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  • Big Data

  • Does Size Matter?
  • By: Timandra Harkness
  • Narrated by: Timandra Harkness
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Big data knows where you've been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. It can predict what you'll buy, where you'll be the victim of crime and when you'll have a heart attack. Big data knows you better than you know yourself, or so it claims. But how well do you know big data? You've probably seen the phrase in newspaper headlines, at work in a marketing meeting, or on a fitness-tracking gadget. But can you understand it without being a Silicon Valley nerd who writes computer programs for fun? Yes. Yes, you can.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The best narration I've heard so far!

  • By shlubby on 19-10-17

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you try another book written by Timandra Harkness or narrated by Timandra Harkness?

I bought this book hoping that I would learn something. I've managed to listen to about three hours but haven't learned anything. This book is incredibly basic and I found the author/narrator quite annoying - not funny and takes ages to get to the point. I'm going to have to return this one as I can't stand it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Timandra Harkness again?

no

What didn’t you like about Timandra Harkness’s performance?

I think she was trying to be funny - but I didn't find her funny at all.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Big Data?

Most of it. Just get to the point.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Essex Serpent

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 822

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Authentic Voice

  • By Christina on 20-09-16

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

This book clearly wasn't for me. I haven't been this bored listening to a book for quite some time. I spent the first few hours waiting for something to happen and ended up googling reviews only to find out that nothing really does happen. I only persevered because it was for a book group. Everybody else seems to have loved it - but I just didn't get it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chapter and Verse

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Michael Wade
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Ivan Connor's publisher has just turned down his wonderful new novel. His agent is out of ideas, and the only person to turn up at his latest reading is his mum. He's also desperately jealous of the marketable Francesca Brady, a hugely successful author of fat romantic books for fat romantic people, whose expansive hair and bright red lipstick attack him from posters everywhere he goes. But Ivan has a brilliant idea. He's going to beat Francesca at her own game....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • That was different!

  • By Revmama on 03-02-16

Laugh out loud

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Any additional comments?

This is another great one from Bateman. It's got a different narrator but given the book is set in England I think it works and the narrator did a really good job. As with many of his other books (especially I Predict a Riot and Driving Big Davie), I found this laugh out loud in places. It's never the storyline but the conversations between the characters that make me laugh and that I think Bateman is great at.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,026
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,039

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

Promising, but doesn't really deliver

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

Reviewed: 10-09-14

Would you try another book written by Donna Tartt or narrated by David Pittu?

Yes, this hasn't necessarily put me off Donna Tartt. The narration was fine so would be happy to listen to other books read by David Pittu.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I really didn't like the last hour of the book, which spoilt it for me quite considerably.

Do you think The Goldfinch needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No follow up needed - unless it was going to focus on Boris perhaps. The main character was too dull for a follow-up.

Any additional comments?

This book was ok - promising in places, but then went off on one in the last hour, completely different to the rest of the book, almost as if it was trying to be something cleverer that it actually was, and was not enjoyable for me.

  • Expo 58

  • By: Jonathan Coe
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jonathan Coe's brilliant new comic novel Expo 58, read by the actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. Expo 58 - Good-looking girls and sinister spies: a naive Englishman at loose in Europe in Jonathan Coe's brilliant comic novelLondon, 1958: unassuming civil servant Thomas Foley is plucked from his desk at the Central Office of Information and sent on a six-month trip to Brussels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable comic novel that tries to be poignant

  • By David on 04-04-14

Superb narration

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

Reviewed: 07-05-14

Would you listen to Expo 58 again? Why?

No - I have not re-listened to anything yet, and could only think that I might with someone heavier-going than this.

Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favourite?

Radford and Wayne were hilarious. I also liked the neighbour.

Any additional comments?

I liked this book; it had a suitable amount of humour throughout, although I thought the last chapter was unnecessary - I was not really interested in what happened to only some of the characters later in life and thought the book would have had more impact without it. I've found this a bit of a problem with some of Coe's other work - it seems the main body is so good that it can be let down by the ending (What a Carve Up in particular was very disappointing for me at the end). I was also not too fussed about the section when talking about his father (or was it grandfather - I tuned out).

I really liked the narration and would certainly to listen to other books narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men

  • By: Colin Bateman
  • Narrated by: Adam Moore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Fat Boy McMaster is a hopeless heavyweight boxer, who has somehow managed to become the champion of Ireland. His devious manager has set up a St Patrick's Day fight in New York against Mike Tyson, and he wants journalist Dan Starkey to write about it. Once in New York, however, McMaster's wife is kidnapped, the Champ is chased all over town by gunmen, and there's the Big Fight to consider too...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book form Colin Bateman

  • By Adele on 09-10-14

Ok, but not one of his best

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

Reviewed: 15-04-14

What did you like best about Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men? What did you like least?

