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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

A treat of a book

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

It's such a treat to listen to this book. I read it years ago and loved it. the audio book is every bit as good. it's a wonderful, old-fashioned love story set in post war Guernsey. This is a book I think I'll listen to again

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible adaptation of a wonderful book

  • By Kate on 10-07-18

Well worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Terry Pratchet had written numerous Disc World novels and this is probably not one of the best ones but the performance is excellent and sparkles with all the zany life of the various characters. Well worth a listen.

  • Beyond Black

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Alison Hart, a medium by trade, tours the dormitory towns of London's orbital ring road with her flint-hearted sidekick, Colette, passing on messages from beloved dead ancestors. But behind her plump, smiling persona hides a desperate woman: she knows the terrors the next life holds but must conceal them from her wide-eyed clients. At the same time she is plagued by spirits from her own past, who infiltrate her body and home, becoming stronger and nastier the more she resists....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad, Beautiful and Dreamlike

  • By Ova Incekaraoglu on 05-08-18

loved it

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

A darkly engrossing and often funny, look at the world of the dead and those who communicate with them. There are wonderfully drawn characters, both alive and dead, from the horrific 'fiends', the callous and annoying assistant, the slightly short-of-angelic medium and the narrow-minded resident's association.
All are narrated perfectly, making it a joy to listen to

  • Bridge of Clay

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Markus Zusak
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak. From the internationally acclaimed, prize-winning, best-selling author of The Book Thief, here is a story told backwards and inside out. The five Dunbar brothers are living - fighting, dreaming, loving - in the perfect squalor of a house without grownups. Today, the father who abandoned them is about to walk back in. But why has he returned, and who have the boys become since he left?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I loved it

  • By Margot on 21-11-18

Stick with this one

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

I almost gave up on this book. I found the story so bleak and violent in the first couple of chapters. I'm so glad I decided to preserve. I found the narration a bit too slow so I turned it to 1.4, which worked well. As the story unfolded I fell in love with the characters, even the mule. a wonderful story, beautifully told

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,214
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,200

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
  • Heart-rending story, sensitively narrated.

  • By bookylady on 01-03-18

Exceptional Story

Overall
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 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 533

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 254
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

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 404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

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 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 940
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

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

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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 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

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.