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  • Inspector Ghote's First Case

  • By: H. R. F. Keating
  • Narrated by: Sam Dastor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Newly promoted Inspector Ghote is thrilled to be granted casual leave until he takes up his post, as it allows him to spend time with his heavily pregnant wife, who is desperate to watch a showing of Hamlet at the cinema. Their plans are ruined, however, since Sir Rustom Engineer requires Ghote to investigate the suicide of his friend's wife. Worried about his wife's imminent delivery, Ghote nevertheless travels to the home of Mr. Dawkins, where he is unconvinced by the story of Iris Dawkins' death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interestingly developed

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-09-16

Interestingly developed

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

Reviewed: 19-09-16

A bit dated, HRF's Inspector White is an interesting, rather irritating character. Better listened to than read because of the Anglo- Indian language.

  • Half of a Yellow Sun (Abridged Edition)

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Adoh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Nominated for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2008.
Winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, 2007.
A Richard and Judy Book Club selection.

This highly anticipated novel from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is set in Nigeria during the 1960s, at the time of a vicious civil war.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reader brings this story to life

  • By Tony on 27-11-07

Perspicacious rare glimpse into history's horror

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

If you could sum up Half of a Yellow Sun in three words, what would they be?

Excellent story, easy to follow and get involved in. A view of the Biafran war from the point of view of Biafran's.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Half of a Yellow Sun?

The news that the Biafran leader was going abroad for talks: beginning of the end.

  • Dinner with a Vampire

  • The Dark Heroine, Book 1
  • By: Abigail Gibbs
  • Narrated by: Josie Dunn
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The addictive, enthralling debut by online sensation Abigail Gibbs. The sexiest romance you'll read this year. One moment can change your life forever.... For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth, of beautiful mansions and lavish parties, where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape...no matter how hard Violet tries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling sexy fiction. Well worth a listen.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-15

Compelling sexy fiction. Well worth a listen.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-15

Where does Dinner with a Vampire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It stands up to books like Stormfront. Dinner with a Vampire is fast moving, confusing and different.. Very easy to visualise, clearly drawn pictures!

What other book might you compare Dinner with a Vampire to, and why?

Stormfront: similar need to suspend disbelief so as to be drawn into fantasy world.

What about Josie Dunn’s performance did you like?

Easy to listen to. Flowing.

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

Smile, wince...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Silver Pigs

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 1
  • By: Lindsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

One fine day, A.D. 70, Sosia Camillina quite literally runs into Marcus Didius Falco on the steps of the Forum. It seems Sosia is on the run from a couple of street toughs, and after a quick and dirty rescue, P.I. Falco wants to know why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murder, Mystery and Mayhem in First Century Rome!

  • By Broadland Wanderer on 25-09-08

Lumps of English silver kept me rapt.

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

Reviewed: 19-10-14

Where does The Silver Pigs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was fun and informative. It was a decent whodunnit with the added bonus of teaching about Ancient Rome.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Silver Pigs?

Probably the description of Britain as the dregs of the Empire.

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

It made me smile.

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  • Plain Truth

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that 18-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Plain truth - I was hooked from the start.

  • By Mrs Mac on 14-01-11

So Amish occasionally act like people

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

Reviewed: 19-10-14

Would you try another book written by Jodi Picoult or narrated by Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren ?

I would definitely read more Picoult. I wasn't too keen on the accents ascribed to the Amish.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jodi Picoult? Why or why not?

Jodi tackles life problems: I really enjoyed The Storyteller. In this book, I think she relied too much on the idiosyncratic Amish community as a focus and left the plot rather weak and predictable.

What about Christina Moore and Suzanne Toren ’s performance did you like?

Pleasant voices.

Do you think Plain Truth needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I don't think it warrants it. If Katie were not Amish, it would be boring.

Any additional comments?

Not Jodi's best, but okay travel reading.

  • A Cotswold Killing

  • By: Rebecca Tope
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

Nestled in the hills of the Cotswolds, the village of Duntisbourne Abbots is a well-kept secret. When Joel Jennison is found slaughtered in the same field where his brother’s corpse had lain ten weeks previously, a whole community falls under suspicion. Was it a family feud? An act of revenge?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • MidSummer Murder meets Miss Marple

  • By Amazon Customer on 19-10-14

MidSummer Murder meets Miss Marple

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

Reviewed: 19-10-14

What did you like best about A Cotswold Killing? What did you like least?

The initial introduction to characters was pleasing but they then failed to develop. Details such as a hole in the hedge did not ring true.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Make the end more memorable.. It fizzled out.

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

Nothing

Could you see A Cotswold Killing being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes, to sell to a foreign market who like English quaintness. It could star Sue Perkins

Any additional comments?

Starts better than it ends.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Sheltering Sky

  • By: Paul Bowles
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Connelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

The Sheltering Sky is a landmark of 20th-century literature, a novel of existential despair that examines the limits of humanity when it touches the unfathomable emptiness of the desert. Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly ( A Beautiful Mind, Requiem for a Dream) gives masterful voice to this American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent listening

  • By J on 06-07-12

meandering tale of self-indulgence which goes sour

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

Reviewed: 30-04-14

If you could sum up The Sheltering Sky in three words, what would they be?

Journey to real wilderness reveals the wilderness within

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Probably shortened the scenes towards the end with Arabian Nights like characters

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

Realisation that death reveals lack of substance to one's life

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  • The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales

  • By: Oliver Sacks
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Oliver Sacks - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

Oliver Sacks' The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat tells the stories of individuals afflicted with fantastic perceptual and intellectual aberrations: patients who have lost their memories and with them the greater part of their pasts; who are no longer able to recognize people and common objects; who are stricken with violent tics and grimaces or who shout involuntary obscenities; whose limbs have become alien; who have been dismissed as retarded yet are gifted with uncanny artistic or mathematical talents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing clinical cases

  • By Nik Jewell on 20-06-17

Neurology can be fun!

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

Reviewed: 30-04-14

Would you listen to The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales again? Why?

I'll definitely revisit this book because it's full of fascinating observation, acutely noted, about strange tricks the mind plays due to small chemical imbalances... On first reading the major stories stick out. I'm hoping to revisit the book for detail

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat: and Other Clinical Tales?

The most memorable anecdote is probably about hyper osmia; the subject feels like a dog, led by his nose.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The reflections on what exactly makes us a person

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

Just about

Any additional comments?

Definitely accessible

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 38 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem

  • By Deborah on 12-06-09

Unbelievably compulsive

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

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

This is a brilliant edition of the book, easy to listen to, compulsive. I find it preferable Because I would not have time to read the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The husband because he is pathetic and faithful but quite inadequate.

What about David Horovitch’s performance did you like?

I found it quite easy to distinguish who was speaking. He was able to render French and German tolerably well.

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

It made me draw breath sharply and hold my breath in anticipation

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A slog but well worth it.

  • By Alan on 07-06-11

brilliant story but for the accent

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

Reviewed: 26-09-13

What did you like most about Les Miserables?

Victor Hugo's story transports us to post revolutionary France. The translation is fluent and faithful. I was able to lose myself in Valjean and Fantine's world.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Les Miserables?

the moment which makes the rest possible: the most memorable moment is when Monseigneur Bienvenue tells the police that he had given Valjean the silver and gives him more, setting him free but stirring his sense of morality. A literary example of how goodness can make a man.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance would have been much easier and more pleasant if the actor had more than schoolboy French as he massacres the French words left in

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

I don't think anyone could . it's a book for a long journey.