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  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautifully written tale of four friends

  • By Amanda on 23-02-2016

A sometimes difficult but worthy listen

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2017

Sometimes this book is a little long winded, but it is beautifully written and captures the devastation and irreparable effects of child abuse.
It was difficult to listen to some parts because it made my heart so heavy with the reality of the damage children suffer at the hands of adults and the knowledge that ultimately the victims never ever get over it.

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

Bravery, courage, fear, and love in a time of war. Despite their differences sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband, Antoine, and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight, and Viann finds herself isolated, so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength are tested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Ness on 10-09-2015

A softly emotional journey

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

Reviewed: 24-08-2015

This was a great story, beautifully narrated, and I found myself crying towards the conclusion. A wonderful listen.
Worthwhile read

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