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  • Kafka on the Shore

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett, Oliver Le Sueur
  • Length: 19 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

Kafka on the Shore follows the fortunes of two remarkable characters. Kafka Tamura runs away from home at 15, under the shadow of his father's dark prophesy. The aging Nakata, tracker of lost cats, who never recovered from a bizarre childhood affliction, finds his pleasantly simplified life suddenly turned upside down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A new dimension of fiction and sleep

  • By Clare on 24-07-08

Narrators were great, but didn't like the story

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-11-11

Had a discussion at work with some friends. As I explained the story to them, it seemed as though we hadn't read the same book. If you enjoy "strange" stories, with strange things happening - a bit too incoherent for me - then this book is for you. I didn't like the overall story, although the old guy is a funny and entertaining character. But the story is too "abstract" for me.

Last but not least: I must congratulate the narrators who did a great job !

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379

Salander is plotting her revenge - against the man who tried to kill her, and against the government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life. But it is not going to be a straightforward campaign. After taking a bullet to the head, Salander is under close supervision in Intensive Care, and is set to face trial for three murders and one attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engrossing end to the trilogy

  • By Kirstine on 03-11-09

The perfect plot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-11

The last of the Millenium series. A rather complex plot, demanding quite a lot of effort to follow - especially with the many Swedish names of streets and people - Lots of characters and lots of details that require concentration.

But the concentration is eased by the plot that is so captivating, and by the narrator who reads at a very agreable pace, with quite clear distinctions between the characters. (at times, it can be a bit confusing, but this might be due to the fact that it is hard to choose a different pitch of voice for each of the many characters that are involved). The narrator did a great job.

I highly recommand (after having read/listened to the previous books).

  • Last Letter from Your Lover

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902

When journalist Ellie looks through her newspaper's archives for a story, she discovers a letter from 1960, written by a man asking his lover to leave her husband.... In 1960, Jennifer wakes up in hospital after a car accident with no memory. And then, when she returns home, she uncovers a hidden letter, and begins to remember the lover she was willing to risk everything for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely book

  • By Kirstine on 01-04-12

True love can be tough

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-11

The story is about the true love, with all the romance and the innoncence that comes with it. It reminds us of our 'old days' - for those who are married. The characters will explore feelings such as tenderness, hope and disappointment.

The narrator is good at expressing all these feelings.

I recommand.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
    18 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • The Hand That First Held Mine

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

A gorgeously written story of love and motherhood with stunning emotional punch - this is Maggie O'Farrell doing what she does better than anyone. This is the story of two women - Lexie and Elina, a journalist and a painter - separated by fifty years, but linked by a story of love, family secrets and deception, that touches powerfully on the theme of motherhood. It is acclaimed and bestselling author Maggie O'Farrell's most emotionally satisfying novel to date.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and excellent narrator

  • By Amy on 02-03-11

A touching story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-11

The story is touching, embedding various different characters with quite an unusual kind of life, but not so different from the situations we all have heard of around us. I wouldn't say it's the best book I have ever read, but it is a nice story.

The narrator is one of the best I have ever listened to: perfect choice of voice for each character, the tone is always very appropriate. It really improves the quality of the book.

In my opinion, the book deserves a 3 stars ranking, but the narrator a 5, hence the 4.

  • Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Ark Hadfield
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Adrian Mole is 39 and a quarter. Due to his financial situation he has been forced to move next door to his parents. And his numerous nightly visits to the lavatory lead him to suspect prostate trouble. As his worries multiply, a phone call to his old flame ignites powerful memories and makes him wonder - is she the only one who can save him now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb

  • By Steven on 28-03-10

Narrator is great, but the story is a bit boring.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-10

It's my first experience with Adrian Mole, and I may try once again later, as I've read good criticisms of his stories. Though, this one wasn't that convincing. The end isn't an end as such, there are some witty episodes along the way, but no clear track to follow, we're just hanging around in his life.

  • The Xmas Factor

  • By: Annie Sanders
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52

Even the best laid plans have a habit of unravelling - and no plan at all is a recipe for disaster. When two Christmasses collide, it looks like it's going to be anything but goodwill toward men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Snatching Victory form the Jaws of Defeat!

  • By Anne on 08-01-09

Witty and touching all the way through

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-10

This story relates of some ordinary people experiencing familiar tricky situations. The atmosphere is really touching. A lot of wit in the writting and the narator reads it really well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 5,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,708
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705

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

Great reader, great story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-11-10

Although it isn't always easy to keep track of the several Sweedish names and places, the reader's great diction helps a lot. The plot is a real delight, non-stop suspense.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful