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  • Body Positive Power

  • By: Megan Jayne Crabbe
  • Narrated by: Megan Jayne Crabbe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

If you're tired of being at war with your body, then this book is for you. We've been convinced that happiness is something that only comes once we hit that goal weight, get those washboard abs, shrink ourselves down and change every part of ourselves. We believe that our bodies are the problem, but this is not true. It’s how we’ve been taught to see our bodies that’s the problem.... It's time for us all to stop believing the lies we've been fed about what it means to be beautiful and take our power back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My whole perspective has change

  • By tarah doyle on 21-04-2018

stop thinking about bodies and start doing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-2018

if I added up all the time I worried about how I looked to others Id have years. ive been wastinv time not doing. it's time to live!

  • The Buried Giant

  • By: Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at last the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards--some strange and otherworldly--but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hypnotic

  • By Nerangchic on 08-05-2016

forgetting combined with epic dragon legend

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

Reviewed: 20-10-2017

Like poetry and legendary tales that get lost in the mists of time.
The book moves slowly like the elder couple at its core... but when i relaxed into the journey i found it enthrawling.
The book provides the experience of discoving forgetting first hand with the characters. mistrust, leaps of faith, love that lasts beyond memory, things you wish to forget, the things you long to remember.

  • American Gods

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman, Dennis Boutskiaris, Daniel Oreskes, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,990
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,852

Shadow Moon has served his time. But hours before his release from prison, his beloved wife is killed in a freak accident. Dazed, he boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen

  • By Liam Edwards on 12-08-2017

not a typical fantasy/horror/ comedy/ drama

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

Reviewed: 16-06-2017

The team narrating include some actors from the HBO tv series. Which, while I've only seen one ep did help as the book is often dialog driven and the different voices bring more to the scenes.

Giaman intended a rambling tale... and that's what he delivered. There were a few times that I found this too disorienting. but all is forgiven as the story joins back up. It lacks the previous predictability that enters into stories like Neverwhere when Giaman deals with gods. They are more diverse not all one thing or all another.
Great listen and great value.

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora

  • By: Scott Lynch
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 21 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

They say that the Thorn of Camorr can beat anyone in a fight. They say he steals from the rich and gives to the poor. They say he's part man, part myth, and mostly street-corner rumor. And they are wrong on every count. Only averagely tall, slender, and god-awful with a sword, Locke Lamora is the fabled Thorn, and the greatest weapons at his disposal are his wit and cunning. He steals from the rich - they're the only ones worth stealing from - but the poor can go steal for themselves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, but poor audio volume control

  • By Kerrod on 04-11-2015

warning addictive fantasy heist with gore

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

Reviewed: 16-04-2017

loved it. I didn't see most of the long cons cons coming. The author had a brilliant mind. The language used is thick with sarcasim and swearing which had me laughing at some very dark moments.
The fantasy world created is curious and leaves you thinking. I'd love to see this as a motion picture.
i diducted a star because the female roles are unfortunately limited to tertiary characters which means limited character development.
Gore is very thick and may not be to everyone's tastes. I thought it was appropriate as it was used as character development and plot devices.

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

  • Read by Eddie Redmayne
  • By: J.K. Rowling, Newt Scamander
  • Narrated by: Eddie Redmayne
  • Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander's masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Scamander's years of travel and research have created a tome of unparalleled importance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hardcore Nerds, Ahoy!

  • By Lucia on 25-03-2017

interesting

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

Reviewed: 28-03-2017

I'm not a huge HP nerd (don't get me wrong I loved the books and the movies were pretty good too.) I'm just not a die hard who needs to listen to an A to Z description of beasts.
So I felt that I needed more $15. really this is the first audible I've said that about. it just feels like a rip off.
I am consoling myself that it's great that it supports such a wonderful charity.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nix

  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • could listen to this one more than once

  • By Claire on 18-02-2017

could listen to this one more than once

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

Reviewed: 18-02-2017

I really enjoyed the listen. The story is engaging and surprising. However, there were a few times that I felt the book moved slowly or spelt it out too much. Even so i know I'll listen to it again

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Wise Man's Fear

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle: Book 2
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 42 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,788
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,780

Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING NOVEL AND NARRATION!

  • By Serena on 05-10-2015

but still no book 3?

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

Reviewed: 19-01-2017

This was my second listen in 2 years... so yer I like the work. The king killer chronicles, unlike many fantasy books, doesn't struggle with meaningful motivation and good character development. The writing itself is both complex enough for multiple reads and easy to read.
That said, there are ongoing delays over book 3 release date. This could be because of the number of unanswered question means it will need to be an actioned packed tight book to be done in one book... or rumours of TV/ movie deals could be screwing with the plot. Im just hoping the book is better than the movie.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 634

My name is Peter Grant and until January I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! A fantastic book

  • By DarkFish on 31-05-2016

first book whets appetite

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

Reviewed: 14-12-2016

it was a great preformance, enjoyed the story. it's a book for modern fantasy and detective story lovers.
This is book one in the series ( which the disruption doesn't note) and I'd be keen. to hear more

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,354
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,348

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audiobook I've listened... Ever!

  • By Nyasha on 18-12-2016

laugh and cry through some big issues

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

Reviewed: 26-11-2016

it a "you'll laugh you'll cry" kind of a book, which leaves you with some bigger issues to contemplate like DV, racism, poverty and cultural identity. Good insight and summary into South African history for beginners.

  • Fight Like a Girl

  • By: Clementine Ford
  • Narrated by: Clementine Ford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

Online sensation, fearless feminist heroine and scourge of trolls and misogynists everywhere, Clementine Ford is a beacon of hope and inspiration to thousands of Australian women and girls. Her incendiary debut, Fight Like a Girl, is an essential manifesto for feminists new, old and soon to be and exposes just how unequal the world continues to be for women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW YES YES YES

  • By Claire on 09-10-2016

I want to love this but I can't

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

Reviewed: 21-10-2016

binary reference missed the mark for me. or maybe I'm not a good enough feminist!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful