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  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ten Hours With Tom Hanks

  • By Agatha on 28-10-17

Stick to acting

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I gave up because I found Toms reading monotone and plodding - there was hardly a breath between one story finishing and the next starting

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,151

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

I bought this reluctantly only because it was on offer - I had seen many years ago a TV adaptation and thought it confusing and hard to follow - the book was so much better and much easier to understand even thought names and places are in Swedish it was still easy to follow - well worth it and pleased I bought it

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,517

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

Brilliant, a great listen, refreshingly different

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

Reviewed: 27-02-18

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rosie Project to be better than the print version?

Yes definitely- the narrator certainly adds to the main character - his delivery is perfect

What other book might you compare The Rosie Project to, and why?

Not sure if a book but the film Rain Man maybe because it gives an in sight to Autism

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Too any to choose from but the interactions between the main character Don and Rosie are so well written and described you feel like you are there with them

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

Lobster on a Tuesday

Any additional comments?

This book was extremely well written giving an insight to the problems that the main character needed to overcome to achieve his primary goal

It was funny, sad, emotional, and easy to identify why

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

You'll lose a lot of sleep.... Ralph does. At first he starts waking up earlier. And earlier. Then the hallucinations start - the colours, shapes and strange auras. Not to mention the bald doctors who always turn up at the scene of a death. That's when Ralph begins to lose a lot more than sleep. When he begins to understand why his hitherto mild-mannered friend, Ed, is getting out of control - dangerously so. And why his hometown is about to become the new Armageddon....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying music!

  • By Puddytat purr on 11-10-16

Good story shame about the music

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Whoever thought the screeching music that at times overlays the narration was a good idea should be sacked - at times it drowns out the words but it makes nails down a chalkboard sound pleasant

This is a really good story - moving and was the reason I kept with it

  • The Silver Linings Playbook

  • By: Matthew Quick
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

Now a major film starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.Pat Peoples knows that life doesn’t always go according to plan, but he’s determined to get his back on track. After a stint in a psychiatric hospital, Pat is staying with his parents and trying to live according to his new philosophy: get fit, be nice and always look for the silver lining. Most importantly, Pat is determined to be reconciled with his wife Nikki. Pat’s parents just want to protect him

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully disturbing

  • By Sam on 07-04-14

Moving story

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

At first I found the main character a bit difficult to bond with which goes to show how well this has been written

I found myself wanting a silver lining finish as well as the story unfolded

A really good listen and I had not known it was also a film so have not seen it

  • The Last Thing I Remember

  • By: Deborah Bee
  • Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle, Lucy Middleweek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

A novel that grips from the very beginning and that will live long in the memory, The Last Thing I Remember is Deborah Bee's startling debut thriller. Sarah is in a coma. Her memory is gone - she doesn't know how she got there. And she doesn't know how she might get out. But then she discovers that her injury wasn't an accident. And that the assailant hasn't been caught. Unable to speak, see or move, Sarah must use every clue that she overhears to piece together her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant - Yes there's bad language but please don't be put off by it!

  • By Natasha on 20-02-17

Slow to start but really worth it

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

Took me a couple of attempts to get into this book but it was really worth it and has a very good twist to the tale at the end

The characters are well portrayed and they really come alive and the voices to match them

I ended up really rooting for the main character

Very pleased I didn’t give up on it as I would have missed a good book

  • Blood Rush

  • By: Helen Black
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The UK is gripped by the threat of gang violence - the media is building on that hysteria, convincing us that knife crime is rife and the streets are flooded with guns and drugs. So when a member of a notorious girl gang is charged with a brutal murder, sympathy is in short supply. Enter Lilly Valentine, a tough talking lawyer who is never prepared to take things at face value and is determined to uncover the truth, whatever the cost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I would give no stars if possible

  • By mollyeyre on 27-04-13

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

The narrator was excellent - each character had a distinctive voice and the accents were so realistic- the story had lots of twists and turns and it sounded like the author had done her homework getting the settings right - loved it

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  • The Loving Husband

  • By: Christobel Kent
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 217

For fans of Apple Tree Yard and The Silent Wife, The Loving Husband draws readers into a marriage where nothing is as it seems.... Fran Hall and her husband Nathan have moved with their two children to a farmhouse on the edge of the Fens - a chance to get away from London and have a fresh start.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Was so excited waiting for this one!

  • By Janet on 06-05-16

Finish a sentence please.....

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

Reviewed: 14-08-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The main character Fran actually said something worthwhile!

What was most disappointing about Christobel Kent’s story?

I'm giving up on this one it's too frustrating the main character never says anything except cut short sectances and thoughts it may be due to her situation but it's just driving me nuts and the book moves at such a slow pace because of it

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clare Corbett?

She did a good job under the circumstances

  • The Devil in the Marshalsea

  • By: Antonia Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kloska
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels, and coffeehouses to the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've chosen recently

  • By D on 28-10-14

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

I really enjoyed this as its not my normal type of book. I loved the real factual history twisted into the plot so going to give book two a go
Only disappointment was the narrator - not the best on the block but the story made up for it- l've listened to much worse

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,361

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Refreshingly different

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

A truly enjoyable story told mainly from a leading character who doesn't fall into the normal mode
Kept you guessing up to the last possible moment
Would definitely recommend