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  • The Secret

  • By: Rhonda Byrne
  • Narrated by: Rhonda Byrne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
It has been passed down through the ages, highly coveted, hidden, lost, stolen, and bought for vast sums of money. Fragments of this Great Secret have been found in the oral traditions, in literature, in religions and philosophies throughout the centuries. In this audiobook you will discover the Secret, and you will learn how to have, do, or be anything you want.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure what to make of this....

  • By Daren on 04-03-17

Changed my outlook on life...

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely, such a simple concept, but can be so powerful.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret?

The realisation that it might actually be possible

What about Rhonda Byrne’s performance did you like?

It was a bit whispy, but she conveyed the point with enthusiasm.

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

no, it's fine to listen to in parts.

Any additional comments?

I am now on my third listen. It's worth relistening to every time life gets on top of you.

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  • Catalyst (Star Wars)

  • A Rogue One Novel
  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193

The must-have prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scene setter

  • By Tad on 12-12-16

Essential Read for Fans of the Film

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

Where does Catalyst (Star Wars) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well worth it... sound effects, music and a great story!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Catalyst (Star Wars)?

The point that the family fled the empire.

What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

great reading.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt better prepared for the movie knowing the backstory of all the characters.

Any additional comments?

This really adds to an understanding of the movie.

  • A Little History of Religion

  • By: Richard Holloway
  • Narrated by: James Bryce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

In an era of hardening religious attitudes and explosive religious violence, this book offers a welcome antidote. Richard Holloway retells the entire history of religion - from the dawn of religious belief to the 21st century - with deepest respect and a keen commitment to accuracy. Writing for those with faith and those without, and especially for young listeners, he encourages curiosity and tolerance, accentuates nuance and mystery and calmly restores a sense of the value of faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating book

  • By Mr. Paul M. Quirk on 05-01-17

Everyone should read this book!

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

What made the experience of listening to A Little History of Religion the most enjoyable?

Just the knowledge it imparts is so valuable and enlightening

What did you like best about this story?

I knew nothing about so many of the religions covered and I feel a better person for reading it.

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

n/a

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

To know Religion is to Know the World

Any additional comments?

Just wow!

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  • Socks Are Not Enough

  • By: Mark Lowery
  • Narrated by: John Hasler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Michael Swarbrick's life couldn't get any worse. He's embroiled in a girls' changing room scandal; his idiot brother, a self-proclaimed Love God, is snogging his dream girl; and he's just come home early to discover his parents are secret nudists … and they're ready to go public! It seems like a chain of events beyond his control are set to RUIN HIS LIFE.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A kid with nudist parents! What a great concept!

  • By Ian Garstang on 20-06-17

A kid with nudist parents! What a great concept!

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

Reviewed: 20-06-17

What did you like most about Socks Are Not Enough?

Great story with a great sense of humour.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Socks Are Not Enough?

The donkey... I'm not saying any more

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

I don't know

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

And you thought YOUR parents were embarrassing!

  • Alien: River of Pain

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Christopher Golden, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Anna Friel, Philip Glenister, Colin Salmon, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,864

Ellen Ripley finally returns to Earth, only to discover that LV-426 — where the crew of the Nostromo first came into contact with the deadly xenomorphs — has been renamed Acheron. Protected by Colonial Marines, the colonists seek to terraform the storm-swept planet against all the odds. But in the face of brutal living conditions and the daily struggles of a new world, there is humanity and hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of this World!

  • By Simon on 26-04-17

A Great Story That Needed to be Told

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

Reviewed: 22-05-17

River of pain tells of the struggle for survival on LV426 after the colony is overrun by Aliens before the arrival of Ellen Ripley. The story is great and the voice acting is solid, even if a couple of the American accents are a little ropey.

It takes a while before the Aliens actually arrive on the scene but the pacing is fine and gives you time to know more about the human element.

It you enjoyed 'Out of the Shadows' this is a must. A high quality audio production worth a listen!!!

  • Attack of the Woolly Jumper

  • Roman Garstang Disaster, Book 3
  • By: Mark Lowery
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Grandma has come to stay for the royal visit by Princess Lucy to launch her new badger charity, 'Badges for Badgers'. Which would be fine, if she hadn't knitted Roman the crummiest jumper (AKA 'crumper') on earth that he's forced to wear to school. His whole class is in a fundraising frenzy, led by fame-crazy Rosie Taylor who is convinced that organising a charity fashion show is bound to win her favour with the princess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud funny!!

  • By Ian Garstang on 15-03-17

Laugh out loud funny!!

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

Reviewed: 15-03-17

This was a fantastic story read with energy and enthusiasm. The voices were excellent and the crazy situations and imaginative insults had me bursting out laughing. Mark Lowery is a gifted author and a great find.

Please convert the rest of the series into audiobooks!!!

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,044

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

Wow... fantastic story set in a fantastic world

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

An amazing book set in a wonderfully conceived world. The language is as colourful as the characters and the story is inspired...

Getting the 2nd book right now!

  • The Jam Doughnut That Ruined My Life

  • By: Mark Lowery
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

A jam-fuelled week of disaster starts with a single doughnut! Roman Garstang is obsessed with food - particularly Squidgy Splodge doughnuts - but things are not always as sugar-coated as they seem. Because of his Monday-morning jam doughnut, Roman's week takes a sticky turn. By Friday he has been banned from eating for 24 hours, accidentally shoplifted, had a lift in a getaway van, styled his teacher's guinea pig with a blue Mohawk, started a riot...and barely managed a single doughnut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud funny... Fantastic Book

  • By Ian Garstang on 05-01-17

Laugh out loud funny... Fantastic Book

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

Reviewed: 05-01-17

Great characters, crazy story and lots of laugh out loud moments. Writing is fantastic and the narration is top notch... Loved it!

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,690
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,715
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,687

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Totally Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

I thoroughly enjoyed the Martian and it was read superbly. The story was compelling and mixed just the right amount of technical chatter to make everything believable. If you are a sci fi fan or even enjoyed Life of Pi then download this and hold your breath!

  • Pandora's Star

  • By: Peter F. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 37 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230

Britain's bestselling SF writer returns to outer space.In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across. When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very solid and enjoyable space opera

  • By Stephen on 21-09-13

EPIC... What a rollercoaster ride of a space opera

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up Pandora's Star in three words, what would they be?

Epic, ambitious and long

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pandora's Star?

The twists when you find out a good guy is actually a bad guy

What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

He painted a great picture of the characters through his voice acting.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Awe

Any additional comments?

It's part of a two book set so be mindful than after the first 35hrs listening, you will then do book 2 for another 35hrs :)

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