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  • Inferno

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,167
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,170

Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces. As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante’s Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • start was hard going. story good but over descript

  • By BD on 17-07-17

A good story clashes with a tourist book

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

Reviewed: 15-10-13

Would you try another book written by Dan Brown or narrated by Paul Michael?

I have read all Dan Brown's books and would read another if it were published.

Would you recommend Inferno to your friends? Why or why not?

Not his best work, but a decent read.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

Of course you know there will be excellent description of the surroundings and the characters will be led through historic buildings and I appreciate the scene settings. This time however I felt the descriptions managed to get in the way of the story in several scenes; It was all trying to be a bit too clever making it clumsy.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,129

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nick Moore on 15-07-13

Loved getting to know the characters

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

Reviewed: 15-10-13

What did you like best about this story?

I was completely pulled in to the story and didn't want to put it down. It is well set up for a sequel and I am looking forward to the next one.

  • The Secret Keeper

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime. Fifty years later, Laurel is a successful and well-regarded actress, living in London. She returns to Green Acres for Dorothy’s 90th birthday and finds herself overwhelmed by memories and questions she has not thought about for decades. She decides to find out the truth about the events of that summer day....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator ruined it for me!

  • By Linda on 28-12-12

Not up to Kate Mortons usual standard

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-13

I have always looked forward to this authors next book and have not been disappointed until now. Perhaps it was because my expectations were so high that I felt let down. The story line is a good one and I persisted because I could see great potential, but it was meandering and slow in many places.I will still download her next book as soon as it is available.

  • Afterwards

  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

There is a fire and they are in There. They are in there.... Black smoke stains a summer blue sky. A school is on fire. And one mother, Grace, sees the smoke and runs. She knows her teenage daughter Jenny is inside. She runs into the burning building to rescue her. Afterwards, Grace must find the identity of the arsonist and protect her family from the person who's still intent on destroying them. Afterwards, she must fight the limits of her physical strength and discover the limitlessness of love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but very similar to Sister

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-11-11

Good story, nice twist, well written.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-13

I loved the different angle this book came from. It could so easily have been another "who dunnit", (and I do read a lot of them) but this is far more personal and had me involved at every step.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Snuff

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,583
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,843
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,837

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse. And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder. He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More true to life than fantasy should be!

  • By Mr. C. Horsfall on 31-03-12

A welcome return of Sam Vimes

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-11

I have not yet read or listened to a Disc World story that I haven't liked (and I have read almost all of them) and those involving Ankh-Morpork City Watch are my favourites. They appeal to all our family and have done since my 2 sons were 10 and 12 - they are now late teens and early twenties and still enjoying them. Terry Pratchet has managed to address many disappointing characteristics of human nature over the years, usually softened by humour and this is no exception. Perhaps Snuff is slightly predicatable, but the characters of Commander Sam Vimes, his family and entourage are all still entertaining.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Thud!

  • A Discworld Novel
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarves, or the dwarves ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pratchett - better than he's been in a long time

  • By Wayne on 03-11-05

can't wait to hear the next one.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-06

I don't know how Terry Pratchet manages to write a fast moving fantasy thriller with some serious undertones on racial inequality yet such a consistent witty turn of phrase. Both I (middle aged female) and my 13 year old son couldn't wait to hear the next bit. I rarely like books that others praise for the comic content, but this one had me chuckling out loud and wishing I could manage such clever retorts. If, like me, you have tried other Pratchet books and wondered why he is so popular, do try this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't want it to end..................

  • By Coleen on 09-01-06

better than I thought it wopuld be!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-06

There were parts of this story that I found slightly dull, but at no point did I want to stop listening. I think it paints a colourful picture of pre-war Japan without lengthy or boring description. A little sadness, a little love, revenge and intrigue and a story that maintains a good pace throughout most of the book. I was suprised that such a story could keep me so entertained.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Children's Hour

  • By: Marcia Willett
  • Narrated by: June Barrie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In the big old house overlooking the sea, five small children listened as their mother read them a story. Theirs was an idyllic childhood, as they played on the beach, in the gardens and the woods, before the war and other tragedies disrupted their lives. Now, many years later, Nest and Mina still live at their beautiful childhood home, surrounded by the glorious Devon country side. But, when their sister Georgie comes to stay at Ottercombe, memories of their past start to revisit them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good way to relax after a stressful day

  • By Carolyn on 13-11-06

A very good way to relax after a stressful day

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-06

I loved this story for it's easy listening style and many threads that eventually came together. I felt I knew the house and the characters well and didn't want to say goodbye to them. It is not a taxing tale in any way and may be too slow moving for many people, but brought to me cosy feelings of sitting around a fire with my family while someone read a book to us.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The House Sitter

  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: Steve Hodson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

A woman is found strangled on a beach in Sussex. It takes the police 12 days to discover she was a top profiler for the National Crime Faculty. Why was she killed? And why is the NCF thwarting Detective Peter Diamond's efforts to unmask her murderer?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Sue on 14-03-06

entertaining

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-11-06

Not a fast moving thriller, but a good modern day detective story of the traditional kind that I enjoyed very much. I felt I got to know the main characters and venues, and the twists and turns kept me entertained.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful