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  • Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts)

  • By: L. C. Rosen
  • Narrated by: Drew Caidan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jack Rothman is 17. A solid student with a talent for art, he likes partying, makeup and boys. Sometimes all at the same time. His active, unashamed sex life makes him a red hot topic for the high school gossip machine, but Jack doesn't really care too much about what the crowd is saying about him. His mantra is 'it could be worse'. And then it is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly emotional

  • By Jamie on 07-03-19

Surprisingly emotional

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

This book was a lot of fun. Mainly because Jack and his friends were a lot of fun. But as it went on, it became less fun and more heartbreaking. The way you could see (hear?) Jack's personality being smothered by the fear & stress & worry. The thoughts he would have about the stalker being just another part of his life, something he got used to & could endure if he had to. So tough to listen to.

The side characters were well-rounded and vivid - I just ADORED Nance - and Jack's little trio of best friends were amazing.

Also, the narrator was amazing. Honestly, I never knew it was possible to make a copyright notice sound sexy!

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Alma Cuervo, Julia Whelan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now? Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m in love

  • By Maya Connell on 27-09-18

Compelling

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

This is not at all the sort of book I usually pick up, but several friends insisted it was worth the read & I am SO glad I listened to them! The story of a film star from the Hollywood golden days, it shows the seedier side of the film industry and yet still somehow oozes glamour. Evelyn's total unapologeticness for the choices she made and the person she was (and is) was the strongest aspect of her as a character and made her story so totally compelling it was hard to put the earphones down!

  • Mortal Engines

  • Mortal Engines, Book 1
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly narrated story

  • By connor on 28-12-17

Mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

Parts of it were great, loaded with action and character growth & brilliantly written. Other parts I hated. So much repetition of Hester being 'hideous' - even from her own point of view. Many side characters felt like caricatures, and humour often felt shoe-horned in. 2nd half was much better than 1st.

Narrator was good for description/prose and being Tom & Kate , but I didn't get on with the accents & voices he used for everyone else - they were over-the-top & often distracting.

  • The Brilliant Death

  • By: Amy Rose Capetta
  • Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Teodora di Sangro is used to hiding her magical ability to transform enemies into music boxes and mirrors. Nobody knows she’s a strega - and she aims to keep it that way. The she meets Cielo - and everything changes. A strega who can switch outward form effortlessly, Cielo shows Teodora what her life could be like if she masters the power she’s been keeping secret. And not a moment too soon: The ruler of Vinalia has poisoned the patriarchs of the country’s five controlling families, including Teodora’s father, and demands that each family send a son to the palace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful & dangerous

  • By Jamie on 24-01-19

Beautiful & dangerous

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

Reviewed: 24-01-19

I loved the setting and atmosphere of this book from the outset, the Italian mafia vibes and the vividness of the descriptions that made the landscape of the Ucelli seem like a character in its own right. It took me slightly longer to warm up to the characters but Teodora is an amazing protagonist, ruthless but loving, strong but unsure of her place, loyal but dreaming of more. She learns and grows so much over the course of the book! The genderfluid rep was just one more brilliant facet of the story, explored respectfully and naturally alongside the plot, and the romance was beautifully developed and perfectly balanced with the rest of the plot.

The audiobook narrator was also one of the best I've heard, perfectly suited to this book.

  • Seven Ways We Lie

  • By: Riley Redgate
  • Narrated by: Erin Moon, Bailey Carr, Luke Daniels, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

The juniors at Paloma High School all have their secrets, whether it's the thespian who hides her trust issues onstage, the closeted pansexual who cares only about his drug-dealing profits, or the neurotic genius who's planted the seed of a school scandal. But it's Juniper Kipling who has the furthest to fall. No one would argue that Juniper - obedient daughter, salutatorian, natural beauty, and loyal friend - is anything but perfect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tangled lives and believable mistakes

  • By Jamie on 19-12-18

Tangled lives and believable mistakes

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Surprisingly compelling after a slightly unpromising beginning. Full cast audio helped and I never found the 7 points of view confusing. Some of the characterisation seemed a little over the top but overall I really enjoyed watching the characters lives unravel around them and their efforts to pick up these pieces were sprinkled with believable self-discovery and heartache. And I always love a bittersweet ending.

  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An utterly bleak story of an invisible man

  • By Suswati on 17-01-18

Brutal, horrific & necessary

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

This is not an easy listen. The suffering of the author, his family, the whole nation of North Korea are laid out in uncompromising honesty. But it is definitely worth hearing. Even if you think you know about the problems the country has, this deeply personal account of a much bigger tragedy is eye-opening.

  • The Cruel Prince

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 1
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read!

  • By Vicky Hemingway on 21-01-18

Fantastic twisty story - eventually

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

The last third of this book is excellent. Secrets, lies, politics, murder, betrayals and twists. If only it hadn't taken so long to get there.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious, heartbreaking, honest & beautiful

  • By Jamie on 18-07-17

Hilarious, heartbreaking, honest & beautiful

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

Reviewed: 18-07-17

One of the best books of the year. A hilarious romp of a historical novel, enough danger, magic and adventure to keep me on the edge of my seat, and brilliant, brilliant characters who aren't so much flawed as painfully, adorably real. I couldn't help love Monty even when he was being an idiot, selfish or completely ridiculous, or even all three at once. The side characters and the relationships between them were fantastically portrayed and really made the book. Also, outstanding handling of diversity in a setting and era where being anything other than white, male and preferably rich was subject to varying but usually horrifying levels of prejudice. It covered some really heavy, tough issues without ever coming across preachy or derailing the story and honestly, some of the hardships faced by the characters, especially Percy, brought me close to tears.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful