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  • My Brilliant Friend

  • The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1
  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 792

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense, and generous-hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila, who represent the story of a nation and the nature of friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brutally honest account of growing up in Naples

  • By Dorothy McGarven on 20-07-15

Great

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

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Very involved story. Extraordinarily detailed and beautifully rounded characters. Evokes the time and place perfectly.

  • This Is How It Always Is

  • By: Laurie Frankel
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

 This is Claude. He's five years old, the youngest of five brothers, and loves peanut butter sandwiches. He also loves wearing a dress, and dreams of being a princess. When he grows up, Claude says, he wants to be a girl. Rosie and Penn want Claude to be whoever Claude wants to be. They're just not sure they're ready to share that with the world. Soon the entire family is keeping Claude's secret. Until one day it explodes. Laurie Frankel's This Is How It Always Is is a novel about revelations, transformations, fairy tales, and family. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A completely genius debut

  • By Alexandra (Audible Editor) on 16-03-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Thought provoking and emotional. Very well done on a tricky subject. Extremely well written.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Despite the narrator

  • By James on 06-02-15

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 27-03-17

I'm not the first to say it, but this is a truly stunning book. Every word seems perfectly placed. It's amazing in its detail and it's scope.

  • Clarice Bean Spells Trouble

  • By: Lauren Child
  • Narrated by: Claire Skinner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

There are so many things in life you can't explain. Like why isn't YOU spelt U? Why isn't WHY spelt Y? And why can just opening your mouth get you into some very BIG trouble? Clarice Bean is in non-stop trouble these days - almost as much as Karl Wrenbury, and he is the naughtiest boy in school. Clarice just wants to star in the school play and impress Mrs Wilberton in the spelling bee. But things aren't quite going to plan....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Claris bean

  • By DaiHorse on 02-02-18

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

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Wonderful. Highly recommended for range of children. Will appeal across wide ages. Mine think this very funny.

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  • Tom's Midnight Garden

  • By: Philippa Pearce
  • Narrated by: Jan Francis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 27

Forced to stay with his childless aunt and uncle for the summer holidays, Tom is lonely and cross. There isn’t even a garden to play in. But when he creeps down at midnight and opens a certain door, there is the garden he longs for. There too is Hatty, the adventurous, lonely orphan who, like the garden itself, is touched by mystery. Why is one day summer, another sparkling winter? Will Tom ever meet Hatty in daytime life? And can Tom find the answers to these questions before he must go home? Read by Jan Francis

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enchanting

  • By Diana Edwin on 16-03-17

Great

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

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Well performed and great story. Very popular with the children and good for distracting in the car.

  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu, continuing the story begun in My Family and Other Animals. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of 10, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host to a constant stream of quirky guests. But for Gerald, the main attraction is the wildlife of Corfu.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • May I really repeat myself?

  • By Maria on 07-08-16

Lovely

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Any additional comments?

Gentle thoughtful real-life stories of natural world and eccentric characters. Very popular with adults and children.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stig of the Dump

  • (A Puffin Book)
  • By: Clive King
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Barney is a solitary little boy, given to wandering off by himself. One day he is lying on the edge of a disused chalk-pit when it gives way and he lands in a sort of cave. Here he meets 'somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes' wearing a rabbit skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. Of course nobody believes Barney when he tells his family all about Stig, but for Barney cave-man Stig is totally real. They become great friends, learning each other's ways and embarking on a series of unforgettable adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great blast from the past!

  • By Baz94 on 03-07-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

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Held kids in rapt attention for duration. No arguments either over the choice of this. Just get it!

  • Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8

  • By: Mary Pope Osborne
  • Narrated by: Mary Pope Osborne
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

This audio collection includes the first eight stories from The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne: Dinosaurs Before Dark, The Knight at Dawn, Mummies in the Morning, Pirates Past Noon, Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon. Join Jack and Annie in adventures in time and space!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great reading books - Weak audiobook

  • By EC W on 04-03-14

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Any additional comments?

For younger children but def appreciated by them. Short sections with enough action to hold attention.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Bernard's Watch

  • By: Andrew Norriss
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

The watch Aunt Beatrice has given Bernard is no ordinary one it can stop time. He just needs to press the button at the top and everything stops - except for him. It's a neat trick when it comes to finishing homework in a hurry or skipping school to take a stroll into town, but it does more than that. Much, much more!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking fantasy romp

  • By EC W on 16-08-13

Favourite

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

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Great for all ages and very nicely done. Regularly requested in our house. Recommended.

  • Dragons at Crumbling Castle

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur’s knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It’s a disaster! Luckily, there’s a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who’s willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there's a teeny weeny surprise in store.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Ceri on 12-01-15

Great

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Any additional comments?

Funny set of short stories that are very popular with our seven yr old.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful