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  • The Tiger in the Well

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,042
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,039

Sally is 25, and somebody wants to destroy her. She receives divorce papers from a man she has never met, let alone married - yet this trap is so well laid that she is powerless to prove otherwise. When custody of her precious daughter is awarded to this evil stranger, it is the beginning of a terrifying struggle in which Sally will have to fight, with a gun if necessary, for the freedom of her family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding narration

  • By Busy bee on 02-01-17

Very engaging, if a little predictable story

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

Reviewed: 16-03-19

Following the fortunes of Sally Lockhart has one think of her as a real person, courageous and resourceful. There’s lots to like about the trajectory of the series of stories that feature her, but this one seems to be losing steam a bit and feels maybe like it should be the last. There were some things I could see coming a mile off, especially the identity of the main villain.

Much of the engaging quality of this series of audiobooks is due to Anton Lesser’s excellent narration - I’m so impressed with his ability to switch between narrative and dialogue between a diverse collection of characters. Anton, if you’re reading this, you’re the best!

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  • Ubik

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 648

Glen Runciter runs a lucrative business - deploying his teams of anti-psychics to corporate clients who want privacy and security from psychic spies. But when he and his top team are ambushed by a rival, he is gravely injured and placed in "half-life," a dreamlike state of suspended animation. Soon, though, the surviving members of the team begin experiencing some strange phenomena, such as Runciter's face appearing on coins and the world seeming to move backward in time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Mr. J. Forsyth on 19-12-16

Surreal Story, Brilliantly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

Headline says it all - a twisting and turning tale exploring interior and exterior spaces until you don’t know which way is up. The narrator’s characterisations are exceptional and add a great deal to the story.

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  • You Don't Know Me

  • By: Imran Mahmood
  • Narrated by: Adam Deacon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 555

An unnamed defendant stands accused of murder. Just before the closing speeches, the young man sacks his lawyer and decides to give his own defence speech. He tells us that his barrister told him to leave some things out. Sometimes the truth can be too difficult to explain or believe. But he thinks that if he's going to go down for life, he might as well go down telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By The One Who Reads on 30-06-17

Engaging story and storyteller

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

If you could sum up You Don't Know Me in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, clever and heartfelt

What did you like best about this story?

The authentic voice and character of the main character, unnamed as a first person narrator. As the author presumably intended, it left me wondering to what extent it was a complete fabrication, but if so its intricacy was an extraordinary testament to the imagination of the storyteller.

What about Adam Deacon’s performance did you like?

If Adam is genuinely the only narrator for this audio, he is one of the most versatile I've heard, ranging from the stuffy legal types to the young man from much less privileged circumstances in London.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I can't imagine making a film of this - it is absolutely made for audio.

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  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385

Meet Johnny Smith. A young man whose streak of luck ends dramatically in a major car crash. Followed by blackness. A long, long time in cold limbo. When he wakes up, life has been turned upside down. His fiancée has met someone else. And Johnny is cursed with the power to perceive evil in men's souls. He's had these hunches since he had an ice-skating accident as a child. Now he has an ability to see into the future. An ability which will bring him into a terrifying confrontation with a charismatic, power-hungry and dangerous man....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Bright Light of a Master Story-Teller!

  • By Simon on 28-04-17

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 24-07-17

My first taste of Stephen King, recommended to me by another author. Great style, great story and read brilliantly by James Franco. Highly recommended!

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  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,085
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,575

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Superb

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

Reviewed: 24-06-16

Great story, the third such in the series. I'm hoping for a fourth! Both Roberts deliver persuasive, passionate engagement in spades. Bravo!

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  • Nonviolent Communication

  • Create Your Life, Your Relationships, and Your World in Harmony with Your Values
  • By: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Narrated by: Marshall Rosenberg PhD
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700

On Nonviolent Communication, this renowned peacemaker presents his complete system for speaking our deepest truths, addressing our unrecognized needs and emotions, and honoring those same concerns in others. With this adaptation of the best-selling book of the same title, Marshall Rosenberg teaches in his own words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I instinctively distrust self help books. This book is different.

  • By S.Flood on 05-12-17

Authentic

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

Reviewed: 12-04-16

Marshall not only knows, but clearly lives, his stuff. Something I will return to many times.

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  • Giving Up the Ghost

  • A Memoir
  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Jane Wymark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Opening with "A Second Home", in which Mantel describes the death of her stepfather, Giving Up the Ghost is a wry, shocking, and beautifully written memoir of childhood, ghosts (real and metaphorical), illness, and family. Finally, at the memoir's conclusion, Mantel explains how a series of medical misunderstandings and neglect left her childless, and how the ghosts of the unborn have come to haunt her life as a writer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Acerbic but nice

  • By Earnest on 12-11-14

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 30-08-15

Full, frank and quite inspirational. Altogether human - written and read with her heart wide open

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  • The Power of Vulnerability

  • Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,943
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,903

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ollie Chapman on 22-09-15

Great Stuff!

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

Reviewed: 25-11-13

If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

Authentic, compelling, powerful

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Vulnerability?

Any of Brené's personal anecdotes where she stands clearly in her own humanity - coffee crashing at home, fending off slimy busybodies in car pool line... There are many stories and all illustrate and enrich the concepts being drawn from her academic research.

Have you listened to any of Brené Brown’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've watched the TED talks and some of an RSA talk, I'm reading the book 'Daring Greatly', but this audio is the best of all of it. Occasionally something gets lost because the listener can't see the gestures or facial expressions, but this is a minor disadvantage.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Several - mostly the personal anecdotes that bring the ideas to life.

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