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  • In the Unlikely Event

  • By: Judy Blume
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

She held the baby close, feeling the warmth of his little body, kissing his soft cheek. He looked right into her eyes. Outside the window, the wing broke away from the plane. Then they were falling...falling diagonally out of the sky. When three planes crashed in Elizabeth, New Jersey, within the space of three months in the early 1950s, Newark airport was closed for a year. Each of these disasters was devastating not only for those onboard, but also for the close-knit community of people on the ground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, beautifully narrated

  • By Anne M on 11-06-15

Too many characters and ultimately disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

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

I'm glad I read it as no doubt it will be one of those books that is talked about, simply because of who the author is. I listen while working so it doesn't overly bother me if a book isn't hugely gripping as long as I can get through it but with this one I was just waiting for it to finish.

If you’ve listened to books by Judy Blume before, how does this one compare?

I grew up on Judy Blume through my teenage years in the 90s and was so excited to read her work now, however it didn't meet my expectations. She is an excellent author but I just struggled with this book. I even stopped listening at one point and came back to it a few weeks later determined to finish!

Could you see In the Unlikely Event being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

There are so many characters in this book - I couldn't begin to keep them straight in my mind. Some are introduced just to be killed off! I guess it would make a better mini series than a movie simply because of this reason. Either way I think the number of characters would need to be reduced.

Any additional comments?

Like Cloud Atlas and The Goldfinch I got through it but wouldn't listen again!!

  • Divergent

  • (Divergent, Book 1)
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318

For 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…. A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy reading

  • By Diane on 08-07-14

Surprisingly good for teen fiction

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

Reviewed: 18-04-15

Where does Divergent rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 30% I would say. It has inspired me to track down a copy of the film and I'm sure in a year or two I will listen to it again.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tris, the main character, is very present in this book and everyone else is almost incidental. However I did love her mother who is not a staring role by any means but certainly a strong, brave and thought provoking woman.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the aptitude tests near the beginning and also the choosing ceremony. Both discribed beautifully. There are also many adrenaline filled scenes in the book that stand out and have left me with a visual image of events - a sign of a well written book I always think!

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

Yes but it would constitue a spoiler so I will just say it involved Tris and her mum.

Any additional comments?

An absolute must for adult fans of the Hunger Games trilogy and probably even those who enjoyed Twilight.
It is a trilogy so be prepared for the fact that you won't be left with all the answers.

  • Breakfast at Darcy's

  • By: Ali McNamara
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

When Darcy McCall loses her beloved Aunt Molly, she doesn't expect any sort of inheritance - let alone a small island. Located off the west coast of Ireland, Tara hasn't been lived on for years, but according to Molly's will Darcy must stay there for 12 months in order to fully inherit, and she needs to persuade a village full of people to settle there, too. Darcy has to leave behind her independent city life and swap stylish heels for muddy wellies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Escape

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-02-12

Not one for anybody with a brain ...

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

Reviewed: 09-11-13

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I think probably pre-teen and teens or maybe young women who are only looking for that 'once a year' beach read. Don't expect too much!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was disappointed in this book because the story idea, although wildly unlikely, had so much to offer. Instead I feel like this is what would be reated if a misogynistic man wrote a chick lit book: women have no brains and are only interested in clothes, shoes and hot men.

Any additional comments?

I like a good chick-lit book as much as the next person but this one was a mistake. The two main characters were vapid narcissists who's only interests in life were 'what designer was he wearing?'. In fact the references to clothes, shoes and deigners lables were so frequent, I could have been listening to an issue of Vogue. One of the girls spends months thinking she has no interest in a guy until accidentally seeing him with his top off - at which point she realises she actually loves him!
The author continually takes the easy way out. If something isn't working, never mind ... conveniently the answer is just around the corner. If you listen to this book and get to the part about the hotel furniture, you will see what I mean.

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  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,413

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding - I loved it

  • By Happy and Smiling on 16-02-13

Beautiful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-13

Everything about this book was beautiful. Both narraters were perfect and the story lines both past and present were captivating. Jojo Moyes is so tallented. I'm so glad I bought this in audiobook format as I'm sure it added even more enjoyment to an already superb book and I know I will listen again at some point. To me, this was even better than 'Me before You' and I didn't think that would be possibe!

  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Ever dreamed of starting over? Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own café. It should be a piece of cake, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe

  • By Mrs on 10-06-12

LOVED it!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-11

I am amazed to read that another reviewer stopped listening to this book because of the narration. It is what makes this book come alive - the range of accents and voices used make this more like listening to a play than a book and I fell in love with the characters because of it. In fact the book and narration are so good that I've added to my wishlist 'The Good the Bad and the Dumped' by the same two people.

