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  • The Sun Is Also a Star

  • By: Nicola Yoon
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me

  • By Ms T on 25-04-19

Heart wrenching & warming

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Read this as part of a reading challenge (a YA novel) & thoroughly enjoyed it from the perspective that the novel captures everything that it means to be 17 & how your world values are never quite the same after the late teens. And how everything seems to be able to last forever ‘Cos you’re invincible.

I like how the story has asides, as well as the threads of life running through the characters. I enjoyed the ‘conflict’ of Arts v Science. There are many aspects that I enjoyed, even cried 6 minutes from the end.

Just something niggles at me about the actual writing style, I’m not able to put my finger on it & it could simply be my cynical, realist, adult brain reading the wildly wonderful days of been 17 & thinking the world is your oyster. The 40+ adult in me knows different now.

  • Star Trek, The Next Generation

  • Imzadi
  • By: Peter David
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Frakes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Ship's counsellor Deanna Troi mysteriously falls ill...and dies. But her death marks the start of an incredible adventure for Commander Riker - an adventure that takes him across time, pits him against one of his closest friends, and forces him to choose between Starfleet's strictest rule and the one he calls Imzadi. Read by Jonathan Frakes, and enhanced with sound effects!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Star Trek

  • By Deborah Cannard on 16-03-19

Poor recording quality

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

No problem with the performance or story - though an unabridged version would have been more enlightening.

The quality however is lacking, often echoes can be heard and loud hisses. I have this on Cassette which has better quality - still conveniently this version is on my phone 😄

  • Children of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different experience

  • By Richard on 19-06-12

The awkward midway poin

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

Reviewed: 18-05-15

If you could sum up Children of Dune in three words, what would they be?

Very trying indeed

Would you be willing to try another book from Frank Herbert? Why or why not?

Yes I am continuing with the series

Any additional comments?

The first two books in the series flew by but this one was a struggle and like 'Empire Strikes Back' sets the scene for 'Return of The Jedi', - 'Children of Dune' sets the scene for the following instalments. I found it very hard going in places (although I understand the story needs to be spun and background need to be founded so from that viewpoint an excellent work)

For me this was an obstacle that needed to be hurdled in order to get to the finish line. Not a bad book by any means but after the frantic pace of the previous ones this becomes much more about laying foundations, political alliances, old loyalties, new possibilities and new threads - I wouldn't recommend reading it as a stand alone book as this would probably confuse the living daylights out of you, you really need to have read the previous ones for this one.

Don't be put off at all, the 'Dune' series is wonderful as a whole but please read the previous ones before diving into this one.