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  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,949

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keep going with this

  • By E on 23-02-13

Chilling

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

Reviewed: 15-05-14

Not your usual thriller crime novel and so a round of applause and congratulations to Gillian Flynn. She has managed to turn a rather cliché genre, where authors only attempt to raise interest is by trying to come up with a more gruesome and bloody murder, by creating a completely new type of seething horror. What a fantastic read with some rather interesting questions. It is a page-turner (in the case of audible I guess it would be a "minute-turner") without being shallow and forgettable. If you are looking for a light-hearted listen, don't pick this, but it you are interested in stirring up the mud at the bottom of the pond, then this is your book.

  • Green Rider

  • By: Kristen Britain
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Karigan G'ladheon always seemed to be getting into a fight, and today was no exception. But as she trudged through the forest, using her long walk home to contemplate her depressing future - and the expulsion it was bound to hold - a horse burst through the woodland and charged straight for her. The rider was slumped over his mount's neck with two arrows embedded in his back. Wherever his horse was taking him, he would be dead before they got there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb story of a young woman, riding an adventure

  • By Maria on 05-08-12

Boring

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

Reviewed: 15-05-14

Flat flat flat. Utterly failing to engage. I couldn't summon interest in the characters or the events. I soldiered on until the middle of the book and then had to give it up due to sheer boredom. Above all it all sounded a bit fake and forced. Don't bother.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Lord of Derkholm

  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Broadbent
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

A humorous fantasy adventure from the Godmother of fantasy, Diana Wynne Jones. Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature in 1999. A humorous fantasy from Diana Wynne Jones. In a world next door to ours, the tourist industry is devastating the population by its desire to experience all the fantasy clichés - Dark Lords, impoverished villages, dragons etc.The Head of the University resolves to shut the tours down; the only problem being the ruthless tour-master - and his all-powerful demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Odd accents!

  • By FJM on 07-02-14

Witty and strangely matter-of-fact story

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

This book had a rather interesting idea - pilgrim trips from our world into a world of magic and wonder. The magical world is being exploited like a theme park, aiming to fulfil all cliche ideas of magic of the visiting travellers. The organiser of these trips is the almighty Mr. Chesney, who holds all people in the magical world in his hand due to his power over a demon he can call his very own.

This is a very entertaining listen with all the proceedings told in a very "matter-of-fact" tone, presenting the woes and troubles of organising fake battles and a fake, but believable dark overlord. The book is funny and light-hearted, but almost sounding too mundane. Still, if you are in the mood for a light listen, definitely give this one a go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lips Touch: Three Times

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

A girl who’s always been in the shadows finds herself pursued by the unbelievably attractive new boy at school, who may or may not be the death of her. Another girl grows up mute because of a curse placed on her by a vindictive spirit, and later must decide whether to utter her first words to the boy she loves and risk killing everyone who hears her if the curse is real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laini Taylor will enchant you

  • By Nadina Vasileva on 10-02-14

Laini Taylor will enchant you

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

If you haven't yet discovered Laini Taylor, then you must immediately purchase one of her books. I started off by downloading "Daughter of Smoke and Bone", which is the first book in a trilogy and I was hooked. The lush language, the unique world building will enchant you. In a modern world where readers (and listeners) have been swamped and bored to tears by the "same ol', same ol'" vampire centred story (no matter how many spins of the theme there are), Laini's worlds are a breath of fresh air. Oh, but what air it is - absolutely captivating, gorgeous and it will leave you wishing for more. It is like rich and luscious cup of hot chocolate, but without the guilt.

"Lips touch three times" consists of three separate stories all about the mystery of love and the power of a kiss. But do not be put off - there is nothing cheesy or lame about these stories. Laini Taylor puts a spin on Irish, Hindu, and Zoroastrian folklore and with the mastery of her language creates something to behold.

An absolute gem not only for young adults, but for the not so young too. Listen to these stories and there will be a bit more magic in your life.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Daughter of the Forest

  • Sevenwaters, Book 1
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 26 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives, they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift-by staying silent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding! I highly recommend this book

  • By Susan on 05-11-13

A vivid and beautiful take on a classic fairy tale

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

Reviewed: 10-02-14

The books is written beautifully with a lyrical and dreamy tone. It makes you believe that the magic under the sprawling moss-covered depths of the oak forests is real and tangible, inextricably woven into the fabric of the life of those who have eyes to see it. If you love a book for the beauty of its language and enjoy a good fairy tale, this is the read for you.
Juliet Marillier remains faithful to the story, without resorting to horrid modern crudeness. Instead the myth is made real by a beautiful love story, realistic historical background, masterly infusion of magic, unyielding sibling love and loyalty and a couple of utterly hateful villains.
I will be following this series further to discover what lies behind the couple of unresolved loose ends.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Maleficent Seven (From the World of Skulduggery Pleasant)

