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  • The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: The History and Legacy of NASA's Most Notorious Tragedy

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In the decades after the Apollo program, American space shuttles flew over 130 missions and successfully completed over 98 percent of them, but unfortunately, the two most famous missions were the ones that ended tragically aboard the Challenger and Columbia. The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: The History and Legacy of NASA’s Most Notorious Tragedy chronicles the disaster from the origins of the Challenger mission to what went so terribly wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Ruth on 12-06-18

Not bad

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Not bad but not a great deal of information, as it’s only a short book it’s more of an overview. The second half is less about the disaster and more about the people on the investigation panel, not really that interesting. Also the narrator doesn’t really stop for breath, the delivery seems a little rushed.

  • Reservoir 13

  • By: Jon McGregor
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 328

Midwinter in the early years of this century. A teenage girl on holiday has gone missing in the hills at the heart of England. The villagers are called up to join the search, fanning out across the moors as the police set up roadblocks and a crowd of news reporters descends on their usually quiet home. Meanwhile, there is work that must still be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, beds made, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. The search for the missing girl goes on, but so does everyday life. As it must.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Draws you in then won't let go. Deceptively good.

  • By bookylady on 17-12-17

Pretty dull

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I brought this thinking it was a mystery novel, instead it was 8 hours of village life which gets very repetitive. The missing girl story line is a backdrop with no conclusion ( the only reason I carried on listening, thought there might be an exciting ending, nope.)
You could get away with listening to the first hour and not really miss anything from the rest of the book.

  • The Shadow of the Wind

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By MRS LESLEY J E MACLEAN on 23-12-12

Good but not great.

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

Reviewed: 26-02-15

I enjoyed this book overall, though I felt the story was lacking in places.
Good characters, atmospheric, creepy and humorous.I enjoyed listening but I am not sure I would bother with any others in the series. Narration was very good as usual.

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  • The Fellowship of the Ring, Volume 2

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 552

In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOTR - Beautifully read

  • By Amanda on 31-08-09

One of my all time favourite books.

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

I just love this book, it translates well into audio book. Great story, great performance. Definitely recommend, a fantasy classic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild

  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866

A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an 1100-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe and built her back up again. At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. After her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she decided to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than an idea: vague, outlandish, and full of promise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exceptional Story

  • By Colin on 30-01-15

Brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Saw the film that is based on this book, so thought I would give it a read. Fabulous book, sad, sweet and funny. Would definitely recommend. Performance was very good, very enjoyable.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

A good holiday read.

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

Reviewed: 22-01-15

This book was recommended to me, it was a good holiday listen though I would say there are a few holes in the plot, and the outcome is fairly easy to guess towards the end. Narration was very good, overall worth a look

  • The Second Life of Amy Archer

  • By: R. S. Pateman
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 195

Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace...now she's back. On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart. On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth's world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding debut

  • By Saffy on 24-05-14

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 29-08-14

What did you like about this audiobook?

The narration is ok.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

It hasn't.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

No, the characters are very stilted and unbelievable.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing really it's well performed, though Esme's voice is a bit annoying but I guess it's hard for an adult to imitate a child.

Do you have any additional comments?

The idea of this book sounded quite interesting, and a bit of a step away from what I usually listen to. However the character of Beth, rather than making you feel sympathy for her comes across as being rather selfish, and irrational. Libby introduces her daughter to her 'other mother' only to decide a few hours later she wants nothing to do with her. And Esme seems to be very grown up and worldly for a ten year old. I have only listed to half of this book so far and I really don't know if I want to waste another four hours on it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful