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  • Kingdom of Ash

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 33 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527

Aelin has risked everything to save her people - but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day....With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A solid final instalment

  • By Robyn on 14-11-18

Now don't get me wrong....

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I'm a fan...to whatever end. I just want to say the following:

As with all fantasy novels people will find plot holes, but that didn't bug me.
As with all YA aimed novels people will moan when it gets graphic either in war or romance, but that didn't bug me.
As with most adventure novels people will pick at questions that went unanswered, but that didn't bug me.

I love this book as I love those that have come before, however as with the others in the series, the pace is a long detailed lead up towards a rushed ending. Sometimes I got the feeling like SJM would look through her notes and realise she had to tie up a bunch of questions so would just throw a conversation or scene in to answer them all.

When it comes to a great, epic, fantasy read - pace really is everything.

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredibly well performed

  • By Lyndsey on 16-02-16

I was hesitant - now I'm a believer.

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I'm going to let you in on a secret. I came by this book because of one of the narrators: Elisabeth Evans. She had brilliantly narrated a series of books I read called Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas and sometimes when you stumble across a great narrator, you want to listen some more. When I saw this book listed and read the synopsis, I thought I would give it a go.

I am so glad I did. From the start Leigh Bardugo drags you into a scene that has you holding your breath to see whats going to happen, setting the tone for what becomes a roller coaster of a book. Kaz is a great leader however misguided (and sometimes a little selfish). Inej (probably the female favourite) brilliant although there is little mention of what working in menagerie did to her. Nina (who is my favourite) fierce and fantastic however drags the final reveal with Mattias out a little. Mattias (the unwilling guide) was a character arc done brilliantly - torn between the gang of misfits with loyalty and respect and a position with the army who preached both of those things but only wanted blind obedience. The two other male characters in the crew (Jesper and Weyland) became a little interchangeable. There seemed to be a glimmer of individuality and almost chemistry towards the end. I think a lot more could have been done with both and possibly this is what will be explored in the next installment.

This was also my first experience of difference narrators for different characters and although it took some getting used to, by the end I felt it had added to the story.

All in all, a great read.

  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,881
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A layered and satisfying listen

  • By Barry on 08-09-16

Philip Pullman strikes again!

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I loved this book. I could go into details about the characters and the story and the scene setting but I don't want to take any of that away from you!

I was pulled in (pun unintended however I think I will leave it here for dramatic effect) from the very start. My heart raced as the mystery unfolded and the chase was in full motion. There was a gut wrenching moment I had to stop walking, so distracted was I, that I almost collided with a lamppost!

Obviously an audible book is only as good as its narrator, so I will share the glory between both. Special mention of Anton Lesser's brilliant accent variations.

If you are looking for a good walking companion that will help to propel you along, this is it. Just watch out for lampposts.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying

  • A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever
  • By: Marie Kondo
  • Narrated by: Lucy Scott
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

Transform your home into a permanently clear and clutter-free space with the incredible KonMari Method. Japan's expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you tidy your rooms once and for all with her inspirational step-by-step method. The key to successful tidying is to tackle your home in the correct order, to keep only the things you really love and to do it all at once - and quickly. After that for the rest of your life, you need only to choose what to keep and what to discard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read it at last!

  • By Friendly Face on 19-10-16

Unexpectedly, this really did work for me!

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

When a friend suggested that I read this book, I did so only to satisfy them and, in all honesty, to give me time to think of reasons why I wouldn't be thanking my socks anytime soon.

Then, the strangest thing happened. As I listened I saw genuine logic and a deep understanding of human psychology applied to something as simple as cleaning. I understood when she said that thanking your belongings (like socks) is not a quirky habit, but an opportunity to become more grateful for my surroundings and the things that I use every day. It starts with your belongings but I have seen a change in the way I interact with other people and the gratitude I show them.

I also understood when she said that when you are cleaning your house, you are not just cleaning your house. When you get rid of the things that you have been holding on to, you are actually beginning to embrace the person that you are today. My memory box from my teen years that I have lugged about through five house moves as an adult, didn't need to take up space in my limited storage system. Once I had completed the house (...and have maintained it before you ask), I started to apply the joy question to other things in my life. Did I really want to commit to something where there was no joy? For things like work and appointments this doesn't always apply but when it comes to the weekend which I would usually fill up with visits to friends and family and other things I thought I should be doing, now I ask - does this spark joy?

I credit her simple steps as well to make the process easy. She starts with things that we all know we hoard but wont admit to it: clothes. Once you are in the swing of things, tackle another typical hoarding section: DVDs, Books and other collectibles. By this point you have seen the results and you are reading to start on the more sentimental stuff the photos and filing etc.

Don't tidy and listen - it doesn't work like that. Listen all the way through because there are pearls of wisdom dropped throughout. Then put aside a day in the house and go for it!

Narration was well done - my first experience of Lucy Scott and I enjoyed her calming style which suited the tone of this book.

  • Closed Casket

  • The New Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Sophie Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 568

Lady Athelinda Playford has planned a house party at her mansion in Clonakilty, County Cork, but it is no ordinary gathering. As guests arrive, Lady Playford summons her lawyer to make an urgent change to her will - one she intends to announce at dinner that night. She has decided to cut off her two children without a penny and leave her fortune to someone who has only weeks to live.... Among Lady Playford's guests are two men she has never met - the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and Inspector Edward Catchpool of Scotland Yard.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous plot, badly in need of editing

  • By Karen on 13-10-16

Narration made up for a poor story

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I was very interested in Sophie Hannah's continuation of this mystery series as I'm a bit of a Poirot addict, however I felt that this story fell a bit short of the mark. It was as if she was unsure how well her mystery would hold up so threw as many red herrings as possible and hope that we were impressed by the end revelation. Some of them were a little cliche, some of them were wide of the mark and some of there were taken straight from Agatha Christie's books. The bit about repeating a story one had heard as if it was their own was central to the story of Curtain (Poirot's final mystery). And of course, at some point there needed to be a suggestion of a twin or sibling to keep the suspense alive. In writing, there is borrowing and there is copying.

Maybe as a fan of Agatha Christie's book, I was always going to be predisposed to find these stories lacking. On the contrary, I felt that the general plot showed a lot of promise and merit. Character and scene building at the beginning really did hook me in and I was excited to continue reading. To my disappointment as soon as the deed was done (the murder), it all became a little disjointed. More focused on creating layers and layers of falsehoods then actually creating a genuinely great mystery.

Narration by the brilliantly talented Julian Rhind-Tutt kept me listening to the end.

  • The Devil in the Marshalsea

  • By: Antonia Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kloska
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels, and coffeehouses to the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've chosen recently

  • By D on 28-10-14

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I loved this story from start to finish and found Joseph's narration to add a rich tone to an already brilliant tale - have finished the series and am hoping for a new one soon!

  • An Autobiography

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Judith Boyd
  • Length: 28 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Agatha Christie’s ‘most absorbing mystery’ – her own autobiography. Over the three decades since her death on 12 January 1976, many of Agatha Christie’s readers and reviewers have maintained that her most compelling book is probably still her least well-known. Her candid Autobiography, written mainly in the 1960s, modestly ignores the fact that Agatha had become the best-selling novelist in history and concentrates on her fascinating private life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Class Writing and Reading

  • By Sydney on 04-04-14

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This was great from start to finish. Jumps around a little but stick with it!

  • Girl Code

  • Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
  • By: Cara Alwill Leyba
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge, Kate Orsini, Kyla Garcia, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

For fans of Girl Boss by Sophie Amoruso, I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones and You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero comes the latest book from best-selling author, entrepreneur, and master life coach Cara Alwill Leyba. Girl Code is a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, "side hustlers" (those with a day job who are building a business on the side), and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Even Bother

  • By Emilie on 18-02-17

Loved It!

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

This book is all about girl power - empowering each other for the better of all! I found it insightful, helpful and just the 'call to arms' kind of speech i needed to kick off the next phase of being a female entrepreneur.