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  • The Summer of Impossible Things

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death. In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens.... Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So lovely

  • By Emma on 02-09-17

overlong and quiet recording

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

like many audiblers, I tend to listen whilst doing other things but this was hard with this book due to the quiet recording. There is also a production error half way through where lines are duplicated.

The premis is good but there is far too much angst for me to enjoy it. The reveal was clear half way through and I'm now wishing I hadn't bothered to finish it.

  • The Winds of War

  • By: Herman Wouk
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 45 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!!!

  • By Julie on 11-11-12

hard slog with incomplete ending

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

this is two books in one... a family saga mixed with a fairly dry war history. the eventual ending is incomplete with unresolved storylines

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better analysis of coercive control than The Archers!

  • By Frances Locke on 21-09-17

Good story if a little formulaic

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

Reviewed: 28-10-18

enjoyed this one. Good characters and interesting story, although not breaking new ground. decent narrator although she did not try to make a clear difference between the two storytellers. if you missed the brief mention of the name as the chapter starts you had no idea who was talking at first.

  • The Fourth Monkey

  • By: J. D. Barker
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Graham Winton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Brilliant. Complicated. Psychopath. That's the Four Monkey Killer, or 4MK. A murderer with a twisted vision and absolutely no mercy. Detective Sam Porter has hunted him for five long years, the recipient of box after box of grisly trinkets carved from the bodies of 4MK's victims. But now Porter has learnt the killer's twisted history and is racing to do the seemingly impossible - find 4MK's latest victim before it's too late....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story well read.

  • By Anonymous User on 18-11-17

Disturbing

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I came to the end of this book not sure how I felt about it. there is no question that it's disturbing throughout, so a little draining. the performances are good and there is variety to the story. .. but if you are squeamish I would give this one a miss.

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  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Avril Sawers on 02-11-13

overlong and tedious

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

I'll never get those hours back. fell asleep for an hour yesterday and didn't miss anything! the book keeps going over the same thing time and again with a little more info from or on each character but you really don't care after a while.

  • Only the Innocent

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082

When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera. Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narration

  • By mrs c a dunne on 20-07-15

why? why? why?

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

An engaging story with the wrong narrator. The largest portion of this book is with female characters and yet a male narrator was chosen. He does as good a job as possible, but there are definite Monty Python flashbacks in places and the emotion of the female characters is lost in the unreality of the narration.

  • The Ruby in the Smoke

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524

An unabridged reading of Philip Pullman's nerve-shattering thriller, set in the murky streets and opium dens of Old London. When 16-year old Sally's father drowns in suspicious circumstances, she is left to fend for herself in Victorian London. Although she doesn't know it, she is already in terrible danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A layered and satisfying listen

  • By Barry on 08-09-16

wonderful narration!!

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

An engaging story brought to life by incredible narration. At one point I thought there was another actor involved!

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  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger's syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he shows up at crime scenes and gives law enforcement officials his advice. But when his tutor is found dead, he becomes a suspect. Suddenly, his Asperger’s traits - not looking people in the eye, tics and twitches - look more like guilt in the view of police. And Jacob's mother must ask herself the hardest question in the world: is her child capable of murder?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely and a little frustrating

  • By HelgaCabbage on 12-12-12

almost 4 star

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

Reviewed: 24-02-18

Found this interesting and frustrating. The latter because the main story line gets so far without anyone having a proper conversation to establish what has happened. that can be worked out fairly early on so you are left waiting to see how the author will reveal. **spoiler** no cross examination when he gives testimony?? No resolution once the truth is revealed. The boyfriend disappears from the story completely.. too many things skipped over for a higher rating.

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing and memorable book

  • By Kirstine on 17-05-14

10 hours too long I’m afraid !

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

I don’t really write reviews but feel compelled to offer a warning about this book ! To start off with it was well paced and engaging but it just went on and on and I was bored to tears with it from hour 6 to hour 17 ! I was going to leave it but it had such good reviews I was compelled to carry on . I wish I hadn’t carried on as I just wanted it to end and kept leaving it running whilst I left the room to do something else . The last couple of hours is when you finally get to grips with the story and find out what happens but it was a relief for it to be over. I doubt I will be listening to another one of johns books. The narrator did a great job but that voice and the rambling observations he had to read using it had me skipping forward ! Good luck

  • Sweetpea

  • By: C. J. Skuse
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog...but she's got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon's life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend's plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list. A kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By D. Childs on 29-05-17

Uncomfortable read with poor ending

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

I did not enjoy this book. It's subject matter made it an uncomfortable read but I thought I would persist as I was intrigued how it would resolve... The answer is a complete cop out. I wouldn't invest any time in this one.