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  • Close Your Pretty Eyes

  • By: Sally Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Eleven-year-old Olivia Brown has been in care since she was five. She has just been asked to leave her eighteenth placement. Her new home is a secluded farmhouse, centuries old, where she slowly bonds with her foster family. But the house holds dark secrets. The danger is real - but does it come from the twisted mind of a very disturbed child?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shouty

  • By C on 13-05-16

I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 17-01-14

If you could sum up Close Your Pretty Eyes in three words, what would they be?

Hard-hitting, heart-jerking, brilliant

What did you like best about this story?

Olivia makes me want to help kids like her

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Yes! The whole time we are getting to know Olivia we are trying to decide if we are going to trust her or not, and somewhere in the fighting and fear you realise that you love her whether or not she does turn out to be the anti-hero

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

Nothing! The narrator was wonderful!

Any additional comments?

Buy it. Listen. You're welcome!

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334

Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn't get out much - not because she's not pretty - she's a very cute bubbly blonde - or not interested in a social life. She really is . . . but Sookie's got a bit of a disability. She can read minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god and just in time!!

  • By Sophie on 25-10-09

No idea I was buying Erotica- it should be labled!

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

Reviewed: 30-12-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

One of the other reviewers wrote "50 Shades of Vampire". I wish she'd had her review up when I bought this.The story was pretty good, but I couldn't finish it, though I think that the book was well written and if you like that kind of thing you would propbably really like this book. The reader was really engaging and I loved the story line, mostly.The thing I didn't like was the graphic, sometime barbaric- bordering on rape (the scene in the cemetary) sex scenes. As I said I didn't finish it, being a rape victum it made me totally uncomfortable. That's why I can't give this book the justice it might deserve for the genre and it's reflected in the star rating, which really isn't fair. Sorry, not a fan of erotica and it should have been properly labled by Audible.

Would you recommend Dead Until Dark to your friends? Why or why not?

No- graphic, sometime barbaric- bordering on rape (the forcing her into it scene in the cemetary) sex scenes.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I thought the beginning was really interesting and had a good set up with a lot of hooks for the reader to continue reading onward.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

NO thanks!

Any additional comments?

AUBIDLE please lable this properly as Erotica! It is quite shocking for those of us who don't suspect it from the discription. Thank you!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods

  • By: Gavin Extence
  • Narrated by: Joe Thomas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero, and an improbable journey, Alex's story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears. And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever heard. Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had the most conventional start in life. He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won't endear him to the local bullies. He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen - he's got the scars to prove it. What he doesn't know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he'll make an unlikely friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on you!

  • By F on 26-05-13

Very unexpectedly funny from the first chapter

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, this is a funny, yet heart wrenching story about love, loss, and finding your place in the world.

Which character – as performed by Joe Thomas – was your favourite?

The main character

  • Nora, Nora

  • By: Anne Rivers Siddons
  • Narrated by: Debra Monk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

At 12, Peyton McKenzie isn't ready to share her widowed father with anyone, let alone Nora, her redheaded, cigarette-smoking cousin who just rolled into town behind the wheel of a pink Thunderbird. But her father seems to like Nora, and she does make for good conversation with her friends at the Losers Club, and prim Aunt Augusta hates her, which means she can't be all bad. In fact, maybe Nora is just what quiet Lytton, Georgia, needs this summer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A nice surprise

  • By Stephanie on 05-11-13

A nice surprise

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Would you listen to Nora, Nora again? Why?

Yes, having heard nothing of this book previously, I thought the blurb sounded interesting and bought it. It begins with a very angery child trying to find her place in her southern town and into womanhood. All the characters are very well portrayed down to the secondary, and passer by characters. I liked the relationships with Nora, her Grandma and her father, as well as her frienemies in the Loosers Club. This book would have gotten 5 stars if it had not had a very strange and unresolved plot line via the grandmother before her death that was underdeveloped and caused the girl to act out of character. I didn't understand why it was in there if she wasn't going to do anything else with it, but even with this very annoying bit in it the book, overall, fantastic. For some reason it gave me the To Kill a Mocking Bird feel, but I'm not sure why. I recomend this book.

Have you listened to any of Debra Monk’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but I liked this one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No, not any one part over another.

