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  • City of Bones

  • Mortal Instruments, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778

Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cracking read

  • By Lisa on 27-05-10

Family, secrets, lies, power, betrayal.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I mean, I suppose it was OK? I get it, I really do get the hype and the love, but it's just not for me, I don't think.

I really struggle with the story itself, and no amount of fab narration was ever going to negate that.

  • Station Eleven

  • By: Emily St John Mandel
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236

Day one: The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the Earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%. Week Two: Civilization has crumbled. Year Twenty: A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and it threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just another dystopian novel

  • By Rosalynde on 20-07-15

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

This audiobook just isn't my cup of tea and I can't pinpoint why. There's just something about it I'm not enjoying.

The narrator is great.

The story is great.

The characters are great.

It's just somehow not working for me..?

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Jessie Burton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,717

There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed...On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tricky to get in to

  • By DebNwood on 20-05-15

Secrets, hope, mystery, family, sorrow.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Well WHY did I wait so long for this?

It was stunning. Exquisite.

It's been a while since I got so engrossed in an audiobook that I listened to almost twelve hours worth in just a couple of days.

  • Blood Lines

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller Series, Book 5
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

A victim killed with a single, precise stab to the heart appears at first glance to be a robbery gone wrong. A caring, upstanding social worker lost to a senseless act of violence. But for Detective Kim Stone, something doesn't add up. When a local drug addict is found murdered with an identical wound, Kim knows instinctively that she is dealing with the same killer. But with nothing to link the two victims except the cold, calculated nature of their death, this could be her most difficult case yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another brilliant story

  • By Nicky Birmingham on 22-08-17

Crime, manipulation, family, murder, revenge.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Jan Cramer does the most amazing job narrating the Kim Stone books, and I have really missed this series.

As well as dealing with a whole story in itself, this book carries on a larger arc in Kim's life. You don't need to have read the previous books to be able to jump in as you'll still get a lot of enjoyment out of it as a crime thriller, but knowing the full story adds whole extra (sinister) layers.

These books seem to get better and better. There is no sign of the series plateauing, everything still feels fresh and works incredibly. It's another gripping installment, excellently narrated.

  • The Smoke Thieves

  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Yasmin Paige, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief. Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Five nations destined for conflict. As alliances shift and shatter and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power, war, adventure, magic, loyalty.

  • By TeaPartyPrincess on 15-10-18

Power, war, adventure, magic, loyalty.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I listened to this as an audiobook after several false-starts with the book itself (which I got in a subscription box). The audiobook is amazing, the narrators did an excellent job and really brought the characters to life with their performances. I feel that this is a book that's meant to be heard rather than read.

This is a brilliant story once you get into it. Yes, it starts slow, and stays slow for a while, but once it picks up the pace is incredible.

But oh man I'm in love with Catherine! I can't wait for the next book to see what happens to her, although I suspect I'll go for the audiobook again.

  • Beauty Queens

  • By: Libba Bray
  • Narrated by: Libba Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty Queens - Absolutely Awesome

  • By Lara.M on 30-05-15

Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

Where does Beauty Queens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. The performance, story and characters were all excellent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beauty Queens?

Probably Miss Texas losing it slightly.

Which character – as performed by Libba Bray – was your favourite?

Can I pick just one..? All of the characters were excellent, but probably Miss Texas, with her tenacity and strong will, and how she was completely, unapologetically Miss Texas

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

“Because 'You're perfect just the way you are,' is what your guidance counselor says. And she's an alcoholic.”

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was absolutely amazing, and I'd definitely say listen on past the end for the interview.

  • Gilded Cage

  • The Dark Gifts Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Vic James
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

A modern Britain. An age-old cruelty.Britain's magically skilled aristocracy compels all commoners to serve them for 10 years - and now it's the Hadleys' turn. Abi Hadley is assigned to England's most ruthless noble family. The secrets she uncovers could win her freedom - or break her heart. Her brother Luke is enslaved in a brutal factory town, where new friends' ideals might cost him everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical power corrupts

  • By Beccameriel on 14-03-17

Family, slavery, magic, rebellion, separation.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

This book was horrifying in the best of ways.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, perhaps something fun and a little vapid, and totally unbelievable.

What I actually read couldn't have been more different.

Avita Jay does an amazing job with the challenging content in Gilded Cage. It is challenging in content and the way it explores the current definitions of words. Being set in an alternate universe the world is startlingly familiar, yet chillingly different. I loved how the word "equal" was redefined, and its use in this context was perhaps the most striking thing in the book. It made what happened all the more powerful.

This is a world of magic and power, slavery and abuse. Each of the characters seemed to be trapped in their own little cage in so many different ways. And the narrator gave each character their own individual voice.

Be prepared for horror and heartbreak, be prepared for your heart to race and to be broken.

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  • A Room Full of Chocolate

  • By: Jane Elson
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Grace's Mum has found a lump. Her world totally falls apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better. But when Grace meets Rainbow Girl Megan and her pig, Claude, even the school bullies don’t seem so bad. Soon they begin to hatch a plot that will help Grace finally get to see her mum…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Family, past, cancer, bullies and school

  • By TeaPartyPrincess on 01-12-15

Family, past, cancer, bullies and school

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Oooh this book made me a little angry. I hate bullies. Can't stand them. Think they should all die a horrible, painful death.

But I did like how this book dealt with the subject and how the bullies were punished.

Overall this was pretty good. I loved the escapades with a piglet, I was almost howling with laughter even when I knew that things were about to plummet.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lobsters

  • By: Tom Ellen, Lucy Evison
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Lee Maxwell Simpson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Sam and Hannah have only the holidays to find 'The One’...which is their lobster.... Instead of their summer holidays being epic, Sam and Hannah’s summer holidays is turning out to be very awkward.... They must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins to find happiness. But fate is at work to bring them together, and in the end it all boils down to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming Easy listen

  • By Dawn on 14-05-15

Partying, alcohol, drugs, attraction and sex

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

After I'd heard so many awesome things about this book, I was sure that I would enjoy it.

But I didn't.

I just wasn't like this as a teen. I was a different kind of crazy, not the festival and holidays abroad type. I found it difficult to relate to the characters.

It made me realise that I'm getting pretty sick of reading about money, even if there was a token plea by Lucy that her Gran didn't have much money, yet still got her a Tiffany's necklace.

What really, really got to me was the "AAB is bad thing" thing. Sam was a failure because he only got AAB in his A Levels. He just got nearly perfect freaking grades. Cry me a freaking river.

Saying that, the narrators did a terrific job with this!

  • Silent Scream

  • Detective Kim Stone Crime Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Angela Marsons
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Five figures gather 'round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. An innocent life had been taken, but the pact had been made. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood. Years later a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders that shock the Black Country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, dreadful narrator.

  • By G. Willoughby on 04-10-15

Crime, Abuse, Children, Murder and Betrayal...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-15

A lot of reviews of the audiobook slam the narrator for her voice and how fast she performed, but I loved her. I thought she was a brilliant narrator, and I loved how each character had a distinct voice. The creepy voice for the culprit was amazing, gave me chills. I didn't find it too fast and I listen to audiobooks with the speed at 2x.

Character wise, I loved Kim. She was so dry and bitter and a bit of a cliché, but it really worked in the context of the story. I'm definitely going to read/listen on as I'd love to see her deal with something a little less close to home, see if that maybe changes her characterisation.

I loved the story line and how it played out. Some bits were very predictable, but once you've read enough crime thrillers there isn't much that can surprise you.