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  • The Sealwoman's Gift

  • By: Sally Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Iceland versus north Africa!

  • By Bookaholic on 14-03-18

The concept was great but the Story seems to be unoriginal.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

The concept was great, However the execution was poor,mixture of styles and stories plopped i. Along the way, a poor George Mackay Brown, a poor Alibaba and 40 thieves and old stories all mixed up. I love Icelandic, Orkney sagas, but this just was off the mark for me, taking ages to get to the point and not very subtle. By half way through the book, I no longer cared about any of the characters and all the experiences they were having just washed over me. Sorry cant recommend. I believe the book is up for an award, quite surprised.

  • Ep. 1: Blow-Ins (West Cork)

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

[Contains Mature Themes] West Cork, Ireland is an outpost at the edge of Europe. Rugged, windswept, and coastal, it was a region of farmers and fisherman until the 1960s, when it was discovered by the “blow-ins”—artists, urban runaways, and people who drove until the road ran out. It was a haven for those wanting to turn their backs on their old lives and start over. But then there was a murder in West Cork, and everything changed overnight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • West Cork Podcast.

  • By Anonymous User on 22-02-19

All Episodes - astounding presented in calmness

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I have never listened to this kind of format, and I loved this,I liked being led into what we think are facts..only to findout out that some are fiction, then some facts again...what a journey for all the people involved, and the fact that the story is still playing out today is just..incredible. completely captivating, you couldn't make it up.....or could they?..or did they? ...or did he?...or did she? And I am talking here, about the Police, the witnesses, neighbours, lawyers,families, suspects and journalists ...we are but human. Brilliantly put together.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,594
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,681

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Beautiful and charming book

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

This is where the content of the book, and the reader, just come together beautifully. I was totally enthralled, and the book holds you right to the end. The book has a lovely beat to the story...like the waves of the sea, bringing in different parts of a harrowing story, giving you time to think about it, before being engulfed with another wave of information. Beautiful.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Legacy of Spies

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,023

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, is living out his old age on the family farmstead in Brittany when a letter summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New life into a favourite series

  • By nicole on 10-09-17

Enjoyable bringing back some of the team

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

Reviewed: 29-09-17

A little bit confusing as there are so many characters, but interesting linking past and present.

The reader was good, but slightly painful, monotone voice, which actually added to the story telling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Commonwealth

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

It is 1964: Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keating's christening uninvited, where he notices a heart-stoppingly beautiful woman. When Bert kisses Beverly Keating, his host's wife, he sets in motion the joining of two families. In 1988, Franny Keating, now 24, meets one of her idols, the famous author Leon Posen. After telling him about her family, she unwittingly relinquishes control over their story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • For the first time

  • By jennifer on 14-09-16

Can I say that this has been a bit disappointing

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

Reviewed: 16-08-17

Likes; some of the writing is quite poetic and it is easy to read
A plot point is woven throughout the book.
I had some favourite characters. And there were some thought provoking bits.
Dislikes; a lot of pages describing the mundane tedious parts of day to day life, makes for a lot of boringness. Jumping from present to past with a tonne of characters. I thought that I was feeling confused because I was listening to the story, but friends who read it, also felt confused. All in all a dull book for me.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is not unabridged

  • By Mr N J Filer on 01-08-15

Descending

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

Reviewed: 01-12-16

Some of the descriptions made my stomach churn, but I still wanted more. It made me feel like I was simultaneously a voyeur, and Esther, as We walked down the hospital corridors. My first read of this book, and I had waited for a longtime to read it. I am glad I read it.

The reader, was "Ok" a bit whiney voiced and dull. Even reading the last chapter she sounded soporific, wouldn't choose to listen to her voice reading another book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • His Bloody Project

  • By: Graeme Macrae Burnet
  • Narrated by: Crawford Logan, Cameron Mowat
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086

A brutal triple murder in a remote Scottish farming community in 1869 leads to the arrest of 17-year-old Roderick Macrae. There is no question that Macrae committed this terrible act. What would lead such a shy and intelligent boy down this bloody path? Presented as a collection of documents, His Bloody Project opens with a series of police statements taken from the villagers, which offer conflicting impressions, throwing Macrae's motive and his sanity into question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much, Much Better than the Sample Suggests

  • By Alex on 18-11-16

Loved this book, well read don't be put off by the first reader you hear, I nearly was

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

Reviewed: 04-11-16

Enjoyed this book, I would describe it as a slow burner, that when the core deed is done, it seemed to thump me in the chest! Bam....so well written to make me feel like that.

Dont be put off by the author reading the preface, (very staccato) the core book is well read by Crawford John and Cameron Mowat. I was totally gripped. Loved and hated the ending! Loved the discussion of pros and cons, hated the continuing story in the court room, felt the book ended at the original outcome.

Loved the setting, the history, loved the situation

Would recommend. Loved it.

35 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Red Chairs

  • By: Edna O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

When a wanted war criminal masquerading as a healer settles in a small west coast Irish village, the community are in thrall. One woman, Fidelma McBride, falls under his spell, and in this searing novel Edna O'Brien charts the consequence of that fatal attraction. This is a story about love, the artifice of evil and the terrible necessity of accountability in our shattered, damaged world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good read..as they say

  • By opinion on 18-07-16

A good read..as they say

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

Reviewed: 18-07-16

Heart breaking book. I read it and it made me grateful for my own home and a snippet of understanding of the ache to be able to live in your country of choice with people you can trust. How fragile we are, and attitudes change by the day.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful