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  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,539

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finished rather abruptly but otherwise a nice book

  • By Anthony on 08-12-2017

AMAZING ....

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

Reviewed: 28-04-2019

I have not read such a beautiful story in a very long time! A perfect narrator in Jeremy Irons and a fabulously crafted tale by Paulo Coelho ... a definite must read!!!!!

  • Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow

  • Nevermoor, Book 2
  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 188

Morrigan Crow, the girl who was cursed to die on Eventide, has escaped her deadly fate and found a new home in the fantastical city of Nevermoor. She has also discovered that she has a strange and magical ability: she is a Wundersmith, one of the very few who can summon and control the mysterious energy behind the city's magic. But is being a Wundersmith a blessing or another curse? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book so much!!!!!

  • By Anonymous User on 22-07-2019

Better than the first!!!

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

Reviewed: 19-12-2018

Expertly narrated by Gemma Whelan, Jessica Townsend gives another smashing story. A total must read!!!!

  • Three Mages and a Margarita

  • The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig. It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview - to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right? I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they...offered me the job? It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • on a whim purchase

  • By Nicole Phillips on 22-04-2019

Too enjoyable for words!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 28-10-2018

I loved every minute if this book. The narration fit the story perfectly ... I highly recommend Annette Marie!! 😁😁😁

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  • Doctor Who: The Christmas Invasion

  • By: Jenny T Colgan
  • Narrated by: Camille Coduri
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Camille Coduri reads this brand new novelisation of the Tenth Doctor’s first adventure. Earth is under attack by power-hungry aliens. This is no time for the Doctor to be out of action. When a British space probe is intercepted by a sinister alien vessel on the eve of Christmas, it marks the beginning of an audacious invasion of the Earth by the Sycorax - horrifying marauders from beyond the stars. Within hours, a third of humanity stands on the brink of death with not a single shot fired. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful wonderful!!!

  • By Mandy on 25-07-2018

Wonderful wonderful!!!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-2018

Of all the books I've listened to, it has become (often painfully) apparent that one's voice can make or break an Audio book. Camille Coduri is perfect!!! A beautiful warm, confident voice that rises, falls and rises again to draw you in and immerse you in the magic that is Doctor Who!!!! Pangalaxic Gargle Blasters all round!!!!!

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, performance made me wince

  • By louise on 29-10-2016

Oh dear ... so close!!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2016

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story in itself is great. It is quite obvious why this book has been made into a movie. However - Ransom Riggs - how on earth (for one so young) could you think for one moment think that modern teenagers use phrases like 'parenthetical scars' ... the story is great but you need to talk to some kids and take lots of notes!!!! I have never in my 45 years heard ANY kid use such overblown language.

How could the performance have been better?

Yes!!!!! The narrator. Jesse Bernstein ... sounds young and inexperienced. Consequently his portrayal of the various characters leaves a lot to be desired. His enunciation is a crime against ones ears and his accents are fantastically horrible. However, it would seem that Mr Bernstein has been around the block once or twice so it is not wrong to have higher expectations. An investment in an awesome elocution teacher would be wise.

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