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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,921
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,909

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Exceptional Story

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

This book is beautifully written. although the subject matter is extremely dark, there is a fresh, hopeful feel you the story. Shoo much had been written about this terrible time in history but this is different. It is essentially a love story and a story of hope and survival.
The narration is excellent. Each character is easy to identify and the actor never intrudes himself into the telling of the story.

  • The Little Friend

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 24 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 508

The second novel by Donna Tartt, best-selling author of The Goldfinch (winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize), The Little Friend is a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil. The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning

  • By Julie on 08-07-15

I never wanted it to end.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Donna Tartt never disappoints. Although this is probably my least favourite of her books, it's still really engaging. It's a bit slow to start and I was left a bit frustrated when threads of the story seemed to go nowhere. I wonder had/ has she intended writing a sequel. That said, she is a master story teller. She builds up an atmosphere and creates wonderfully 3 dimensional, credible characters. As with all her books, I didn't want it to end and I'm left missing the characters now that it's finished.
I have given it 5 stars because it is so much better than other books which get 4 stars. I just wish there were more points on the scale!
The narration was excellent.

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Woolf
  • Length: 24 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Late one night, a drawing teacher meets a mysterious woman dressed in white. Who is she, and what is her connection to the teacher's new pupil, a beautiful heiress? Serialized in 1859 - 1860, and first published in book form in 1860 it is still regarded still as one of the best plots in English literature. Told from multiple perspectives, the story is brought to life by its marvellous villains and complex, spirited and believable female characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific Bargain

  • By James Raeside on 25-01-09

Disappointing audio

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

The story of this book is great, full of mystery and with wonderful characters. The overall enjoyment was spoiled for me by the audio. The quality was very poor in places, and badly edited. I could hear doors slamming and voices in the background. it was also read terribly slowly, with long pauses between each sentence, which started to irritate me.
It's definitely a book I would recommend, but not this version.

  • Somebody I Used to Know

  • By: Wendy Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 316

When Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 58, she had to say good-bye to the woman she once was. Her career in the NHS, her ability to drive, cook and run - the various shades of her independence - were suddenly gone. Yet Wendy was determined not to give in. She was, and still is, propelled by a need to live in the moment, never knowing which version of herself might surface tomorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative

  • By Anne H. on 07-03-18

Everyone should read this

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

A memoir written by a woman with dementia? You could be forgiven for thinking it would be dull but you'd be so wrong. The book sparkles with life and wry humour. it's an honest account of the sorrows, the terrors and the triumphs, following a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's. it is beautifully narrated. I can't recommend this book highly enough. it has definitely changed my whole view of dementia and of the people who have to lived with it. I think everyone could benefit from listening to, or reading it.

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

A pure joy of a listen

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This is a marvellous dramatization, I loved the characters. The sweet young maidens, the heartless villains, the honourable gentleman and of course Mrs Proudy, the splendid dragon - lady! I can't praise this adaptation highly enough.

  • The Year of the Flood

  • MaddAddam Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, the preservation of all species and the tending of the Earth - has long predicted the Waterless Flood. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life. Two women have avoided it: the young trapeze-dancer, Ren, locked into the high-end sex club; and former SecretBurgers meat-slinger turned Gardener, Toby, barricaded into a luxurious spa. Have others survived?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Sharp Divide

  • By Isolde on 31-01-13

Fantasy made real

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

Reviewed: 24-05-18

Margaret Atwood has a remarkable talent for making her characters so real and so believable, that any element of fantasy is easy to accept. I loved this book so much that I had to re listen to Oryx and Craik straight away.
The narrator also added to the enjoyment. she has a voice that almost seems to purr. I can't wait to listen to the next book.

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Despite the narrator

  • By James on 06-02-15

So beautiful

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

A story about the horrors of war, told in the voices of the good, decent people who were caught up in it, just trying to survive. The writing evokes such beauty and the scientific detail is just fascinating.
There's not so much as a word out of place. this book was a pure joy to listen to.

  • Unravelling Oliver

  • By: Liz Nugent
  • Narrated by: Sam O'Mahony, Roy McMillan, Kevin Hely, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children's books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma. In the aftermath, as everyone tries to make sense of his astonishing act of savagery, Oliver tells his story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, Original and Very Well Crafted

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 21-03-18

This book is beautifully written and narrated. The plot is so well presented that, although you know what happens right from the start, it is fascinating learning how it got to it. The main character, Oliver, is the product of neglect and rejection. he has no empathy but he has charm, so that even though his confessions are horrifying, you still can't help falling for the charm.
This is a book which will stay on my mind for a long time.

  • Bryant & May - Wild Chamber

  • Bryant and May, Book 14
  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 390

The members of London's Peculiar Crimes Unit are on the case again when a dog walker is found dead. The method of the death is odd...the killer had no way in - or out - and the dog is nowhere to be seen. But the 'hows' and 'whys' of the murder are not the only mysteries, and it seems very likely that the killer is preparing to strike again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • first class!

  • By pixie on 27-06-17

Stick with it

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

Reviewed: 16-03-18

I almost have up on this book ast the start because I got so confused with all the characters. I presume it's because this is book 14 and the characters have been been developing all the time. I ended up having to stop and write down all the names so that I could keep track but it was worth it. I really enjoyed the book. Mr Bryant is a bit like a male version of miss Marple. Although they are investigating murder, the plot is never gruesome, just a little poignant.
I Also enjoyed three narration. It made it easier to keep track of the characters.
I think I will start at the beginning of this series now.

  • The Great Alone

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Alaska, 1974. Untamed. Unpredictable. A story of a family in crisis struggling to survive at the edge of the world, it is also a story of young and enduring love. Cora Allbright and her husband, Ernt, a recently returned Vietnam veteran scarred by the war, uproot their 13-year-old daughter, Leni, to start a new life in Alaska. Utterly unprepared for the weather and the isolation, but welcomed by the close-knit community, they fight to build a home in this harsh, beautiful wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding

  • By Anonymous User on 21-08-18

Magnificent but with just a little too much sugar

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

The descriptions of Alaska and the life style were breathtakingl. The story of the little girl and het dysfunctional family was wonderful in its complexity. worth 5 stars. unfortunately I found the love story just a bit too sugary for my liking so I'm just giving it 4 stars.