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  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz, George Goulding - translator
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,372

The girl with the dragon tattoo is not given to forgiveness. Lisbeth Salander has been forged by a brutal childhood and horrific abuse. And repeated attempts on her life. The ink embedded in her skin is a constant reminder of her pledge to fight against the injustice she finds on every side. Confinement to the secure unit of a women's prison is intended as a punishment. Instead, Lisbeth finds herself in relative safety. Flodberga is a failing prison, effectively controlled by the inmates, and for a computer hacker of her exceptional gifts there are no boundaries.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Story That Makes Salander a Sideshow

  • By Simon on 10-09-17

Doesn’t live up to prior books in the series

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

I’ve loved the character of Lisbeth Salander. But in this book there are no new elements. I think if the series is to live on there needs to be more dimension to her and other characters. The repetition of previous bad guys also feels a little predictable. However I enjoyed the tale.

  • The God of Small Things

  • By: Arundhati Roy
  • Narrated by: Aysha Kala
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Set against a background of political turbulence in Kerala, Southern India, The God of Small Things tells the story of twins Esthappen and Rahel. Amongst the vats of banana jam and heaps of peppercorns in their grandmother's factory, they try to craft a childhood for themselves amidst what constitutes their family - their lonely, lovely mother; their beloved uncle Chacko (pickle baron, radical Marxist and bottom pincher); and their avowed enemy, Baby Kochamma (ex-nun and incumbent grand-aunt).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating, magical

  • By Rochelle on 28-01-17

A surprisingly worthwhile listen

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

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

I listened to this on behalf of our Granddaughter who has to study it for the International Baccalauréat. I had read the book shortly after it came out, many years ago. But listening to it now was a real treat. the language is so rich in alliteration and simili. As a teenager I don't think I would have been able to understand it as well as I can now, and I suspect that our poor Grand daughter will really struggle to see the beauty in the writing and with the way the book is constructed, also struggle to get the whole story. It is a simply masterful work and full of colour. I loved it.

What about Aysha Kala’s performance did you like?

She has a great way of conveying the different characters, Indian and English, young and Old.

Any additional comments?

Really worth the time. Just don't try to rush it!

  • Body and Mind Are One

  • A Training in Mindfulness
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

When your body and mind work together as one, you are fully and naturally present in the moment. This is the essence of mindfulness practice - allowing us to touch the wonders of life in the here and now. Body and Mind Are One is at once a practical teaching series covering fundamental Buddhist principles for a joyful life and a living transmission of insight from beloved Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, who has practiced, shared, and lived this profound wisdom for over seven decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Lard on 25-06-15

THich Nhat Hanh is a true Zen Master

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

What made the experience of listening to Body and Mind Are One the most enjoyable?

I was shocked at first to hear how much ThiCh Nhat Hanh has aged since I listened to another of his works. In his ageing he has softened and developed a great sense of humour. His teachings, this is a series of lectures, are so well thought through and so easy for us to absorb. it should be compulsory listening for everyone in their teenage years, and every 10 years thereafter as a reminder of how we are in control of our own happiness.

What did you like best about this story?

The simplicity

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

I did laugh a few times.

Any additional comments?

I must find time to go listen live to a Dharma talk by this wonderful man.

  • The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

  • A Novel
  • By: Jan-Philipp Sendker
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be - until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the listener’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An endearing and intriguing story.

  • By Amanda on 13-04-13

One of the best ever

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

Where does The Art of Hearing Heartbeats rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's amongst my top 5. Beautifully conceived, a tragic but magical love story. I also loved the narrator,

What other book might you compare The Art of Hearing Heartbeats to, and why?

All the great love stories. Love, when it runs smoothly, is never very interesting!

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

Almost. I finished it in a weekend

Any additional comments?

I want to listen to it again.

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,708

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Great continuation of the Peter Grant series.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

If you could sum up Whispers Under Ground in three words, what would they be?

A fun listen

Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

I love his voice so much, all of them are wonderful.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I am moved to laughter by Ben's turn of phrase from time to time, not belly laugh, but a rye chuckle.

Any additional comments?

I love the whole series which is becoming a favourite. I just downloaded the 4th. Ben, please write faster as I will be through them in the next month or so!

  • The Snow Child

  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: Debra Monk
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 240

A bewitching tale of heartbreak and hope set in 1920s Alaska. Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start for themselves in a homestead 'at the world's edge' in the raw Alaska wilderness. But as the days grow shorter, Jack is losing his battle to clear the land, and Mabel can no longer contain her grief for the baby she lost many years before. The evening the first snow falls, their mood unaccountably changes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely haunting story with gentle narration

  • By S. Bradshaw on 06-03-12

Beautifully paced and hauntingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

If you could sum up The Snow Child in three words, what would they be?