  • By: Derek Landy
  • Narrated by: Tamaryn Payne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

A brilliant, hilarious one-off novel in the Skulduggery Pleasant universe, from number-one-bestselling author Derek LandyThis time, the bad guys take the stage.Tanith Low, now possessed by a remnant, recruits a gang of villains – many of whom will be familiar from previous Skulduggery adventures – in order to track down and steal the four God-Killer level weapons that could hurt Darquesse when she eventually emerges. Also on the trail of the weapons is a secret group of Sanctuary sorcerers, and doing his best to keep up and keep Tanith alive is one Mister Ghastly Bespoke.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great intermediate book

  • By Nadina Vasileva on 01-12-13

Great intermediate book

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

A bit of an interruption in the series of "Skulduggery Pleasant" and it was good. A lot of people have complained that with male-dominated cast, the female narrator didn't really fit, even thought it was done because of the story being told from the point of view of Tanith Low. I must say, it did not irritate me at all. I thought it all fitted rather well and that the female narrator did a great job. The book is full of dry humour, action and plot twists, characteristic to Derek Landy. So hold on to your hats and if you haven't tried yet to listen to the Skulduggery Pleasant series, then you are missing out!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Riddle in Stone

  • The Riddle in Stone, Book 1
  • By: Robert Evert
  • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark fantasy

  • By Bibliophile on 05-09-13

Rather enjoyable first book

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Not a bad beginning to a new series. The book is longer than average and at some point the story dragged on a bit. Also, the meaning of the riddle in stone was a bit anticlimactic, I must say. Well, perhaps not the meaning itself, but the was the message was coded. This could have been done in a bit more clever way. Also, clearly the author struggled a bit to create suspense in the action, but all in all was enjoyable, so you should definitely give it a go.

  • Young Bond: Hurricane Gold

  • By: Charlie Higson
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

As the sun blazes over the Caribbean island of Lagrimas Negras, its bloodthirsty ruler is watching and waiting. Criminals come here to hide, with blood on their hands and escape on their minds. On the mainland, ex-flying ace Jack Stone leaves his son and daughter in the company of James Bond. But a gang of thieves waits in ambush. They want Stone's precious safe, and will kill for its contents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant book

  • By Alison Thompson on 08-10-18

Great sequel!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

All the books from the "Young Bond" series have been really enjoyable! I've had so much fun listening to them, despite the fact that I am well out of the target age group. Yet, these books seem to have something for all ages, so no matter how old you are, give them a try and you won't be disappointed. Plenty of action, turns and twists in the story. I hope there will be at least several more in this series, because they are well worth a listen.

  • Last Stand of Dead Men

  • Skulduggery Pleasant, Book 8
  • By: Derek Landy
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 259

War has finally come. But it's not a war between good and evil, or light and dark - it's a war between Sanctuaries. For too long, the Irish Sanctuary has teetered on the brink of world-ending disaster, and the other Sanctuaries around the world have had enough. Allies turn to enemies, friends turn to foes, and Skulduggery and Valkyrie must team up with the rest of the Dead Men if they're going to have any chance at all of maintaining the balance of power and getting to the root of a vast conspiracy that has been years in the making.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as usual

  • By Nadina Vasileva on 01-12-13

Brilliant as usual

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Being a great Skulduggery Pleasant fan, I am absolutely addicted to this series and I am agog with anticipation for each subsequent instalment. The "Last Stand of Dead Men" does not disappoint. With his usual ruthlessness, Derek Landy clearly does not appreciate too much attachment to any given character and the book is full of twists and turns. Can't wait for the next one!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Beautiful Mystery

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

A MONASTERY. Hidden deep in the wilderness are the cloisters of two dozen monks - men of prayer and music, famous the world over for their glorious voices. A MURDER. But a brutal death throws the monastery doors open to the world. And through them walks the only man who can shine light upon the dark deeds within: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. A MYSTERY. Who among the brothers has become an angel of death?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The beautiful mystery

  • By Miss Sparkle on 30-05-18

Good enough murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Rather average murder mystery, which no doubt I will soon forget. No lasting impression there. One of those, interesting more or less while reading it, but not memorable at all. Still, it will take your mind off daily worries for a bit and if you just want a bit of mystery without being burdened by the story too much, this is the one for you. However, it did not inspire me particularly to look for the other books by this author.