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  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle, the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As a parent, a horrifying story

  • By Todd on 20-09-2018

Loved it

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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: 19-05-2018

Firstly, Michael C. Hall is now my favorite audible narrator, absolutely brilliant and perfect for the book. I loved the story as well, classic Stephen King.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of Danny Dunn

  • By: Bryce Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 23 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

At just 16 years Danny Dunn has everything going for him: brains, looks, sporting aptitude - and luck with the ladies. His mother steers him towards a university education, but with just six months of his degree to go, he signs up for the AIF, driven by a desire to serve his country and plain wanderlust. Danny serves in South-east Asia, spends three and a half years as a POW, and returns a broken man, embittered and facially disfigured. He is scared and overwhelmed by the need to sort himself out, to find out who the hell he is....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • By Chris Collum on 14-10-2018

Disappointing for a Bryce Courtenay novel

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-2017

I love Bryce Courtenay, but unfortunately this one didn't do it for me at all. It started off promising, but the story quickly became dry, about Danny Dunn, who can seemingly do no wrong and everyone seems to love (I can't say the same) even after the destruction of war has its effect on him, and his over- achieving and tediously successful family. By the end of the novel, I felt no attachment to any of the characters, so when the inevitable Bryce tearjerker ending came, I felt nothing, whereas Bryce's novels, more often than not, end in tears for me. I finished the book hoping for it to improve, however I was disappointed (perhaps my expectations after The Australian Trilogy were set too high). I must say, however, that Humphrey Bower's narration was brilliant. Sorry Bryce

  • 1Q84

  • By: Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
  • Length: 46 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish. Unnecessarily Long.

  • By Amanda on 25-09-2015

I stopped listening 3/4 of the way through

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-2017

If you like slow narration, needlessly long-winded and bizarre storylines that really go nowhere and involve boring and annoying characters, this is the book for you. I got 3/4 of the way through and found I didn't care, so even though I invested so much time into it I gave up. Wouldn't recommend.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gripping and unmissable historical fiction!

  • By Sue on 18-02-2014

Wonderful!

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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: 29-11-2016

This book is amazing, do not be intimidated by it's length. Ken Follett captivated me captivated again, just like with Pillars of the Earth (if you haven't read that btw, it's brilliant and a must). It is also based very strictly on historical fact, which I find to be fantastic and fascinating. I've been recommending this book to anyone who will listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful