too experimental for my brain

44 of 50 people found this review helpful

  • Dominion

  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029

The Great Smog. London. A dense, choking fog engulfs the city and beneath it, history is re-written…1952. Twelve years have passed since Churchill lost to the appeasers and Britain surrendered to Nazi Germany after Dunkirk. As the long German war against Russia rages on in the east, the British people find themselves under dark authoritarian rule: the press, radio and television are controlled; the streets patrolled by violent auxiliary police and British Jews face ever greater constraints.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dominion: Fantastic and Atmospheric Novel!

  • By David on 21-11-12

Dreary and unconvincing

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-13

I have enjoyed the Shardlake novels though they get a bit repetitive.

this is just tedious. The basic premise is ridiculous - that everyone would be devoting resources to hunting someone who had just heard a few boastful words. Unless I was asleep at the time, noone ever explains how the Nazis even knew that these people existed - let alone that they had exchanged a few words about weapon research which could somehow unlock the secret of the bomb.

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  • Oxford Menace

  • By: Veronica Stallwood
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Kate Ivory should be writing her latest novel, but her partner wants her to concentrate on their burgeoning relationship. The last thing Kate needs is a cry for help from her young friend, Sam Dolby. Blake Parker is director of an Oxford research unit. If his team don't produce useful results soon, he faces losing funding. The last thing Blake needs is a violent attack on his lab by an animal rights group. Faced with competing demands, Kate agrees to keep an eye on Sam's girlfriend, Kerri, while he's away in China.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • awful

  • By no on 10-05-10

awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-10

I was recommended to this author whilst at the Sunday Times Lit Festival. Sadly misled. The story is risible - weird loony woman investigating series of murders entirely independent of the apparently mentally deficient police who never appear from beginning to end. Wow. The narration is unspeakably irritating and perhaps contributes to the overall stupidity. Rather like John and Janet do murder investigation embarassingly badly.

  • Seventy-Seven Clocks

  • Bryant and May, Book 3
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

The odd couple of detection, the brilliant but cranky Arthur Bryant and John May of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit, return in a tense, atmospheric new thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end. This time the detectives are up against a series of bizarre murders that defy human understanding, and a killer no human hand may be able to stop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am loving this book

  • By Elaine Calderwood on 04-11-07

absolute rubbish

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-09

really irritating-absolute rubbish- ludicrous stupid cynical nonsense

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Labyrinth

  • By: Kate Mosse
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 385

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Winner of the British Book Awards, Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year, 2006.

July 1209: In Carcassonne, a sixteen-year-old girl is given a mysterious book by her father which he claims contains the secret of the true Grail. Although she cannot understand the strange words and symbols hidden within, she knows that her destiny lies in protecting it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long and Laborious

  • By A Genealogist on 10-01-07

dull plodding and cliche ridden

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-06

I think you notice the cliches more in an audio book but I'm afraid Kate Mosse wouldn't ever use an original description or simile if a tired and well worn one first came to mind. Aren't editors supposed to guide their authors away from the well trodden path. The story would have been great otherwise.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Wives and Daughters

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Nadia May
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Set in English society before the 1832 Reform Bill, Wives and Daughters centers on the story of youthful Molly Gibson, brought up from childhood by her father. When he remarries, a new stepsister enters Molly's quiet life, the loveable, but worldly and troubling, Cynthia. The narrative traces the development of the two girls into womanhood within the gossiping and watchful society of Hollingford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely novel; wonderful reader (Nadia May)

  • By Jill on 10-10-06

fascinating book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-06

I read and listen to a lot of 19th century literature. Whilst you could not claim it has a lot of narrative drive - and you want to shake most of the characters a lot of the time - it was still very enjoyable. The good characters are convincingly good - and the mixed up characters are convincingly good at messing up their own lives and families. Mrs Gibson is a completely authentic pain in the neck. You would enjoy this book

3 of 3 people found this review helpful