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  • The Sealwoman's Gift

  • By: Sally Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best death scene written yet.

  • By cat on 10-06-18

Epic

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

it's not always easy, life today, but in this account we learn about sacrifice, true love and what it is to be human. Historical accuracy doesn't hamper but helps us understand a different life from a different time, and we learn to love the weakness of our protagonists as well as applaud their bravery. I was captivated. I loved the pace and the structure of a story strung out across a decade. good stuff.

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  • Bleak Expectations

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Series
  • By: Mark Evans
  • Narrated by: Anthony Head, Celia Imrie, David Mitchell, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

The complete collected series 1-5 of the gloriously daft Victorian romp Bleak Expectations. Gasp at the evil Mr Gently Benevolent, played by Mr Anthony Head! Weep at the trials of our young hero, Pip Bin, played by Master Tom Allen! Be moved to joy and sorrow by the remarkable narration of Mr Richard Johnson! Swoon at the fragile beauty of Pip's poor mama, played by Miss Celia Imrie! Wonder at the thespian prowess of Mr Geoffrey Whitehead as six different siblings!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One small problem

  • By Rian Peters on 01-08-17

Silly, witty and clever.

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

Reviewed: 25-04-18

What a shame this came to an end. I loved it from start to finish.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,829

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Brilliant & as relentless as The Stone Man himself

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

Where does The Stone Man rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've loved my burgeoning relationship with Audiobooks at Audible, and there are many books that have brought deep emotion out of me - and I have a list for those.

The Stone Man is a completely different experience and so exists on it's own list. It's a fantastic #1, open mouthed, tense, experience of an audiobook and I recommend it wholeheartedly.. Brilliantly structured, and equally as powerful as it is frustrating as we will our (anti) heroes on-wards, thinking of ways that we can help them in a seemingly helpless situation.

We're in it together.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters, were very well rounded, and compelling. In fact one triumph for the book, is that the characters develop as the suspense takes hold. As Luke intended, some of the main characters develop unpredictably - which is compelling, whilst The Stone Man itself is stoic and immovable. This is what makes us human. So my preference is for Paul - the common man - working hard to make sense of it all - with a duty to mankind and compassion - but driven by survival at all times.

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

The range of Matt Addis is sensational, as he comfortably moves between accents, genders and ages, without breaking stride. His character's were completely believable and his sense of urgency help drive the tension onwards, onwards, onwards.

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

In a word "No", it was exhilarating and exhausting at the same time time. I confess I listened to half of Matt Addis' masterclass at X1.25 speed which as well as being disconcerting drove the tension even further. A superb Story line, intricate and brilliant but as relentless as The Stone Man himself.

Any additional comments?

I'm not going to give away the ending, but I have to nod at Luke's personal touch as the audiobook draws to a close. Respect is due.

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