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  • The 5th Wave

  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Brandon Espinoza
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 375

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until Cassie meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope for rescuing her brother and even saving herself. Now she must choose....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I suspect it will split opinions

  • By Simon on 26-10-14

Low quality all round

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

Reviewed: 25-01-17

It seems to assume the listener loves guns and it sounds ike a right wing NRA commercial. The story is entertaining, if a bit silly. The male narrator painfully speaks each sentence as though it's the only sentence to be read. There's enough loose ends for a sequel. Please, no.

  • Giants of the Frost

  • By: Kim Wilkins
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

An epic saga of love, fate and betrayal.

Victoria has chosen career over love, but starts to question this decision when she finds herself working at a remote weather research station on a tiny island off the coast of Norway. In this world of midnight sunshine, the Old Gods still watch the affairs of humanity - one of them has become fixated on Victoria, certain that she is the reincarnation of a woman he fell in love with over a thousand years before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well.......

  • By Beccy on 20-06-15

Surprisingly Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

I don't usually like fantasy, but this had some themes that I thought might be interesting. For the first few chapters it seemed like it would be hard work., but then it got interesting., and then addictive, and by the end I was stopping up half the night to find out what happened next. The narrator deserves an award, doing all the weird and varied voices so convincingly. It's not perfect, but I'm surprised to say it's the best book I've listened to in quite a while.

  • Ordinary Thunderstorms

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

Adam Kindred, visiting London for a job interview, comes across a little Italian bistro as he walks along the Embankment, admiring the views. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, Adam's encounter leads to a series of accidents through which he will lose everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book, beautifully read.

  • By L. Fuchs on 24-09-09

Second rate reading of a second rate story

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

Reviewed: 13-02-15

It plods along like a b-movie. Things happen to suit the plot. Characters seem all alike. Narrator sounds bored. I almost gave up several times but there's just enough interest to get to the end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Half Way Home

  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Max Miller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Less than 60 kids awaken on a distant planet. The colony ship they arrived on is aflame. The rest of their contingent is dead. They've only received half their training, and they are being asked to conquer an entire planet. Before they can, however, they must first survive each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, weird production

  • By sandandstars on 26-01-15

Good story, weird production

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

Reviewed: 26-01-15

A long short-stpry. Usual Howey style - action, adventure, easy to read. No real sub-plots.
The audio is strange, with lots of what sound like patches - a few words or a sentence out of place, different intonation, different volume. Almost sounds sometimes like a different narrator. Not so bad as to spoil the experience, but strange.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Of Mice and Men

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Clarke Peters
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening

  • By KAREN on 10-09-11

Sad, but true-like

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Puts you in the life of two unusual characters. As long as you like the setting then it's an excellent book and well read.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Lyra's Oxford

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, Full Cast
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Lyra's Oxford opens two years after the conclusion of Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass in the comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon, Pantalaimon, sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird - a witch's daemon, on it's own - tumbles out of the sky, in search of a healing elixer to cure his witch of a strange new disease. Lyra and Pan decided to help - witches are friends, of course - but the closer their winding walk leads them towards the infamous Oxford alchemist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as ever

  • By Lorna Payne on 07-04-18

good little children's' story

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

Reviewed: 29-12-14

dramatised version, with separate voices and music. narrated by the author. generally the dramatisation works well. you need to have read one of his dark materials or seen the film golden compass to understand the world in which it's set properly.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the music

  • By DD Kaplan on 27-07-10

spoilt by the inane muzak

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

what idiot thought they could "improve" a classic book by mixing in long bits of cheap music to "set the scene" every few minutes. they must think their readers are stupid. what next? a "teaser" before each chapter? how about a commentator? celebrity endorsement? adverts? did Greene sell his book with a free record attached? it's a book. b. o. o. k. book.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Stamboul Train

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Aboard the Orient Express as it heads across Europe towards Constantinople, a relationship develops between Carleton Myatt and Coral Musker, a naive English chorus girl. Around them a web of espionage, murder and lies twist in this spy thriller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greene/Maloney - Audiobook Heaven!

  • By GC on 24-03-09

very good, bit complicated

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

another excellent story from greene, and well read. the complex use of language and multiple characters make it worth a second listen. as a book to relax to it needs a bit too much concentration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue

  • The Bern Saga, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Jennette Selig
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

It wasn't easy for Molly being the only girl in Flight Academy, but getting expelled was even worse. Abandoned by her family when she was young and now tossed from the only home she's ever known, her future looks bleak.

But then Molly hears that her father's old starship has turned up halfway across the galaxy. Setting off to retrieve the old craft, she hopes it will hold clues to his disappearance. Accompanying her as a chaperone is Cole, her old flight partner from the Academy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good yarn for children

  • By sandandstars on 04-12-14

A good yarn for children

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Would you listen to Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue again? Why?

No. There's not much story and it's for children.

What could Hugh Howey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Rewrite it now he knows how to write novels.

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

Jennette Selig makes it sound interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's nowhere near interesting enough for that.

Any additional comments?

It's like watching a low-budget sci-fi film on DVD. Useful to while away some time.

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Nineteen Eighty-Four is a classic dystopian novel by English author George Orwell. Published in 1949, it is set in the eponymous year and focuses on a repressive, totalitarian regime. Read by gritty and accomplished actor Philip Glenister from the acclaimed crime series Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration brings 1984 alive in 2009

  • By Scullywag on 08-10-09

A classic well read, apart from the annoying music

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

Reviewed: 04-12-14

Where does Nineteen Eighty-Four rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

1984 stands apart from most books. It's just a classic must-read (listen). Not that it's so amazing, but because it's as meaningful about life today as it was published in 1948.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Nineteen Eighty-Four?

"There are three groups in society; the top, who have all the privileges of the elite and who's job is to stay at the top, the middle, who are trying to replace those at the top, and the bottom, who mostly don't think at all." Ok, I may have changed it a bit...

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

Philip Glenister does an excellent job, but given the really annoying music the producers seem to think we need to hear every time something happens, I would think reading the book is probably better.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's a bit depressing for that.

Any additional comments?

Please, do not add music to books.