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  • Middle England

  • By: Jonathan Coe
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

Beginning eight years ago on the outskirts of Birmingham, where car factories have been replaced by Poundland, and London, where frenzied riots give way to Olympic fever, Middle England follows a brilliantly vivid cast of characters through a time of immense change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly absorbing 'political Gogglebox'

  • By K. J. Noyes on 17-11-18

Clever reflection of current state of uk.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This book reflects the lives of a group of Midland families and the causes and consequences of the Brexit referendum. Basically it casts a light on the current state of divided Britain and how it sees its place in the world. Don't be put off if you're tired of the Brexit debate this is more a living social history. It is very clever , well written and profound. The narrator is absolutely brilliant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Silence of the Girls

  • By: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feminist Iliad

  • By Barbie on 02-09-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I quite enjoyed this and liked the idea of ancient history/story from a female standpoint. Briseis is the main character and features in the Iliad, on which this story is based. i.e. the 10 year war between the Trojans and Greek states. Women were traditionally wives,mothers and could be spoils of war and had no control over their lives, as we see in this book. However I found the characters all rather 2 dimensional until the end when more emotions and motivations were in evidence. I did enjoy it though in spite of that.

  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally here

  • By karin cornet on 15-03-12

Excellent narrator and author

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

What an amazing story from a very inventive author. This is a mix of historical,/romance/adventure,,/ fantasy. With its many chapters it kept me entertained for many hours. Very engrossing.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,628
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,304
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,283

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By OldskoolHrdcore on 25-08-17

extraordinary!

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

This is a riveting story of the extraordinary early years of Trevor and his remarkable mother. All the adversity, prejudice, alienation present in the south African society he was raised in he seems to have been able to turn to his advantage. He always felt a misfit, an outsider, but rather than feeling sorry for himself it fuelled his ambition and energy to rise above the limitations of his society.