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  • Seven Types of Ambiguity

  • By: Elliot Perlman
  • Narrated by: Zoe Carides, Jeremy Waters, Amy Hack, and others
  • Length: 26 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Following years of unrequited love, an out-of-work schoolteacher decides to take matters into his own hands to win back his ex-girlfriend, triggering a chain of events that neither he nor his psychiatrist could have anticipated. Told in seven parts, through the viewpoints of seven different characters Seven Types of Ambiguity is an engrossing psychological thriller and a literary masterpiece.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing

  • By Anonymous User on 22-07-2018

Overlong, repetitive and predictable

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

Reviewed: 13-06-2018

I’m sorry..I stuck this through waiting for a payoff. It never came.

Perhaps I don’t get it..but to me it was a dull listen.

The afterward explains it a little with the author revealing his political tendencies and cherry picking of faults from the other side of politics.

Well voiced, but disappointing content.

  • 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

Well there’s 30 hours I’ll never get back

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2018

Oh my Lord...what tripe.

Don’t get me wrong, the author is a gifted writer. The performance is top notch. This story is just abysmal.

Firstly, the characters are just not believable. The main character, Theo, is telling us his story. He is extremely articulate, knowledgeable and thoughtful around most things, yet makes disastrous life decisions again and again. Dumb knee. He is lead astray by anyone and everyone. I understand he is traumatised, but at some point one has to wake up. Not only are there the self destructive choices, Theo also has the fickle hand of fate play its part. Although fate in this case is less fickle than plain bad. Unbelievable. Other characters, such as Boris are also difficult to understand, believe or sympathise with.

The story could be written on a coaster yet takes 30 hours to tell. Endless psuedophilosophical ramblings, unnecessarily lengthy conversations with no real point or conclusions and lengthy descriptions about repetitive recreational drug use.

Yes, I listened to the end. I was hopeful given the undoubted skill of the writing there may have been a twist or insightful conclusion. Blind optimism on my part. Instead if just petered out into a sprawling, unintelligible, depressing mess. Hey, it won some prize so perhaps it’s just all above me. I’m generally not overly critical and enjoy most things. This was a real chore.

  • The Dry

  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Steve Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,415

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

Awesome and atmosphere

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

Reviewed: 18-05-2017

I really enjoyed this book. Great story, beautifully written. Believable characters, wonderful descriptions of outback Australia with a real mystery needing to be solved. Lovely performance from the Aussie narrator.

  • In One Person

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: John Benjamin Hickey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

A compelling novel of desire, secrecy, and sexual identity, In One Person is a story of unfulfilled love - tormented, funny, and affecting - and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences. Billy, the bisexual narrator and main character of the novel, tells the tragicomic story (lasting more than half a century) of his life as a "sexual suspect," a phrase first used by John Irving in 1978 in his landmark novel of "terminal cases", The World According to Garp.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Irving's best

  • By Mrs on 11-05-2017

Not Irving's best

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

Reviewed: 11-05-2017

Meandering story about a bisexual man's life. Overly weighted with descriptions of sex acts, desires and genitalia. Only listenable due to Irving's undeniable writing talent, characterisations and delightful obsession with minutiae.

  • Pines

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mind bending

  • By Denison on 12-06-2015

Great intriguing listen

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

Reviewed: 22-04-2016

Terrific performance delivering an intriguing listen. Original storyline slowly revealing the plight of a man awaking in a strange place after an auto accident.

A tad short but very enjoyable.

Thoroughly recommended.

  • The Devil’s Star: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 5

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star – a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon. An emerging pattern suggests that Oslo has a serial killer on its hands....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brilliant Jo Nesbo and Sean Barrett winner

  • By Tracey on 25-01-2017

Superb

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

Reviewed: 22-07-2015

Harry's best yet.

Excellent story, sublime performance .

Really recommended. As far as police stories go, they don't come better than this.

  • Nemesis: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 4

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Grainy CCTV footage shows a man walking into a bank and putting a gun to a cashier's head. He tells her to count to twenty-five. When he doesn’t get his money in time, she is executed. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case. While Harry’s girlfriend is away in Russia, an old flame gets in touch. He goes to dinner at her house and wakes up at home with no memory of the past twelve hours. The same morning the girl is found shot dead in her bed. Then Harry begins to receive threatening e-mails.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scandal crime at its best

  • By Tracey on 25-01-2017

Sublime performance, complex plot

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

Reviewed: 02-03-2015

Harry seems to be getting to a good place in this one. Brilliant writing and plotting again with a performance par excellence. Well worth the listen! Onto the next one!!