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  • Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

  • By: Temi Oh
  • Narrated by: Nneka Okoye
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

A century ago, scientists theorised that a habitable planet existed in a nearby solar system. Today, 10 astronauts will leave a dying Earth to find it. Four are decorated veterans of the 20th century’s space race. And six are teenagers, graduates of the exclusive Dalton Academy, who’ve been in training for this mission for most of their lives. It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years spent in close quarters. Twenty-three years with no-one to rely on but each other. Twenty-three years with no rescue possible, should something go wrong. And something always goes wrong.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Are We Nearly There Yet?

  • By Simon on 11-01-19

Growing pains & the meaning of life in space!

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Excellent story, great idea with so much potential but just way too slow in pace!

  • Braving the Wilderness

  • The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 4 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880

'True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are.' Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarisation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-10-17

A fantastic look inside our true selves!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Excellent!
Thought provoking, heart felt and truly insightful. A wonderful dive into the experiences that affect change and directly shape our personalities and who we become. Even if it just makes you think about and analyse who you turned out to be, this book is a must!

  • The Book of Life

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389

After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchant­ing series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home in France they reunite with their families - with one heart-breaking exception.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Patrick on 17-07-14

Love, Family& Equality. A Love story through time!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-18

A wonderfully researched and detailed portrait of life, family and power. A very unique look at the complexity in discrimination, racism and difference.
This final book in the trilogy is not only captivating and thoroughly educational, its enthrawling, romantic and packed with adventure and excitement.
Excellently performed and a very enjoyable listen!

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024

It begins with absence and desire. It begins with blood and fear. It begins with a discovery of witches. Diana Bishop, a young scholar and descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she must navigate with a vampire, Matthew Clairmont. This manuscript, Ashmole 782, holds the secrets of their past...and the key to their future. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A surprisingly mature paranormal romance

  • By Caroline Marks on 01-03-11

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Not since Interview with a Vampire has there been such a divine, spellbinding, mesmerising story of the dark and romantic world of vampires and creatures as this one!!Detailed and beautifully written and excellently performed!

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Magic Arrives Without Warning

  • By Paul Snook on 15-05-16

A Time, Illusion and Romance Masterpiece!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-18

A Beautiful story of old-timey romance in the world of magic and illusion. A time transporting masterpiece filled with design, architecture, and as much imagery as you can handle. Elegant and lovingly read, it sits in its own world and invites you to be the witnesses to an elaborate game of life and death, love and sorrow, joy and delight.
Excellent storytelling!

  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems. Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year weeklong performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister, Tella, it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confusingly brilliant

  • By Anonymous User on 16-07-17

Fantasy, illusion and mischief!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

A very original story with a mature Alice in wonderland adventure air to it. Interesting, kept me guessing to the end.

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled - Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but Yoruba Speaker please!

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-03-18

Black lives DO matter!

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

A beautiful dedication to needless death. This story is engaging and easy to follow. While much of the Yoruba language and various dialogue was not spoken with enough accuracy, it did not deflect from the action and power of the tale. Compelling and very well told.

  • Little Fires Everywhere

  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Lim
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

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

Quietly luring and impressively riveting!

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This story takes you on an unexpected journey through several lives and leaves you questioning the snapshots you yourself may have witnessed and the snippets of untimely conversation you may have overheard. Little Fires Everywhere is a triumph of character analysis, creativity and family secrets. You'll be captivated by the two layers of storytelling that bring art and words together so elegantly. This is simple storytelling at its best!

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 669

Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour, is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hamlet From The Womb

  • By Simon on 01-09-16

Perspective is everything. Excellent!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

A riveting suspense, full of intrigue and enough realism and mystery to stop you switching off. A twist on a murder mystery that would make Agatha Christie proud. A story brought to life and read brilliantly.

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  • The Beauty of Darkness

  • The Remnant Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Mary E. Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, full cast
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Lia and Rafe have escaped Venda, and the path before them is winding and dangerous - what will happen now? This third and final book in The Remnant Chronicles is not to be missed. Best-selling author Mary E. Pearson's combination of intrigue, suspense, romance, and action makes this a riveting listen for teens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Love story in a spiritual realm of adventure.

  • By S.Hope on 13-06-17

A Love story in a spiritual realm of adventure.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-17

Totally loved it! Beautiful story of hope and love and faith and adventure. Twists and turns that were gripping and exciting, set in a world of swords, honour and women of substance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful