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  • Bridget Jones

  • Mad About the Boy
  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 905
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 908

With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email CC, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed reading/listening experience!

  • By Ann D on 07-11-13

A little on the dumb side

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

Reviewed: 06-11-13

I bought this book looking for something funny, but this felt rather dumb. There are a few mildly funny moments, but the story is repetitive and quite pointless, riddled with awkward jokes about vomit and farts (yes, we're on that level). It feels like the SMS and twitter exchanges between Bridget and her young lover go on forever, and never go deeper than "I <3 U". I never felt I was listening to the diary of a funny 50 year old woman, but more like I was listening to the diary of an idiotic 17 year old girl. The narrator does very well with this terrible material though, especially considering how many times she had to say 'Oh, text message from Roxster!', which seems to comprise 50% of the words written.

  • Doctor Sleep

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459

Stephen King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special 12-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doctor Sleep

  • By jennifer on 26-12-13

Wicked!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-13

This story is exactly what I was hoping for. I'd put this up there with Bag of Bones and The Stand, this was a very enjoyable ride. It took a while to get used to the narrator, who unfortunately gives every word a full-on performance, but the book is so good that in the end I didn't mind. It took me maybe a couple of hours to really get into it, but once it really started, I couldn't stop listening. It's not high literature, but it's pure King.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,004

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Stephen King

  • By Robert on 01-01-10

Not one of his best, but still a good read

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

I read several times that this book is a little like 'The Stand'. I actually found The Stand a better novel, and thought this book, despite its characters and storylines, was a little too simplistic. Still, it's an easy listen and the typical Stephen King prose pulls you through page after page. The only thing I found a little difficult was the vast cast of characters- the narrator was very good at coming up with different voices, but even he had a limit... Not a bad audiobook, though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,272

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

I enjoyed this!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

I'm not a huge fan of detective novels, but I listened to this book and enjoyed it very much. It's a little different from a lot other mystery novels because the characters are all so well drawn. It's very different from the Casual Vacancy but you'll still recognize the bite typical of a JK Rowling book. It sits well within this genre and I can understand why the author chose to publish this under a pseudonym, but if you enjoy detective books, this one deserves a read.

  • Perfect

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Paul Rhys
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures.Then Byron’s mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I gave up

  • By Kirstine on 25-08-16

Very unique

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

Reviewed: 11-10-13

I should start by saying this is different from the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, except for its tone and its beautiful prose, and in the way the author portrays the mind of unique characters. I loved this book, I found it touching and delicate. It's a slow burn, but if you're the kind of reader who doesn't need thrill after thrill, you'll enjoy the story- not to say that it's boring, because it isn't. This is the kind of book that made me find more chores to do around the house, just so that I could listen to one more chapter. The narrator is just superb and gives the right intonation to the children's thoughts and really brings to life the writing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Through every family run memories which bind it together, despite everything. The Tulls of Baltimore were no exception. Now as Pearl lies dying, stiffly encased in her pride and solitude, the past is unlocked and with it its secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable well told story of family life

  • By Mrs S. on 11-01-15

Very good

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

Reviewed: 18-09-13

I really enjoyed this book. The relationship between the two brothers in particular is very powerful. It's not a life changing book, but it describes the family dynamics so well that it captures the reader completely, because the characters are so well drawn. A simple but powerful story.

  • Cutting for Stone

  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Moving from the 1940s to the present, from a convent in India to a cargo ship bound for the Yemen, from a tiny operating theatre in Ethiopia to a hospital in the Bronx, Cutting for Stone is a thrilling epic of conjoined twins, doctors and patients, temptation and redemption, home and exile - and a riveting family story, irresistibly charged with strange happenings, humour and pathos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding in Audio

  • By Elizabeth on 16-05-11

Perfect gift for a doctor

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

Reviewed: 18-09-13

This novel would have been perfect, if only it had been a bit shorter. At times the writer just dwells too much into surgical details and, had I had a printed copy, I probably would've skipped a few pages. The last part is the best though, so it's worth listening to the whole thing even if it's a bit slow in the middle. The narrator is a tad flat and some of the accents are terrible while others are perfect, so perhaps the audio version isn't the best choice for someone who's as fussy about voices and accents as I am.

  • Big Brother

  • By: Lionel Shriver
  • Narrated by: Alice Rosengard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

When Pandora picks up her older brother, Edison, at her local Iowa airport, she literally doesn’t recognize him. The once slim, hip New York jazz pianist has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Soon Edison’s slovenly habits, appalling diet, and know-it-all monologues are driving Pandora and her fitness-freak husband Fletcher insane. After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It’s him or me. Rich with Shriver’s distinctive wit and ferocious energy, Big Brother is about fat: why we overeat and whether extreme diets ever really work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The foundations of obesity dissected

  • By Kirstine on 28-05-13

Quite bland, for a Shriver book

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

Reviewed: 18-09-13

I've read a few books by this author, and this is the one I enjoyed the least. The narration gets annoying at times, mainly due to one of the characters' use of language. But still it all goes along pretty well until you reach the last few chapters- that's where I felt a little cheated. Is it a must-read like We need to talk about Kevin? No, but it's not unpleasant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gift of Rain

  • By: Tan Twan Eng
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin, Luke Thompson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Penang, 1939: Sixteen-year-old Philip Hutton is a loner. Half English, half Chinese and feeling neither, he discovers a sense of belonging in an unexpected friendship with Hayato Endo, a Japanese diplomat. But when the Japanese invade Malaya, threatening to destroy Philip's family and everything he loves, he realises that his trusted friend has been harbouring a devastating secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect novel

  • By SDY on 13-08-13

The perfect novel

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

Reviewed: 13-08-13

A wonderful setting for a very compelling story about friendship and responsibility. I'm not a fan of war novels but this book won me over. The prose is superb, and both narrators are excellent. Certainly an audio book I will listen to again.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Orphan Master's Son

  • A Novel
  • By: Adam Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tim Kang, Josiah D. Lee, James Kyson Lee, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Pak Jun Do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer “stolen” to Pyongyang - and an influential father who runs Long Tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. There the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. Recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, Jun Do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible beginning, less convincing second part

  • By Marianna on 05-12-12

A struggle

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

Reviewed: 13-08-13

Some novels win prizes for reasons that remain unknown to the reader, but in this case it’s clear why this book won the Pulizter: the setting is so compelling and mostly unknown to the everyday person, that it alone pulls you through the story. Is it well written? Not particularly. Is it a masterpiece? Certainly not. At time confusing and repetitive, the narration slows down in several points, marking this as a pretty boring book to get through, with characters that blend into one and a prose that remains pretty ordinary. I stuck with it to a predictable ending, and managed to skip 3 chapters towards the end and still know exactly what was going on- this novel needs some pretty severe editing. It’s not a book I would recommend, but if you’re a patient reader with a curiosity for North Korea, read on.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful