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  • The Upstairs Room

  • By: Kate Murray-Browne
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

Eleanor, Richard and their two young daughters recently stretched themselves to the limit to buy their dream home, a four-bedroom Victorian townhouse in East London. But the cracks are already starting to show. Eleanor is unnerved by the eerie atmosphere in the house and becomes convinced it is making her ill. Whilst Richard remains preoccupied with Zoe, their mercurial 27-year-old lodger, Eleanor becomes determined to unravel the mystery of the house's previous owners....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More psychological than supernatural

  • By LVW on 19-09-17

misleading title, very unsatisfactory

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

the performance was good and the book was well written, however the title and synopsis are misleading making one think this is a thriller or horror. It is instead a study on two peoples private lives, and I get the implication that their woes could have been what was causing the negative air in the house, but it was too disjointed to be satisfying.

  • The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

  • By: Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard, Shelley Atkinson, Laural Merlington, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

You think you know how the world works? Think again. From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world. Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The DODO may not be extinct just yet!

  • By Simon on 18-06-17

Interesting idea, bad execution

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

I really wanted to enjoy this and ignore the negative reviews, but I found the story trite and unimaginative; considering the subject matter, this is a real feat! The writing was not very sophisticated and I too, like other reviewers, found the diary entry format limiting and tedious. The narration isn't great either, but I did feel sorry for her seeing as the content wasn't great to begin with. Do believe the lackluster reviews, and save your credit for something else.

  • The Heart Goes Last

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 559

Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as The Handmaid's Tale and as richly imagined as The Blind Assassin. Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an economic and social collapse. Job loss has forced them to live in their car, leaving them vulnerable to roving gangs. They desperately need to turn their situation around - and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but Atwood has done better

  • By Reena Kumar on 22-04-16

Really rather disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-12-16

I am a huge fan of Margaret Atwood's however this left me cold. I have little idea what she was trying to achieve with this story; it's so meandering and trite I found it very difficult to tough it out. There were so many elements to it whatever message Atwood was trying to convey was lost in the noise.

The narration of this story however is excellent, it was what kept me going. If I had read this in print I would not have finished.

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  • Shift

  • Wool Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 565

The much anticipated prequel to best seller Wool that takes us back to the beginnings of the silo. The full novel which brings together First, Second and Third Shift.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, terrible performance!!

  • By Mr. Stephen Briglin on 15-05-13

Neat story let down by length and accents

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

Reviewed: 27-09-16

I absolutely loved Wool and I did enjoy this book, but the story was far too strung out for my liking.

it was nice to hear the other side of the story but I am with everyone else who complains about the voice actors accents - they were OK to start but he made shifts 2 and 3 really uncomfortable to listen too. The unnecessary accents really took you out of the magic of the story.