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  • The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling

  • By: Lawrence Block
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Trying to go legit, Bernie has taken over a secondhand bookstore in Greenwich Village, but he still can't resist stealing things when the rewards are right. Ever since he bought Barnegat Books, Bernie has been having trouble making ends meet. When a mysterious client asks him to steal a rare edition of Kipling's poetry, he seizes the opportunity to practice his criminal talents and pay his creditors. Pilfering the book is boringly easy. But delivering it is difficult - with the police and a host of shady assailants hot on his heels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great Bernie mystery

  • By Jason on 07-09-15

A great Bernie mystery

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

What other book might you compare The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling to, and why?

I'm a big fan of the Bernie mysteries. They're kind of light - due to the relaxed, friendly persona of the protagonist; but always well written, with great meandering dialogue, and cleverly researched themes.

I'd contradict another reviewer who called this series 'samey'. Yes, they are about a burglar who gets involved in murder mysteries, so they're as samey as any other serial mystery character. It's the well explored theme of each story that separates the books, for example the work of Kipling is explored here in a very interesting way. And the husky noir-ish voiced narrator is excellent.

  • Better Than Before

  • Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin ( The Happiness Project and Happier at Home) explores habits - the invisible architecture of everyday life - and how they can make us more likely to be happy, healthy, productive, and creative. When we change our habits, we change our lives. Gretchen Rubin, author of the blockbuster New York Times best sellers The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, has helped millions of readers get happier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rehash of First Book

  • By liz on 03-05-15

another great listen

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Have you listened to any of Gretchen Rubin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Rubin really does her homework and brings up lots of good ideas and practical advice here. I'd contradict another review by saying she does not overlap on her previous book (the happiness project - also very good), this is all very fresh, a very interesting listen on HABITS which is very much the buzz word at the moment. Audio is clear and easy to understand, I'd recommend it!

  • Be Brilliant Every Day

  • By: Andy Whittaker, Andy Cope
  • Narrated by: Kris Dyer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

We all have good days and bad days. Some days we’re on form, others we can’t really be bothered and feel a little lack lustre. No one enjoys those slump days - so let’s do away with them! The wonderful, uplifting and funny authors of the best-selling The Art of Being Brilliant are here to show us how to get motivated, get positive and get happy, and, most importantly, how to be all three consistently. Every single day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically funny!

  • By MR on 10-12-15

Not really what it says on the tin

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Misleading title and description. 90 minutes in and this is a strange piece of 'humour' with a tone and narration for children, which is fine if that's your thing. Also pokes fun at Americans to the point where things get uncomfortable.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Struggle, Book 1

  • By: Karl Ove Knausgaard, Don Bartlett - translator
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

My Struggle: Book One introduces American listeners to the audacious, addictive, and profoundly surprising international literary sensation that is the provocative and brilliant six-volume autobiographical novel by Karl Ove Knausgaard. It has already been anointed a Proustian masterpiece and is the rare work of dazzling literary originality that is intensely, irresistibly readable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book

  • By Monsaraz on 17-05-15

realism

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

Reviewed: 24-03-15

What disappointed you about My Struggle, Book 1?

man remembers being boyish as a boy; drinking tea, likes some music but not other music... fascinating stuff!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Frog Music

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

San Francisco, 1876: A stifling heat wave and smallpox epidemic have engulfed the City. Deep in the streets of Chinatown live three former stars of the Parisian circus: Blanche, now an exotic dancer at the House of Mirrors, her lover Arthur and his companion Ernest. When an eccentric outsider joins their little circle, secrets unravel, changing everything - and leaving one of them dead. Frog Music, inspired by true events, is an evocative novel of intrigue and murder: Elegant, erotic and witty.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • To be fair I haven't listened all the way through

  • By Victoria on 14-04-14

skillful but no story

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

Very well read, good songs and accents, and not over-performed.

Any additional comments?

It’s sad to criticise good writing. Emma Donoghue is very talented. The first few chapters are very enjoyable as a picture of a colourful place and period is expertly created for all the senses, and thoroughly researched. Unfortunately not much happens here – no more than what the blurb on the back of the book says. Every chapter is filled with lamentation – ‘If only she did this instead of this.. Oh, why did that have to happen?.. Why couldn't that have happened instead of that?’ You could easily miss out chunks of this book and it would still make sense. I put it aside for ages, then came back to it for an inevitable whimper of an ending. The two-dimensional, cartoonish characters might have functioned better in a shorter story. Could have been massively abridged. Sorry but felt like a waste of time.

  • Death of a Scriptwriter

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Independant-spirited Constable Hamish Macbeth - Lochdubh's one-man police force - has his hands full after a glitzy TV company arrives in search of higher ratings. Ever since a British television crew began filming a mystery series nearby Castle Drim, Hamish has watched tension building. But trouble really escalates after one of the scriptwriters is found dead, and Hamish discovers a full cast of suspects lurking behind the scenes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Nikki on 05-08-16

Hamish Macbeth

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

Reviewed: 21-11-14

Where does Death of a Scriptwriter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Nicely read, well written whodunnit. Quite a clever, meta story too as these books were made into an inoffensive sunday evening tv show. This is the story of an author's mystery novels being turned into a sunday evening tv show, and the murderous consequences.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Playback

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Elliott Gould
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Marlowe is assigned to tail classy, well-endowed redhead Betty Mayfield - a cinch, he thinks, until lounge lizard Larry Mitchell turns up dead outside Betty's hotel room a few hours after pawing her in a California club. Filled with Chandler's famed snappy repartee and starkly frightening scenes, Playback simmers with suspense as Marlowe tries to solve a tale of big money - and, of course, murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As cool and gripping as Chandler always is

  • By franjangle on 30-10-14

Pale Chandler

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

Reviewed: 29-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Nicely read by Elliott Gould, and Playback has some of Chandler's irresistible phrasing and atmosphere, but mostly it's a bit thin. this was Chandler's last completed novel and I would recommend all the others before reading this one.

  • The Happiness Project

  • Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
  • By: Gretchen Rubin
  • Narrated by: Gretchen Rubin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it.

  • By Kerry Pocock on 06-04-14

fun listen

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

Reviewed: 13-09-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

this was a fun listen that i dipped in and out of over a period of time, and towards the end it touched a couple of really interesting and resonant points. anyone who posted a negative review because they couldn't get over the the author's voice should get over themselves.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Mass

  • By: Sara Paretsky
  • Narrated by: Liza Ross
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

When private eye V.I. Warshawski is called out to a derelict drug house in a rural town just south of Chicago, she discovers something she wasn't expecting: the mutilated corpse of a man, dumped in a cornfield. It is a discovery that throws V.I. into the fascinating world of physics and invention: a design that sparked the construction of the computer as we know it, the development of nuclear weapons, the wonder of Newton's prisms and a train of dramatic events that occurred in wartime Vienna.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • V I Warchowski

  • By Jason on 29-08-14

V I Warchowski

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

Reviewed: 29-08-14

What did you like best about this story?

Well written, nicely plotted, layered thriller

Any additional comments?

The narration was coherent and well done so I was happy enough. Only problem was it's quite a gritty thriller, but the narrator had the mature, warbling voice of a genial grandmother. Won't listen to this author/ narrator combo again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Justine

  • The Alexandria Quartet
  • By: Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by: Jack Klaff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justine

  • By Flossie16 on 14-11-11

smug narrator?

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

Reviewed: 21-08-13

Any additional comments?

Bearable overall, though the reader is strangely ironic and smug, and does some terrible over the top accents/ voices throughout (some very hard to understand), sounds like he's taking the mick!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful