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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,434
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,404

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Great listening

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

It’s easy to see why this book attracted such plaudits - it’s minutely observed and heartwarming as anything despite the terrible story at its heart. The audiobook is absolutely made, though, by the fabulous performance - enhancing the writing, and making listening to this a pleasure.

  • Day After Day

  • By: Carlo Lucarelli
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

A professional killer is at large in the cities of Italy. Code-named 'Pit Bull', he is a master of disguise and an expert with weapons. He modifies his guns and his bullets are untraceable. His skill with prosthetics, wigs and makeup means that no two victims witness the same terrifying final vision. This is a hunt for a man with no face. Only the picture of a pit bull terrier left behind at each murder can link the crimes. Day after day, Ispettore Negro works on her seemingly impossible case.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t finish it

  • By Catspaws on 17-10-18

Couldn’t finish it

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

Reviewed: 17-10-18

The wooden, singsong performance of this book is so awful it’s difficult to listen. Maybe will try reading it instead but I couldn’t get more than halfway.

  • A Day at the Office

  • By: Matt Dunn
  • Narrated by: James Clamp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 82

Julie kissed Mark at the office Christmas party. She doesn’t seem to remember but he’s not been able to forget. What better day to jog her memory than Valentine’s Day? Calum’s found the girl of his dreams on the internet. Trouble is, he’s not been completely honest about himself. Tonight he’s meeting her for the first time but will it also be the last? Nathan’s organized his usual Anti-Valentine’s party for the office singletons. Sophie’s going - again. Though this year, if she gets her way, they might just be leaving together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like listening to the football scores

  • By Catspaws on 16-02-16

Like listening to the football scores

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

Reviewed: 16-02-16

Any additional comments?

I don't know if this is a good book or not. I suspect not. I think it's in that genre of glib, not-quite-funny-enough, not-quite-clever-enough, not-quite-well-written-enough but nevertheless inoffensive-enough humorous novels of which there are thousands.
On the other hand it's difficult to get a real sense of the writing when the narrator. Insists on reading. Every sentence. Like it's the shipping forecast.

Avoid.

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