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  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson, Book 1

  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God. I was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. That's when things started really going wrong. Now I spend my time fighting with swords, battling monsters with my friends, and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I've stolen his lightning bolt - and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 8 year old boy loved it

  • By Ronelle on 22-07-2018

8 year old boy loved it

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

Reviewed: 22-07-2018

My son and I listened to the book in the car over a period of a couple of months. I didn’t particularly like the narrator and I was a bit annoyed with the story and stereotypical stubborn hero, but my son absolutely loved it and that’s really all that matters!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Travels with My Aunt

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager, meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time in over 50 years at his mother’s funeral. Soon after, she persuades Henry to abandon South wood, his dahlias and the Major next door to travel through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, Paraguay...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration of a well-told story

  • By Ronelle on 07-02-2018

Excellent narration of a well-told story

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

Reviewed: 07-02-2018

Travels with My Aunt is a humerous, touching, and very human account performed remarkably well by Tim Piggott-Smith! Reminds a bit of My Uncle Oswald, but it is so much better (in my opinion)

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Anie on 19-03-2016

Good performance, fun story

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

Reviewed: 16-06-2017

I almost didn't get the audiobook because of the negative reviews about the narrator. Please ignore them, she does an excellent job! The story is good fun once it starts to focus - fun in the style of Hitchhiker's guide, and is likely to appeal to Rocky Horror fans too...

  • Five Go Adventuring Again

  • Famous Five, Book 2
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: Jan Francis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In their second adventure, the Famous Five find a thief at Kirrin Cottage. They think they know who it is, but need to prove it. Will the discovery of a very old map help uncover the true culprit?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Timeless story, excellent narration

  • By Ronelle on 02-06-2017

Timeless story, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 02-06-2017

The whole family loved this audiobook, we listened to it at bedtime and our boys loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spider's House

  • By: Paul Bowles
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Set in Fez, Morocco, during that country's 1954 nationalist uprising, this is perhaps Paul Bowles's most beautifully subtle novel, richly descriptive of its setting and uncompromising in its characterizations. Exploring once again the dilemma of the outsider in an alien society, and the gap in understanding between cultures - recurrent themes of Paul Bowles' writings - The Spider's House is dramatic, brutally honest, and shockingly relevant to today's political situation in the Middle East and elsewhere.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • What a pity about the narrator

  • By Ronelle on 11-01-2017

What a pity about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-01-2017

I really looked forward to listening to a Paul Bowles book, but the narrator unfortunately spoiled it. He's really hard to listen to, making the book sound too much like a sermon. This is tedious, especially as the tone of the story is already a bit heavy/dramatic.

  • Awful Auntie

  • By: David Walliams
  • Narrated by: David Walliams, Maggie Steed, Nitin Ganatra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84

National Book Awards Audiobook of the Year 2014. From number one bestselling author David Walliams comes another heartfelt but hilarious hoot of an adventure. Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily Stella has a secret - and slightly spooky - weapon up her sleeve....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what an adventure🦉 mystery and mayhem 🦉

  • By Hawthorn🦋Cottage on 17-02-2018

Tedious - not David Walliams best story

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

Reviewed: 11-01-2017

Would you try another book written by David Walliams or narrated by the narrators?

Yes, we loved World's Worst Children

What could David Walliams have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The scary/depressing start to the book lasts too long. My kids are 5 and 7, and got really bored because it just went on and on with the poor protagonist never having a win. And oh my goodness, all those lists are really tough going in an audiobook. Perhaps they work better in a physical book, but become groan-worthy in an audio version!
I'd love to know how the story ends, and we're close to the end, but my kids are just not interested anymore, the going has been too hard!

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

All the narrators are truly excellent!

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Awful Auntie?

Probably at least half of the lists, and at least a third of the "bad luck" before the girl starts getting her own back.

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend this particular book as an audiobook, despite the narration being excellent, and David Walliams having other good books for kids this age (and suitable as audiobooks).

  • Cloudstreet

  • By: Tim Winton
  • Narrated by: Peter Hosking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Two rural families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives from scratch. For 20 years they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads becomes a home for their hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moment of literary genius!

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-2018

Excellent narrator for this book

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

Reviewed: 09-10-2016

Beautiful writing, beautiful words, and the narrator made it come to life. I loved it! A real family saga of ordinary people, with a hint of magic.