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  • Once Upon a River

  • By: Diane Setterfield
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? An exquisitely crafted multilayered mystery brimming with folklore, suspense and romance as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s best seller The Thirteenth Tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant. Wonderfully written and narrated.

  • By Nola J Pearce on 06-02-2019

I wanted to enjoy, but couldn't!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-2019

I tried really hard to enjoy this book, but it just never took off. I enjoyed the setting, but the characters and storyline I found just so boring! I could never quite tell if the book was written for adults or children either. The constant introduction of new characters made it hard work trying to remember who each person was and what importance they had to the story. The storyline itself seemed very basic, and did not grab me, leaving me caring what happened. I see most reviews have been positive, but for me it was frustratingly slow and boring.

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow to start and pace was a bit too slow for me

  • By Henry on 30-06-2016

The worst ending to a book iv ever came accross.

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

Reviewed: 15-01-2019

A slow start, that finally heats up, then only to have the most frustrating, most infuriatingly unsatisfying ending I have ever came accross. What was the auther thinking!!!!

  • The Mammoth Hunters

  • Earth’s Children, Book 3
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 28 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Leaving the valley of horses with Jondalar, the handsome man she has nursed back to health and come to love, Ayla embarks on a journey that will lead her to the Mamutoi; the Mammoth Hunters. But as she settles into this new life among a people at first strange and disturbingly different, Ayla finds herself irresistibly drawn to Ranec, their master-carver. Ultimately, she is compelled to make a fateful choice between the two men.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I tried...

  • By Won on 22-04-2016

A long winded continuation to the series

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

Reviewed: 06-12-2017

The previous 2 books in the series had alot going on, many small stories to play out, where this book was a bit long winded where hours on end could be left out without really missing much of the story. The story line is not bad at all, just hours and hours of not alot happening to get to the thin story line. Still I'm glad I got thru it, as the book does touch on some important stuff for the series. Still worth it, just could have been about 10 hours shorter to have compacted the interesting parts.

  • The Valley of Horses

  • Earth’s Children, Book 2
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

Forced to leave the Clan and her young son, Ayla sets out alone to travel the frigid steppes until she finds the valley of horses. Unable to find people like herself, the Cro-Magnons, she settles there and seeks friendship elsewhere. First she adopts a young filly, then a wounded lion cub. But far to the west, two young Cro-Magnon brothers have begun a journey. One of them is Jondalar, whose destiny is bound inextricably with Ayla's.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the effort

  • By Renay on 29-01-2019

Great adventure.

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2017

This series will have you always looking forward to hearing more. Educational epic adventure book.

  • The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • Earth's Children 1
  • By: Jean M. Auel
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 20 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 232

Clan of the Cave Bear is the first novel in Jean M. Auel's magnificent best-selling epic of life 35,000 years ago. Leave the 21st century and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan's wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman, Iza, and its wise holy man, Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity and struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clan of the cave bear while at work

  • By Jo-Ann on 04-01-2017

Stunning adventure.

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

Reviewed: 29-06-2017

This series made me fascinated with prehistoric humans and how they lived. The story itself is well written, and gives a good sense of adventure. I'm going straight onto the next book in the series.

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: David Buck
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

With buried treasure, treacherous buccaneers, a young hero, and Long John Silver, the one-legged villain, Treasure Island remains one of the most popular of pirate adventures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as hyped up to be.

  • By Anonymous User on 11-06-2017

Not as good as hyped up to be.

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

Reviewed: 11-06-2017

I was slightly dissopointed. Well written and narrated, but probaly hasn't aged too well. Quite a basic story line.