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  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062

From the Orange Prize-winning, internationally best-selling author of The Song of Achilles comes the powerful story of the mythological witch Circe, inspired by Homer's Odyssey. In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By madeleine davitt on 06-05-18

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Wonderful writing. Brilliantly written. A joy of a book. Loved the myth weaving and the reveals on some characters we thought we knew so well.

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 742

Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered. Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop reading

  • By KomKem on 10-11-15

Very predictable

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

Thought the narrators voice was very good. Sadly the story is a bit thin. You know who-did-it and why from very early on. There's an awful lot of repetition of ideas and thoughts, and it's very difficult to believe that the principle character can't see who did it. I listened to it, hoping there was some kind of twist I hadn't seen, but no.

  • 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 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

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 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

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.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 13 Minutes

  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

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 2,455
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,299

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

Overall
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 376
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

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 1,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

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

Overall
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 1,025
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 895

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 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 693

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.