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Pamela Kiewitt

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  • Be My Enemy

  • By: Christopher Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

It was a junket, a freebie. A 'team-building' weekend in the highlands for lawyers, advertising execs, businessmen, even the head of a charity. Oh, and a journalist, specially solicited for his renowned and voluble scepticism - Jack Parlabane. Amid the flying paintballs and flowing Shiraz even the most cynical admit the organisers have pulled some surprises - stalkers in the forest, power cuts in the night, mass mobile phone thefts, disappearing staff, disappearing guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this author's work!

  • By Stephen on 09-12-16

funny and actionfilled!

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

really good, fast listening, impossible to put down. Some very extreme twists here and there, and lots of gory details. Recommended!

  • Holy Cow

  • By: David Duchovny
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

A rollicking, globe-trotting adventure with a twist from the star of The X-Files and Californication, featuring Elsie, an unforgettable four-legged heroine. Holy Cow by David Duchovny is a comic delight that will thrill fans of Jasper Fforde and Ben Aaronovitch. And anyone who enjoys a witty wisecrack in a novel. Elsie Bovary is a cow and a pretty happy one at that. Until one night Elsie sneaks out of the pasture and finds herself drawn to the farmhouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's a laugh with a moral

  • By Pamela Kiewitt on 01-02-16

It's a laugh with a moral

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

Yes, it's pretty funny.
The author reads it even funnier.
Some parts don't make sense (like using technology at once but having to learn concepts), but it just adds to the charm.
And, of course you get your dose of moral with it.
I loved it!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I loved the three books in the series. Hard to not hate/love the protagonist, these books are as much a psychological study of the character as a statement on the Lewis and the islands.
Sometimes slow, sometimes very fast, the trips between the past and the present are very well entwined.
Do not expect a lot of action, but do expect tons of internal dialogue and introspection.

  • On the Run

  • Fugitive Life in an American City
  • By: Alice Goffman
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

A riveting, groundbreaking account of how the war on crime has torn apart inner-city communities. Forty years in, the tough-on-crime turn in American politics has spurred a prison boom of historic proportions that disproportionately affects black communities. It has also torn at the lives of those on the outside. As arrest quotas and high-tech surveillance criminalize entire blocks, a climate of fear and suspicion pervades daily life, not only for young men entangled in the legal system but for their family members and working neighbors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Slater8r on 30-03-17

Amazing book, a real eye-opener

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

Reviewed: 23-09-15

Do you think you even suspect what is going on in the US? I didn't. This book made me angry, made me cry, and made me feel ashamed of believing that finally Americans and the American government were really coming to terms with their racist history. I assume there must be similar books about other ethnic groups, Latinos, Asian, etc but I haven't gotten there yet. This really shows how the judicial system, the policing state and cultural ignorance can do to less favoured groups.
I'm ashamed! And I don't even live there!
A strong reading, I really recommend it, and hope you have the mindset to understand and accept the message it delivers.

  • Captain Scott

  • By: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Narrated by: Ranulph Fiennes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The real story of one of the greatest explorers who ever lived by the man described by the Guinness Book of Records as ‘the world's greatest living explorer’. Sir Ranulph Fiennes is uniquely qualified to write a new biography of Captain Scott. This is the first biography of Scott by someone who has experienced the deprivations, the stress and the sheer physical pain that Scott lived through.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Setting The Record Straight

  • By Charles on 29-06-18

Excellent, unbiased review of Scott's expedition

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

Reviewed: 13-08-15

I am an avid reader of polar expeditions, and seen most documentaries out there. It has bothered me for some time the negative image I was presented of Captain Scott, and then I listened to this book. Very good, excellent portrayal of Scott without melodrama or exaggeration. It is much helpful when Fiennes compares Scott's odyssey to his own, givind details of what he went through.
Updated with the latest scientific data as to weather and conditions under Scott's travel, gives a better understanding of what these men had to go through.
I like the fact that he seems very partial to my favorite, Schackleton, and even to Amundsen (whom I also love and loath).
I was a little bit bummed by the author's voice at the beginning but it went over quite quickly.
I seriously recommend this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Green Mars

  • By: Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 27 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

The initial Martian pioneers had fierce disagreements about how the planet should be used by humans. This led to a war that threatened the lives of billions of people on both Mars and Earth. Now, the second generation of settlers continues the struggle to survive the hostile yet strangely beautiful environment of the red planet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid sci fi performed well

  • By dot_stockport on 05-11-18

Great second book in the series

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

I bought the first book long ago and liked it but started listening to other books in between. Now I got this one and I loved it! I really like the way the author portrays the characters, both likeable and not so, even some despisable ones. One gets a better insight on the group of leaders of the first 100, now more mature att over 100 years old. Also the new martians, who they are and what they want.
Mars is being changed slowly through terraforming while Earth is being destroyed. It is a (in my eyes) very probable outcome for our planet.
I will start in number three now!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,922
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,922

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

what an excellent book!

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

Reviewed: 19-04-15

I was taken aback by this narrative, how the author really portrays dementia and how much anguish there is in not really knowing/remembering important things. The plot weaves nicely in the end to culminate in a mistery solved.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic and fasinating romp through time

  • By al on 02-12-14

Good book

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

Reviewed: 16-12-14

This was a good listen. The protagonist (Max) has really funny lines, very fresh dialogues throughout the book. A lot of action, jumps everywhere and a very "contaminated" time line. There's good guys and bad guys and some violent encounters in between the actual time travelling. Someone else wrote that this is exactly what they were looking for when they bought the Connie Willis series, and I understand since this series is so different to the other one. I have to say, I like Willis' better, but I am already in book 4 of this series and not leaving it yet. If you're looking for action, witty remarks and history this is for you. (Please keep in mind I know NOTHING of history so I can't really vouch for the accuracy of the facts). I definitely recommend this!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,288
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,259

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-14

Any additional comments?

The synopsis doesn't really give the credit this book deserves. It's an amazing story of survival, wits, and drive. All the technical/scientifical facts really fall into place in the book (I'm not a scientist so for me it's all bla bla) and it actually transports you to Mars and what it might be like to be there. It's thrilling at times and even makes you sweat. I definitely recommend this book!

  • Worldshaker

  • By: Richard Harland
  • Narrated by: Adrian Mulraney
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Col lives on the Upper Decks of the juggernaut Worldshaker, a mobile city as big as a mountain. He has been chosen as next Supreme Commander - but then a Filthy escapee from Below - a girl named Riff - appears in his cabin.

"Don't let 'em take me!" she begs.

Will he hand her over, or will he break all the rules? Col's safe, elite world is about to fall apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book!

  • By Pamela Kiewitt on 20-10-14

Good book!

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

Reviewed: 20-10-14

Who was your favorite character and why?

Riff is a very compelling, strong girl who has the vision and drive to change her world.

What about Adrian Mulraney’s performance did you like?

Very good narrator, even with female voices.

Any additional comments?

I read a terrible review of this book so I was undecided at first, but I enjoyed it a lot.It's your typical story about the finer classes abusing everyone else, but in a new setting. The story of the jaggernauts is very enthralling, but if you're looking for a lot of steampunk you will be dissapointed. Still, the story is very well written, characters are quite likable in spite of Cole who's a terribly undecided little brat, and the background history is quite refreshing.