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  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Simply Splendid

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-09

All Neil Gaiman's stuff is great. This is a funny, clever, book, slightly dark in places, and a total delight. You've no idea what's going to happen next, or where it will end up. But you will be desperate to find out! Lenny Henry reads it beautifully, and brings it fabulously alive.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flamin' good

  • By Sandra on 30-11-06

Not bad, but others of the genre are better...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-09

A pleasant listen, but compared to Garth Nix's Sabriel or Neil Gaiman's Stardust, this somehow lacked direction, and felt less rounded, a bit more two-dimensional. It's not to say we didn't enjoy it, but we won't be buying the other members of the trilogy. In contrast, Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen had us on the edge of our seats. To be fair, Eragon is probably better for slightly younger listeners, dealing less with themes of emerging awareness of early adult relationships etc., and it has pace and zing. But it doesn't have the complete originality of the other books, or the mesmerising quality.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Abhorsen

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 438

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Incredible Listen

  • By Mr on 23-12-12

Awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-09

Brilliant climax to a superb trilogy. Moves from the Sameth/Lirael 'discovering their identities' phase to riveting action. Brilliantly read, and wonderful characters. The Disreputable Dog and Mogget are witty and intelligent additions to the blossoming pair of Sameth and Lirael, for whom you find yourself rooting for more and more as the tension mounts. A great pity it had to end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lirael

  • Daughter of the Clayr
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 401

Lirael has never felt like a true daughter of the Clayr. Abandoned by her mother, ignorant of her father's identity, Lirael resembles no one else in her large extended family living in the Clayr's glacier. She doesn't even have the Sight, the ability to See into the present and possibly futures, that is the very birthright of the Clayr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Ms. H. Morris on 09-02-11

Excellent part of the trilogy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-09

We loved Sabriel, and embarked happily on Lirael. It's a good book, and a vital part of the trilogy that culminates with the brilliant Abhorsen. Of all the three, though, this one dragged a tiny bit in places... particularly with the drawn-out angst of Lirael and Sameth as they discover their identities. Still, an excellent book and a guarantor of quiet and happy car journeys.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 783

In the English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but she is as distant as the star they see fall from the sky one evening. For the prize of Victoria's hand, Tristan vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town's ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A proper fairy story

  • By Beccameriel on 08-12-14

A complete delight

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-09

This is a joy. Atmospherically read by the author, it just flows along in a rich and delightful story, full of twists and turns and underpinned by glorious imagination. Way more enjoyable than the film. It guarantees peaceful journeys if played in a car...!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sabriel

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By Richard on 20-03-07

Absorbing, clever, entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-09

Very enjoyable for adults as well as kids. Of the trilogy, this and Abhorsen were the favourites. Sabriel in particular is arrestingly original, with great characters and a nice mix of action and character development. One of our favourites.

  • The Historian

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By A Genealogist on 15-02-07

Great book, excellent dramatisation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-08

Really one of the best audiobooks we've listened to in a long time. Good use of several voices to give a feel of dramatisation whilst keeping true to the book. Nicely abridged so that nothing seemed to have been lost. Absorbing and excellent tale, well read.