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  • The Outrun

  • By: Amy Liptrot
  • Narrated by: Tracy Wiles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

At the age of 30, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An important listen, but a little haphazard

  • By Suswati on 23-09-17

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

I wasn't sure how this would be but I loved it -the balance between the author's story of becoming sober,her childhood on Orkney,and Orkney now was perfect for me.It evoked very strongly the contrast between London,which feels like the archetypal city,and the island.
Highly recommended!

  • The Provincial Lady Goes Further

  • By: E. M. Delafield
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The Provincial Lady Goes Further is the immediate sequel to Diary of a Provincial Lady - and life mirrors art. Our Provincial Lady has found herself, unexpectedly, with a literary success on her hands! She is suddenly 'somebody', both in her Devonshire environs and in London, where she establishes a bolthole - ostensibly so she could concentrate on the much-awaited sequel, but also so that she can enjoy the fruits of being a best-selling author!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooray,more Provincial Lady!

  • By Catherine on 03-09-17

Hooray,more Provincial Lady!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Where does The Provincial Lady Goes Further rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This series of books have been favorites for many years,and it's great to have them as audiobooks.My audiobook rankings start with 'wonderful productions of wonderful books' and go down from there - this is in that top category.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Probably The Provincial Lady herself - but I do like Mademoiselle,with the snide comments...

What about Georgina Sutton’s performance did you like?

She is an excellent narrator and gets the tone of the books just right.

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

No - it's not that kind of book,I'm very familiar with it and the pleasure is in being able to dip in and out.

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  • The Last Mortal Bond

  • Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, Book 3
  • By: Brian Staveley
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 29 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 871

The ancient csestriim are back to finish their purge of humanity; armies march against the capital; leaches, solitary beings who draw power from the natural world to fuel their extraordinary abilities, maneuver on all sides to affect the outcome of the war; and capricious gods walk the earth in human guise with agendas of their own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Never reached the excitement of the first book

  • By Robin300378 on 12-04-16

Compelling end to a great series

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

Reviewed: 03-04-17

What made the experience of listening to The Last Mortal Bond the most enjoyable?

Simon Vance is an excellent narrator and his performance definitely enhanced the experience.

Who was your favorite character and why?

So - more like homework than entering a voluntary review of a purchase!
Valyn was perhaps my least favorite character ,with Adare and Pia (Probably spelled wrong,as I've never seen in written down) competing for most favourite.Adare's character developed over the series and I just liked her more.
Pia - funny,if a priestess of the god of death can be funny.....

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Can't pick one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No - this is perhaps the only weakness in the book. I would have expected the end to be particularly moving,but didn't find it to be.

Any additional comments?

This was a great series,I bought The Emperor's Blades (Book 1) as a Daily Deal,loved it,bought the remaining two books and listened straight through to the end of this book.
The plot continued to twist and produce surprises until the end,and Brian Stavely had a lot of original ideas.
Highly recommended!

  • Cast in Shadow

  • Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered— and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin….Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Anne Bishop you might want to try this

  • By nicole on 24-09-13

Excellent fantasy series

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Cast in Shadow to be better than the print version?

No - both are good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cast in Shadow?

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

Khristine Hvam is an excellent narrator,and I always enjoy her performances.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Well,the moment that might have moved me was the end.Unfortunately it was ruined by the fact that the producers had seen fit to add music .Come on - this is an audioBOOK.it isn't a movie - it a reading of a book.The adding of music does not enhance the reading - it destroys the mood by saying loud and clear 'Hey,this is a performance! Say goodbye to being caught up in the story!'
Yes - it does really annoy me.:)

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended but sadly yet another series where Audible UK listeners are not able to listen to all the books.If you can cope with listening only to the beginning and end of a series then go for it,if not buy the books instead!

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  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

  • Wayfarers, Book 1
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,039

Firefly meets Mass Effect in this thrilling self-published debut! When Rosemary Harper joins the crew of the Wayfarer, she isn't expecting much. The Wayfarer, a patched-up ship that's seen better days, offers her everything she could possibly want: a small, quiet spot to call home for a while, adventure in far-off corners of the galaxy, and distance from her troubled past. But Rosemary gets more than she bargained for with the Wayfarer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • for young adults

  • By Mark on 07-02-16

Loved it...

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

If you could sum up The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet in three words, what would they be?

Original,gripping,touching.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet?

