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  • The Shadow in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine. This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 04-03-18

it's just... not that good

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-04-19

seriously, it's not that great. the pace is weird, the antagonist leaves something to be desired, the "twist" was telegraphed and gratuitous scenes of death and dying are a nauseating, incoherent mess. all of the characters are unrealized narratively. it's Pullman's earlier work and it shows. the narrator is chirpy and enthusiastic, so there's that.
it's not a heap of garbage but it was a bit of a slog.

  • Mermaids Singing

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

Up until now the only serial killers Tony Hill had encountered were safely behind bars. This one’s different - this one’s on the loose. Four men have been found mutilated and tortured. As fear grips the city, the police turn to clinical psychologist Tony Hill for a profile of the killer. But soon Tony becomes the unsuspecting target in a battle of wits and wills, where he has to use every ounce of his professional nerve to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ( if a little too gory) book but terrible narration

  • By S. Christie on 09-08-16

Amazing story that's also DEEPLY problematic

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Let me start off by saying that Saul Reichlin is a treasure. Possibly the best dang narrator ever (yes, better than Stephen Fry).
Now, that out of the way, the story is very interesting, very well written and keeps you in suspense the whole time.
HOWEVER, and this is a big however, the *spoilers*

the portrayal of the transgender psychopath is deeply offensive, leaning on the many, many unfounded and unwarranted stereotypes about trans people and their gender identity. The dysphoria the villain felt was portrayed and acknowledged by the main character, a clinical psychiatrist, as being pathological and dangerous, expecially to men who refused to recognize the villain as a woman and thus ended up victims.

This is not uncommon when it comes to the thriller/horror genre - anyone remember Buffalo Bill in Silence Of The Lambs? ("would you fuck me? I'd fuck me") - and has much more to do with the culture of gay panic which was shoved down our throats in the 80s and 90s than it has any basis in reality.

I would still recommend this read, but read responsibly is what I'm saying. Just because the author chose to portray the only transgender character as insane, psychopathic and a serial killer, doesn't mean that being holding the opinion that being transgender is somehow unnatural or a pathology or some sort is okay.

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  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - And Keep - Love

  • By: Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great production, questionnaires missing

  • By H W Haak on 19-06-18

7 hrs that could've easily been condensed into 1hr

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

Reviewed: 18-01-19

I'm actually quite disappointed with this purchase. I don't usually mind slow-paced books or even popular science or self-help genres, but the amount of sheer waffle in this book is exhausting. I realize there is some benefit in repetition when it comes to learning new things, but the mastery of saying nothing in 10 minutes of talking exhibited in this book had me google the actual science behind this, since it made it sound like pseudoscience. I would google the terms and phrases used in this book (such as "attachment style") and read more about them while the narrator said basically nothing in the meantime; the exploration of the topic would lead me to the realization there is far, far more and more interesting stuff to be said about the topic/subject and I would wait with bated breath for the book to explore it further - which never happened.

Just. Nah.

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