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  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Winternight, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of good and bored

  • By S on 19-03-17

Magical

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

Reviewed: 19-03-19

Loved this book and the narration was equally as good with authentic pronunciation. A wonderful trip into Russian mythology leaving you with a sense of awesome wonderment of the hardships endured through the Northern winters can’t wait for more

  • The Book of Mirdad

  • By: Mikhail Naimy
  • Narrated by: Clay Lomakayu
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 2

In the milky mountains, upon the lofty summit known as Altar Peak, stand the spacious and somber ruins of a monastery once famous as the ARK. Traditions would link it with an antiquity so hoary as the Flood. Numerous legends have been woven about the Ark, but the one most current on the tongues of local mountaineers among whom I chanced to spend a certain summer in the shade of Altar Peak is the following: Many years after the great Deluge, Noah and his family, and his family’s increase, drifted into the Milky Mountains.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-12-18

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

The book starts with potential but loses its magic. It felt too much like being preached to.
I will add that I didn’t finish it

  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338

'Somebody's going to be murdered at the ball tonight. It won't appear to be a murder, and so the murderer won't be caught. Rectify that injustice and I'll show you the way out.' It is meant to be a celebration, but it ends in tragedy. As fireworks explode overhead, Evelyn Hardcastle, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, is killed. But Evelyn will not die just once. Until Aiden - one of the guests summoned to Blackheath for the party - can solve her murder, the day will repeat itself over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex but Brilliant. A Classic in the making!

  • By Martin on 03-08-18

Intriguing excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Expertly written and narrated kept my interest all the way through.A treat for the ears

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unconsoled

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

By the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go. Ryder, a renowned pianist, arrives in a Central European city he cannot identify for a concert he cannot remember agreeing to give. But then as he traverses a landscape by turns eerie and comical - and always strangely malleable, as a dream might be - he comes steadily to realise he is facing the most crucial performance of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narcissism, ADD, Kafka, and regret intertwined

  • By Anthony on 24-03-18

What a load of drivel

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

I made myself listen to this and didn’t get it. Very frustrating and repetitive sorry

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Spool of Blue Thread

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 389

"It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon..." This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer’s day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not For Me

  • By Alison on 23-05-16

A well read story about a family

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

Nothing happens. I kept listening just in case. I don't think I'll rush out to read anymore of her books. Perhaps I missed the point

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Horse Boy

  • By: Rupert Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Rupert Isaacson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

In his deeply personal account, Rupert Isaacson tells the amazing story of his autistic son and his transformation through the healing power of horses. From his home in Texas to the wilds of Mongolia, we follow the Isaacson family on an epic journey on horseback - a journey that would test their love, challenge their beliefs and change their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story!

  • By Pia on 29-10-09

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

What an inspiration. This is a journey of love for ones son hope and reward. Couldn't stop listening to it so disappointed when it finished I wanted to hear more.

  • The Horse Dancer

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477

Sarah's grandfather was a horseman of rare talent - only the exceptional are allowed into France's elite riding academy, Le Cadre Noir. But life took an unexpected turn, and now from a council estate in east London, the Captain hopes to train his granddaughter towards a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best yet!

  • By lynn on 03-11-09

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 19-01-14

Oh my I am so guilty. I think I am one of those people on the plane. Please keep your child quiet. You know this changes my whole perspective thank you I wish I had read this long ago what an inspirational person Rupert is. The lengths you went to to help your child I can only admire you. How lucky we are to have animals who keep us grounded how the help us with therapy. I only hope we appreciate them more

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,455

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 19-01-14

Kept me engaged all the way through. I was surprised at the outcome but it did make sense and I loved the way the explanation was formed. A good listen

  • The Celestine Prophecy

  • An Adventure
  • By: James Redfield
  • Narrated by: Jesse Corti
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 217

The Celestine Prophecy, a compelling story of intrigue, suspense, and revelation, is a guidebook that has the power to crystallize your perceptions of why you are where you are in life - and to direct your steps with a new energy and optimism as you head into tomorrow. This work has come to light at a time when the world - and you - need it most.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • insiring

  • By Daisy on 30-09-08

If you are on a journey of discovery listen well

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

A good start to join the path of enlightenment
Enjoy and keep learning and don't stop discovering more about you and the world we need to protect

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Manuscript Found in Accra

  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 2 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

After lying undiscovered for over 700 years, a manuscript holding the answers to a city’s final questions is unearthed from a cave in Cairo. Centuries before, on the eve of the invasion of Accra, the citizens gathered. A man stood before them and invited the people share their fears that he might offer hope and comfort. His extraordinary insights on courage, solitude, loyalty and loss were transcribed and passed on. A timeless and powerful exploration of personal growth, everyday wisdom and joy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch Narration is the only reason to listen

  • By cheryl on 14-05-13

Must read

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

Reviewed: 05-05-13

A beautiful book and well narrated I defy anyone to listen to this and not be moved. But before you turn on your appliance open you heart and mind and listen carefully