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  • Caraval

  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems. Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year weeklong performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister, Tella, it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confusingly brilliant

  • By Anonymous User on 16-07-17

One of 11-year old girls, I think...

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

What disappointed you about Caraval?

I chose after seeing the high reviews but it is written like a pre-pubescent girlish fantasy! The main character has to constantly choose which boy to trust and to kiss. Her protectiveness over her sister is vomit inducing. Almost every male character is a one dimensional villain.I guess this is meant as easy reading for pre-teen girls.

Has Caraval put you off other books in this genre?

Absolutely

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Given the style of the book, the narrator was actually pretty decent. She earned the 3 star performance rating.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance

Any additional comments?

Nope

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,238

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

Moving and thoughtful

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

I deliberately didn't read the blurb of this book before purchase; I chose to trust to the reviews (so no expectations).

I loved the delicate way the author puts through her points and counterpoints to arguments on life and love (and how to deal with loss of each) with the voices of her protagonists. The story itself was almost used to demonstrate the characters' commitment to their own views. The views themselves were shaped by the way life has mistreated them.

Some of the points were hammered home several times by various voices that seemed a little out of character at times. Also I got the feeling that the author was trying to persuade me that (from a certain viewpoint) substance usage was an acceptable (albeit destructive) life choice.

There was a lot of melancholy throughout; the author pushes the point home that life is not all roses and these low points make the happy times that much sweeter.

Certainly an entertaining read (and one out of my comfort zone of silly sci-fi nonsense).

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,048

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic modern fantasy storytelling

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-11

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 28-11-15

This book was a treat! Silly as it was, I was reluctant to buy this based on the picture on the front cover that made it look like a pseudo historical romance for women. Actually this is a twisting enjoyable bloody little tale full of rogues and cheats. I'll be buying the next ones to live through the riveting scrapes the reckless protagonist gets himself into.

  • Perfect State

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai's world. Except for today. Today Kai has to go on a date. Forces have conspired to require him to meet with his equal - a woman from another world who has achieved just as much as he has.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neither story nor narration on a par with other titles

  • By Sithrandil on 26-10-15

Fantastic short story

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

Reviewed: 04-11-15

Loved the twists that Sanderson managed to get into the story. Bit short, but still delightful. Would recommend to any Cosmere fan!

  • Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

  • A Cosmere Novella
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

When the familiar and seemingly safe turns lethal, therein danger lies. Amid a forest where the shades of the dead linger all around, every homesteader knows to follow the Simple Rules: "Don't kindle flame, don't shed the blood of another, don't run at night. These things draw shades." Silence Montane has broken all three rules on more than one occasion. And to protect her family from a murderous gang with high bounties on their heads, Silence will break every rule again, at the risk of becoming a shade herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By mich on 07-07-17

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

I'm not a fan of the narrator, and this short story lacked the substance of the other Sanderson Cosmere novels.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shadows of Self

  • A Mistborn Novel
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345

Fans of Robert Jordan and George R. R. Martin alike have found a new champion of epic fantasy in Brandon Sanderson. And now, in the first of two sequels to The Alloy Of Law, the Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author returns to the world of Mistborn. It is more than 300 years after the events of the The Final Empire shaped Scadrial. Waxillium Ladrian has returned to the capital city of Elendel from the far-flung roughs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked again....

  • By Robyn on 19-10-15

Another fantastic Cosmere adventure

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

Reviewed: 29-10-15

Narrators breadth of voices was wonderful again, story was the same kind of roller coaster and I love returning to those Cosmere worlds. I also live the final chapter and can't wait to work out the story that weaves all the novels together!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Sleep

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536

Stephen King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special 12-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doctor Sleep

  • By jennifer on 26-12-13

One of the better Stephen King novels

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

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

The extensive exposition of the characters

What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to, and why?

The Stand; the plot almost takes second fiddle to the backstory of the main characters that typifys King'sstorytelling approach. I love these segue ways, but usually disappointed by rushed or naff endings.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Don't want to give spoilers, but one of the best bits was when the main character does something he bitterly regrets at the beginning of the book that is described in haunting detail, it made me wince and is painted and repainted throughout the book.

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

The scene I just de scribed

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,457

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

Hilarious and heartfelt; a wonderful experience!

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

If you could sum up The Rosie Project in three words, what would they be?

Hilarious and heartfelt

Who was your favorite character and why?

Seeing the main character develop and being able to identify and understand his purely logical actions made him the best character in the book by far!

What does Dan O'Grady bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

He perfectly delivers the comedy lines with just the right style.

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

Yes, it kept me wanting more.

Any additional comments?

I wasn't expecting to enjoy this (it being a king of romcom) but after reading other people's comments I gave it a go and very glad I did!!

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494

The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a fable that reshapes modern fantasy: moving, terrifying and elegiac - as pure as a dream, as delicate as a butterfly's wing, as dangerous as a knife in the dark - from storytelling genius Neil Gaiman. It's about memory and magic and survival, about the power of stories and the darkness inside each of us. It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cunning Darkness

  • By Simon on 08-10-15

Enjoyable story, needs another narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-04-14

What did you like most about The Ocean at the End of the Lane?

An engaging listen, a really enjoyable story... Not surprising though; Neil Gaiman wrote it!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character; he makes mistakes and is vulnerable without being totally helpless

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

Yes, Neil narrates lots of his own books and whilst he is a master storyteller, his softly spoken narration doesn't always suit his books.

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

The world of nightmares may be only a short walk away...

  • The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, robotic reading.

  • By Rhiannon on 15-05-12

Great storyline, although slightly childish prose.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-13

I really enjoyed the general storyline, but did feel that some of the characters were lacking depth. The way the author told the story was in very childish language, but then I guess this is really a childrens' book and I shouldn't really expect more. Once I got over myself and got used to the narration, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and couldn't wait to listen to the rest of the story (and it was way better than the film).



This can probably be described as my guilty pleasure.