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  • MaddAddam

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

A man-made plague has swept the Earth, but a small group survives, along with the green-eyed Crakers - a gentle species bio-engineered to replace humans. Toby, one-time member of the Gods Gardeners and expert in mushrooms and bees, is still in love with street-smart Zeb, who has an interesting past. The Crakers’ reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is hallucinating; Amanda is in shock from a Painballer attack; and Ivory Bill yearns for the provocative Swift Fox, who is flirting with Zeb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book of the trilogy!

  • By BB on 02-10-15

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

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

In this's genre, it is up there as one of my favourites

What was one of the most memorable moments of MaddAddam?

When the Crakers ask about "Oh f***". I laughed out loud and now consider "f***" in a whole new light!

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

It is as good as previously

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

When Blackbeard tells the story of the battle to the Crakers, wearing the red hat and putting the fish in his mouth

Any additional comments?

I hope they never make this into a film as it would come across in a superficial way, as without the carefully crafted language, it would be difficult to portray the complexity of these traumatised and complex characters.

  • 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 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

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

An unexpected pleasure

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

What did you like most about The Year of the Flood?

I loved the narration and the "hymns" from the God'sGardeners. The first book Oryx and Crake left me hanging a little at the end but was so enjoyable, I couldn't wait to listen to this one.

What did you like best about this story?

I was totally immersed in the dystopian world created by Ms. Atwood. Bit by bit the characters came to life, none of them good or bad, each of them flawed by their experiences. I am a bit of an eco warrior in my mind, so I was quickly drawn in to the sect created by Adam 1.

What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

I was more entranced by the singing voice and spent ages on line trying to discover who it was. Ended up buying the songs!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both. Couldn't switch off and then couldn't wait for the third book in the trilogy.

  • Not the End of the World

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Not the End of the World is Kate Atkinson's first collection of short stories. Playful and profound, they explore the world we think we know whilst offering a vision of another world which lurks just beneath the surface of our consciousness, a world where the myths we have banished from our lives are startlingly present and where imagination has the power to transform reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and thought-provoking with great narration

  • By T on 02-04-15

Delicious language, Exceptional story telling.

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

What did you like most about Not the End of the World?

It's unpredictability, the clever structure and subtle links between the incredibly believable story characters, the links to the classics...but most of all the fabulous language,especially in the first and last chapters.I was salivating after the list of items in the food hall.

What other book might you compare Not the End of the World to, and why?

Not sure

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

She rolls the words around in her mouth, delivering them with such precision. Loved it.

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

Playthings of the gods?

Any additional comments?

Just love everything I have read by Kate...Can't get enough of her work.

  • The Immortals

  • By: S. E. Lister
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

Rosa Hyde is the daughter of a time traveller, stuck in the year 1945, forced to live through it again and again. The same bulletins, the same bombs, the same raucous victory celebrations. At last she breaks out and falls through time, slipping from one century to another - and she is not alone. Wandering with her is Tommy Rust, time gypsy and daredevil, certain in the depths of his being that he will live forever. Their journeys take them from the ancient shores of forming continents to the bright lights of future cities.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Still thinking about it

  • By Mrs. AB on 19-03-17

Still thinking about it

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

If you could sum up The Immortals in three words, what would they be?

Like Cloud Atlas

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Immortals?

Near the end, in the future when she encounters Harding again, but they don't remember each other

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When she was the Fabulist in the garden with the lady of the house and her daughters

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

Born to travel the tides of time, but at what cost?

Any additional comments?

I need to re-read this to consider the ideas more. I was left with so many thoughts and questions.

  • Cogheart

  • By: Peter Bunzl
  • Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

When 13-year-old Lily's inventor father vanishes on a routine Zeppelin flight, Lily's determined to find out the truth behind his disappearance. But she's not the only one searching for her father; there are silver-eyed men in the shadows who will stop at nothing to find him. With Robert, the local clockmaker's son, Lily travels to London, where they soon discover that she holds the key to the mystery...a mystery closer to Lily's heart than she could have ever imagined.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Off-putting narration.

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-10-16

More for 12 year olds

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

It was too predictable and maybe it's my mistake, but I felt it was better suited to children.

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

Hated having children as the main characters. I felt no connection to them. I did however, enjoy some of the basic ideas such as the mechanimals.

Would you be willing to try another one of Rachael Beresford’s performances?

Yes. I felt this would have worked better with a male voice especially as there are so many male characters.. I also think I would have enjoyed the book more had I read it for myself.

What character would you cut from Cogheart?

Both Robert and the girl. Keep the fox and the hybrids.

Any additional comments?

Just because it wasn't for me, I think there is an audience for this book. I would certainly read as light entertainmentit to the class I teach.

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  • A God in Ruins

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872

Kate Atkinson’s dazzling Life After Life, one of the top-selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula’s beloved younger brother, Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband, and father – as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even Better than Life After Life

  • By Tricia on 25-07-15

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Where does A God in Ruins rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

By far the best of my audiobooks to date.I was immersed in the characters and settings from the start due to the excellent narration.

What other book might you compare A God in Ruins to, and why?

It reminded me of Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks.

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

His mastery of accents added much to the story

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

Definitely

Any additional comments?

It was so good, I had to stop the car a few times to cry or to savour just a bit more of the wonderful language

  • The Passage

  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old, and her mother thinks she's the most important person in the whole world. She is.... Anthony Carter doesn't think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row.... He's wrong. FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming.... It is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • long and absorbing

  • By Tom on 20-07-10

A marathon but worth the time spent listening.

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

Reviewed: 29-08-16

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

I had a love/ hate response to this book. The language is rich and descriptive and the plot is well executed..sometimes easy to predict but with a few surprises. The detail is incredible and paints vivid settings, action and emotion. However I found some of the detail unnecessary,with lots of time invested in listening to characters' back stories. This became rather frustrating and at times I became a bit bored with the plot line.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have preferred part one to have been shorter, particularly with regard to all the history relating to each character. Overall, it needs to be shorter.

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

If I had read the book, I would have speed read the constant repetition of "who am I?" as well as the list of names Amy speaks near the end. The narrator gave a sense of the magnitude of the scale of the number of virals when these were read aloud.

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

Carter was my favourite character and it was his story that moved me the most (as well as the loss of the dog Conroy!)

Any additional comments?

Not sure yet whether I want to read the rest of the trilogy..need a rest first.

  • Flying with Confidence

  • A Guided Relaxation
  • By: Patricia Furness-Smith
  • Narrated by: Patricia Furness-Smith
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Does the thought of flying fill you with dread? ­Do panic attacks leave you feeling scared and vulnerable? If so, this essential audio guide could change your life. Written and read by top psychologist Patricia Furness-Smith, a flying expert from British Airways’ "Flying with Confidence" course, this reassuring guide will enable you to develop and reinforce techniques for feeling confident and in control from take-off to landing. Includes proven techniques for controlling anxiety, claustrophobia, and panic, which will help you feel safe when you next take to the skies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful calming voice...

  • By J E B on 18-07-15

Not for flying phobics!

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

Reviewed: 29-08-16

Would you try another book written by Patricia Furness-Smith or narrated by Patricia Furness-Smith?

Bought this to hopefully help me relax as I hate flying. Lots of guidance through breathing exercises that was info easily available elsewhere. What really put me off was mention of the description given of the signal to cabin crew that there is a problem . Rather than putting me at ease, I spent the whole flight panicking every time the steward call button sounded...just in case it repeated 3 times. Definitely wouldn't recommend for any big babies like me.

What could Patricia Furness-Smith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I wanted to be reassured through listening to such a lovely voice, that everything was going to be okay.