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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 12,005
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,055

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

Marvellous book, laugh, cry, squirm, it’s just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

This book really touched me. Initially I was intrigued by Eleanor trying to figure out why she lived as she did. Then the more I learnt the more I wanted her life to change, for it to improve and the more her experiences made me laugh, cry or squirm.
It’s a great book and a big reminder that you never know what has led people to the position they are in, why they live their lives as they do.
I also loved that the author didn’t tie it all up in a neat bow. There’s still more out there for Eleanor.

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,262
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,239

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Sheer delight to listen to

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Stephen Fry is brilliant, the stories are fabulous and I loved the introductions written and narrated by Stephen Fry which set out the background of what stage Conan Doyle was at when writing.
If audible could just sort out the indexing..please?

  • A History of Britain in 21 Women

  • By: Jenni Murray
  • Narrated by: Jenni Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time it was defined by its women is a severe understatement. Jenni Murray draws together the lives of 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable and interesting

  • By Mrs C.J D'Elia on 12-10-16

Should be compulsory listening for history buffs

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

Where does A History of Britain in 21 Women rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is close to the top, just through the fabulous subject, engaging narration and sheer interest it's generated in me.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me want to know more about many of the women featured

Any additional comments?

I loved Jenny's personal narration. Very very good

  • Arrowood

  • By: Laura McHugh
  • Narrated by: Sarah Scott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Arrowood is the grandest of historical houses lining the Mississippi. It has its own stories and ghostly presence: it's where two small twin girls were abducted 10 years ago.... Now Arden has returned to her childhood home determined to establish what really happened to her sisters that traumatic summer. But the house and the surrounding town hold their secrets close - and the truth, when Arden finds it, is more devastating than she ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Atmospheric and engaging.

  • By The Glamizon on 12-05-18

Wow - an amazing book with great storyline

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

What did you like best about this story?

It was so unpredictable. There were so many potential endings and I became invested in not wanting it to be some of them.

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

Uncovering the past unlocks a future

  • The Accident

  • By: C.L. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jenny Funnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 312

Fast paced and suspenseful, The Accident is perfect for fans of Before I Go to Sleep, Gone Girl, and Sophie Hannah. A gripping psychological thriller about the deadly secrets your children can keep.... Sue Jackson has the perfect family, but when her teenage daughter, Charlotte, deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality. Retracing her daughter's steps, she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte's diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte's private world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • tense!!!

  • By MR on 03-05-15

It's dark and made me squirm

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

Where does The Accident rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Middle of the road in terms of enjoyment, maybe because I didn't appreciate how dark it would be in places

  • In The Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735

There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there's waking up inside someone else's head. Thirty-something bartender Charlie Wilkes is faced with this dilemma when he wakes up to find himself trapped inside The Black Room - a space consisting of impenetrable darkness and a huge, ethereal screen floating in its center. It is through this screen that he sees the world of his female host, Minnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Peter on 15-04-16

Amazing story with unique premise

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

I enjoyed the stone man so much I hoped I would love this as much. Whilst I thought the idea was very clever and drew me into it very quickly further on it got a bit too graphic for me. (I was surprised that the author later says - in the end notes - that he cut back on the graphic stuff).
Having said that it is still well worth listening to for such a great idea, so well worked.
Finally though a note to Luke - please slow down! I had to listen on reduced speed (and I am a fast talker myself) to fully appreciate it.

  • Finding Gobi

  • The True Story of a Little Dog and an Incredible Journey
  • By: Dion Leonard
  • Narrated by: Brad Channer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In 2016, Dion Leonard, a seasoned ultramarathon runner, unexpectedly stumbled across a little stray dog while competing in a gruelling 155 mile race across the Gobi Desert. The lovable pup, who earned the name 'Gobi', proved that what she lacked in size, she more than made up for in heart, as she went step for step with Dion over the treacherous Tian Shan Mountains, managing to keep pace with him for nearly 80 miles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By DMac17 on 23-02-19

Great story but poor narration distracting

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

As a dog lover I thought I would enjoy this. However I think it has a wider appeal. Runners will enjoy and understand the drive felt by the author to push himself to the limits. People who suffered in their childhood will empathise with some of this and those who suffer from depression and anxiety will recognise many of the authors feelings.
However the narration is very poor. The story was good enough to keep me listening but I was constantly frustrated by the narrator sounding like he hadn't understood the context of the sentence or read the punctuation. There were too many pauses at inappropriate points and pronunciations that weren't quite right.
Please audible, get it done again by someone with passion for the subject and who has read ahead and understands the value of obeying where the comma or question mark is!


  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739

Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband, Antoine, and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight, and Viann finds herself isolated, so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • hreatbreaking and horrifying story

  • By Lynda on 17-10-17

This is not an everyday tale of war with happy endings

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

This story looks at the lives of two sisters doing what they can to survive and then what they must not just to survive but to be able to live with themselves after the war.
A great story. The narration was a little uneven in places though

  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

An old case from his LAPD past threatens Bosch's reputation in a gripping new thriller. Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando police and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous big-business world of prescription drug abuse. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch's LAPD days comes back to haunt him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A cracker!!

  • By eva on 19-11-17

And the story of Bosch goes on

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

Reviewed: 21-02-18

I enjoyed this, though not as much as some of the previous books. I liked the way he worked on the cases but to me, the end of the book was a bit of a let down: almost contrived to form an opposite to what you (and Bosch) expected. Not a twist. More a disappointment.

  • David Jason: My Life

  • By: David Jason
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book so much

  • By Caroline on 26-10-13

Great anecdotes and enjoyable but why not read by David Jason?

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

Reviewed: 12-02-18

This autobiography is great listening and I found myself wanting to go back and revisit many of the scenes and episodes described by David just to see them in a new light.
However I was disappointed that it was not read by him. It was odd at times since you would have expected "the voice" of the characters and that didn't happen.
However the narrator was very good and I enjoyed the book