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S. Malvik

london, uk
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  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner

  • By Alan R on 18-12-16

Still love the series, but missing a story

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

Reviewed: 22-05-19

I love the series, but it’s getting more and more fragmented. The throw back in the beginning sort of just fizzles out, and the book lacks a story arch carrying it through. I’ll try the next book, but if it’s similar (as the last few books have been), I’m giving up.

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kindhearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spinning gold more like

  • By Jenny on 24-07-18

Who’s speaking?

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

Reviewed: 30-12-18

Loved the story, but with 3 female main characters, 1 narrator, and no division between chapters it was hard to tell who’s story I was listening to and I spent a lot of time trying to guess who it was.

  • Evie's Victory

  • Evie's Dartmoor Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Kitty Danton
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

As a new year begins and the world is at war, Evie Yeo is turning over a new leaf. Her nearest and dearest in the little Devon village of Lymbridge, the war effort for the boys on the front and her class of infant pupils will be getting all of her attention this year, and nothing will soften her resolve. Though rations are slim and work is hard with the men away, Evie knows she's lucky to have her friends and family around her - even if they don't always agree on each other's choices in fashion, hobbies or love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t capture me like the first books did

  • By S. Malvik on 05-08-18

Didn’t capture me like the first books did

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I’ve really enjoyed the trilogy, but for some reason this last book just didn’t capture me the way the two first books did. I found myself listening to this more out of duty to get a closing than because I enjoyed it. Neither the story or the characters caught my imagination. Oh well. Finished now.

  • The Toymakers

  • By: Robert Dinsdale
  • Narrated by: Ruby Bentall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

It is 1917, and while war wages across Europe, in the heart of London, there is a place of hope and enchantment. The Emporium sells toys that capture the imagination of children and adults alike: patchwork dogs that seem alive, toy boxes that are bigger on the inside, soldiers that can fight battles of their own. Into this family business comes young Cathy Wray, running away from a shameful past. The Emporium takes her in, makes her one of its own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • if you like the night Circus your love this book

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-02-18

Great story and narrator, poor editing

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

Really enjoyed this book. Delivered on promises. But poor editing with quite a number of repetitions of half sentences that just doesn’t seem like writing style but simply poor editing. But someone who read the book can maybe correct me?

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Winternight, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shades of good and bored

  • By S on 19-03-17

Why oh why the funny accents?

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

I really enjoyed the story, but I did not enjoy the narrator. I could get used to her regular narration though it’s distracting, but why - when everyone are Russian and the story takes place in Russia, give them all funny accents unless it was to signify they speak Russian poorly? Sorry. I’d rather read this book on paper.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Under a Pole Star

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Follow the path to the freezing north. Follow your ambition. Follow your heart. Flora Mackie first crossed the Arctic Circle at the age of 12. Years later, in 1892, determination and chance lead her back to northern Greenland as a scientist at the head of a British expedition, defying the expectations of those who believe a woman has no place in that harsh world. Geologist Jakob de Beyn was raised in Manhattan. Yearning for wider horizons, he joins a rival expedition.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too long winded

  • By fieldfare on 15-10-17

Struggled a bit with this one

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

I really enjoyed Stef Penney’s other books and I really enjoyed the narration, but the story was heavy going.

Contrary to other reviewers I did NOT think there were too much sex. In a book of this many hours with several people falling in love, I think the 4-5 instances of sex was ok. And they were neither overly long nor descriptive.

I also in principle enjoyed the topic and the cultural knowledge Penney brings to any book she writes, but the story just somehow didn’t resonate. Not sure why. I did finish it, stuck with it, but for sure will not listen to it again.

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,103

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enchanting read

  • By anne on 15-08-15

One of these books that stays with you

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

Reviewed: 31-08-17

I spent some time getting into this book, but when I did, I really enjoyed it. Ans I found I'm still longing for it, I miss it, it's still resonant within me, despite me being 4 days into a new audiobook

  • Learn in Your Car: Mandarin Chinese, Complete

  • By: Henry N. Raymond
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

Listeners learn pronunciation, vocabulary, & grammar of Mandarin Chinese without the need of a textbook: Level 1: Key words and phrases, basic grammar skills, emphasizes travel needs; Level 2: Expands vocabulary, new grammar concepts, more day-to-day activities; Level 3: Broadens vocabulary base, more advanced grammar skills, enriches conversational ability.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not suitable for use in a car

  • By S. Malvik on 02-06-17

Not suitable for use in a car

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

The course asks you to stop the course to pronounce words and to repeat lessons several times before moving on. I can't do this while I drive!!!! Maybe someone can, but I can't both be driving AND navigating around in an audio book.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 2
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Noreen Leighton, Rachel Lincoln
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

A talented sailor, Ally is about to compete in one of the world's most challenging yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father's sudden death. In the aftermath of the harrowing events that follow, Ally pursues the clues her father left her to the icy beauty of Norway. There, she begins to discover how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived there over 100 years before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Silly story about lightweight glossy people

  • By Cliente Amazon on 27-11-16

Oh what a pity!

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

This really annoyed me. I so much wanted to listen to this book, after listening to Seven Sisters (first book in the series). But the narrator of this book just made it absolutely impossible. I don't know which of the two narrators the book starts out with, so it is hard to say which of them it was that made the listen impossible, but when talking like Allie - and not just when Allie talks, but also when Allie narrates, the narrator takes on a fake French (?) accent that mostly sounds like she is lisping. Maybe she is attempting a Swiss style French accent, I don't know, but I could not stand it, and I'm sad about it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unmumsy Mum

  • By: The Unmumsy Mum
  • Narrated by: Sarah Turner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

This is not a parenting manual. This is real life. The Unmumsy Mum writes candidly about motherhood like it really is: the messy, maddening, hilarious reality; how there is no 'one size fits all' approach; and how it is sometimes absolutely fine to not know what you are doing. The lessons she's learnt while grappling with two small boys - from birth to teething, three a.m. night feeds to toddler tantrums, soft play to toilet training - will have you roaring with laughter and taking great comfort in the fact that it's definitely not just you....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • honest and hilarious!

  • By shakira clarke on 06-06-16

Ok. Narrator (author?) very dull reason voice

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

Reviewed: 16-03-17

Not the laugh out loud I expected. Maybe because narrator has a very dull "I'm-reading-this-from-a-paper" narration.