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  • Wilde Like Me

  • By: Louise Pentland
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

Robin Wilde has a beautiful six-year-old daughter, a job she's really rather good at, a wonderful best friend and an auntie who is bonkers, yes, but loves her to the moon and back. But Robin has a secret. Behind the mask she carefully applies every day, she can't shift the grey, lonely feelings of The Emptiness. She struggles to fit in with the school mum crew, online dating is totally despair-inducing and she worries all the time about raising her daughter with self-confidence, courage and joy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Only for single mums

  • By Miss on 10-12-17

Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

A very true to life and heartwarming story full of laughter, silliness and relatable every day life struggles. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next one!!! (I bloody hope there will be another one!) Thank you Louise for a wonderful novel, Robyn feels like a new friend that I will always want to catch up with. Keep 'em coming!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,053

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

A Surpising Treat

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with All the Gifts?

The satisfying ending.

Which character – as performed by Finty Williams – was your favourite?

I have not, but I hope to in the future!

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

Yes absolutely. Definitely very Moreish! You wanted to listen to just one more chapter...

Any additional comments?

This book is not something I would normally read. I am not much into any sort of Sci-fi or zombie fiction however this book caught me. The blurb was well written because it allowed me to consider the general story rather than just the zombie or 'hungry' plot line. I suppose I just wanted to know what was happening to this little girl and if she was as dangerous as everyone seemed to believe. The infection plot line came secondary to that so I was completely drawn in, unaware.

The characters are few but well written and the individual stories are raw and believable. Nothing too drastic. The ending (which I will not spoil) was well thought out and left me satisfied.

“And then like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.”
― M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts

A wonderful book and well worth a read... especially if it's not your usual kind of story!

AUDIBLE AUDIO:

The voice acting by Finty Williams fits perfectly with the story. Her performance is wonderful throughout. She has the perfect tone for such an eerie book and really brings the story out. I saw in a previous review or two that she had been described as "monotone". I'm not sure that I agree with that. I think she gave each character a voice, a way of speaking that was distinct from the next.

The Audio itself was a bit lacking. I thought it a bit "Tinny", harsh and sharp to the ear especially on 's' and 'T' sounds. The quality just didn't seem too great no matter what earphones I used!

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  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 56

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Nicole on 04-08-16

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

The story is amazing and Gerard Doyle is just wonderful in his narration... Wonderful all round. The story can take you away and immerse you in so much magic. So pleased to have found this is my later years as it has brought me back the joy I had in reading Harry Potter, The hobbit and other such fantasies as a child. I am pleased I kept this new adventure for another time in my life when an adventure was sorely needed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Incredibly Funny

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

Reviewed: 01-07-16

You don't have to be politically minded to enjoy this book. it's written very well and doesn't leave you feeling lost. it's clever and full of dry humor. it deals with the somewhat touchy subject in a wonderful way. The performance was very well done also by Julian. very animated and was easy to visualise all that was happening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 408

This is a world divided by blood--red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of godlike superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • In the spirit of twilight...

  • By Rosie on 04-12-15

If you liked the Hunger Games you'll love this!

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

Reviewed: 24-03-16

Incredibly good. Story, narration, the lot. all wonderful. Can't wait to listen to book number 2!

While the story reflects a hunger games style world and character scenario, the story is original. There are certainly parallels but they are both wonderful books. For those who enjoyed the Hunger Games series this will be for you. I don't mean that it's a cheap rip off but only that if you enjoy one, I'm positive you'll enjoy the other. Wonderful intriguing story with so many twists and turns.

Makes you think, makes you question everything and keeps you interested. No slow moments. It moves along nicely.

A young adult book? Sure. But If I wasn't told that before I couldn't have figured it out. Nothing child like about it. The main character just happens to be 17... at 23 myself, I adored it. It's the fantasy novel I've been waiting for and I am so excited that there are more books. I bought the second one straight away after finishing it.

Worth every cent.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful