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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

Such a chore!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Listened to this for book club, it was such a chore i got no sense of the main character, of how his experiences affected or shaped him as I was dragged through a very drawn out rendition of his life and those around him!! I felt like I was watching a soap opera on TV of largely disjointed events. If he wasn't in every part of the book I would have struggled to know Theo was the main character. The other key object, the goldfinch, was abstract to the story in my opinion. I did not get a sense of the strength of importance it lent to all people who came across it other than it's value. It could have been a marble, or a letter opener, anything. If it wasn't for book club I would have given myself back 32hours. I'm shocked that this is being made into a film. They would have to put some serious Hollywood and CSI elements to get it halfway interesting (which would be a shame). I'm happy to be proved wrong but I didn't enjoy this at all.

  • Men Don't Love Women Like You!

  • The Brutal Truth About Dating, Relationships, and How to Go from Placeholder to Game Changer
  • By: G.L. Lambert
  • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Why isn't your love life where you want it to be? Are you going to point fingers at the quality of today's men, blame the city that you live in, or come up with the defense that you don't have the energy to date? You pretend to be working on yourself, but you secretly hope and wish that Prince Charming will fall in your lap. You make the excuse that it's not you, it's the men, but there is something inside of you that knows the common denominator in all of your failed relationships was you!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutal but refreshing

  • By GU_buys on 09-03-17

Brutal but refreshing

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This is a new take on Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus. Throws romance in the wind and turns modern day relationships into a stint in the Colosseum. The uncomfortable truth is that it's really really accurate. The resounding message however is finding inner strength and confidence which is very impactful.

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  • This Was a Man

  • The Clifton Chronicles, Book 7
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247

This Was a Man opens with a shot being fired, but who pulled the trigger, and who lives, and who dies? In Whitehall, Giles Barrington discovers the truth about his wife, Karin, from the Cabinet Secretary. Is she a spy or a pawn in a larger game? Harry Clifton sets out to write his magnum opus while his wife, Emma, completes her 10 years as Chairman of the Bristol Royal Infirmary and receives an unexpected call from Margaret Thatcher offering her a job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining rollicking melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 08-11-16

Much much more than I expected

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

Reviewed: 20-12-16

I read the first in a series just over a month ago and I couldn't put it and the subsequent books down. I hoped they'd loose their appeal so I could stop but they didn't and now the seventh and final book has topped the lot. Such a good read.

  • I Am Pilgrim, Volume 2

  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret espionage unit for US intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he wrote the definitive book on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him. It will help NYPD detective Ben Bradley track him down. And it will take him to a rundown New York hotel room where the body of a woman is found facedown in a bath of acid, her features erased, her teeth missing, her fingerprints gone....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Steve on 12-01-15

Paying twice for one book is bad form....

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

But brilliant read. I couldn't stop listening I'm not a usual reader of this genre but I'm now hooked.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288

Kevin Khatchadourian killed several of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a teacher, shortly before his 16th birthday. He is visited in prison by his mother, Eva, who narrates in a series of letters to her estranged husband, Franklin, the story of Kevin's upbringing. A successsful career woman, Eva is reluctant to forgo her independence and the life she shares with Franklin to become a mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We need to talk about Kevin

  • By Jacky on 21-09-06

Kept me listening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-11

this was a very intelligently written book and I enjoyed it albeit the dark subject matter. I have to say however it was also a bit predictable for me in not so twisted twist and ended as expected. Good read non the less