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  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

So boring

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

Reviewed: 19-06-19

It was such a slow start that I fast forward the first 5 chapters, then could not listen to any more. My least favourite listen for years.

  • Edgedancer

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Three years ago, Lift asked a goddess to stop her from growing older - a wish she believed was granted. Now, in Edgedancer, the barely teenage nascent Knight Radiant finds that time stands still for no one. Although the young Azish emperor granted her safe haven from an executioner she knows only as Darkness, court life is suffocating the free-spirited Lift, who can't help heading to Yeddaw when she hears the relentless Darkness is there hunting people like her with budding powers. The downtrodden in Yeddaw have no champion, and Lift knows she must seize this awesome responsibility.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So Burn Me as a Heretic!

  • By Simon on 19-10-18

Great addition to the Series

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

Reviewed: 18-06-19

I loved the main character. So funny, real, and strangely wise. It all rambled along, and came together at the end in a satisfying and perfect way. Not a long book, but worth the credit.

  • Valour

  • The Fallen and the Faithful, Book 2
  • By: John Gwynne
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 23 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

The Banished Lands are torn by war as the army of High King Nathair sweeps the realm, challenging all who oppose his holy crusade. Allied with the manipulative Queen Rhin of Cambren, there are few who can stand against him. But Rhin is playing her own games and has her eyes on a far greater prize.... Left for dead - her kin have fled, and her country is overrun with enemies - Cywen fights to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely stunning!

  • By Ian C Dando on 31-08-15

Never ending violence

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

Although I loved the story, and the performance was great, I am becoming numb to the blood spurted. and arms torn off etc which never seemed to stop for more than 1 minute at any time throughout. Maybe a little more bit of just story telling would make the violent bits a bit more shocking?

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,795
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and narration after first hour.

  • By Kieran on 17-11-12

The reality, or lack of it slowly dawns

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Very reminiscent of Terry Pratchet. The ending could have been better. Leaving room for a sequel maybe?

  • Lucifer's Hammer

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 542

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best-of genre

  • By Tara on 24-12-12

The human animal vs human ideal

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

great story telling by a great narator. It nwver surprises me that humans are only "good people" as long as they are fed and comfortable. This book shows both sides, and maybe paints too nice a picture if anything.

  • One Summer

  • America 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360

One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryson hits another Home Run

  • By Colin on 21-10-13

Not quite what was expected

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Not a comedy, not even close, but a very informative book about America in 1927, told in an engaging and interesting way. I learned a lot.

  • The War of the Worlds (AmazonClassics Edition)

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

A metallic cylinder falls to earth, landing in the sands of Horsell Common, Surrey, generating curiosity and awe. But what's inside soon induces only terror. The story that unfolds is a breathless first-person account of an inconceivable reality: an extraterrestrial war has been waged on the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Granddaddy of Sci-fi books

  • By Sir Bazile on 29-01-19

Classic sci-fi

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

So many memories of when I heard this story many years ago, and from the classic Geoff Waynes LP.
If you are of the older generation it is a must have read.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Zero Point

  • Owner Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

Earth's Zero Asset citizens no longer face extermination. Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee's despotic network is in ruins, and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But the ruthless Serene Galahad sees an opportunity to grab power. On Mars, Var Delex fights for Antares Base's survival while the Argus Space Station hurtles towards the red planet. And Var knows whoever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. She must not only save the base but deal with the first signs of rebellion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent trilogy of quality writing and narration

  • By M Fowler on 17-01-18

Why do I sympathise with the bad guy?

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

Is the killing of one person ok if it saves 10? Is the killing of billions of humans ok if it saves the human race from extinction? If we cannot educate humans to stop having 3 or more children then the world will not survive; so is compulsory sterilisation justified? So how bad is the baddie who does these things? This book makes me think that this is our future, our choice, our destiny when we are too self centred to correct it now!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fever Code

  • The Maze Runner, Book 5
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

The next installment in Dashner's best-selling The Maze Runner Trilogy and now an internationally acclaimed blockbuster. Can't wait? Also available at Audible is James Dasnher's Mortality Doctrine Series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This cleared up a lot of unanswered questions

  • By Michelle Hazelton on 19-10-16

great prequel

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

Reviewed: 23-02-18

Now I know how the story started as far as Tomas is concerned. Great performance as usual. I'll have to listen to all the other books again now.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Way of Kings

  • The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,512
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,495

According to mythology, mankind used to live in 'The Tranquiline Halls': heaven. But then the Voidbringers assaulted and captured heaven, casting out God and men. Men took root on Roshar, the world of storms, but the Voidbringers followed. The Almighty gave men powerful suits of armor and mystical weapons, the Shardblades. Led by 10 angelic Heralds and 10 orders of knights known as Radiants, mankind finally won (or so the legends say).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Patient Giant of the Fantasy Genre

  • By Simon on 08-01-16

I want more

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

Reviewed: 17-01-18

It is a long story, yet it has only just started. I can't wait for the next book. it looks at character and morals and always with little twists.