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ADRIAN M WATTS

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  • Stoner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Waterstone's book of the year. Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013, translations of Stoner began appearing on best-seller lists across Europe. William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at 19 to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably one of the finest books I have listened to - why isn't this book better known?!

  • By ADRIAN M WATTS on 21-03-17

Probably one of the finest books I have listened to - why isn't this book better known?!

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

Reviewed: 21-03-17

If you enjoy Donna Tartt I think you will enjoy this. I am left feeling bereft after finishing this book, so much so that I am about to start again!

18 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,879
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,856

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Great murder mystery

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Where does The Cuckoo's Calling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Best book of its genre I have listened to

What other book might you compare The Cuckoo's Calling to, and why?

A modern day P D James

What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

Superbly read, characterisation fantastic

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

Book kept you on edge of your seat

Any additional comments?

Be prepared to be very unsociable once you start listening to this book!