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  • Allegiant (Divergent, Book 3)

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 749

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything?What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered - fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Helen Greatrex on 07-07-14

What a performance.

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

Reviewed: 24-01-16

The trilogy is a good solid story and very enjoyable. The performances however were epic! Great casting, great delivery!

  • A Jane Austen Daydream

  • By: Scott D. Southard
  • Narrated by: Louisa Gummer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jane Austen spends her days writing and matchmaking in the small countryside village of Steventon, until a ball at Godmersham Park propels her into a new world where she yearns for a romance of her own. But whether her heart will settle on a young lawyer, a clever Reverend, a wealthy childhood friend, or a mysterious stranger is anyone's guess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gave me a huge smile

  • By Alice on 10-04-15

Gave me a huge smile

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Would you listen to A Jane Austen Daydream again? Why?

I'm not one to listen twice to an audiobook, but I thoroughly enjoyed this first time around. It left me feeling happy and smiling as I drove the car and listened. Louisa Gummer has a wonder melodious and warm tone that is delightful to listen to for long periods.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the idea that this could very well have been Jane Austen's beginnings before notoriety struck. The only thing that seemed incongruous with this wonderful replica regency-style piece was the author's use of his own name for a significant character, which took me out of the audio experience every time I heard it. Fortunately Louisa's real ability with characters and narration drew me swiftly back in.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I most enjoyed the wit which Jane was given throughout the book, and the constant struggle she had within society to 'fit in' for the sake of her family.

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

It was such a lovely listen that I often wished I had more time to listen in one go.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book as a charming, upbeat and 'make me feel happy' listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Abide with Me

  • By: Ian Ayris
  • Narrated by: Karl Jenkinson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Two boys. John and Kenny. One streetwise and football mad, the other cold and unfathomable. It's nineteen-seventy-five. The heart of London's East End. As John celebrates the Hammers beating Fulham in the Cup Final, Kenny tumbles out the door of the new people's house across the street having taken a beating of a different kind. When the new school year begins, John befriends Kenny, defending him from the ridicule of his classmates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen to a British book set in East London

  • By Alice on 13-01-15

A good listen to a British book set in East London

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

Reviewed: 13-01-15

If you could sum up Abide with Me in three words, what would they be?

East London, kids, gangsters

What other book might you compare Abide with Me to, and why?

No idea!

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

I believe this is one of Karl's first, and is a very solid performance.

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

Without giving the game away - what happens to Kenny at the end of a difficult life, is very moving.

Any additional comments?

The first part of the book takes you through the life of a young boy, and it took me a little while to adjust to hearing an older man's voice. However, as the story unfolded, and the coarse language which punctuates the book continued, I think this made a lot of sense, and added to the retrospective feel of the book. Karl's voice was comfortable to listen to, with a wonderful gravelly tone to it.

The story was moving and I was sucked in to discovering more about these two boys lives, always hoping for a better future for them. I was drawn in to an East London of the 60's and 70's.

Highly recommended.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last? 18-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he'll do. He'll say goodbye. Not to his mum - who he calls Linda because it annoys her - who's moved out and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor's daughter and a teacher. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it

  • By Cheshire Jazz on 22-02-18

Dark, suicidal teenager tale

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

What did you like most about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock?

This was an intersting take on the shoot-out phenomena that is afflicting the US, as it tooka first person narrative style look at preparations for a teenage shooting rampage.

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

Noah brought Leonard Peacock and all his insecurities to life in a most brilliant way.

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

Leonard experiences of abuse by his friend were addressed with sensitivity and care for a touching delicate subject matter.

  • Stealing Bradford

  • By: Melody Carlson
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Mix six teenage girls and one '60s fashion icon (retired, of course) in an old Victorian-era boarding home. Add boys and dating, a little high-school angst, and throw in a Kate Spade bag or two ... and you've got The Carter House Girls, Melody Carlson's chick lit series for young adults! The Carter House girls are just getting to know one another when tensions surrounding several boys threaten to undo everything.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Girlie American book

  • By Alice on 02-06-14

Girlie American book

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened because I enjoy Tavia Gilbert's narrations, but I didn't love the story.

What was most disappointing about Melody Carlson’s story?

I felt as though the story ended too soon, and much was not fully resolved in the last few chapters. Would have liked more details on the girls at the end of the book.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was clear and concise, as is most of Tavia's work.

  • Eleanor & Park

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and she's never felt more alone. All mismatched clothes, mad red hair and chaotic home life, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. Then she takes the seat on the bus next to Park. Quiet, careful and - in Eleanor's eyes - impossibly cool, Park's worked out that flying under the radar is the best way to get by. Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mix tapes, Eleanor and Park fall in love. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bittersweet first love romance

  • By Kaggy on 31-12-16

A beautiful teenage relationship builds

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Would you try another book written by Rainbow Rowell or narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra ?

I would look out for another book narrated by these two - I particularly enjoyed Sunil's perfomrance, and the balance between the two of them was well cast.

If you’ve listened to books by Rainbow Rowell before, how does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any before.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

My favourite scene was when Park's other insisted on doing Eleanor's hair, and how helpless the two felt. Her love and attention to detail highlighted the neglect and abuse by Eleanor's own family set up.

Do you think Eleanor & Park needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The book was complete and perfect on its own

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Divergent

  • (Divergent, Book 1)
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

For 16-year-old Tris, the world changes in a heartbeat when she is forced to make a terrible choice. Turning her back on her family, Tris ventures out, alone, determined to find out where she truly belongs. Shocked by the brutality of her new life, Tris can trust no one. And yet she is drawn to a boy who seems to both threaten and protect her. The hardest choices may yet lie ahead…. A debut novel that will leave you breathless.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy reading

  • By Diane on 08-07-14

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

I would recommend this audiobook to people who haven't encountered audio stories before, although I tend not to repeat my own experiences again!

What did you like best about this story?

The story was intense, and the narration by Emma Galvin was superb. The world that Veronica Roth creates is extreme an unusual, and I am left wanting more. I immediately downloded the second and third books in the series to continue the journey of Tris.

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

Emma voice has a beautiful young gravelly sound which was perfect for the complex emotional yet tough Tris.

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

A world of Danger and Duplicity.

  • Breathe

  • By: Sarah Crossan
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Ever since the Switch, when the oxygen levels plummeted and most of humanity died, the survivors have been protected in glass domes full of manufactured air. Protected…or trapped? Or controlled? Alina's a revolutionary who believes we can save the environment. Quinn's a Premium who's never had to worry about having enough air. His best friend, Bea, is an Auxiliary who's never worried about anything but having enough air. When the three cross paths, they will change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great YA Audiobook

  • By Alice on 02-06-14

Great YA Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Breathe to be better than the print version?

I loved how the three main characters were brought to life in this audio version.

What other book might you compare Breathe to, and why?

Not sure that I know of any I would directly compare it to, since the Oxygen-starved community isn't a concept I have come across in YA lit before. I enjoyed the slow start and the relationships building in this novel, which was highlighted very believably by the narrator.

Have you listened to any of Anna Parker-Naples’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I haven't heard any of the narrator's work before, but I would definitely add her to my favourites list. Her accent work for various parts of the British Isles was precise and correct regionally ( a real bug-bear of mine!), and this made her work very easy to listen to, and made the characters clear and individual. I was surprised to read another review on here which criticised her Cockney accent characters - to my native ear they were Cornish and Mancunian! - she was absolutely spot on.

The three main characters were well delineated, and I enjoyed the teenage angst and frustrations set amidst life-endangering backdrop of the story. Her teenage boy voice was full of angst and insecurities, and reminded me and a friend of Simon from The InBetweeners (in a good way!)

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

I listened to the book in three days, and hardly wanted to turn it off. My ten year old daughter is listening to it now too, as she kept overhearing sections of it, and couldn't get enough.

Any additional comments?

This is a fantastic novel and I am definitely going to download the second book Resist with my next credits. It was great to come across a British YA novel with a true British narrator. I loved this audiobook!!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rose Under Fire

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Sasha Pick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Emma W on 05-05-16

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 02-06-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Rose Under Fire to be better than the print version?

The performance by Sasha Pick was exceptionally good.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rose Under Fire?

The narration of the polish characters in the concentration camp were particularly memorable.

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

I haven't listend to Sasha;s work before, but would definitely look for her readings again. I had really hoped she would win the Audie award that this book was nominated for.

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

The book is an emotional rollercoaster, and an interesting insight onto the holocaust from a first person perspective.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful