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  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209

The brilliant new novel from the author of the New York Times best seller Everything I Never Told You. Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down. In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads to the colours of the houses to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An evocative and complex portrait of suburbia

  • By Suswati on 11-11-17

well-structured characterisation

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I have to admit, I wasn't too sure about this book at first - I thought it was going to be one of those smug American novels where wealth is taken for granted - and it was, by some characters. However, as the story unfolded I found myself warming to Mia, Pearl, Izzy, Moody, and Lexi.
The women and children are the main characters. The men sit in the background, quietly going about their business as we focus on what's happening to the women. The behaviour of some of them is shocking, and my heart wept for others. This is a book which shows different sides to the story, and does it very well.

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,249

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

Best book I've read in ages

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Heart's Invisible Furies to be better than the print version?

I listened to this as an audiobook and Stephen Hogan's voice is perfect for the story. He dramatises the characters of Maud and Charles beautifully, and his slight Dutch accent for Jack and Bastian is impeccable.

What did you like best about this story?

The story takes many twists and turns, includes a great deal of humour but also heartbreak and sadness. It's difficult to pick a favourite character, as they were all so well-rounded, with foibles like all of us.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I most enjoyed how Maud and Charles told their adoptive son how they met, told first, most inappropriately, from his father's perspective, then from hers. The part where Cyril and Julian meet his mother for the first time is classic, as is their trip to the pub with the waitress and Mary Margaret Muffett. MMM's exit from the story is one of the funniest things I've ever read.

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

Cyril is not a real Avery, so who is he then?

  • The Improbability of Love

  • By: Hannah Rothschild
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 546

Annie McDee, alone after the disintegration of her long-term relationship and trapped in a dead-end job, is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected secondhand shop. Within the jumble of junk and tack, a grimy painting catches her eye. Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings, she prepares an elaborate dinner for two - only to be stood up, the gift gathering dust on her mantelpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved Every Minute of It. Great Characters.

  • By bookylady on 02-04-16

Clever, funny, and strangely educational

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

Reviewed: 27-05-17

What made the experience of listening to The Improbability of Love the most enjoyable?

The range of characters was impressive. At first I thought there were too many, but as they were gradually introduced and their motives explained, I could see the point of all of them. The talking picture grew on me. My favourite was the Russian tin tycoon Vlad, who was completely lost in London and looking for love in all the wrong places.

What did you like best about this story?

The humour - Barty and Aberfel's welsh plumber and his wife were particularly amusing.

Which character – as performed by Barnaby Edwards and Jilly Bond – was your favourite?

The monosyllabic Vlad.

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

A masterpiece of a story!

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyable

  • The Teacher

  • A Shocking and Compelling New Crime Thriller That's Not for the Faint-Hearted
  • By: Katerina Diamond
  • Narrated by: Stevie Lacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You're wrong.... The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he'd received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't wait....,

  • By pixie on 08-10-16

What teacher?

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

Reviewed: 19-10-16

Awful book - badly written - not a single character I cared about, and graphic decriptions of torture. I hated the reader's voice but maybe she was struggling with the lack of punctuation in the story.
With the cast of characters it could just as easily have been called the policeman, the taxidermist, the creepy boyfriend ... the list goes on. Don't waste your time on this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sick Puppy

  • By: Carl Hiaasen
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Idealistic, independently wealthy, and pathologically short-tempered, Twilly Spree has dedicated himself to saving Florida's wilderness from runaway destruction. When Palmer Stoat drops litter, Twilly decides to teach him a lesson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sick characters!

  • By Grandi on 24-09-16

Sick characters!

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

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

I recommended this to my best friend who loved it as much as I did. Laugh out loud funny, narrated with the right amount of contempt or love for the characters to make them sound thoroughly plausible, plenty of background to each character so you knew what motivated them, and a farcical hilarious story with a message about conservation - not an easy gig!

What did you like best about this story?

The characters, especially Skink. The way they are drawn so you know all about their history. They're mostly multidimensional like most human beings. Also the book is very, very funny!

What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

He made everyone sound exactly like you'd expect them to, from sleazy lobbyist Stoat, to the angry conservationist Twilly Spree, and the beautiful but deluded Desi.

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

Without spoiling the story I'd say the animals stuff.

Any additional comments?

Read it and laugh!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Witches

  • Salem, 1692
  • By: Stacy Schiff
  • Narrated by: Eliza Foss
  • Length: 18 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter started to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and an elderly man crushed to death. The panic spread quickly, involving the most educated men and prominent politicians in the colony. Neighbours accused neighbours, parents accused children, husbands accused wives, children accused their parents, and siblings each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Depressing but really good!

  • By NormaCenva on 30-08-16

One of America's maddest and saddest moments

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

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

The Witches is a factual account of the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. It describes the backgrounds of the girls and men and women who made the accusations, and also of the accused. A riveting story of how the constraints of puritan society, politics, and contempt for outsiders ripped a community apart.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I didn't really have a favourite character - there were people who I felt deeply sorry for, particular the first group of women who were taken to the scaffold.

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

I'm not sure where her accent is from but it matched the account very well. Although it was a factual description, her telling made it more of a story. She brought the characters to life.

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

Firstly when the women were taken to be hanged. Later there was a very sad description of a pastor who was crushed to death. Both moved me to tears.

  • Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,491
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

A memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you. Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyful, irreverent, nine hours of fun!

  • By Vernon Wright on 23-10-15

Blessed Brian!

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

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

When you listen to someone telling their own story, in anecdotal chapters, with so much enthusiasm and warmth, you can't help but be pulled in. This is a very funny book told by a very funny actor, with lots of interesting stories about other famous actors. Brian Blessed tells it as it is, but there's no dirt dished as such - he talks about Peter O'Toole's good and bad personality traits - but with love and compassion. The chapter about how he fell in love with his wife is very moving. There's some swearing but he warns you right at the start about that - and I haven't got a problem with it because it's not gratuitous to the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration. He's an actor, talking about himself. It's beautifully done.

Have you listened to any of Brian Blessed’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard any of his other performances but hey, it's Brian Blessed so bound to be loud!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

GORDON, YOU'RE ALIVE!!!!

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

Not quite good

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

What a waste of a credit. Stick to acting, Celia! The storyline is highly questionable; the main character, a woman who gets to retirement age and still thinks everyone is nice and helpful, is as wet as a weekend in Wales and the characters she meets are mainly caricatures of rather ghastly people. She has a peculiar and very old-fashioned impression of men and lets herself be walked all over by her dreadful daughter and granddaughters. If you want to read about a drippy posh woman who goes to live in France and never meets a French native this is the book for you.

What will your next listen be?

Something with more teeth, maybe the book about the Salem witches.

What three words best describe Celia Imrie’s voice?

No.

What character would you cut from Not Quite Nice?

The performance was fine as the author is an actress.

Any additional comments?

Stick to books written by people with writing talent.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful