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  • Calling Major Tom

  • By: David M. Barnett
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Calling Major Tom is a funny, uplifting tale of friendship and community about a man who has given up on the world...but discovers in the most unlikely way that it might not have given up on him. We all know someone like Thomas. The grumpy next-door neighbour who complains to the residents' committee about the state of your front lawn. The man who tuts when you don't have the correct change at the checkout. The colleague who sends an all-company email when you accidentally use the last drop of milk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Feeling Blue?

  • By Jumpin' Bean on 19-07-17

shamelessly sentimental but don't let worry you

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

The story is implausible, but this tale is fun, funny, sad and soppy. You're a harder person than I if it doesn't raise a few years and some laughs. If you let yourself enjoy it, you probably will.

  • Up Country

  • By: Alden R. Carter
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Carl knows he's playing with fire every time he fixes up a stolen car stereo to resell. But he needs the money; how else is he going to get away from his boozing mom and her endless parade of classy guys? Then one night his mother's drinking gets out of control and Carl's plan to get himself a decent life takes a nosedive. Sent to live with distant relatives far away from the life he has always known, Carl is faced with a decision: run away and stick with The Plan, or come up with a new one...fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • one of the best

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-04-18

one of the best

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

Reviewed: 21-04-18

one of the best YA "Social Issues" I've listened to. The story is a moving but unsentimental view in to the world and escape of a boy who is the child of an alcoholic mother. The reading is quiet but such a good portrayal of the boys character. I loved it.

  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair . . .And so begins this epic, tragic, comic, brilliant novel set in and around Dublin’s Seabrook College for Boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired, funny, heartrending & addicitive!

  • By Linda A. Davies on 24-06-11

Reading tour de force

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-06-16

The reading is superb. Crisp and clear, no bad edits and great voice characterisation. 21 hours of consistent quality. The story is great too. Full of humour but ultimately a tragic story of life, the universe and everything. One of my favourite audible buys.

  • A Broken Kind of Life

  • By: Jamie Mayfield
  • Narrated by: Tristan Wright
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Aaron Downing is broken, barely clinging to the hope that one day, he will be normal again. His life remains a constant string of nightmares, flashbacks, and fear, but he perseveres and starts college, determined to move on. Then Aaron gets assigned to work with Spencer Thomas for his programming project. Aaron doesn't want Spencer to think he's a freak, but as he gets to know his new deaf friend, he figures out he doesn't need to be "normal". If he could just learn to control his fear, that could be enough to find his footing again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Moving performance and good tale

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-05-16

Moving performance and good tale

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

The writing is occasionally a little laboured but it is touching, hopeful and nicely read

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    Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
    240 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger's syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he shows up at crime scenes and gives law enforcement officials his advice. But when his tutor is found dead, he becomes a suspect. Suddenly, his Asperger’s traits - not looking people in the eye, tics and twitches - look more like guilt in the view of police. And Jacob's mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely and a little frustrating

  • By HelgaCabbage on 12-12-12

Frustratingly good

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

Reviewed: 16-04-16

Had to keep listening. Not great writing but crafted and compulsive and well performed by the cast.

  • The Schwa Was Here

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Neal Shusterman
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

This audiobook follows eigth-grader "Antsy" Bonano as he looks back on three accidental, but beneficial friendships with a few interesting characters, including the often ignored Calvin Schwa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fab

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-03-16

Fab

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

Reviewed: 30-03-16

A fabulous story full of humour fun sadness and life. Shusterman's reading is exceptional and a privilege. Loved everything about this book.

  • These Gentle Wounds

  • By: Helene Dunbar
  • Narrated by: Brian Rollins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Five years after an unspeakable tragedy that changed him forever, Gordie Allen has made a new home with his half-brother Kevin. Their arrangement works since Kevin is the only person who can protect Gordie at school and keep him focused on getting his life back on track. But just when it seems like things are becoming normal, Gordie's biological father comes back into the picture, demanding a place in his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly read

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-16

Poorly read

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

The novel is about average and I'm sure I could have enjoyed it more with without the lifeless and mechanical reading style.

  • One Mississippi

  • By: Mark Childress
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Yankee transplant Daniel Musgrove can't seem to fit in at his Mississippi high school. When he meets fellow outsider Tim Cousins, things look up. But then the two boys' battles with a local bully escalate into a violent act that rocks the town.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tragic

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-07-15

Tragic

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Race is a dominant theme in this story but it is secondary to the theme of friendship and in the end love. it's difficult to say anything more without giving too much away. I found the by then inevitable denouement quite upsetting, but was glad to have read it and am glad to recommend it and this good performance.

  • Sunset Park

  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Paul Auster
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Twenty-eight-year-old Miles is haunted by guilt for having inadvertently caused the death of his stepbrother, an incident that caused him to flee New York seven years previously. Now he lives in Florida, photographing the last traces of families who have abandoned their houses due to debt or foreclosure during the banking crisis. When a complicated romance forces him to go on the run again, he returns to Brooklyn to confront his father and his past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listening experience

  • By Philippa on 09-05-14

Sombre tale of our times

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

I have read other Paul Auster novels but this is the first time I have listened to one and read by the author. Having Auster read is a privilege, let's face it he did enough writing it. His rather grey and. bleak voice wouldn't suit every book, not even others he has written, but it was an authentic voice for this novel. which grey and bleak as it often is is ultimately an optimistic portrait of human affections in a world that only seems to care when its prescribed morality is under threat no matter how hypocritical that morality might be.

  • The Chicken Dance

  • By: Jacques Couvillon
  • Narrated by: Steven Boyer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Don Schmidt's birthday is coming fast! He can't wait to find out what kind of surprises his mom and dad are sure to have in store for him. But when Don's special day finally arrives, he is saddened when his weird parents get into another argument. What can Don do to make his mom see that he is a good son?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • cute and touching

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-07-15

cute and touching

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

Brought to life with a great reading that really captures the naive first person narrative's spirit. Lots of funny moments and a few very touching ones as friendship and love and the lack of both are explored.