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  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,280

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bit of an ordeal in places but a great story

  • By David on 23-01-14

Pretty boring story of an interesting subject

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

Reviewed: 31-01-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Read the reviews before you buy. If you want an interesting subject matter told in an ok storyline then the books for you. If you want anything more, do not buy.

It starts great and through the first third of the book is quite interesting, then you realise that the whole of the book is going to be the same, it just loses pace drastically.

I tried and tried to finish the last third of the book and eventually sat through it and it was as dreary as I anticipated.

The narrator is great, the story is ok, the subject interesting but it just gets boring after a while

What was most disappointing about Louise Doughty’s story?

lost pace so quickly

Did Juliet Stevenson do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

yes very good

What character would you cut from Apple Tree Yard?

son

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  • The Universe Versus Alex Woods

  • By: Gavin Extence
  • Narrated by: Joe Thomas
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

A tale of an unexpected friendship, an unlikely hero, and an improbable journey, Alex's story treads the fine line between light and dark, laughter and tears. And it might just strike you as one of the funniest, most heartbreaking novels you've ever heard. Alex Woods knows that he hasn't had the most conventional start in life. He knows that growing up with a clairvoyant single mother won't endear him to the local bullies. He also knows that even the most improbable events can happen - he's got the scars to prove it. What he doesn't know yet is that when he meets ill-tempered, reclusive widower Mr Peterson, he'll make an unlikely friend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on you!

  • By F on 26-05-13

what did I just read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

Would you listen to The Universe Versus Alex Woods again? Why?

Well it kept me listening and was very well read, a couple of giggles, but I really have no idea what the story was meant to be about. It was about a certain event,yes I get that, but it was a fairly plain dull story.

But as I said, it kept me reading

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Mystery Man

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 161

He’s the Man With No Name and the owner of No Alibis, a mystery bookshop in Belfast. But when a detective agency next door goes bust, the agency’s clients start calling into his shop asking him to solve their cases. It’s not as if there’s any danger involved. It’s an easy way to sell books to his gullible customers and Alison, the beautiful girl in the jewellery shop across the road, will surely be impressed. Except she’s not – because she can see the bigger picture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just get it

  • By Caroline on 28-04-13

Just get it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-13

Don't bother reading anything else. Just listen to this book. It is the best credit you will spend.
I said don't read anymore...why waste your time scrolling down when there is an " add to basket" button up there.
Buy this book and you will already have your next 3 reads lined up. As soon as you finish you will want to read the other 3 mystery man books. Story, characters, narration are top rate. The laughs, sarcasm and general humour in this book are proper, laugh out loud. Buy and enjoy.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • The Chessmen

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045

Fin Macleod, now head of security on a privately owned Lewis estate, is charged with investigating a spate of illegal-game hunting taking place on the island. This mission reunites him with Whistler Macaskill - a local poacher, Fin's teenage intimate and possessor of a long-buried secret. But when this reunion takes a violent, sinister turn and Fin puts together the fractured pieces of the past, he realises that revealing the truth could destroy the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Masterclass in Storytelling

  • By MISS E J BIRD on 19-02-13

maybe just me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-13

I am a little bored with the characters, the place and the stories. unfortunately could not finish this book.



The first two are brilliant, eerie, very well written and read and was looking forward to this. Just a little repetative of the first two



The Blackhouse and Lewis man are superb books and worth a listen to, but to me, this just was not up to standard

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  • The Day of the Jack Russell

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

The Small Shop Keeper With No Name is back. Hired to find the vandals responsible for spraying graffiti on an insurance magnate's advertising hoarding, he soon finds himself battling to solve murders which echo in the corridors of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I smiled and laughed a lot

  • By Patricia on 08-11-13

absolute classic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-13

The whole of this series is possibly the best I have listened to ever. very clever and very very funny. Worth starting at the begining with colin batemans " mystery man" and going through all four books.



A definate credit worthy book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Needful Things

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

There was a new shop in town. Run by a stranger. Needful Things, the sign said. The oddest name. A name that caused some gossip and speculation among the good folks of Castle Rock, Maine, while they waited for opening day. Eleven-year-old Brian Rusk was the first customer and he got just what he wanted, a very rare 1956 Sandy Koufax baseball card. Signed. Cyndi Rose Martin was next. A Lalique vase. A perfect match for her living room decor. Something for everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • On the whole, good...

  • By T. Norman on 19-09-12

usual Stepehn King

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Any fans on Mr King, will enjoy his usual style of writing, he brings each character to life in his own special way, and this book is no different.



The story is great and I found myself waiting for the ring of the shop bell to see who was going in to buy something " needful". I found that the reading by the author added to the book and he little bits of music and the jingling of the door bell also added to the whole experience.



So why only 4 stars...the ending. I do find a lot of stephen King books have a bit of a let down with the ending. It was not a bad ending, it was such a good and gripping tale that I was expecting something a little more. Having said that, dont let it put you off the book, it is a superb read.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Solar

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Michael Beard is a Nobel prize-winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. A compulsive womaniser, Beard finds his fifth marriage floundering. But this time it is different: she is having the affair, and he is still in love with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but a bit typical

  • By Ms on 11-03-16

Good book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-12

I have a feeling that I was meant to dislike the main character of the book, but like other reviewers, I sort of like the guy and understood the way he thinks.The book has lots of twists and turns as it progresses. It is obviously about Solar and the Nobel Prize winning main character, but it is also so much more. A story of life, regrets, family, science, comedy...it has it all really and well worth the read.

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  • The Time Keeper

  • By: Mitch Albom
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

In this stunning new novel, the inventor of the world's first clock is punished for trying to measure time. He is banished to a cave for centuries and forced to listen to the voices of all who come after him seeking more years for themselves. At last, with his soul nearly broken, Father Time is granted his freedom, along with a mission: a chance to redeem himself by teaching two earthly people the true meaning of time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a gem

  • By mollymoon1 on 23-07-13

great story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-12

Great story.



Although only a short book, I got this as it was suggested as a good read, and it was. A story about Father time as an actual person, interesting and well written.



One of the easy things about this book, and I only noticed this after moving on to another stepehn king book. There are only really 3 main characters. I often find, especially with audible books if the narrator does not distinguish accents, that I am not sure who is talking, or which person we have moved onto, or sometimes there are just too any people, I get lost. So this was an easy read and meant I could concentrate on the story line quite easily. I have since read other mitch Albom and enjoyed those too, especially " Tuesdays with Morrie" this book is a must in audible format.



All in all a great story, well written, well read and encouraged me to seek more from the same author



3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • awsome

  • By Caroline on 22-11-12

awsome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-12

Not your average book but a very very good listen. This goes in my top ten listens. Amazing how a gory blood scene can be transformed to laugh out loud by the descriptiveness.



It really is a laugh out loud book, i found myself chuckling, laughing out loud, giggling; It is also an engrossing story with well thought out characters. I am off to find more by this author

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,335

First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a key Stephen King title

  • By karen on 13-08-12

Typical stephen king

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-12

A very good story, but far too drawn out, goes off on a tangent into parts of peoples lives that I felt not relevant to the story. Apparently this is the new edition that includes the stuff that had been edited out of the last edition for being too long winded. I agree too long, and I normally love stephen kings books, I was so looking forward to this, but the in depth of characters was just too much that I forgot the story. I have not even downloaded the last two parts.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful