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  • The Choice: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By David Ledoux
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (308)

    Peter Galvin was just 17 when Tracy Whitland - the love of his life - vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now - happy, even - until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.

    AudioAddict says: "My least favorite of the three prequels"
    "Let down by the narrator"
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    Peter Galvin and Tracy Whitland were childhood sweethearts and each other's first love, until Tracy disappeared without trace when Peter was seventeen. In the intervening years Peter has moved on, married and had a daughter, but now Tracy has returned, still seventeen and in love. This story raises questions about what we want versus what we think we want, about happiness found versus happiness made and the choices we make and the reasons we make them.

    This is the third of three prequels to 'The Returned', and all three stories hint at the plethora of issues facing society when those thought lost forever begin to return. No matter how beloved a lost love one is, life moves on without them. It will be interesting to see how Jason Mott handles the return of loved ones lost in time to a present they have no experience of. He has created a wonderful and imaginative concept and these three stories have piqued my interest in the novel itself. I hope it lives up to its promise.

    My audiobook experience thus far has been that the narrator does impact the level of enjoyment of the story. David Ledoux injects himself a little too far into his reading of The Choice, which I found distracting and ultimately detrimental to the story. Perhaps in the world of audiobooks listeners follow narrators in a manner similar to the way readers follow writers. That said, 'The Returned' by Jason Mott is one to watch.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (206)

    When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

    Carol says: "What a wonderful story!"
    "An unexpected delight"
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    A man receives a letter from an old friend who is terminally ill. He walks to the post box to send a reply, but keeps walking. He continues walking across England because he is convinced it will save his friend's life. The premise 'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry' is based on is so unlikely that I didn't read it for a long time, despite glowing reviews. I can't say, even now, why I changed my mind, only that I am glad I did.

    The story is so much more than a man's physical journey from one end of England to another. It is a journey through his life, through his triumphs and disappointments, his regrets and if-onlys. Along the way he meets people who help him, people who hinder him, and somewhere along the way he finds a sort of peace. I know this sounds rather fanciful and neatly-tied-with-a-bow. It isn't. It is about life being about connections and wonder and fear and laughter and a collection of memories of interconnections and opportunities missed and taken. And it's funny - laugh out loud funny in parts. Jim Broadbent is a brilliant narrator. Rightly or wrongly I pictured him as Harold, but it wasn't because he injected himself too far into the story, but rather because he sounded to me like he got Harold.

    The problem I am finding with audiobooks is that when the author uses a particularly brilliant turn of phrase, or expresses something perfectly I can't dog-ear a page and come back to it later. Rachel Joyce is a talented writer, and there were quite a few times I wished I wasn't driving (I listen to audiobooks in the car) so I could write something down. You'll just have to discover these treasures for yourself. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaking in Tongues

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    In Speaking in Tongues, Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning author Neil Gaiman reads a selection of his own stories and poems, including "The Price", which he says "is more or less true. At least, the narrator...is pretty much me, the house is my house, the cats my cats, and the family is my family."

    Richard says: "Remarkable stories and performance!"
    "Fantastical cautionary tales narrated superbly"
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    'Speaking in Tongues' is a selection of five short stories. There is a marked difference between reading a story and having the story read to you by the person who wrote it. You can be sure that the emphasis is on the correct word, the inflection is correct and the tone of the tale is as the writer intended. Gaiman's narration is engaging and almost hypnotic, dragging the listener into each story. The stories each have an element of cautionary tale to them. My favourite was 'The Facts in the Case of the Disappearance of Miss Finch', a careful-what-you-wish-for story about a pop-up circus performance on a rainy London evening. There is also 'Daughter of Owls', 'The Price', 'The Sea Change' and 'Instructions', a poem about what to do should you find yourself in a fairy tale.

    Like all good books, this one left me wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sparrow: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (312)

    When Heather and Matt Campbell find 10-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home. As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?

    AudioAddict says: "Touching prequel that will leave you wondering..."
    "The Sparrow: A Prequel Sequel"
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    I enjoyed this story more than 'The First'. I think this is partly due to the narrator, who is excellent, and partly due to the story. The events of 'The Sparrow' take place six weeks after 'The First' and thousands of returned have appeared during this time, giving rise to suspicion among the general population and construction of specialised 'returned processing centres' by the government. Tatiana's return causes friction in the Campbell's relationship as Heather and Matt disagree on the best way to respond to Tatiana's needs.

    It is not made clear why Tatiana returned to the United States when she died in Sierra Leone (The First makes reference to returned appearing in Africa so it seems safe to assume not all returned are returning stateside), nor is it explained why Tatiana's mother has not returned (or at the very least has not returned in the same place as her daughter). The distrust and underlying fear of the general population about events they cannot explain or control is an interesting phenomena, and may yet be revealed as the most fascinating aspect of the soon-to-be-released 'The Returned'.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First: A Prequel to 'The Returned'

    • UNABRIDGED (33 mins)
    • By Jason Mott
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (404)
    Story
    (407)

    It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancee, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on - until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns. Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind.

    Maddy says: "Under the Spell"
    "The First Prequel"
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    Where does The First rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first one I've listened through to the end (yes, I know it's only a short one, but you have to start somewhere)


    What other book might you compare The First to and why?

    It reminds me of "The Green Mile", though largely because it was serialised. I enjoyed "The First", and am happy to see some prequel sequels available now ("The Sparrow" and "The Choice")


    What three words best describe Victor Bevine’s voice?

    Clear, precise, proper


    If you could rename The First, what would you call it?

    Monarch Green


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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