I love the narration and a lot of Bateman's dialogue - it can be hilarious and much better than the overall story.

Would you be willing to try another book from Colin Bateman? Why or why not?

I've listened and read a lot of his books - I'm a fan.

What does Adam Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I really like Adam Moore's narration - it just sounds 'right'.

Do you think Of Wee Sweetie Mice and Men needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not in the sense of a follow-up story connected to this as I didn't think this was one of his best.

Any additional comments?

I didn't think this story was great, but it's still worth a listen as there are some gems in there. My favourite one to listen to so far has been 'I predict a riot' which just made me laugh out loud on many occasions. I also really liked Driving Big Davie'

The proof is in the pudding!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life, Death and Vanilla Slices

  • By: Jenny Eclair
  • Narrated by: Jenny Eclair
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Jean Collins had two daughters. But she only loved one of them. She knew it was wrong, but she just couldn't help herself. Jess was a little sweetheart, everyone said so. Anne was awkward and serious and not much fun, to be frank. But now the years have passed. Jess is missing - run off long ago, no one knows where or why. So when Jean is left in a coma after a road accident, it's Anne who travels back up north to sit at her mother's bedside. And she wonders - why did Jean dash out into the road without looking? What distracted her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, sad and insightful

  • By Saffy on 30-09-13

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 15-04-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Life, Death and Vanilla Slices to be better than the print version?

I like Jenny's voice so it helped that it was read by her and I would probably prefer it to a printed version.

Would you recommend Life, Death and Vanilla Slices to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes - it's not bad. Not a great book, but easy to listen to on the commute.

What does Jenny Eclair bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I really like Jenny's voice, especially when she is seething or cross. It's good to listen to the author narrate so you really get the emphasis that was meant, rather than an interpretation.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets of the Lighthouse

  • By: Santa Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash, Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

From Sunday Times best-selling author Santa Montefiore comes a novel about losing yourself, but finding your future.… Ellen Trawton is running away from it all - literally. She’s getting married to a man she doesn't love, her job is depressing, and her mother is getting on her nerves. So she escapes to the one place she knows her mother won't follow her - her aunt's house in rural Ireland. Once there, she uncovers a dark family secret - and a future she never knew she might have.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The most disappointing Audible experience!

  • By Sarah on 25-05-14

Predictable and rather annoying

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

Reviewed: 15-04-14

Would you try another book written by Santa Montefiore or narrated by Maggie Mash and Gerri Halligan ?

I would not try another book by this author - clearly not for me. The narrators largely did a good job job - although I found Ellen's voice to be very annoying - she was made to sound like a naive teenager.

What could Santa Montefiore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was incredibly predictable. I was shouting at loud in the car at some points and it was very annoying that the reader was miles ahead of the any of the characters in the book!

How could the performance have been better?

Ellen was very annoying - but not sure if that was deliberate or not - it certainly did not make me warm to her and Connor sounded awful too.

What character would you cut from Secrets of the Lighthouse?

Ellen and Connor - so not much of a book left really.

Any additional comments?

I thought I'd try something different, but this was just very dull and predictable. With no liking for the main characters I really didn't care what happened. I don't why I struggled on with it. I think I was hoping that there must be more to it than there was, but I was wrong.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Simple

  • DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 498

Dead simple. It was a harmless stag-night prank. But a few hours later, the groom is left buried in a coffin and the four friends who know where he is are dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Keziah on 17-07-08

The title says it all

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-04-13

Dead simple is absolutely right; this book was basic, predictable and very disappointing. I wanted something a bit lighter as I had just listened to the Wind Up Bird Chronicles, but I unfortunately went from one extreme to the other.



As this appears to be the first Roy Grace book I suspect the author had to attempt to provide some character detail, but it felt out of place for such a plain and simple book. He presumably felt that he could churn out several of these and so wanted the reader to feel something for the characters who are going to figure in other books. I've no idea whether any more of these have been published but I shan't be buying them.

  • FREE FIRST CHAPTER: Is It Just Me?

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 43

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Uhg!

  • By Judy Corstjens on 13-12-12

Heard it all before

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-11-12

I'm glad this was a free chapter - and so I have only listened to one chapter but I'm not tempted in the slightest to listen to any more. Although I haven't read the book I felt as if I'd heard it all before - perhaps some of it has has come out on Would I Lie To You - I'm not sure. Although it's also presumably true it seems somewhat too farcical, which I'm not keen on and unfortunately I also wasn't keen on Miranda's reading style, which is a shame as I really do like what I have seen of her on the tv.