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  • The Pilgrimage

  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Step inside this captivating account of Paulo Coehlo's pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. This fascinating parable explores the need to find one's own path. In the end, we discover that the extraordinary is always found in the ordinary and simple ways of everyday people. Part adventure story, part guide to self-discovery, this compelling tale delivers the perfect combination of enchantment and insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • miss s hall

  • By susanne on 07-04-13

Twodlle

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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I bought this book because I liked the alchemist and have also walked the Camino. Having listened to it I can only say that it is utter rubbish. There are some interesting concepts but the sickly over emphasised narration and flowery metaphors are nauseating. As for the idea that the Camino is in anyway difficult to follow or walk, it really isn't. There is accommodation everywhere and the idea that you could spend 7 days walking to roncavelles is ridiculous. My 70 year old mum navigated it in 7 hours...

  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Narrator on Valium

  • By David on 06-04-14

Hard to believe, cobbled together story

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-19

An ok'ish mish mash of narratives taken from other much better novels. A lot of padding, a unnecessary waffle and all round difficult to believe characters... Save your time and money

  • Winter

  • By: Ali Smith
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Winter? Bleak. Frosty wind, earth as iron, water as stone, so the old song goes. The shortest days, the longest nights. The trees are bare and shivering. The summer's leaves? Dead litter. The world shrinks; the sap sinks. But winter makes things visible. And if there's ice, there'll be fire. It's the season that teaches us survival. Here comes Winter the second audiobook in Ali Smith's shape-shifting quartet of stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is the Winter of my discontent!

  • By Rachel Redford on 05-12-17

beautiful dreamy and full of intelligence.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

beautiful and full of wonderful thoughtful prose. I loved it, the narrator is fantastic too...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Monster Calls

  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs, Patrick Ness
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting. He's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.... This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book, very powerful and emotional.

  • By ian mcnamara on 26-12-16

beautiful story wonderfully told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-18

an important and wonderful tale for people of all ages. the beauty of acceptance wonderfully encapsulated

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By madeleine davitt on 06-05-18

Amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Utterly utterly beautiful. The humanity in this tale of gods is almost edible. I cried on the tube for the love and forgiveness, for the wonderful vision of life’s absurdity and how honesty triumphs over all...

  • The Push

  • By: Tommy Caldwell
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92

Penguin Audio presents The Push by Tommy Caldwell, read by Johnathan McClain. A dramatic, inspiring memoir by legendary rock climber Tommy Caldwell, the first person to free climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan. On January 14, 2015, Tommy Caldwell, along with his partner, Kevin Jorgeson, summited what is widely regarded as the hardest climb in history Yosemite's nearly vertical 3,000 foot Dawn Wall, after 19 days on the route. Caldwell's odds-defying feat was the culmination of an entire lifetime of pushing himself to his limits as an athlete. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Push by Tommy Caldwell

  • By Anonymous User on 28-05-18

2% climbing 98% morose love story

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-18

If your looking for a story of epic climbing and can stomach endless padding with a morose love story then this might be your book. If what your really after is a story about a naive twenty year old babbling on about how wonderful his current girlfriend is, how amazing his life is, how God and children will make life so amazing then this will be right up your street. Repleat with fist pumping, self congratulatory cliches and naive contradictory messages on happiness and life this book is like wading through treacle. In a word 'vomitous'... stick to climbing tommy, all you've achieved here is to paint a picture of a young man with a poor sense of self clinging to rock and American cliches as the only path to happiness...

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Portable Door

  • By: Tom Holt
  • Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Starting a new job is always stressful (especially when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of J. W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course. They're away with the goblins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Alternative!

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-02-12

A bad mix of better authors

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-17

I've never read tom holt before and I wouldn't say I'd bother again. It's ok as an easy read but if you've read terry pratchet, Neil gaiman. Douglas Adams or tom Robbins you'll probably find this book entirely predictable. It feels like a bad mash up of all the authors that do this genre...

  • We Should All Be Feminists

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394

'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently....' What does feminism mean today? In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start in intersectional feminist theory

  • By Suswati on 28-01-17

Well said

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Beautifully spoken and wise words...the odd point I’m not quite aligned with but only from a biological perspective....otherwise a wonderful point well said!