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  • The Bedlam Stacks

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

An astonishing historical novel set in the shadowy, magical forests of South America, which draws on the captivating world of the international best seller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street. Deep in uncharted Peru, the holy town of Bedlam stands at the edge of a forest. The shrine statues move, and anyone who crosses the border dies. But somewhere inside are cinchona trees, whose bark yields quinine: the only known treatment for malaria. On the other side of the Pacific, it is 1859, and India is ravaged by the disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting in a weird way

  • By Erica on 06-01-18

Another excellent story from Natasha Pulley

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

Reviewed: 27-07-17

If you enjoyed The Watchmaker of Filigree Street you are in for a real treat. The story is unusual, unexpected and full of magic and intimations of love. The Watchmaker appears as a young man too! The reader is good, but a little too ebullient for me in places, although he was excellent in Shtum.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible Library

  • By: Genevieve Cogman
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 496

Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant, Kai, she's posted to an alternative London. Their mission: to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it's already been stolen. London's underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Jan on 17-06-15

Great Story, Odd Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

What made the experience of listening to The Invisible Library the most enjoyable?

The idea of the Library and the librarians hunting for important books is wonderful and the story is really engaging. The narrator is excellent at voices and dialogue, but has this odd almost monotone delivery of narrative passages. It does detract from the overall enjoyment of the work, but the story is too good to let it get in the way too much.

  • The Ballroom

  • By: Anna Hope
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

By the acclaimed author of Wake: Where love is your only escape.... Nineteen-eleven: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet it is a dance that will change two lives forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant summer read

  • By Julie on 11-06-16

Completely absorbing!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-17

Just like Wake this story tells us about the lives of working people who are manipulated and played with by people with money and education. The portrayal of mental health and the inner emotional life are superbly moving. Hope writes with such wonderful compassion and creates characters of convincing depth. I think there are references in both to the works of T S Eliot! I may be imagining this, but they are beautifully blended and fitting.

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply disturbing and yet i couldn't stop reading

  • By Jenny on 05-01-16

Harrowing but completely compelling

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

Reviewed: 16-09-16

A huge piece of work which tells life stories in an epic and yet minutely detailed way. Extraordinarily humane and compassionate.

  • Manners and Mutiny

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

The fourth and final book in a steampunk YA adventure series from Orbit's New York Times best-selling author of the Parasol Protectorate series.When a dastardly Pickleman plot comes to fruition, only Sophronia can save her friends, her school and all of London...but at what cost? Our proper young heroine puts her training and skills to the test in this highly anticipated conclusion of the rousing, intriguing and always polished New York Times best-selling Finishing School series!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The finishing school finishes.

  • By Roobarb on 19-01-19

Pure genius!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Along with all Gail Carriger's books this is funny, stylish, unusual and utterly absorbing. Her characters live and find a place in our hearts while her plots surprise and delight. Excellent female role models and faultless moral compass. Can't get enough.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 622

Three sisters, one birthday, one little problem... The three Kettle sisters have had a mortifying mishap. Their raucous, champagne-soaked birthday dinner has come to an abrupt end following a violent argument and an emergency dash to the hospital. So who started it this time? Was it angry, hurt Cat, still recovering from the 'night of the spaghetti'? Was it Lyn, so serenely successful, at least on the outside? Or was it quirky, dreamy Gemma, the sister who can't keep a secret except for the most important one of all?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another gem from Liane Moriarty

  • By Cookie Monster on 19-10-15

Compulsive!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Where does Three Wishes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the second of Liane Moriarty's books I've listened to and they have both been so completely absorbing that you feel as if you are part of the story. She writes about family in such an intimate way that you become a part of the family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There are three sisters (triplets) in the story and they are all compelling but Gemma is particularly interesting and inspires a lot of compassion and admiration.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The story revolves around a scene in which the sisters have a spectacular row in a public place, which is both devastating and hysterical. The story is full of moments when you take a sharp intake of breath at the awful implications of what the family members say to each other.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Family, they just might kill you!

Any additional comments?

You won't be able to stop listening.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving and memorable

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-15

Superb

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

Yet again Kate Atkinson treats us to an epic, beautifully written window into the experiences and relationships of a family as they take their roles in everyday events that become our history. The characters are so real that you could choose Christmas gifts for them and the way they unwittingly hurt one another is frighteningly accurate and painful. One of if not the greatest living novelist.

  • The Mangle Street Murders

  • By: M. R. C. Kasasian
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,460

Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven's sake - she is wearing brown shoes. The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite My Pot of Tea

  • By Simon on 06-02-16

So funny!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

A really well written witty book with lots of plot twists and an extremely likeable narrator. A wonderful evocation of the London of Penny Dreadful novels and the repression of women.

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio problems mar an otherwise entertaining read

  • By Charles on 06-06-13

Very funny.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Extremely entertaining; especially if you're an English Literature fan. The idea of being able to inhabit the world of a book you love is very appealing.

  • Life After Life

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,705

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story, beautifully told.

  • By susan on 02-05-13

The Best Book I've Read in Years

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

Reviewed: 05-03-14

Would you listen to Life After Life again? Why?

Again and again and again. This is an extraordinary story about getting life right, wrong and false starts.

What did you like best about this story?

The scenes in the Blitz are so vivid and detailed that you feel you're right there with the characters.

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

No I haven't.

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

You'd need a whole day to do that and besides I didn't want it to ever end and by rights (listen to the story!) it shouldn't.

Any additional comments?

This book is going to be a modern classic.