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  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,268

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Such a disappointment after the Goldfinch

  • By Srjane on 25-07-16

The Secret History

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

What did you like most about The Secret History?

Excellent plot

Who was your favorite character and why?

Richard

How could the performance have been better?

A man should have been chosen to narrate this book. Why a woman was narrating the story when the narrator in the book was a man, I have no idea. It was a major irritation throughout the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

  • The Janus Stone

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 870

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I still can't get on with this reader....

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-11-15

The Janus Stone

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

Reviewed: 14-07-16

One I wish I had read myself as I did not think the narrator did the character Harry Nelson justice.
Good story that gave plenty of suspects but I did not guess the actual perpetrator until they were revealed.

  • The White Tiger

  • By: Aravind Adiga
  • Narrated by: Bindya Solanki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop until the day a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. Balram becomes aware of immense wealth all around him, and realizes the only way he can become part of it is by murdering his master. The White Tiger presents a raw and unromanticized India, both thrilling and shocking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine Booker winner

  • By FJWynne on 28-12-08

The White Tiger

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

It took me a while to get into this one but it was worth persevering with as it turned out to be very interesting.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Paris Bookshop

  • By: Nina George
  • Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 94

On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop - or, rather, a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Shoeless on 15-05-15

The Little Paris Bookshop

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

Reviewed: 02-06-16

I loved the beginning and middle but felt that the ending was very long and drawn out and rather contrived.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elephant Moon

  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 346

As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma, and the British rulers prepare to flee. But the human legacy of the British Empire will be left behind in the shape of 62 Anglo-Burmese children, born to local women after affairs with foreign men. Half castes, they are not acknowledged by either side, and they are to be abandoned with no one to protect them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Granny June on 28-01-16

A lovely story

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

A lovely story read beautifully by Helen Johns. I particularly enjoyed listening to how useful the elephants were and what characters they had.

  • From the Cradle

  • By: Mark Edwards, Louise Voss
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

When Helen and Sean Phillips go out for the evening, leaving their teenage daughter babysitting little Frankie, they have no idea that they are about to face every parent's greatest fear. Detective Inspector Patrick Lennon is hopeful that the three children who have been abducted in this patch of south-west London will be returned safe and well. But when a body is found in a local park, Lennon realizes that time is running out - and that nothing in this case is as it seems.…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but not brilliant

  • By Mrs yvie on 14-02-16

Great Story

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

Reviewed: 02-05-16

A gripping story with lots of twists and turns. I could not stop myself listening.

  • The Night Rainbow

  • A Novel
  • By: Claire King
  • Narrated by: Diane Piron-Gelman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

It is summer in the south of France, and Pea and her little sister Margot spend their days running free, inventing games in the meadow behind their house. But Pea has worries beyond her five and a half years. Her father has died in an accident, and her mother has just lost a baby. Maman is English, already isolated in this small, foreign village, and in her compounded grief, she has retreated even further. Pea and Margot stay out of her way and try to make things better, but they can't make Maman happy again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating voice

  • By Mrs Shrubington on 27-04-16

Irritating voice

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

A twee little story read in a very irritating fashion I struggled to finish it.