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Jonathan London

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  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devastating but brilliant

  • By J Harrison on 27-01-16

Extremely Depressing and unrealistic

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A decent storyline would have helped. It was a depressing book from start to finish with no redemptive qualities in either the stories or the unrelenting tragedy of the lives of its characters.

Would you ever listen to anything by Hanya Yanagihara again?

No.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

It was all bleak and unrealistic.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The writing style was ok.

Any additional comments?

Avoid this book, it's miserable and unedifying in every way. I'm sorry I wasted my credit on it.

  • Imogene in New Orleans

  • By: Hunter Murphy
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

At the ripe age of 73, Imogene Deal McGregor has a penchant for following her own instincts, as well as more grit and spunk than her hypochondriac son, Billy McGregor, and Billy's impulsive partner Jackson can handle. The boys take Imogene to New Orleans with their devilishly handsome English bulldog Goose, hoping to visit friends and attend a second line parade, but moments after arriving in the French Quarter, they find their friend Glenway Gilbert murdered in his art gallery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great New Orleans setting and quirky characters

  • By Jonathan London on 23-10-16

Great New Orleans setting and quirky characters

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

Reviewed: 23-10-16

What made the experience of listening to Imogene in New Orleans the most enjoyable?

The main character Imogene is fun and the story is face paced with great descriptions of New Orleans.

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

It's an entertaining read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Code of the Woosters

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

Take Gussie Fink-Nottle, the soupy Madeline Bassett, old Pop Bassett, the unscrupulous Stiffy Byng, the Rev. H.P. ('Stinker') Pinker, an eighteenth-century cow-creamer, a small brown leather-covered notebook, and mix well with a liberal dose of aged relative Aunt Dahlia, and there you have it, a dangerous brew which spells toil and trouble for Bertie and some serious thinking for Jeeves.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Soundtrack I've Heard

  • By Barry Griffiths on 21-05-15

Terrible sound quality - avoid

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

The sounds is muffled and poor quality - sounds like it was recorded in the 50's

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Santa Klaus Murder

  • By: Mavis Doriel Hay
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin, Anne Dover
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

Aunt Mildred declared that no good could come of the Melbury family Christmas gatherings. So when Sir Osmond Melbury, the family patriarch, is discovered - by a guest dressed as Santa Klaus - with a bullet in his head on Christmas Day, the festivities are plunged into chaos. Nearly everybody stands to reap some sort of benefit from his death excepting Santa Klaus, the one person who seems to have had every opportunity to fire the shot.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed it

  • By Hes on 10-12-15

Dull, dull, dull

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

The reading was fine but a boring narrative and unsatisfying conclusion. I wasted good money on this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful