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Mary

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  • "Hours of delighted listening"

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    To say that an extra dimension is given by Stephen Fry's voice would be an understatement. He confides, entertains, shocks, confesses, delights, enlightens - rather than merely narrates. It makes the price of this book seem far too low.

    In the course of telling the part of his story that stretches from Cambridge to the fame and fortune of his later twenties, he shares with us some of the thoughts and inner fears that he says still haunt him. None of this is solemn or toe-curling though. He always brings himself (and us) back from the brink with a throw-away line of such ludicrous self-mockery that, if most react as I did, the loudness of your own laughter comes as quite a shock.

    It's also an insider's look at the way comedy changed and grew in the eighties. Nearly all the radio and television heroes of that era are there. You can hear their voices and each is treated with affectionate glee.

    It's rare to find a book where every sentence is satisfying, funny or moving. In an audio book this is a special delight.

    He says that it cannot be wondered at that his own rather shy hero, Alan Bennett, is so greatly loved. The self-deprecation that emerges in this book reveals the astonishing fact that Stephen Fry too lacks inner self-assurance - in spite of his cultured, funny, 'Renaissance Man' persona. It's as if he can't quite believe the enormous affection with which the nation regards him but it seems likely that this book will increase that affectionate admiration even more.

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    The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

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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"
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  • The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography (






UNABRIDGED) by Stephen Fry Narrated by Stephen Fry

    The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography

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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"
  • The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success (






UNABRIDGED) by Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton Narrated by Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton

    The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success

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    If you are bored and unfulfilled by dry and overly worthy self-help manuals, then this is the audiobook for you! Listen to this and take a very different look at yourself! Former SAS hero Andy McNab and eminent psychologist Professor Kevin Dutton are unlikely partners. As Oxford academic and bestselling author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Kevin Dutton has plenty of experience of psychopaths, but he'd never met anyone quite like Andy McNab, decorated war hero and special forces warrior.

  • It's All About Treo: Life, Love, and War with the World's Bravest Dog (






UNABRIDGED) by Dave Heyhoe, Damien Lewis Narrated by Malcolm Hamilton

    It's All About Treo: Life, Love, and War with the World's Bravest Dog

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    • By Dave Heyhoe, Damien Lewis
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    When Dave Heyhoe was sent to Afghanistan to help detect the Taliban's murderous roadside bombs, he knew he'd need a special dog by his side. Luckily for him, his closest pal, Treo, a staggeringly brave ball of energy and mischief was with him every step of the way. The two friends had a miraculous understanding that helped them save countless lives but, as they embarked on a roller-coaster emotional ride, Dave realized he needed Treo more than he could ever have imagined.

    tracey says: "All About Treo :-)"
  • Is It Just Me? (






UNABRIDGED) by Miranda Hart Narrated by Miranda Hart

    Is It Just Me?

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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.

    R. says: "The best for a very serious mind"
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  • Rock Stars Stole My Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music (






UNABRIDGED) by Mark Ellen Narrated by Mark Ellen

    Rock Stars Stole My Life!: A Big Bad Love Affair with Music

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    In a sodden tent at a '70s festival, the teenage Mark Ellen had a dream. He dreamt that music was a rich meadow of possibility, a liberating leap to a sparkling future, an industry of human happiness - and he wanted to be part of it. Thus began his 50-year love affair with rock and roll. From his time at the NME and Smash Hits to Radio One, Old Grey Whistle Test, Live Aid, Q, Select, Mojo, and The Word magazines, he's been at the molten core of its evolution, and watched its key figures from a unique perspective.

    Mark says: "Highly entertaining autobiography in music"
  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan (






UNABRIDGED) by Alan Partridge Narrated by Alan Partridge

    I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

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    Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder - Alan Partridge - a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan's never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best - and best-loved - radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan's broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

    James says: "Jurassic Park"
  • Bonkers: My Life in Laughs (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Saunders Narrated by Jennifer Saunders

    Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

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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!!"
  • Hard Choices (






UNABRIDGED) by Hillary Rodham Clinton Narrated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Kathleen Chalfant

    Hard Choices

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    Hillary Rodham Clinton's inside account of the crises, choices, and challenges she faced during her four years as America's 67th Secretary of State, and how those experiences drive her view of the future. In the aftermath of her 2008 presidential run, she expected to return to representing New York in the United States Senate. To her surprise, her former rival for the Democratic Party nomination, newly elected President Barack Obama, asked her to serve in his administration as Secretary of State. This memoir is the story of the four extraordinary and historic years that followed.

    Jules D says: "Bring on 2016"
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  • Unbreakable: My New Autobiography (






UNABRIDGED) by Sharon Osbourne Narrated by Imogen Church

    Unbreakable: My New Autobiography

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    • By Sharon Osbourne
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
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    Sharon Osbourne's life has always been an extreme rollercoaster ride. And despite her best efforts, the last few years have been the most dramatic and turbulent of all. In her gripping new autobiography Sharon reveals the truth behind the headlines. There have been times of huge joy and pleasure - becoming a grandmother for the first time and seeing both Jack and Kelly come through testing times to find happiness and contentment at last.

  • Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography (






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

    Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography

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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.

    Ehsan says: "Disappointing"
  • Life and Laughing: My Story (






UNABRIDGED) by Michael McIntyre Narrated by Michael McIntyre

    Life and Laughing: My Story

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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"
  • David Mitchell: Back Story (






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    David Mitchell: Back Story

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    David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

    Stan says: "A Total Joy"
  • Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan (






UNABRIDGED) by Howard Sounes Narrated by Peter Markinker

    Down the Highway: The Life of Bob Dylan

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    For Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, a revised and updated new edition of Howard Sounes' classic biography of the legend. This new edition of Howard Sounes' definitive biography of Bob Dylan, first published to international critical acclaim in 2001, gives a complete picture of the man as well as of the artist and performer.

  • Tales of a Tiller Girl (






UNABRIDGED) by Irene Holland Narrated by Kate Lee

    Tales of a Tiller Girl

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    • By Irene Holland
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    A heart-warming nostalgia memoir from a member of the world famous dance troupe, The Tiller Girls. Based in London in the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Irene's story will transport listeners back to a more innocent, simple way of life. This is the story of a little girl who loved to dance. Growing up in London in the 1930s, dancing was so much more to Irene than just a hobby. It was her escape and it took her off into another world away from the harsh realities of life.

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UNABRIDGED) by Aysedora Dunkan Narrated by Ekaterina Semenova

    Moya Zhizn

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    • By Aysedora Dunkan
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    Aysedora Dunkan - zhena S.A. Esenina, amerikanskaya tantsovschitsa, odna iz osnovopolozhnits shkolyi tantsa «modern», osnovatelnitsa horeograficheskoy shkolyi v Moskve.«Moya zhizn» - avtobiograficheskiy roman o yarkoy i dramatichnoy zhizni odnoy iz izvestneyshih zhenschin nachala HH veka. Strastnyie romanyi, tragicheskaya gibel detey, priezd v Sovetskuyu Rossiyu, zhizn radi tvorchestva i odinokoe preprovozhdenie dolgih dney.

  • The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success (






UNABRIDGED) by Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton Narrated by Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton

    The Good Psychopath's Guide to Success

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    • By Andy McNab, Kevin Dutton
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    If you are bored and unfulfilled by dry and overly worthy self-help manuals, then this is the audiobook for you! Listen to this and take a very different look at yourself! Former SAS hero Andy McNab and eminent psychologist Professor Kevin Dutton are unlikely partners. As Oxford academic and bestselling author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths, Kevin Dutton has plenty of experience of psychopaths, but he'd never met anyone quite like Andy McNab, decorated war hero and special forces warrior.

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  • Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great (






ABRIDGED) by Albert J. Dunlap, Bob Andelman Narrated by Albert J. Dunlap

    Mean Business: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great

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    • By Albert J. Dunlap, Bob Andelman
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    Al Dunlap is an original: an outspoken, irascible executive with an incredible track record of injecting new life into tired companies. The business media have coined a new verb"to dunlap"when describing a fast company turnaround. In April 1994 he became CEO and chairman of Scott Paper, which had lost $277 million in 1993, was on credit watch for excessive debt, and whose stock had been comatose for seven years.

  • 3MPH: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World (






UNABRIDGED) by Polly Letofsky Narrated by Polly Letofsky

    3MPH: The Adventures of One Woman's Walk Around the World

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    On August 1, 1999, Polly Letofsky left her Colorado home and headed west. She traveled across 4 continents, 22 countries, and over 14,000 miles by foot to become the first woman to walk around the world. As an awareness campaign for breast cancer, survivors and wellwishers around the world came out to walk with her. Every day strangers welcomed her into their homes and shared meals. Across four continents she had dinner conversations with poets, politicians, country singers, olive growers, pig farmers and the female bomb maker in Australia.

  • Dances with Prostitutes Costa Rica Style (






UNABRIDGED) by Thomas Ray O'Brien Narrated by Thomas Ray O'Brien

    Dances with Prostitutes Costa Rica Style

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    Dances with Prostitutes is the story of the author's life after moving to Costa Rica in his mid 50s and, in particular, his and other's experiences with prostitutes as well as (occasionally) "regular" girls and his fellow expatriates. This audiobook is neither porn nor erotica. It necessarily includes sexual content since to try to avoid it would be idiotic and futile. A sincere attempt has been made to give a realistic picture of both the prostitutes, the "profession", and the men who consort with them.

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    My Library

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    In the 21st century interior design uses repurposed artifacts to create elegance. This includes books. They may not be for reading, but for beauty. Would it be a surprise to see that this mindset was in place nearly a century ago? This is a delightfully warm tale of a storyteller who moves and has no idea how to catalogue his own books except by how they look to guests. From the mind of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne