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  • Edge of the Rain

  • By: Beverley Harper
  • Narrated by: Jerome Pride
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

The blood scent was fresh. Hunger ached in her belly. The lioness slid forward as close as she dared. The little boy seconds away from death was two, maybe three years old. He was lost in the vast, heat-soaked sand that was the Kalahari desert.... Toddler Alex Theron is miraculously rescued by a passing clan of Kalahari bushmen. Over the ensuing years the desert draws him back, for it hides a beautiful secret...diamonds. But nothing comes easily from within this turbulent continent and before Alex can even hope to realise his dreams he will lose his mind to love and fight a bitter enemy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure why this didn't live up to expectation...

  • By Pinella on 15-01-2019

Not sure why this didn't live up to expectation...

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

Reviewed: 15-01-2019

I read and enjoyed all of Beverley Harper's African series of books some years ago although this one was my least favourite so I shouldn't be surprised as to why I didn't enjoy it as much. I guess I hoped that listening to the story I would've pick up more passion and compassion. I loved the first half of the book but it lost me during the second half. The narration was quite good but I did find his attempts at the female voices a little annoying and "whiney" which may have been part of the reason I wasn't as involved during the latter half of the story.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,383
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,172

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Gretta on 18-03-2015

Brilliant performance by Rupert Degas

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

Reviewed: 14-06-2018

I'm enjoying this story by Patrick Rothfuss and I'm not usually into the fantasy genre. I like the characters so far and am looking forward to seeing the return of Kvothe's mojo. The narration is the real star of this book and I'm hoping he will continue through the series.

  • Mythos

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210

The Greek myths are amongst the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Anonymous User on 14-11-2017

Just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 13-04-2018

I would never have bothered with a book on Greek mythology but I'm a big fan of Stephen Fry and the reviews were great so I thought I would give it a go and thank goodness I did. I love, LOVE this book and will listen to it again... and perhaps again. I do think however, that it is best listened to in longer blocks of time as opposed to the 15-20 minutes I get on the way to/from work as I had to rewind a minute or so to get back to the gist of the story. It certainly makes it much more pleasurable being held up in traffic.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,360

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller of the year...? Nope.

  • By Anonymous User on 30-10-2017

Thriller?? I think not!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-2018

I'm not sure how this could be classed as a thriller when you can guess who the baddie is in the first chapter and it's very predictable. I listened to the whole book hoping for a twist but the end was almost laughable. I found the narration as unconvincing as the story itself. For me, as stories go it was more about the human condition and how we are obsessed with the misfortune and drama of other people's lives. We as a collective, are easily led by the press to believe the worst in others. Just because you may have 'known' the people around you your whole life does not mean you know what goes on in their lives. This is the part of this story that rings true to me.

  • My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

The hilarious, heartbreaking novel by the author of the international best seller A Man Called Ove. Granny has been telling fairy tales for as long as Elsa can remember. In the beginning they were only to make Elsa go to sleep, to get her to practise Granny's secret language, and a little because Granny is just about as nutty as a granny should be. But lately the stories have another dimension as well. Something Elsa can't quite put her finger on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Some books change you forever

  • By Nicole on 21-04-2017

Too much from the Land of Almost Awake

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

Reviewed: 15-12-2017

I enjoyed this book but like quite a few others, I got a little bored with The Land of Almost Awake. Just when the story is getting interesting it drifts off and I almost gave up about half way through the book. I'm glad I didn't though as it really is a wonderful story. Elsa is quite a precocious child and amazingly smart for an 'almost 8 year old'. Still, I've met children who are 'different' and perhaps borderline autistic who are not too different from Elsa. Worth persevering to meet some fabulous characters.

  • 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 3,533
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,242

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
  • So much better than completely fine

  • By Bec on 29-10-2017

Absolutely and Completely Fine!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-2017

I loved this book and the narration is fabulous. Eleanor made me laugh and also made my heart break for her. I will most definitely pick this one up again one day

  • Wild Swans

  • By: Jung Chang
  • Narrated by: Pik-sen Lim
  • Length: 27 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 77

Few books have had such an impact as Wild Swans: a popular best seller and a critically acclaimed history of China that opened up the country to the world. Through the story of three generations of women in her own family - the grandmother given to the warlord as a concubine, the Communist mother, and the daughter herself - Jung Chang reveals the epic history of China's twentieth century. Breathtaking in its scope, unforgettable in its descriptions, this is a masterpiece that is extraordinary in every way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Melinda - YarnderWoman on 25-07-2015

Even better the second time around

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

Reviewed: 06-10-2017

I read this book when it first came out and like many other people, it disturbed me for months afterwards. Whilst it's depressing, heartbreaking, almost unbelievable to the westerner; it's also a triumph of spirit and strength of character for Jung Chang and her family to not only survive but to ultimately thrive post-Maoist China. Beautifully performed by Pik-sen Lim. Thoroughly recommended.

  • Mischling

  • By: Affinity Konar
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

It's 1944 when twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart breaking

  • By Amanda on 18-10-2017

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 07-08-2017

Would you consider the audio edition of Mischling to be better than the print version?

Not applicable as I haven't read the print version however I will more than likely buy it now.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I usually listen to my audio books to and from work in the car. I had to turn this one off as I was crying.

  • The Rosie Project

  • Don Tillman, Book 1
  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

The art of love is never a science.: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs The Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a 16-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. Yet, Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities and. Don easily disqualifies her as a suitable candidate (even if she is "quite intelligent for a barmaid").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully engaging

  • By Jayltee on 24-10-2014

Brilliant - best audio book so far

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

Reviewed: 10-07-2017

If you could sum up The Rosie Project in three words, what would they be?

Funny Insightful Delicious

What did you like best about this story?

In a world of academia, this character is so close to the bone. The author gives an understanding that being "different" or "socially inept" is OK. Assoc Prof Don Tillman is just matter-of-fact and has accepted that he is who he is. It certainly beats being beige.....

With a few audio books under my belt, this is by far my favourite.

What about Dan O'Grady’s performance did you like?

Fabulous performance. He brought Don to life without fanfare which is exactly how I would expect him to be.

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

Yes I laughed and when I realised that Don is laughed at all the time, it made me want to cry for him.

Any additional comments?

In today's world of increasing mental health issues, this should be recommended reading for all high school students.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that 'sharing is caring.' So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it's the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Earphones comfy? Go!!

  • By Natalie on 19-05-2015

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

Real people who are so typical of every sxhool community I've lived in and I suspect of every community everywhere. The annoying 'blonde bobs' without whom the school would struggle to operate. The mums who want everything their own way but are much too busy to actually get involved... and then there's the beautiful things who are good hearted but a bit dizzy. Only slightly let down by the narration which I found unconvincing. This is a brilliant story and I didn't want it to finish.

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