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  • Normal People

  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,442

Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It plunges under your skin and invades you.

  • By Wras on 18-10-18

Such a beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Characters that ping-pong their roles. Characters that involve you so that you keep saying “no, please, don’t do that again". A storyline that ping-pongs in time to reveal its secrets and to show how the characters grow.

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  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,668

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Brilliant if you are into details

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

As with the Martian, not just highly entertaining but also educational. Yes you could get uptight about the smart arse "answer to everything" character but why? Just relax, listen, learn, and enjoy.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • I Contain Multitudes

  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life. In other words, you contain multitudes. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth. In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable read

  • By Millymagpie on 14-09-16
  • I Contain Multitudes
  • The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
  • By: Ed Yong
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson

Science and Nature are far more fascinating than fiction

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

Reviewed: 18-09-17

Sometimes you pick up a book and think "this looks interesting" and it turns out to be more than interesting.

The reading here tends to flow from chapter to chapter so at times it jars when you realise that a new subject had been started between two sentences that flow together. The content however is wonderful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 818

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

Super hero or super disturbed central character?

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

As the story started I thought I knew where it might go, either hero or zero. But I was wrong.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,937
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Interesting ideas and a few twists

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

The title of the book suggests a physics type of theme and that is correct but there is no dark matter, instead it's the Multiverse. Unfortunately, in order to build up some tension in the narrative, the main character is made to do things that make me cry out "he wouldn't do that, it's not the way his mind works" and get quite angry with the (character or) writer. That having been said, the ideas about physics and character used as plot elements or dialog are quite thought provoking.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,581

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Excellent and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 24-02-16

Sometimes it is the way a factoid is presented in context, sometimes it's the combination that does it.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,586
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,552
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,521

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

chock full of Macgyver science and engineering

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

carefully thought through call to get into space and on to Mars. the performance makes the already amusing and amazing story unputdownable.

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  • The Psychopath Test

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,384

This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is indeed utterly compelling.

  • By Graeme on 30-08-11

classic Jon Ronson

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

Reviewed: 04-10-15

I love hearing him reading his own works. the storyline was a bit jumbled in this book (hence the one star less than full points for story) and yes, I did use the book to confirm my "diagnosis" of at least one person I know.

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  • The Undercover Economist

  • By: Tim Harford
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Ever wondered why the gap between rich and poor nations is so great, or why it's so difficult getting a foot on the property ladder, or how to outwit Starbucks? This audiobook offers the hidden story behind these and other questions, as economist Tim Harford reveals how supermarkets, airlines, and coffee chains, to name just a few, are vacuuming money from our wallets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Feakonomics - more in depth

  • By Roy on 19-06-09

Classic stuff only aging like a good wine.

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

Reviewed: 16-03-15

What did you like most about The Undercover Economist?

There's an infectious offbeat kind of enthusiasm and optimism throughout the book.

What about Cameron Stewart’s performance did you like?

I was convinced, at times, that he had actually written the book himself because he presented it with such gusto.

Any additional comments?

Although some of the events and themes are showing their age a little (the book is not new in 2015) the actual topics are still relevant, sometimes very currently so. Provides a nice "british" contrast to the Freakonomics style along a similar vein.

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  • Flat Earth News

  • By: Nick Davies
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

When award-winning journalist Nick Davies decided to break Fleet Street's unwritten rule by investigating his own colleagues, he found that the business of reporting the truth had been slowly subverted by the mass production of ignorance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never buy a newspaper again

  • By Simon on 11-10-09

depressing news indeed

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

Reviewed: 05-02-15

the world really is doomed if the "mad media" is as bad as it is painted here and if the peers that be don't fix it and if the people just swallow it all up as "news" and truth.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful