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  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,886

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Never-ending story?

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I enjoyed the idea of a multiverse and it was gripping listening but as the plot unfurled, I had more and more questions. How come Jason got straight to the lab on his first 'trip'? If set in Chicago, why emerge in a forest on some occasions? Why did it take so long to get back home when so many others seemed to make it there at the same time? How did he suddenly get more ampules for the final journey? Will the danger ever really end?

Suspend quite a bit of disbelief and it's a good listen.

  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,313

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

  • By Clare on 24-07-08

Couldn't take the cruelty

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

Reviewed: 27-06-19

I was quite enjoying this strange tale until I encountered the most nauseating cruelty to cats by one of the characters. I love animals, especially cats and this was beyond my ability to dismiss as fiction. A shame but it haunted me all day and I felt compelled to return the book. As with TV and film, it would help to have a warning in the summary before buying.

  • The Strawberry Thief

  • By: Joanne Harris
  • Narrated by: Joanne Harris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend. But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this visit to Lansquenet sur Tannes!

  • By Portybelle on 30-04-19

Refreshing discovery

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

Reviewed: 30-05-19

As someone who has never read or seen the film of Chocolat, I had no idea what kind of a story this would be. I was drawn in to this small town in France and the people from the beginning.

Rosette's story is at the centre of the tale, she is an intriguing little girl, she cannot speak except occasionally in her 'shadow' voice and has an imaginary monkey, Bam, as her friend. There is also something other-worldly about her and her mother, Vianne, who makes exotic chocolates in her little shop/cafe. She wants to keep Rosette close as she is not like other children. Both mother and daughter have a magical power - to summon the wind at will.

There is a dark secret. It is revealed only when an elderly parishioner dies and leaves a large folder of 'confession' for the priest. His will bequeathed a small wood to Rosette where she was once found by him, stealing strawberries. Has he left the wood to her because she loves it, or is there something else behind it? The family strongly contests his will, wanting to sell the timber and the land with the old man's farm.

Then his shop is let to an 'artist' who brings a hint of scandal to the town but proves a magnet to the little girl. The artist encourages her with her drawing and also, mysteriously, can 'see' Bam. Something is causing Vianne fear about this growing friendship, something back in the past and in another place.

For me, the whole story felt fresh and as if it was written in the French language and translated. I loved the style of writing and the author's narration with flawless pronunciation of the French names. Then to discover that this is a continuation of Chocolat has made me keen to catch up on the previous novels. A real delight.


  • Lucy Diamond

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Elise Italiaander
  • Narrated by: Lucy Diamond
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Lucy Diamond talks to us about her latest audiobook, On a Beautiful Day. Following the success of The Secrets of Happiness and The House of New Beginnings, among others, this highly anticipated story has once more delighted fans and critics alike, who praise it for being 'a hugely satisfying read'. In this exclusive interview, Lucy discusses her writing habits, her sources of inspiration and her fans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely idea

  • By Tina on 28-03-19

Lovely idea

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

Having just listened to my first Lucy Diamond book, which I really enjoyed, it was so nice to hear from the author herself about her life and writing.

Lucy is a sunny and engaging person and this has enhanced the pleasure of listening to her stories. I am about to download another!

  • Therapy

  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 757

Twelve-year-old Josy has an inexplicable illness. She vanishes without a trace from her doctor's office during treatment. Four years later Josy's father, psychiatrist Viktor Larenz, has withdrawn himself to an isolated North Sea island in order to deal with the tragedy. Then he's paid a surprise visit by a beautiful stranger. Anna Glass is a novelist who suffers from an unusual form of schizophrenia: All the characters she creates for her books become real to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You have to listen to this book

  • By Anita nicholson on 08-04-16

Twist after twist

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

Reviewed: 24-03-19

This thriller will mess with your head. Who and what is real? I did stumble on the "truth" but only when my brain couldn't take any more.
Good story and well narrated.

  • The Secrets of Happiness

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,124

Rachel and Becca are stepsisters living far apart, with little in common. Rachel is the successful one: happily married with three children and a big house. Becca, meanwhile, lurches from one dead-end job to another and has given up on love. The two of them have lost touch, but when Rachel doesn't come home one night, Becca is called in to help. As Becca begins to untangle Rachel's secrets, she is forced to confront some uncomfortable truths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • beyond chick lit

  • By lynn clough on 09-02-16

Good story, well narrated

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

Based around a fractured family, Becca is thrown in at the deep end by the disappearance of her estranged step-sister, Rachel, who she believes to be a successful businesswoman with a nice house and three children - and the exact opposite of Becca. While they wait for news, Becca is called on to look after the children and dives head-first into taking on clients of her sister's fledgling personal trainer business in a very unorthodox way.

Meanwhile Rachel has been mugged is lying in hospital miles away in Manchester with no memory of her who she is. Her memory gradually returns and she returns home entirely reliant on Becca, the step sister she never got along with and who helped to break up her marriage.

From this beginning I really engaged with Becca through all her disasters and triumphs to a very satisfying end.

I enjoyed this book - it just carried me along despite being a little predictable at times.


  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? An exquisitely crafted multilayered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s best seller The Thirteenth Tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen!

  • By Diana Haret on 04-02-19

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

Having read and enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale, I was keen to try another of Diane Setterfield's novels. This one is beautifully written, and Juliet Stevenson always gives a great performance. The intrigue burst in with a storm through the inn door right at the start and had me floating along the turbulent river with the story until the last page.

  • The Diary of a Bookseller

  • By: Shaun Bythell
  • Narrated by: Robin Laing
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 894

Shaun Bythell owns The Bookshop, Wigtown - Scotland's largest second-hand bookshop. In these wry and hilarious diaries, Shaun provides an inside look at the trials and tribulations of life in the book trade, from struggles with eccentric customers to wrangles with his own staff. He takes us with him on buying trips to old estates and auction houses, recommends books and evokes the rhythms and charms of small-town life, always with a sharp and sympathetic eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle pleasure

  • By Flint on 11-12-17

Slow, quirky - and that's a compliment

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Literally the day to day account of a year in the life of a real second-hand bookshop in Scotland.

It took me a while to get used to the droll humour of the proprietor as at first he came across as a rather cynical, grumpy character. Not a lot happens but I was drawn in by the array of eccentric customers and the even more eccentric assistants who run rings around their boss. I found myself chuckling more, sympathising with the long-suffering owner, and was soon settling into enjoying the book.

I would have liked to know more about Captain, the shop's cat who is always there in the background.

A charming account though I could do without the daily tally of takings and customers.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,470

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Déjà vu all over again

  • By S. Kingston on 07-07-14

Groundhog Day but darker

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

Granted, there were many lives to go through but each one was very brief and shallow. By the middle of the book I knew just where this was heading and it took ages to get there. A bit more depth would have made a big difference, especially to know why certain individuals were able to live again and again and why only a few remembered their past lives.

I liked the concept and was able to finish the book, aided by the high quality of the narrator. The cruelty that Harry had to suffer was too much for me, though his mind seemed to be able to function normally no matter what was thrown at him which was unbelievable. I wanted to know the outcome of Harry's intervention on the future of the world but it was left, more or less, hanging.

Overall it was listenable but I'm not sure I'd choose this author's work again.

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 706

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared, a priceless heirloom is missing and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable!

  • By Mrs. A. Hemsworth on 30-09-18

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-19

I haven't listened to Kate Morton's books for so long as I couldn't stand Caroline Lee's bad narration. Thank goodness for Joanne Froggatt's impeccable reading, it made such a difference.
The story weaves back and forth through time with some interesting characters and with layers of intrigue surrounding a glorious old house with secrets.
I was sorry when it ended - it is so enjoyable that I will definitely listen again in the future.