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  • Turtles All the Way Down

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

The wait is over! John Green, the number one best-selling author of The Fault in Our Stars, is back. It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My best read of 2017!

  • By Laura on 07-11-17

John Green showing us what he does best

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

A very captivating read, which is what I've come to expect from a John Green story.

I love his approach to the YA genre. It's totally unpatronising to young people and always deals with real, adult, stories with wonderfully rich characters.

This book in particular has a mystery which runs alongside it in a kind of crime/YA crossover which works brilliantly.

That said, as soon as I finished the book I forgot about it. Can't place why but it's just not quite as captivating as other GREAT Green novels like TFIOS and Looking for Alaska.... still worth an audible credit though for sure!

  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Phoebe James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge it'll wreck her career. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Give the book a better chance

  • By kai on 01-05-11

A nice escape...

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

Not a unique story, but perfect for it's genre. A definite escape which is always a good sign of a well written story.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 960

In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A comic book in wolf's clothing

  • By Moominmamma on 17-08-13

Unique, full of potential.. yet disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-04-18

Sadly I did not enjoy this book. In fact, listening to it infuriated me. Trying to keep up with the sheer number of characters is exhausting and leaves you ending up not caring about any of them.

The author spends so much time describing the environment that I found myself reaching the end of each chapter thinking "did anything actually HAPPEN there?".

That said, the world that is created by the circus is very intriguing. I like the potential and that is what pulled me in to reading this book in the first place.

But ultimately, I just got exhausted of trying to enjoy it...

  • Divergent

  • (Divergent, Book 1)
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348

For 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…. A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy reading

  • By Diane on 08-07-14

Lover of dystopia

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

Reviewed: 27-08-16

So yes, it's a little like The Hunger Games, Uglies, Matched etc... but only in the same way that Pride and Prejudice is a little like Sense and Sensibility. Dystopian novels have become some of the most popular novels recently, and with the success of the big ones like The Hunger Games being transformed into high budget cinema I think it puts people off seeing dystopian novels as good literature. But in truth they make for such a great story because it's true escapism. The world is nothing like ours and there's always a complex political issue overriding all the smaller concepts of friendship, acceptance and usually a perfectly cheesy love story.

This book has all that. And I love it. Pure escapism. So what if the story isn't 'new'. Can't wait to read the next one...

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,966
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,871
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,818

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 18-07-16

I love a futuristic, dystopian novel. I love the 80's. I love Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Three very different things yet this book encapsulates them all in a captivating read that had me hooked from the start. Cannot wait to see the film adaptation now... so excited that it's Speilberg!