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Felicity

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  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish. Unnecessarily Long.

  • By Amanda on 25-09-2015

Weird but wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-12-2018

This is a long listen, and half an hour in, I wanted to quit. But I'm glad I kept with it. It was my first Murakami novel and I became immersed in the world. There is a lot more sex discussion in it than I expected, by the way. Ending was a little bit weak. But it was a great ride.

  • The Sense of an Ending

  • By: Julian Barnes
  • Narrated by: Richard Morant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Tony Webster and his clique first met Adrian Finn at school. Sex-hungry and book-hungry, they would navigate the girl-less sixth form together, trading in affectations, in-jokes, rumour, and wit. Maybe Adrian was more serious than the others, certainly more intelligent, but they all swore to stay friends for life. Now Tony is retired.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It made me feel sad.

  • By Amazon Customer on 20-07-2016

Amazingly well crafted story

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

Reviewed: 24-10-2018

Stick with this one. At about halfway through, I started to feel it was getting slightly dull. Little did I know how the second half would twist and turn! So well crafted. The last sentences will slay you. Definitely read!

  • Bel Canto

  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Ann Patchett’s award winning, New York Times best-selling Bel Canto balances themes of love and crisis as disparate characters learn that music is their only common language. As in Pratchett’s other novels, including Truth & Beauty and The Magician’s Assistant, the author’s lyrical prose and lucid imagination make Bel Canto a captivating story of strength and frailty, love and imprisonment, and an inspiring tale of transcendent romance. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful human story

  • By Felicity on 20-10-2018

A wonderful human story

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

Reviewed: 20-10-2018

This is a spell-binding book of great beauty and humanity. Definitely either read it or listen to it. I wasn't as in love with the epilogue as with the rest of the book, but so be it. I found the narrator's voice grating at first, but I grew to like it. Perhaps I was just wrapped up in the story. This is a story to make you fall in love with books all over again.

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • By: Joan Didion
  • Narrated by: Diane Keaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Universally acclaimed from the time it was first published in 1968, Slouching Towards Bethlehem has been admired for decades as a stylistic masterpiece. Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton ( Annie Hall, The Family Stone) performs these classic essays, including the title piece, which will transport the listener back to a unique time and place: the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco during the neighborhood’s heyday as a countercultural center.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous time capsule

  • By Felicity on 15-10-2018

Fabulous time capsule

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 15-10-2018

So long ago but it sounds so fresh and modern! A time of radical change. Diane Keaton reads BEAUTIFULLY.

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Next Big Thing

  • By Hilary on 21-09-2017

Compelling

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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: 29-09-2018

This is a gripping listen/read. Naomi Alderman, co-creator and head writer of Zombies, Run!, has written a speculative fiction page-turner about an alternative reality in which women have developed the power to emit electric shocks from their hands. All of a sudden, women are the physically dominant sex, and this changes everything. At first, my reaction was "Go girls!" - but there are dark twists galore. Highly recommended.

  • The Monster Collection

  • By: Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Dan Stevens, Greg Wise, and others
  • Length: 30 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

Audible presents a special edition of three Gothic masterpieces: a brand-new Audible Exclusive recording of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stories coming to LIVE

  • By Telaga on 02-12-2017

Awesome and great value

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-09-2018

Great narrators, classic texts and a really good value audiobook. A good buy. Definitely recommend.

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Juliet does it again.

  • By Diana on 07-10-2014

Spellbinding

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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: 22-08-2018

Fascinating story, beautifully narrated. Pride and Prejudice meets the industrial revolution. Gripping, gritty and romantic.