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  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • overall an enjoyable listen

  • By Briony on 02-03-2017

An old favourite

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2018

I re read and listen to now Neil Gaiman is the narrator every couple of years. Richard is such a great character and the world of London below so fascinating, definitely one of my favourites books of all time.

  • Of Blood and Bone

  • (Chronicles of The One, Book 2)
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Fallon Swift, approaching her thirteenth birthday, barely knows the world that existed before - the city where her parents lived, now in ruins and reclaimed by nature since the Doom sickened and killed billions. Traveling anywhere is a danger, as vicious gangs of Raiders and fanatics called Purity Warriors search for their next victim. Those like Fallon, in possession of gifts, are hunted - and the time is coming when her true nature, her identity as The One, can no longer be hidden. In a mysterious shelter in the forest, her training is about to begin under the guidance of Mallick, whose skills have been honed over centuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it!

  • By Rhiannon on 10-01-2019

Story telling at its best

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2018

Loved the second book even more than the first. Can not wait for the next book. Exciting, engaging and just love all the characters, even the ones we hate. Fast, interesting writing, Nora Roberts is back in form.

  • Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

  • Nevermoor, Book 2
  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 153

Morrigan Crow, the girl who was cursed to die on Eventide, has escaped her deadly fate and found a new home in the fantastical city of Nevermoor. She has also discovered that she has a strange and magical ability: she is a Wundersmith, one of the very few who can summon and control the mysterious energy behind the city's magic. But is being a Wundersmith a blessing or another curse? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magically made sequel

  • By Anonymous User on 30-04-2019

Book 2 better than the first

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2018

We still have not formed any attachment to any of the characters so it will never be a great book. The second in the series is differently better than the first, but do not think we would bother with anymore. Neither of my kids were interested in listening to a 3rd instalment.

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  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

  • Nevermoor, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a terrifically whimsical story.

  • By erin glass on 30-01-2018

Not bad, should develop into a good series

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

Reviewed: 28-12-2018

Although often touted as the next Harry Potter, I am sorry to say it is not. I did enjoy the book but the main difference I found, even though there are a lot of similarities in the storyline, was I did not care about the characters. I find I enjoy stories more when I care about the people in them, and this one just doesn't grab you in that way. I listened to it with my 10 and 12 year olds and they commented it was a bit young for them. As an adult I was a little bored in places but we persevered and went on the buy the second book in hope the story would grow.

  • The Fitness Mindset: Eat for Energy, Train for Tension, Manage Your Mindset, Reap the Results

  • By: Brian Keane
  • Narrated by: Brian Keane
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Have you ever felt frustrated about not getting the results you want? Do you feel you are eating the right foods and doing the correct workouts but your body still isn't changing as quickly as you want? Are you grinding through your workday with low energy levels, praying for the next day off so you can sleep in? If this sounds familiar, then The Fitness Mindset is for you. The Fitness Mindset gives you everything you need to get the body you've always dreamed of, ramp your energy levels through the roof, and develop the mindset to keep it forever. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Audiobook - No BS - Great Tips

  • By Anonymous User on 17-08-2018

Best Book on Fitness

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

Reviewed: 04-12-2018

Easy to understand with all the information I needed. I am achieving amazing results in just 2 weeks. Short and to the point.
Definitely recommend if you are looking to get fit and stay fit. This is NOT a diet book. It is a healthy lifestyle book.

Just adding 6 weeks in now and still going strong. Have been back and listened twice more and bought the physical book as well. Have also read 3 more since and this one is still the best.

  • The Lost Man

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566

Three brothers, one death, a fenceline stretching to the horizon. Two brothers meet at the border of their vast cattle properties under the unrelenting sun of outback Queensland. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old, no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron. The Bright family's quiet existence is thrown into grief and anguish. Something had been troubling Cam. Did he lose hope and walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Congratulations

  • By Anonymous User on 03-11-2018

Definitely The Best So Far

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

Reviewed: 08-11-2018

Loved this book from start to finish. While I enjoyed The Dry, this one was even better. Great characters brought to life by a great narrator. The descriptive scenery was so realistic, I could feel my own temperature rising and even though I live in rural Queensland, I learnt so much more about our country and the conditions the outback farmers endure. A great listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554

A story of desperation, resolution and small-town prejudice played out against the blistering extremes of life on the land. Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, a farmer turns his gun on his family and then himself. As questions mount and suspicion casts a long shadow over the parched town, specialist investigator Aaron Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good book.

  • By Lisa on 29-11-2016

Interesting twist on Australian country life.

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

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

I enjoyed this book even though it was sad and very close to home with the drought situation. It would hard difficult to explain why I found it a good story without giving away major plot points but the way the author delves into the minds of her characters was fascinating and illuminating. We have all meet self absorbed nasty people, who think only of their own self preservation, and it is difficult at times to understand their thinking. The author handles this well and it makes for compelling reading.

  • The Forgotten Ones

  • A Novel
  • By: Steena Holmes
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe, Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Elle is a survivor. She’s managed to piece together a solid life from a childhood of broken memories and fairy tales her mom told her to explain away bad dreams. But weekly visits to her mother still fill Elle with a paralyzing fear she can’t explain. It’s just another of so many unanswered questions she grew up with in a family estranged by silence and secrets. Elle’s world turns upside down when she receives a deathbed request from her grandfather, a man she was told had died years ago. Racked by grief, regrets, and a haunted conscience, he has a tale of his own to tell Elle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Would not listen again

  • By Shakya on 03-11-2018

Would not listen again

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

Reviewed: 03-11-2018

I judge a book by whether I would read it again, recommend it to others and did I gain anything from reading/listening to this story. I would not listen gain, I would not recommend it and all I gained was frustration.
I am so over weak women characters, especially ones that claim to be strong and independent.
The time it took characters to work out what had happened and their reactions to situations was unrealistic and sometimes just stupid. There are wholes in the plot and things that don't add up. Unfortunately I was travelling while listening so had no opportunity to get another book or I would not have persevered.
I will be returning this book, but they do not let you leave a review once you have returned it, which is wrong as you don't get an honest overview of reviews. What I would like to see is how many people returned a book before I buy it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Clockmaker's Daughter

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

In the summer of 1862, a group of young artists led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe descends upon Birchwood Manor in rural Oxfordshire. Their plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins. Over 150 years later, Elodie Winslow, a young archivist in London, uncovers a leather satchel containing two seemingly unrelated items.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pacey and enjoyable

  • By Lyn on 26-09-2018

A good story but not great.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2018

Most of Kate Morton's books I would rate 5 stars, so she has set the bar very high for herself. This was a nice story just didn't make it to 5 stars this time. Like the old narrator better so that grated a little.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book Of The Series... So Far!

  • By Anonymous User on 20-12-2018

Should have stopped at 3.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2018

I love this series and have re read and listened to them 5 or 6 times. I even watched the TV Series, (don't bother) but this one was a giant winge form Robyn, she marries an idiot she didn't love or belong with and wonders why it doesn't work out. A waste of a book. Robyn is a strong independent, smart woman and none of those qualities show through in this book. I want my money back.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful