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  • The Mars Room

  • By: Rachel Kushner
  • Narrated by: Rachel Kushner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 123

Romy Hall is at the start of two consecutive life sentences, plus six years, at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility. Outside is the world from which she has been permanently severed: the San Francisco of her youth, changed almost beyond recognition. The Mars Room strip club where she once gave lap dances for a living. And her seven-year-old son, Jackson, now in the care of Romy’s estranged mother. Inside is a new reality to adapt to: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly depressing

  • By Solveig Taylor on 12-11-18

Wow

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I just wanted to write Wow, but it wouldn’t let me. I’m no literary critic, but I read and listen to loads. This wowed me.

  • Very, Very, Very Dreadful

  • The Influenza Pandemic of 1918
  • By: Albert Marrin
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

In spring of 1918, World War I was underway, and troops at Fort Riley, Kansas, found themselves felled by influenza. By the summer of 1918, the second wave struck as a highly contagious and lethal epidemic and within weeks exploded into a pandemic, an illness that travels rapidly from one continent to another. It would impact the course of the war, and kill many millions more soldiers than warfare itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful indeed

  • By jeremy on 13-04-18

Dreadful indeed

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

I bought this book because I wanted to learn about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19. I am three hours into this 6hour book and that pandemic has barely been mentioned. Full of fatuous platitudes about gravity, the horrors of war, how loads and loads of people died of flu (well, yes!), viruses are not the same as bacteria (you don’t say) etc etc. If you need something to help you sleep, in confidence that you won’t miss any important bits- go for it. Otherwise I suggest you look elsewhere. Sorry to be so neg, but annoyed at wasting so much time.

  • The Devil's Work

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 366

It was the job she had dreamed of since childhood. But on her very first day, when an unnerving encounter drags up memories Sophie Greenwood would rather forget, she wonders if she has made a mistake. A fatal mistake. What is her ambitious young assistant really up to? And what exactly happened to Sophie's predecessor? When her husband and daughter are pulled into the nightmare, Sophie is forced to confront the darkest secrets she has carried for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By Sara on 30-09-16

Not great story. Not great narration. Sorry

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

The story is predictable at times, unexciting most of the rest of the time. I'm afraid the narrator didn't do it for me either.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Rise of ISIS

  • A Threat We Can't Ignore
  • By: Jay Sekulow
  • Narrated by: Jay Sekulow
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Recently, the world has been shaken by gruesome photos and videos that have introduced us to the now infamous terrorist group known as ISIS. The world’s wealthiest and most powerful jihadists, ISIS originated within Al Qaeda with the goal of creating an Islamic state across Iraq and Syria and unrelenting jihad on Christians. Separate from ISIS, the terrorist group Hamas has waged an equally brutal war against Israel. Both groups, if left undefeated, have the potential to unleash a catastrophic genocide.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Title

  • By jeremy on 14-12-15

Misleading Title

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

Reviewed: 14-12-15

If you are expecting an historical, cultural or religious analysis of the rise of ISIS- you will be disappointed. This is a powerful exposition of pro-Israeli views of Hamas, jihad and US intervention. If that's what you want, it's a great listen.

  • Who or What Is ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham)?

  • The Best Book to Help You Gain a Better Understanding of the ISIS Group and Its Reasons for Existance
  • By: Trevor Clinger
  • Narrated by: John Clark
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Online news articles, television news channels, and your local newspaper have probably mentioned ISIS at least once throughout the group's existence. ISIS is viewed as a terrorist organization by some countries, but to other countries it is seen as people's only hope for having their religion protected from foreign and domestic influences. Before you go siding with ISIS or become an antagonist, understand how ISIS was created and their purpose for existing.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth 19 minutes of your life

  • By jeremy on 12-12-15

Not worth 19 minutes of your life

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

Reviewed: 12-12-15

A big subject in such a short book. I bought it out of curiosity- how can the authors even pretend that this will amount to a meaningful contribution- or even a starting point- for the literature in this area.

The subject is, of course treated with huge, bland generalisations. The material is disordered and appears selected at random.

Writing is poor, barely literate at times. About the standard of my 14-year old's history essays (the ones he has written on the bus to school).

The narration is slow, dull and the reader sometimes gives the impression he doesn't understand some of the words.

I am really sorry to be so negative. Author and narrater- keep trying. Readers- don't bother.

  • The Overlord Protocol

  • H.I.V.E., Book 2
  • By: Mark Walden
  • Narrated by: Jack Davenport
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Otto and Wing have permission to leave H.I.V.E.'s secret island location to attend a funeral. But before they can reach their destination, the duo is ambushed. Who would risk assassinating the star pupil of the Higher Institute of Villainous Education?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rip-roaring Boy's Own adventure!

  • By Dave Cridland on 13-04-13

The series takes off

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

This is the second in the Hive series- and it really takes off in this book. My youngest son (an avid 10-year old reader/listener) tells me this is one of the best in the series. Like all of them, OP contains childish fantasy violence, but is suitable and engaging for children of, I would say, 8 - 11.

  • The Psychopath Test

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,068
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,047

This is a story about madness. It all starts when journalist Jon Ronson is contacted by a leading neurologist. She and several colleagues have recently received a cryptically puzzling book in the mail, and Jon is challenged to solve the mystery behind it. As he searches for the answer, Jon soon finds himself, unexpectedly, on an utterly compelling and often unbelievable adventure into the world of madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is indeed utterly compelling.

  • By Graeme on 30-08-11

Stimulating, artful and a little thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

I was inspired to read this book by an associate who is undoubtedly a psycho. I have little else to thank her for- this was well worth the listen .

  • Python Programming

  • How to Code Python Fast in Just 24 Hours with Seven Simple Steps
  • By: Scotts Jason
  • Narrated by: Kirk Hanley
  • Length: 1 hr and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 4

Are you fed up with reading long, boring, lengthy paragraphs after paragraphs of text and want to get up and running in Python as soon as possible? Well, you're not alone. I for one hate having to read through masses of text for very little benefit. Python Programming: How to Code Python Fast in Just 24 Hours with Seven Simple Steps strips away the non-essentials and instead provides you with the fundamentals from which you can blossom as a Python programmer in just seven simple steps.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • unsuitable for audio

  • By jeremy on 09-06-15

unsuitable for audio

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

Reviewed: 09-06-15

I am a huge fan of audio. But for this you just need to see this stuff on the page.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shoot to Kill

  • Young Bond, Book 6
  • By: Steve Cole
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Young Bond is back - in his most action-packed, explosive adventure yet. Something terrible is happening in Tinseltown…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely one of the best YBs so far

  • By jeremy on 12-02-15

Definitely one of the best YBs so far

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

My kids and I love the Young Bond series- action, excitement and exotic locations. And we were so pleased to hear that more were to be written (if slightly worried that the change of author would disappoint). But really, this is one of the best and I can't wait for the next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Switch

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Nickolas Grace
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

For Tad Spencer, only son of a fabulously wealthy businessman, every day is like Christmas. Until he makes the mistake of wishing he was someone else. The next morning he wakes up as Bob Snarby, trapped in a cruel and squalid funfair world inhabited by hopeless criminals, mysterious fortune tellers and – worst of all – the murderous Finn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • its a book I can listen to over again

  • By Anonymous User on 11-10-18

AMAZING

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

Reviewed: 25-01-15

This is one of the best books I've ever read, it's fabulous, thrilling and action packed with a hint of magic and mystery!☺️