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G. A.Taylor

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  • The Golem and the Djinni

  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899. Ahmad is a djinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free - an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary

  • By AnneDriscoll on 29-01-15

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Like the taste of spiced hot chocolate, this story lingers in a satisfying way. Rich, exotic and evocative.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outlaw Varjak Paw

  • By: S F Said
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang - a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave yet sometimes naive cat? Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control the lives of all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying; can Jalal's Way really be the best way?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the b e st book in the world🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐱

  • By T M. on 13-08-18

Wonderful, just wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-15

If you could sum up The Outlaw Varjak Paw in three words, what would they be?

Beautifully written tale.

What other book might you compare The Outlaw Varjak Paw to, and why?

The heroic animals of the Chronicles of Narnia.

What does Andrew Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Rich tones and excellent characterization.

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

Yes

  • Varjak Paw

  • By: S F Said
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Varjak Paw is a Mesopotamian Blue kitten. He lives high up in an old house on a hill. He's never left home, but then his grandfather tells him about the Way - a secret martial art for cats. Now Varjak must use the Way to survive in a city full of dangerous dogs, cat gangs and, strangest of all the mysterious vanishings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Varjak is the cat's pyjamas.

  • By G. A.Taylor on 31-07-15

Varjak is the cat's pyjamas.

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

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

Top twenty, yes indeed.

What other book might you compare Varjak Paw to, and why?

Haven't read anything like it, not being a cat lover, but I'd say it has a vague ring of Disney's The Aristocats about it

What does Andrew Sachs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Mr Sachs brings a smooth rich telling of a wonderfully written story.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Beautiful and witty, it sounds like a classic

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rooftoppers

  • By: Katherine Rundell
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

Everyone thinks that Sophie is an orphan. Found floating in a cello case, she is the only recorded female survivor of a shipwreck on the English Channel. But Sophie remembers seeing her mother wave for help… When the child welfare agency threatens to send Sophie to an orphanage, Sophie and her guardian flee to Paris to find her mother, starting with the only clue she has - the address of the cello maker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting and Exquisite.

  • By ThomasHassall on 11-08-17

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 16-06-15

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

Top 20

Any additional comments?

Beautiful, lyrical and utterly gratifying. Sophie and Charles are such charming characters and Rooftoppers flows like an elegant concerto.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Frost Hollow Hall

  • By: Emma Carroll
  • Narrated by: Penny Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Will dares Tilly to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. Rumour has it that the house is haunted ... But Tilly never turns down a dare. Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears and saves her. Kit Barrington’s ghost. Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great find

  • By hugh on 08-10-14

Ghostly and good.

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

If you could sum up Frost Hollow Hall in three words, what would they be?

Atmospheric, vivid and charming.

What other book might you compare Frost Hollow Hall to, and why?

The only thing I can think of to compare this to is The Secret Garden if only for the the atmosphere it conveyed.

What about Penny Rawlins’s performance did you like?

Touching, and respectful of the words.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Ghostly awakenings and a secret shame.

Any additional comments?

Fabulous

  • The Executioner's Daughter

  • By: Jane Hardstaff
  • Narrated by: Sarah Ovens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Moss hates her life. As the daughter of the executioner in the Tower of London, it’s her job to catch the heads in her basket after her father has chopped them off. When she discovers a hidden tunnel that takes her to freedom, she learns that her life isn’t what she believes it to be. Her search for the truth takes her on a journey along the great River Thames. Could the answers lie deep in its murky depths?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By G. A.Taylor on 01-06-15

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Where does The Executioner's Daughter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Executioner's Daughter?

Can't say... spoiler.

Which character – as performed by Sarah Ovens – was your favourite?

Moss

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

Yes, definitely.

Any additional comments?

This is a story that weaves a rich tapestry, a mingling of fantasy and history. So good.

  • On Writing Well Audio Collection

  • By: William Zinsser
  • Narrated by: William Zinsser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

This expanded audio collection presents William Zinsser's On Writing Well, the classic teaching book that has sold more than 1 million copies, together with a new 90-minute section that tells you how to write a memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By G. A.Taylor on 21-06-12

Disappointed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-12

Not much for your money with this title and no clear indication that it doesn't benefit fiction writers. Although pleasant enough to listen to, its messages are just common sense.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful