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  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,560
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,397

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

What a fantastic book!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

This was my first John Boyne book-I can't wait to read more! The narrator was brilliant

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply disturbing and yet i couldn't stop reading

  • By Jenny on 05-01-16

Endless self pit

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

Reviewed: 25-07-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

NO! I thought it was dreadful. The character was so self absorbed and dull

What was most disappointing about Hanya Yanagihara’s story?

That I had to put up with 32 hours hoping that the story would be turned round.

What three words best describe Oliver Wyman’s voice?

Cloying

Do you think A Little Life needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No-please no

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Richard Flanagan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful.

  • By Barbara on 17-10-14

This deserves all the prizes

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

Reviewed: 18-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Narrow Road to the Deep North to be better than the print version?

I don't know as have only listened to it

What other book might you compare The Narrow Road to the Deep North to, and why?

It was quite a unique book

Have you listened to any of Richard Flanagan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

No as there was a lot to digest

  • Levels of Life

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Julian Barnes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

'You put together two things that have not been put together before. And the world is changed...' Julian Barnes's new book is about ballooning, photography, love and grief; about putting two things, and two people, together, and about tearing them apart. One of the judges who awarded him the 2011 Man Booker Prize described him as 'an unparalleled magus of the heart'. This book confirms that opinion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truthful and painful

  • By Susan on 05-12-13

Absolutely wonderful and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 18-03-16

What did you like most about Levels of Life?

It really made me think Julian Barnes is also wonderfully articulate.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty of Julian Barnes

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There wasn't any scenes as he is talking about the experience of dealing with bereavement

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Julian Barnes has a beautiful voice

  • The Thread

  • By: Victoria Hislop
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the thriving Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. Five years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minor is destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. Soon her life will become entwined with Dimitri's, and with the story of the city itself, as war, fear and persecution begin to divide its people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic and moving story of love ad war

  • By Kirstine on 21-07-12

Boring and predictable

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

Reviewed: 18-03-16

What would have made The Thread better?

A better storyline. I downloaded it because I enjoyed The Island

What will your next listen be?

A Margaret Forster book

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Duncan?

The narrator was fine

What character would you cut from The Thread?

There was nothing wrong with the characters

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gathering

  • By: Anne Enright
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather together in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him-although that certainly helped-it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly crafted novel

  • By Helen on 04-05-10

Outstanding book

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

What made the experience of listening to The Gathering the most enjoyable?

Fiona Shaw read with real depth and understanding.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Liam because he was so understandable and human

What does Fiona Shaw bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She read it as if she had written it herself

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Families eh?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Academy Street

  • By: Mary Costello
  • Narrated by: Melanie McHugh
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Academy Street is the heart-breaking and evocative story of one woman’s life spanning six decades. Tess’s childhood in 1940’s rural Ireland is defined by the sudden death of her mother. Later, in New York, she encounters the ferocious power and calamity of love, and the effects of catastrophic fate. The novel resonates with the rhythms of memory and home as well as those of America’s greatest city.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tess

  • By Teresa on 29-03-15

Promising but doesn't deliver

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator was great but the story just didn't live up to my expectations at all.

What was most disappointing about Mary Costello’s story?

It was very dull

What about Melanie McHugh’s performance did you like?

Lovely voice

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Temporary Gentleman

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Frank Grimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Jack McNulty is a 'temporary gentleman', an Irishman whose commission in the British army in the Second World War was never made permanent. In 1957, in his lodgings in Accra, he sets out to write his story. He is an ordinary man, both petty and heroic, but he has seen extraordinary things. He has wandered the world - as a soldier, an engineer, a UN observer - following his childhood ambition to better himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poetic and melancholy

  • By Kaggy on 20-06-15

Beautiful prose wonderfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 18-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Temporary Gentleman to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but audio is so good I would heartily recommend

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Temporary Gentleman?

When he meets May first.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When he meets May's family

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wallflower at the Orgy

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

From her Academy Award-nominated screenplays to her best-selling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America's most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers. In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit. From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement to dressing down the fashion world's most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nora Ephron at her best

  • By Sennichi on 18-06-14

Nora Ephron at her best

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

Reviewed: 18-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Wallflower at the Orgy to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version

What did you like best about this story?

Very articulate and funny. Lots of interesting subjects too

Have you listened to any of Kathe Mazur’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

Laugh

  • The Lowland

  • By: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Born just 15 months apart, Subhash and Udayan Mitra are inseparable brothers, one often mistaken for the other in the Calcutta neighborhood where they grow up. But they are also opposites, with gravely different futures ahead. It is the 1960s, and Udayan - charismatic and impulsive - finds himself drawn to the Naxalite movement, a rebellion waged to eradicate inequity and poverty; he will give everything, risk all, for what he believes. Subhash, the dutiful son, does not share his brother’s political passion; he leaves home to pursue a life of scientific research in a quiet, coastal corner of America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Baloo on 28-03-15

A big disappointment

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

Reviewed: 18-06-14

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Maybe would appeal to people who have not read any literature set in India

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I think I am going to give up on this book

What didn’t you like about Sunil Malhotra’s performance?

Very wooden and mechanical

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I cannot understand why this book was nominated for a Booker

0 of 1 people found this review helpful