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Christine Caluori

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  • I Am Behind You

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist, Marlaine Delargy - translation
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

Molly wakes her mother to go to the toilet. The campsite is strangely blank. The toilet block has gone. Everything else has gone, too. This is a place with no sun. No god. Just four families remain. Each has done something to bring them here - each denies they deserve it. Until they see what's coming over the horizon, moving irrevocably towards them. Their worst mistake. Their darkest fear. And, for just one of them, their homecoming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Weird but rather good

  • By Anonymous User on 23-02-18

Exceptionally disappointing

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

I have no idea what this book was about even when I fast forwarded to the end was I any the wiser, in fact it was so dire I returned. I loved the other two books by this author and I'm glad I never read this one first as I wouldn't have tried the other two

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Teacher

  • A Shocking and Compelling New Crime Thriller That's Not for the Faint-Hearted
  • By: Katerina Diamond
  • Narrated by: Stevie Lacey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 464

You think you know who to trust? You think you know the difference between good and evil? You're wrong.... The body of the head teacher of an exclusive Devon school is found hanging from the rafters in the assembly hall. Hours earlier he'd received a package, and only he could understand the silent message it conveyed. It meant the end. As Exeter suffers a rising count of gruesome deaths, troubled DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles must solve the case and make their city safe again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't wait....,

  • By pixie on 08-10-16

Disappointed .....

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

Reviewed: 27-11-17

.... but only because for me it was way to fanciful and I prefer my fiction to be at least believable. I doubt I would try another book by this author unless it was free. The reader was ok but not exceptional enough to convey any drama but maybe he became as bored with the book as I did

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,621

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Doesn't live up to the hype

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

The biggest problem with leaving every twist and turn to the end is making the book interesting on the way, this just didn't happen. The book was so dull I skipped a chapter or two an didn't miss anything.

This book wasn't full of suspense, it didn't keep me on the edge of my seat and the only reason it was a 'page turner' was that I wanted to get to the end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Tribe

  • By: Brad Manuel
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 737

Fourteen-year-old Greg Dixon is living a nightmare. Attending boarding school outside of Boston, he is separated from his family when a pandemic strikes. His classmates and teachers are dead, rotting in a dormitory-turned-morgue steps from his room. The nights are getting colder, and his food has run out. The last message from his father is to get away from the city and to meet at his grandparents' town in remote New Hampshire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I need more

  • By max on 04-07-16

Nothing happens

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

Would you try another book written by Brad Manuel or narrated by Scott Brick?

I wouldn't buy antother book by this author but the narrator was ok ish

Has The Last Tribe put you off other books in this genre?

Nope, it's just put me off the author

What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

Nothing was particularly outstanding but then I don't think he had much to play with really

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Well it ended........ eventually

Any additional comments?

If this book was made into a film it would be made by Walt Disney with an age rating of 12. The world has ended, all the survivors are nice people, The survivivors who aren't nice either have a personality change and become nice overnight or some how get left behind accidently or chose to go their own way. The group is lucky they meet people with the right skill sets to ensure the groups survival, not a bar tender, checkout girl or ticket warden amongst them. Nothing bad happens in this book not even a decent argument between the characters lends any sence of suspense or urgency to the plot. It was like listening to a particularly dull soap where you can miss a good few episodes and still follow the plot.After giving up hope of anything happening I skipped a couple of chapters towards the end and was asleep when it finally ended, I awoke with a sense of relief.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Suite Francaise

  • By: Irene Nemirovsky
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
In 1941, Irène Némirovsky sat down to write a book that would convey the magnitude of what she was living through, not in terms of battles and politicians, but by evoking the domestic lives and personal trials of the ordinary citizens of France. She did not live to see her ambition fulfilled, or to know that 65 years later, Suite Française would be published for the first time, and hailed as a masterpiece.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book spoilt by flat narration

  • By Christine Caluori on 06-01-15

An excellent book spoilt by flat narration

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

Reviewed: 06-01-15

I had already read this book and enjoyed it enough to want to listen to the audio version but the narration spoilt it for me. But then I'm not a lover of the middle class, flat tones of 'BBC' English which often turns what was a very good read into a very bland listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trainspotting

  • By: Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f****n junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total f***n embarrassment tae the selfish, f****d-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing!

  • By andrew on 01-08-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 20-07-14

What made the experience of listening to Trainspotting the most enjoyable?

The narration was spot on

What was one of the most memorable moments of Trainspotting?

If I have a 'memorable moment' in a book it's generally because the rest of the book is boring me and I'm struggling to find a reason to carry on listening.

What about Tam Dean Burn’s performance did you like?

Everything

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

If you need a tag line Google the original film I'm pretty sure it's got a tag line already.

Any additional comments?

When you've finished reading 'Trainspottng' try 'Skagboys'

  • Summer House with Swimming Pool

  • By: Herman Koch
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29

When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he's not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tiresome Reading of Low Rent "Lolita"

  • By MRS DS Clark on 24-08-14

Kept me interested, a good read

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

Reviewed: 20-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Summerhouse with Swimming Pool to be better than the print version?

I rarely read books now that I have audible so I couldn't say but I do prefer listening to reading.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Summerhouse with Swimming Pool?

Nothing stands out as being particularly memorable for me

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think the narrator got it just right for me.

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

The narration makes the book. The book would make a very mediocre film.

Any additional comments?

The authors previous book 'The Dinner' would make an excellent film

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Delirium

  • Delirium Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Oliver
  • Narrated by: Sarah Drew
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

They say that the cure for love will make me happy and safe forever. And I've always believed them. Until now. Now everything has changed. Now, I'd rather be infected with love for the tiniest sliver of a second than live a hundred years suffocated by a lie. There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it. Then, at last, they found the cure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FANTASTIC **********

  • By Alice on 03-02-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 20-07-14

What disappointed you about Delirium?

It was predictable. I listened to the end to see if I was right and I was.

What could Lauren Oliver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it

What didn’t you like about Sarah Drew’s performance?

There's not a lot you can do with mediocre material. I would listen to other books by this narrator

What character would you cut from Delirium?

There aren't enough characters in this book to make the removal of one an improvement.

Any additional comments?

Pick another book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Entry Island

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794

When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city. Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff!

  • By Mikey on 26-02-14

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-12-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Nothing it is was what it was, predictable and therefore boring

What could Peter May have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Either keep the original characters, location etc and show their progression through another plot or write something completely different, don't just move everything round the globe.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Forbes?

Not very likely

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Entry Island?

The lot

Any additional comments?

No

3 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Buddha of Suburbia

  • By: Hanif Kureishi
  • Narrated by: Christopher Simpson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

The hero of Hanif Kureishi's debut novel is a dreamy teenager, desperate to escape suburban South London and experience the forbidden fruits which the 1970s seem to offer. When the unlikely opportunity of a life in the theatre announces itself, Karim starts to win the sort of attention he has been craving, albeit with some rude and raucous results.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buddha of surburbia

  • By Christine Caluori on 12-10-05

Buddha of surburbia

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-05

I first saw this as a series on TV and heard part of it on the radio, an excellent book let down badly by the audio version - the narrator of this book does little to conjure up a sense of the main characters; Knowing the area well, the accent feels completely wrong.

I would however try this book again should it become available with a different narrator - a lesson in always listening to a samplw first!

14 of 14 people found this review helpful