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  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she might one day marry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpassed my expectations!

  • By Anonymous User on 29-07-2018

Fun & interesting insight into a different world

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

Reviewed: 15-11-2018

entertaining journey into the world of the mega rich. interesting depiction of certain cultural aspects.

  • Out of Spite, Out of Mind

  • Magic 2.0, Book 5
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 128

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong? Pretty much everything. Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • simple fun.

  • By phoebe on 03-10-2018

simple fun.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-2018

stays true to the tone and standard of this series. good for some simple fun and entertainment.

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  • Lost in a Good Book

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • jolly good fun

  • By phoebe on 21-09-2018

jolly good fun

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

Reviewed: 21-09-2018

more whimsical plot developments and stranger flights of fancy. Sweet and entertaining. If only book jumping were real!

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Anie on 19-03-2016

cute, fun and literary.

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2018

enjoyed the story. narrator has a pleasant voice but perhaps lacking in dynamics that would give the action scenes more life. very pleasant overall and a fun premise.

  • Record of a Spaceborn Few

  • Wayfarers, Book 3
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Centuries after the last humans left Earth, the Exodus Fleet is a living relic, a place many are from but few outsiders have seen. Humanity has finally been accepted into the galactic community, but while this has opened doors for many, those who have not yet left for alien cities fear that their carefully cultivated way of life is under threat. Tessa chose to stay home when her brother, Ashby, left for the stars but has to question that decision when her position in the Fleet is threatened. Kip, a reluctant young apprentice, itches for change but doesn't know where to find it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique

  • By Peter Bondy on 29-10-2018

Sweet. better than book 2

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

Reviewed: 11-09-2018

Better than book 2. Still not as good as book 1. Really hoping Chambers returns to the wayfarer crew next.

  • A Closed and Common Orbit

  • Wayfarers, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi for the thinker

  • By lavender on 05-10-2018

unfortunately not up to the first book

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

Reviewed: 08-09-2018

Still has the warm heart of the first novel which carries it through. Yet the story is far simpler and slower and not in the way you'd like. If you removed the sex talk it would be make a good book for pre-teen audiences. Rather than adults who can handle more complexity, maturity and finesse.

  • The Core

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close. The war has begun.... For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Two heroes arose - men as close as brothers yet divided by bitter betrayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent series!

  • By Ben on 30-10-2017

great conclusion. exciting clashes.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-2018

some parts are rushed over, as he tries to fit the wide scope of this book into one last novel. I'm hoping some of these glossed over areas may crop up in the adjunctant novellas.

  • Senlin Ascends

  • The Books of Babel, Book 1
  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

Mild-mannered headmaster, Thomas Senlin prefers his adventures to be safely contained within the pages of a book. So when he loses his new bride shortly after embarking on the honeymoon of their dreams, he is ill-prepared for the trouble that follows. To find her, Senlin must enter the Tower of Babel - a world of geniuses and tyrants, of menace and wonder, of unusual animals and mysterious machines. And if he hopes to ever see his wife again, he will have to do more than just survive...this quiet man of letters must become a man of action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique and Amazing!

  • By Jackson on 27-02-2018

intriguing

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

Reviewed: 12-07-2018

took a little while to get into. at times the dialogue and maim character are full. the world of the story is the highlight. still, by the end of the book I was fully engaged.

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  • The Mighty Boosh

  • The Complete Radio Series
  • By: Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
  • Narrated by: Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The Mighty Boosh is unlike any show you are ever likely to hear, and one that defies description; the closest you could get to the unique style of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding would be in the early days of Reeves and Mortimer, with their cardboard props and men with sticks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By peder on 28-04-2015

lots of laughs

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

Reviewed: 21-06-2018

A fantastical and rambling romp. Leave your sense of reality behind. Very enjoyable and a good companion to the tv show.

  • Mogworld

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

In a world full to bursting with would-be heroes, Jim couldn't be less interested in saving the day. His fireballs fizzle. He's awfully grumpy. Plus, he's been dead for about 60 years. When a renegade necromancer wrenches him from eternal slumber and into a world gone terribly, bizarrely wrong, all Jim wants is to find a way to die properly, once and for all. On his side, he's got a few shambling corpses, an inept thief, and a powerful death wish. But he's up against tough odds....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Great Narration, Worth a Listen

  • By TomDoge on 13-12-2018

Silly and surprisingly engaging.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-2018

You can tell it's an early work of Croshaw's. Still learning the storywriter's trade. Bit rough and unpolished. Still, as it goes along, the plotline and characters become more engaging. It builds to a climax of surprising depth, heart and hilarity. Very enjoyable and hard to 'put down' or switch off.