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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immaculately crafted tale

  • By Vivienne F on 29-11-14

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-17

This is my favourite book. I have read it many times in paper copy so was cautious to listen to the audible version in case they ruined it (like the film). However, it was brilliant and I loved it just as much. Enthralling characters and great plot. Love it!

  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible piece of art (written & narrated)

  • By PBM on 04-06-16

Long

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

Reviewed: 24-01-15

I have been trying to read this book for 5 years and only ever got half way so thought I would do better when the audio book came out. It is long, very long! And finished it. I enjoyed the characters and some of the events were pretty interesting. However I was left feeling a bit disappointed with how it all panned out after a very long and winding road. The characters were great and narration good. Not sure it was fully worth the endurance.

  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding - I loved it

  • By Happy and Smiling on 16-02-13

Enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 24-01-15

Very enjoyable way to spend a lazy Saturday afternoon. Really liked the characters and the story was very engaging. Enjoyed the contrast between wartime and modern day. Easy to get lost in the story. Very well narrated.

  • The Fever Tree

  • By: Jennifer McVeigh
  • Narrated by: Harriet Kershaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

A compelling portrait of colonial South Africa as well as the life of women near the turn of the century. South Africa, 1880 - a country torn apart by greed. Frances Irvine, destitute in the wake of her father's sudden death, is forced to abandon her life of wealth and privilege in London and emigrate to the Cape. In this remote and inhospitable land, she becomes entangled with two very different men: one driven by ambition, the other by his ideals.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Frustrating Heroine

  • By Katy on 20-09-13

Enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 16-01-14

I was sceptical about this book. I liked the sound of the blurb, seemed like the kind of book I would normally enjoy with some historical content, travel and interesting women but the reviews got me worried. However, the book was quick to get into, enjoyed the characters and interesting back drop of Victorian South Africa. Understand what people mean about the story not being as strong as perhaps it could have been however, overall, a really enjoyable easy listen.

  • The White Tiger

  • By: Aravind Adiga
  • Narrated by: Bindya Solanki
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

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

Expected more

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

Reviewed: 16-01-14

I had high hopes for this book. I love India and have travelled there a lot, I also love to read about it. My brother recommended this book so I was keen to try it. After the first 2 chapters I wasn't sure but thought I would stick with it, However, I was ultimately a bit disappointed. The reader didn't really help to enthuse me. Didn't like the main character too much and the pace was slow. The story had potential but didn't really do it for me. It was just ok.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,859
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Fear and lies and the pestilence!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

This book had me hooked from start to finish. Excellent story telling, interesting characters and lots of questions that you want to read on to find the answers to.Really interesting backdrop of the plague helped to create a dark and desperate atmosphere. Loved this book, one of my favourite reads of the year.

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 879

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic brilliance.

  • By mollymoon1 on 08-03-11

Very different from the movie

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I was not a big fan of the movie but had heard this was a good read so decided to give it a go. This is deffo not the genre of book I would normally read-not really into vampire etc so fully expected to not really like it but was very pleasantly surprised. The reader was very good. The story has little resemblance to the film-in a good way-don't know why they decided to change it so much. A really interesting listen which kept me hooked from start to finish. I was very surprised to see it was written in the 50s as it has a much more modern feel. A real classic. Enjoy.

  • After the Fall

  • By: Charity Norman
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 200

In the quiet of a New Zealand winter's night, a rescue helicopter is sent to airlift a five-year-old boy with severe internal injuries. He's fallen from the upstairs veranda of an isolated farmhouse. At first, Finn's fall looks like a horrible accident; but his frantic mother, Martha McNamara, knows how it really happened. And she isn't telling. Not yet. Maybe not ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling read

  • By Mrs on 06-05-13

compelling family drama

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

Reviewed: 06-05-13

Really enjoyed this book. Was an easy listen with likeable characters and interesting plot against the lovely back drop of new zealand. The narration was ok but her accents were terrible and she had some very weird pronunciations for certain words but not too distracting.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,946

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

ok

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

Some good ideas and nice relationships built up throughout the story but became bored in places. Also the main character's indifference to things didn't really endeer him to me. Could see the links with Gump as pointed out with other reviewers but lacked the heart,

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ambitiously promises a lot which it can’t quite de

  • By Victoria on 19-07-13

A real page turner

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-13

Enjoyed this book but wasn't too impressed/satisfied with ending.

Gripping in many places but couldn;t really connect with character Sage.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful