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  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,395
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Avril Sawers on 02-11-13

Drove me mad!

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

Reviewed: 30-04-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It wasn't a 4 or a 5 listen for me!

What will your next listen be?

The husbands secret by Liane Moriarty.

Did Mark Meadows do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

yes.

Any additional comments?

It was far too long winded. Drove me half mad I'm afraid! I day dreamed through bits!

  • The Dinner

  • By: Herman Koch
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfully dark modern parable.

  • By M on 19-10-14

Looked good but looks can be deceiving!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-13

This book was dull and it looked as if it was going to be so good. Too much detail of the same thing! The narrater is trying to sound like Steven Fry but badly! Its something about nothing really.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far too good to be left to teenagers

  • By Charles on 22-02-12

Has to be read!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-13

A great read if not hard due to the content of the story. A book you won't ever forget. Nicely told considering the nature of the story. And no happy endings really. It would do us all good to read this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Time of My Life

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Amy Creighton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Lying on Lucy Silchester’s carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation – to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she's been ignoring it and it needs to meet with her face to face. It sounds peculiar, but Lucy’s read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can’t make the date: she’s much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends friends and avoiding her family. But Lucy’s life isn’t what it seems. Some of the choices she’s made – and stories she’s told – aren’t what they seem either

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love Love Love it.

  • By CLAIRE on 13-12-14

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-13

I just couldn't get to grips with this book at all. I stuck it out for nearly half of it but found my mind was wondering. Which means its not gripping enough. Lots of characters dipping in and out. And I started to not make head nor tail of the story which just goes on and on over the same stuff. And the audio voice got a bit winey. I was disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman He Loved Before

  • By: Dorothy Koomson
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Libby has a nice life with a gorgeous husband and a big home by the sea. But over time she is becoming more unsure if Jack has ever loved her – and if he is over the death of Eve, his first wife. When fate intervenes in their relationship, Libby decides to find out all she can about the man she hastily married and the seemingly perfect Eve. Eventually Libby stumbles across some startling truths about Eve, and is soon unearthing more and more devastating family secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic fantastic brilliant fantastic

  • By julie on 13-05-11

Very enjoyable.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-13

A good book which keeps you hanging on with twists and turns. A interesting story which you get sucked into. I look forward to more of her books.

  • Paradise House

  • By: Erica James
  • Narrated by: Shirley King
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Angel Sands is an old-fashioned seaside resort of bed and breakfasts, cottages to let, and teashops. And with the best views of the tiny beach is Paradise House, home to the Baxter girls. With their mother taking time out to find herself, it’s down to them to maintain the smooth running of the family-owned bed and breakfast. Not an easy task given that their father - now that his wife isn’t around - has suddenly become a moving target for the opposite sex.…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice and gentle

  • By Amanda on 27-02-13

Nice and gentle

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-13

Really enjoyed this book once I got into it. Its an easy pleasant read. You can picture the paradise house in your mind. A pleasure to listen too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime. Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s 90th birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator ruined it for me!

  • By Linda on 28-12-12

A nice book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

This was a long book but very enjoyable and nicely told. Easy to listen too. Although long it didn't seem so. I would recommend this to some one looking for something gentle to listen too with a good story with a twist.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Caroline Quentin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 222

The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Brian can't believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? But Eva won't budge; and soon she realises to her horror that everyone has been taking her for granted - including herself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A disappointment

  • By Amanda on 18-12-12

A disappointment

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-12

This book drove me mad. It just rambled on and on. I just couldn't get into all the different characters that kept dipping in and out the book. And I wanted to tell the lady to get out of the bed and what a waste of a life! I also got fed up with Caroline Quentin who talks in a baby voice all the time. I usually try to finish my books but I just couldn't with this!

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: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,138

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

A strange but interesting read

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-12

I found that I mostly enjoyed this book. It was defiantly funny. And you did want it all to go so well for the 100 yr old man! I got a bit bored with some of the detail of his pasts life and enjoyed his now life much more. But its a nice way to read a book with two stories following each other. Very relaxing read!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stick with it

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-12

Be prepared........

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-12

I was so looking forward to this book. How disappointed was I! It wasn't much to do with a casual vacancy but more to do with peoples baggage. And boy did it come with a ton of that! So much so that I almost found it depressing! And awfully drawn out and long! I didn't give up in the hopes it would get better! It didn't! The story jumped about a lot and I found my mind drifting off! The conclusion was no great surprise! It most certainly wasn't going to end on a happy note!