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Ellen Johnston

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  • 4 3 2 1

  • By: Paul Auster
  • Narrated by: Paul Auster
  • Length: 36 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

On March 3, 1947, in the maternity ward of Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, Archibald Isaac Ferguson, the one and only child of Rose and Stanley Ferguson, is born. From that single beginning, Ferguson's life will take four simultaneous and independent fictional paths. Four Fergusons made of the same genetic material, four boys who are the same boy, will go on to lead four parallel and entirely different lives. Family fortunes diverge. Loves and friendships and intellectual passions contrast.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok story but long and dreary narration

  • By Gillian on 26-08-2017

Simply Awesome

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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: 28-11-2018

I loved this book. What a great idea! It made me think about my own life and the desisions and events that have led me to this point. After reading this I am seriously considering to read Kafka, Kant, Kleist and some of the French authors. Loved it.

  • Reamde

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 38 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Characters Galore

  • By Julie on 28-01-2017

unlikely but oh so plausible

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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: 30-05-2018

This story is so very unlikely to actually happen like this, but everything is so very plausible and it couöd actually happen or have happened...liked it a lot. Very good plot with several twists and turns that made me think "Oh...I never wozld have thought this would happen".
I do wonder though if Neil Stephenson is sponsored by Walmart...😉

  • An Echo of Things to Come

  • The Licanius Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: James Islington
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415

In the wake of a devastating attack, an amnesty has been declared for all Augurs - finally allowing them to emerge from hiding and openly oppose the dark forces massing against the land of Andarra. As the Augur Davian and his new allies hurry north toward the ever-weakening Boundary, however, fresh horrors along their path suggest that their reprieve may have come far too late. His ally in the Capital, the new Northwarden, contends with assassins and politicians and uncovers a dangerous political secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Storyline

  • By Jakob on 10-01-2018

Can't wait for the third book

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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: 23-03-2018

Great Story that makes a lot of sense. A couple of surprises, but no dull "I knew that would happen" moments.

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story! Brilliantly read!

  • By Adrienne Curry on 03-04-2018

Loved it!

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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: 15-02-2018

Great story, full of surprises and never a dull moment. Love the ending! Great performance!

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sick of hearing the ants

  • By Anthony on 03-09-2015

loved it!

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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: 08-06-2017

Awesome! A great book. If you like Michael Crighton and/or Matthew Reilley this is a book for you.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,111

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, pretty good overall

  • By Rod Swift on 16-02-2015

Not bad at all

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

Reviewed: 10-05-2017

The performance is brilliant! Well done! Loved the story. Some twists that are unforeseeable. I would have liked to throttle Rachael on a few occasions, but I suppose that's in line with her character ; -)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cryptonomicon

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 42 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top rate performance of a cult classic novel

  • By Sean Beckman on 29-04-2016

360 degree story

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

Reviewed: 28-09-2016

a bit to much mathematical detail for my taste, but otherwise very entertaining. liked it a lot!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seveneves

  • By: Neal Stephenson
  • Narrated by: Peter Brooke
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

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

long winded

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

Reviewed: 24-05-2016

The story itself is quite interesting, though I questioned a lot of things throughout for their feasibility...Too many technical, scientific details, which makes listening to the story quite hard at times. It finishes very suddenly, so I guess there must be some sort of a sequel. I don't think I will buy it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,481
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,265

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe.You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Gretta on 18-03-2015

My new favourite

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

Reviewed: 20-05-2016

Very well narrated. Lots of different accents, different voices for the different characters.
The story is exciting, and not your usual run of the mill fantasy. Loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Aera: Die Rückkehr der Götter

  • By: Markus Heitz
  • Narrated by: Uve Teschner
  • Length: 21 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Im Jahr 2019 herrscht eine neue Weltordnung: Die Götter kehren auf die Erde zurück. Alle Götter - bis auf einen. Während Odin, Zeus, Manitu, Anubis, Shiva und Co. sich ihre alten Kultstätten zurückholen und ihre Anhänger um sich scharen, warten Christen, Moslems und Juden vergeblich. Die einst mächtigsten Religionen der Welt werden bald als bedeutungslose Sekten belächelt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sehr unterhaltsam

  • By Ellen Johnston on 19-04-2016

Sehr unterhaltsam

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

Reviewed: 19-04-2016

Sehr gut erzählt! Action und Krimi Mix mit Fantasy aus unserer Welt. Tolle, sehr unterhaltsame Erzählung. Hiffe auf eine oder mehrere Festsetzungen