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  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but Yoruba Speaker please!

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-03-18

simplistic and violent

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I was really looking forward to this book but was dissapointed. First of all it is very brutally violent. The violence seems to be a goal on itself, it doesn't help the story to develop. The storyline is very simplistic and predictable. I problem arises and is solved.
Another thing is that magic just happens. No training or cost is needed.

The narrator doesn't work for me either. The telling is to flat and the different characters don't come through.

It could have been wonderful but therefore it needed a lot more depth and develeopment. I understand the noble meaning behind the story. Unfortunately this doesn't make it into a good novel.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really hope thear it a second book

  • By Frosty_Wolf94 on 27-11-17

Straightforward predictable

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

I was dissapointed by this book. If you know your fairy tales no suprises are left. Very predictable and extremely fast pased. No development of character or story line.

A shame really, the ideas have potential.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,413

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Very simplistic and predictable

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I have struggled to finish and didn't succeed. The story is a succesion of bad and good things happening in a rediculous tempo. No time left for real development. The characters remain the same boring people and act very predictable. The narrator tells all kinds of scenes in the same monotone voice. And to top it off, the historical setting is totally unbelievable.

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

  • By: Balli Kaur Jaswal
  • Narrated by: Meera Syal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

When Nikki takes a creative writing job at her local temple, with visions of emancipating the women of the community she left behind as a self-important teenager, she's shocked to discover a group of barely literate women who have no interest in her ideals. Yet to her surprise, the white dupatta of the widow hides more than just their modesty....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story with some depth

  • By Rozemarijn on 07-04-17

Enjoyable story with some depth

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

Lovely book with a bit of everything. I liked the cross culture storyline. The main characters seemed real and sympathetic.
The story is a bit suprising and not to predictable. Light enough and real enough.

The erotic stories were suprisingly poetic and well read. A real achievement.

There is real heartfelt drama and also fear. Many funny "parts" and real human dilemma's. I fully recommend this book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Magic Arrives Without Warning

  • By Paul Snook on 15-05-16

Nice idea but very superficial

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

The ideas are very interesting but the story stays at the surface. It takes a long time to unfold and it barely manages that. Also the fragmented chapters don't help. Really a pity there wasn't much depth or development since the first time meeting the citcus was enchanting.

Also the narator does some really akward voices.

I had to make myself finish this book.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Easterleigh Hall

  • By: Margaret Graham
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

A compelling new series set in County Durham just before the First World War. Perfect for fans of Longbourn and Downton Abbey. When Evie Forbes starts as an assistant cook at Easterleigh Hall, she goes against her family’s wishes. For ruthless Lord Brampton also owns the mine where Evie’s father and brothers work, and there is animosity between the two families. But Evie is determined to better herself. And her training at the hall offers her a way out of a life below stairs.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Monotonous and slow

  • By Violet on 24-05-16

Quick light read with some drama and excitement

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

Reviewed: 29-10-15

The storyline was pretty predictable but nonetheless gripping and enjoyable enough. I did actually cry at one point which rarely happens. The description of work in the mine and at the frontline did get to me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Easterleigh Hall At War

  • By: Margaret Graham
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

The second novel in a compelling new series set in County Durham just before and during the First World War. Margaret Graham is a best-selling author and has been writing for thirty years. Her first novel was published in 1986, and since then she has written a further twelve novels and is now working on her fourteenth. As a best-selling author, her novels have been published in the UK, Europe, and the USA.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • quite boring sequel

  • By Rozemarijn on 29-10-15

quite boring sequel

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

Reviewed: 29-10-15

After the first novel, this one was disapointing. There was almost no character developement. Characters are either good or bad without change. Evie turns into a WWI super woman without any flaws, quite boring and annoying. Most of the excitement seems to have been spent in the first novel. Moments that could have been dramatic were skipped or only mentioned. Also even more predictable than part one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Inheritance

  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

A collection of short stories from one of the most critically acclaimed authors in the fantasy genre, Robin Hobb. Including work written under her pseudonym, Megan Lindholm.Bingtown heiresses rub shoulders in this wonderful collection with vampires and alien musicians, tramps and feral cats. In "The Homecoming", Lady Carillion Carrock and a number of other Jamaillian nobles are sailing to the Cursed Shores.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading

  • By Bluedragon 14 on 21-06-17

Good read with lots of variety

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

Reviewed: 20-08-15

Lots of suprising stories with fantastical elements. Varies from funny stories to heartbreaking. Interesting history to the rain wilds.

  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Café

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Ever dreamed of starting over? Issy Randall can bake. No, more than that - Issy can create stunning, mouth-wateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe’s bakery she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. So when she’s made redundant from her safe but dull City job, Issy decides to seize the moment and open up her own café. It should be a piece of cake, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe

  • By Mrs on 10-06-12

Struggled to finish

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

Reviewed: 20-08-15

This book was an utter dissapointment. The main character presents herself as a sweet and loving person. However, she behaves as an arrogant passive agressive woman. She despises people she doesnt understand and thinks herself so good. The narrator just doesn't do it for me. Grandpa Joe sounds awkward. Also she uses wrong accents (a German accent for a Dutch men).

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  • Water for Elephants

  • By: Sara Gruen
  • Narrated by: David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. There he meets the freaks, grifters, and misfits that populate this world. Jacob introduces us to Marlena, beautiful star of the equestrian act; to August, her charismatic but twisted husband (and the circus' animal trainer); and to Rosie, a seemingly untrainable elephant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Water for Elephants

  • By Suzannah on 16-08-11

Predictable and one dimensional characters

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

Reviewed: 20-08-15

Disapointingingly predictable story where the one big event is revealed at the beginning. Simply and sentimental in a cheap way. No enchantment or captivating story. The narrators where difficult to understand and acted without feeling. The characters were dumb and didnt develop. It became pretty annoying. If you want a simple story without many surprises and with false sentiments, this is your book.