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  • Everything Is Lies

  • By: Helen Callaghan
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell, Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,026

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything Is Lies by Helen Callaghan. Sophia's parents lead quiet, unremarkable lives. At least that is what she's always believed. Until the day she arrives at her childhood home to find a house ringing with silence. Her mother is hanging from a tree. Her father is lying in a pool of his own blood, near to death. The police are convinced it is an attempted murder-suicide. But Sophia is sure that the woman who brought her up isn't a killer....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Genuinely Thrilling

  • By steellyn on 24-03-2018

Couldn't finish due to jarring narration

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-2018

Narration style emotionally mismatched to content and stiltingly acted (especially male characters). Couldn't finish it.

  • Conclave

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: Roy Mcmillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Close Call

  • By Kenneth on 25-09-2016

The surprisingly gripping story of electing a pope

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-2018

My dad recommended this book to me after reading it. I looked at the cover art. 'So I'm guessing it's kind of like Dan Brown, then, is it, Dad?' I asked. He laughed and said, 'Not really, except that it's surprisingly gripping.'

He was not wrong.

Robert Harris's imaginings of the internal machinations of the highest echelons of the Catholic Church between the death of the Pontiff and the election of his successor is more than ably served by Roy McMillan's masterful narration. The subject matter has no right to be this thrilling, and yet it is. I loved it.

  • Norse Mythology

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling - from Tolkien, Alan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman's own award-bedecked, best-selling fiction. Now he reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes!!!

  • By Charles on 15-03-2017

An absolute gem

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-2018

Neil Gaiman isn't a natural actor, but that isn't to say this detracts from his narration skills. Hearing him read is like having a beloved, trusted and, above all, imaginative parent read the child-you a bedtime story. Every character is distinct, without a hint of artifice in the delivery. I found that Gaiman's voice sounded very different to how it sounds in my head when I read his written words - but in a way that made me feel that I'd come to know him better as a storyteller. Ragnarok is as devastating and cathartic a climax as any he has produced.

Wildly entertaining, told with almost tangible love, and highly recommended.

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Cleese fans

  • By Stan on 10-12-2017

Simply delightful from beginning to end.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-2017

Being able to hear Cleese's own tone of voice is wonderful. I found myself snorting with laughter on buses, trains, airplanes and in supermarket aisles, and it was glorious. The sort of listening experience you never want to end. If you like that sort of thing.