This is a lovely story and if you love baking, you'll find it even more appealing!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Daughters-in-Law

  • By: Joanna Trollope
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Rachel has always loved being at the centre of her large family. She has fiercely devoted herself to her three sons all their lives, and continues to do so even now they are all grown up. They are, of course, devoted to her – she and Anthony, their father, hold the family together at their big, beautiful, ramshackle house near the wide, bird-haunted coast of Suffolk. But when Luke, her youngest, gets married, Rachel finds that control is slipping away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gentle, well narrated book

  • By WeimOwner on 01-09-11

A gentle, well narrated book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-11

This book, set over the course of a summer, follows four marriages. That of Mum and Dad and the marriages of their three sons and of course, daughters-in-law. At first I was waiting for something to happen but it's not that kind of story. Instead this is a very intelligently written account of the relationships between husbands and wives, between brothers and between a mother and her sons.

The characters are very complex and likable in themselves, but the excellent narrator brings a dreamy, innocent naivete to Petra that I wouldn't have noticed had I read the book myself.

I found myself thinking of these people long after I had finished the book. A must if you are a daughter-in-law or if you have a daugher-in-law but an enjoyable listen for anyone.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Acts of Violence

  • By: Ryan David Jahn
  • Narrated by: John Guerrasio, Lauren Lefkow
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

In 1964 Kitty Genovese was murdered on the street near her apartment in New York. As many as 38 people may have witnessed the attack, and yet not one of them came to her aid. In Acts of Violence, Ryan David Jahn has fictionalised the events of that night, crafting a series of stories about the victim, the killer, and the bystanders: the terrified Vietnam draftee; the woman who thinks she’s killed a child; the former soldier planning suicide and the man who saves him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Acts of violence

  • By Steven on 28-06-11

A collection of short stories

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-11

This book reads far more as a collection of short stories, each one with several chapters devoted to it, rather than a 'normal' book. The stories relate to the lives of the people present on the night that a violent attack takes place but little of the book is directly devoted to the attack and it's victim. The female narrator, who reads the part of the victim, is truly excellent.

It's a very interesting book, unlike almost anything I've read before. Uncomfortable listening but gripping in places.

  • Blowing It

  • By: Judy Astley
  • Narrated by: Polly March
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Imagine – you’re in your early thirties, settled and sensible, and wanting to move up the property ladder. Your parents – approaching retirement – have an ENORMOUS house which is, let’s be honest, a bit tatty but worth squillions. Only your teenage sister Sorrel lives there now and she’s just about to go off on a gap year. So obviously there’s some money tied up there which your parents must be thinking of off-loading onto their children?Not a bit of it. The parents have every hope that they will grow old disgracefully.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I'm the wrong age ...

  • By WeimOwner on 01-08-11

Maybe I'm the wrong age ...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-08-11

Every theme in this book centres around age and in my early 30s I fear I might be at least 20 years younger than the author's intended audience. Added to this the thoroughly unlikeable characters including the main couple's three children - a well educated 17 year old girl who speaks, like, soooo like this (duh) - highly unbeleivable - and a couple of spoilt, privileged adult children who are so vapid that their inclusion in the book seems to be mearly to annoy!

If you are of retirement age and feel that post 1970s nothing of value has happened, this is the book for you. Otherwise I do not recommend it.

  • The Guy Not Taken

  • Stories
  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Mary Catherine Garrison, Jordan Bridges
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

We meet Marlie Davidow, home alone with her new baby late one Friday night, when she wanders onto her ex's online wedding registry and wonders what if she had wound up with the guy not taken. We stumble upon Good in Bed's Bruce Guberman, liquored-up and ready for anything on the night of his best friend's bachelor party, until stealing his girlfriend's tiny rat terrier becomes more complicated than he'd planned.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Passes the time

  • By WeimOwner on 12-07-11

Passes the time

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-11

The title of this book should be 'The guy not taken and OTHER stories' as only one of the 11 short stories relates to this topic! The first three are about the same woman at different stages in her life, the others are individual.

I think a good short story should bring you in to a moment in time - several of these, however, attempt to span many years which in a 45 minute story just leaves you feeling as if you've missed out on something.

I would recommend listening to a sample of the main narrator first as her accent and voice were hard to bear at times however she makes a good attempt at different voices for different characters.

I downloaded this to listen to on a long plane journey and it failed to hold my attention, however once back home I tried again and I'm glad I did as it filled 8 hours of dog walks and commutes! Give it a go if you like frivolous fiction and books that are easy to pick up and put down again.

  • Sing You Home

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Mia Barron, Brian Hutchinson, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Zoe Baxter has spent 10 years trying to get pregnant, and just when she's about to get her heart's desire, tragedy destroys her world. In the aftermath of loss, she throws herself into her career. Working with Vanessa, she finds their relationship moving from business, to friendship, and then - to Zoe's surprise - blossoming into love. Will happiness give Zoe one final chance to have a child?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking and beautiful music too.

  • By Jane on 21-04-11

Excellent story, pity about the songs

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-11

This is one of Jodi Picoult's better books and I really found myself caring for the characters and wanting to pick up my ipod to listen to more. Unfortunatly there are songs inbetween many of the chapters which were really not to my taste and actually quite grating. I found myself skipping through these parts to get back to the book. Songs aside though, the narrators were very good and the story line was unusual and compelling.

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