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  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical

  • By Orsolya Gyorfi on 19-01-19

Excellent novel!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

It held me absolutely spellbound. Mr Prekopp's performance was amazing. Amongst the best I've heard.

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,020

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enchanting read

  • By anne on 15-08-15

Surprising Story

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

I loved this book! Surprising in its unravelling. Gael is pronounced Gale btw! Great narrator.

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 618

Unfolding in a graveyard over the course of a single night, narrated by a dazzling chorus of voices, Lincoln in the Bardo is a literary experience unlike any other, for no one but Saunders could conceive it. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved 11-year-old son, Willie, dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mistake

  • By L on 13-07-17

A Choral Masterpiece!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

The best audiobook I ever listened to! Multiple voices give structure comprehension to the novel.

  • The Wall

  • By: John Lanchester
  • Narrated by: Will Poulter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

Kavanagh begins his life patrolling the Wall. If he's lucky, if nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this, 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else. He will soon find out what Defenders do and who the Others are. Along with the rest of his squad, he will endure cold and fear day after day, night after night. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By SJ Smith on 01-02-19

Brilliant read!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

A future dystopian Britain narrated by Kavanagh. Breathtaking and original. Ends on a hopeful note.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • My Struggle Book 1

  • A Death in the Family
  • By: Karl Ove Knausgaard
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Karl Ove Knausgaard writes about his childhood and teenage years, his infatuation with rock music, his relationship with his loving yet almost invisible mother and his distant and unpredictable father and his bewilderment and grief on his father’s death. When Karl Ove becomes a father himself, he must balance the demands of caring for a young family with his determination to write great literature. Knausgaard has created a universal story of the struggles, great and small, that we all face in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wow

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-09-16

worthy of the hype!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-18

A biographical novel, rich in memory, forensic even. A rich creation full of pain. Compelling.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,266
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,238
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,213

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a human story

  • By Amy Featherstone on 03-12-18

what a story!

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

I loved this memoir, ranging from 1960s Chicago to the whole world last year. Wonderful!

  • Restoration

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Paul Daneman
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

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

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Wonderful story. Lovable human, witty protagonist. A great story. Well told. Rose Tremain is brilliant!

  • Bookworm

  • A Memoir of Childhood Reading
  • By: Lucy Mangan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Mangan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

When Lucy Mangan was little, stories were everything. They opened up new worlds and cast light on all the complexities she encountered in this one. She was whisked away to Narnia and Kirrin Island and Wonderland. She ventured down rabbit holes and womble burrows into midnight gardens and chocolate factories. She wandered the countryside with Milly-Molly-Mandy and played by the tracks with the Railway Children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just utterly fabulous.

  • By Chella Quint on 10-10-18

Fellow Bookworms ahoy!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

A hugely enjoyable memoir of Mangan's childhood reading. Nostalgic, warm and witty. I loved it!

  • Wise Children

  • By: Angela Carter
  • Narrated by: Tracey Ullman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Angela Carter's last book, Wise Children, was written and published whilst she was dying from cancer, in 1991. Transcending her physical deterioration in admirable fashion, Carter made this a most life-affirming novel, in support of the vitality of 'otherness.' This Audible exclusive production, expertly read by Tracey Ullman, stands in celebration of a legendary author known for the richness of her imagination, wit and feminist insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bottled joie de vivre

  • By Ms on 22-08-18

Funny, sad and magical

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

What a wonder of a novel! Carter left with a bang! Life affirming. A joy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Rose

  • By: Umberto Eco
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 623

This hugely engaging story of murder, superstition, religious politics and drama in a medieval monastery was one of the most striking novels to appear in the 1980s. The Name of the Rose is a thrilling story enriched with period detail and laced with tongue-in-cheek allusions to fictional characters, the most striking of which is the Franciscan friar William of Baskerville, who displays many characteristics of Sherlock Holmes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sean Barrett does justice to this wonderful text.

  • By Booklover on 12-01-15

Literary Historical Whodunit

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

What a wonderful novel. It immerses one deeply into medieval times. A tour de force!