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  • The Wolf Border

  • By: Sarah Hall
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

For almost a decade, Rachel Caine has turned her back on home, kept distant by family disputes and her work monitoring wolves on an Idaho reservation. But now, summoned by the eccentric Earl of Annerdale and his controversial scheme to reintroduce the grey wolf to the English countryside, she is back in the peat and wet light of the Lake District. The earl's project harks back to an ancient idyll of untamed British wilderness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous.

  • By V on 05-27-15

Marvelous.

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Loved it. Such crisp, precise writing and nuanced characters. The description and understanding of the landscape put me in mind of Robert MacFarlane.
I look forward to reading more of Sarah Hall's books.
The narration was a perfect fit for the tone of the narrative and consideration of it's characters.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • All the Light We Cannot See

  • By: Anthony Doerr
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighbourhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mispronunciation sure, but buy it anyway!

  • By Adele on 12-23-14

Beautiful and haunting.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

I don't know if I have the words for this yet.
Masterful storytelling. Thoughtful, moving and reflective, many moments that caught my breath and made my heart race. This story will stay with me forever.

  • Landmarks

  • By: Robert Macfarlane
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Landmarks, a fascinating exploration of the relationship between language and landscapes by Robert Macfarlane, read by Roy McMillan. Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. Landmarks is about the power of language to shape our sense of place.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the book

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-17

Perfection.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

What a wonderful, stirring, enriching and delightful experience this book this is to listen to.
It is a forever book.
The narrator is a pleasure to listen to, and perfectly matched here.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Titus Groan

  • The Gormenghast Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Deep in the labyrinthine corridors of Gormenghast Castle, a child is born. Titus, 77th Earl of Groan, is heir to arcane and all-embracing rituals that determine the activities of everyone from Lord Sepulchrave, his father, to the vast cook, Swelter, and the irrepressible Dr Prunesquallor. But not the steely and devious Steerpike, who will lie, cheat and even murder to get on. One of the greatest feats of sustained imaginative writing, the world of Gormenghast Castle is brilliantly realised in this darkly fantastic novel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By V on 03-30-15

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

I love this story and this narrator. but the pairing I hated. I felt like Rupert Degassing just had completely the wrong tone of the book, trivialising the characters. There is a crumbling solemn grace and heft to the characters as well as their very pronounced eccentricities.
Maybe others will like it. but it's just not my Gormenghast.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,297

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

Magnificent!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

Where does The Handmaid's Tale rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely in the top 10

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Handmaid's Tale?

Offred playing scrabble, the writing is so delicious.

Which character – as performed by Claire Danes – was your favorite?

Offred & Moira

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Much of it.

Any additional comments?

I am amazed it took me so long to get to this book. It's incredible. It's Nineteen Eighty-Four for Feminists

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 436

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Goldfinch

  • By Sharron on 01-04-14

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 03-27-14

If you could sum up The Goldfinch in three words, what would they be?

Clever, thoughtful, compelling

What did you like best about this story?

I couldn't say

Which scene was your favorite?

So many great scenes. But perhaps the final one.

If you could take any character from The Goldfinch out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Hobie, I think he'd be so charming & fascinating.

Any additional comments?

The perfect marriage of story and narrator. David Pittu is brilliant. I will be looking out for books narrated by him from now on.