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  • The White Tiger

  • By: Aravind Adiga
  • Narrated by: Bindya Solanki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 180

Balram Halwai is the White Tiger - the smartest boy in his village. Too poor to finish school, he has to work in a teashop until the day a rich man hires him as a chauffeur, and takes him to live in Delhi. The city is a revelation. Balram becomes aware of immense wealth all around him, and realizes the only way he can become part of it is by murdering his master. The White Tiger presents a raw and unromanticized India, both thrilling and shocking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fine Booker winner

  • By FJWynne on 28-12-08

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 22-07-16

The excellent narrator was the only thing that got me to the end of this fairly mundane tale. Bought the book to try something a little different and can't say this story has rewarded this optimism.

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  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

Memories can be a real killer. Melvin Mars awaits his fate on death row. He was one of America's most promising football stars until, aged 20 years old, he was arrested and convicted for the murder of his parents - just as he was due to begin a very lucrative contract with the NFL.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Baldacci's Decker Full of Aces!

  • By Simon on 22-04-16

Great 2nd Book

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

I enjoyed Memory Man, but this book took the strong group of characters from it, wrapped them up in a great plot and really delivered. I think DB is building a very successful series here if book 2 is anything to go by.......

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Jonathan Andrews on 13-08-15

Slow burn - worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

The early part of the story did hook me in at all - however as the book was a recommendation I hung on in and I'm so glad I did. Great twists and turns that weren't predictable with a suitable ending not a Hollywood one!

  • The Woman in Blue

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries 8
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 723

The murder of women priests in the shrine town of Walsingham sucks Dr. Ruth Galloway into an unholy investigation. Ruth's friend, Cathbad, is housesitting in Walsingham, a Norfolk village famous as a centre for pilgrimages to the Virgin Mary. One night, Cathbad sees a strange vision in the graveyard beside the cottage: a young woman dressed in blue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A subtle change of direction for Ruth?

  • By Maggie on 11-02-16

Another Joy

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

I have read all the books in this series and love the characters as much as the stories themselves.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,160

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

A Gem

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

Reviewed: 30-06-15

Took a chance on this as a daily deal from Audible. It isn't the sort of book I normally listen to but it captured me from the start. What a beautifully crafted plot and wonderful selection of characters.

  • Executive Treason

  • By: Gary Grossman
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

The mugging and murder of a female White House staffer leads Secret Service agent Scott Roarke to the elusive and mysterious assassin who manages to always stay one step ahead of him. But as the plot unfolds, new clues about the assassin's past come to light, and they just may give him the tools he needs to catch his quarry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Yarn

  • By Ian on 07-05-15

Good Yarn

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Did what I needed an espionage novel to do, twist and turn right to the end. 2nd I have read by this author- will be reading his others

  • The Secret Place

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan, Lara Hutchinson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 232

The photo shows a boy who was murdered a year ago.The caption says, "I know who killed him". Detective Stephen Moran hasn't seen Holly Mackey since she was a nine-year-old witness to the events of Faithful Place. Now she's 16 and she's shown up outside his squad room, with a photograph and a story. Even in her exclusive boarding school, in the graceful golden world that Stephen has always longed for, bad things happen and people have secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great read

  • By Odilon on 13-10-14

Oh Dear..........

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

Reviewed: 29-04-15

Good narration is the best thing I can say about this drawn out and flat tale.....wish I hadn't invested 20 hours listening to such an unsatisfactory story. Lacked pace and would have benefitted from a braver editor.
If I could get a refund I would.

  • The Persimmon Tree

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 27 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Philippa on 10-09-11

Good Yarn

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

Reviewed: 13-02-15

This is the 4th BC novel I have read and the best - good characters and solid storyline. If you want an easy listen with a good yarn this is for you.

  • The Return of the Dancing Master

  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

Herbert Molin, a retired police officer, lives alone in a remote cottage in northern Sweden. Two things seem to consume him; his passion for the tango, and an obsession with the "demons" he believes to be pursuing him. Early one morning shots shatter Molin's window- by the time his body is found it is almost unrecognisable. Stefan Lindman is another off-the-job police officer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply satisfying

  • By Barry on 26-08-12

My First Henning Mankell Novel

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Fully recommend this book- a good plot , some interesting 'fictional' insight into Scandinvian modern history, brought to life through great charachters

What other book might you compare The Return of the Dancing Master to, and why?

The Jussi Adler Olsen novels - good plot, believeable characters and a proper finale!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not one scene, but I liked the mix of pressure the dectective's personal issues caused versus the cracking of the case - added a realism to his character. The steady pace of the book also appealed and I always felt the story was going somewhere worthwile.......so many books are strong for the first 75% but then seem rushed or run out of steam at the end......this one stayed strong for the duration.

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

The very realistic internal highs and lows the detective had on his own health issues - won't say anymore as I might spoil things for others.....

Any additional comments?

If you want a good strong detective novel that's well written and moves at pace try this....

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,942
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,794

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Thanks To Those Who Recommended Name of The Wind

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Name of the Wind (Part One) the most enjoyable?

The mix of fantasy and realisim the author provides.

What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind (Part One) to, and why?

The Joe Abercrombie novels - they were more military and these are more magic and fantasy but the quality of the story and the characters is very similar.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The application to the University or the first public playing of the Lute - beautiful story telling

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Music, Magic and Mayhem in a world you would want to visit!

Any additional comments?

I'm not a regular reader of 'Fantasy' novels but I am now hooked on this wonderful world that Patrick Rothuss has created and I am now working my way through the complete set - I am so glad I trusted previous reviewers comments

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