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  • Northern Lights: His Dark Materials Trilogy, Book 1

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,988

This is the first book in the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Award-winning trilogy His Dark Materials, from Philip Pullman. Set in a parallel world very similar to our own, Northern Lights tells the compelling story of 12-year-old Lyra's quest to rescue her friend and find her father, aided by her daemon, an armoured bear, and a witch-queen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT BRILLIANT

  • By Clair on 16-10-07

I loved this

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

I loved the books and read them many years ago and then after listening to The Book of Dust I wanted to listen to this trilogy again. I just loved everything about it. It was brilliant the way the excitement built and I remembered all the characters well. The voices and narration were spot on. Just an amazing set of books.

  • Paradox Bound

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

Nothing ever changes in Sanders. The town's still got a video store, for God's sake. So why doesn't Eli Teague want to leave? Not that he'd ever admit it, but maybe he's been waiting - waiting for the traveler to come back. The one who's roared into his life twice before, pausing just long enough to drop tantalizing clues before disappearing in a cloud of gunfire and a squeal of tires. The one who's a walking anachronism, with her tricorne hat, flintlock rifle, and steampunked Model A Ford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The American Dream

  • By Mark T. on 10-11-17

Another great book by this guy

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

I read 14 and loved it and so when I saw this I hoped it would be good. The narrator is my favourite kind of narrator with a silky, deep voice. The story is just fantastic and kept me hooked all the way through. Excellent book. Definitely recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark in Death

  • In Death, Book 46
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

On a chilly February night, during a screening of Psycho in midtown, someone sunk an ice pick into the back of Chanel Rylan's neck, then disappeared quietly into the crowds of drunks and tourists in Times Square. To Chanel's best friend, who had just slipped out of the theater for a moment to take a call, it felt as unreal as the ancient black-and-white movie up on the screen. But Chanel's blood ran red, and her death was anything but fictional.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good read

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-05-18

I loved this story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

I have seen reviews saying the book was boring but I don't agree. I just love all the characters so much and I liked that everyone was so funny and familiar with each other. I enjoyed this one so much I'm going to start it again straight away. I loved all the at home parts in the library and with Galahad. I was right about who Nadine hired as her intern and I am glad about that character making future appearances. I think that Peabody should be advancing a bit more in her role really though. She always seems one step behind Eve and is still ooohing and aaahing in shops over pretty things instead of being a bit more of a leader in her job. I still like her though. If you're reading this as your first In Death book then it might seem tame but if you're a fan and have read them all then I would think you would love this one too. I do.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,927
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,916

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 19-11-17

It's hard not to expect amazing things when I loved The Martian so much. I did like the Moon as a setting for the story and the idea was good. The characters came together well and you got to like a lot of them. Something just fell short a little bit somewhere. Some of the plot was a bit complicated to follow. The last third was better than the first two thirds. Maybe I should listen to it again. I think if I had listened to it not having read The Martian and knowing it was the same author maybe I would have enjoyed it more. I was just holding it up too high maybe. See what you think. It is worth a listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,902
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,527

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Wow Wow Wow Wow WOW Just Wow.

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

I have read His Dark Materials and I loved them so I was very excited to see this book was out and it was just amazing. I don;t often gush about an audiobook in my reviews even if I have enjoyed it but this one was just amazing. I loved it from start to finish. So exciting and thrilling. Such great characters. Oooh I just loved it. Presumably there will be other volumes in this prequel series. I can't wait. If you have read His Dark Materials then read this and if you haven't you could start with this and then go onto them. They're all amazing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After I've Gone

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emmy Rose, Helen Lloyd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

On a wet Monday in January, Jess Mount receives the devastating news that she hasn't got long left to live. She doesn't hear it from a doctor, though. She discovers it when her Facebook timeline skips forward 18 months and family and friends start posting tributes to her - following her death.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By M. Mawson on 08-08-17

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 18-10-17

I really enjoyed this book. It kept me guessing the whole way through and I really liked the character. The way she was written you really understood what kind of person she was. I really loved it.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,364

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I really enjoyed this book. I knew there was a lot of hype around it but I really like Joanne Froggett so I listened anyway and I'm glad I did. It kept me hooked and listening and I listened to the last few hours in one go. The suspense and whodunnit type story kept me guessing throughout. I would recommend the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Transfer of Power

  • Mitch Rapp Series
  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203

On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Change the narrator

  • By Alan Cram on 27-09-17

Oooh I loved this

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

I wanted to listen to this book after I saw it was the inspiration behind the films Olympus Has Fallen and also White House Down. I wasn't disappointed.I loved the way the story unravelled and how you got to know the characters. I just loved listening to this book. I think it is the longest book I have ever listened to but it seemed to go really fast. I would recommend it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets in Death

  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

The chic Manhattan nightspot Du Vin is not the kind of place Eve Dallas would usually patronize, and it's not the kind of bar where a lot of blood gets spilled. But that's exactly what happens one cold February evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • once again a good read

  • By Kindle Customer on 30-07-18

Always love these books

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

Where does Secrets in Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved it just because it was an In Death book. I adore the characters and it feels comfortable listening to these books now.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love Roarke and Dallas. Just love when they're together and how lovely they are with each other and how much he adores her.

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

I love all the different voices she does and how distinctive they all are.

Any additional comments?

The story was a little disjointed I found. I didn't really follow the reasoning behind the murderer and why Larinda had changed herself so much and her background was a bit odd but I still loved it just because it was what it was. For a fan of the books it was good but if it's your first go at them then please start at the beginning.

  • Sweetpea

  • By: C. J. Skuse
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog...but she's got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon's life is normal now that her celebrity has dwindled. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend's plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list. A kill list.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By D. Childs on 29-05-17

Beautifully sick

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Any additional comments?

It took me a little while to get into the rhythm of this book. I don't think I quite got it at first but I persevered and I'm really glad I did. It was really darkly funny and made me laugh out loud quite a few times. Rhiannon thinks what a lot of us thinks but she just takes it one step further. I really enjoyed listening to the story unfold and I will probably listen again now I know what happens too.