That is hard to say,because the book is a collection of memorable moments and I don't want to be writing spoilers - listen to it and choose your own moment!

Which character – as performed by Patricia Rodriguez – was your favourite?

Well - um,Sissix.No,maybe Rosemary? Dr Chef? Kizzy? I can't choose,because I felt that Patricia Rodriguez's performance was perfect - all her character depictions 'fit' for me.

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

It was certainly a book that I listened to in every spare moment I had!

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story,and unlike anything else I've read.Becky Chambers has created a fantastic set of characters,and the world is so interesting,with all the variety of alien cultures and beliefs.There is a plot but really the plot is secondary to this exploration of how diverse the universe could be.And it's funny.And there is love and friendship and danger and excitement..
Highly recommended - just listen to it!

  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

  • By: Barbara Robinson
  • Narrated by: Elaine Stritch
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, steal, smoke cigars, swear, and hit little kids. So no one is prepared when this outlaw family invades church one Sunday and decides to take over the annual Christmas pageant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Recommended Pre Xmas Listen

  • By Catherine on 30-12-12

Highly Recommended Pre Xmas Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-12

I've given this 4 rather than 5 stars because the quality of the audio is poor.The story itself is great,funny and clever with some poignant moments,and Elaine Stritch is a good narrator.Since I first read the book (which was recommended by a friend in the USA) it has become one of my favorite light pre xmas reads.

  • Trading in Danger

  • Vatta's War, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

The first of the acclaimed Vatta's War books, the exciting military science fiction series that features a swashbuckling spaceship-captain heroine who mixes commerce with combat.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book - read badly

  • By Fiona on 23-04-09

Enjoyable sci fi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-12-12

Good well written sci fi adventure,with a female lead character. I also found the narrator difficult to listen to and almost didn't download the book because of that,but found that I did get used to her style,and that the book was gripping enough to carry me past it.I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Cats in May

  • By: Doreen Tovey
  • Narrated by: Joy Gelardi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The Toveys attempt to settle down to a quiet life in the country. Unfortunately for them, however, their tyrannical Siamese cats have other ideas. From causing an uproar on the BBC to staying out all night and claiming to have been kidnapped, Sheba and Solomon's outrageous behaviour leaves the Toveys at their wits end.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious,sad,loving.

  • By Frances Ravden-Green on 18-03-19

Good listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-12

I read Doreen Tovey's books years ago and loved them then,so I was happy to see the audiobooks were available.This is the story of the Toveys' life with assorted animals (and friends),particularly their Siamese cats,and the madness that the cats,animals (and friends) can cause. Particularly relevant if you love cats,but I enjoyed them for the humour as a non-cat loving teenager,so wider appeal as well!

I particularly appreciated Joy Gelardi's narration,her voice fits the books perfectly.

  • Bellwether

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring!

  • By Maxipoppins on 20-09-18

Unexpected find

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-12-12

I downloaded this book on a whim,looking for something different,and absolutely loved it.It is extremely funny( laugh out loud funny at many points).The whole concept of Sandra,the heroine,studying fads,and the regular snippets of information about this throughout the story,sounds strange but works brilliantly.So there is science,chaos theory,the quirks of the corporation where she works,mad office assistants,romance,sheep....all combined in an enjoyable and well-narrated package. Highly recommended.

  • Ashes of Honor

  • An October Daye Novel, Book 6
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

It’s been almost a year since October "Toby" Daye averted a war, gave up a county, and suffered personal losses that have left her wishing for a good day’s sleep. She’s tried to focus on her responsibilities - training Quentin, upholding her position as Sylvester’s knight, and paying the bills - but she can’t help feeling like her world is crumbling around her, and her increasingly reckless behavior is beginning to worry even her staunchest supporters. To make matters worse, Toby’s just been asked to find another missing child…only this time it’s the changeling daughter of her fellow knight....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Catherine on 27-12-12

Fantastic!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

This is a fantastic series,and Ashes of Honor keeps up the high standard of the earlier books (you do really need to start at the beginning,with Rosemary and Rue,and keep going!). Toby is one of my favorite heroes;she is growing and changing with each book as she comes to terms with the past,and with what she is and can do,and her friends are doing the same.I just love the whole universe that Seanan McGuire has created,Faerie is such a rich and interesting world and there is humour as well as tension.The only downside is that at some point the story will be done! A plus is that Mary Robinette Kowal is ,for me,the perfect narrator,there is no mismatch between the book and the voice you hear at all.

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