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  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 323

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good story!

  • By Krzysztof on 20-02-15

Could be better, much better

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

The first half of the book is great: it is fast paced, full of action, it just grabs your interest immediately. I love books like that! However, it gets worse and worse, with the cardboard cutouts of the characters, predictable actions aimed at “greater good for all” and totally unbelievable. And towards the end it becomes something so boring, that I had to put in on 1.5 speed in order to just finish it, every second of it cringing with shame for the author for writing this drivel.

The author has a great talent for writing fast paced action books and I really wish he just stuck to writing those, rather than trying hard to make “something with an unexpected twist”. I am sorry, but to me the story just does not make sense.

I read the author’s other books and to me they are all the same: a brilliant start and a slow descent into a very bad boring cringy ending. Good ideas poorly executed and very flat, unbelievable characters.

  • 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 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,398

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

Simply brilliant

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Claire North is a very talented author and, in my opinion, this is her best book so far. For me, one of her greatest strengths is her ability to show the world through the eyes of people with special, truly unique (and yes, supernatural) abilities. The book did make me wonder for a long time: what would I do if I could be reborn in the same life over and over again.

Claire also writes beautifully, and this book in particular leaves you with a feeling as though she went over it with a fine-tooth comb, ensuring that every single word is playing its essential role in the story.

A caveat: if you are looking for a fast-paced action-packed story, this book is probably not for you. I guess, it could be described as slow and melancholic in places, but these passages really do work wonderfully and, in my view, are essential for the story and the understanding of the main characters.

In one sentence: truly a great listen.

  • Jack Glass

  • By: Adam Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elliot Chapman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

Jack Glass is the murderer. We know this from the start. Yet as this extraordinary novel tells the story of three murders committed by Glass, the listener will be surprised to find out that it was Glass who was the killer and how he did it. And by the end of the book our sympathies for the killer are fully engaged. Riffing on the tropes of crime fiction (the country house murder, the locked room mystery) and imbued with the feel of golden age sci-fi, Jack Glass is another bravura performance from Roberts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • unusual and interesting

  • By D. Childs on 03-01-18

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I did not like this book. There were a lot of unnecessarily descriptive scenes and boring dialogs, which added nothing to the main story line. The story also didn’t quite work in my opinion, I lost interest very quickly and found myself having no interest whatsoever in what would happen next. The main characters were boring, two-dimensional and quite improbable. The personality of Jack Glass could have been explored much better in my opinion.

However, the author had created a very interesting world, I found myself wanting to find more about it, rather than having to get back to the story. I felt that the world is capable of so many potential other, more engaging stories, hence I give it 2 stars.

The narration was very good.

  • Bryant & May - Wild Chamber

  • Bryant and May, Book 14
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

The members of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit are on the case again when a dog walker is found dead. The method of the death is odd...the killer had no way in - or out - and the dog is nowhere to be seen. But the 'hows' and 'whys' of the murder are not the only mysteries, and it seems very likely that the killer is preparing to strike again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • first class!

  • By pixie on 27-06-17

Narration was just awful

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I honestly really wanted to like this book, but I just could not listen anymore to the awful, dreadfully slow narration. The voice of May sounded particularly annoying, with a speed of a few words per minute and a horrid voice undertones it just made it unlistenable for me. Sorry but this voice just made me want to vomit. I will be returning this book.

  • The Memory Illusion

  • Why You May Not Be Who You Think You Are
  • By: Julia Shaw
  • Narrated by: Siri Steinmo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Think you have a good memory? Think again. Memories are our most cherished possessions. We rely on them every day of our lives. They make us who we are. And yet the truth is they are far from being the accurate records of the past we like to think they are. True, we can all admit to having suffered occasional memory lapses, such as entering a room and immediately forgetting why or suddenly being unable to recall the name of someone we've met dozens of times. But what if we have the potential for more profound errors of memory?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • An unpleasant listen

  • By JR on 29-06-16

An unpleasant listen

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

Reviewed: 29-06-16

What would have made The Memory Illusion better?

I never thought I would actually catch myself saying this about a non-fiction book, but here it is: a less arrogant and less condescending tone of the book would have made it so much better and actually enjoyable! Sine the topic of the book is truly fascinating. However, together with the narrator's voice I found it a thoroughly unpleasant listen. On a plus side (from the few chapters I managed to listen to), the book seems to be convincing and easy to follow. From the negative side, even though I found myself agreeing with everything the author was saying, I kept finding myself wanting to actually disagree just because of the self-righteous tone of the book. I tried to keep listening, but since I was not getting any pleasure out of it - was unable to carry on, even though this was exactly the book I was waiting for - a scientific explanation of how memory and brain work. Such a shame! Will be returning it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Julia Shaw again?

No, absolutely not. The author's writing style is not for me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Siri Steinmo’s performances?

No, absolutely not.

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