Category Archives: review

The Wall – Marlen Haushofer

Translated from the German by Shaun Whiteside, narrated by Kathe Mazur “I can allow myself to write the truth; all the people for whom I have lied throughout my life are dead….” The biggest differences between The Wall and other … Continue reading

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Mirror, Shoulder, Signal by Dorthe Nors

Translated from the Danish by Misha Hoekstra, read by Kate Rawson Sonja is the first in her family to have gone to university. She moved from her small rural hometown to the bustle of Copenhagen where she translates popular Swedish … Continue reading

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The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood, read by Alisa Piper

What have you done Charlotte Wood? You have made Golding’s Lord of the Flies for this century and you have made it so very thrilling and real. Verla wakes from a drugged sleep. She doesn’t know where she is, nor why she’s … Continue reading

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The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth, read by Malcolm Hillgartner

Philip Roth is one of the finest writers in the United States and Blackstone Audio’s pairing of this book with Malcolm Hillgartner’s narration is an excellent match. An older Nathan Zuckerman recalls a visit to his idol and mentor E. I. Lonoff, … Continue reading

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The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel, read by Mark Bramhall

I nabbed The High Mountains of Portugal on release day and began reading it immediately. I’d been looking forward to another Yann Martel story. I’ve loved Self, The Life of Pi and Beatrice and Virgil and wondered where Martel will go next. When I reached the … Continue reading

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Missing Person (by Patrick Modiano, read by Bronson Pinchot)

Written in a smoky, noir style with an existentialist flavour, Missing Person is a standout audiobook of 2015. The Missing Person is Guy Roland, a man with amnesia. Eight years ago he came to private detective C. M. Hutte for help in find out … Continue reading

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The Story of the Lost Child, by Elena Ferrante

Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein, narrated by Hillary Huber. “I’m a scribble on a scribble, completely unsuitable for one of your books…one doesn’t tell the story of an erasure.” Lila has disappeared and has destroyed as much evidence of … Continue reading

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The Green Road, by Anne Enright (read by Alana Kerr, Lloyd Jones and Gerard Doyle)

To say this book is a tragicomic Irish family saga boxes it all a bit too neatly and doesn’t remotely do justice to the book or the author. Rosaleen, the Madigan matriarch, asks her four children to come home for … Continue reading

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Travelling Heavy: A Memoir in Between Journeys by Ruth Behar (read by Sally Martin)

Travelling Heavy is Ruth Behar’s memoir of her life as an anthropologist from a Yiddish-Sephardic-Cuban-American family. That in itself makes Behar’s story a curiosity. I’d like to credit Sally Martin for her fantastic narration of this audiobook. There are words from so many … Continue reading

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Ten Days in a Madhouse, by Nellie Bly (read by Suzie Althens)

Nellie Bly’s exposé into conditions at an asylum for the mentally ill pioneered “immersion journalism”. In 1887 Bly had herself admitted to The Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell’s Island. In Ten Days in a Madhouse she shares her experience of diagnosis and incarceration … Continue reading

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