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  • West Cork Aftershow: Bonus Episode

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde, Jesse Baker
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Finished listening to the story of Sophie Toscan du Plantier's mysterious murder? Hear the latest from Executive Producer, Jesse Baker, and Producers Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey as they discuss all the burning questions of the Audible Original, West Cork: what it was like to spend a year of their lives with a suspected murderer, how the investigation was bungled, and where does the case stand now? This is a must listen for fans of the hit Audible Original series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping from start to finish

  • By Nidge on 17-07-18

Riverting story, well researched, expertly retold

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

What a brilliant documentary, pulling together all the threads of this tragic story and the key people involved. The interviews, and the weaving together of the story as it unfolds to the researchers, was expertly presented and retold.
Highly recommended listening.

  • West Cork

  • By: Audible Original
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 736

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery.Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Story Brilliantly Presented!

  • By Simon on 28-07-18

excellent and intriguing documentary

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I was gripped by this fantastic piece of investigative journalism from start to finish, I felt that all people involved in this tragic event where given due consideration and a chance to tell their story. It was really good the way the story was told by both journalists involved. Highly recommended listen that can be done in short intervals without losing the thread of this complex story.

  • Just Kids

  • By: Patti Smith
  • Narrated by: Patti Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

In 1967, a chance meeting between two young people led to a romance and a lifelong friendship that would carry each to international success never dreamed of. The backdrop is Brooklyn, Chelsea Hotel, Max’s Kansas City, Scribner’s Bookstore, Coney Island, Warhol’s Factory and the whole city resplendent. Among their friends, literary lights, musicians and artists such as Harry Smith, Bobby Neuwirth, Allen Ginsberg, Sandy Daley, Sam Shepherd, William Burroughs, etc

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By ReadingWild on 25-11-15

Sensitive, beguiling view on a bygone era

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

Patti Smith as a narrator for her own book was just perfect. There is not often that I have warmed to an author reading his/her own book.
She takes us in incredible lively, colourful detail through her early years up to and all the way through her relationship with Robert.Talking about the people they met, the art they made, the journeys they travelled.
Written with great love - an ode to an era.

  • A Brief History of Seven Killings

  • By: Marlon James
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean, Cherise Boothe, Dwight Bacquie, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 609

On 3 December 1976, just weeks before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions, seven gunmen from West Kingston stormed his house. Marley survived and went on to perform at the free concert. Not a lot was recorded about the fate of the seven gunmen, but much has been said, whispered and sung about in the streets of West Kingston.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hope it wins Booker.

  • By Musicista on 30-09-15

Epic novel, totally enthralled from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

Truely one of the best Audi books I have listened to in a long time. Not normally my genre, but after reading a few reviews I thought I would give it a go and was not disappointed.
This book is really epic. Spanning a period in Jamaicas history from 1966 to the early 90’s. With characters that are really brought to life through out the course of the book.
The narration was superlative. Every single character was so real and believable.
Absolutely highly recommended book.

  • The Sealwoman's Gift

  • By: Sally Magnusson
  • Narrated by: Katherine Manners
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland. Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children. Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards. It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best death scene written yet.

  • By cat on 10-06-18

Beautifully written. Poignant story

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

The narrator was excellent, perfectly pitched and sensitive.
The overall story was captivating with characters fully brought alive and animated throughout.
The story is very touching and kept me wanting to find out more about their journey. A sweeping novel with beautiful descriptive narrative.
Highly recommended.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harmony

  • A New Way of Looking at Our World
  • By: H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
  • Narrated by: H.R.H. The Prince of Wales
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Long before the phrase 'climate change' was a universal catchphrase, His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was studying the impact of industrialization on the environment. Now in this fascinating cross-discipline work, the Prince of Wales calls upon his years of research and explores the way in which mankind must work to restore the delicate balance with nature that we've lost in the centuries since the industrial revolution began.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book!

  • By Creeda on 01-02-11

Huge topic, very well addressed, succinct

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

Reviewed: 19-09-16

Would you listen to Harmony again? Why?

Yes - so many very interesting points that he raised that I would definitely like to go over again.

Have you listened to any of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first book of his I have read/listened to, and I really like the fact that he read it himself. Clear, well read and easy going.

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

The glimpses of hope he offers if we make a collective effort and stand to adjust our way of thinking and to use technology for the betterment of the planet rather than for humankind only.Highlights the efforts around the world that are already making a difference in big business, Transition towns and Permaculture.

Any additional comments?

I would encourage as many people as possible to read/listen to this book.

  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 938

On 14th June, 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn. Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Intellectual Laugh-out-loud Read!!

  • By Lulu on 03-12-15

Loved this book - filled with humour and fun

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Would you listen to The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden again? Why?

I would definitely listen again - the story was so cleverly woven with a mix of true historical happenings and a wonderfully wicked fantasy tale.
I laughed out loud so many times throughout the book and was kept riveted with the twisting and turning plots. Having grown up in apartheid South Africa I could really relate to the first few chapters of the story. The setting and the context was brilliantly intermingled with the whacky story of Nombeko (the main character) growing up in that country.
Highly recommended read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden?

Too many to mention, but the bomb travelling around Sweden was a highlight

  • The Improbability of Love

  • By: Hannah Rothschild
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved Every Minute of It. Great Characters.

  • By bookylady on 02-04-16

dont waste your time

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

Reviewed: 03-06-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Having read reviews from other listeners I was looking forward to hearing a good book - but this one just fell completely flat from the first chapter.It has to be the worst book I have read/listened to all year. The story line was very thin, and the writing style was not evocative. So many repeated sayings over and over again,The "painting" having a voice I found hugely irritating and added nothing to enhance the story. Sadly could not wait to finish it.

Did The Improbability of Love inspire you to do anything?

not at all - just to get it finished!

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,790

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

Absorbing and intriguing from the start

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

Would you listen to Beside Myself again? Why?

I was drawn into the novel from the first chapter. the characters were rich and deep. The description of how some people with bi-polar experiences their world was enlightening.The subject was a difficult one, but dealt with with great skill and sensitivity. The pace of the novel switching between past and present was easy to follow and built up the picture incredibly well. The narrator was excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ellie and Helen

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

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It did not take long to listen to the whole book.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended read if you are looking for something totally different and very well written.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • And the Mountains Echoed

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Navid Negahban
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

In this tale revolving around not just parents and children, but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A touch disappointed

  • By R. Singh on 06-09-16

Moving and absorbing

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

Reviewed: 30-04-16

Where does And the Mountains Echoed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks in my top ten list. Beautifully written and thought provoking. Spans across cultures and continents. With wonderful insights into the value of family ties and aging.

What was one of the most memorable moments of And the Mountains Echoed?

Many wonderful moments but what stood out for me was the evocative descriptions of the county of Afghanistan. Beautiful and sad.

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

I have read Kite Runner previously - but this is a fantastic book in its own right, still weaving in the Afgan story.

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended read

6 of 6 people found this review helpful