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Victoria Pye

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  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,048

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Murakami sparkles as ever

  • By Nick on 22-01-12

Unpleasant

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

Reviewed: 28-11-16

I got nearly halfway through this audiobook but gave up because the storyline was unrewarding and I found the sexualisation of school girls disturbing. I'm not referring to the rapes by 'Baddies' but by the protagonist Tengo's obsession with the pubescent and prepubescent form.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm Sister

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 2
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Noreen Leighton, Rachel Lincoln
  • Length: 21 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

A talented sailor, Ally is about to compete in one of the world's most challenging yacht races when she hears the news of her adoptive father's sudden death. In the aftermath of the harrowing events that follow, Ally pursues the clues her father left her to the icy beauty of Norway. There, she begins to discover how her story is inextricably bound to that of a young unknown singer, Anna Landvik, who lived there over 100 years before.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Silly story about lightweight glossy people

  • By Cliente Amazon on 27-11-16

Good story, poor production and editing

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

Reviewed: 14-05-16

I enjoyed this gentle story as I have done others by this author and the narrator herself was pleasant to listen to. However, the editing of the narrator's voice was done badly. This meant that there were odd pauses, peculiar intonation and a general feeling that the performance did not hang together. Despite this, I persevered and enjoyed the story but some would have been put off. Needs some serious re editing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aegypt

  • By: John Crowley
  • Narrated by: John Crowley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Is there more than one history of the world? This is the question Pierce Moffett is seeking to answer when, jilted and newly jobless, he gets off a bus by chance in the Faraway Hills and steps unawares into a story that has been awaiting him there. His search will bring him into contact with Rosie Rasmussen, another seeker marked by loss. And it will lead them both on a path toward the longed-for country of our oldest dreams and most unanswerable desires, toward a magnificent discovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Aegypt

  • By Nigel on 06-12-08

Unsure how I feel.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-05-09

I did enjoy this book but it was very hard work. I found the 'free love' feel of the modern storyline sat very strangely with its philosophical ramblings. I have a feeling that perhaps I may enjoy the next one more now that the characters are set. (Presuming it contains the same characters). Cannot give the heartfelt praise of other reviewers.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hood

  • King Raven Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Stephen R. Lawhead
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

For centuries, the legend of Robin Hood and his band of thieves has captivated the imagination. Now the familiar tale takes on new life, fresh meaning, and an unexpected setting. Hunted like an animal by Norman invaders, Bran ap Brychan, heir to the throne of Elfael, has abandoned his father's kingdom and fled to the greenwood. There, in the primeval forest of the Welsh borders, danger surrounds him, for this woodland is a living, breathing entity with mysterious powers and secrets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hoodwinked - Hood Bk 1

  • By Isobel on 24-05-07

A compelling listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-08

I enjoyed this story. However, it is worth noting that it really bears very little relation to stories of Robin Hood. This said, it is an enjoyable fantasy novel and I hope to download a sequel soon.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Kite Runner

  • By: Khaled Hosseini
  • Narrated by: Khaled Hosseini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable and beautifully told story of the friendship between two boys, Amir and Hassan, growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them. When Amir and his father flee the country for a new life in California, Amir thinks that he has escaped his past. And yet he cannot leave the memory of Hassan behind him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Jess H on 20-05-18

Very enjoyable and poignant.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-08

I found it enlightening listening to this story based in the Afghan culture. It is both moving and compelling.

  • The Alchemyst

  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1
  • By: Michael Scott
  • Narrated by: Denis O'Hare
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Nicholas Flamel is the greatest Alchemyst to ever live. The records show that he died in 1418, but what if he's actually been making the elixir of life for centuries? The secrets to eternal life are hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. There is one hope. If the prophecy is true, Sophie and Josh Newman have the power to save everyone. Now they just have to learn to use it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By susie w on 05-07-07

I loved this audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-09-08

As a thirty something, I have just discovered the joys of fiction that bridges both adults and teens. The alchemist is an excellent example. Although about two teenagers, it had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter. Comes highly recommended. I've just downloaded the next book.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful