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  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, performance made me wince

  • By louise on 29-10-2016

To Be Continued??

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

Reviewed: 23-10-2018

Loved the movie and enjoyed some of the extra details in this. Of course I know that the book is never like the movie, and I always love the book more, but not this time. I am extremely disappointed at the 'to be continued' ending, even if it is part of a series. Maybe you like books like that, in which case I recommend this, but I wasn't happy - I feel like a didn't get a whole book, even though I paid for one...

  • Insomnia

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Eli Wallach
  • Length: 25 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

You'll lose a lot of sleep.... Ralph does. At first he starts waking up earlier. And earlier. Then the hallucinations start - the colours, shapes and strange auras. Not to mention the bald doctors who always turn up at the scene of a death. That's when Ralph begins to lose a lot more than sleep. When he begins to understand why his hitherto mild-mannered friend, Ed, is getting out of control - dangerously so. And why his hometown is about to become the new Armageddon....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NARRATOR GREAT, "MUSIC" CRINGE-WORTHY

  • By Katie on 11-08-2016

A slow burner - not your usual King.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-2018

A slow burner, but worth the effort. A bit mild for him, but still a classic King.
The production has a few issues though - mainly the music. It was rather loud and jarring, especially combined with the softly spoken narrator, and it often so loud you couldn't hear the story.
For King fans...

  • Coraline

  • An Adventure Too Weird for Words
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Dawn French
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Coraline has been made into an animated feature film directed by Henry Selick, director of Tim Burton�s The Nightmare Before Christmas, with a cast including Teri Hatcher, Ian McShane, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Dakota Fanning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It was amazingly creepily amazing

  • By Susan on 23-03-2015

Do not expect the movie...

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2018

This is very different from the movie, but still interesting and spooky - if I didn't know the movie I would still love this. And Dawn French....

  • Girt

  • The Unauthorised History of Australia
  • By: David Hunt
  • Narrated by: David Hunt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,699
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,578

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia.... In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock", and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Blue History of Australia - Addicted

  • By Nelson C on 25-05-2015

Not a dull history book!!

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2018

I have never laughed so hard reading a history book (not even Horrible Histories) - this guy is hilarious, complete with bad accents and weird footnotes. You definitely MUST have a sense of humour and appreciate sarcasm, or you will be easily offended, but if you actually listen you can hear between the lines a very clear commentary of the establishment of the colony and the way people were treated... the comedy in between the actual quotes from people at the time. Highly recommend this, and the sequel.

  • Left Behind

  • A Novel of the Earth's Last Days
  • By: Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

What would happen if millions of people around the world suddenly disappeared one day? In this fascinating apocalyptic thriller, best-selling Christian inspirational authors LaHaye and Jenkins pool their considerable talents to answer that question. Narrator Richard Ferrone's unusually deep and hypnotic voice will keep you right in the middle of this not-unimaginable end of the world nightmare.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be left behind...

  • By MumOfThree on 09-08-2018

Don't be left behind...

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

Reviewed: 09-08-2018

The narration is not bad, but the editing is terrible in places - really long pauses in some places, no pauses in other places where there really needs to be one (e.g. a conversation between two characters suddenly becomes a conversation between two other characters with no break at all in between). It doesn't spoil the story, but you really need to concentrate...
I recommend this series for the truth hidden within the fiction.

  • Tribulation Force

  • Left Behind, Volume 2
  • By: Tim LaHaye, Jerry B. Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

In an instant, millions of people have vanished from Earth. Those left behind scramble to find the cause of this massive disappearance. In their desperation, they fall under the spell of Nicolae Carpathia, a charismatic leader, who vows to bring all religions, governments, and economic systems together. But underneath his promise to unite the world lurks a force of great evil. Can a group of four men and women, who call themselves Tribulation Force, find the strength to topple this wicked foe?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't be left behind...

  • By MumOfThree on 09-08-2018

Don't be left behind...

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

Reviewed: 09-08-2018

This is the second in a series, so make sure you've read 'Left Behind' first.
The narration is not bad, but the editing is terrible in places - really long pauses in some places, no pauses in other places where there really needs to be one (e.g. a conversation between two characters suddenly becomes a conversation between two other characters with no break at all in between). It doesn't spoil the story, but you really need to concentrate...
I recommend this series for the truth hidden within the fiction.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes Part 3

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best performance - Learn about the real Holmes.

  • By MumOfThree on 21-03-2018

Best performance - Learn about the real Holmes.

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

Reviewed: 21-03-2018

Everyone knows a version of Sherlock Holmes, but there's nothing like the original stories - learn how it really all began and hear all the amazing adventures and the many and varied little titbits of information and fact about the great man - I've listened to this several times now, and I'm always picking up something new!! And this performance is by far the best one out there.

  • The Dark Half

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

The sparrows are flying again. The idea - unbidden, inexplicable - haunts the edge of Thad Beaumont's mind. Thad should be happy. For years now it is his secret persona, George Stark, author of superviolent pulp thrillers, who has paid the family bills. But now Thad is writing seriously again under his own name, and his menacing pseudonym has been buried forever. And yet...the sparrows are flying again, and something is terribly wrong in Thad Beaumont's world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen!

  • By Mick Fleay on 03-11-2018

Stick with it...

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

Reviewed: 08-01-2018

I love Stephen King, but this one gets a little slow in the middle - but trust me, don't give up on it. I just left it for a couple of months then came back to it, and in the end "couldn't put it down". The reader is excellent.

  • Hannibal Rising

  • By: Thomas Harris
  • Narrated by: Thomas Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck. He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him. Hannibal's uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pleasantly surprised...

  • By MumOfThree on 20-09-2017

Pleasantly surprised...

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

Reviewed: 20-09-2017

This was a lot better than I expected - I have the book but couldn't get into it, so I put off listening to this for ages, but once I started I didn't want to "put it down". If you love the other books in the series I recommend this one as it gives an interesting background, but read it last, in the order it was written - it's not so interesting if you don't already understand where he ends up... I think, anyway.

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  • The Wicked Boy

  • By: Kate Summerscale
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Early in the morning of Monday, 8 July 1895, 13-year-old Robert Coombes and his 12-year-old brother, Nattie, set out from their small, yellow-brick terraced house in East London to watch a cricket match at Lord's. Their father had gone to sea the previous Friday, the boys told their neighbours, and their mother was visiting her family in Liverpool. Over the next 10 days, Robert and Nattie spent extravagantly, pawning their parents' valuables to fund trips to the theatre and the seaside.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling, innocent, intelligent

  • By Anonymous User on 10-10-2017

Interesting story, badly presented....

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

Reviewed: 30-03-2017

I agree with other reviewers, the narrator is totally wrong for this kind of story.
The story itself is very interesting, and Kate sure does her research... but maybe a bit too much little detail... a few times I found myself wishing I had the actual book so I could flick past some of it. But over all a thorough and interesting history of the times and locations.