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  • The Diary of a Hounslow Girl

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Ambreen Razia
  • Narrated by: Ambreen Razia
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,353
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,153
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,147

You’ve heard of an Essex Girl or even a Chelsea Girl, but what about a Hounslow Girl? Definition of a Hounslow Girl: a young Muslim woman who wears hooped earrings with her headscarf and grapples with traditional values while hustling her way through urban London. The Diary of a Hounslow Girl is a bold and provocative one-person play, written and performed by Ambreen Razia. From the joys of traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this is a comic story of dreams, aspirations and coming of age, told through the eyes of a 16-year-old British Muslim girl. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard coming of age with Islamic slant

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Not suitable for audio, but possibly fit for stage

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Audio is not the right medium for this. The nearly constant background noise was extremely irritating, blotting out the speech at times. I wasn't exactly fond of the heavy breathing of the narrator, either. She actually acted this booklet, which is fine on the stage, because this was written for the stage, but as an audio, it was a complete failure for me. The message is good, and the interview at the end of this audio book was really interesting, but all the rest was meh.

  • Zero G

  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller, Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,680

Twelve-year-old Zero is traveling with 20,000 people for 105 years to colonize a new planet. Everyone is in stasis, so they'll be safe during the trip, but when Zero's pod malfunctions it wakes him early, like 105 years early. At first he's excited to be the only one awake - he has the entire ship to himself, so he can go anywhere and see and do and eat anything he wants - but when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and kidnap the colonizers, Zero has to think fast and find a way to stop them all on his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Passengers movie with space pirates

  • By Kingsley on 12-07-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

I was a bit wary because it said: 'full cast', but all narrators were great, and the story is very entertaining. A lovely book, something you can have your children listen to without supervision. It's fine for adults, too. I enjoyed every minute of it.

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • Winternight, Book 1
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of Northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, a stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift - a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, the father hides the gift away, and his daughter, Vasya, grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starke Frau

  • By Bel on 01-24-19

Starke Frau

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

Inhalt:
Vasya ist das jüngste Kind Marinas und Pjotrs, die am Rande des Waldes leben. Marina weiß, dass ihre Tochter sie das Leben kosten wird, ihr ist es aber sehr wichtig, diese Tochter gesund auf die Welt zu bringen.

Vasya und ihre Brüder wachsen auf, betreut von Dunja, der alten Kinderfrau der Mutter.

Dunja erzählt den Kindern alle möglichen Märchen, und Vasya lernt, dass mehr an diesen Märchen dran ist, als gemeinhin geglaubt wird.

Vasya wächst ziemlich wild auf, aber als ihr Vater erneut heiratet, brechen schwere Zeiten für sie an. Ihre Stiefmutter ist nur wenig älter als Vasya, und wäre lieber in ein Kloster gegangen, als zu heiraten, wird aber ein Opfer der Politik des Machthabenden in Moskau.

Anna ist sehr gläubig und fanatisch. Als ein gleichermaßen fanatischer Priester ins Dorf geschickt wird um die Leute zum Christentum zu bekehren, gerät nicht nur Vasya in Gefahr.


Meine Meinung:
Das Buch wurde empfohlen für Fans von unter anderem Naomi Novik's Uprooted -- ein Buch, an dem sich die Geister scheiden, das ich aber geliebt habe.


Ich wurde nicht enttäuscht. Im Buch geht es nicht nur um den ewigen Krieg des neuen (Gott)Glaubens gegen die alten Naturgötter und Fabelwesen, sondern es geht auch um das Selbstbestimmungsrecht der Frauen, und die typische Reaktion der Männer, die Vasya als Hexe abstempeln und verdammen, und mit Gewalt versuchen, sie unter Kontrolle zu bekommen.


Vasya lässt sich aber nicht unterkriegen. Glücklicherweise hat sie die Unterstützung ihres jüngsten Bruders, und ihrer Halbschwester.


Der ewige Kampf zwischen Gut und Böse, zwischen Glaube und Aberglaube, zwischen Liebe und Hass, zwischen Gier und Großzügigkeit, zwischen Mann und Frau ist hier wunderbar beschrieben.

Außerdem geht es um den Überlebenskampf in den berühmt-brüchtigten russischen Wintern, und natürlich treffen wir auf eine Form von 'Väterchen Frost'. Überhaupt trifft man auf so ziemlich alle Märchen- und Sagengestalten der slawischen Kultur -- manche alt bekannt, andere (mir) neu.


Die Geschichte selbst ist sehr langsam aufgebaut, so dass man jeden Schritt genau verfolgt. Möglicherweise hätte man hier und da etwas raffen können, aber ich fand die fast 12 Stunden Hörbuch sehr unterhaltsam.

Die Sprecherin, Kathleen Gati, erzählt das Ganze mit einem russischen Akzent. Anfangs dachte ich, es wäre eventuell ihr Akzent, aber dem ist nicht so.

Warum sie sich dieses Akzents befleißigt hat, kann ich nur vermuten: möglicherweise dachte sie, es klinge authentischer.


Mich hat es anfangs sehr irritiert, und es machte es schwerer, alles zu verstehen, da viele Wörter merkwürdig ausgesprochen wurden.
Insgesamt ist es aber ein schönes Buch.


  • Honor Kills

  • Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Volume 3
  • By: Nanci Rathbun
  • Narrated by: Kieren Calland Metts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When a worried mother wants divorced Private Investigator Angelina Bonaparte to track down her missing husband, she’s eager to bring the deadbeat dad to justice. But even after she discovers the man’s obituary, she refuses to believe it until she sees the body. Tracking down the nurse who last saw him alive could be the missing puzzle piece to her client's broken family. But as she digs deeper, she realizes there’s something darker at play than dodging child-support payments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery!

  • By Susan Patterson on 12-22-18

Compromised

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I was excited when I got the chance to listen to the third volume in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries series.
I had listened to, and loved, the first two volumes, and so my expectations for this volume were high enough.

I wasn’t disappointed. Angeline is her usual self, very stylish, very diplomatic, and very clever, and the quotes at the beginning of each chapter aren’t missing, either.

This time, she has to face her beloved dad’s past — something she has gotten used to blanking out — only now, she needs his help, and there are consequences.
The case starts out easy enough, but when Angie and Bobby (who she has taken on as an assistant in her agency) dig deeper, a lot of dirt is dug up in the process, endangering people Angie cares about.
In fact, things take a turn to the worse after a fairly short time, and Angie is out of her depths — which is when she makes use of her father’s connections.
Afterwards, she needs to ask herself if he has betrayed her….
The consequences of her research are dire, not just for her client, but for herself and somebody she loves, too.

I really liked this turn of events, and it is not the first time I wonder how the author did her research — or maybe it is all common knowledge and I’m the only ignorant person?
Anyway, the story is plausible, and it rings true, and that’s good enough for me.

Kieren Calland Metts’s narration was enjoyable, she does the different characters well, and the pronunciation of foreign words sounds fine to me, too.
A great series, and I look forward to the next instalment.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Nanci Rathbun. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • A River in Darkness

  • One Man's Escape from North Korea
  • By: Masaji Ishikawa, Risa Kobayashi - translator, Martin Brown - translator
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,598

Half-Korean, half-Japanese, Masaji Ishikawa has spent his whole life feeling like a man without a country. This feeling only deepened when his family moved from Japan to North Korea when Ishikawa was just 13 years old. His father, himself a Korean national, was lured to the new Communist country by false promises of abundant work and a higher station in society. In this memoir translated from the original Japanese, Ishikawa candidly recounts his tumultuous upbringing and the brutal 36 years he spent living under a crushing totalitarian regime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By C. F. Gagnon on 05-31-18

Tragic

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Dies war kürzlich der Daily Deal bei Audible, und weil es sich interessant anhörte, habe ich es gekauft. Und angehört. Leider scheint es keine deutsche Übersetzung zu geben, aber wer englisch kann, sollte es unbedingt lesen oder hören. (Es ist als ebook kostenlos mit kindle unlimited).

Die Flucht im Untertitel macht nur einen relativ geringen Teil der Geschichte aus. Es geht hauptsächlich um das Leben, oder vielmehr Sterben in Nord Korea. 

Nord Korea ist ja seit geraumer Zeit hier in den Schlagzeilen, aber da geht es es um die militärische Bedrohung für die gesamte Welt, die das Land repräsentiert. 

Natürlich wird das Militär im Buch auch erwähnt, aber es geht insbesondere um die erschreckenden Lebensumstände der Bevölkerung, denen diese schon seit Jahrzehnten ausgesetzt ist. 

Natürlich ist uns allen bekannt, dass ein totalitäres Regime die Bevölkerung bespitzelt und unterdrückt, Einsperrt, Gehirnwäschen unterzieht, oder erschießt, und aus unserer eignen Geschichte wissen wir, dass Planwirtschaft und der sogenannte Sozialismus zu großem Mangel an so ziemlich Allem führt, was man fürs Leben so braucht, und wie schrecklich die Bespitzelung und Gewaltherrschaft sind.  

Aber dass als Folge von Planwirtschaft und Bürokratie eine ganze Bevölkerung verhungert war mir persönlich nicht gegenwärtig. 

Masaji Ishikawa zeichnet ein erschreckendes Bild der Zustände in Nord Korea von Anfang der 1960er Jahre bis heute. Die Hoffnungslosigkeit, die Perspektivlosigkeit, der ständige Hunger und der Mangel an Komfort sowie an Hygieneeinrichtungen werden eindrucksvoll geschildert, desgloeichen die Willkür derer, die die Macht haben. 

Das Buch endet damit, dass es dem Autor in Japan anfangs materiell nicht wesentlich besser geht als in Nord Korea: er wurde gar für einen Spion gehalten.

Meine online Suche ergab wenigstens einen Link mit Informationen darüber, wie es heute aussieht.

Die Geschichte ist also leider noch nicht zu Ende, und von einem Happy End keine Spur.

Das Buch hat mich sehr berührt, und ich bin entsetzt, dass man so gar nichts machen kann. Leider sind die Chinesen, die eventuell helfen könnten, ja politisch nicht sehr weit von den Nordkoreanern entfernt, und natürlich spielen die Medien (Zeitungen, Fernsehen) mal wieder eine sehr negative Rolle, und die japanische Regierung ist auch nicht besonders hilfreich.  

Ich hoffe, dass die zurückgebliebene Familie des Autors noch lebt, und dass es ihm irgendwann irgendwie gelingt, sie nach Japan zu holen.

Die Erzählung wurde übrigens von Brian Nishii hervorragend gelesen. 

  • Uncanny Valley

  • By: C.A. Gray
  • Narrated by: Melissa Williams
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Rebecca Cordeaux knows exactly what her future will hold: she will marry Andy, her crush of the last five years. Once Andy is ready to settle down, she's sure he will discover that she is his soulmate. After several small parts on stage, Rebecca knows she can become a renowned actress. Her writing also shows promise as a future author. Robots perform most human jobs that can be automated, leaving many free to pursue their personal creative interests.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me, but i don’t think I’m not smart enough...

  • By Brad&Britney on 08-18-18

A Conundrum

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

The moment I saw that this audio book would go on tour, so to say, I volunteered. I love scifi, dystopies, fantasy etc, and the synopsis sounded promising.



Set in the not too far future, robots have taken over lots of work places, leaving those, whose places they fill in, poor and destitute.

As if this wasn’t enough, the world leader in robot technique, Halpert, challenges the intellectual elite to develop AI that can have emotions, and that can learn.

Data from Star Trek–The next Generation comes to mind. If you’ve followed this series, you’ll know that Data strives for getting the chip providing him with emotions, and ends up having to make a very difficult decision.

Here, the bots don’t have emotions, empathy or anything alike — yet — or have they?

Rebecca is about to find out. Is there actually a conspiracy going on? And what would be the consequences if Halpert & Co get their way?



The questions are answered within the book, although the ending promises a sequel.

It is not exactly an action story, lots of philosophical and ethical questions are raised and discussed, but there is some danger, and some action, too.

On the whole, it isn’t a predictable story, although I guessed who the ominous leader of the resistance was — and I guessed correctly.

I loved, that we have the pros and cons re: AI in general, and empathic AI in particular.

Is one worse than the other? More dangerous to humankind? About to take over the world?

In our day and time, A.I. and Industry 4.0 are being broadly discussed, so the topic of the book is a very current one which concerns us all.

So, OK, we are being steered in a specific direction, but then, it is important to be aware of the consequences.

We all want our data to be protected, yet here I am, having a blog, using social media sites, and doing online purchases, profiting from all the technology that makes life so much easier.

So, this is a great book about a subject that concerns us all.

Narrator Melissa Williams does a great job, although I didn’t enjoy the high-pitched voice she used for Rebecca a lot — but of course that is very subjective,since I generally prefer a deeper voice.

I recommend this book not just to young adults, but to everybody.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • No Stone Unturned

  • The True Story of the World's Premier Forensic Investigators
  • By: Steve Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422

No Stone Unturned recreates the genesis of NecroSearch International: a small ,eclectic group of scientists and law enforcement personal, active and retired, who volunteer their services to help locate the clandestine graves of murder victims and recover the remains and evidence to assist with the apprehension and conviction of the killers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forensic Superheroes

  • By Mark on 09-14-16

Cold Cases and Necro-Search

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

Reviewed: 05-24-18

I very much enjoyed this audio book. Although the involvement of necro search seemed to fall short at times, it is a very insistent tale of the importance of all departments working together for a common goal, and about how successful this teamwork can prove to be.

Kevin Pierce as narrator did a great job. He wasn't too excited, but he wasn't boring, either. He had just the right amount of empathy, and the story really came to life through his narration.

The cases described in the book are harrowing, but they aren't described in a sensationalist way, which is a bonus.

If you've watched some of the crimes on discovery channel, you'll be reminded of those when listening to this book -- I certainly was. Until now, I had thought that the TV show Cold Case was just that: a figment of somebody's imagination. Now I learned that there are indeed departments looking into cold cases.
This book was an eye-opener on many levels, and I'm glad I happened upon it.

  • While You Were Sleeping

  • By: Kathryn Croft
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

Tara Logan adores her perfect little family: husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and 11-year-old Spencer. But her happiness is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee Jacobs' bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them. And worse - he has been stabbed to death. Convinced she didn't kill Lee, Tara flees home and stays silent, holding her breath as the investigation grips the neighbourhood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Croft does it again! Outstanding British Mystery!

  • By Karen Ross on 12-06-17

Gripping, with many twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This was a great thriller. At first, I thought I had figured it out -- the 'whodunnit' -- but I was curious, so I listened on. And boy, am I glad I did. There are so many twists and turns, and the solution was so unexpected -- I really loved it. Of course, as thrillers go, the behaviour of the lead characters isn't always very rational, but hey, there wouldn't be much of a story if it was. ;)
The language isn't graphic, and it doesn't dwell on any gory details, which, for me, is a bonus.
It's a gripping story, and there are some really creepy characters.

The narration was great! Julie Maisey did a fantastic job at bringing the various characters to life, and to make them very distinctive.

In conclusion, I'd recommend this to any thriller lover.

  • Treasure in Exile

  • Palmyrton Estate Sale Mystery Series, Book 4
  • By: S.W. Hubbard
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

After her husband's plane goes down in a WWII battle, a poor nurse becomes the wealthiest widow in town. And she never leaves her mansion for 70 years. When estate sale organizer Audrey Nealon enters the Tate Mansion after the widow's death, she discovers nothing's been changed since the day the house was built. Why did the heiress and her maid eat canned soup and read used paperbacks surrounded by magnificent art and antiques? Why were the house and its contents bequeathed to a small local charity?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very enjoyable series

  • By J. Ricks on 05-24-18

Another great Treasure

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Ever since I knew there was another "Treasure" in the making, I waited for its release as audio book. I've listened to, and enjoyed all previous books in the series, so I was looking forward to returning to what feels like family, or good friends.
I was not disappointed! Even though there is a new addition to the staff (and she nearly feels too good to be true) while one member has left for good -- they all worked perfectly together.
Once again, the characters, the language, everything is absolutely believable.
The characters have developed yet more, which is great.
I'm glad I started at volume one when I did, because if I had to do it now, the fact that there are meanwhile four volumes might have put me off through the sheer number. However, I sincerely hope we'll get at least a couple more because I so enjoy the series.

Janelle Tedesco nailed it again. Just how she manages to get the characters so consistent with the previous book is a mystery, but I'm sure it requires a lot of work and preparation.
I listened to this in record time, only stopping when real life absolutely required it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, and I chose to willingly post an honest review.

  • Legacy

  • The Biodome Chronicles Series, Book 1
  • By: Jesikah Sundin
  • Narrated by: Sunil Patel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

A sensible young nobleman and his fiery sister live in an experimental medieval village. Sealed inside this biodome since infancy, Leaf and Willow have been groomed by The Code to build a sustainable world, one devoid of Outsider interference. One that believes death will give way to life. All is ideal until their father bequeaths a family secret with his dying breath, placing an invisible crown of power on Leaf's head. Now, everyone in their quiet town is suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great world building, intriguing characters . . .

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 02-08-18

Under the Dome

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

When you think of scifi, you usually imagine something that happens in space, far away from Earth. However, this needn’t be the case. You can write really great scifi without leaving Earth, and that’s exactly what Jesikah Sundin did with her Biodome Chronicles.

If you’ve watched Stephen King’s ‘Under the Dome’, you get the idea: there’s a community living under a dome — albeit voluntarily — that is, the first generation did. Their descendants haven’t been given a choice, but they seem content enough.

However, something is about to change: Leaf and his sister Willow discover a few things that make them distrust almost everybody. Their encounter with Outsider Fillian sets in motion a chain of events they can’t control.

We have here some great characters, notably Fillian and Willow, and I can’t wait to find out how the story goes on.

As is wont in a good scifi story, there’s a lot of technology involved, none of which seems impossible, even with today’s standards. Experiencing some of it through the eyes of Leaf and Willow makes it seem quite alien and outlandish, though.

I have to admit that I quite like the idea of living in unpolluted surroundings, where there is no technology that could do harm to nature. That said, I guess there’d be numerous things I’d miss, so I’d probably not be as content as the idea suggests, and living in a confined space, however intact it might be, probably would drive me mad after a while.

Sunil Patel’s narration was wonderful, he brought the story to life, and I listened every free minute I had. Although there isn’t exactly a cliffhanger, the ending left me wanting for more. I’m very curious about the future developments, and I hope ‘my’ lead characters will be well.

So, if all scifi you know is set in space, you should absolutely try this story, just to give you an idea that there’s more than space battles to a good scifi story. For everybody else: you don’t need to be a geek, or even understand technology to thoroughly enjoy this story.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jesikah Sundin. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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