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  • One Night in Winter

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal? Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead. But this is no ordinary tragedy and these are no ordinary teenagers, but the children of Russia’s most important leaders who attend the most exclusive school in Moscow. Is it murder? A suicide pact? Or a conspiracy against the state?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable, rather despite my better judgement

  • By Curran on 04-01-14

Good story and performance, terrible editing

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

Reviewed: 13-03-19

Story and reading both good, but editing inexplicably bad: Joins that should have been unnoticeable often marked by fluctuations in background sound level; uneven pauses in narration; and worst, an unsettling absence of pauses between chapters.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

Fantastic book and performance!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

Science fiction at its best! Great story, with believable characters and strong plot, but above all a really serious reflection on gender and the roles we assign to it. Extremely well read too.

  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North

  • By: Richard Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Richard Flanagan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

August, 1943. In the despair of a Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma death railway, Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his love affair with his uncle's young wife two years earlier. Struggling to save the men under his command from starvation, from cholera, from beatings, he receives a letter that will change his life forever. This savagely beautiful novel is a story about the many forms of love and death, of war and truth, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful.

  • By Barbara on 17-10-14

Wonderful book; don't be put off at the start

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

This is a wonderful book: moving, insightful and poetic (and tragic too, of course). The author's reading is at first insufferably gloomy, and I didn't think I could stay with it. But, after a short while, either he lightened up a little or I got used to it, and I stopped noticing it and instead focused on the writing. I will go on to read the book, not because the reading was bad but because I couldn't really take in all the richness of the prose by listening.

  • Now That You're Gone

  • A tense, twisting psychological thriller
  • By: Julie Corbin
  • Narrated by: Helen McAlpine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Isla's brother, an ex-marine and private investigator, has just been found drowned in the River Clyde. The coroner declares it an accidental death. The police are happy to close the case. But Isla is convinced he was murdered. Determined to find out what really happened the night Dougie died and what he was doing in Glasgow, she starts looking into his unsolved cases. What she finds will put her in grave danger and force her to question everything she thought she knew about those closest to her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Hilarymj on 09-05-17

Written to a deadline?

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would make it faster paced, more eventful, and above all I would supply an ending.

What could Julie Corbin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not have lost interest in it following the single revelation and the single action scene.

What does Helen McAlpine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She's a good reader, and brought the characters to life.

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  • To the Lighthouse

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

To the Lighthouse is a landmark work of English fiction. Virginia Woolf explores perception and meaning in some of the most beautiful prose ever written, minutely detailing the characters thoughts and impressions. This unabridged version is read by Juliet Stevenson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting book

  • By Assia on 13-04-13

Fantastic reading of a great classic

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

What did you like most about To the Lighthouse?

Juliet Stevenson's reading gave me more insight into the book than I ever got from reading it myself. Wonderfully expressive, she catches the subtleties of the writing perfectly.

  • The Cleaner

  • John Milton, Book 1
  • By: Mark Dawson
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106

Meet John Milton. He considers himself an artisan. A craftsman. His trade is murder. Milton is the man the government sends after you when everything else has failed. Ruthless. Brilliant. Anonymous. Lethal. You wouldn't pick him out of a crowd but you wouldn't want to be on his list. But now, after ten years, he's had enough - there's blood on his hands and he wants out. Trouble is, this job is not one you can just walk away from. He goes on the run, seeking atonement for his sins by helping the people he meets along the way.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but oddly unsatisfying

  • By Lucy on 05-11-16

Cliched, formulaic and totally unbelievable

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Apparently, all the people who've given it good ratings!

What could Mark Dawson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He could have written an even slightly believable central character and plot. He could have had other characters that weren't made of cardboard. And since the only really valuable part of this book is a set of step-by-step instructions for repairing a broken window, he could have made it a whole lot shorter.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorpe?

David Thorpe wasn't very good, but no-one could have rescued this.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration with myself for listening to the end, even at double playing speed.

Any additional comments?

When a character has to ask themselves (it happens more than once) "why am I doing this?", the author might as well answer "because, characterisation be damned, my plot needs you to!"