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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,957
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,010

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

Very occasionally I find an audiobook so engaging that I am actually excited to get in my car for the drive to work. This was one of those. I thoroughly enjoyed following Eleanor on her journey of self-discovery. The author takes us to some very dark places but there are also many very funny moments, the characters and scenes are all beautifully drawn and the book is well narrated. A gem.

  • Speaker for the Dead

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably my favourite book ever

  • By V. S. on 23-06-05

Great story but odd narratiion

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

Terrific story, interesting and thought provoking and has stood the test of time well.
Multiple voices narrate the story, and there is no obvious pattern. Sometimes the voice changes at chapter breaks, sometimes with alternating lines of dialogue. Every time the voice changed it jarred. I thoroughly enjoyed the book in spite of the narration but I would have much preferred to have one person tell it.

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book Well Read

  • By Kindle Customer on 31-03-09

Great story and beautifully narrated

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

Reviewed: 18-05-17

A thoroughly enjoyable story. Published in 1950 and set during and soon after the war, it is now a window into a very different world, but the story is well told and as compelling as ever. The narration really made this, it had real emotional impact.

  • Stoner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430

Waterstone's book of the year. Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013, translations of Stoner began appearing on best-seller lists across Europe. William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at 19 to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably one of the finest books I have listened to - why isn't this book better known?!

  • By ADRIAN M WATTS on 21-03-17

Thoughtful and compelling

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

Reviewed: 29-01-17

Any additional comments?

This isn't the sort of book I would normally go for. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did I was hooked. I think comparisons to John Steinbeck are pushing it a bit, but Stoner is a compelling classic American novel with a character I came to really care about.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,827

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Reminded me of old classic British SF

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

Reviewed: 28-01-17

Any additional comments?

Something about the pacing and the very British feel of the book reminded me of some of the classic SF TV I grew up with, like "Doomwatch" or "Sapphire and Steel". The actual action is quite slow paced, and the characters spend a lot of time talking and thinking about what is going on. I was very engaged right from the start, I was looking forward to my morning commute every day to see how the story developed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,639
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,534

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013. Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013. Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful words; beautifully read

  • By Spa2004 on 14-02-16

Whining self-pity

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

Would you try another book written by Graham Greene or narrated by Colin Firth?

I loved Our Man in Havana, and I liked Travels with My Aunt, and I have been working my way through Graham Greene looking for other books I might like. Unfortunately this is an entirely different sort of book and I hated it from start to finish.

Would you ever listen to anything by Graham Greene again?

Yes, but I would read the reviews vary carefully first.

Did Colin Firth do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Colin Firth brought the characters to life quite well

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The End of the Affair?

The entire book.

Any additional comments?

I know a lot of people really like this book. I wasn't impressed to start with but I wanted to give it a fair chance so I ploughed on through to the end. The lead characters spend the entire book indulging in either whining self-pity or religious philosophy, and I have very little patience for either. I couldn't relate to or sympathise with the main characters at all, and I found the whole thing tedious.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,964
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,752

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Really enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-03-15

Where does Ready Player One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is lightweight but very enjoyable. It is a mystery adventure caper which keeps the pace up throughout & I was always excited to find out what happens next.

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

The voice was just right for the character

Any additional comments?

A really fun listen, particularly for gamers or anyone who grew up in the 80's.

  • The Honorary Consul

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The gripping tragi-comedy of a bungled kidnapping in a provincial Argentinean town tells the story of Charley Fortnum, the 'Honorary Consul', a whisky-sodden figure of dubious authority, who is taken by a group of revolutionaries. As Eduardo Plarr, a local doctor, negotiates with revolutionaries and authorities for Fortnum's release, the corruption of both becomes evident.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cracking Tale, Very Well Read

  • By Robert on 29-04-12

Dragged on a bit

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

Reviewed: 01-03-15

What would have made The Honorary Consul better?

It was slow and to be honest I got bored. I picked it because I loved Our Man in Havana, so I thought I would try more Graham Greene, but this is not the same sort of book at all.

What will your next listen be?

I would listen to more Graham Greene but I will read the reviews more carefully next time.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes