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  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Anie on 19-03-2016

Loved the story, but narrator read too quickly

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

Reviewed: 16-01-2019

I first read this many years ago, probably at the time the book was first published. I loved the story then and still enjoyed it now. The humour is quirky, the ideas are fabulous, and the choice of a very 'proper' English-accented narrator was 'spot on' in my opinion. However, the narrator simply read too fast. Sadly, the speed at which Ms Kruger read was a distraction throughout, imposing herself on the story, rather than melting into the background.

  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 6
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail - to go wrong! Take one interim chief training officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous father of history, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to the boil – and wait for the bang! Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall Chronicles of St Mary’s series."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent as Always

  • By Kaz on 30-12-2018

Excellent as Always

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

Reviewed: 30-12-2018

I simply love this series. I can't fault it - in parts: amusing, intriguing, presumably accurate in the history (I'm shamefully ignorant in that department, so I wouldn't know), coherent, and entertaining.

I recommend this series to everyone, but do suggest you start at the beginning to benefit from all the little quips and references along the way.

And the narrator is perfect again.

  • The Something Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 2
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

From the best-selling author of The Chronicles of St Mary's. The Nothing Girl has grown up.... It's life as usual at Frogmorton Farm - which is to say that events have passed the merely eccentric and are now galloping headlong towards the completely bizarre. Once again Jenny struggles to stay afloat in the stormy seas of matrimony with her husband, Russell Checkland, together with an unlikely mix of Patagonian Attack Chickens, Jack the Sad Donkey and Mrs Crisp's mysterious boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, just as I've come to expect

  • By Kaz on 02-12-2018

Excellent, just as I've come to expect

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

Reviewed: 02-12-2018

I've fallen 'hook, line and sinker' in love with Jodi Taylor's writing. This book is no exception. She effortlessly combines fact and frolics, by which I mean the 'facts' or storyline are conveyed through scene, settings and dialogue, whilst the suspense is beautifully balanced with true humour.
I usually listen to these audible books whilst walking in the forest with my dog... Fortunately there are only a few people in the same woods, as I found myself laughing out loud to many parts of this book – if someone were around to hear, they would truly think me mad, apparently laughing to myself.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

In this gripping thriller, an ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life. She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the read!

  • By Amazon Customer on 28-11-2016

Thoroughly Enjoyable and Well-Narrated

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

Reviewed: 25-11-2018

I bought this book without checking the genre as I had been hooked from book 1 when I read the Twilight series (despite my more mature years). When I first started listening to this audible book it was initially an unpleasant surprise as I was expecting more fantasy. I even considered returning the book. But I'm glad I didn't return it and instead continued listening.

Stephens Meyers has captured the essence of intrigue combined with tension-building perfectly. I loved the fact that the protagonist used her brains instead of brawn. I also loved the fact that the two brothers were yin and yang to each other in their psyches as well. I assume the technical aspects were correct, but I wouldn't know one end of a gun barrel from the other, though the chemistry 'sounded sound'.

The story worked so well for me and the narrator read at a good pace and without stumbling, etc. As an individual in her own right, she slipped into the background and did not intrude on the story-telling. For me, that makes the perfect narration.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Next Big Thing

  • By Hilary on 21-09-2017

WoW! Amazing story, narrated beautifully

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

Reviewed: 02-11-2018

So much thought has gone into this 'reversal of fortunes' story and 'what if' scenario. Regardless of whether you believe that these events would follow as a natural course, or take the view that humanity can rise above itself, the story follows a plausible line of reasoning.

The narration was excellent — all the characters read well, sounded 'real' and natural. Pronunciation and diction were flawless to my ear.

I would strongly recommend this book if you like stories that make you think.

  • The Forgotten Garden

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration

  • By Anonymous User on 19-09-2018

"Sins of the Father" - not quite!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-2018

This is quite a dark story, due to the evil actions of some characters and the poor choices made by others. And yet, the reader is left with a sense of resolution and peace at the end.

The characters are made so real that you can almost smell them (sorry if that offends, but all my senses felt engaged and for me that makes for best characterisation). I guessed at the plot development and climax early on in the book, but it did not detract one iota from my enjoyment. Kate Morton casts her net and then cleverly find ways to subtlety draw in all the edges. just when you think one avenue has been closed, it suddenly bears the fruit we hoped for.

Caroline Lee narrates beautifully, lending the old world charm this story required in places, but easily transporting us back and forth between the times and accents.

I don't often give 5 stars all around, but this audiobook deserved it.

  • No Time Like the Past

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 5
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Jodi Taylor’s best-selling series The Chronicles of St. Mary is back with a bang…St. Mary’s has been rebuilt, and it’s business as usual for the history department. But first there’s the little matter of a 17th-century ghost that only Mr. Markham can see. Not to mention the minor inconvenience of being trapped in the Great Fire of London…and an unfortunately timed comfort break at Thermopylae, leaving the fate of the Western world hanging in the balance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another winner, what else would you expect?

  • By Kaz on 24-09-2018

Another winner, what else would you expect?

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

Reviewed: 24-09-2018

Jodi Taylor never seems to fail in producing delightfully entertaining stories. And Zara Ramm narrates so beautifully. I never hesitate to buy another, and another of her audiobooks.
The combination of humorous writing, intelligent and educated prose, and clear annunciation (with some great local accents, such as Peterson's) keeps the reader avidly following the story. Not being an historian myself, I'll assume that the 'history', where it has not specifically been made to fit the altered world of Saint Marys, is well supported by research.

  • 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 4,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,055

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, pretty good overall

  • By Rod Swift on 16-02-2015

Twista and turns, and yet more twists

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

Reviewed: 15-09-2018

This review is not about the story. You can read the author's and publisher's blurb for that, and any more might give away the whole story. What I tell you is my experience as a 'reader'/listener.
From the start the main character is portrayed in real-life terms. I didn't like her much to start with, but I did feel sorry for her. As the story progressed and all the characters started to be developed more I felt that if one assumed that the characters behaved as illustrated (plausible), then the events may well unfurl exactly as the author described. In other words, the story feels real.
Somewhere in the middle the story started to sag just a bit, but perseverence definitely paid off and by the end it was clear that every bit in the middle was necessary (so don't skip anything). Miss Hawkins very cleverly left clues all along the way and she certainly had me jumping to one conclusion after another!
The narration was superb.
I rarely give 5 stars as I try to save those for books that are almost life-changing, but this is a fantastic book. I strongly recommend it.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice ideas well put together

  • By Vicki Edgley on 08-11-2016

Loved it to start, but story dragged on

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

Reviewed: 07-03-2018

When I first started listening to this, I thought it was magnificent! The story concept was unique and very intriguing. The narration was just right and the pace was perfect. I even told several people about it with recommendation to read outside their own preferred genre (which I now regret).

However, with the multiplication of Bobs, I had to really focus to keep track of who was where and doing what and why. The technicalities and intricacies of each major project became tiresome for me and ultimately boring. The individual stories of several of the Bobs was left hanging, and there was no real end. I assume that is so there is room for a sequel, but personally, I will not be reading them.

My rating at around a third of the way through the story was 5 stars, by about half to two-thirds the way through was only 4 stars and by the end only the 3 stars I finally gave it. Shame.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,532
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,530

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Well it's no "The Martian"

  • By Craig on 18-11-2017

Loved it, Andy Weir has written another winner

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

Reviewed: 09-02-2018

In The Martian we were all swept along with the need to survive. Our hero had done no wrong and we were rooting for him and his survival. He was an all-round nice guy by most people's standards.
In Artemis, the heroine has questionable morals, is a self-admitted criminal (albeit only what's considered petty theft), but because of her world view that she's smarter and shouldn't have to abide by rules made for regular folk, she gets herself and those around her deeper and deeper into sh*t. Nevertheless, we truly like her and once again we find ourselves rooting for her to succeed. I won't write about the ending as I don't want to spoil it for others, but it's neat and tidy. A definite five stars from me for the story. Andy Weir deserves the accolades he's getting.
However, and I've left this for last because it's only a small however, Rosario Dawson should not attempt British accents. I don't know how well her other nationality accents went, but her pseudo-cockney was atrocious and in some cases difficult to understand (and I'm pretty tuned into Cockney and other 'rough and ready' British accents having originally come from London). Rosario Dawson gave a really good performance with her narration, so as I said this was only minor in the scheme of things, but it 'niggled'. Overall her narration was excellent and she brought the story to life.