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  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441

Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-read, witty and weird

  • By Anna on 23-12-12

Classic Jon Ronson

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

Reviewed: 26-09-14

Where does Them: Adventures with Extremists rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Completely fascinating, enjoyed it tremendously. Sometimes I was aghast and sometimes tearful and always with that amusement that comes with Ronson's delivery.

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

yes!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Child

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Rupert Penry-Jones, Jack Boulter, Emilia Fox, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,030

My name is Simon. I’m 10 years old. I’m a serial killer. Robert Stern (Rupert Penry-Jones), a successful defense attorney, doesn’t know what lies in store for him when he agrees to meet a new client in a derelict estate on the outskirts of Berlin. Stern is more than surprised, when his old love interest and professional nurse Carina (Emilia Fox) presents him a ten year old boy as his new client. Simon (Jack Boulter), a terminally ill child, who is convinced he has murdered many men in a previous life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, Difficult in places, but damn good!

  • By Simon on 07-06-15

Really? And maybe a trigger warning?

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

Reviewed: 27-08-14

What did you like best about The Child? What did you like least?

Took me a while to get into this, the set up for the plot was completely ridiculous (mmeting in an abandoned factory with a stolen ambulance???) and the dialouge just made even these actors sound hammish. The dramatic pauses, the cue-music (this is how you are feeling now) were super annoying. Once I got past that and the story got going I did start to engage.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps should be some kind of trigger warning? This book got into some dark places that I didn't expect and was quite uncomfortable with. I expected some kind of detective mystery with a bit of the quasi paranormal but the way the story line developed made me almost stop listening I found it very upsetting and I only continued past that point to reassure myself the child was safe. If I had known this I wouldn't have bought it. Maybe I'm just sensitive

  • Thérèse Raquin

  • By: Emile Zola
  • Narrated by: Kate Winslet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

Once upon a time, a teenaged Kate Winslet ( The Reader, Titanic, Revolutionary Road) received a gift that would leave a lasting impression: a copy of Emile Zola’s classic Thérèse Raquin. Six Academy Award nominations and one Best Actress award later, she steps behind the microphone to perform this haunting classic of passion and disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping and vivid

  • By Rebecca on 08-04-12

Madam Bovary, Anna Karenina and Therese....

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

Reviewed: 25-08-14

Would you listen to Thérèse Raquin again? Why?

I really couldn't be bothered with this book and I realised that it reminded me of two other titles in a very small selection of books I didn't finish; Madam Bovary and Anna Karenina. I did finish Therese Raquin but only when sleepy for the pleasure of Kate Winslet's voice.

Which character – as performed by Kate Winslet – was your favourite?

Kate Winslet was a lovely narrator she was the best bit.

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

I wanted to cry when I saw how far I had to get to the end.

Any additional comments?

Next time I want to listen to Kate, I'll get the Mr Gum (by Andy Stanton) books out. Much more funner.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Host

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive

  • By indigodreamer on 14-11-11

If you like Twilight....

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

Reviewed: 14-07-14

Would you try another book written by Stephenie Meyer or narrated by Kate Reading?

I have read the twilight series and this book is astonishingly similar. There's still a girl who is impossibly selfless and can never believe anyone likes her, hating to be the centre of attention, hating to cause any pain to others. And of course two hot guys hopelessly in love with her. The twist being the the girl is two people and so all love is doomed because the body and the mind are in love with different people etc. But although it was all so melodramatic it was also compelling, I did want a happy ending

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

Kate Reading did a fine job with the narration and managed to give the characters recognisable voices, except Uncle Jeb really reminded me of Doris Day's Calamity Jane!

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

I think so, it would be interesting to see.

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

A wee bit obvious but good fun

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you’ve listened to books by Tony Parsons before, how does this one compare?

I have read, not listened to Tony Parsons before and enjoyed his books so I was intrigued to see a mystery novel!

Do you think The Murder Bag needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

I liked the characters more than the plot. The people in this story were better rounded out than the storyline. I enjoyed the scenes with the small dog or wee girl or old man at the boxing ring more than finding out whodunnit. In the end I wouldn't mind reading another one with the characters I had grown to like and maybe the next one will be a bit better on the murder mystery front.

Any additional comments?

The narrator did a good job but I could hear him swallowing as he read which irritated me so much I almost stopped listening. In the end I only listened when there was a background noise to drown it out (eg the bus)!

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Simply Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 06-05-14

What made the experience of listening to Americanah the most enjoyable?

this book had me from the first chapter right to the end. It was such an engrossing story and I was so sad when I realised I was reaching the end.

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

Adjoa Andoh is s brilliant narrator, she navigates all the accents and even the mixed accents and really does a great job bringing it to life.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,671

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far too good to be left to teenagers

  • By Charles on 22-02-12

Touching Teenage Love

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

Reviewed: 16-04-14

What made the experience of listening to The Fault in Our Stars the most enjoyable?

The characterisation of the two teenagers was great. I liked them as people although they talk in this impossibly witty and intelligent way (Dawson's Creek - esque)

What aspect of Kate Rudd’s performance might you have changed?

I think if you are going to read a book where part of it is set in Holland and has dutch characters then you need someone who does a good dutch accent.

  • One Summer

  • America 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361

One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryson hits another Home Run

  • By Colin on 21-10-13

Fascinating and Funny

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

Reviewed: 28-03-14

What did you like most about One Summer?

A really interesting look at a world that is so completely different to our own now in the birth of technology and media but of course just the same in the nature of humanity.

What other book might you compare One Summer to, and why?

Any other Bill Bryson book!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were a lot of really gripping stories in this book. Anything with Babe Ruth in it! But I was confused in the end about the Italian duo - there was a lot of time at the beginning of the novel when Bryson seemed to be building up a case that they were probably innocent and then at the end it seemed that experts now think they were probably guilty. But I did take quite a while to get through this book (Christmas holidays were busy) so maybe I just remembered it wrong!

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

it made me laugh or chuckle out loud quite a few times

Any additional comments?

Bill Bryson's dry delivery was very good.

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,302

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Avril Sawers on 02-11-13

Slow start

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

Any additional comments?

This was a really slow start and only really got truly engrossing after about 8 hours! Mark Meadows was great at the voices and keeping the characters distinctive to one another.