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  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Atossa Leoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passionate story, passionless reading

  • By Siobhan on 31-07-07

outstanding. speechless

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

this book flooded me with beary, culture, understanding, empathy and sadness. I cried tears of sadness and of joy. best book I've read in a while.

  • No Time for Mourning

  • The Borrowed World, Book 4
  • By: Franklin Horton
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

In the Borrowed World Series, America is brought to its knees by coordinated terror attacks against the infrastructure. After spending weeks walking across a violent and horrific landscape to reach his family, Jim Powell hoped they could weather this storm on their secluded Appalachian farm. They had prepared for this. They had armed for this. They could live without power and fuel. What happens, though, when the same qualities that drew Jim to his isolated valley begin to attract another armed group looking for a place to hide from the unrest of a starving nation?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't turn it off...

  • By David Ellis on 22-02-17

excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

it all both going and then ended a bit quick. typical man! needed to be dragged out a bit. still a good read and as rollercoaster as ever although possibly the mildest one yet.

  • Home Coming

  • The Survivalist Series, Book 10
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

It’s been a long hard ride for Morgan and everyone. Just when things were starting to look up, the park was attacked, and they lost Bobbie. Danny’s physical wounds were nothing like the emotional loss of Bobbie. It was hard on Mel as well, and the rest of the group also felt the loss. With the attacks on the community becoming a greater threat, they must be dealt with. These attacks must end. But what can the group do against an army with artillery?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Felt rushed

  • By Flutterbi on 27-11-18

one of the best series I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

this book was as captivating as all the rest. none stop and couldn't out it down. Even when there was no action going on, you become so attached to the characters you just enjoy the journey. However, I have to say in the last 4 books I've been thinking, that the main character has been sounding smug and arrogant, always seeming to kniw stuff others don't and sickly how much they all admire him for knowing stuff that just all sounds a little unrealistic. like no one else knows nothing and he just happens to know everything. a little far fetched and has made me dislike the character a bit. He is like some big hero with even the sarj kissing his backside, also out of character when actually he hasn't done anything that other haven't done so how'd he get to be this big legend? He's no better than the other soldiers in fact he ain't as good and has t done any where near what they have done. I've started mumbling SMUG GIT when he says stuff now. However still give this 10 out of 10 and love this series it never gets boring.

  • Blue Hope

  • An Adventure Thriller, Book 2
  • By: John Dreese
  • Narrated by: Bob Reed
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Four astronauts left home to be the first humans on Mars. What didn't come back will haunt life on Earth forever. Follow the adventure as disaster triggers the greatest treasure hunt in history - spanning the globe and beyond. The prize is nothing short of humanity's very survival.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great read but a rushed ending

  • By sarah MacHattie on 25-02-19

Great read but a rushed ending

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

Reviewed: 25-02-19

major areas lacked but over all a great book to read and would highly recommend. What was that chapter where she was in bed with Tankervitch that left us all wondering. did she? Didn't she? If she did then why wasn't this addressed. Those sorts if details lacked and were the points that reminded the reader that it was just a book and was not real. until those moments you had me hooked! He went off to prepare for a month for the final mission and his wife did a sudden U Turn and spoke as if they hadn't split up and asked him to stay. He answered like a man not in love and not gutted that he'd thought until now that he'd lost her. He just said sorry dude but I gotta go. and, why didn't he take her with him knowing he might die on his mission wouldn't a real character want to spend every waking moment with his kids and the woman who just agreed to have him back? and hell all the other lot had their wives there!!?? Those huge cowpats dotted throughout this book stopped it being real. Another typical male author that showed his gender without me even needing to check as the male that wrote this lacks emotions like more than 50% of the male population right? only joking. Buy the book, it's a good read. Good story.

  • Red Hope

  • An Adventure Thriller (Book 1)
  • By: John Dreese
  • Narrated by: Bob Reed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Retired astronaut Adam Alston can't support his family. When NASA comes knocking for a mission leader, it's a match made in heaven - especially since their A-list team declined the haphazard mission. And so did their B-list. But Adam doesn't know that. And neither does his family. Ride along as four modern-day astronauts prepare and launch a quickly assembled adventure to discover what the Mars Curiosity Rover found right before it died. With time running out, the fate of humanity rests in the hands of four doomed travelers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Should be filed under "Young Adult Litrature".

  • By jim norman on 07-08-18

Great plot but drags like hell

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

very slow to get going and focus is onntheings that cone to nothing and are irrelevant. Very rare that I butnthey skip button and shiut8ng BORING as I fwd past bla bla. I tried very hard to stop reading and get refund but couldn't. Grrr. I there felt I had to try and stick with it bit fwd became my friend! however, once we finally got off the ground, more than half way through the dam book, it actually picked up and was great! Expected a bit more excitement once we were off the ground but it seemed to jump and skip over perf3ct opportunities for excitement then. frustrating to say the least. Action is scarce but great once it happens! will buy book 2 but only because the excitement was so late I now want to know if anything more exciting happens though it is a 50 50 gamble I know. I would not recommend.

  • Darker Days

  • As the Ash Fell, Book 2
  • By: AJ Powers
  • Narrated by: Aaron Cleveland
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Three years after moving to Northfield, Clay, his family, and his closest allies struggle to survive in the increasingly unforgiving world. With torrential downpours encompassing most of the warmer months and brutal winters dominating the rest, the group is forced to take life-threatening risks far too often just to make ends meet. After a ruthless few months, the group is offered an invitation to attend a week-long festival at the allied trading post, Liberty Township.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read and would recommend

  • By sarah MacHattie on 29-01-19

Good read and would recommend

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

I like that the characters are consistent and you do become very attached to them. The plot is a little predictable in this book but the action is great and continues throughout. The only let down for the whole series is that the book is called AS THE ASH FELL yet at no point is any ash falling. it seems it has fallen and we missed it. There is no explanation or journey through the time the ash fell which is very misleading. it like buying baked beams because the tin said baked beans and then finding you got peas. I bought this book as I expect3d it to be about an atom bomb detonation and the fall out adventure afterwards or something like that. Instead it's set in the future after the fact so the whole adventure I looked forward to reading didn't happen. in addiction to this the voice over sounds like he has a shitty nose through out which made me squirm as well as making all the characters sound like that had stuffy noses.

  • As the Ash Fell

  • By: AJ Powers
  • Narrated by: Aaron Cleveland
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

It's been seven years since the ash billowed into the atmosphere, triggering some of the harshest winters in recorded history. Populations are thinning. Food is scarce. Despair overwhelming. With no way to sustain order, societies collapsed, leaving people to fend for themselves. Clay and his sister Megan have taken a handful of orphaned children into their home -- a home soaring 16 stories into the sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, defo recommended

  • By sarah MacHattie on 10-01-19

Great read, defo recommended

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Though it was a good story I felt too much was missing and left us confused as a reader. you never hear about the ash that fell and throughout are distracted by the thought that may be you are reading book 2 instead if book 1. don't call it AS The Ash Fell when it is in fact about AFTER The Ash Fell though we never really hear anything about any ask that fell. After realising there is no prequel and it really dies just focus on an aftermath I'm too annoyed to read books 2. This book was ok but not what 8t was aftertis3d as so left my need unfulfilled. if I buy baked beans I don't want to open the tin to find peas.

  • Bugging Out

  • The Bugging Out Series, Volume 1
  • By: Noah Mann
  • Narrated by: Mark Westfield
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

It came without warning: a microscopic enemy that methodically turned the green Earth gray, decimating the food chain until only the prepared were left. But preparation alone is not enough to shelter Eric Fletcher from the chaos to befall the world as governments fail their citizens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read full of action and suspense

  • By sarah MacHattie on 06-11-18

Great read full of action and suspense

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Great read full of action and suspense with no bits to bore you which I liked. couldn't put it down.

  • Outage 5: The Change (Werewolf Horror Suspense Series)

  • By: T.W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Survival is just the beginning...Having escaped the hospital, Tom must face a new enemy: himself. New questions arise as he travels through the white wasteland. Will he survive the remainder of The Great Storm? More importantly, does he want to?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!

  • By sarah MacHattie on 02-11-18

Great series!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

loved the twist in this book. Great end though would like another book on what happens next in the city with Tom.

  • Outage Boxed Set: Books 1-3

  • By: T.W. Piperbrook
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

When an early snow ravages the small town of Plainfield, the residents are stripped of heat, power, and mobility. They'll soon wish they had protection. Somewhere outside, something else is lurking. Waiting for the chance to strike...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outage Boxes Se: Books 1-3

  • By S. A. Stewart on 26-12-18

Great little suprise

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

popped my nose in this book in the hope it was a apocalyptic snow boynd end if the world thing and was disappointed with what it turned oyt to be but by the end if book 1 and 2 my interest was peaked. books 3 and 4 I couldn't put down and am Sunni g barefoot over hot coal to get book 5. Defo recommend.