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  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles

  • Written by: Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel - translator
  • Narrated by: George Blagden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

We take journeys to explore exotic new places and to return to the comforts of home, to visit old acquaintances, and to make new friends. But the most important journey is the one that shows us how to follow our hearts.... An instant and international best seller, The Travelling Cat Chronicles has charmed listeners around the world. With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru's longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful narration and charming story

  • By Rosemary Gosse on 2018-12-05

Tender

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-28

A tender, heartfelt story of deep felt unassuming love. I can't help feeling that the original Japanese version would have been more poetic. Nonetheless, a well done, enjoyable read.

  • Knitlandia

  • A Knitter Sees the World
  • Written by: Clara Parkes
  • Narrated by: Clara Parkes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Building on the success of The Yarn Whisperer, Clara Parkes' rich personal essays invite listeners and devoted crafters on excursions to be savored, from a guide who quickly comes to feel like a trusted confidante. In Knitlandia, she takes listeners along on 17 of her most memorable journeys across the globe over the last 15 years, with stories spanning from the fjords of Iceland to a cozy yarn shop in Paris' 13th arrondissement.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Light Hearted and mildly Interesting

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-03-10

Light Hearted and mildly Interesting

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-10

If you are a knitter or lover of yarns this is an interesting listen about the revival of the artisinal knitting industry. An easy listen while working on your knitting or other projects.

  • Clockwork

  • Written by: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

A tormented apprentice clock-maker - and a deadly knight in armour. A mechanical prince - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening and suddenly life and the story begin to merge - almost like clockwork.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creative & Well Read

  • By Amazon Customer on 2019-01-27

Creative & Well Read

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-27

Pullman does not dissappoint. Equally thought provoking for adult or young reader (10 yrs or so). It's a short story, in the genre of a fable or fairy story. Easily read in one sitting. Indeed, the story pulls you along such that taking a break is not a thought. The readers use of different voices and accents is excellent.

  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • Written by: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

Sir John Penlyon is planning to spend Christmas at his estate with his niece and his friend Danby, the closest thing he has to family since disowning his daughter years ago. (She eloped with the parson, who was, of course, penniless.) Danby suggests that at Christmastime the estate needs the presence of small children, and offers to find some - the “hirelings” - despite Sir John’s skepticism. Three children duly arrive, and the youngest, precocious four year-old Moppet, quickly endears herself to Sir John. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Audrey Beattie on 2018-12-17

Heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 2018-12-25

A gentle, lovely story of family reconciliation through the love of a child. Most appreciated at Christmas.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing

  • Written by: Madeleine Thien
  • Narrated by: Angela Lin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Madeleine Thien's new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition, even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations - those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-20th century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like Slow Poetry

  • By Tee on 2018-04-02

Insightful, Poetic, Deep

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

Reviewed: 2018-08-30

Excellent story, poor reader, which is too bad. I think I would have benefitted by reading the book myself rather than listening to it. There are so many layers to this story that multiple reads overtime would surely bring out more. As rich as a Timothy Findlay novel!

  • Yoga and the Path of the Urban Mystic

  • 4th Edition
  • Written by: Darren Main
  • Narrated by: Jesse Dornan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

For modern yogis feeling challenged in our efforts to remain deeply spiritual, contemplative, and centered amid the stresses and complications of urban life, this book serves as both inspiration and guide. Darren Main's fresh, down-to-earth approach to the time-tested practice and philosophy of yoga shows us the way to apply the ancient wisdom of India to every moment and every breath so that even our busiest days can be powerful and mystical adventures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Yogic Spirituality for the layman

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-07-02

Yogic Spirituality for the layman

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-02

Excellent explanation of the 8 limbs of yoga in basic terms coupled with the author's personal journey made an interesting and understandable read. the narrator did a good job.

  • The Day the World Came to Town

  • 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
  • Written by: Jim DeFede
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

When 38 jetliners bound for the United States were forced to land at Gander International Airport in Canada by the closing of US airspace on September 11, the population of this small town on Newfoundland Island swelled from 10,300 to nearly 17,000. The citizens of Gander met the stranded passengers with an overwhelming display of friendship and goodwill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing side of 9/11

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-07-01

An amazing side of 9/11

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

Reviewed: 2018-07-01

Thank you! This was a uplifting, true story about kindness under pressure and showed the horrific events if 9/11 in a whole new way. Well worth reading and well read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Alice Network

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Kate Quinn
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624

In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not impressed

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-07-17

Predictable

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

Reviewed: 2018-05-12

Formulaic, romance novel with predictable happy ending. Was expecting richer WWI history as part of the story. Unfortunately, the book description is misleading. History was a minor element to provide colour for nothing more than a 'harlequin romance'. Too bad. Stock, stereotypical characters. Marginally interesting story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Healing Self

  • A Revolutionary New Plan to Supercharge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life
  • Written by: Deepak Chopra M.D., Rudolph E. Tanzi Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Shishir Kurup
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Combining the best current medical knowledge with a new approach grounded in integrative medicine, Chopra and Tanzi offer a groundbreaking new model of healing and the healing system, one of the main mysteries in the mind-body connection. The Healing Self is a breakthrough audiobook in self-care for a wide audience. Immunity - the body's ability to ward off disease - can no longer be taken for granted.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not an audio read

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-04-04

Not an audio read

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

Reviewed: 2018-04-04

Read well enough. However, not an enjoyable listen. I plan to take this book out from the library and physically read it myself

  • Jacob T. Marley

  • Written by: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-01-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-18

An excellent imagining of Marley's 'story'. Could have been written ny Dickens himself. The reading was exquisite.