  • What Southern Women Know about Faith

  • Kitchen Table Stories and Back Porch Comfort
  • By: Ronda Rich
  • Narrated by: Ronda Rich
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Best-selling author, speaker, and columnist Ronda Rich draws on her rich legacy as an 11th generation Southerner to celebrate the faith heritage of our country's Steel Magnolias.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • skip the introduction to get to the story

  • By Stephanie on 05-11-13

skip the introduction to get to the story

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Would you listen to What Southern Women Know about Faith again? Why?

Yes, but not the introduction because of the background music mixed so you couldn't hear what was being said. The rest of the book was great, though; a real insight into Southern life now and in the past.

The introduction was quite annoying because of the much too loud background music and almost put me off listening any further, but I had to do some house work and put it back on after a few weeks. I'm so glad I decided to finish listening to this book. I really liked this view inside the world of a Southern family. Because the author reads it with her Southern accent, it really gives you the down home feel. The stories that were related to the reader were really sweet, and sometimes inspirational, filled with some Southern Christian values. I bought this because, not be from the south, I was doing some research and being abroad right now in Scotland left me with very few choices in research material. It really spoke of days gone by and of a culture that I felt privileged to spend some time in.

Did Ronda Rich do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yes, she really gave each friend her own 'flavor'.

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

It made me laugh in sever.al places

  • Pirates!

  • By: Celia Rees
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Chatsworth
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family's plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother's willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates. For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a society where both are treated like property, rather than individuals. Together they go in search of adventure, love, and a new life that breaks all restrictions of gender, race, and position.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book, terrible narrator

  • By Stephanie on 17-03-13

Excellent book, terrible narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-13

I want to give the book itself a 5 star, and the narrator 0, but ther is no option for that. When she does other accents she is fine, but as the narrator's voice her Rs are lazy ('woom' instead of 'room') and she is very robotic in places, pausing, or not pausing at odd times and slurring words. I'm dyslexic (hence audible), and I have empathy for speech impedaments, but that's not the case here. As I said, when in a character's accent/voice she is fine. I believe it is a dialect of some sort and inexperience that is coming through. It makes listening as confusing for me as trying to actually read the book. Having said that, Ceila Rees is fantastic and I'm actually going to abandon this audiobook and read her book- quite an undertaking for me- as the narrator is that bad. This is a real shame. What an injustus to Pirates! and Celia Rees. Please look for reviews on Amazon of the book, as this is sadly more to do with the awful reading :(

  • Airel

  • The Airel Saga, Book 1
  • By: Aaron Patterson
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

All Airel ever wanted was to be normal, to disappear into the crowd. But bloodlines can produce surprises, like an incredible ability to heal. Then there's Michael Alexander, the new guy in school, who is impossibly gorgeous... and captivated by her. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she can hear the sound of pages turning, and another, older story being written. It is the story of an ancient family, of great warriors, of the Sword of Light, and the struggle against an evil so terrible, so far-reaching, that it threatens everything. Airel knew change would be an inevitable part of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why only book one???

  • By Shelagh Boulton on 22-08-14

Why did I waste my time?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-12

I have over 100 audible audiobooks, but this is one of two that were so bad I couldn't even finish it. I got to the beginning of chapter 18 and had to ask myself why I kept hoping it would get better (I'd given it 18 chapters after all!), as it already made me upset that I'd listen this long. It was very cleche from the beginning. The "voice" (as in not the actual voice of the actress reading to us) of the main character didn't sound like a teen, but more like an author trying to sound like a teen and failing. It was really unbelievable: the reactions of the character, the terrible scene when she is at the doctor, the abismal scene where the killer is at her house & she doesn't get help from a neighbour even though she escapes to safety into their back yard, but then goes back past the killer & into her house & THEN goes out to get the letter the killer puts in her mailbox in the dead of night, doesn't wake up any one in her own house, is terrified by the letter, then goes to sleep. Not to mention the scene where she almost bleeds to death, doesn't wake up her parents, & then goes to sleep as if it was nothing. The author has tried to throw in some romace and friendship for the main charactor, but it's patchy, unbelievable, and very confusing- shoved in weird places, more of an afterthought than an actual part of the plot line. I'm dyslexic, but I'm also an award winning author & I have to exceeding hate someting to give it a bad review because I know how hard that is for an author, but I feel cheated out of my money, and don't want anyone else to feel like this. By the way, the only other one star review I've ever given on was a selfpublished book on here that was rediculous. I really love audible, as with my slow reading I just couldn't keep up with current books without it, but I'm really disappointed in this audiobook.