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  • Wool

  • Wool Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Niamh on 23-01-13

In the Beginning

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

Reviewed: 30-03-14

Where does Wool rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I found the first storyline intriguing, and while I did not quite understand where the author was leading the reader, went along with him, even though it was a tad claustrophobic.

What other book might you compare Wool to, and why?

Set in the future, it portrays all life existing below ground level - a brave new world I did not want to associate with at all, and yet...

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susannah Harker?

I found the calm narration by Susannah Harker helps one to understand the various levels occupied by the characters who were there for a particular reason, and it was up to the reader to discover why.

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

So, while slightly ill at ease with the claustrophobic and at times, threatening environment, I was unable to break away.

Any additional comments?

I warn you in advance that one has to read or listen to the trilogy in its entirety to fully appreciate and understand Hugh Howey's credible creation.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Tooth

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 518

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies

  • By GC on 15-10-12

Sadly, not to taste.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-12

This is the first from an author long admired and respected. Having struggled to maintain interest to

complete the first part, I am waiting for a long wait in an airport or hospital before completing. The

narration and body of the character failed to combine into the 'heroine', and much of the time I listened,

I had the impression that Mr McEwan was being too clever by half, at my expense.

The essence of a story is to "believe" in the characters, whether they are good or bad. Unfortunately,

these personalities never came off the page.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Michel Thomas Method

  • Greek Introductory Course
  • By: Hara Garoufalia-Middle, Howard Middle
  • Narrated by: Hara Garoufalia-Middle, Howard Middle
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Learn another language the way you learnt your own. You learnt your own language naturally and enjoyably: now you can learn Greek in the same way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greek Introductory Course

  • By Anne on 02-01-10

This Method actually Works!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-11

About 10 years ago, after many holidays spent in Greece as well as covering the BBC Greek course, I attended Greek for Beginners evening class, and then embarked on the Improvers course - in total, a period of three academic years of evening classes, resulting in 'freezing' when attempting to speak the language. This was partly due to the written work being considered as an important part of 'homework'.

What a mistake! Although I now regret giving all my Greek Language text books and dictionaries away, it doesn't affect the enjoyment because one can relax and speak it as it comes and with a wonderfully, slightly zany character as teacher on the Introductory Programme , I'm at last having fun experiencing the language at the age of 79.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Mirth

  • By: Edith Wharton
  • Narrated by: Barbarra Caruso
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Lily Bart, a beautiful, intelligent, but penniless young woman, lives on the outskirts of New York's high society, craving the luxurious lifestyle of her wealthy contacts. But while Lily possesses the grace, taste, and morality of the ideal turn-of-the-century lady, her delicate innocence threatens her survival in that very world. As she fights to maintain her newfound place among the aristocracy, Lily struggles mightily against what lurks beneath all the glitter and gold - greed, vulgarity, and ruthless competition. In her brilliantly perceptive novel, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, the peerless, Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of Old New York, provides yet another heartbreaking glimpse into the world of manners, privilege, betrayal, and shocking falls from grace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Timeless Classic

  • By Iris on 16-03-09

A Timeless Classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-09

Dip into the book and below the title, and you find the painted smile of the classic clown whose tragedy is unstoppable.
I find myself returning to The House of Mirth almost as often as I go back to Pride & Prejudice. Both Wharton and Austen build their characters so well, one grows to know the fictional creations intimately.
Don't allow the customs or costumes deter as you enter the world of Miss Lily Bart of New York as she graces the fashion and tussles with the mores and challenges of early twentieth century America.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice [Audible Studios]

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Lindsay Duncan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 487

Pride and Prejudice has delighted generations of readers with its unforgettable cast of characters, carefully choreographed plot, and a hugely entertaining view of the world and its absurdities. With the arrival of eligible young men in their neighbourhood, the lives of Mr and Mrs Bennet and their five daughters are turned inside out and upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First of many

  • By DooeyDuck on 19-08-08

Perfect pitch

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-07

Irene Sutcliffe's delivery of Jane A's words conjure up the whole cast and leave me for one, spellbound and full of admiration. I aim to enjoy a new listen every month, but still return to P & P as an old friend, and have now lost count of the number of times I immersed myself in the splendid characterisation. The ease at which she single-handedly creates a group of individuals, proud, petulant, pedantic or brash, makes Jane Austen's most rounded and successful tale, sheer delight.

16 of 27 people found this review helpful