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  • "Not bad"

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    Worth a listen to. It is what you'd expect really, the story of rags to riches the struggles he had in the early years and then some amusing stories about him and other Hollywood actors, no out of the ordinary revelations or anecdotes but I did enjoy it on the whole

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    The Elephant to Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Caine
    • Narrated By Michael Caine
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    Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

    Justin says: "Audiobook beats Hardback!!!"
  • "Deadpan Funny"

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    I'm now in my early 40's so this was my era of clubbing and although I never went I was familiar with the goings on at the Hacienda. Read brilliantly and deadpan funny by the author. Worth a listen to by any northerner of my age who used to go to the early raves and clubs

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    The Hacienda: How Not to Run a Club

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Peter Hook
    • Narrated By Peter Hook
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    Peter Hook, as co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, has been shaping the course of popular music for 30 years. He provided the propulsive bass guitar melodies of 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and the bestselling 12-inch single ever, 'Blue Monday' among many other songs.

    Steve K says: "Deadpan Funny"
  • "Interesting"

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    Not mind blowing or addictive listening but I did enjoy it and narrated very well by the author

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    The Dark Tourist: Sightseeing in the World's Most Unlikely Holiday Destinations

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dom Joly
    • Narrated By Dom Joly
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    Ever since he can remember, Dom Joly has been fascinated by travel to odd places. In part this stems from a childhood spent in war-torn Lebanon, where instead of swapping marbles in the schoolyard, he had a shrapnel collection -- the schoolboy currency of Beirut. These early experiences left Dom with a profound loathing for the sanitized experiences of the modern-day travel industry and a taste for the darkest of places.

    Helena says: "Amusing, engaging and thought-provoking"
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  • More Fool Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    Following on from his hugely successful first book, The Fry Chronicles, comes the second chapter in Stephen Fry's life. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of More Fool Me is performed by Stephen Fry himself.

  • Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles (






UNABRIDGED) by Clare Balding Narrated by Clare Balding

    Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Clare Balding
    • Narrated By Clare Balding
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    In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. Then, in 1999, Clare took a call from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. "Do you walk?" she asked. "Well, I walk the dog...." That series, Ramblings, is still going strong - and Clare's caught the walking bug. Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer's Walk, a 71-mile route. What could possibly go wrong?

  • The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen Fry Narrated by Stephen Fry

    The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen Fry
    • Narrated By Stephen Fry
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    This dazzling memoir promises to be a courageously frank, honest and poignant read. It will detail some of Fry's most turbulent and least-well-known years, with writing that will excite you, make you laugh uproariously, move you, inform you, and, above all, surprise you.

    Mary says: "Hours of delighted listening"
  • Bonkers: My Life in Laughs (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Saunders Narrated by Jennifer Saunders

    Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jennifer Saunders
    • Narrated By Jennifer Saunders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.

    Sandra says: "Absolutely Fabulous!!"
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  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword) Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

    What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword)
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all - his fortune, his reputation, and his job - in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.

  • American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History (






UNABRIDGED) by Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice Narrated by John Pruden

    American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Chris Kyle, Scott McEwan, Jim DeFelice
    • Narrated By John Pruden
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    From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan ("the devil") and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

    Mark says: "Almost like being there."
  • Is It Just Me? (






UNABRIDGED) by Miranda Hart Narrated by Miranda Hart

    Is It Just Me?

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Miranda Hart
    • Narrated By Miranda Hart
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    Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

    alison says: "SUCH FUN!!!"
  • The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh, and Lead (






ABRIDGED) by Richard Branson Narrated by Richard Branson

    The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh, and Lead

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Richard Branson
    • Narrated By Richard Branson
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    In September 2012, a YouGov poll conducted in Britain found that the person British workers would most like as their manager was Sir Richard Branson. With over 40 years in business, Richard Branson is an inspiring pioneer of humanitarian projects and an iconic business leader. In The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead, Richard shares and distils his secrets of leadership and success.

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  • The Life of Lee (






UNABRIDGED) by Lee Evans Narrated by Lee Evans

    The Life of Lee

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Lee Evans
    • Narrated By Lee Evans
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    Lee Evans is one of the best-loved comedians in the country; a Hollywood star able to sell out arenas in the blink of eye. But he was not always such a roaring success. Read unabridged by the man himself, the audiobook edition of The Life of Lee is an utterly hilarious and very moving autobiography, charting his ups and downs on the way to the top.

    C says: "Excellent"
  • Life and Laughing: My Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael McIntyre Narrated by Michael McIntyre

    Life and Laughing: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael McIntyre
    • Narrated By Michael McIntyre
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    Michael McIntyre has become Britain's biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

    John says: "An absolute pleasure from start to finish"
  • Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography (






UNABRIDGED) by Alex Ferguson Narrated by Alex Ferguson, James Macpherson

    Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alex Ferguson
    • Narrated By Alex Ferguson, James Macpherson
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    The celebratory, revealing, inspiring and entertaining autobiography of the greatest manager in the history of British football. Sir Alex announced his retirement as manager of Manchester United after 27 years in the role. He has gone out in a blaze of glory, with United winning the Premier League for the 13th time, and he is widely considered to be the greatest manager in the history of British football. Over the last quarter of a century there have been seismic changes at Manchester United.

    kmcca5 says: "Good but could have been much better"
  • Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years (






ABRIDGED) by Michael Palin Narrated by Michael Palin

    Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Michael Palin
    • Narrated By Michael Palin
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    In this first volume of his diaries, Michael Palin tells for the first time how Monty Python emerged and triumphed. Perceptive and funny, it chronicles not only his struggle to find a niche in the world of television comedy, but also the extraordinary goings on of the many powerful personalities who coalesced to form the Python team.

    Dermot says: "This might seem ridiculous but..."
  • Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry (






UNABRIDGED) by Bill Jones Narrated by Graeme Malcolm

    Alone: The Triumph and Tragedy of John Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Bill Jones
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
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    One winter's night in 1976, over 20 million people in Britain watched John Curry skate to Olympic glory on an ice rink in Austria. Many millions more watched around the world. Overnight he became one of the most famous men on the planet. He was awarded the OBE. He was chosen as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Curry had changed ice skating from marginal sport to high art. And yet the man was - and would always remain - an absolute mystery to a world that had been dazzled by his gift.

  • Frederick: A Story of Boundless Hope (






UNABRIDGED) by Frederick Ndabaramiye, Amy Parker Narrated by Barry Scott

    Frederick: A Story of Boundless Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Frederick Ndabaramiye, Amy Parker
    • Narrated By Barry Scott
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    On April 7, 1994 the life of Frederick Ndabaramiye and his family changed forever as the Rwandan genocide erupted in their homeland. When Frederick faced those same genocidaires a few years later, he noted the machete that hung from the right hand closest to him and wondered if his would soon be added to the layers of dried blood that clung to the blade.

  • A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite (






UNABRIDGED) by Adam Higginbotham Narrated by Adam Higginbotham

    A Thousand Pounds of Dynamite

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Adam Higginbotham
    • Narrated By Adam Higginbotham
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    The bomb appeared early one morning in an upstairs office of Harvey's Wagon Wheel Casino near Lake Tahoe, an enigmatic box covered in a bewildering array of switches. A neatly typed letter explained that the box contained 1,000 pounds of dynamite. It was the largest improvised explosive device in American history - and its creator promised to explain how to remove it safely if the casino delivered $3 million by helicopter to a remote landing site in the mountains.

  • What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars (






UNABRIDGED) by Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword) Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

    What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword)
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
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    Jim Paul's meteoric rise took him from a small town in Northern Kentucky to governor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, yet he lost it all - his fortune, his reputation, and his job - in one fatal attack of excessive economic hubris. In this honest, frank analysis, Paul and Brendan Moynihan revisit the events that led to Paul's disastrous decision and examine the psychological factors behind bad financial practices in several economic sectors.

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  • Major V.P. Marran - Medic with Patton's Third Army (






UNABRIDGED) by V. P. Marran Narrated by Kathryn Delap, Elihu Blotnick

    Major V.P. Marran - Medic with Patton's Third Army

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By V. P. Marran
    • Narrated By Kathryn Delap, Elihu Blotnick
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    A bold memoir of medical experience and improvisational command in WWII. Major Marran's narrative of the war details the way he and the healers around him used their creative resourcefulness to repair broken lives, bodies, and careers, in worst circumstances, by improvising surgical setups, new to the field.

  • The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator (






UNABRIDGED) by Truman Smith Narrated by James Killavey

    The Wrong Stuff: The Adventures and Misadventures of an 8th Air Force Aviator

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Truman Smith
    • Narrated By James Killavey
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    Between April and July 1944, Truman Smith flew 35 bombing missions over France and Germany. He was only 20 years old. Although barely adults, Smith and his peers worried about cramming a lifetime's worth of experience into every free night, each knowing he probably would not survive the next bombing mission. Written with blunt honesty, wry humor, and insight, The Wrong Stuff is Smith's gripping memoir of that time.

  • Biography of Chelsea Handler (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeff Mudd Narrated by James Earl Smith

    Biography of Chelsea Handler

    • UNABRIDGED (21 mins)
    • By Jeff Mudd
    • Narrated By James Earl Smith
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    She jokes. She writes. She acts. She hosts. She produces. Is she a budding tycoon? A whirling typhoon? Well, yes and yes. Chelsea Handler is at once a sexy, sharp-tongued comic, a highly-rated television host, a best-selling author, and, of late, a sitcom actress playing her own sister. Despite her self-deprecating humor and surgical skewering of all-things-celebrity, she has become a bona fide superstar in her own right.