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  • Smoke Gets in your Eyes

  • And Other Lessons from the Crematorium
  • By: Caitlin Doughty
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Doughty
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, 23-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about, she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death. Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New Perspective, thank you!

  • By Richard on 06-09-17

A New Perspective, thank you!

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

I laughed, I cried, I learnt and I started to feel at peace with my existence and ever impending doom.
My 96yr old Grandad lives with me, and I have lived in fear of one morning waking to find him dead, my fear of his body and what I would do about getting rid of it asap.
After reading Caitlen's book and watching ALL her YouTube videos, I now feel at ease with death, not fearing of the dead body, and comforted with my new found ability to cope with giving him a good passing. I want to wash him where he lies, dress him in his best suit, and be in no such hurry to push him out of sight.
That embalming be completely unnecessary too.
I feel confident that I can lead my loving family through a hard time.
Thank you, and thank you for sharing your life in this book. You are awesome!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kallgren lowers the rating

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-16

It starts well.....

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

If you could sum up Dracula [Audible Edition] in three words, what would they be?

Unexpected. Brilliant. Misunderstood

What other book might you compare Dracula [Audible Edition] to, and why?

It was unlike anything I usually read.

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, and non applicable

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No neither, it just held me in its dark embrace. Fascinated.

  • Grey

  • Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian Grey
  • By: E L James
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,162

In Christian’s own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world. Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty - until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than the original 50 shades

  • By Michele on 22-08-15

Was this written in a weekend?

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, in the fact that having read the others I really wanted to hear more and would have always wondered.

Has Grey put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all. The genre is fine, it was the cheap repetitiveness that was almost offensive. It was literally what Anastasia had said in the other books with a mans voice. I couldn't quite believe it. Shockingly poor attempt of a book.

What about Zachary Webber’s performance did you like?

Lovely voice, just as I had imagined Grey to sound. Felt the feelings really come through.

Was Grey worth the listening time?

Unfortunately not.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fab but horrifying<br />

  • By Heidi on 16-09-15

Confusing and lacklustre

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I felt that some of the characters were not implanted deeply enough to start out with, meaning I kept forgetting who was who.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I enjoyed the more macabre scenes, which made up for the rest of the book which made me drift off and forget I was listening, then have to rewind to relisten.

What aspect of Jennifer Woodward and Robert G Slade ’s performance might you have changed?

Harsh and screechy for the females. The male roles were good.

Did Pretty Girls inspire you to do anything?

I certainly hope not!! Lol (you will see why I said that when you read it)

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,208

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good , but don't expect an actual plot

  • By Adrian & Andre's mum on 20-08-15

Worth the wait!

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

Reviewed: 21-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Go Set a Watchman the most enjoyable?

I had high expectations and thank goodness it lived up to them! Totally captivating and indulging to explore the life and mind of Jean Louise Finch as a young adult. Admiring how her childhood shaped her into the woman she is today, and how fiercely it ingrained upon her to uphold the morals she'd been taught.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Go Set a Watchman?

Jean Louise's reaction to her father in the final few chapters. It was intense, heartbreaking and raw with emotion.

What about Reese Witherspoon’s performance did you like?

She was an extremely plausible grown up Scout. Perfect voice for the role, beautiful to listen to and sings so well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wish I could have, it was highly addictive.

  • Want You Dead

  • Roy Grace, Book 10
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Virtual romance becomes a terrifying obsession in Peter James' tenth Roy Grace novel, Want You Dead.... Single girl, 29, smouldering redhead, love life that's crashed and burned. Seeks new flame to rekindle her fire. Fun, friendship and - who knows - maybe more? When Red Westwood meets handsome, charming and rich Bryce Laurent through an online dating agency, there is an instant attraction. But as their love blossoms, the truth about his past, and his dark side, begins to emerge.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Mrs on 19-06-14

Riveting Read!

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

Reviewed: 18-06-14

What did you like most about Want You Dead?

That the story remains a constant roller coaster throughout, there isn't needless downtime or lengthy overtly descriptive passages. Just good solid story that keeps you gripped.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bryce, the nasty piece of work! He is THE baddy in this book. I loved how quick and clever he was to get what he wanted from Red. How he faltered on the edge of insanity, and it chilled me to the bone to imagine there are very well people like him out there on the internet.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Weyman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is my first time hearing Daniel and he read the book wonderfully!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful