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  • The Book of Strange New Things

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Josh Cohen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

'I am with you always, even unto the end of the world . . .' Peter Leigh is a missionary called to go on the journey of a lifetime. Leaving behind his beloved wife, Bea, he boards a flight for a remote and unfamiliar land, a place where the locals are hungry for the teachings of the Bible - his 'book of strange new things'. It is a quest that will challenge Peter's beliefs, his understanding of the limits of the human body and, most of all, his love for Bea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for sci-fi fans, a compelling human story

  • By Anne on 26-10-14

Not just for sci-fi fans, a compelling human story

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

Reviewed: 26-10-14

I bought this audiobook having previously enjoyed The Crimson Petal and the White by the same author. This book could not be more different but was also a compelling listen.

The book is set in the near future but, although staged in sci fi territory, the story is concerned with human themes: relationships, the nature of faith, belonging.

The imagined world is detailed, fascinating and convincing and will satisfy sci fi fans . The underlying human themes develop slowly and the book is a thought provoking commentary on the nature of modern human relationships and connectedness.

Credit must go to the narrator who manages the challenge of an entirely new language with great skill.

I really enjoyed this book and the issues raised remained with me long afterwards. A thought provoking and intelligent listen.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,870

One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.… The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many different readers

  • By S. Hunt on 09-09-15

A writer at the top of his game

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

Reviewed: 29-09-14

The Bone Clock combines some of the best features of David Mitchell's previous novels in a wildly excitingly, sometimes hilarious, hugely varied epic.
The book consists of six different novellas, a similar structure to Cloud Atlas but perhaps with a more tangible connection between each part of the narrative. In parts it is reminiscent of Black Swan Green, particularly in the early narratives but there is also a strong theme of magic realism from the outset.
The six narrators are excellent and the variation in narratives made this book seem much shorter than 24 hours.
A wonderful, magical listen that made me long for more.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Corpse Bridge

  • Cooper and Fry, Book 14
  • By: Stephen Booth
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

The old Corpse Bridge is the route taken for centuries by mourners from villages on the western fringes of Derbyshire to a burial ground across the River Dove, now absorbed into the landscaped parkland of a stately home. When Earl Manby, the landowner, announces plans to deconsecrate the burial ground to turn it into a car park for his holiday cottages, bodies begin to appear once again on the road to the Corpse Bridge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book can we have the back catalogue please!

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-11-15

Peak District Thriller is Tense and Satisfying

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

Reviewed: 17-08-14

Stephen Booth goes from strength to strength with this book in the Ben Cooper/Diane Fry series. The characters are now well developed and the interplay between plot, character and location is excellent. The Corpse Bridge is intriguing and tense from the outset and the plotting is detailed and convincing.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Abattoir Blues

  • The 22nd DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

The 22nd novel in number-one best-selling author Peter Robinson's critically acclaimed DCI Banks series. When two boys vanish under mysterious circumstances, the local community is filled with unease. And when a caravan belonging to one of the youths is burned to the ground, and a bloodstain is discovered in a disused World War Two hangar nearby, things quickly become much more sinister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration

  • By jas on 15-04-15

Back to top form for Inspector Banks

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

Reviewed: 13-08-14

Listening to this was a delight, great characterisation and plotting, humorous and intelligent writing. Peter Robinson goes back to basics in this book, using the interplay of the Dales landscape and plot to great effect. The story begins with a fairly innocuous rural crime but builds steadily into an utterly gripping thriller.
The usual suspects all return to form in this novel, Banks, Annie, Dirty Dick and my favourite Winsome. I thought the last couple of outings for Bank were a bit tired but this one restored my faith.
The narrator was also very good, delivering a range of different voices with great skill.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,143

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

  • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

You could do better things with your time

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

Reviewed: 31-07-14

Than listen to this drivel.

A good title and high customer rating led me to believe that the book might be interesting. Moral is to read through the reviews.

Plodding, dull, implausible, predictable, puerile. The world does not need another vampire book.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Want You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 10
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Mrs on 19-06-14

Roy has passed his peak

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

This was a disappointment.
Firstly, the storyline was improbable to an irritating degree, relying on the stupidity and stubbornness of the main characters.
The plot seemed to go on and on with the police lagging several steps behind at all points.
Roy Grace's personal life is also becoming a bit of an irritation. How many more times is his ex wife going to pop up like a bad fairy only to fade away again?
I think this character and series has passed its sell by date.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Skeleton Cupboard

  • By: Tanya Byron
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Tanya Byron shares powerful stories inspired by her years of training as a clinical psychologist. The Skeleton Cupboard is professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers. Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant, and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and insightful

  • By Saffy on 24-05-14

A Fascinating Insight

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

Reviewed: 13-06-14

Although the author describes the characters in this book as 'constructs', each of the cases that she describes have a thoroughly authentic feel. The book is rooted in the authors experience and this comes across. The insights into the struggles of those coping with mental illness are valuable. Equally, the description of the role of the practitioner and the struggle to maintain professional detachment while remaining deeply affected by the patients' suffering is impressive.
I enjoyed this book and the narration and developed a better understanding of mental illness and its treatment as a result.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dr Wortle's School

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Dr Wortle's School introduces the unassuming Mr. Peacocke and his polite, newly-wed bride, as they join the teaching staff of an elite and exclusive Christian boys' school. Dr. Wortle, a devoted English scholar and the headmaster of the seminary academy, welcomes his two new teachers, confident that they will uphold the high standards of education at the school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr Wortle's School

  • By Arlene on 15-03-10

Great storytelling, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

This is a short, stand alone Trollope novel revolving around morality and the clergy. The characters are well drawn and the moral dilemma at the heart of the story is dealt with compassionately.
I have listened to the Palliser and Barcherster series and Timothy West's reading of Trollope is a great treat.
The book was published more than a century ago and some of the ideas and language are peculiar to that time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • You Will Never Find Me

  • By: Robert Wilson
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Charlie Boxer messed up his family life. First the army, then the police, then high-stakes kidnap and recovery, his ex-wife and daughter learnt to live without him as his work took him places no man can come back from unscarred. Trying to rebuild a relationship with Amy, his teenage daughter, hasn't been easy. But Charlie only realises just how wrong things have gone when he finds her empty room and a note: You will never find me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than the first book in the series

  • By Linda on 11-07-15

Exciting thriller verging on implausible

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

Reviewed: 01-06-14

This is an exciting thriller set in London and Madrid and the second outing for kidnap consultant Charles Boxer and his ex-wife, police officer Mercy. The plotting is intricate and multilayered but in parts somewhat implausible.
I have read a number of Robert Wilson's books and really enjoyed them. This is good , but it doesn't have quite the impact of the Javier Falcón series, in my opinion. Still, Robert Wilson and not quite his best is still produces an engrossing, well crafted and exciting gripping read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Farm

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: James Langton, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 356

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, the country of his mother's birth. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother... she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and unusual...

  • By Caro on 15-02-14

Unpredictable and absorbing psychological thriller

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

Reviewed: 19-05-14

This book is set partly in London, but the mystery unfolds in a remote rural location in Sweden. It is a very absorbing listen, a two handed narration with many unexpected twists. The descriptive writing is skilful, creating a claustrophobic and uneasy backdrop to the narrative. The characters are distinctive and the plot is clever - it is rarely clear what is real and what imagined.
The voices are excellent and believable, - a really important factor in a book about credibility and doubt.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful