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  • Broken River

  • By: J. Robert Lennon
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Karl, Eleanor, and their daughter, Irina, arrive from New York City in the wake of Karl's infidelity to start anew. Karl tries to stabilize his flailing art career. Eleanor, a successful commercial novelist, eagerly pivots in a new creative direction. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Irina becomes obsessed with the brutal murders that occurred in the house years earlier. And, secretly, so does her mother.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting novel with poor narration

  • By Úna on 28-08-17

Interesting novel with poor narration

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

What did you like best about Broken River? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the pithy commentary on the arts scene in NYC immensely. The worst aspect of the novel itself was the conclusion - I found it predictable. The worst aspect of the audiobook was the narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I believed in the daughter's character wholeheartedly.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

They read in a very robotic way with staccato syntax and no variation in tone, it was distracting.

Did Broken River inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspired me to buy a house to renovate in upstate NY.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow in the North

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303

An elderly lady loses her money on an investment; a conjuror is pursued by thugs; and a clairvoyant mentions the name of the richest man in Europe and his mysterious company. Seemingly unconnected events set Sally Lockhart on the trail of an evil far more awful than she could ever imagine. This thriller, by the author of The Ruby in the Smoke, evokes its 19th century setting and at the same time remains remarkably contemporary in the originality of its plot and larger-than-life characters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 04-03-18

Brilliant series

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

Would you listen to The Shadow in the North again? Why?

Yes, I read the books as a teenager and returned to the audiobooks recently. The books are connected but work on their own too. Sally's character is brilliant, what a wonderful strong character she was to grow up with. I love Pullman's attention to detail, it keeps the stories rich time after time.

What about Anton Lesser’s performance did you like?

He is a very accomplished actor and performed with skill and subtlety.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always do both when I listen to these.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

An instant favourite

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

What did you like most about The Goldfinch?

The house full of art and furniture, I can see it so clearly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it really didn't take long for me to listen to the whole thing.

Any additional comments?

Donna Tartt is one of my favourite authors. Her books are all so different from one another and from anything else. This is one of the best books I have heard or read.

  • Ordinary Thunderstorms

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Martyn Ellis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

Adam Kindred, visiting London for a job interview, comes across a little Italian bistro as he walks along the Embankment, admiring the views. During his meal he strikes up a conversation with a diner at the next table, who leaves soon afterwards. With horrifying speed, Adam's encounter leads to a series of accidents through which he will lose everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book, beautifully read.

  • By L. Fuchs on 24-09-09

Enjoyable London - based thriller

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Ordinary Thunderstorms the most enjoyable?

The first device of the chance meeting was very effective.

Would you be willing to try another book from William Boyd? Why or why not?

Yes because I enjoy this genre.

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

Be careful what you order hahaha

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Where the Shadows Lie

  • By: Michael Ridpath
  • Narrated by: Seán Barrett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

One thousand years ago: An Icelandic warrior returns from battle, bearing a ring cut from the right hand of his foe. Seventy years ago: An Oxford professor, working from a secret source, creates the 20th century’s most pervasive legend. The professor’s name? John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Six hours ago: An expert on Old Icelandic literature, Agnar Haraldsson, is murdered. Everything is connected, but to discover how, Detective Magnus Jonson must venture where the shadows lie….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great find!

  • By Denise on 14-05-11

Recommended for holidays

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would because I read it when I was a teenager and recently listened to the audiobook again, I thought it held up well and I enjoyed it both times.

Any additional comments?

Just right for taking on a long journey, very absorbing.

  • The Silver Chair

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Hordern
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Drawn back to Narnia, Eustace Scrubb and his new friend Jill Pole are sent to rescue a captive prince. In a world where evil weaves a spell, Giants and Marsh-wiggles can be friend or foe, but the stakes are raised when they reach Underland and come face-to-face with a notorious and terrifying opponent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Narnia audiobooks - accept no substitute

  • By Úna on 19-05-17

The best Narnia audiobooks - accept no substitute

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

What did you like most about The Silver Chair?

