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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

  • By: Arthur Golden
  • Narrated by: Noriko Aida
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

In Arthur Golden's poised and beautifully written debut novel, Sayuri tells the extraordinary tale of her life, evoking a quarter of a century of Japan's dramatic history, 1929 through to the post-war years.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • this is not the real book!

  • By Helen on 17-06-2018

this is not the real book!

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2018

i have read the hardcopy version before, and picked up this as something familiar to listen to and a good story. i have no idea who the eff edited the script on this but I want to punch them in the face. do not buy

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,593

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great hook, great narrator, little payoff

  • By AU Pete on 01-03-2018

could not recommend more!

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

if you are going through a tough time or even if you are in a good place, this book is a must for the modern human

  • The Dragonbone Chair

  • Memory, Sorrow & Thorn, Book 1
  • By: Tad Williams
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 33 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Kitchen-boy Simon is bored, restless and 14 years old - a dangerous combination. It seems, however, that his life has just taken a turn for the better when he's apprenticed to his castle's resident wizard. As Simon's learning to read and write under Doctor Morgenes' tutelage, forces greater than he could possible imagine are gathering: forces which will change Simon's life - and his world - forever. Following the death of Good King John, Osten Ard is plunged into civil war as his sons battle for control of the fabled Dragonbone Chair - the country's throne as well as the symbol of its power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgia and Surprise

  • By Ammon on 30-03-2016

Great plot but tedious and annoying

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

Reviewed: 19-03-2018

honestly this book has great creative merit, and apparently largely enjoyable. for me however, I found the author's choice in names for people and places a terrible grasping desperateness for originality that ultimately acts as a repellant against the reader. A flaw that may have been more endurable had the narrator paused to take a breath every now and then and allowed the listener to understand the story had moved on to someone or somewhere else. In all, I liked the plot and the characters, but ultimately am ditching the entire book halfway through as it is unfollowable and tedious.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power of One

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 348

Born in a South Africa divided by racism and hatred, this one small boy will come to lead all the tribes of Africa. Through enduring friendships with Hymie and Gideon, Peekay gains the strength he needs to win out. And in a final conflict with his childhood enemy, the Judge, Peekay will fight to the death for justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absolute treasure.

  • By Danielle on 06-03-2018

the movie makes a mockery of this exquisite fable.

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

Reviewed: 17-09-2017

just beautiful. never has a story been more relevant and a message more needed. first with the head, then with the heart.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Lindal Brown on 06-08-2016

really want a sequel!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-2017

J.K has done it again. step into a world devoid of magic, muggles or hogwarts. Instead, become surrounded by the idyllic countryside of Padford. Delve into the hearts and minds of Padfords community members and become consumed with the inner workings of their friendships, politics and family secrets bursting to come to light.
thank you J.K Rowling!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful