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  • The Chimes

  • Written by: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 21

A haunting tale set on New Year's Eve, The Chimes tells the story of a poor porter named Trotty Veck who has become disheartened by the state of the world, until he is shown a series of fantastical visions that convince him of the good of humanity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Performed

  • By Tee on 2017-12-28

Way better than I expected

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-24

I typically find Dickens’ writing style a bit too dense and fanciful for me to fully appreciate his meaning. I was therefore delighted by the narrator, who was able to give life to the prose and change it into a thrilling adventure.

  • East of Eden

  • Written by: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 25 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85

This sprawling and often brutal novel, set in the rich farmlands of California's Salinas Valley, follows the intertwined destinies of two families - the Trasks and the Hamiltons - whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worthy of its reputation

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-01-16

Worthy of its reputation

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

Reviewed: 2019-01-16

I couldn’t stop listening to this book! The narrator is absolutely fantastic and made even the more philosophical passages engaging and easy to follow. I really enjoyed the storyline as well. It is an inter-generational saga and reminded me of 100 Years of Solitude in that the entire life stories of otherwise inconsequential characters are told. You really get a good understanding of each character and are therefore attached to them as they grow and change.

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  • Artemis

  • Written by: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,765
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,645

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not so great

  • By plaj on 2017-11-28

A space adventure story!

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

Reviewed: 2018-01-23

I am a fan of both the book and movie versions of The Martian and so I was a bit nervous about reading Andy Weir’s second novel. We’ve all read an amazing debut novel only to be disappointed by the author’s second attempt. Not the case here.
Artemis is a completely different story than The Martian, but manages to maintain my favourite part of the first book, which is the logical and mathematically-based problem solving. I absolutely love the materials engineering and chemistry and biology and gravitational know-how that Weir comes up with, and how in both books it is used to solve problems central to the plot of the book.
Artemis is a fast-paced novel following the adventures of a scrappy woman of color on the moon. It absolutely did not disappoint! Way to go Weir!

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