It is one of my favourite Narnia stories because the character of Puddleglum is brilliant and the story balances mystery, humour and darkness so well.

What does Sir Michael Hordern bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Michael Hordern's reading is the best performance of any Narnia audiobook, he is master and reads with perfect emphasis and gravitas. His voice is unforgettable and adds a sense of timelessness.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I have read and listened to this book hundreds of times since childhood, it has made me laugh and kept my attention all these years. I am so happy that Audible stocks is so that I can keep it in my library and take it wherever I go.

Any additional comments?

I also love the rest of this series, performed by Michael Hordern with music composed especially by harpist Marisa Robles. The music adds a whole new dimension of otherworldly beauty, light and fear. I love it so much I also bought the album, I believe it is called The Narnia Suite.

  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

  • By: Joël Dicker
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,010

August 30, 1975: the day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with 15-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert’s most gifted protégé - throws off his writer’s block to clear his mentor’s name. Solving the case and penning a new best seller soon merge into one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • well i quite liked it

  • By knittyboot on 15-05-14

The atmosphere of an Edward Hopper

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

What made the experience of listening to The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair the most enjoyable?

The plot was fantastic, I was totally immersed.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked a lot of things, the characters and setting were very successful, but the overall ambience was the best thing. A very intelligent book.

  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

  • By: Natasha Pulley
  • Narrated by: Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,073

It's 1883. Thaniel Steepleton returns home to his tiny London apartment to find a gold pocket watch on his pillow. Six months later the mysterious timepiece saves his life, drawing him away from a blast that destroys Scotland Yard. At last he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori, a kind, lonely immigrant from Japan. Although Mori seems harmless, a chain of unexplainable events soon suggests he must be hiding something.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An enchanting read

  • By anne on 15-08-15

One of the finest books I have heard

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but I would like to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thaniel and Mori are both wonderful intricate characters and I loved them both.

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

Something about a clockwork octopus. This book is so enchanting I would love to see a film made.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe this author has not written anything else! She is clearly a master, this book is fascinating, engaging and original as well as being beautifully written.

  • The Owl Service

  • By: Alan Garner
  • Narrated by: Wayne Forester
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

After hearing scratches in the attic, Alison discovers a dinner service covered in an intriguing floral owl pattern, and a series of events are set in motion that will change her life forever. Alison, her step-brother Roger and Welsh boy Gwyn are forced into a cyclical replay of the tragic Welsh legend of Blodeuwedd, in which a woman is turned into an owl as a punishment for betraying her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • About this book

  • By David on 02-11-10

A haunting classic

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, The Owl Service is a magnificent and important work. The images and symbols in it make a lasting impression. It is utterly original and also a very good and suspenseful story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Owl Service?

The most memorable moment of The Owl Service is the first tracing of the plate to show to Owl, in my view one of the most memorable moments in literature.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration was mostly fine although I would have preferred no attempt to read in the voices of the children - it sounded silly.

Any additional comments?

Not to be written off as a children's book!

  • Magpie Murders

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner, Samantha Bond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336

When editor Susan Ryeland is given the tattered manuscript of Alan Conway's latest novel, she has little idea it will change her life. She's worked with the revered crime writer for years, and his detective, Atticus Pund, is renowned for solving crimes in the sleepy English villages of the 1950s. As Susan knows only too well, vintage crime sells handsomely. It's just a shame that it means dealing with an author like Alan Conway.... But Conway's latest tale of murder at Pye Hall is not quite what it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who? How? Where & Why?

  • By Mrs Q on 10-10-16

All the fun of le Carre without the archaic maxims

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

Reviewed: 19-05-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes because it was enjoyable to listen to, I find that I enjoy books where writing takes up some of the subject matter (Diane Setterfield's The Thirteenth Tale for example) - perhaps because writers are expert on the subject or writing? This book is not predictable or cliched, it was a joy to listen to.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely!