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  • The Big Sleep

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 699

Los Angeles PI Philip Marlowe is working for the Sternwood family. Old man Sternwood, crippled and wheelchair-bound, is being given the squeeze by a blackmailer and he wants Marlowe to make the problem go away. But with Sternwood's two wild, devil-may-care daughters prowling LA's seedy backstreets, Marlowe's got his work cut out - and that's before he stumbles over the first corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Philip....

  • By Hannah on 22-10-17

don't have the patience to finish

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

I think I might return this one. It was my mistake because I forgot that I had already listened to one from Raymond Chandler and had not been a fan of the style.
the narrator is actually very good but the characters are too stereotypical and the story did not engage me. I have found that I wasn't even really praying attention and kept looking at how many more chapters to go.
I never even got half-way.

  • After the Lie

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

When Lydia was a teenager, she made a decision that ruined her family's life. They've spent the last 30 years living with the consequences and doing their best to pretend it never happened. Lydia's husband, the gorgeous and reliable Mark, and her two teenage children know nothing about that summer back in 1982. And that's the way Lydia wants it to stay. The opportunity to come clean is long gone, and now it's not the lie that matters; it's the betrayal of hiding the truth for so long.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The secret is too tame!

  • By Ann D on 28-08-17

After The Lie

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Intriguing family drama, Can t say it's outstanding though.
The narrator is not bad but a bit bland - nothing special.
I was a bit annoyed by the unnecessarily frequent and often laboured use of similes.
One example: "My mother was so negative it was astonishing that she didn't show up as a silhouette in photos."
All in all it was quite enjoyable and thought provoking but not very memorable.

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great saga

  • By Linda Carroll on 19-08-17

mediocre and stereotypical

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

Reviewed: 29-08-18

I can't remember what made me buy this one as I have several titles which I had bought at some point and wasn't in a hurry to start.
The name of the writer was familiar but I have never read anything from her and the storyline of the girl who disappeared must have been what attracted me in the description. I might have done better looking up some more titles from the writer before I made the purchase.
Anyway, I probably didn't and realised too late that really the story was written for the sake of the romance and happily ever after and that was a disappointment because the romantic streak was actually incredibly mediocre.
I did like Alice and the riveting mystery storyline. It is unfortunate that Alice was secondary to the jolly lovers and adorable grannies.
The narration didn't help either because, while it wasn't entirely bad, the lady narrator did what I most love to hate with certain narrators. She tried to "do" the male voices! Which, with these very stereotypical, all-American farmer characters ended up having an actual lough-out-loud effect in some cases where comedy was not intended in the story.
And don't even get me started on the sex scenes, which were frequently quite comical with some of the worst romantic dialogue ever. Here too the voices that went with the hilarious dialogue enhanced the comical effect.
I found it quaint how all the characters made a point of hating any food they perceived as healthy and loving anything that has an unhealthy reputation.
While there wasn't a single male character that I found realistic enough, I have to say I might have had a much more fun time if the voices were done by a male narrator as they were undoubtedly very attractive in a western movie kind of way.

  • Wideacre

  • Wideacre, Book 1
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 26 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 210

Philippa Gregory's first story in the best-selling Wideacre trilogy. A compelling tale of passion and intrigue set in the 18th century. From the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the 18th century, she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • More like "50 shades of grey".....

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-10-17

Wideachre

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

Having read many of Philippa Gregory 's historical novels I can't say that her debut novel measures up to the standard I was expecting.
As the story is being narrated first person singular by the main character I found it a bit awkward when she was describing her own hazel eyes gleaming in such and such shades of green or her auburn hair cascading down in such stunning waves. I would have to have another look at her later novels to see how she developed her style I don't remember these unlikely description of the main characters by themselves as if seen by someone else (since she pretty much always writes her books in first person).
The main character is painfully unlikable which makes it a very tense reading / listening experience. I found it very intriguing how "outsourcing" and various what I thought were modern forms of greed in the economy existed so long ago.
The amount and manner of sex is unusual and daring. I don't think I have read anything similar before it's a pity that sexual content such as this seems to be usually restricted to much inferior literary value.
That said it is a very engaging story and I'm looking forward to The Favoured Child which I have also downloaded.

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 251

Benjamin Button was literally born an old man. He lived a backwards life, for his body grew younger as the years passed him by. Come and listen to the original, unabridged story by F. Scott Fitzgerald which inspired the movie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A simple idea perfectly realised

  • By Kaggy on 02-11-17

Not sure what this story is supposed to say

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

Reviewed: 06-11-17

I do love a good classic and I like Fitzgerald.
However, I can't say I particularly enjoyed this one and I cannot make out for the life of me what he wanted to say with this story.
Is it supposed to be a satire? That's what it sounded like and I have found out that it's a satire about ageing.
I didn't get it.

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,005

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tchaikovsky is still writing Symphonies!

  • By Simon on 11-05-17

I really tried

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

Reviewed: 31-10-17

I went through 23 chapters before I gave up.
23 chapters less every second one about spiders and ants that have names like Porchia and Bianca. (No, these are not names given to them by humans. These are actually their actual names.)
When I say I'm not an animal lover I don't mean I hate them, I just literally have no feelings towards cats and dogs in general. But when it comes to spiders and ants, I could quite seriously not care any less. 15 minute chunks of someone telling me about nothing else but the adventures of spiders and ants, though, is for people like me sheer boredom on another level.
I can see why people like this book and I understand that from their perspective it's very clever but after 23 (less the spiders) chapters I can't deal with any more.
The narrator is very bland, I can't say I was impressed at all.

6 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Classic Ghost Story But I'm Still None The Wiser

  • By bookylady on 23-03-16

Not my favourite ghost story

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,755

Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Literally From Out of the Blue!

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

A superb documentary

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

What did you like best about this story?

It is a thorough, very well made and unbiased work that looks at this very controversial topic from so many different angles. The topic of porn is such a divisive one and people have such polarised opinions it was a true novelty for me to hear the same person represent it from so many different viewpoints

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

It was somewhat traumatic to hear that the traffic on porn sites significantly increases after bank holidays and Valentine's Days as the intensity of a family program or "being forced" to be with their wives too long drives men to wanting a change.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Our Man in Havana

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708

In a legendary novel that appears to predict the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Graham Greene introduces James Wormold, a vacuum cleaner salesman whose life in transformed when he is asked to join the British Secret Service. He agrees, and finds himself with no information to offer, so begins to invent sources and agencies which do not exist, but which appear very real to his superiors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Shame about the music

  • By DD Kaplan on 27-07-10

Superb

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would. Very clever and funny, excellent writing.When I bought this one on discount I didn't realise it was a spoof but it was so entertaining I didn't mind it at all.

What about Jeremy Northam’s performance did you like?

The narrator was perfect.

Any additional comments?

I disagree with some of the reviewers on the music. It was not on throughout, wasn't played over the audio - or if it was it couldn't have been at a level that was distracting or I would remember. And it did not break the flow of anything because it actually separated different sections. It was a an odd feature of the audiobook and went on unnecessarily long at times but didn't interfere with the narration so I could easily ignore it and enjoy the story.

  • Touch

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 399

He tried to take my life. Instead I took his. It happened so long ago, I've forgotten the details. But he was desperate, hungry enough to kill. As I was dying, my hand touched his.That's when my first switch took place. I looked through the eyes of my killer just in time to see my own body die. Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone. All it takes is a touch.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Confusing to Follow

  • By Leah on 04-09-15

Very clever, funny and well written

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

What did you like best about this story?

I like clever fantasy and I like the writer's humour and characters.Peter Kenny is an excellent narrator, he's brilliant with the voices and personalities. It normally annoys me when male narrators try to imitate women but his female characters are pretty good.

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

As opposed to the First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, which I enjoyed thoroughly and could listen for hours on end, for some reason with this story I kept losing interest and concentration. I'm not sure why this was but it took a while to get into in the first place, and then I kept having to get back into it again and again. In the meantime I'm sure I missed a lot of detail because I felt that there were lengthy lulls in the story when I found it very hard to concentrate.