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  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 224

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By cheryl Fyfe on 07-03-2017

Pretty predictable

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

Reviewed: 12-06-2018

An interesting enough tale, but no real plot twists or surprises. From the description you could pretty much predict the entire novel. Pretty depressing with very few moments of joy or hope to balance out the endless bad luck the girls encounter. Australian accents were a tad grating.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,849
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,622

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I didn' want it to end (I know that seems ghastly)

  • By Sarah on 30-04-2018

I didn' want it to end (I know that seems ghastly)

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

Would you consider the audio edition of The Tattooist of Auschwitz to be better than the print version?

As the subject matter was so harrowing there was something very reassuring about the calm, gentle voice of Lale telling his journey. It made it somehow easier to get through.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Tattooist of Auschwitz?

The story of liberation for the two of them. While we know only a tiny percentage of those who were sent to the death camps survived, it seems extraordinary that anyone did - let alone surviving for three years.

What about Richard Armitage’s performance did you like?

Lale's voice was so gentle and calm and it really helped with the horror of the story. The german and other accents were very good. However - the female voices always seems overly breathy and weak (these were women who were enduring untold horror sure, but they seemed too feeble at times). Also there seems to be a huge section where Lale's name has been edited in. Its very distracting. Its like it was pronounced wrong in the original recording and had to be edited over.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. I had to break it up (car journeys) and was always frustrated I couldn't keep listening. On the other hand the story was so harrowing you needed time for parts of it to sink in before you could progress.

Any additional comments?

By the end you were so committed to the characters you wanted to hear about the rest of their lives.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774

When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By KW on 05-10-2016

Not just a kids book

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

What other book might you compare The Graveyard Book to, and why?

The Harry Potter series

Any additional comments?

Just a lovely lyrical tale with really juicy descriptives. Love Gaimans colourful characters. Great light easy going listening. Love Gaimans warm narration and distinctive characters and accents. He does women characters really well.

  • Bring Up the Bodies

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith's son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. In Bring Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel explores one of the most mystifying and frightening episodes in English history: the destruction of Anne Boleyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A masterwork of English literature

  • By jpatrickp on 15-01-2016

Wish I'd done more research

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

Reviewed: 18-04-2018

What did you like best about Bring Up the Bodies? What did you like least?

The language and prose is outstanding. The voice characterisation by the one reader is very very clever. However - I had not read Wolf Hall first (which was not clear to me this was a sequel) and without in depth knowledge of English history it was confusing straight off the bat. A torrent of historical character names thrown at you assuming you have some prior understanding. For this reason it got a bit much and as a result - a bit dull. I would have rather been reading it rather than listening to it as I kept having to rewind as it wasn't keeping my attention (not easy when its a listen in the car). Im giving up 1/3 of the way through. I will find Wolf Hall and read a hard copy and then come back to it. Wonderful stuff for history and politics buffs no doubt but if you are new to the subject - a bit of hard work. PS. Having said that - even when I was a bit lost on the subtleties of the plot, the writing brought the era to life in a really magical way. You could almost smell it!

Did Bring Up the Bodies inspire you to do anything?

Read Wolf Hall first!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Storyteller

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320

Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Georgie on 28-10-2014

My first audio book - brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2018

What did you like most about The Storyteller?

The integration of the different characters and at different ages kept me captivated. I hadnt realised what an indepth look at the holocaust it was - which was harrowing, but yet from such a human perspective that it felt OK to be there with her. Some of the modern day plot is a little bit of a grasp - but it is fiction! Great for the long drive I had to do and now I am addicted to audio novels!

  • Shirley Valentine

  • By: Willy Russell
  • Narrated by: Willy Russell
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Straight from the authors mouth! Recorded at The Everyman Theatre in Liverpool in 1994, this recording has all the poignancy and wit of the hit film, combined with the intimacy of a solo show.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great companion for learning the play

  • By Sarah on 23-02-2018

Great companion for learning the play

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

Reviewed: 23-02-2018

What made the experience of listening to Shirley Valentine the most enjoyable?

What a treat to hear this play read by the man who wrote it. Willy is a delightful reader and brings life to the characters with unique voices for each. It is no problem at all that Willy is not a woman yet reads in Shirleys voice. I listened to this many times over as I was also learning the script (there must have been updates as it varies in places). A treasure.