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  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasingly long

  • By Felix on 24-08-05

Tedious

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Other reviewers have said it all - way too long, irritating footnotes, repetitive language ("the man with the thistledown hair" - aaarrrgghh), characters you can't care about, rambling plot ...

  • Homegoing

  • By: Yaa Gyasi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi, narrated by Dominic Hoffman.

Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery, one a slave trader's wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best book I have ever read

  • By FEAA on 08-01-17

Confusing in audio-book format

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Great story but hard to understand as an audio-book. Each chapter tells story of a different group of characters so it it hard work to keep track of where the action takes place, when and especially who is who. Probably better in paper book format with access to a family tree, some maps and the spelling of the African names.

  • 13 Minutes

  • By: Sarah Pinborough
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

I was dead for 13 minutes. I don't remember how I ended up in the icy water, but I do know this - it wasn't an accident, and I wasn't suicidal. They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you're a teenage girl, it's hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I'm sure of it. But that doesn't mean they didn't try to kill me. Does it? 13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough is a gripping psychological thriller about people, fears, manipulation and the power of the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't put it down

  • By Stephen Eedle on 21-03-16

Be warned this is teen fiction

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Probably ok for teenage audience - not clear from the description that this is YA fiction. Full of cliched 2D characters, text talk, moans about parents, bitching etc. Very dull.

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