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  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust: Volume One
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • delightful. gripping. touching.

  • By phoebe on 22-12-2017

Delightful & enchanting

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

Reviewed: 20-02-2018

Having read the Golden Compass series as a child and revisited them as an adult, I had to try out Pullman's latest addition to that world. This is of course a children's book, however I would recommend it to anyone. I was so engrossed in the magical world of the flood and love that Pullman doesn't talk down to children. the moral and cultural ideas explored in Pullman's alternate world are worth all children exploring. I think he has written another children's classic with this one. Listen and lose yourself.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the effort!

  • By lsabelle Blythdvb on 04-04-2017

Depressing

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

Reviewed: 20-02-2018

I couldn't finish this book, absolutely anxiety inducing and there never seems to be a pleasant moment (at least in the first half)... I've listened to many long and convoluted books using audible but this one just goes on and on and gives me no delight whatsoever. Maybe there's some merit to the writing, but the interminably frustrating story just caused me to give up. If you enjoy depressing, well written books, then this is for you.

  • Life After Life

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Book - Very different

  • By Denise on 10-06-2015

A new favourite

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2016

Where does Life After Life rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I've listened to! I've been subscribed for over 2 years but Fenella Woolgar has been one of my favourite narrators. She really brings the characters to life. I loved every moment of this and couldn't stop listening!

What did you like best about this story?

I am a big fan of metaphysical narratives which are well written. This reminded me of David Mitchell novels. It was complex and many layered and beautiful to read.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The part about the Blitz really stayed with me.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's voice does not match the character

  • By Anneka on 02-11-2016

fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 12-11-2014

Davina Porter is incredible. She truly brings the story and characters to life. The story itself is enjoyable if not exceptionally good, but with Davina Porter performing the reading it is overall exciting and engaging. Each character has a distinct voice and it's incredible how you feel you know these characters as the book wears on.
I found that there was too much sex for my taste but I became hooked anyway and have listened to 2 more books in the series (where the sex dies down a little). So really it's a nice, easy story to engage with and as long as you're not prudish then I'm sure you will warm to it like me.

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