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  • Bitter Orange

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Bavidge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

From the attic of a dilapidated English country house, she sees them - Cara first: dark and beautiful, clinging to a marble fountain of Cupid, and Peter, an Apollo. It is 1969, and they are spending the summer in the rooms below hers while Frances writes a report on the follies in the garden for the absent American owner. But she is distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she discovers a peephole which gives her access to her neighbours' private lives. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable story line with great characters.

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-07-18

Another adventure of a timid spinster

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

A lot of over thinking, and not much action. If you liked The Widow or The paying guests, you might enjoy this book much more than I did. I didn't love those books or this one.

Not that I wanted an action packed page turner but this book might as well have been set in much earlier decade. The book was set in 1969 but don't expect the summer of love. The main character seemed pretty Victorian.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Absolute Darling

  • By: Gabriel Tallent
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

At 14, Turtle Alveston knows the use of every gun on her wall; that chaos is coming and only the strong will survive it; that her daddy loves her more than anything else in this world. And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her with him. She doesn't know why she feels so different from the other girls at school; why the line between love and pain can be so hard to see; why making a friend may be the bravest and most terrifying thing she has ever done; and what her daddy will do when he finds out....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So grim

  • By Mrs. Caroline Bradshaw on 11-01-18

captivating but hard to listen to

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

Interesting and beautifully written but many parts are hard to listen to due to subject matter. I personally thought it was worth listening to but some may find it difficult to get pass the shocking violence and abuse. Somewhat akin to listening to A little life by Hanya Yanagihara, ultimately rewarding and fascinating but hard to get through at times.

  • The Good Son

  • By: You-jeong Jeong
  • Narrated by: Johnathan McClain, Elizabeth Liang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When Yu-jin wakes up covered in blood and finds the body of his mother downstairs, he decides to hide the evidence and pursue the killer himself. Then young women start disappearing in his South Korean town. Whom is he hunting? And why does the answer take him back to his brother and father, who lost their lives many years ago? The Good Son is inspired by a true story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting thriller told by an unusual narrator

  • By Jo on 24-07-18

Interesting thriller told by an unusual narrator

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

It's a great story with unexpected twists and well written narrative and pacing that keeps you interested all the way to the end. Fans of Scandi noir will definitely enjoy this book.

Wasn't so sold in the performance but the story was gripping enough to forgive the flat monotonous reader. Also was quite distracting because he had atrocious pronunciation of Korean words and names including the author's name.

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, but slower than a snail

  • By Pippa Lamb on 02-11-13

epic read told through misunderstandings

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

Reviewed: 20-05-18

hefty listen, but story well told and performed. couldn't wait till I got a chance to listen, was totally hooked. told from multi-perspectives, with their various misunderstands, felt like how truth is told in real life. little at a time, via different eyes. sequence of the story was interesting, not too sure how the lunar circle actually influenced the storytelling, world love to find out.

  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

cliche

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

lonely loser with super hero fantasy? felt like read this stories many times over in more interesting and inventive way. wanted to finish but with little reward, didn't managed all the way.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 10% Human: How Your Body's Microbes Hold the Key to Health and Happiness

  • By: Alanna Collen
  • Narrated by: Robyn Addison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

In this groundbreaking book, Alanna Collen explores the extraordinary world of the powerful microbes that make up 90 percent of the human body. You are just 10 percent human. For every one of the cells that make your body, there are nine impostor cells. You are not just flesh and blood, muscle and bone, brain and skin, but bacteria and fungi. You are not an individual but a colony of microbes. Far from being passive, the trillions of microbes that live on and in you are intimately involved in running your body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most interesting and informative book

  • By Tinkerbell on 29-06-15

Intriguing and informative

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

Fascinating listen and though provoking, made me think about my own diet and relationship with my gut. Not at all dull and dry, found it entertaining and educational.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,611

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Mrs Charlotte Gaeta on 22-02-17

Interesting twist on gender roles

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

Reviewed: 26-08-17

Written with imagination and humour, was very engaging story of looking at gender roles via tales of SciFi fantasy lens of heroes and villains. Bit like the TV show Heroes, but all the character genders were switched. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived. In The Boy on the Bridge, M. R. Carey returns to the world of his phenomenal word-of-mouth best seller, The Girl With All the Gifts, for the very first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So clever. Tension all the way...

  • By Robyn on 05-02-18

Fantastic follow up

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Loved The girl with all the gifts, and this one didn't disappoint. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

Expected more

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Didn't find it as exciting or enjoyable as others. Tad predictable. Had great reviews so was expecting more than just a straight up story. Nothing surprising, nothing that made me wonder.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Drummer Girl

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

In this enthralling and thought-provoking novel of Middle Eastern intrigue, Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into ‘the theatre of the real’ by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb. lé Carre at his best

  • By Janine on 02-06-14

Hard to stay interested in

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

Reviewed: 28-08-16

After watching The Night Manager on BBC, thought I'd give this a try. I enjoyed the series but don't think I'm a typical Le Carre reader. Can't quite recall what the story was about few weeks after. Certainly found his style hard to get into and stay interested in. Maybe fans of his books will enjoy this but wasn't for me.