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  • Summer Secrets

  • By: Jane Green
  • Narrated by: Jane Green
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

June, 1998. At 27, Cat Coombs is struggling. She lives in London and parties hard. Discovering the identity of her father sends her into a spiral. She makes mistakes that cost her her only friendships. June, 2014. Cat wants to make amends to those she has hurt. What Cat doesn't realize is that her real father's daughters have secrets of their own. Cat must confront dark things and uncover the depths of someone's need for revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow narration so i upped the speed to X1.25 👍

  • By Helen T on 31-07-17

good book

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

Reviewed: 24-03-16

I don't know why I like Jane Green books so much but I do. Predictable storylines and cartoonish characters but somehow her writing is really engaging. This one is a good example

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,845

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

A bit of a struggle

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Although this book is clearly well written, the characters are so unlikeable that I really struggled to finish it. I suspect that if I was reading it rather than listening to it I may very well have given up. The narrators are good, though I like Amy's voice better than Nick's so there was a jolt every time they switched while I got used to the voice again. If you like psychological thrillers then I wouldn't want to put you off altogether - as I said - it is well written,I just found that because I wasn't routing for one of the characters the plot wasn't enough to hold me.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Chinese Chef

  • By: Nicole Mones
  • Narrated by: James Chen, Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When recently widowed Maggie McElroy is called to China to settle a claim against her late husbands estate, she is blindsided by the discovery that he may have led a double life. Since work is all that will keep her sane, her magazine editor assigns her to profile Sam, a half-Chinese American who is the last in a line of gifted chefs tracing back to the imperial palace. As she watches Sam gear up for Chinas Olympic culinary competition by planning the banquet of a lifetime, she begins to see past the cuisines artistry to glimpse its coherent expression of Chinese civilization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yum yum

  • By Rogayah on 06-05-12

Good, not great

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-11-11

This is a reasonably good book. The characters are believable and engaging and the description is quite vivid. I found the narrator a bit bland - she didn't add a great deal. The other thing I found was that the description of the food was a bit monotonous. Everything was the most wonderful thing she'd ever eaten. It would have made for a believable story, and made it easier for the reader to empathise if there'd been a few nice things, a few not so good, as there are for most people discovering a cuisine. But still a decent book, engaging plot and not badly written

  • Atomic Lobster

  • A Novel
  • By: Tim Dorsey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Serge is back with a bullet, torn between homicide and souvenirs. So is Coleman, torn between getting hammered and getting more hammered. Then there's good ol' Jim Davenport, the E-Team, the Diaz Brothers, and Johnny Vegas, the Accidental Virgin, cranking up the fevered action as the pot boils over on a street called Lobster Lane.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't read this first

  • By Jumpin' Bean on 28-06-17

Storming good read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-10-11

Great book read by a narrator who really brings it to life.. The characters are all three times larger than life. Not in any way believable as real people but you care about them all the same. There are regular laugh out loud moments. It's not for the easily offended though

  • The Human Stain

  • By: Philip Roth
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

It is 1998, the year in which America is whipped into a frenzy of prurience by the impeachment of a president, and in a small New England town, an aging classics professor, Coleman Silk, is forced to retire when his colleagues decree that he is a racist. The charge is a lie, but the real truth about Silk would have astonished even his most virulent accuser.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intense and exhausting - worth every second

  • By Hamish on 05-10-12

A good story hideously overworked

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

I really like the basic story of this, but it's just swathed in so much literary nonsense - repeated jumps back and forward in time, long personal introspections with no relation to the plot - that I found it really heavy going. But then I do enjoy audiobooks mainly for the storytelling rather than enjoyment of the literary art.

  • Je t'aime à La Folie

  • By: Michael Wright
  • Narrated by: Michael Wright
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Three years into his solo adventure in rural France, Michael Wright believes he has everything he ever wanted: a ramshackle house, several manly power tools, a cat, a grand piano and a vintage aircraft. Three unfulfilled wishes from his childhood begin to haunt him. He wants to grow one perfect potato. He wants to know how it feels to fly a Spitfire. And, more than anything, he wants to meet his soulmate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful listening, could listen again easily.

  • By Sheila V. on 06-07-13

An excellent and honest account

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

I really enjoyed this. He really draws you into his world and makes you feel like you're out there with him on his isolated hill. The downside of that is that you can get quite frustrated by his little foibles - more than once I found myself wanting to shout "get a grip of yourself, it's only a bloody chicken" at my ipod, but I suppose that's part and parcel of an honest account of life. Another slightly annoying tendency is the way he often leaves a story hanging and returns to it only in passing. Even if it's only an insignificant event, you want to know how it concludes. But overall a very good and engaging listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lady Oracle

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

From fat girl to thin, from red hair to mud brown, from London to Toronto, from Polish count to radical husband - Joan Foster is utterly confused by her life of multiple identities. She decides to escape to an Italian hill town to take stock of her life. But first, she must organise her own death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked

  • By Astrid on 16-02-10

Clever and well written, but felt a bit clinical

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

This is definitely a well written book and good example of the writer's craft. There are stories within stories, clever metaphors, etc. And the characters are quite well done as well - they definitely feel like real people. I just found myself not really getting drawn in. I think this was maybe because it felt too much like an exercise for a creative writing course - sometimes the writer seemed to prioritise the use of interesting literary techniques over basic storytelling. Not to say the story was a dud, but I never really found myself wondering what would happen next

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs, Michael Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821

The long-awaited follow-up to the global best-seller Liar's Poker, The Big Short tells a story of spectacular, epic folly. It has taken the world's greatest financial meltdown to bring Michael Lewis back to the subject that made him famous. His international best seller Liar's Poker exposed the greed and carnage of the City and Wall Street in the 1980s; he wrote it as a cautionary tale, but people seem to have read it as a how-to guide. Now, he wants to settle accounts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sub-Primes for Dummies

  • By Olivier on 23-01-13

Just enough technical detail and a good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

I've worked a lot in financial regulation so I understood a lot about the events described already, but I still learned a few things from this. All the technical details are well explained and I think people without a financial background could understand a lot of it as well.

As for the story, it's well done. If I have a criticism, it's that it's a bit too black and white - Lewis's world is populated by two types of people - one group who are smart, hardworking and honest, and another who are stupid, shady and just out to make a quick buck. But I guess he exaggerated the characters a bit to make the story more engaging. And engaging it is. Would recommend to anyone interested in understanding what caused the crisis but not wanting to get bogged down in technical analyses

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • House to House

  • An Epic Memoir of War
  • By: Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, John Bruning
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

In one of the most compelling combat narratives ever written, Staff Sergeant David Bellavia, an Army infantry platoon leader in Iraq, gives a teeth-rattling, first-hand account of 11 straight days of heavy house-to-house fighting during the climactic second battle of Fallujah. His actions in the firefight, which included killing five insurgents in hand-to-hand combat, earned Bellavia the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and New York state's highest military honor, the Conspicuous Service Cross.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • pretty good, just doesn't quite hang together

  • By christina on 17-08-11

pretty good, just doesn't quite hang together

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-08-11

I downloaded this because I'd just finished watching Generation Kill on TV and it got me really interested in the lives of military personnel. I did enjoy this book. It feels like an honest portrayal - the storyteller comes over as very brave and strong but also fallible and, on several occasions, a little bit deranged. And in a lot of the sections you feel like you know what it would be like to be out there. The bits I liked least were the (long) battle scenes. He doesn't give any real sense of time so you never know whether the events are spread over days or just minutes. Also he seems to take a lot of very odd decisions which kind of jar with the narrative. I'm sure a lot of us would do some strange things under that kind of stress, but it's never really explained. But overall still a worthwhile and interesting listen and a good insight into the life of a soldier

3 of 3 people found this review helpful