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  • Beetle Boy

  • By: M. G. Leonard
  • Narrated by: M. G. Leonard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever. A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. But can the two solve the mystery of his dad's disappearance, especially when links emerge to cruel Lucretia Cutter and her penchant for beetle jewellery? A coffee-mug mountain, home to a million insects, could provide the answer - if Darkus and Baxter are brave enough to find it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beetle Boy

  • By Cat on 29-11-18

Brilliant story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-12-17

From start to finish this is a great story. A mystery that starts of at a ripping pace and never let's up. Wonderfully drawn characters both good and bad in nature. The the idea underpinning it all is brilliantly original and will enthuse children and grown-ups alike. The author's reading finishes it all off beautifully - great voices.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,767
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,742

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Funny, moving and thoughtful

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

A truly excellent reading. Laugh out loud moments combine superbly with tear jerking stories. Both memoir and philosophical reflection on gender stereotypes. I usually run a mile from celebrity autobiographies, but my wife recommended this. She was right. It was a great read/listen.

  • It

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 44 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,556
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,219

To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful - a horror classic

  • By Catbark on 21-09-16

Great story, great reading

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

One of the greatest horror stories ever and one of the best readings of an audio book I've ever heard.

  • The School for Good and Evil

  • By: Soman Chainani
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

A dark and enchanting fantasy adventure perfect for girls who prefer their fairytales with a twist. Every four years, two girls are kidnapped from the village of Gavaldon. Legend has it these lost children are sent to the School for Good and Evil, the fabled institution where they become fairytale heroes or villains. Sophie, the most beautiful girl in town, has always dreamed of her place at the School for Good while her friend Agatha, with her dark disposition seems destined for the School for Evil. But when the two are kidnapped they find their fortunes reversed…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect. But beware of sequels.

  • By Indy on 14-05-16

ore twists than three little pig's tails

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

A very good reading of an excellent story of good and evil, which constantly surprises and delights in a world of creative brilliance.

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

A kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth from best-selling storytelling legend Neil Gaiman. A BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Anansi Boys, featuring an all-star cast lead by Lenny Henry, will premiere on Christmas Day 2017. Fat Charlie Nancy is not actually fat. He was fat once but he is definitely not fat now. No, right now Fat Charlie Nancy is angry, confused and more than a little scared - right now his life is spinning out of control, and it is all his dad's fault.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Anansi brought up to date

  • By Joyceline on 28-02-07

Slow burn to a brilliant ending

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

Reviewed: 14-01-17

I loved this. A slower start than say Neverwhere or American Gods, but it hooks you. The characters are rich and the narrative is excellent, twisting and turning. I wouldn't call is a sequel to American Gods. It connects to that world but is its own story, well because "all the stories are Anansi's stories."

  • The Black Death: The World's Most Devastating Plague

  • By: Dorsey Armstrong, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dorsey Armstrong
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Many of us know the Black Death as a catastrophic event of the medieval world. But the Black Death was arguably the most significant event in Western history, profoundly affecting every aspect of human life, from the economic and social to the political, religious, and cultural. In its wake the plague left a world that was utterly changed, forever altering the traditional structure of European societies and forcing a rethinking of every single system of Western civilization: food production and trade, the church, political institutions, law, art, and more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable interdisciplinary insights to the 'black death' - plague

  • By Anthony on 05-10-16

Informative and excellent

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

Reviewed: 16-08-16

This was very well read, with a great level of detail without being too much. I'd been looking for a history of the Black Death for a while and this was just what I was looking for.

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  • Needful Things

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 780
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 654
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657

There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On the whole, good...

  • By T. Norman on 19-09-12

Brilliant story, great reading and production

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

A great slow burn story that builds to an explosive ending. The production is great and the reading compelling.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,220

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This book has got character!

  • By Sebastian on 24-12-14

Brilliant from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 23-03-16

Gaiman is a modern master and this is some of his finest work. The performance is one of the best Audible records I've heard, if not the best. Can't recommend it enough.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,035

My name is Peter Grant and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Rich, magical and imaginative

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

Reviewed: 16-09-15

Just a wonderful book, which paints such a rich world drawing on magical folklore, the history of London and MET policing, with an imaginative mix of science, metaphysics and solid detective storytelling. Irreverant and funny. Clever and exciting. Totally absorbing and fun. Also very well read.