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  • All Our Wrong Todays

  • By: Elan Mastai
  • Narrated by: Elan Mastai
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

So, the thing is, I come from the world we were supposed to have. That means nothing to you, obviously, because you live here, in the crappy world we do have. But it never should've turned out like this. And it's all my fault - well, me and, to a lesser extent, my father. And, yeah, I guess a little bit Penelope. In both worlds she's the love of my life. But only a single version of her can exist. I have one impossible chance to fix history's greatest mistake and save this broken world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The point of it all....

  • By Kaggy on 02-05-17

makes the brain fizz with possibilities

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

Loved this book. Narrator is really good. Fantastic ideas, loved all the detail, and some of the terminology. Wonderful story. Yes it repeats, but I think that’s all part of its own fabulous unique style. Had to actually stop and listen hard during time machine final sequence. But not so sure listening really hard made that much difference. Great stuff.

  • Other Minds

  • The Octopus and The Evolution of Intelligent Life
  • By: Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

A philosopher dons a wet suit and journeys into the depths of consciousness. Peter Godfrey-Smith is a leading philosopher of science. He is also a scuba diver whose underwater videos of warring octopuses have attracted wide notice. In this audiobook he brings his parallel careers together to tell a bold new story of how nature became aware of itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stunning look at the evolution of thinking...

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-03-18

Amazing Planet

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

Reviewed: 22-04-18

Really enjoyed this book, loved getting to know the octopus better. What amazing beings. Found the initial chapters a bit hard going, but would read the whole thing again. Have always liked octopuses, now I have a hundred reasons as to why.

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  • 13 Minutes

  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

I was dead for 13 minutes. I don't remember how I ended up in the icy water, but I do know this - it wasn't an accident, and I wasn't suicidal. They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you're a teenage girl, it's hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I'm sure of it. But that doesn't mean they didn't try to kill me. Does it? 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough is a gripping psychological thriller about people, fears, manipulation and the power of the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down

  • By Stephen Eedle on 21-03-16

Teen Fiction

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

Reviewed: 22-04-18

Very much teen fiction. As an adult, you can tire a bit of the petty-minded characters. But on the whole, it is an interesting story, and not really meant for an adult audience. So you are forewarned. Performance was very good. Story works.

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,060

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

An Everyman's life as Epic journey

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

Reviewed: 22-04-18

Loved this. Didn't like the beginning, as it feels a bit cliched, but as soon as Cyril took centre stage, was won over. Enjoyed all the characters that he came into contact with, some awful, some wonderful, some can't-believe-they-just-said-that! Charming, funny and gives the reader a sense of how a 'normal' human life can be epic. Maybe best not to listen to the last chapter in the car, as tissues are needed for a few stray tears. Worth a read.

  • The Art of Asking

  • How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help
  • By: Amanda Palmer
  • Narrated by: Amanda Palmer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Imagine standing on a box in the middle of a busy city, dressed as a white-faced bride, and silently using your eyes to ask people for money. Or touring Europe in a punk cabaret band, and finding a place to sleep each night by reaching out to strangers on Twitter. For Amanda Palmer, actions like these have gone beyond satisfying her basic needs for food and shelter - they've taught her how to turn strangers into friends, build communities, and discover her own giving impulses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, Earthy...You Will Be Inspired

  • By M. Raymond on 07-12-14

What an absolute Joy of a book.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

This is an audience experience like no other. It's like having a crazy, wild friend around for a few nights with her ukulele in tow. She reminds me of the energy enthusiasm and raw joy-of-life that is so often missing in our politically correct over sanitised world. I guess some people might think she's a bit marmite - you either love her or hate her. Possibly? But she had some really profound insights on life. She has the most beautiful reading voice. Her diction is brilliant and skilled. I have never been a fan of the ukulele, but I have to say in her hands, well she's won me over. And who's to say she's not right? Maybe it could solve a few word problems. Please do look after this woman. She is very exposed, don't let her bruise. I miss her already.

  • Friend Request

  • By: Laura Marshall
  • Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 886

Maria wants to be friends. But Maria is dead. Isn't she? When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops. Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Maria Weston has been missing for over 25 years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers' party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret. As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with old friends....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Clever thriller with some unexpected twists

  • By Grab This Book on 20-10-17

Great story, with lots of twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

Thought the story was really good. Chilling how bullying reaches out from the past and infects the present. Liked the way that you really didn't know who had done it till close to the end. Lots of twists and turns and red herrings.

  • Follow You Home

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 961
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 840

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilization, they must hike along the tracks through a forest...a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dare to go into the house and face yourself

  • By Kaggy on 16-02-16

Just misses being really good

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

The narrator was a bit annoying with all the different voices. But the main reason I marked this down was that it so nearly works. The middle bit was a bit boring, with my just wondering why on earth they don't go to the police and getting irritated with the fact that no one will tell you what happened. Some of the murders are improbable. Don't want to give any spoilers, but there's one which is just silly. It's a shame, because it's a really good idea, and there are lots of interesting threads. The twist at the end certainly makes you understand some of the - why-no-police, but it's kind of dumped in there as an after thought, and it would have been better to weave it in from an earlier point. A near miss, a good idea, would I recommend? probably not. Would make a great film though.

  • Slade House

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 675

Prepare to be chilled, electrified and entertained - a gem of a novel from 'one of the most brilliantly inventive writers of this, or any country' ( Independent). Walk down narrow, clammy Slade Alley. Open the black iron door in the right-hand wall. Enter the sunlit garden of an old house that doesn't exactly make sense. A stranger greets you by name and invites you inside. At first, you won't want to leave. Too late, you find you can't....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Classy Supernatural Tale

  • By Simon on 03-11-15

Brilliant writing, wonderful narrators

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

David Mitchell is a master at writing characters. They all have such distinctive turns of speech. The story is disturbing, but worth a listen, you keep on wanting the good guys to win. No spoilers.

  • The Secret Life of Bees

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now 14, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the '60s is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it - start to finish!

  • By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 04-08-14

A warm, gentle book, brilliantly read

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

Reviewed: 15-12-16

I really enjoyed this book, sometimes it's a little bit sentimental perhaps, though it has some big political issues for it's background. A bit "to kill a Mockingbird." I loved all the details about the bees, and absolutely fell in love with August the Calendar sisters and co. The narrator is fantastic. On the whole, well worth a listen.

  • Grain Brain

  • The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • very protracted

  • By liz on 02-06-15

re-affirmed the horror stories about grains

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

I got this book after the Whole 30. Just to keep me on track and help me kick the wheat habit. This book really helped reaffirm why I was doing it. I was shocked by the increased levels of gluten in our food, and by some of the well ingrained (no pun intended!) myths about eating fat and cholesterol. Yes, some of the technical names /terms are difficult to assimilated when you are just listening, but for people with busy lives, the audible version is a great way to digest the ideas.

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