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  • Quiet Power

  • Growing Up as an Introvert in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

The highly anticipated follow-up to the sensational bestseller Quiet - empowering introverted children, teens and young adults. Susan Cain sparked a worldwide conversation with Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. She inspired millions of people and permanently changed the way we see introverts - and the way introverts see themselves. Now she takes the quiet revolution to a younger audience.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for parents of introvert kids

  • By Marie on 25-05-16

A must read for parents of introvert kids

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

In this follow up Cain focuses on how it is to grow up as an introvert in a very extrovert school system. She shares stories about typical obstacles for introverts and how to overcome them.
Even though it wasn't as great as Quiet I really enjoyed it and found many useful tools here too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Who Stole My Life

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 830

One day, sitting in traffic, Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. But in this event is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, wrenching her whole family apart. For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not One Of Her Best

  • By Rebecca on 26-11-14

Meh..

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

Reviewed: 22-08-15

I really har a busy time this summer and decided to go for an easy read. Sadly this one did not live up to my expectations. I had trouble connecting with the main caracter and found the story quite cliche. Sorry guys.

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 687

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Listen.

  • By Elizabeth on 07-04-08

Loved the atmosphere

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

Reviewed: 22-08-15

This is a short book but the best i listened to this summer. I really enjoyed the atmosphere in the story, it's creepy and, at the same time, quite cozy. I'll probably pick this one up again a late winter evening.

  • The Eternity Fund

  • By: Liz Monument
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

A futuristic noir thriller: When Jess Green is recruited by the Unit for her unusual abilities, she hopes that she’s finally found safe haven. Unfortunately, life in Department Thirteen (Crime Solutions) is anything but. A sinister brotherhood are stealing human organs, and Jess and her uncooperative handler are put on the case. Their quest takes them into the lair of a rich philanthropist and his beautiful, brilliant daughter who together run The Eternity Fund, anti-ageing as it’s never been known before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crime and SF

  • By GV on 29-10-15

Good concept but quite boring

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

Well, the discription of this book made it quite intriguing so I went for it. But even if the concept is really cool it took me way to long to get hold of the actual story. And by then I had become quite tired of it. I can't say I was overly excited about the ending either.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • 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 22,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,049

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.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-10-16

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-15

Probably the best audiobook I've listened to so far. It had everything it needed. It was just fantastic! Must read!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,738

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

So beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-14

I've read these books a few times before, but I really wanted to hear Pullman read them himself. And it was so beautiful, the cast were amazing!
Even though I've read them all before I don't think I'll ever get tired of them. The story is really unique and clever and so well told. I will read these to my future kids until their ears bleed (if that's possible..).

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • When Mr. Dog Bites

  • By: Brian Conaghan
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 131

Dylan Mint has Tourette's. His life is a constant battle to keep the bad stuff in - the swearing, the tics, the howling dog that seems to escape whenever he gets stressed. But a routine visit to the hospital changes everything. Overhearing a hushed conversation between the doctor and his mum, Dylan discovers that he's going to die in March. So he makes a list of things he must do before he dies: First, he wants to have real sex with gorgeous Michelle Malloy; Second, he's got to find his autistic best friend Amir a new best bud; Third, he's got to get his dad back home from the army so they can say goodbye properly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tourette's for young adults

  • By Kaggy on 25-11-14

Utterly butterly amayonnaising!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

I mostly listened to this in the park and on the bus, even though this was a bad choice. I kept holding my hand on my mouth to try and strangle the laughs. It was seriously hilarious! And the narration is just perfect! I will absolutely listen to this one again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Quiet

  • The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
  • By: Susan Cain
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Susan Cain’s groundbreaking book Quiet, brilliantly read by Kathe Mazur. In Quiet, the international best seller, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking A+

  • By Theodore on 10-01-13

Important and very interesting!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-14

Like Cain says 1/3 of all people are introvert. That's quite a lot considering our world is mostly extrovert friendly.
As an introvert I really appreciated this book, but I think it is just as important for extroverts to read. She emphasizes the importance of having both types in the society and how to better understand each other.
She writes so nice with lots of stories and comparisons and the narration is great. Loved it!

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,806

My name is Peter Grant and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Should have picked another narrator

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

Reviewed: 30-05-14

I had a hard time concentrating on the story actually. All I could hear was the heavy breathing sounds and mouth noises of the narrator. I've always hated these sounds so 10 hours close to my ears wasn't really enjoyable...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters

  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kristin Hvam
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Common enemy, common cause. When Jael's brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz...something is happening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • magical entrancing writing at its best.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-09-17

Well done, Laini!

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

Reviewed: 20-05-14

Dreams of Gods and Monsters is a very fitting conclusion to the trilogy. I was afraid that the ending might disappoint me a bit, but it really didn't. I am very happy with the final chapter of this adventure.

The only reason I didn't give it a five star is because it didn't need to be that long. I wouldn't say it's dragged because she writes so beautifully, but compared to the previous books I needed some extra time finishing it. And just to comment the performance: Hvam's narration is outstanding as always.

This is absolutely a great book (especially as audiobook), and I'm sure all who liked the first two books will love the ending as much as I do!

ENJOY!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful