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  • At the Water's Edge

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

The new novel from the best-selling author of Water for Elephants. A gripping and poignant love story set in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands at the end of the Second World War. After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year's Eve of 1944, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis' father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his colour-blind son's inability to serve in WWII.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • terrible accents

  • By susan langton on 14-10-15

avoidable

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I went through the whole book thinking something interesting and gripping would emerge but it was g lat drab. I was carried away by other review comments. will be more careful in future.

  • A Brief History of Time

  • From Big Bang to Black Holes
  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite, or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos, from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the big bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and intelligible

  • By Anthony on 21-03-17

a superb narrative of a complex topic

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Stephen hawking is as usual easy with language while explaining profound physics theorems , principles as well as experimentations. a great book and I sure would re-listen at the quieter comforts of my study room for this book requires an involved listening. John's voice over is great too and adds to the engaging listen on the complex subject in this book. great job john.

  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-08-11

a complex abd exceedingly interesting content

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

selfish genes is great in its depth of subject and theory. needs serious read/listen... often go back and re-listen. dawkins is simply great and voice over adds to the pleasure of listen. I might return to listen again... maybe after a few months.

  • The Silk Roads

  • A New History of the World
  • By: Peter Frankopan
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,262

The sun is setting on the Western world. Slowly but surely, the direction in which the world spins has reversed: where for the last five centuries the globe turned westward on its axis, it now turns to the east.... For centuries, fame and fortune were to be found in the West - in the New World of the Americas. Today it is the East that calls out to those in search of adventure and riches. The region stretching from Eastern Europe and sweeping right across Central Asia, deep into China and India, is taking center stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History that is as entertaining as it is educating

  • By Natalia on 03-12-15

a good treatise covering ancient silk road to new

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

content wise, an informative book. most suitable to refresh ancient world history, relationships, trade, customs and evolution. narrative is excellent and keeps the listener's interest alive. over all a book worth spending 24 long hours to listen and finish. It is not a casual listen.

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  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,732

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

Among the most interesting books I have read/lis

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

Reviewed: 14-03-18

Yuval, as usual is at his best, here again. Creating new meanings out of historical events, evolution and linking these to technological advances , meshing with humankind and predicting potential future directions for humankind. He is master of unfolding mysteries in simple deductive steps and makes you feel "wow" why I didn't see it that way. This is a book that requires engaging listen and not just a casual read/listen during jogs or drives. Looking forward to Yuval's next.

  • The Second World War

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 871

A magisterial, single volume history of the greatest conflict the world has ever known, by our foremost military historian. The Second World War began in August 1939 on the edge of Manchuria and ended there exactly six years later with the Soviet invasion of northern China. The war in Europe appeared completely divorced from the war in the Pacific and China, and yet events on opposite sides of the world had profound effects.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Concise, Interesting and Entertaining

  • By David on 16-08-12

veey well detailed and narrated, a gory account

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

over all the book is interesting listen though the subject is gruesome and appalling. author has sequenced the book very well to keep the listener glued on Axis powers... on european front Germany and Italy and on eastern front Japan. The simple language and baritone voice do the magic of keeping the listener engaged all the times. thanks for your superb efforts.

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't disappoint

  • By Jill on 21-07-09

a good timepass read/listen

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

stieg's efforts and detailing in creating the key character Salandar, are commendable and nearly infectious. over all story is good.

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  • Unheard: The Story of Anna Winslow

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Anthony Del Col
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Bond, JP Conway, James Lawrence, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 912

[Contains explicit content]. University student Anna Winslow has gone missing. The circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary, a fact that only fellow student Melissa Lopez appears to appreciate. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast - the very recordings that you are about to listen to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Got hooked and listened to it all the same day

  • By Nigel on 15-09-17

a good gripping story but...

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

Reviewed: 13-11-17

it tends to ramble at times and it ended suddenly. still a good short read / listen.
voice performance is very good and adds to the suspence of the plot. thanks.

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  • Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two. Don’t miss Jon Ronson's Audible Original series, The Butterfly Effect, premiering July 27. More details at audible.com/thebutterflyeffect.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • an average stuff

  • By sanyamksaxena on 07-11-17
  • Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test
  • By: Jon Ronson

an average stuff

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

though the butterfly effect book/audio still has something unusual, this ted talk is just blasè... especially after you have gone through the book. But it's just 20mins , so one can afford just one listen.

  • The Good Liar

  • By: Nicholas Searle
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 239

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle, read by Martin Jarvis. This is a life told back to front. This is a man who has lied all his life. Roy is a conman living in a small English town, about to pull off his final con. He is going to meet and woo a beautiful woman and slip away with her life savings. But who is the man behind the con, and what has he had to do to survive this life of lies? And why is this beautiful woman so willing to be his next victim?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Good performance, boring story

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-11-16

average narrative with interesting end, good voice

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

in the end one gets a feeling to go thru the whole audio again... because end is interesting but the way the plot is written it lacks teeth. I often felt like putting it down but endured and I am happy with it as the suspence unfolds very well in last 1hour of audio. perhaps would try another of Nicholas Searle to get better grip from beginning. Martin's voice over is as usual excellent. if it were not audio book I might have given up less than half way through.