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  • Until the End of the World

  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just wonderful

  • By captainsjo on 09-03-15

This Series is Amazing and in my Top 5 Favourites!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

If you could sum up Until the End of the World in three words, what would they be?

Love, Friendship, Survival.

What did you like best about this story?

Can I say all of it? I loved it from beginning to end! It's written so well and you feel like you are with them too (or you feel like you are them). You can't help getting emotional as this author really makes you feel and relate to each character. You want to keep reading (well listening) and never stop, you just have to know what happens next. Truly addictive!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There are so many great scenes that it's hard to pick a favourite, but I'll share one that I loved. The moment when Cassie went up to the cabin and saw John and his dog coming towards them, to see him again when the world was falling apart was a huge comfort to her. It was such a touching scene and one I'll always remember!

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

Oh my god, I would LOVE for a film to be done on these series :) in fact it would be like a dream come true. Now let me think what would the tag line be? Against all odds a group of friends battle to survive, a story of love, loss and friendship and most of all determination to keep on living and protecting those they care about!

Any additional comments?

This book is truly amazing and I'm completely hooked. I love this book a lot and I know I'll come back to it time and time again! This author I really talented and has written an amazing book and I'm delighted there is a series of them as I just can't get enough of them!

These books helped me through a really hard time in my life and I'll forever be grateful for that. They made me forget about everything that was happening around me and let me escape into another world for a change. I was completely hooked and it was hard to stop listening. I was often stuck awake most nights and having this book to listen too really helped me. You care about every character and you feel like you are either with them or are them, it's written so well you feel every emotion and you can't help but become attached to them all. The narrator is fantastic and she really brought this book to life!

I can highly recommend this book to all, I even keep telling my husband he must listen to them soon. Even as I write this it makes me want to listen to these books again and I'll happily tell all my friends and family that this book and this series is worth listening too.

My dream would be for this book and the others in the series to be brought to film, I'd love to see these as films and I believe they could be done well and be a huge hit!

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  • So Long, Lollipops

  • The FREE Until The End of the World Novella
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 499

Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way. Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST Free books I've come across!

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 27-07-15

One of the BEST Free books I've come across!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

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

Yes definitely, it's a fantastically written story and I was hooked by it from very early on. I just love the story and how the author has written it. It's done so well from all the small details to the bigger ones. As you read (well listen) you really feel for the characters, in fact I felt like I was with them and along for the ride or even like I was them. This author is very talented and I'd recommend this book and anything by her any day!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think it would have to be Peter for this one, he is the main character in this story and it's hard not to fall in love with him. He has such a kind heart and he is an amazing guy, I love how he kept going even when the odds were really against him.

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

She is a great narrator and I feel she plays each character well, you never get confused which character is which as she has her own way of doing each one. To be honest at times I'd forget it was just one narrator reading this book.

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

Yes and actually I did. I listened to it when I was going through a really bad time and I was up most of the night due to pain. This book was an excellent find for me, it really distracted me and took me away from everything that was happening to me. I got completely lost in the story and before I knew it it was finished.

Any additional comments?

I was actually naughty, I'd read the warnings about not listening to this book until I'd heard the first one but I did it anyway. I'm glad I did though as it got me completely hooked on this series, I just wanted to keep going as I became totally addicted.

For me I didn't feel it ruined the first book that much to be honest, I listened to it after this one and I didn't regret it. It meant as I was listening to the first book certain things would add up or fall into place. I actually listened to this book twice, as after this book I went onto the first in the series and then I came back and listened to this one again. This was all I a short period of time and I partly came back to it again as I had a few days until my next credit. I was so hooked on this series I couldn't wait. I have to say I enjoyed this book just as much each time :) and second time around I obviously knew more so it gave me a different view of it all.

I can highly recommend this book and just know if you choose to listen to this one first you'll become truly hooked and you'll be addicted to listening to the rest of the books in this series as soon as possible. So WARNING you will get hooked on these!

Thank you Sarah for writing these amazing books and for helping me through a really hard time in my life, your books really helped me and I'll forever be grateful for that. My words cannot truly express how thankful I am, I'm now one of your biggest fans and I look forward to seeing what you do in the future as your truly talented!

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  • FREE Yesterday's Gone: Season 1 - Episode 1

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 489
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 453

Can humanity survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.m. Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. These survivors aren't truly alone... Someone or something is watching them. And waiting... Strangers unite. Sides are chosen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Georgya on 20-01-16

Best Free Episode I stumbled across!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

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

Yes I would. It's been written beautifully and the story is really well done. I love the format they've done this book in, each chapter features a different character(s) and then you hear from them again in later chapters. The narration of this book truly makes it, each character sounds different and it's like your watching this in front of you. It's been dramatised so well and it's very addictive, you just want to keep reading (well listening!).

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think that would have to be the little boy called Luka, to wake up to find his parents gone and everyone else around too. He is so young and heavily reliant on his parents, only suddenly there aren't there and neither is anyone else. It makes his journey a very interesting one to follow, and its written so well that it's like your experiencing it all with him. You can't help but feel for the young boy!

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

No I don't think I have but they are all great, so if I saw a book narrated by any of them I'd definitely listen to the book if the story attracted me.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I did, it's very easy to react to every character and what they are going through. It's been written so well so it's hard not to feel how they are whether that's scared or vulnerable.

Any additional comments?

Thank you for providing this free episode in the series, without this I never would of found this amazing series. Before coming across this free episode I'd not heard of the book, author s or anything. It was free so I downloaded it to try as I had nothing to loose, I can't express how glad I am as this series has become one of my favourites...I'm completely hooked!

  • Yesterday's Gone: Season One

  • By: Sean Platt, David Wright
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Chris Patton, Brian Holsopple, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Can humanity Survive what it never saw coming? On October 15 at 2:15 a.ms Earth vanished. A scattered few woke alone in a world with no rules, other than survival at any cost. A journalist wanders the wretched reality of an empty New York, searching for his wife and son. A serial killer must hunt in a land where prey is now an endangered species. A mother shields her young daughter from danger through every terror-filled breath.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By David on 10-11-16

Best read that I stumbled upon!

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

Reviewed: 27-07-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Yesterday's Gone: Season One to be better than the print version?

I couldn't say as I've not read the printed version, however I'd have to say yes anyway. Each character was played by a different narrator (or maybe a few narrators per character but they made them sound different) and this really adds to the story. If your reading a book on print you don't get that, as by audio it's like it's being acted out on front of you even though you can't see it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Really hard one to answer but I think I'd have to chose Luka, his journey was really interesting to follow and he ended up being a main character. It was really interesting to start early on with the journey of such a young boy, so young and heavily reliant on his parents only they weren't there anymore. So I enjoyed following his journey as it's written from his perspective and the more you read the more interesting he became.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think I answered this from my first question but I feel the narrators bring a lot to this story. Each chapter is someone else's story/journey and then you hear from then again in another chapter although you don't know when. They are quite a few characters in this book and this is where the narrators really enhance this audiobook. Each character has their own narrator (maybe a few narrators have more than one character but they always sound different) and I love this. It's like I'm watching it happen in front of me even though I'm not, a book can't really do that at least not in the same way as this audiobook with multiple narrators.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When a bad character that up till then had only been featured as bad did something good, when he helped a vulnerable teenager who was pregnant and alone. At first you weren't sure of his motives but then he decided to help the girl and became almost fatherly towards her. He did his best to protect her whether you agreed with what e did or not his intentions behind those actions were good.

Any additional comments?

I stumbled across this by accident, I came across the first episode of this season for free. I am so glad I did as otherwise I never would of found these books. I listened to the first episode and it wasn't long till I was hooked in, I had to hear more so I bought the audiobook that had all the episodes of season one in. I dived straight it and couldn't stop listening. This series was such a gem to find, I feel so lucky I did :).

It's one of the best audiobooks I've enjoyed in a while and I'll definitely be recommending it to friend's and family. Not only is it a great story line but I love how they've done it also, different chapters are different character(s) and you have several narrators so they all sound different. It's done so well and it's lovely to have an audiobook done in this format, it also makes it easy to pick up and come back to if you want. However I got hooked so I keep listening till I have to stop e.g sleep.

  • A Street Cat Named Bob

  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kris Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fell in love with James and Bob!

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 08-07-13

Fell in love with James and Bob!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

If you could sum up A Street Cat Named Bob in three words, what would they be?

Love, Luck and Special.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a true story and I loved hearing how they saved each other. It was lovely to hear their story, the special bond they created and you couldn't help but love them both.

Which character – as performed by Kris Milnes – was your favourite?

This is a hard time but I'd have to say Bob the cat, followed closely by James.

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

Oh yes definitely, in fact I almost did. I didn't end up getting much sleep that night as I couldn't stop listening. I always wanted to know what was next.

Any additional comments?

This book touched me from the very beginning, such a special true story. Even as I remember listening to the story now I have a smile on my face and happy memories. This really is a very special book, a truly amazing true story and the narrator really made listening to this book a pleasure. As soon as I finished the book I wanted to know more and went searching for the videos of Bob that had been mentioned. I was in love with Bob already and only fell more in love when I saw the videos. Both Bob and his owner James are truly special, I finished this book wishing I could talk to them both...to meet them. I also raved about the book to my husband who started to listen as soon as he had the chance. Highly recommended, fantastic true story and the narrator was truly amazing too.

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  • Don't Want to Miss a Thing

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

An irresistible, heart-warming novel from the much-loved author of numerous Sunday Times best sellers, including A Walk in the Park and To the Moon and Back. Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant hotchpotch of a story

  • By Kaggy on 18-07-15

Loved every moment

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Don't Want to Miss a Thing to be better than the print version?

I'm afraid I can't comment as I haven't read the print version. All I can say is as this is an unabridged audio book I heard everything you would read from a book. I personally feel the audio version always adds to the enjoyment of the book, well only if you have a good narrator which this book does.

What other book might you compare Don't Want to Miss a Thing to, and why?

I haven't read any other books with this storyline so it's hard to answer. I would however say if you read the authors book called "To the moon and back" then you'll like this other book by her too.

What does Clare Corbett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I thought she was a great narrator and I loved how she was different for each character. You wouldn't get this with a book, even if you imagine in your head. She sets the scene well and makes you love each character.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes I did, there were times of sadness and happiness amoung other emotions. I think a sign of a good book and a good narrator make a big difference to your emotional reaction.

Any additional comments?

I have only read one of her books before, her others had yet to draw me in from their description but this one did. I read the description and thought I'd love this book. I then saw the reviews and was worried by the negative comments. I am glad I went with my gut and choose this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end, in fact I was sad when it finished. Very good story, not always predictable and the narrator really made this a very enjoyable read. Give this book a try, if the description made you want to buy then I know you'll love this book.

  • Round Ireland with a Fridge

  • By: Tony Hawks
  • Narrated by: Tony Hawks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Whilst in Ireland for an International Song Competition, Tony Hawks was amazed to see a hitch-hiker, trying to thumb a lift, but with a fridge. This seemed amazingly optimistic - his Irish friends, however thought nothing of it at all. 'I had clearly arrived in a country', writes Tony, 'where the qualifications for 'eccentric' involved a great deal more than that to which I had become used'. Two years pass but the fridge incident haunts our author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Fridge Man

  • By Paul on 21-02-12

We have both the abridged and unabridged versions

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

First of all we'd like to say we bought and listened to the abridged version first. This wasn't available at the time and I have to say we enjoyed the abridged version very much. When we came across the unabridged version we bought it too as we loved the other so much we thought it would be nice to hear more of the story.



We enjoyed hearing the whole story, its always a shame what the abridged have to cut out but at the same time we really liked the abridged. I think both are a good read/listen but if we had to pick the abridged made the better audio book. We still enjoyed this one though and continue to listen to both versions. If your a fan of this book most likely you'll want to own both and both are excellent. When you have less time the shorter version is great and when you want longer and more of the story this one is perfect.



Just to add, as husband and wife we both came into this story from different situations. One had heard of this story and Tony before and one had not. We both enjoyed it thoroughly and as the one who had never heard of the book or Tony I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'd say its a great for first timers as well as those that already know of the story or author.



Its a funny great true story, very enjoyable and a great audio book no matter what version you have. If your on the fence give this audio book a chance. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. I'm so glad my husband made us get it, I love it just as much as him and I always look forward to hearing it again. Once you know the story its even better in a way because you can dip in and out if it knowing exactly what's happening.



Highly Recommended.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On the Beach

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: James Smillie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 88

Australia is one of the last places where life still exists after nuclear war starts in the Northern Hemisphere. A year on, an invisible cloak of radiation has spread almost completely around the world. Darwin is a ghost town, and radiation levels at Ayres Rock are increasing. An American nuclear-powered submarine has found its way to Australia where its captain has placed the boat under the command of the Australian Navy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking

  • By Mike on 08-05-15

Truly touching listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

We love this story, we have listened to a dramatized abridged version before and loved it so when we saw this we bought it straight away. It hasn't let us down, it was great to hear the whole story and the narrator did a brilliant job. We have also seen one of the films based on this book which we loved also. Both my husband and I are huge fans of this story. If you've never read or listened to a book from this author before its a great start to his work. I think for us it will always be our favorite book of his, the story is truly touching and its something you'll never forget.



Highly recommended. Great Narrator and a much enjoyed listen. I'm not sure there is much else to say, give it a try and we doubt you'll be disappointed.

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  • The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,691

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, robotic reading.

  • By Rhiannon on 15-05-12

Brilliant Audio Book, Fantastic Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Both my husband and I love The Hunger Games Trilogy so we leaped at the chance for the audio book. We have read all the books, watched the first film and now started on the audio books. We can't get enough of this brilliant trilogy, the best we have come across in a long time.



We'll start by saying this is suitable for teenagers and above, adults will love it just as much. The first book is fantastic and the narrator has done a brilliant job. Its a joy to listen too and easy to listen, before you know it hours will of passed. We feel seeing the first film has helped, when listening to this book its so much easier to picture everything in your head. I'd say it made our enjoyment of this book even better. It was also nice to read or listen to the book as it covers more than the film. So I'd you have watched the film then you'll love listening to this.



A brilliant story that keeps you gripped from beginning to end. Once you finish this book you'll want to go straight onto the next. Highly recommended, very enjoyable and I know this will be an audio book listened to often and definitely as one of our favorites.

  • Circle of Flight

  • Ellie Chronicles
  • By: John Marsden
  • Narrated by: Mikaela Martin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

It is a time of profound change for Ellie Linton. Enemies are everywhere. Some come crawling over the hills others drive in and knock on the front door. Sometimes her friends are there and sometimes they are not. Ellie fights every inch of the way. But when courage and imagination are not enough, when she is trapped and helpless, Ellie must face the end of life as she knows it...standing alone, sustained only by her own strength.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Miss E L Passey on 20-08-15

Gripping Listen, a good end.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This is one of the better books of the Elle Chronicles and also the last. We have enjoyed the follow ups but found them not as good as the tomorrow series. It has been nice to see what has been happening since but also you wonder can there be too much of a good thing? Its something we've questioned throughout these books.



One major thing to note is the new narrator to the last two books. By the third book you do get used to her which helps a lot. Just to add again, she isn't a bad narrator its just you get used to the one you've had for 8 books (tomorrow series and first of Elle chronicles).



Good story and much enjoyed. Still not as good as tomorrow series though. We would recommend though as we did enjoy the Elle Chronicles.