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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,949
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,537

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Fun and lively

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Foul mouthed, dirty mind and smuggler, Jas is a naughty young-adult who gets out of her depth. Rosario reads Andy Weir's book that bucks the modern society view of life, making an African country the core to exploration of space/the moonbase, and staring a young female Saudi who couldn't care less about religious beliefs despite her fathers influence.
By listening/reading this book you are entering the mind of someone who appears to have spent their entire life surrounding themselves and dreaming about sci-fi, super heros and future thinking. It's an exciting forest to explore!

Rosario is brilliant in delivering the story to your hears and really helps to put a picture in your head on how the characters look.

  • Ep. 1: Blow-Ins (West Cork)

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

[Contains Mature Themes] West Cork, Ireland is an outpost at the edge of Europe. Rugged, windswept, and coastal, it was a region of farmers and fisherman until the 1960s, when it was discovered by the “blow-ins”—artists, urban runaways, and people who drove until the road ran out. It was a haven for those wanting to turn their backs on their old lives and start over. But then there was a murder in West Cork, and everything changed overnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By patcarroll on 01-02-19

Yawn

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

I couldn't be more bored when trying to listen to this rubbish. Do not listen when driving, sleep driving is illegal

  • Grey Sister

  • Book of the Ancestor, Book 2
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Helen Duff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487

The second novel in the brilliant new series from the best-selling author of Prince of Thorns. In Mystic Class, Nona Grey begins to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the Convent of Sweet Mercy, Nona must choose her path and take the red of a Martial Sister, the grey of a Sister of Discretion, the blue of a Mystic Sister or the simple black of a Bride of the Ancestor and a life of prayer and service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracking instalment

  • By Robyn on 16-05-18

Bit unsure about the inclusion of Durex

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

The inclusion of a tribe called Durex is a comical choice. But otherwise the book is great entertainment giving enough details to allow your imagination go wild picturing the environment and fight scenes, but not too much details, like other books I've read, that it just draws out every scene.

It's a nice refreshing concept for women to take centre stage, kicking the enemies behinds, poisons, special abilities, and the charm of Abiss Glass all worked extremely well by a master of story telling, Mark Lawrence.

  • The Seven

  • The Vagrant Trilogy
  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Years have passed since the Vagrant journeyed to the Shining City, Vesper in arm and Gamma's sword in hand. Since then the world has changed. Vesper, following the footsteps of her father, journeyed to the breach and closed the tear between worlds, protecting the last of humanity but also trapping the infernal horde and all those that fell to its corruptions - willing or otherwise. In this new age, it is Vesper who leads the charge towards unity and peace, with seemingly nothing standing between the world and a bright new future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, loss, imperfection and hope

  • By Lucy Hodge on 17-11-18

Jot is great with voices but can send you to sleep

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

Jot is one of the most gifted narrators around in terms of skills at doing different voices, this has shown in the entire trilogy, that said his voice is so calming it can easily make you sleepy or easy for the story telling to become more of a background noise that you're not paying attention to. I reckon he would be great at meditation books.

The story pretty much follows the same trend as the previous book, both of which are fairly different from the first in style. It's called the Vagrant Trilogy but to be honest the Vagrant himself is only really the star in the first book and his status as "world renown respected hero" has a weak story to how he became this status.

I did enjoy the humour of the baby and goats in the series though.

  • The Secret Lives of Introverts

  • Inside Our Hidden World
  • By: Jenn Granneman
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Is there a hidden part of you that no one else sees? Do you have a vivid inner world of thoughts and emotions that your peers and loved ones can't seem to access? Have you ever been told you're too quiet, shy, boring, or awkward? Are your habits and comfort zones questioned by a society that doesn't seem to get you? If so, you might be an introvert. On behalf of those who have long been misunderstood, rejected, or ignored, fellow introvert Jenn Granneman writes a compassionate vindication.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • be as you are

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-19

mostly a very interesting book.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

To get the bad out of the way. The section about love and romance droned on a fair bit too long and just made me think teenage girls wrote this section. There's other areas that can be misleading such over thinking. This isn't an introvert quality, my extroverted wife is constantly over thinking situations, and always focuses on all the negative possibilities rather than the positive ones.

Otherwise this book was really interesting. There is lots of #meto moments.

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Medieval EastEnders drama

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

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

Less "every day" and more "special" is needed in the story. I imagine if you enjoy watching EastEnders on TV, then you'll enjoy this story.

What was most disappointing about Rebecca Gablé’s story?

Putting a side the fact that I personally find it boring, it was also predictable and cheap in places, for example the moment Jonah fell in love with the queen, I almost crashed my car laughing.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The narrators bring a good mixture of voices and personalities. Having now listened to a few books with multiple people involved in telling the story, it's a rarity to find a solo reader who can bring such skills to a performance.

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  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur. In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Trina on 13-04-13

Fantastic narration of a life changing book

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

Having read the book several years ago, listening to this narration has allowed be to enjoy the book once again and reinforce my understanding of the subject discussed.

  • The Light Fantastic

  • Discworld 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264

The Great A'Tuin, the heroic turtle who supports the weight of the entire Discworld, not to mention four giant elephants, swims through the galaxy day and night with the burden of being the only creature who knows exactly where the universe is going. Philosophers have long debated where this is, and are due to find out in about 2 months. Shall they worry?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The start of the legendary series...

  • By J Whitney on 05-10-07

Enlightened

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

What did you like most about The Light Fantastic?

I had known about the discworld series for years but never read them. Now I am unsure if I could actually read them in book form having listened to the amazing narration by Nigel Planer who has this fantastic ability to represent character voices and their personalities. The stories themselves are fun, but his vocal ability take it to the next level, and Nigel is one of the few narrators on Audible who I feel is cable of reading books by himself, where I often feedback that most books need multiple narrators to help improve the performance, not the case with Nigel Planer.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think Rincewind is amazing, but Cohen the Barbarian just makes me smile every time he talks!

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

His voice, his ability to change his vocals for each character, his ability to put personality into each of the characters. So many narrators on audible "just read" the story. Nigel doesn't just read, he becomes the characters. I want to sit by a fire and listen to him telling me stories!

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

This book certainly makes me giggle.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,993
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,969

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

More voices would have helped

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

What did you like most about Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection?

The amount of content is phenomenal for the price of a single credit!

Would you be willing to try another book from Arthur Conan Doyle and Stephen Fry - introductions ? Why or why not?

I would probably get further books of this combination of author and reader, but it would be greatly enhanced if it had multiple actors involved, as listening to Fry reading for 70 hours does get a bit mono-boring.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too many to remember them all in detail.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,899

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shards of Pottery!

  • By Simon on 14-03-17

To use Eddie Redmayne was brilliant

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to be better than the print version?

I've not read the print version but have watched the movie and this is why having Eddie Redmayne do the reading was the perfect choice in my experience. Naturally having watched the movie first, I have Eddie's voice in my head when reading/listening to the story and if anyone has read it for audible, it might have ruined the experience in my mind.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Newt, because he is simply the star of the show!

Which character – as performed by Eddie Redmayne – was your favourite?

Newt

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

There is a film of this book already, but I would tag it something like "Newt's fantastic travels of the magical realm"