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  • The Poisonwood Bible

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read

  • By metalwork on 22-09-10

Kingsolver is a master storyteller

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This book is brilliant - compulsory reading. Especially if one lives (or has lived) in Africa or the Colonies. Sensitively narrated and wonderfully written.

  • Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

  • By: Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 71

There were dozens of us on the ship, all ages, boys and girls, and we were all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye, I thought they were waving good-bye. None of us spoke. It was a grey day with drizzle in the air, the great sad cranes bowing to the ship from the docks as we steamed past. That is all I remember of England…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Poor Wee Boy...

  • By Jinty on 20-01-17

For children and adults

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

A compelling story, beautifully narrated. Written for the youth but it will be enjoyed by adults as well (I am ancient!)

  • Ayres on the Air 2

  • By: Pam Ayres
  • Narrated by: Pam Ayres
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Writer, poet, and broadcaster Pam Ayres has been making her fans smile for more than 30 years, since her first television appearance on Opportunity Knocks. This recording is taken from Pam's live shows for her BBC Radio 4 series Ayres on the Air and is packed with her usual mix of comic poetry, prose, and droll observations on life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listening

  • By Anonymous User on 02-09-18

Great Listening

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I am thoroughly enjoying Pam Ayers, but I do, so that's why I got this book! It is well-presented and fits perfectly with brief idle moments.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,318
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,308

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Disappointed

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I found this book disappointing. The content is factual, compelling and deserves to be widely shared. However, I think the story was rather naively described and the narrator made it sound like a dirge. A pity.

  • Let Me Sing You Gentle Songs

  • By: Linda Olsson
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In a wintry landscape in the Swedish countryside, the paths of two women cross. One bleak March evening, Veronika, a young writer, arrives in a small village in pursuit of stillness and solitude to enable her to come to terms with grief and loss, and to complete a novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great novel

  • By Anonymous User on 27-11-17

Great novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-17

I loved this book, subject matter, characters and descriptions. Finely wrought. Also an imaginative, sensitive narrator. I was totally absorbed.

  • Down Under

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

Australia has more things that can kill you than anywhere else. Nevertheless, Bill Bryson journeyed to the country and promptly fell in love with it. The people are cheerful, their cities are clean, the beer is cold, and the sun nearly always shines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Lynette Morris on 24-12-12

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Struggling to finish. Rather outdated. An annoying accent. But a typical Bryson travelogue. Some will enjoy.