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Little Red Frog

Amsterdam, NL
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  • Looking for Andrew McCarthy

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

'I'm wearing a beautiful pink dress, and I'm in a big pink room with billowing curtains...and I'm dancing to Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark...and my handsome partner leans over and whispers....' Yes, '80s child Ellie really thought life was going to be like Pretty in Pink, St Elmo's Fire and all those other movies - where everyone was astoundingly glamorous, popular and successful, had huge apartments and lived happily ever after. But now that she and her gang are 30, she has to admit that things haven't quite turned out that way.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Bad!

  • By Little Red Frog on 12-09-16

Bad!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

I found this laten so bad that I stopped it half way!
For the first time, I even returned it and asked for a refund...
I've listened to several books from Jenny Colgan and loved them, which is why I can't understand how dramatically different this was, in such a bad way.
Her characters are, most of the time, lovely girls who start their lives over and find happiness. The stories are usually simple and enjoyable for that reason.
This book however, tells the story of absolutely clueless English 30-year old girls acting and thinking like they've not even reach puberty. All along comforting the "drunk English girl" cliché...

Nope. Thank. You.

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  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ozeki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 594
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601

Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyber-bullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a struggle

  • By Andy Parsons on 24-11-13

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 02-09-16

This book really wasn't for me...
Although I thought the idea interesting to begin with, I found the book so very slow, with a lot of parts that could have been dropped and make it more energetic and give the feeling that it was going somewhere.
Problem is that it never actually went anywhere and that bothered me.
I considered dropping it before the end but kept thinking that maybe I'd be surprised by the ending or whatever.
I wasn't...

I was also not overwhelmed by the interpretation. It is read by the author and I found that her tone of voice, surprisingly, missed the mark. It felt like the interpretation didn't match the character's feeling. It was a little too monotonous.

So yeah, not my favourite at all I'm afraid.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,254

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hated it

  • By Miss N. Bleakley-wadlow on 05-02-17

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 01-02-16

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

Amongst my favourites.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl on the Train?

Whenever Rachel fails over and over at staying sober. Every time, you want to tell her, get a grip girl, you're making it all so much worse.

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

There are 3 narrators for this book, one for each female voice. I really found it interesting as it anchors them and renders them more vivid.
I had never listened to any of them as book narrators but knew Louise Brealy for her role in Sherlock. It doesn't really compare though but I liked her here as I do in Sherlock.

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

I would've, given the time.

Any additional comments?

The story, expectedly, reminded me of Gone Girl. The voice however is pretty different.
It turns more around Rachel and I can almost feel like I know her, personally.
Very gripping book, I couldn't stop listening.
Would recommend.

  • Career of Evil

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 3
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,692
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,218

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past whom he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another gripping story.

  • By Bernadette on 22-10-15

Page turner

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

Reviewed: 30-11-15

What made the experience of listening to Career of Evil the most enjoyable?

The more you go within the stories of Cormoran Strike, the better you get to know the main characters. It's undeniable that the author has a knack for describing characters and makes you clearly see them in your mind's eye. The detective part of it is also very nice, but I would keep reading the books only to know what happens to Cormoran and Robin, as well as to some other rather enjoyable side characters.

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

Once again, I really enjoy the interaction between Robin and Cormoran and love listening to how they get to know each other better. Finding out more about their heavy pasts was very nice and the way they both reacted to each other's stories was also very well brought.

Any additional comments?

In addition to the story and characters that I really liked, I also very much enjoyed the narration by Robert Glenister. In my opinion, it's always on point and I really appreciate that. The narrator is obviously a very important part of an audio book that is in no way related to the writing itself but it can make you love or hate a book. Glenister made me love it!

I look forward to many more of these!

  • Little Beach Street Bakery

  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Anne-Marie Piazza
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light Hearted read

  • By Grandma4919 on 04-06-14

Funny and entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 26-08-15

Where does Little Beach Street Bakery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far, one of the best!

What did you like best about this story?

I found it very light hearted and funny

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The bits with Jaden. He's a funny cheeky lad!

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

It was!

Any additional comments?

At first I wasn't entirely sure about the accents the reader, Anne-Marie Piazza, put on but in the end, I found they were good enough.I found this an easy "read" and very witty. I had to muffle laughters when listening to it in public...I'm looking forward to reading the sequel! And Jenny Colgan's other books too.
I also liked that she gives several recipes at the end of the book, very nice touch!