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  • The Essex Serpent

  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 883

London 1893: When Cora Seaborne and her son Francis reach Essex, rumours spread from further up the estuary that the mythical Essex Serpent, once said to roam the marshes claiming lives, has returned to the coastal parish of Aldwinter. Cora, a keen amateur naturalist is enthralled, convinced that it may be a previously undiscovered species. As she sets out on its trail she meets William Ransome, Aldwinter's vicar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Authentic Voice

  • By Christina on 20-09-16

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

I didn't like this book much at all. Very plodding, too many unnecessary characters and generally dull.

  • The Invisible Ones

  • By: Stef Penney
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 465

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell veers between paralysis and delirium in a hospital bed. But before the accident that landed him there, he had promised to find Rose Janko. Rose was married to the charismatic son of a travelling gypsy family, Ivo Janko. When Ray starts to investigate her disappearance he's surprised that her family are so hostile towards him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent story, narrated well

  • By Helen on 25-10-12

Gripping and fascinating

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

Reviewed: 17-03-14

Where does The Invisible Ones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Invisible Ones?

The last part with all its twists and turns - brilliant!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the descriptions of gypsy life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was poignant and beautifully written

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • Accidents Happen

  • By: Louise Millar
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

How many times, when things go wrong, have you said to yourself 'Why me?' Some people seem to have more than their fair share of bad luck, and Kate Parker is one of them. So when Kate and her ten-year-old son Jack move to Oxford to start a new life, Kate is determined that events of the past will not come back to haunt them. Despite the suffocating support she receives from her overbearing in-laws, she starts to feel threatened. Somehow her comfortable family home doesn't feel quite safe - it's almost as though someone is watching them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A compulsive listen

  • By Saffy on 08-07-13

Chilling but brilliant

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

Reviewed: 17-03-14

Where does Accidents Happen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the very best audiobooks I've listened to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Loved all the characters but especially Jack, bless him.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The final hour is full of incredible twists and turns that made me gasp... I couldn't wait to finish it (but equally was sad to come to the end of this fantastic book)

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The last chapter - just lovely.

Any additional comments?

Really great. I'm keen to read her other book The Playdate.

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  • Red Dust Road

  • By: Jackie Kay
  • Narrated by: Jackie Kay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

From the moment when, as a little girl, she realises that her skin is a different colour from that of her beloved mum and dad, to the tracing and finding of her birth parents, her Highland mother and Nigerian father, the courageous revelatory journey that Jackie Kay undertakes in Red Dust Road is full of unexpected twists, turns and deep emotions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely superb

  • By bookwormbadger on 26-01-14

Absolutely superb

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

Reviewed: 26-01-14

If you could sum up Red Dust Road in three words, what would they be?

Moving, funny, thought-provoking

What other book might you compare Red Dust Road to, and why?

n/a

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

n/a

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

That isn't really an option for me as I have young children. However I did want to listen whenever I had a spare few minutes!

Any additional comments?

I thought this book was just brilliant - hilarious in parts, also very moving and incredibly well written. Jackie was superb narrating her own story with her lovely lilting Scottish accent and really made it such an entertaining, enjoyable listen. I am now going to search out her poetry as I think she is fabulous. One of the best books I have downloaded - thank you Audible for a truly wonderful listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,657
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,657

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable David

  • By Mark on 20-11-10

A fascinating, wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster to be better than the print version?

Yes because it is David himself who is narrating - fantastic!

Who was your favorite character and why?

n/a

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Loved all the vivid descriptions of the actual journeys, long walks to find wildlife etc

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When he described the passing of his wife; very sad.

Any additional comments?

Just such a lovely book about one of the most amazing human beings alive.

  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Daniela Nardini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Even Kitty, Esme's beloved sister, is beginning to lose patience. Something will have to be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best readings I have heard

  • By Anna on 15-07-13

Brilliant and unforgettable

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox to be better than the print version?

Beautifully read and performed - really added to the story in a way that the print version would not have.

What did you like best about this story?

The plot was very clever and intricate, with lots of unexpected twists and turns!

What about Daniella Nardini’s performance did you like?

Her voice could be both calm and gentle for one character, as well as angry, accusatory, distraught... She was amazing.

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

I found it hard to stop listening - didn't want to tear myself away but the presence of young children tend to prevent me from listening in one sitting!

Any additional comments?

One of the best audiobooks we have bought in a long time. Will definitely be buying more from Maggie O'Farrell.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • When Will There Be Good News?

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

In Devon, six-year-old Joanna witnesses a crime. Thirty years later, the man convicted of the crime gets out of prison. In Edinburgh,16-year-old Reggie works as for a doctor. But Dr Hunter goes missing & Reggie seems to be the only person who is worried.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When will there be good news

  • By MRS W HOLMES on 29-03-09

Gripping and utterly brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-07-13

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

I would definitely recommend this book; the plot is tightly written with lots of unexpected twists and turns.

What did you like best about this story?

The way all the characters are in some way connected, and also the unexpected twists - very clever.

What does Steven Crossley bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brilliant voices; you always knew who was talking because his accents are fantastic.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many moments in the book resonated with my own life and/or emotions - I could relate to the character of Joanna on many levels.

Any additional comments?

I was new to Kate Atkinson but am definitely going to download more of her books

  • In the Pleasure Groove

  • Love, Death, and Duran Duran
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn't an obvious candidate for pop stardom and frenzied girl panic. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. John formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes in the spring of 1978, and they were soon joined by Roger Taylor, then Andy Taylor and finally Simon Le Bon. Together they were an immediate, massive global success story, their pictures on millions of walls, every single a worldwide hit. In his frank, compelling autobiography, John recounts the highs and the lows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-10-12

Touching and surprisingly funny

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I'm not usually a fan of autobiographies, but having beein a big Duran Duran fan in my teens (and particularly a John Taylor fan), I decided to give this a go and am really glad I did. It is sensitively written and touchingly honest. Lovely to have had John himself do the narration too! If you enjoyed Duran's music, definitely give this a go.

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,723

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, be inspired & provoked to think...

  • By Rachel on 24-01-12

Wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

What an incredible and very memorable book. The story is both simple, fabulous and yet absolutely devastating. The characterisation is brilliant - Lou and Will are both superb - and the narration is excellent throughout. It is also a very thought-provoking book; if you were Will, would you feel the same way? After listening to this book I could not begin another book for a long time. I know it will stay with me for ages. This is an absolute essential - you will not regret downloading this one, I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • A Walk Across the Sun

  • By: Corban Addison
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Ahalya is just seventeen when a tsunami rips through her Indian village. Along with her younger sister Sita, she attempts to seek refuge in a convent many miles away; but the journey brings unexpected dangers. On the other side of the world, American attorney Thomas Clarke accepts a position with the Mumbai branch of the Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation. But can he save Ahalya and Sita?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By bookwormbadger on 11-01-13

A great listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-13

I really enjoyed this book - gripping and very moving. Uncomfortable at times but how can a book about the sex trade be anything else... The only thing that let it down for me was the somewhat monotonous narration, but it's only a minor niggle. This book is well worth listening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful