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  • Strange Magic

  • By: Syd Moore
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

Rosie Strange doesn't believe in ghosts or witches or magic. It's no surprise therefore that when she inherits the ramshackle Essex Witch Museum, her first thought is to take the money and run. Still, the museum exerts a curious pull over Rosie. There's the eccentric academic who bustles in to demand she help in a hunt for the bones of the notorious Ursula Cadence, a witch long since put to death. And there's curator Sam Stone, a man about whom Rosie can't decide if he's tiresomely annoying or extremely captivating.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • so so boring

  • By Marie on 13-09-17

What a fun and uplifting listen

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is a fun story. I felt happy and uplifted at the end, like I would hug the two main characters if I could! I think that is a good thing!

  • Melmoth

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Twenty years ago Helen Franklin did something she cannot forgive herself for, and she has spent every day since barricading herself against its memory. But her sheltered life is about to change. A strange manuscript has come into her possession. It is filled with testimonies from the darkest chapters of human history, which all record sightings of a tall, silent woman in black, with unblinking eyes and bleeding feet: Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world. Condemned to walk the Earth forever, she tries to beguile the guilty and lure them away for a lifetime wandering alongside her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and devastating

  • By Marlene Brown on 15-11-18

So slow and tedious

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

I really wanted to enjoy this book but I have given up on it because it is so boring. The reading just makes it worse because it is so slow and trying too hard to be mysterious and interesting but it fails on all counts. Sorry to be negative but 4 chapters was enough.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SUPERB, insightful and addictive - a must listen

  • By Miss on 15-11-16

Interesting and well 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: 08-10-18

I found this book to be very honest, interesting and well told. A friend suggested I read it and I’m glad.

  • Middlemarch

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 35 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

Dorothea Brooke is an ardent idealist who represses her vivacity and intelligence for the cold, theological pedant Casaubon. One man understands her true nature: the artist Will Ladislaw. But how can love triumph against her sense of duty and Casaubon’s mean spirit? Meanwhile, in the little world of Middlemarch, the broader world is mirrored: the world of politics, social change, and reforms, as well as betrayal, greed, blackmail, ambition, and disappointment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All consuming

  • By Caro on 27-04-11

Over too quickly!

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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: 08-10-18

What a wonderful story and faultless reading. I shall miss listening to Middlemarch, no surprises that it’s fantastic but it is. Juliet Stevenson’s performance is great as you would expect too, the different voices all excellent. I absolutely love this audio book.

  • The Wife

  • By: Anton Chekhov
  • Narrated by: Michael Scott
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

In this classic short story, Chekhov takes a snapshot of the Russian life, illuminating the harsh complexities and yet subtle simplicities that interact seamlessly together. The cold and gloom of the Russian environment cannot compare to the relationship that Pavel Andreitch, a rich aristocratic, has with his wife, who is no longer in love, or even tolerant of her husband, although helplessly reliant on his financial support.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pauses by design?

  • By Cimi Skywalker on 25-10-18

The wrong reader

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Obviously great writing but the reader makes this unlistenable to. A grating accent so wrong for this work of literature. ‘To be sure, to be sure’ rolled and growled. The French word c’est pronounced as in zest! Oh dear.

  • Life After Life

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,665
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,646

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?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story of "what ifs"

  • By Kirstine on 13-05-13

Really interesting story telling

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

I really enjoyed this novel and the audio performance. The rewind and repeat aspect was unusual and intriguing. Superb storytelling. The descriptions of the blitz were gripping, brutal and emotional.

  • The Girls of Slender Means

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 173

The Girls of Slender Means is the third Muriel Spark audio release of 2012, following The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and The Complete Short Stories. It is 1945; a time of cultural and political change, and also one of slender means. Spark's evocative and sharply drawn novel focuses on a group of women living together in a hostel in Kensington who face new challenges in uncertain times. The novel is at once dramatic and character-based, and shows Muriel Spark at the height of her literary powers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slender but spirited

  • By marie on 24-12-12

Great

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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: 30-09-18

I loved this short novel. The quality is high and there is nothing to complain about with it.

  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Phoebe James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 611
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 618

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge it'll wreck her career. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Give the book a better chance

  • By kai on 01-05-11

Awful

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

Each to their own but I found this book and the audio performance awful in so many ways. Now I’ve tried chic lit, I know not to again.

  • MaddAddam

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

A man-made plague has swept the Earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, one-time member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book of the trilogy!

  • By BB on 02-10-15

Oh Snowman, what is toast?

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I absolutely love these books! Oryx and Crake the most. They left me feeling happy and elated and just really glad to have experienced them. If you like science, dystopia, fascinating human relationships and brilliantly imaginative very well written stories, there are three here!

  • The Year of the Flood

  • MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club; and former SecretBurgers meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa. Have others survived?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sharp Divide

  • By Isolde on 31-01-13

Such a pleasure to listen

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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: 06-04-18

I loved The Year of the Flood, a great follow on from Oryx and Crake. The two books compliment each other brilliantly! The singing was not my thing, I’m glad I was pre warned by other reviewers and skipped over the songs. Them being there didn’t detract from the story or my effect my enjoyment. I’ve just got my new credit and the third book is in my library already! I would recommended listening to the first two books, the third too I expect, in close succession, they’ll be more enjoyable still, with a fresh memory of the book before the one playing!