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  • Underworld

  • By: Don DeLillo
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 31 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Nick Shay and Klara Sax knew each other once, intimately, and they meet again in the American desert. He is trying to outdistance the crucial events of his early life, haunted by the hard logic of loss and by the echo of a gunshot in a basement room. She is an artist who has made a blood struggle for independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Underworld

  • By Angus Simpson on 17-06-2019

Underworld

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

Reviewed: 17-06-2019

This is one of the most intricate, complex, and brilliant books I have ever read.
A sprawling epic that documents American history through the perspectives of its various characters.
The prose, themes, and delivery were all unrivalled.

  • The Daylight Gate

  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Good Friday, 1612. Pendle Hill, Lancashire. A mysterious gathering of 13 people is interrupted by local magistrate Roger Nowell. Is this a witches' Sabbat? Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle awaiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And why is she among the group of 13 on Pendle Hill? Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unlike anything

  • By Angus Simpson on 02-04-2019

Unlike anything

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

Reviewed: 02-04-2019

A story like no other.
The absolute height of the horror and fantasy genres.
Reads like a Shakespearean horror movie.

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • Book 5 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Dance with Dragons. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Dance with Dragons is the fifth volume in the series. The future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book voices inconsistent

  • By Luke on 24-07-2016

ADWD

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

Reviewed: 21-02-2019

George R.R. Martin’s best book yet.
After the slow build up of A Feast for Crows we get the epic payoff of A Dance with Dragons, with even more build up that some may find frustrating but I find so exciting.
Winds of Winter will blow us all away, when we eventually get it.
Roy Dotrice is an excellent narrator however his character voices are not consistent across books.
I fell in love with his voices for Strong Belwas and Rorg but they changed in the 2 most recent instalments.

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • An Antidote to Chaos
  • By: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Narrated by: Jordan B. Peterson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,816

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers. In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Read

  • By Christopher on 21-01-2018

Jordan Beaterson.

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

Reviewed: 17-02-2019

Jordan B Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, was eye opening and much more nuanced than his online presence. At least at first.
I don’t have the patience to do a full analysis of the book but sufficient to say he gave me a false sense of security using sound arguments and interesting observations only to pull the rug out from under me with slight of hand and bombard me with bad arguments leading to even worse conclusions.
By the end of the book he has criticised girly boys, environmentalism, basically all forms of social justice, and has essentially said , to my understanding, that rational thought leads to despair and so is not the way to go about philosophising. He doesn’t really provide an alternative other than offering a different vibe.
His fans will say I’ve misinterpreted him but I used to be somewhat of a fan and I really can’t see any major misunderstandings, nor can I justify the constant mental gymnastics of constantly claiming people are taking him out of context. Here in his book, surely he was in charge of providing the context and I tried to take him at face value, exercising his own rule about listening to people and assuming they know something you don’t.
I learnt a lot, but I also learnt a lot about how he has constructed a bizarre pop psychology ideology that is at once nonsensical and I think misleading and harmful.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 874

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Feast for Crows. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Feast for Crows is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What happened 2 the PRONUNCIATION???

  • By Kitty on 30-12-2014

A Feast for Readers

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

Reviewed: 03-02-2019

George R.R. Martin’s weakest book in terms of delivering the goods in comparison to a storm of swords. But it makes up for that in world building, characterisation and hype building.
Starting a dance with dragons almost immediately after finishing this one

  • A Storm of Swords

  • Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 47 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,190

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Storm of Swords. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Storm of Swords is the third volume in the series. The Seven Kingdoms are divided by revolt and blood feud, and winter approaches like an angry beast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, Good Reading

  • By Daniel on 20-01-2015

A storm of swords

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

Reviewed: 19-01-2019

The best instalment yet, GRRM’s world is stronger than ever, so good I bought the next 2 books before I’d even gotten halfway through this one

  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

  • Nevermoor, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 292

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Born on an unlucky day, she is blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on Eventide. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a terrifically whimsical story.

  • By erin glass on 30-01-2018

The new Harry Potter

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

Reviewed: 26-12-2018

It begins slowly but with all the imagination and world building of a Roald Dahl classic, but by the time you’re into the story you can’t stop listening.
The characters, setting, and action make this a breath of fresh air in the young adult genre.