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  • The Janus Stone

  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 872

Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in to investigate when builders, demolishing a large old house in Norwich to make way for a housing development, uncover the bones of a child beneath a doorway - minus the skull. Is it some ritual sacrifice or just plain straightforward murder? DCI Harry Nelson would like to find out - and fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I still can't get on with this reader....

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-11-15

Dull second in the series

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

Halfway through, I wished someone would manage to kill Ruth Galloway and put us all out of our misery of tedium

I found this strange because her first book in the Galloway series was reasonably enjoyable. I will try the next book in hope but if anything like the Janus stone, it will be the last

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,946
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all encompassing and ubiquitous, that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don't know that you have it. What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn't fulfill you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what? My qualification for writing this book is not that I am better than you, it's that I am worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this book

  • By H. Hopkins on 27-09-17

A silly, exploitative ego trip

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18


Shameful ‘celebrity’ cashing in of a man with a superiority complex. He claims he has his attention seeking behaviour under control - he is deluded or just manipulative. Very poor

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter's Child

  • By: Cassandra Parkin
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Five years ago Susannah Harper's son, Joel, went missing without trace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband, Susannah has rebuilt her life around helping others. But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makes an eerie prediction. She tells her that this Christmas Eve, Joel will finally come back to her. As her carefully constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah is forced to confront the buried truths of her family's past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful Ending to a great story

  • By lisasarcy on 12-12-17

Unbelievable nonsense. An author trying to hard to evade the premature anticipation of the ending.

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

No. Just, no

Too much emphasis on the elusive suspense, not enough on a crafted novel. It is predictable because it becomes ridiculous

  • The Outrun

  • By: Amy Liptrot
  • Narrated by: Tracy Wiles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

At the age of 30, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An important listen, but a little haphazard

  • By Suswati on 23-09-17

Why not just paint a wall and watch it dry?

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

Dreary
The narrator has the most boring voice ever, she sounds as bored reading this as I was listening to it
It begins with promise and then its downhill. It would turn you to the drink!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Stoner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Williams, John McGahern - introduction
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Waterstone's book of the year. Colum McCann once called Stoner one of the great forgotten novels of the past century, but it seems it is forgotten no longer - in 2013, translations of Stoner began appearing on best-seller lists across Europe. William Stoner enters the University of Missouri at 19 to study agriculture. A seminar on English literature changes his life, and he never returns to work on his father's farm. Stoner becomes a teacher. He marries the wrong woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably one of the finest books I have listened to - why isn't this book better known?!

  • By ADRIAN M WATTS on 21-03-17

Masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

This is a marvel. An economic prose yet the fullest, most complete characterisation I've read for many years. I couldn't stop listening to this and have since bought the book which I treasure. The narration is perfect; mellifluous yet Stoners quiet strength is present in every word. Alfred Molina is an exceptional narrator. Here is a book for life

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lesser Bohemians

  • By: Eimear McBride
  • Narrated by: Eimear McBride
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

One night an 18-year-old Irish girl, recently arrived in London to attend drama school, meets an older man - a well-regarded actor in his own right. While she is naive and thrilled by life in the big city, he is haunted by more than a few demons, and the clamorous relationship that ensues risks undoing them both. A captivating story of passion and innocence, joy and discovery, set against the vibrant atmosphere of 1990s London over the course of a single year, The Lesser Bohemians glows with the eddies and anxieties of growing up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Rachel B on 10-03-17

Beautiful, gentle, shocking. A remarkable book

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

Reviewed: 19-10-17

Beautifully written, so gentle that you don't realise you're in the midst of something shocking
Such a stunning book, so well crafted, so terrible, so clever . Wonderful writing, a remarkable book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Justine

  • The Alexandria Quartet
  • By: Lawrence Durrell
  • Narrated by: Jack Klaff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Set amid the corrupt glamour and multiplying intrigues of Alexandria, Egypt, in the 1930s and 1940s, the novels of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet (of which this is the first) follow the shifting alliances - sexual, cultural and political - of a group of quite varied characters. In Justine, an English schoolmaster and struggling writer falls in love with a beautiful and mysterious Jewish woman who is married to a wealthy Egyptian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Justine

  • By Flossie16 on 14-11-11

So beautiful

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

The most moving prose ever. A book I have now bought in hardback and will treasure forever

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 671

This was meant to be the perfect trip. The northern lights. A press launch on a luxury cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next-door cabin. But the records show that no one ever checked in to that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother

  • By Claire on 10-02-17

Just plain silly

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

Unbelievable nonsense. I'm returning this far fetched tripe immediately
Author trying so hard to make events unpredictable, has written something ridiculous

  • The Muse

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Cathy Tyson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

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

This narration is so bad, the author should sue

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

Reviewed: 30-01-17

What disappointed you about The Muse?

The opening lines are hilarious; Cathy Tyson reads in Indian, Scouse and Welsh accent before settling for a wierd West Indian Scouse. It becomes painful when she tries the Queens English. Occasionally a book is spoiled by a narration, this one was doomed the minute they employed Cathy Tyson to read. She chewed it up in a wandering Welsh/ indian/Carry On up the audible range of bizarre accents and spit it right out on the floor.
Shockingly bad. Diminished any virtue this reasonable novel had

What was most disappointing about Jessie Burton’s story?

De terreeble narratiyon boyo

What didn’t you like about Cathy Tyson’s performance?

Listen for yourself. It's so bad it's funny

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

Incredulity. Then some more incredulity

Any additional comments?

Would be rude to go on

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Examined Life

  • By: Stephen Grosz
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352

We are all storytellers - through stories, we make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Saffy on 13-02-13

Tedious bilge

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-13

The author has produced the most tedious book, a very, very poor copy of Irving Yaloms Loves Executioner in my opinion. Yaloms book is bad enough but this is far worse. It consists of ridiculous case histories of a psychoanalyst and is as utterly pointless as psychotherapy itself

You would have to be utterly bored to get through this dreary waste of time

1 of 7 people found this review helpful