LISTENER

Sue Two

  • 6
  • reviews
  • 12
  • helpful votes
  • 21
  • ratings
  • 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 12,356
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,376

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

Mesmerising

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

Beautifully written and narrated, enjoyed every poignant minute. Happy and sad , up and down. Fabulously original.

  • The Cows

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O'Porter, Karen Cass, Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Hippynat on 24-05-17

Fantastic book well done Dawn

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

Gripping and full of amazing insight , absolutely loved it and the honesty she writes with. Great female characters bring the story to life and tackle some very real issues facing all modern women today.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Bridget Jones

  • Mad About the Boy
  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 923

With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email CC, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed reading/listening experience!

  • By Ann D on 07-11-13

Was a bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 11-07-16

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

Probably not as its a bit dull in places

Would you be willing to try another book from Helen Fielding? Why or why not?

Probably as can't write off an author for one book you didn't enjoy as much

What about Samantha Bond’s performance did you like?

She does a great impression of drunk person and overall thought her reading of it was good

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

Not really the way the previous books did

Any additional comments?

Generally enjoyed catching up with Bridget although some parts more than others and it was written as if mimicking the other films of the previous books rather than the books themselves as if anticipating it to be turned into a screen play again and not worrying so much about development of storylines. Also the relationships repeated a predictable pattern and with foreseeable results. And despite Bridget claiming to be alone all the time she appears to be able to develop relationships by little or no effort at all on her part. I liked the school mums interaction and dramatic bit towards the end but otherwise was a little bit flat which is a shame but it may translate better as a film where less content is required.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 22,627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,366

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

Brilliant book was gripped throughout!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

Where does The Girl on the Train rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very highly

What other book might you compare The Girl on the Train to, and why?

Some Robert Galbraith ones as seemed like chic lit but was full of intrigue as the main character appoints herself detective

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The kitchen scene when it all comes to breaking point

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

It made me empathetic with the main character

Any additional comments?

Fabulous book , couldn't stop listening !

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 641

Three sisters, one birthday, one little problem... The three Kettle sisters have had a mortifying mishap. Their raucous, champagne-soaked birthday dinner has come to an abrupt end following a violent argument and an emergency dash to the hospital. So who started it this time? Was it angry, hurt Cat, still recovering from the 'night of the spaghetti'? Was it Lyn, so serenely successful, at least on the outside? Or was it quirky, dreamy Gemma, the sister who can't keep a secret except for the most important one of all?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another gem from Liane Moriarty

  • By Cookie Monster on 19-10-15

A great story

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

What made the experience of listening to Three Wishes the most enjoyable?

The unravelling and analysis of relationships during the story

What was one of the most memorable moments of Three Wishes?

The beginning

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

She is an excellent narrator - very listenable

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

Never underestimate the quiet one.......

Any additional comments?

The little bits of commentary on situations over time by people outside the story detracted from it a bit but otherwise very compelling listen and interesting twists as expected from this author

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Sir Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook beats Hardback!!!

  • By Justin on 15-10-10

Interesting and a very enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 19-01-15

What made the experience of listening to The Elephant to Hollywood the most enjoyable?

The narration and some fantastic anecdotes about the film industry from a national treasure

What other book might you compare The Elephant to Hollywood to, and why?

It's probably fairly unique as an acting autobiography as it spans the wide gap between the old Hollywood and gritty British film industry.

What about Michael Caine’s performance did you like?

Narrated by Michael himself his fabulous tone and chatty manner made it like listening to an interesting and wise old friend

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

Yes some parts were so interesting I had to wait Til that part was finished before pausing but was also nice to go back to it although trying to retrospectively remember all the history of which film he did and when was sometimes tricky as he went through them quite fast in places.

Any additional comments?

Though much name dropping as expected some of the 'lovey' admiration got a bit predictable, would have been great if he could have just honestly said if he wasn't keen on another actor or if he didn't like working with them and maybe expanded on how he rebuilt his relationship with his first daughter.