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  • The Light Between Oceans

  • By: M L Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688

The crying persisted. The door of the lighthouse clanged in the distance, and Tom's tall frame appeared on the gallery as he scanned the island with the binoculars. 'Izzy!' he yelled, 'a boat!' He vanished and re-emerged at ground level. 'It's a boat all right,' Tom declared. 'And – oh cripes! There's a bloke, but –' The figure was motionless, yet the cries still rang out. He hoisted out a woollen bundle: a woman's soft lavender cardigan wrapped around a tiny, screaming infant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love

  • By sue on 05-08-14

Brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 07-06-15

What did you like most about The Light Between Oceans?

An unusual setting and story. Full of twists and turns and a cracking read. One of the best books I have ever read.

What did you like best about this story?

It painted pictures. I was there. I could feel just what they were feeling. Felt completely immersed in the book.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the decriptions of the lighthouse. The pleasure at seeing the men who brought the provisions and about their everyday life there.

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

When they realised the mother was still alive and when Lucy came back to see Tom.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this book to several people and everyone has loved it.

  • Curious

  • True Stories and Loose Connections
  • By: Rebecca Front
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Front
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Sometimes things are more ordinary than you think. And sometimes they're a whole lot odder than you can possibly imagine.

Rebecca Front has always drawn on experiences from her life in her award-winning acting and comic writing. In her debut book, she reveals herself as a master storyteller: sharp, witty, honest, and highly attuned to the absurdities of life and the oddities of human nature. By turns poignant, comic, and uplifting, Curious is a book of stories, all of them true, though sometimes perhaps a little bent out of shape in the telling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, recognisable, uplifting

  • By Claire on 07-11-15

Too light

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

Reviewed: 18-11-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. It was just too light weight. Not enough to hold your attention.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I liked the story of the visitor that took over the house. The other anecdotes were less interesting.

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

As she is the writer and it is about her life, she of course brought an extra dimension.

Was Curious worth the listening time?

Not really.

  • The Colour

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gold is not the colour - discuss

  • By Lindsey on 25-02-10

Best book I have read in a long time

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

Reviewed: 18-11-14

Would you listen to The Colour again? Why?

Yes. A fascinating story with so many twists and turns. It really painted pictures. I couldn't stop listening to it. I am sure I will read it again one day.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colour?

So many. When the house was destroyed, the donkey died, she found the gold, met the chinaman and gave birth to her son.

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

She read it beautifully and brought it to life.

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

I didn't make me laugh or cry but I found it quite emotional many times.

Any additional comments?

A must read. I have been telling everyone how fantastic it is.

  • Restoration

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

When a twist of fate delivers an ambitious young medical student to the court of King Charles II, he is suddenly thrust into a vibrant world of luxury and opulence. Blessed with a quick wit and sparkling charm, Robert Merivel rises quickly, soon finding favour with the King, and privileged with a position as 'paper groom' to the youngest of the King's mistresses. But by falling in love with her, Merivel transgresses the one rule that will cast him out from his new-found paradise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly convincing

  • By AReader on 14-02-15

Excellent book in every way

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

Reviewed: 18-11-14

If you could sum up Restoration in three words, what would they be?

Unusual historical novel

Who was your favorite character and why?

Merivel a real character. A very different sort of hero.

What about Paul Daneman’s performance did you like?

Very well read.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

Rose Tremain is an excellent author. I have only just discovered her and now making up for lost time.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Lost For Words

  • By: Edward St Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33

Each of the judges of the Elysian Prize for literature has a reason for accepting the job. For the chairman, MP Malcolm Craig, it is backbench boredom, media personality Jo Cross is on the hunt for a 'relevant' novel, and Oxbridge academic Vanessa Shaw is determined to discover good writing. But for Penny Feathers of the Foreign Office, it's all just getting in the way of writing her own thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfirmance

  • By Barbara rea on 29-07-18

SPEECHLESS

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

Reviewed: 24-08-14

Would you try another book written by Edward St Aubyn or narrated by Alex Jennings?

I would try another book narrated by Alex Jennings who was excellent but I would not try another book by Edward St Aubyn. I struggled with The Hare with the Golden Eyes and I did not enjoy this one at all.

Would you ever listen to anything by Edward St Aubyn again?

No.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None.

What character would you cut from Lost For Words?

All.

Any additional comments?

This writer is obviously just not my cup of tea. He has had good reviews, so some people do enjoy reading him, but I am afraid not me. I know from conversations with friends I am not alone in this.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen's Man

  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes The Queen's Man, the sixth in his acclaimed bestselling John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. England is a Judas nest of conspiracyIt is 1582, and the conflict between Protestant and Catholic threatens to tear the country in two. While Queen Elizabeth I holds the reins of power, there are those whose loyalty lies with her imprisoned cousin, Mary Queen of Scots.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware - order of books wrongly numbered.

  • By Annie on 12-08-17

Another Great Story

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

Reviewed: 26-05-14

If you could sum up The Queen's Man in three words, what would they be?

Very well set.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Shakespeare. he reminds me of Shardlake in C.J.Samson's stories.

What about Gareth Armstrong’s performance did you like?

Extremely nice speaking voice. The narration was excellent.

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

Cry. You do feel for the various characters and the hardships they go through.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Love in the Time of Cholera

  • By: Gabriel García Márquez
  • Narrated by: Armando Durán
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 272

From the Nobel Prize-winning author of One Hundred Years of Solitude comes a masterly evocation of an unrequited passion so strong that it binds two people's lives together for more than half a century. In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, Florentino is devastated, but he is a romantic. As he rises in his business career, he whiles away the years in 622 affairs - yet he reserves his heart for Fermina. Her husband dies at last, and Florentino purposefully attends the funeral....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Its Very Long

  • By J Z A on 27-08-15

Complicated

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

Reviewed: 26-05-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found the characters rather confusing. They kept going back and forth in time as well.

Would you recommend Love in the Time of Cholera to your friends? Why or why not?

I don't think so. I found the narration was not easy to listen to. The story rather confusing.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I suppose so. I did not like the accent but it was probably correct for the setting of the story.

Did Love in the Time of Cholera inspire you to do anything?

No.

9 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Heretics

  • By: Rory Clements
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

From Rory Clements, winner of the Ellis Peters Historical Fiction Award, comes THE HERETICS, the fifth in his acclaimed John Shakespeare Elizabethan mystery series. 'Does for Elizabeth's reign what C. J. Sansom does for Henry VIII's' Sunday Times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Barbara Steffensen on 12-02-16

Wonderful stories

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

Reviewed: 26-05-14

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

I would recommend this one. Very well narrated.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heretics?

All of it. Excellent story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I do not have a favourite

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

If I had the time. Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fear Index

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Dr Alex Hoffman is a legend. An American physicist once employed on the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, he now uses a revolutionary and highly secret system of computer algorithms to trade on the world’s financial markets. None of his rivals is sure how he does it, but somehow Hoffman’s hedge fund – built around the standard measure of market volatility: the VIX or 'Fear Index' – generates astonishing returns for his investors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Strange story

  • By Baronessnewt on 26-05-14

Strange story

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

Reviewed: 26-05-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fear Index to be better than the print version?

I am not sure what to make of this one. A strange and unsettling story and at the end you are not sure exactly what the meaning of it all was. You can interpret it so many different ways. I did not read the print version.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would not have so many long passages about stocks and shares and trading. Unless you know a lot about it - rather long winded.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The first scene.

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

No.