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  • 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 802
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684

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

Disappointing, out dated and naive

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

I had to stop listening once she started telling women not to wear sweatpants because they aren’t feminine! Incredibly naive in assuming women are the only people responsible for tidying and that we don’t all love our work clothes. What a waste of money.

  • It Can't Happen Here

  • By: Sinclair Lewis
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Doremus Jessup, a newspaper editor, is dismayed to find that many of the people he knows support presidential candidate Berzelius Windrip. The suspiciously fascist Windrip is offering to save the nation from sex, crime, welfare cheats, and a liberal press. But after Windrip wins the election, dissent soon becomes dangerous for Jessup. Windrip forcibly gains control of Congress and the Supreme Court and, with the aid of his personal paramilitary storm troopers, turns the United States into a totalitarian state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A story for our times

  • By Patrick on 20-07-16

Frightenly close to home depiction of an alternative future

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

A slow build up meant it took a while to get into this book. However this was important to consider the impact of political developments upon characters explored in the "pre Buzz" years. Considering when this was written (1935) the parallels with Nazi Germany and what is currently developing in America are incredible.

  • Started Early, Took My Dog

  • Jackson Brodie 4
  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

It's a day like any other for security chief Tracy Waterhouse, until she makes a purchase she hadn't bargained for. One moment of madness is all it takes for Tracy's humdrum world to be turned upside down, the tedium of everyday life replaced by fear and danger at every turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as the others

  • By Helen on 04-06-12

One of Kate Atkinson's best

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Loved this story and the superb characterisation.

The reader was good but what a shame he couldn't pronounce Niamh. Such a little thing but her character is significant to Jackson.

  • Monstrous Regiment

  • Discworld, Book 31
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,005

It begun as a sudden strange fancy...Polly Perks had to become a boy in a hurry. Cutting off her hair and wearing trousers was easy. Learning to fart and belch in public and walk like an ape took more time. And now she's enlisted in the army, and searching for her lost brother. But there's a war on. There's always a war on. And Polly and her fellow recruits are suddenly in the thick of it, without any training, and the enemy is hunting them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The First blast of the trumpet...

  • By Rogayah on 25-05-08

Excellent story read brilliantly

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

Reviewed: 06-07-16

Probably my favourite Pratchett novel which was read so well it moved me to tears more than once.

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

Charming and captivating

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

I loved this story of an assortment of quirky characters centred around Alan, the 100 year old man. I was surprised by how much the story gripped me and how hard I was rooting for Alan. Thoroughly recommended.

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,778

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

Having been captivated by the Guards series from Discworld, this was disappointing. However it may have been better with a better delivery and recording - strange interval noises were very distracting and an echo on some sections may have sounded a good idea but did not work and made it difficult to hear.

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  • The Secret History

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Donna Tartt
  • Length: 22 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

The smartest murder-mystery you will ever hearA misfit at an exclusive New England college, Richard finds kindred spirits in the five eccentric students of his ancient Greek class. But his new friends have a horrific secret. When blackmail and violence threaten to blow their privileged lives apart, they drag Richard into the nightmare that engulfs them. And soon they enter a terrifying heart of darkness from which they may never return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting tale

  • By mj on 06-09-16

Gripping. I didn't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 24-05-14

A thoroughly captivating book. Despite none of the characters being likeable, the storyline was magnificent and I didn't want it to stop. I don't understand comments from other reviewers about Donna Tartt's reading of it as I thought it was read exceptionally well and, as someone very familiar with audiobooks, I soon failed to notice the fact that she is a woman reading from a boy's perspective. Recommended if you enjoy a complex though provoking thriller.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness

  • By Simon on 08-10-15

Best book I've had for a while

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

Reviewed: 16-08-13

Where does The Ocean at the End of the Lane rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've listened to some great audiobooks but this one ranks at the top.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

Short and extremely memorable. I felt wrung out after reading this. And wanted to start again from the start!

What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

Great performance. So heart felt and I was there with him.

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

Yes

  • Two Brothers

  • By: Ben Elton
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Berlin 1920: Two babies are born. Two brothers. United and indivisible, sharing everything. Twins in all but blood. As Germany marches into its Nazi Armageddon, the ties of family, friendship and love are tested to the very limits of endurance. And the brothers are faced with an unimaginable choice.... Which one of them will survive? Ben Elton's most personal novel to date, Two Brothers transports the reader to the time of history's darkest hour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Briliant!

  • By M on 19-01-13

Tragic and moving story about the impact of facism

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

A gripping historical novel set across two generations - well researched with fully developed characters and shocking details of the build up of Nazi Germany's attitudes and towards and treatment of the Jews.

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-05-11

Beautifully structured and thought provoking book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

This is a fascinating book that I have almost finished and has kept me gripped all the way through. It twists and turns with its structure and complex characters and moves beyond addressing into more indepth exploration of some difficult subjects including prison, disability and paedophilia. Jonathan Keeble reads the book exceptionally well, adding to the appeal.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful