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  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up, life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!

  • By Simon on 28-04-17

Too many stories in one

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

Reviewed: 24-12-18

Ive listened to James Franco before, reading Slaughterhouse 5, and that was epic. With this book I felt, too much sadness in the voice, so it wasnt exactly a feel good experience.

The story, or stories, are all good, but there are just too many for me. Johnny's (the main character) cursed life just gets dragged out a little too much.

  • Killing Commendatore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 28 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

A 30-something portrait painter in Tokyo is abandoned by his wife and finds himself holed up in the mountain home of a famous artist, Tomohiko Amada. When he discovers a strange painting in the attic, he unintentionally opens a circle of mysterious circumstances. To close it, he must complete a journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a two-foot-high physical manifestation of an Idea, a dapper businessman who lives across the valley, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II in Vienna, a pit in the woods behind the artist’s home and an underworld haunted by Double Metaphors.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Chapters messed up

  • By SABRE on 28-10-18

Great for a Murakami virgin

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

To be fair, all of the reviews I have read this far have been on the nose. Murakami has not really tapped into anything new here, most of this is classic and trademark his style. I don't necessarily think this is a bad thing, especially if you are new to Murakami, but it would have been fun to read something totally different.

I was sucked in to the story, it kept me wanting more, even though for most of the time nothing was even happening. This could be down to the fantastic narration, or perhaps the depth of the characters. My favourite being Mr Mancheeki (spelling?) who I think gets a hard time in this book.

Positives: kept me wanting more, excellent narration, descriptive and trippy.
Negatives: is it just me? Or does anyone else feel a bit uncomfortable when Murakami writes about prepubescent girls in this way?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • The Autobiography
  • By: Andre Agassi
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

He is one of the most beloved athletes in history and one of the most gifted men ever to step onto a tennis court - but from early childhood Andre Agassi hated the game. Coaxed to swing a racket while still in the crib, forced to hit hundreds of balls a day while still in grade school, Agassi resented the constant pressure even as he drove himself to become a prodigy, an inner conflict that would define him. Now, in his beautiful, haunting autobiography, Agassi tells the story of a life framed by such conflicts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
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  • By davidstone28 on 01-05-10

Ace

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

Cracking first quarter of the book. Agassi as a young and angry man is a great read. Also later on his 'hair problems' and 'denim shorts' gave me much amusement. The book suffers just a teeny bit from cheese at times, but then again I am a cold Englishman and Agassi is an 80s all American dude from Vegas, so I can forgive him.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,531

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Despite the narrator

  • By James on 06-02-15

4 hours too long

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

I wish I liked this book more, it had a good story which flowed long nicely. It's not fantasy, and it's not a love story, it's a historical tale of struggle and desperation during World War 2. What I liked about this book was that it didn't take any sides and showed the unfairness from both camps. However, it really does go on too long. Imagine a whodunnit movie where two hours go by until the viewer finds out whodunnit. Well, then imagine another two hours where the viewer is subjected to how the whole cast live out their lives after the event.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ep. 5: The Aftermath (Making of a Massacre)

  • By: Audible Original, Ginger Thompson
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

[Contains sensitive content] To this day dozens of people are dead or missing, and the remains of buildings burned and demolished still dot the small town of Allende. And yet, Mexican authorities seem intent on leaving questions unanswered. The series closes with victims’ families detailing their struggle to untangle what really happened, and the DEA shares an official statement of their role in the tragedy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing last episode.....

  • By DebsinCheshire on 16-06-18

Audible Stories Rock

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Very short, and the narrator dree her words out a bit too much for me. But what a great investigative piece of journalism. Great mixing, voice overs, music and sound effects.

very tragic story though....

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,867

One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.… The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many different readers

  • By S. Hunt on 09-09-15

Thank God its over

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

Reviewed: 23-05-18

Like a cliched football manager, im going to say that this was a book of two halves. Without giving any of the storyline away, I can openly say that the first 4 character descriptions that unfolded had my full attention. Each had its different angle, suspense, humor and naughtiness. The shenanigans that these characters got up to was well written and extremely well narrated.
Then....
Then things, just got really stupid and juvenile. The plot started to take shape and it made me think of something a prepubescent teenager woukd think up whilst listening to Dungeons and Dragons music in his bedroom. It made me cringe and from then on in I prayed that it would end quick. It didnt...it really didnt.
Shame because it started so well and then just disintegrated, but ever so excrutiatingly slowly.

  • Ep. 6: Freestyler (Gamebreaker)

  • By: Keith Olbermann
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

At just 18 years old, Anthony Ervin became the fastest swimmer in the world by doing everything an athlete shouldn't. Inspired by the play of sea otters, he made history at his first Olympic games before dropping out of the sport and the public eye. Follow Anthony's unusual journey that challenged everything athletes are supposed to do to land yet another gold medal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stories like eddie the eagle

  • By MR C K GRAHAM on 20-04-18

stories like eddie the eagle

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

Reviewed: 20-04-18

some of the stories were great, real uplifting and motivating tales of the underdogs doing good. Id love to hear a British version as I feel we are more suckers for the underdog and therefore have lots of stories to tell.

  • A Little History of Philosophy

  • By: Nigel Warburton
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

Philosophy begins with questions about the nature of reality and how we should live. These were the concerns of Socrates, who spent his days in the ancient Athenian marketplace asking awkward questions, disconcerting the people he met by showing them how little they genuinely understood. This engaging book introduces the great thinkers in Western philosophy and explores their most compelling ideas about the world and how best to live in it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Philosophy Bites

  • By dave on 01-03-15

The fat guy or the 5 workers?

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

I couldn't even begin to discuss the topics mentioned as my understanding is so basic, but for your average Joe this book is excellent. I was inspired to discuss and question the essence of life with friends and colleagues everyday. Each day giving a new insight and a new perspective.

  • American Desperado

  • My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy
  • By: Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
  • Narrated by: Christina Rooney, Erik Davies, Johnathan McClain, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Rhys on 13-04-15

This is not a bed time story

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

It's hard for me to give the book such good reviews as the content was frankly quite disturbing at times. At many times in fact. Jon's story shows how a group of people seized on America's passion for cocaine in the 80s and made fortunes whilst changing modern culture, permanently.

You have to give the guy credit for his ability to lead, problem solve and discover potential in every opportunity. However, the way he did it was really twisted and selfish. How he managed to get to the end of this era without being taken out is astonishing. Like playing a 30 hour PS4 shooter game on one life and successfully getting to the end. Amazing how he did it.

Loved the parts with Mickey the best (this book is about 25% Mickey), mainly because he was a big kid playing games with the government just for kicks.

Read it if you have a strong stomach.

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  • The Circle

  • By: Dave Eggers
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 792
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 740

When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Mae can't believe her great fortune to work for them - even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Internet bad guys - so uncool!

  • By Kaggy on 16-08-15

A real struggle to complete

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

I was looking forward to this after some heavy reading, thought it would be easy and fast paced. Alas no, it took me about 6 weeks to finish because it just didn't grip me at all.