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Keith Murphy

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  • The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr

  • By: Frances Maynard
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Elvira Carr is 27 and neuro-atypical. Her father - whom she suspects was in the secret service - has passed away and, after several Unfortunate Incidents growing up, she now spends most of her time at home with her overbearing mother. But when her mother has a stroke, Elvira is suddenly forced to look after herself or risk ending up in sheltered accommodation. Armed with her Seven Rules, which she puts together after online research, Elvira hopes to learn how to navigate a world that's full of people she doesn't understand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Carole on 22-08-18

i couldn't put this down

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

a lovely story from start to finish - it was very reminiscent of Eleanor Oliphant

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,949
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,206
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,189

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a human story

  • By Amy Featherstone on 03-12-18

Not for me - pedestrian story and storytelling

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

Reviewed: 26-11-18

I was disappointed with this book. I don't know what I expected but I found the story itself uninteresting and couldn't engage with her. Michelle Obama is a great public speaker but not a great audio-book reader. Her tone becomes repetitive and tiring very quickly. Maybe towards the end it picks up but I gave up after the first hour or so. I returned this title.

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  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139

When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Outsider Stands Tall

  • By Simon on 24-05-18

Fantastic unputdownable read!

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I loved the Mr. Mercedes books, two of which I listened to on audio. The narrator is brilliant - he keeps you inside the story the whole time. I'm a big Stephen King fan and I especially love these recent books. The last book I read was the Dark Half and there are definite similarities but all in a good way. Can't recommend this book enough

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  • The Dark Half

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

The sparrows are flying again. The idea - unbidden, inexplicable - haunts the edge of Thad Beaumont's mind. Thad should be happy. For years now it is his secret persona, George Stark, author of superviolent pulp thrillers, who has paid the family bills. But now Thad is writing seriously again under his own name, and his menacing pseudonym has been buried forever. And yet...the sparrows are flying again, and something is terribly wrong in Thad Beaumont's world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Gambino on 27-08-16

slow to start then a gripping pageturner

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

I loved this book. I was surprised I'd not read it before. Really draws you in, small cast of characters keeps the focus on the story.

  • Flowers for Algernon

  • By: Daniel Keyes
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

Charlie Gordon, a floor sweeper born with an unusually low IQ, has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that doctors hope will increase his intelligence - a procedure that has been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. All Charlie wants is to be smart and have friends, but the treatment turns him into a genius. Then Algernon begins to fade. What will become of Charlie? Read by Adam Sims.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He may forget himself but you never will

  • By Kaggy on 05-09-17

amazingly moving powerful classic!

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

this book is a must read - utterly amazingly well told. I found myself rechecking the year of publication - hard to believe it was written in the 60s. The reader does the book a true service - he is amazing! Very moving story and performance a real tour de force. I will reread this and I think the story will stay with me for a long time

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

Not your average time-warp!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Would you listen to A Gift of Time again? Why?

Yes! I think I would get more out of it. It was mind-warpingly enjoyable

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Gift of Time?

There were several moments I though I knew where the story was going only to be proved wrong again and again!

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

He manages to pull off a Southern drawl without being remotely annoying. He connects so well with the content you get completely drawn in.

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

I laughed at being surprised and outwitted by the author!

Any additional comments?

A great read! A genuine original

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,358

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Déjà vu all over again

  • By S. Kingston on 07-07-14

an interesting idea for a story

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

although I was happy to finally get to the end of this book. a good solid 4 stars, worth a listen

  • Carrie

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: José Posada
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

El escalofriante caso de una joven de apariencia insignificante que se transformó en un ser de poderes anormales, sembrando el terror en toda la ciudad. Con pulso mágico para mantener la tensión a lo largo de todo el libro, Stephen King narra la atormentada adolescencia de Carrie, y nos envuelve en una atmósfera sobrecogedora cuando la muchacha realiza una serie de descubrimientos hasta llegar al terrible momento de la venganza.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Keith Murphy on 26-08-17

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 26-08-17

problems with audio in chapter 26 otherwise a great listen. As a non native Spanish speaker I enjoyed this version very much and found the reader to be excellent

  • Excession

  • Culture Series, Book 5
  • By: Iain M. Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

Two and a half millennia ago, the artifact appeared in a remote corner of space, beside a trillion-year-old dying sun from a different universe. It was a perfect black-body sphere, and it did nothing. Then it disappeared.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story, better narration

  • By Marc on 22-03-13

hard to follow, confusing barrage of names

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

Reviewed: 08-06-17

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

Nothing - this book just wasn't for me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Iain M. Banks again?

I might try a shorter novel. Some of the ideas we novel and interesting.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Excession?

I would edit the ship to ship communication scenes which include long numeric sequences and don't translate well to audio

Any additional comments?

I found it very hard to follow the story and lost interest half way through.