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  • Junky

  • By: William S. Burroughs
  • Narrated by: T. Rider Smith, Andrew Garman, Mark Nelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Burroughs' first novel, a largely autobiographical account of the constant cycle of drug dependency, cures, and relapses, remains the most unflinching, unsentimental account of addiction ever written. Through time spent kicking and time spent dealing, through junk sickness and a sanatorium, Junky is a field report from the American post-war drug underground. It has influenced generations of writers with its raw, sparse and unapologetic tone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bored

  • By Christine on 25-03-2019

Bored

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-2019

So bored. When it said ‘the end’ I was so relieved, until it kept going. A lot of detail couched in not enough story. Druggies are boring to everybody but themselves. This I have learnt.

  • 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 599
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

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

Best junk food ever

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

Reviewed: 05-03-2019

Hooked from start to finish - despite overly complicated denouement. Must be so much fun to write this stuff and get lost in it - jk is a natural :) big thumbs up, I loved it.

  • Blade Runner

  • Originally published as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

It was January 2021, and Rick Deckard had a license to kill. Somewhere among the hordes of humans out there lurked several rogue androids. Deckard's assignment: find them and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic retitled unabridged recording

  • By Jami on 26-06-2018

Ya gotta

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-2019

So good. The narration is beautifully paced and the character voice work perfect. Have already read the book on the page so the story isn’t new, but I never get tired of being in that world. Much deeper than the movie, more emotionally beautiful. But also perfectly complementary to the movies. That’s two perfects and two beautifuls in one thought - it must be good. I recommend.

  • Feel Free: Essays

  • Essays
  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Nikki Amuka-Bird
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, best-selling author of White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays. No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has boundless curiosity and the boundless wit to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brain worth visiting

  • By Christine on 23-04-2018

A brain worth visiting

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

Reviewed: 23-04-2018

Listening to this was like being in really good company. Soft, thoughtful, strong, evocative, provocative, informative. Things to follow-up on, to mull over, and that require a re-listen. If Zadie Smith ever reads these reviews, thank you !!

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  • Freedom

  • By: Jonathan Franzen
  • Narrated by: David Ledoux
  • Length: 24 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of too much liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom's intensely realized characters, as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than Good

  • By Christine on 27-03-2017

Better than Good

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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: 27-03-2017

Engrossing, a voice for this age and the next, all of it unfolding unexpectedly from what seems like a purely domestic/relationship-focused beginning. The narration is really engaging and entertaining, well performed dialogue which allows the subtle humour to pack a punch. I loved this novel and want other people to love it, too. Please do.