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  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,711

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Does not live up to its potential

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

Fantastic idea but that’s it. Yet again it proves that just because someone has one great idea it does not make them a great writer. The story is predictable, mundane and sentimental. There is no humor or excitement, the language and the writing are boring and lack sophistication and passion. None of the characters or scenes work either on an emotional or an intellectual level.
The reader sounded as bored with the book as the audience and that didn’t help either. This idea would have deserved better writing, more exciting plot, fewer cliches and much better reading. Sorry to be so blatant but I spent the last 10+ hours with this book and I just felt this missed opportunity every second of it. Hopefully in a parallel universe a different Blake Crouch has written a better version of this book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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

The most rewarding experience

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

Listening to this book pretty much uninterruptedly has been one of the greatest experiences. The story is gripping and beautiful. Explores such depths and nuances of the human experience only a life distorted by the horrors and terrors of a war can adequately represent. We, the lucky generation who has no experience of war, can only hope to get a chance to face who we really are and be proud or ashamed of ourselves - or probably both as we are all fallible and when facing decisions we never know their impact on how we perceive ourselves and how the world will judge us.
This book has made me think a lot about pre-destination, spirituality, and most importantly the pointlessness of judgement and grudge. Beautifully written, impeccably performed a true treasure of a book.

  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,827

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well read

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-12-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

Really enjoyed this. What a treat. Really appreciate the gesture.
Fantastic narration, great selection of stories and the narrative framework is fantastic.

  • The Cows

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O'Porter, Karen Cass, Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Hippynat on 24-05-17

Can’t make up my mind about his one

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

I did enjoy listening to this story despite its banality and predictability. I didn’t like any of the characters, but then nobody is likeable in life either.
Some useful lessons to remember about judgement and cruelty.

  • The Sparsholt Affair

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: David Dawson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

In October 1940, the handsome young David Sparsholt arrives in Oxford. A keen athlete and oarsman, he at first seems unaware of the effect he has on others - particularly on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist and destined to become a writer himself. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove: an ephemeral, uncertain place in which nightly blackouts conceal secret liaisons....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good - not extraordinary

  • By Tamas Lorincz on 05-03-18

Good - not extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 05-03-18

A very reliably good story with some wonderful characters, cleverness of plot, carried along by the beauty of the English language. Beautifully crafted, heart breaking story that leaves you with that familiar Hollinghurst-iesq sense of loss, emptiness, desperate love, quest for beauty, and the ultimate frustration of having lost the battle with time.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Natural Born Heroes

  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

When Chris McDougall stumbled across the story of Churchill's 'dirty tricksters', a motley crew of English poets and academics who helped resist the Nazi invasion of Crete, he knew he was on the track of something special. To beat the odds, the tricksters - starving, aging, outnumbered - tapped in to an ancient style of fitness: the lost art of heroism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous book

  • By Gabrielle Dickinson on 25-08-15

You want to listen this over and over

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

Reviewed: 20-02-18

If you could sum up Natural Born Heroes in three words, what would they be?

Thrilling, motivating, enlightening

What other book might you compare Natural Born Heroes to, and why?

None that I can think of. It;s one of a kind.

What about John Chancer’s performance did you like?

Fantastic. Not very keen on American narrators usually but Mr Chancer gave a fantastic, well paced, enthusisastic reading of this brilliant book.

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

With every minute of listening to this book I felt my passion for running, history, and human achievement growing.

Any additional comments?

This books is so many things that it's impossible to describe. Lifestyle guide, history, self-help, recipe, you name it. A crazy parkour ride across continents, places, ages. It was a pleasure, through and through.

  • Running Man

  • A Memoir
  • By: Charlie Engle
  • Narrated by: Charlie Engle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

After a decade-long addiction to crack cocaine and alcohol, Charlie Engle hit bottom with a near-fatal six-day binge that ended in a hail of bullets. As Engle got sober, he turned to running, which became his lifeline, his pastime, and his salvation. He began with marathons, and when marathons weren't far enough he began to take on ultramarathons, races that went for 35, 50, and sometimes hundreds of miles, traveling to some of the most unforgiving places on earth to race.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By MR P G JEREMIAH on 21-09-16

So much more than a book about running

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

Reviewed: 27-10-17

Started off expecting a book about running. Turned out to be an amazing journey into what it means to be human. At times heartbreaking at times very funny

  • The Invention of Nature

  • The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, the Lost Hero of Science
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) is the great lost scientist: more things are named after him than anyone else. There are towns, rivers, mountain ranges, the ocean current that runs along the South American coast; there's a penguin, a giant squid - even the Mare Humboldtianum on the moon. His colourful adventures read like something out of a Boy's Own story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Andy on 05-01-17

What a journey

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Fantastic book. The narrator took a bit of heating used to but otherwise a fascinating tale very well written. Amazing characters and a vivid description of the immense challenges Humboldt and his contemporaries had to endure to satisfy our insatiable appetite for knowledge. A great reminded of the debt we owe these early heroes of science. And what an absolutely amazing person Humboldt has been. Every chapter of his life is worth a book of its own. What a loss for us that the greedy, stupid and evil East India Company denied his journey to the Himalaya...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 4 3 2 1

  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Paul Auster
  • Length: 36 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 326

On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I honestly tried to get through this.

  • By Andrea Heaton on 11-05-18

What a treat

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

Reviewed: 25-08-17

Enjoyed every minute of this epic ride. The story, the narration, the history, the characters. Perfect joy.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • To Hell and Back

  • Europe, 1914-1949
  • By: Ian Kershaw
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 24 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

In the summer of 1914 most of Europe plunged into a war so catastrophic that it unhinged the continent's politics and beliefs in a way that took generations to recover from. The disaster terrified its survivors, shocked that a civilization that had blandly assumed itself to be a model for the rest of the world had collapsed into a chaotic savagery beyond any comparison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By sarah on 03-04-16

Everything you need to know about how the Europe we know today came about

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Loved the book. I really enjoyed the author's passionate support of democracy and European values, as well a the broad picture he has painted of societies within Europe on their own and their role in shaping the politics and society of those four amazing, fascinating and scary decades.
I would have liked the narrator to avoid the stereotypical accents - they didn't add to the otherwise fantastic reading. Thanks for the long hours of true entertainment and learning.