LISTENER

Umut Rados

London
  • 3
  • reviews
  • 19
  • helpful votes
  • 20
  • ratings
  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

In a dusty postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not overly ghostly

  • By Tracey on 07-07-09

Amazing performance

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

Reviewed: 25-10-18

I think I would not like this book as much as I did if it wasn’t for the performance of the voice artist. Amazing performance which hooked me to the book. Thanks

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,683

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Wrong Synopsis

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

The problem with this book is the synopsis. The synopsis doesn't mention at all that there's an element of child abuse, so that the mental problems the main character is facing is because of that. Also, because this is an audible version, it was very disturbing to listen to it.

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

First of all, there needs to be more honesty at the synopsis. Child abuse is a serious matter. I think the book is written in a way it's taking it very lightly. Also, the main character is described naturally witty and unique. She's just really messed up, and it's a stretch to describe it funny.

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

Actually it was too much vividness of the drama that disturbed me. Hearing the Mum was uncomfortable.

What character would you cut from Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine?

Mummy

Any additional comments?

Audible should have a mechanism to tell people if the book has disturbing elements like child abuse, rape, severe depression, etc. I'm very disappointed that the book is marketed as a 'feel good'. It has very disturbing elements for a long time in the book. The fact that it ended well doesn't mean it was right to market it as 'witty'.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,835

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, be inspired & provoked to think...

  • By Rachel on 24-01-12

Amazing book

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

I really enjoyed the book, the characters and how the audio version was brought to life. It was a very entertaining experience.