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  • The Muse

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Cathy Tyson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. Although Quick takes Odelle into her confidence and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left me emotionally confused... But I loved it!

  • By Sarah-rose on 26-08-16

I should have listened to the audio sample

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

I struggled with this for a couple of chapters and then just gave up - I couldn't stand listening to the reader any longer - and the story just never ever really happened. Please listen to the audio sample before you buy this - you might be ok with the reader but I wasn't.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,844
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,833

Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty's daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we're talking about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As usual, a great read.

  • By Justine on 12-12-16

As usual, a great read.

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I love Kobna reading these books - he really makes the story live. This book progresses Peter's story well. The only criticism is nothing to do with the book, but with the way that whoever arranges the audio book has not thought about the placement of the interview with Ben and Kobna. It should come after the acknowledgements read by Kobna - instead the loud harsh voice of the interviewer comes straight in after the very quiet ending of the story - it is very jarring, and such a contrast to Kobna's quiet voice, so be prepared!! It gave me such a fright as it was so unexpected. Chapter 17 is the interview.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Margot at War

  • Love and Betrayal in Downing Street, 1912-1916
  • By: Anne de Courcy
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Margot Asquith was perhaps the most daring and unconventional Prime Minister's wife in British history. Known for her wit, style and habit of speaking her mind, she transformed 10 Downing Street into a glittering social and intellectual salon. Yet her last five years at Number 10 were a period of intense emotional and political turmoil in her private and public life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Splendid and compelling.

  • By iris on 28-03-15

Don't buy this if you want to burn it onto cd

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

It might be a great story but as it only lets you burn one cd and then no more it doesn't work for me. I bought it for my 91 yr old visually impaired mother who can work a cd player - it is the only audio book that has done this. Now I have to return it! But thankfully I can with audible.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Big Magic

  • Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,650

Listeners of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration from Elizabeth Gilbert's books for years. Now this beloved author shares her wisdom and unique understanding of creativity, shattering the perceptions of mystery and suffering that surround the process - and showing us all just how easy it can be. By sharing stories from her own life as well as from her friends and the people who have inspired her, Elizabeth Gilbert challenges us to embrace our curiosity....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring listen

  • By Red Nell on 28-09-15

I just loved this

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

Reviewed: 19-02-16

Elizabeth Gilbert is a great narrator - she could make an instruction manual interesting and her voice is so easy to listen to. And I loved the content of this book. I totally recommend it.

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,990

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enchanting read

  • By anne on 15-08-15

This was a fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 11-10-15

As soon as I finished it I went looking for another book by Natasha Pulley but unfortunately there are no more (hopefully in the future as this was her first book).
This is an amazing book and I really enjoyed it. The story line kept my interest right through, and the ending was excellent.
A suggestion to audible listeners - make sure you listen to the date at the beginning of the chapters - I missed a couple and got really confused and had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to listen for the date!
I enjoyed Thomas Judd's reading as well.
I thoroughly recommend this book if the summary appeals to you.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Eckhart Tolle Audio Collection

  • By: Eckhart Tolle
  • Narrated by: Eckhart Tolle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

This gifted teacher's most useful audio sessions are available in one convenient resource with The Eckhart Tolle Audio Collection. This edition includes three audio best sellers with Eckhart Tolle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Echart Tolle

  • By David on 08-03-10

This isn't for me

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

Reviewed: 22-11-14

I have tried on and off for 8 months to get into this recording and haven't managed to do so - I do find Eckhart Tolle's voice quite difficult to listen to. I enjoyed his book, the power of now, but found these recordings didn't appeal to me at all.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lucid Dreaming, Conscious Sleeping

  • Guided Meditations for Mindfulness of Dream & Sleep
  • By: Charlie Morley
  • Narrated by: Charlie Morley
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

In this collection of guided meditations, hypnotic inductions wake up tracks and teaching excerpts Mindfulness of Dream and Sleep teacher Charlie Morley presents his first ever audio product to help us sleep more mindfully and dream more lucidly. Based on over 13 years of personal experience and the best of both Western and Tibetan Buddhist sources these tracks allow the listener to unlock their own innate capacity for lucid dreaming and mindful sleeping through transformative guided meditations and explorations of their dozing mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Less music, more talking

  • By Viv on 09-03-15

I couldn't get this to work for me

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

Reviewed: 22-11-14

The order of the tracks makes it difficult to play it at night when it should be played. And there isn't a story so that is why I didn't rate it more than one.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Shadow on the Glass

  • The View From the Mirror Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Ian Irvine
  • Narrated by: Grant Cartwright
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 76

Once there were three worlds, each with their own human species. Then, fleeing out of the void came a fourth species, the Charon. Desperate, on the edge of extinction, they changed the balance between the worlds forever. Karan, a sensitive with a troubled heritage, is forced to steal an ancient relic in repayment of a debt. It turns out to be the Mirror of Aachan, a twisted, deceitful thing that remembers everything it has ever seen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book and excellent narration

  • By John on 09-06-11

It never met my expectations

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

Reviewed: 21-11-14

What disappointed you about A Shadow on the Glass?

Too much description, not enough magic, and bad writing.

What was most disappointing about Ian Irvine’s story?

That it never met my expectations of a great story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He didn't really - he only had the words he was given, however, I found his accent slightly annoying after a while.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I totally agree with the other negative reviews - sometimes I wonder if the very positive reviews are genuine - or whether the reviewers expectations are very low. This book may have been better in the printed version as I would have skipped large sections - especially the bit in the swamp. The author does not have the great writing skills of other fantasy authors and I would not read another of his books. I gave up after 9 chapters as the story was not moving forward but flat lining. And surely fantasy books need more magic than this one had. That is the reason for reading them.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Art Whisperer

  • By: Charlotte Elkins, Aaron Elkins
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

When art conservator Alix London spots a forgery, she knows trouble will follow. So she’s understandably apprehensive when her connoisseur’s eye spots something off about a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock painting at Palm Springs’s Brethwaite Museum - her current employer. Alix is already under fire, the object of a vicious online smear campaign. Now the Brethwaite’s despicable senior curator, obsessed with the "maximization of monetized eyeballs," angrily refuses to decommission the celebrated Pollock piece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alix London Trilogy

  • By MARLENE on 01-08-16

Too much repetition and detail

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

Reviewed: 25-09-14

What did you like most about The Art Whisperer?

It was a good plot line

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

Remove a lot of the double up of information and remove a lot of the 'lecturing' information.

Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favourite?

Alix was good. Kate Rudd read the book really well. A less competent and professional reader would have meant I wouldn't have continued with the story when I was getting so frustrated with repeated info.

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

Definitely not - it was a long book.

Any additional comments?

I didn't realise when I was listening to it that there were two authors writing it which probably explains the number of times that the same information was given to the reader - it was really annoying, and because it was audio, I couldn't skip the text. Also, there was far too much information given that detracted from the really quite good plot. If I wanted to find out lots about art restoration I would have read a book about it. This book is a semi-thriller and it felt really confused many times during the listen - was I listening to fiction or to a non-fiction book. The authors need to consult and to then have one outsider read it all and to mark where the info is repeated.

  • E-Squared

  • Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality
  • By: Pam Grout
  • Narrated by: Pam Grout
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

This audiobook could best be described as a lab manual with simple experiments that prove reality is malleable, consciousness trumps matter, and you shape your life with your mind. Yes, you read that right. It says prove. The nine experiments, each of which can be conducted with absolutely no money and very little time expenditure, demonstrate that spiritual principles are as dependable as gravity, as consistent as Newton's laws of motion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving from reading to doing!

  • By Michelle on 02-04-15

The most awful reader I have ever heard.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

Would you try another book written by Pam Grout or narrated by Pam Grout?

Definitely not

Has E-Squared put you off other books in this genre?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Pam Grout’s performances?

Definitely not - she reads as though she has a time limit - not at all relaxing. I listened to about 10 minutes of her book and couldn't stand it any longer. She sounded as though she was in a race to see how fast she could read a set number of words.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and annoyance at the quality of the reader and disappointment as I was looking forward to listening to the book.

Any additional comments?

Maybe it was cheaper for the author to read it but she should have had some lessons before she did it, and listened to the experts. I am totally not interested in the book at all now - she has ruined for me what could have been a good book - I will never know as I am not going to listen to it.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful