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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,008

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

A masterclass in good writing

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

This novel blew me away. The quality of wiring is really what makes it. The story is great and the characters very credible and well weaves but it’s really the astute observations and turns of phrase that make this book work so well.

  • Touched

  • Marnie Baranuik Files, Book 1
  • By: A. J. Aalto
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Marnie's first big FBI case ended with a bullet in one shoulder and a chip on the other, a queasy heart and a serial killer in the wind, leaving her a public flop and a private wreck. When the FBI's preternatural crimes unit tracks her down at a remote mountain lodge for her insight on a local case, her quiet retirement is promptly besieged by a stab-happy starlet, a rampaging ghoul, and a vampire-hunting jackass in tight Wranglers. Marnie figures the only real mystery is which one will kill her first.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Diverting but not satisfying

  • By elly gausden on 15-01-18

Brilliant piece of writing

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Aalto has produced an excellent piece of work with a good balance of characters and wonderful turns of phrase.
On a negative note, I found many scenes far too long winded and overdone. I think the novel could have been about 20% shorter.
That said, I don’t think there was a single badly written line in the whole novel.

  • Blood Relatives

  • By: Stevan Alcock
  • Narrated by: Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

An incredible debut novel: a coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper murders, ‘full of daring, authenticity and wit' (Rachel Cusk). "The milkman found her. On Prince Philip Playing Fields. He crossed the dew-soaked grass toward what he took to be a bundle of clothes, but then he came across a discarded shoe, and then t' mutilated body. Her name wor Wilma McCann." Leeds, late 1975, and a body has been found on Prince Philip Playing Fields.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best gay novel to come out in years

  • By T. Dervish on 18-09-16

Best gay novel to come out in years

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

Reviewed: 18-09-16

I laughed and cried with the author from beginning to end. Love the way the personal story was interspersed with the Yorkshire ripper saga.
My only criticism is that using words like 'gingerly' and 'sauntered' were incongruent with the tone of the protagonist. Should be edited out.

  • The Year of the Flood

  • MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club; and former SecretBurgers meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa. Have others survived?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sharp Divide

  • By Isolde on 31-01-13

Great observations

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

Reviewed: 29-05-16

Not as good as Oryx and Crake but Atwoods insights and observations are as brilliant and insightful as ever.

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Great stuff

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

Congratulations on some super storytelling. Your reader Matt brought the whole thing to life beautifully.
I would have given it a 5 but I found the ending, though reasonably plausible, a bit grim.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Ultimate Deepak Chopra Collection

  • By: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra MD
  • Length: 20 hrs and 41 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

In this rare collection of live and studio works, Dr. Chopra will take you on a journey of invaluable healing and self-discovery. Integrating the power of the mind, body and spirit, Dr. Chopra has an exceptional gift of articulating the extraordinary mysteries of healing, in a manner that is both logical and understandable. Each volume of this comprehensive library offers you the best of what Dr. Chopra has to offer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invaluable listening.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-05-16

Chopra marathon

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

Great overview of chopras books especially the best selling ones like Ageless Body and Synchodestiny.
There's a bit of repetition in it so it needs a bit more editing but good overall.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Ice Twins

  • By: S. K. Tremayne
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins, Sandra Duncan, Angus King
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

One of Sarah's daughters died. But can she be sure which one? A terrifying psychological thriller that will chill you to the bone. A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, died in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives. But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity - that she, in fact, is Lydia - their world comes crashing down once again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nauseating mother

  • By Rosie's reviews on 03-04-15

Great story telling

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

Reviewed: 17-10-15

Nicely woven story full of clever twists and turns. There were no superfluous strings or characters to fill the pages. Every element contributed to create a wonderful chill.
Perhaps one small thing was that a couple of aspects of the story were a bit of a cliche. A lonely brutal Hebridean island for one.
The narration of the child's voice was excellent too.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

London 1862: Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By joanna on 02-10-14

Masterful

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Masterful storytelling by Waters. Brilliantly weaved plot with flawless pace and wonderful twists and turns throughout.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in the terrible plight of women in Victorian England.
Wonderfully narrated too.

  • The Fall of Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
  • Length: 21 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731

In the stunning continuation of the epic adventure begun in Hyperion, Simmons returns us to a far future resplendent with drama and invention. Onthe world of Hyperion, the mysterious Time Tombs are opening. And the secrets they contain mean that nothing - nothing anywhere in the universe - will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Thomas on 11-08-11

Inspired

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-15

Simmons is such a great talent.
Imaginative
Articulate
Well informed y

Poetic
Just marvellous
Thanks Dan
Science fiction writing at its best

  • Hyperion

  • By: Dan Simmons
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
  • Length: 20 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired Sci-fi

  • By Peter on 02-12-09

Superbly written

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

Apart from the slightly wooden voice of the woman orator, a really well read book. Excellent characterisation and plotting overall.