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  • The Binding

  • By: Bridget Collins
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice - but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse. He will learn to handcraft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best love stories, ever.

  • By Susan on 22-01-2019

super slow start but picks up after 3 hours

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

Reviewed: 09-05-2019

I was very close to getting a refund as the first few hours were so slow and the narrator soporific that it was putting me to sleep. I gave it one more chance and I was glad I did, as the premise was unique and the plot became quite gripping towards the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 35 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

Leo Tolstoy's classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best way to experience Anna Karenina

  • By Brookethechicken on 11-10-2016

Returning due to the narrator

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

Reviewed: 26-03-2019

By the 9th chapter I was almost asleep. While having a very smooth voice, there was very little emotion in the reading, and absolutely no distinction between character voices. This was confusing as the many character names are complex and tricky to follow on their own if it is your first time, as it is mine. I'm going to try a different narrator and hope for a more dramatic reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict, to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy, mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant narrative masterly voiced

  • By Philip on 19-04-2018

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 27-02-2019

An interesting story given a trauma filled life, but the lengthy description of hoarders was a bit tiresome. The author didn't really take a balanced view of Sandra, so it was very much a love letter, as she admits at the start. Oddly, the narrator had a cold for a good 3rd of the book, but did the accents well.

  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 924

Could 10 days at a health resort really change you forever? Nine perfect strangers are about to find out.... The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By srouch on 30-09-2018

Brilliant as always!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-2018

This author and narrator are a fantastic combination. Funny, engaging and heartbreaking at times. Thoroughly enjoyable.

  • Never Look Back

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 1
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Karl Prekopp, Imogen Church
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Three women have been found brutally murdered in south London, the victims only feet away from help during each sadistic attack. And the killer is getting braver.... Sarah Grainger is rapidly becoming too afraid to leave her house. Once an outgoing photographer, she knows that someone is watching her. A cryptic note brings everything into terrifying focus, but it’s the chilling phone calls that take the case to another level. DI Mike Lockyer heads up the regional murder squad. With three bodies on his watch, and a killer growing in confidence, he frantically tries to find the link between these seemingly isolated incidents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-12-2018

So formulaic & predictable it was almost comical.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-2018

I wouldn't recommend this book if you want twists or good character development. Very predictable

  • Kill Me Again

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

When your life is a lie, who can you trust? When Maggie Taylor accepts a new job in Manchester, she is sure it is the right move for her family. The children have settled well, although her husband, Duncan, doesn’t appear to be so convinced. But nothing prepares her for the shock of coming home from work one night to find that Duncan has disappeared, leaving their young children alone. His phone is dead, and she has no idea where he has gone or why.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • More holes than a sieve.

  • By liz on 26-09-2016

great story, but infuriatingly dense protagonist

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

Reviewed: 20-07-2018

Took my phone from room to room so I could finish it, but wanted to throttle Maggie, regularly. Also, the narrator's differentiation between characters was negligible, but not so bad that I was confused for more than a second or two at a time.

  • Love Will Tear Us Apart

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Fearing eternal singledom, childhood friends Kate and Paul make the age-old vow that if they don't find love by thirty, they will marry each other. Years later, with the deadline of their 30th birthdays approaching, the unlikely couple decide to keep their teenage promise. After all, they are such good friends. Surely that's enough to make a marriage?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BORING!

  • By Jolene on 05-07-2018

a fairly average life story

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

Reviewed: 28-06-2018

This was unlike Seddon's other books. Not much happened, and it basically told the life story of a fairly ordinary person. the characters weren't even that likeable. If you're after a thriller, this is not what you're looking for.

  • Small Gods

  • Discworld, Book 13
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 120

Brutha is the Chosen One. His god has spoken to him, admittedly while currently in the shape of a tortoise. Brutha is a simple lad. He can't read. He can't write. He's pretty good at growing melons. And his wants are few. He wants to overthrow a huge and corrupt church. He wants to prevent a horribly holy war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A philosophical drama about the human condition

  • By Hanna on 03-08-2018

Wonderful place to begin

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

Reviewed: 30-04-2018

I've long wanted to read Terry Pratchett and had never known where to begin, as he is so prolific in his writing. After starting with Small God's, I am a convert and will listen and read the rest! such a brilliant book and so well performed. It's a rare thing to see philosophy and theology presented in such an approachable and funny way. I simply loved it! The only issue I had was the quality of the recording, which is ok if you're using headphones but not much else.

  • Cold Granite

  • Logan McRae, Book 1
  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

It's DS Logan McRae's first day back on the job after a year off on the sick, and it couldn't get much worse. Three-year-old David Reid's body is discovered in a ditch: strangled, mutilated and a long time dead. And he's only the first. There's a serial killer stalking the Granite City, and the local media are baying for blood. Soon the dead are piling up in the morgue almost as fast as the snow on the streets, and Logan knows time is running out. More children are going missing. More are going to die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant!

  • By Sonya on 07-03-2018

Excessive gore

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

Reviewed: 08-01-2018

If reading about decomposing sexually abused toddlers is your thing, then this is your book. MacBride lingered over the gore almost as if he was reveling in it. An interesting move for the first in the series. Logan swung between ‘hero cop’ and rather thick for the whole book. All that being said, I listened to the whole story and will listen to the next. There is the potential for good character development and the story is engaging. Just hoping the next won’t be quite so macabre.

  • Now We Are Dead

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Detective Chief Inspector Roberta Steel got caught fitting up Jack Wallace - that's why they demoted her and quashed his sentence. Now he's back on the streets, and women are being attacked again. Wallace has to be responsible, but if Detective Sergeant Steel goes anywhere near him, his lawyers will get her thrown off the force for good. The Powers That Be won't listen to her, not after what happened last time. According to them, she's got more than enough ongoing cases to keep her busy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By christine Fiske on 08-07-2019

Funny!

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

Reviewed: 06-01-2018

I’m new to MacBride and was pleasantly surprised to laugh out loud so often during a crime novel. Much owing to the great timing of Worsley’s delivery. Not your typical characters either, nicely rounded without laboring the point. Only downside was that the crime plot formula was predictable, but it was made up for by the writing. I recommend it!