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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Sophie Aldred
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race is trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible - assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a fun story - highly recommended

  • By TomzMullen on 18-12-18

Great new world

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

Reviewed: 15-05-19

Great book , can’t wait for the next , I keep going to the well and am never disappointed

Thank you

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Liyah Summers
  • Length: 25 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction - but assassins are getting closer to her door. Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story let down by poor narration

  • By Aimee on 07-03-19

Struggled to get trough it

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

Reviewed: 16-04-19

This story promised a lot . And failed I struggled to finish it the world created was impressive but I was not attached to any of the characters, I could have stopped at any stage and never bothered with another page .

Sorry

  • The Grapes of Wrath

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: John Chancer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994

Shocking and controversial when it was first published, Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning epic remains his undisputed masterpiece. Set against the background of Dust Bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel west in search of the promised land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book with a great voice

  • By James on 16-04-11

Stop thinking and buy it . It’s a great story that packs a savage reality check .

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

This book really highlights how easily people turn on each other and turn towards each other . It should be read out loud to every adult . The crisis currently spread across the globe as people are forced out of their homes by political and financial pressures and turn them into migrants is portrayed in heartbreaking and angering clarity by Steinbeck.
It’s well read and easy to listen to.
It also makes you want to get up and go out and help others less fortunate than yourself .

  • A Farewell to Arms

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Farewell to a good listen

  • By James on 16-12-07

Darling it pains me!!!!

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

Reviewed: 25-02-16

I kept waiting for this story to take off but it repeated words and sentences continually . With the praise so high and the legendary status of Hemingway I am so disappointed .
I would recommend that this is not used to waste your time. There are many many books old and new that give you amazing journeys across war torn Europe with characters that have depth .
I am truly disappointed.

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,358

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

Fantastically entwined story woven and brought to life by a fantastic performance . Brings the plague years into horrific life

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,299

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 23-07-15

This was a great find and really grabbed me from the start can't wait to start the next one. humor and horror in equal amounts .

  • The Long War

  • The Long Earth, Book 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 940

A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. Where Joshua and Lobsang once pioneered, now fleets of airships link the stepwise Americas with trade and culture. Mankind is shaping the Long Earth - but in turn the Long Earth is shaping mankind...

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Mitchell Quinn on 06-08-13

Good book a bit slow

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

Reviewed: 29-05-15

Good book but a bit slow and felt like it was leading for something ending abruptly

  • Iron War

  • Dave Scott, Mark Allen, and the Greatest Race Ever Run
  • By: Matt Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Seth Michael Donsky
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The 1989 Ironman World Championship was the greatest race ever in endurance sports. In a spectacular duel that became known as the Iron War, the world's two strongest athletes raced side by side at world-record pace for a grueling 139 miles. Driven by one of the fiercest rivalries in triathlon, Dave Scott and Mark Allen raced shoulder to shoulder through Ironman’s 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike race, and 26.2-mile marathon. After 8 punishing hours, both men would demolish the previous record - and cross the finish line a mere 58 seconds apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, narrator is a turd

  • By Matthew on 07-01-15

Inspiringly realistic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-15

This book takes you into the darkness and spits you out happy with your desire to experience some of the torture these giants did. A book I will go back to again and again.