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  • The Brain's Way of Healing

  • Stories of Remarkable Recoveries and Discoveries
  • By: Norman Doidge
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

This book is about the discovery that the human brain has its own unique way of healing. For centuries we believed that the price we paid for our brain's complexity was that, compared to other organs, it was fixed and unregenerative - unable to recover from damage or illness. In his revolutionary new book, Norman Doidge turns this belief on its head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Karen Sullivan on 01-10-2015

An excellent combination of story and sience

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

Reviewed: 20-02-2019

This book provides a stimulating introduction into innovative research about neuroplasticity and actual approaches being taken to address brain problems. However, because the book contains many references and insights I may get the printed version. The Norman Doidge website has some materials but if one wants to investigate further, a physical copy of the book would be useful.

  • Lolita

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Savagely funny and hauntingly sad, Lolita is Nabokov's most famous and controversial novel. It is the story of tortured college professor Humbert Humbert and his dangerous obsession with honey-skinned schoolgirl Dolores Haze.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narration of a very difficult book

  • By Jenni on 25-02-2017

Wonderfully written, fabulously read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-2019

I had heard of Lolita but had not read it or about it. The descriptions and the confounding narrative voice are wonderfully written and the questions raised by the content are clear to the reader. Jeremy Irons is wonderful. Middle America is... painted in sharp relief.

  • A Shropshire Lad

  • By: A. E. Housman
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Published at the author’s own expense in 1896, after rejection from publishers, this collection contains a cycle of 63 poems. Despite exploring themes of lost love, obsession, pessimism, and death, the poems touched English readers and the book became a best seller during the Second Boer War and World War I. The collection, set in a half-imagined pastoral Shropshire, includes the well-known poems "When I Was One-and-Twenty", "To an Athlete Dying Young", and "Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A somewhat dour meditation, well read

  • By Roderic on 10-02-2019

A somewhat dour meditation, well read

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

Reviewed: 10-02-2019

The reading of this poem was somewhat subdued, possibly in tune with the ongoing theme of mortality. However, it would be interesting to hear it read with more animation.

The poem itself is interesting in the reading but not memorable through most of its length.

  • The Stone Circle

  • The Dr Ruth Galloway Mysteries, Book 11
  • By: Elly Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Jane McDowell
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters telling him to 'go to the stone circle and rescue the innocent who is buried there'. He is shaken, not only because children are very much on his mind, with Michelle's baby due to be born, but because although the letters are anonymous, they are somehow familiar. They read like the letters that first drew him into the case of The Crossing Places, and to Ruth. But the author of those letters is dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant read

  • By Anonymous User on 11-02-2019

A competent continuation of a set of characters

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

Reviewed: 10-02-2019

I am a little addicted to this series. I have followed the characters through ten previous books and will probably read the 12th if it is written. There is no great elevation in the prose but the plot expands in a reasonable way and I did not guess the ending.

  • Our Mutual Friend

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 36 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

A mysterious boatman on the Thames, a drowned heir, a dustman and his wife, and a host of other Dickens characters populate this novel of relationships between the classes, money, greed, and love. The 58 characters are presented with remarkable clarity by David Timson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crowded, sprawling but very well written

  • By Roderic on 06-02-2019

Crowded, sprawling but very well written

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

Reviewed: 06-02-2019

This is a marathon of a book. I did not enjoy some of the sarcastic early humour when Dickens ridiculed the machinations of members of the upper classes and nouveau riche, but some of the characters and scenes in the book were wonderful.

The pronouncements of Betty Higden on physical activity and age are great truths and ahead of their time.

Not a book to read in one sitting.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 323

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Mrs on 29-12-2018

Charming, and very well read

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

Reviewed: 06-02-2019

A light and simple story that was pleasing throughout, particularly because of the excellent narration. The writer handled the balance of the simple plot quite well.

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 281

The astounding new novel from the master of science fiction. What would happen if the world were ending? When a catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb, it triggers a feverish race against the inevitable. An ambitious plan is devised to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere. But unforeseen dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, terrible performance

  • By K. Gough on 13-10-2015

Very technical in parts but great imagination

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

Reviewed: 31-01-2019

I enjoyed this though it was sometimes difficult to imagine what was being described in the sometimes very technical account. It ended with a whimper rather than a bang and I suspect much more could (can) be made of the narrative future beyond the end of the book.

  • The Sentence Is Death

  • Detective Daniel Hawthorne, Book 2
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Passion, deception, an unexplained death and a detective with quite a lot to hide lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's brilliant new murder mystery, the second in the best-selling series starring Private Investigator Daniel Hawthorne. William Pryce is an elegant, smooth-tongued lawyer who has made a fortune out of celebrity divorces - and a lot of enemies in the process. Unmarried himself, he lives in a handsome bachelor pad on the edge of Hampstead Heath. Or, rather, he used to....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and humorous with two great main characters

  • By Roderic on 05-01-2019

Clever and humorous with two great main characters

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-2019

I enjoyed this book as much as its predecessor. The plot was fine but the excellence came from the style and humour and the interplay with reality surrounding the Anthony Horowitz character.

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  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • another great sorry

  • By Anonymous User on 10-02-2019

Enjoyable reprise of interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 16-12-2018

I particularly enjoyed the narration by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. The light cynicism of Peter Grant, the narrating character, carries the story very well. There are occasional clumsy elements to the story, and a whiff of "demi-monde ex machina" in the resolution.

I do enjoy the gradual development of the main characters and I look forward to the next instalment.

  • 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 554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

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

A Good Continuation of the Series

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

Reviewed: 11-11-2018

I am unashamedly attached to the characters of Cormoran and Robin. The plot is good although the prose is quite packed out with procedural detail. The evolution of the characters is gradual and I will read the next installment.