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  • Wonder

  • By: R J Palacio
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl, Diana Steele
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416

Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good

  • By Miss G L Salmon on 24-10-17

More than just a children’s book

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

This is a terrific book - really uplifting. I’m more than an adult now but I found it compelling, realistic and beautiful.

  • Famous Five: Five On A Hike Together

  • Book 10
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: Jan Francis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In book 10, Dick is woken by a light flashing through his window. Is someone trying to send him a coded message? When the Famous Five hear of an escaped convict in the area, they are on red alert. The police won't help, so the Five have no choice - yet again, they'll be solving this mystery by themselves....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By T on 13-07-15

This is a great book for kids

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

I loved the Famous Five when I was a kid. I remember going to the library in the hope of finding one that I hadn’t read. Now, of course, they are a bit tame. Nevertheless this was a good story and I can see how the adventures of these independent and adventurous children would have appealed to me. The are also kind and work together as a team which I find lovely. Like Treasure Island it’s a just plausible adventure. Mind you I find them a bit reckless and relying too much on the kindness of strangers. As a child I found Anne a drip now I think her a very sympathetic character and notice how she does a lot to solve the mystery. Mind you the boys are in charge which dates the work.

  • Tropic of Cancer

  • By: Henry Miller
  • Narrated by: Ian McShane
  • Length: 2 hrs and 35 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Tropic of Cancer is regarded as a masterpiece, with Time magazine rating it as one of the 100 most important novels of the 20th century. It is an unforgettable, confessional, warts and all novel of the author and his friends riotous adventures in Paris during the Depression. It changed censorship laws in the US where it was published decades after it was written, and reading it today amplifies the debt that modern writers owe Miller.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poisonous

  • By Zut Marron on 10-06-18

Poisonous

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

What is this? It seems to be The wet dream of a 15-year-old boy. It seems to lack anything a novel should have, really anything.

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  • A Higher Loyalty

  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 916

In his forthcoming book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Respect

  • By sara on 18-04-18

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Comey may be pompous, you might say naive but the contrast between this good man and Donald Trump is so stark and so clear that it floods a light into the grey viciousness of Trump’s gangster administration. I pray that Comey is right and that Robert Miller will reveal Trump for the despicable creature that he is.

  • Origin

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,476

The spellbinding new Robert Langdon novel from the author of The Da Vinci Code. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earth-shaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deception Point 2

  • By 451 on 10-10-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

Too much weedy religious philosophising and not enough action. I really couldn’t recommend this book.

  • The Fog

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 222

The peaceful life of a village in Wiltshire is suddenly shattered by a disaster which strikes without reason or explanation, leaving behind it a trail of misery and horror. A yawning, bottomless crack spreads through the earth, out of which creeps a fog that resembles no other. Whatever it is, it must be controlled; for wherever it goes it leaves behind a trail of disaster as hideous as the tragedy that marked its entry into the world. The fog, quite simple, drives people insane.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great stuff

  • By M Henderson on 28-12-16

Some old fashioned attitudes on view here

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Any additional comments?

Well read by Sean Barrett, a pretty good thriller/horror story. However it betrays its age with some dodgy attitudes to gay people and a very patriarchal hero. For instance the one-armed gay ex-soldier seems to assuage his guilt over his homosexuality by having his penis chopped off. Still if you can deal with these issues it’s a good listen.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Les Misérables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 67 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Les Misérables is set in Paris after the French Revolution. In the sewers and backstreets, we encounter "the wolf-like tread of crime", and assassination for a few sous is all in a day's work. We weep with the unlucky and heart-broken Fantine, and we exult with the heroic revolutionaries of the barricades; but above all we thrill to the steadfast courage and nobility of soul of ex-convict Jean Valjean, always in danger from the relentless pursuit of the diabolical Inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Milton on 03-09-17

Patience is needed here

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

The book is brilliantly read, the story is magnificent, overall it only gets three stars because Hugo is partial to rambling, and generally very tedious, digressions. Of course the result is a greater immersion in the story, a greater empathy with the characters so that the heart-rending final scene is that much more poignant. On balance though I think I would recommend an edited version.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ragged Trousered Philanthropists  

  • By: Robert Tressell
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists is the classic working-class novel. It was written in 1906 by an impoverished house painter, Robert Tressell, and within its framework contains a manifesto for socialism. It tells of the appalling working conditions of a group of painters and decorators and their struggle to survive at the most basic level. It is moving, grimly humorous and tragic. It has sold over six million copies worldwide since it was published, and it has the power to change lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing performance of a classic

  • By The chillout consultant on 23-02-16

My father read this when he was a boy.

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

Reviewed: 31-07-17

This is a tremendous book. Perhaps it might seem outdated to reflect upon the conflict between employer and employee in what, I suppose, was the 19th century. However when you consider zero hours contracts, the gig economy and the way in which people still vote Tory its relevance has not diminished with time.

  • The Ghost Road

  • The Regeneration Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

This novel challenges our assumptions about relationships between the classes, doctors and patients, men and women, and men and men. It completes the author's exploration of the First World War, and is a timeless depiction of humanity in extremis. Winner of the 1995 Booker Prize.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing finish to this trilogy

  • By Johanna on 23-12-12

Genius

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

It's hard to know what to say when presented with something so perfect, so intricate, so moving, so right.

  • Scoop

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Simon Cadell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon Stitch, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins Scoop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the fantastic Beast - and where to find it

  • By Mr on 14-04-17

Does this need editing?

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Any additional comments?

This is an entertaining listen but, and it is an enormous but, the thing is ghastly racist. The central section in Africa is full of jokes at the expense of Africans which made me cringe.

1 of 7 people found this review helpful