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  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

  • By: Joël Dicker
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 830

August 30, 1975: the day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with 15-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert’s most gifted protégé - throws off his writer’s block to clear his mentor’s name. Solving the case and penning a new best seller soon merge into one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well i quite liked it

  • By knittyboot on 15-05-14

Overly long and tries too hard

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

The premise was good - struggling writer goes to see his old professor for advice and gets caught up in the investigation of the disappearance of a schoolgirl. The novel jumps around in time with flashbacks to the disappearance in the 70s and flashbacks to when Markus was taught by the professor. However it was fairly easy to keep track as sections were short. There were also sections read from the book which made the professor famous. As the story progresses it gets more complicated. There were a few revelations which were easy to guess, but then several red herrings - he did it, then later no he did it, then even later no he did it. This got a bit tedious and meant the book wasn't very well balanced. At over 20 hours it was really long and I'm glad I finished it but I think the story could have taken half the time. I liked the narrator. He was consistent and easy to listen to and very professional I felt.

  • I Will Find You

  • By: Joanna Connors
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

A compelling and hard-hitting memoir which follows one woman's search, 20 years after the attack, for answers about her rapist. Joanna Connors was 30 years old when she was raped at knifepoint by a stranger. After this horrifying trauma, she became afraid of everything - flying, driving, travelling in a car while someone else drove. She had children but hovered over them constantly, terrified about what might happen to them as well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual Search Story

  • By Suzy on 25-08-18

Unusual Search Story

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

Not what I was expecting. A woman goes through a traumatic experience and deals with it by trying to find out more about the perpetrator and his background. I found the concept for the book interesting but the author seems to keep the reader at a distance throughout. Because of a this,the book lacked emotion for me and the quest to discover his background became the focus rather than it being about the author herself.

  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating but too long

  • By Rozzi on 30-12-17

Lacks the personal touch

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

Reviewed: 21-08-18

I love author read books and there are moments when Hillary lets down her guard and is a joy to listen to. However most of the time it feels like she's delivering a speech and this made the book feel overly long. I found it interesting to hear from her viewpoint and there are snippets of personal details but overall I didn't come away feeling I knew more about her as a person. Given some of the criticism levelled at her was about a disconnection with people, I feel she missed an opportunity to speak to these people. I've no idea if she will run again but this book hasn't really helped if she plans to do so. It's just her view of the campaign and sadly very little new material.

  • Matterhorn

  • By: Karl Marlantes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 22 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Marine lieutenant Waino Mellas and his comrades in Bravo Company have been dropped into the mountain jungle of Vietnam. Standing in their way are the North Vietnamese, the monsoon rain and mud, leeches and tigers, and disease and malnutrition. When the company is surrounded by the enemy, the Marines are thrust into the raw and all-consuming terror of combat. The experience will change them forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By James on 20-07-11

Atmospheric but I didn't engage with all the characters

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

I am sure this book gives a really good and realistic impression of what it was like to serve in Vietnam. The boredom, the confusion, the death, the mix of people from all walks of life. It's a very long listen but I let it somewhat flow over me and it felt like I could really visualise the environment. However what didn't work so well was the large cast of characters who I got really confused by, even just remembering the names and which person was with which company. There are moments of real emotion but I felt this would've been increased if the book was a little easier to follow. In terms of timeline, thank goodness it's chronological. There's a good smattering of bad language throughout which is something I usually avoid, but it is all within context and for me, added to the authenticity. The narrator was excellent. At no point did he sound bored or like he was reading a book. It was overall a great listen. Just for me a bit confusing at times.

  • Gold

  • By: Chris Cleave
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Usually, this is where we'd tell you what this book is about. But with Chris Cleave, it's a bit different. Because if you've read The Other Hand or Incendiary, you'll know that what his books are about is only part of the story - what really matters is how they make you feel. Gold is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional. It will make you cry. Gold is about what drives us to succeed - and what we choose to sacrifice for success. It will make you feel glad to be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional Rollercoaster

  • By Destination Hulk on 11-01-13

Confused by this emotional tale

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

Reviewed: 25-03-18

Overall the story was fine. I am not that interested in sport or cycling but the story didn't focus on the technical aspects of the race to the Olympics. Instead it was about people - two girls and a boy who meet at a training camp. The author does a good job of getting us to feel the tension of racing and see the 'win at all costs' attitude. The biggest problem I had was the difficulty in following what was happening. I mistakenly thought the change in time period was showing when the girls were children, but I later realised it was showing when they were grown with their own children. This wasn't clear to me until over half way through and affected my enjoyment a lot. I also found the constant Star Wars references of the child, Sophie, really irritating and distracting. Overall just 3.5 stars for me. The narration was okay, nothing special but not silly voices. I just again found it tricky to distinguish between the different characters.

  • The Girls

  • By: Emma Cline
  • Narrated by: Cady McClain
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 512

Evie Boyd is desperate to be noticed. In the summer of 1969, empty days stretch out under the California sun. The smell of honeysuckle thickens the air, and the sidewalks radiate heat. Until she sees them. The snatch of cold laughter. Hair long and uncombed. Dirty dresses skimming the tops of thighs. Cheap rings like a second set of knuckles. The girls. And at the centre, Russell. Russell and the ranch, down a long dirt track and deep in the hills. Incense and clumsily strummed chords. Rumours of sex, frenzied gatherings, teen runaways.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The human side...

  • By Mark on 05-01-17

Underwhelming 'Manson inspired' tale

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

Lonely and misunderstood teen gets in with a bad crowd in the hippy days and gets led astray. Sadly there's nothing new in the story, the characters or the insight which made for a rather dull listen. The main character is somewhat insipid, dazzled by the hair of a popular girl. I just couldn't get into the mindset of her or the others and it just felt like a cheap imitation of a real life tragedy. An easy listen with a decent narrator but really not worth the effort.

  • The Gustav Sonata

  • By: Rose Tremain
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 460

Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in Switzerland where the horrors of the Second World War seem distant. He adores his mother, but she treats him with bitter severity, disapproving especially of his intense friendship with Anton, the Jewish boy at school. A gifted pianist, Anton is tortured by stage fright; only in secret games with Gustav does his imagination thrive. But Gustav is taught that he must develop a hard shell, 'like a coconut', to protect the softness inside - just like the hard shell perfected by his country to protect its neutrality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding tale of love,friendship & betrayal.

  • By bookylady on 30-12-16

Disappointingly dull family saga

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

I had high hopes for this book as I do enjoy fiction with a link to World War Two. However I found this saga was flat and dull. Post war Switzerland and Gustav lives in poverty in contrast to his friend Anton. I quite enjoyed the relationship between the two school boys but then the story drifts to fill in the back story of Gustav's mother & absent father. Later we jump in time to the future when Gustav is grown and meets with figures from his father's past. For me there wasn't enough tension or activity in the plot. The style was very telling (Gustav was anxious, Anton was frightened, he did this, they did that). The big reveal is for Gustav to uncover stories of his father, but it really wasn't such a big deal (or a surprise). Overall a gentle drama but lacking in oomph.

  • The Candle Man

  • By: Alex Scarrow
  • Narrated by: Robert G. Slade
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

1912: Locked in an eerily quiet dining room on the Titanic, a mysterious man tells a young girl his life story as the ship begins to sink. It all starts in Whitechapel, London in 1888.... In the small hours of the night in a darkened Whitechapel alley, young Mary Kelly stumbles upon a seriously injured man almost unconscious in the gutter. Two days later, an American gentleman wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of who he is or how he got there.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unputdownable

  • By Wickerman49 on 22-07-14

Jack the Ripper - alternative theory

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Prologue - aboard the Titanic & a man shares his story with a fellow passenger. Cue flashback to 1880s Whitechapel, London. Not just an alternative ripper story but a jolly good listen. It starts with an East End thug and prostitutes trying to survive the harsh living conditions. A woman steals from an injured man then has second thoughts about leaving him in the street. A discovery on a job, leads to the arrival of the Candle Man to tie up loose ends. The story intertwined nicely and was thrilling without too many confusing twists. I felt it portrayed the period reasonably well but the focus was on the plot. The narrator was okay, I was too caught up in the story to bother too much about the accents. Overall a really good book.

  • Roots

  • By: Alex Haley
  • Narrated by: Avery Brooks
  • Length: 30 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 172

Tracing his ancestory through six generations - slaves and freedmen, farmers and blacksmiths, lawyers and architects - back to Africa, Alex Haley discovered a sixteen-year-old youth, Kunta Kinte. It was this young man, who had been torn from his homeland and and in torment and anguish brought to the slave markets of the New World, who held the key to Haley's deep and distant past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By tru.gough on 23-12-12

Intensive family saga

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I remember Roots as a TV drama. This book is the story upon which that was based. We start with a boy in his village, in Africa and follow in detail his life. Whilst this wasn't the dramatic start I expected, what the author did was to show ordinary life for the boy. Later when his life changes I better appreciated how different things were for him. Although at the time I felt this section was overly long. The story then continues chronologically through 7 generations from when the boy is forced to leave his village for a life of slavery. At times I found it hard to settle into a new section as we left behind characters and followed the next generation. Also I felt if this was written today, it would have a different structure with flashbacks and other techniques. However the story is interesting and engaging. The narrator has a serious tone and clear voice throughout. I cannot comment on the pronunciation of the African names but he offered consistency. It was 30 hours well spent and a book I recommend.

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  • The Hemingway Files

  • A Novel
  • By: H. K. Bush
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett, Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The allure of literary letters and rare first editions captures the imaginations of three professors of English literature and leads to tragedy in the wake of the Great Kobe Earthquake of 1995.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dull story that goes nowhere

  • By Suzy on 22-12-17

Dull story that goes nowhere

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

Reviewed: 22-12-17

I am a fan of Hemingway so was drawn to this novel by the title. I expected a reimagining of aspects of his life but this is not what the book is about. I have to confess I didn't make it all the way to the end but I just couldn't carry on. So, the book follows a man, an academic who wrote a book about Hemingway. He goes to Japan and the novel focuses on his interactions with a Japanese recluse who's into literature and promises a mystery. He promises the author he got certain things wrong in his biography and he has letters that show this. But the book really isn't about Hemingway's life - or at least not in the several hours I listened. It's about different cultures coming together and the monologue style of being told a story is really dull. Sadly just not for me. The narrator did his best but the tone needed more variation.