A memorable listen

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the idea that a fairytale character could come to life and live in the world. It reminded me of other books which challenge your view of the possible. It is lovely to dream.

What does Debra Monk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I loved her soft lilting voice. She has a quality in her voice that is old fashioned and straight laced. Very appropriate for the character of Mabel the principle character and narrator of the story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found the whole thing moving and poigniont.

Any additional comments?

You will love this book if like me you enjoy fast paced books some of the time and slow paced books from time to time. This is the latter, languid and reminiscent of the desolate landscape it conjours up so well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moon over Soho

  • Rivers of London, Book 2
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,155
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,265

I was my dad's vinyl-wallah: I changed his records while he lounged around, and that's how I know my Argo from my Tempo. And it's why, when Dr Walid called me to the morgue to listen to a corpse, I recognised the tune it was playing. Something violently supernatural had happened to the victim, strong enough to leave its imprint like a wax cylinder recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good sequel

  • By P. J. Williams on 05-08-11

Great continuation of the Peter Grant series.

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

Reviewed: 24-09-16

If you could sum up Moon Over Soho in three words, what would they be?

Amusing, compelling, easy-going.

What other book might you compare Moon Over Soho to, and why?

The other Peter Grant books

Which character – as performed by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith – was your favourite?

PC Grant. I hope that if they ever make this series into a movie they use Kobna Holdbrook Smith. I love his voice, the velvety undertones and clear London character.

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

Occasional hah hah, not belly laugh or laugh 'till you cry.

Any additional comments?

I've just downloaded the 3rd book in the series and thought of the 4th/5th but decided to await the pleasure later in the year. I am a big fan of series' and this is a very good one, I suppose similar to the Philip Pullman Sally Lockhart series.

  • Eagles at War

  • By: Ben Kane
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Based on real historical events. A time for vengeance AD 9, German frontier: Close to the Rhine, a Roman centurion, Lucius Tullus, prepares to take his soldiers on patrol. On the opposite side of the river, German tribes are resentful of the harsh taxes about to be imposed upon them. Suspicious that there might be unrest, Tullus knows that his men's survival will be determined not just by their training and discipline, but by his leadership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Ben on 21-08-15

Just one battle after another

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

It's probably more for blokes. I thought there would be some Roman history or enough historical context to make it interesting. I couldn't finish it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read

  • By Loraine on 10-01-16

well told story but a gory part of British history

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

Reviewed: 20-03-16

Where does Winter Pilgrims rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's in the upper quartile. I'd say it's not great literature but it was very enjoyable and also instructive.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Kit (Catherine) and Thomas the two principle characters who were well conceived

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The part where Kit cut out the fistular .....

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

No, occasionally I had to distance myself from the battle descriptions as it made me feel a bit queezy. It made me realise how lucky we are to have lived in peacetime.

Any additional comments?

Jack Hawkins is a great narrator. As far as the story is concerned I'd have liked to have more made of the mysterious ledger.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Unseemly Science
    Bullet Catcher Series
    
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    Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
    125 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Unseemly Science

  • Bullet Catcher Series
  • By: Rod Duncan
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

In the divided land of England, Elizabeth Barnabus has been living a double life - as both herself and as her brother, the private detective. Witnessing the hanging of Alice Carter, the false duchess, Elizabeth resolves to throw the Bullet Catcher's Handbook into the fire and forget her past. If only it were that easy! There is a new charitable organisation in town, run by some highly respectable women. But something doesn't feel right to Elizabeth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, clever and gripping.

  • By John on 24-09-15

Loved the whole series

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

Reviewed: 09-03-16

Would you listen to Unseemly Science again? Why?

Probably not, the bullet catcher series was most enjoyable, but not perhaps gripping. It was a little predictable but its a nice listen and I particularly love Gemma Whelan's voice.

What did you like best about this story?

I like long books so this trilogy suited me:I love to get to know the characters and feel I can enter their world (the Gas Lit Empire). If you like trilogies like the Name of the Wind (Rothfuss) then you will also like this trilogy too. The world is perhaps not as richly imagined as that of Pullman, Rothfuss and Rawling and it could perhaps have benefitted from being darker in nature but I would have liked a 4th book to keep going. The characters Rod Duncan creates are likeable and clear, the situations plausible in the context of the world they are in. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful