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melanie

melanie Saltburn by the Sea, United Kingdom Member Since 2012
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  • "Brillian"

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    This is a lovely book to listen to as Claire Balding's voice is so easy on the ears. She tells her stories so calmly and really pulls you in. My only problem with this book is that I wished it was longer. I could listen to Claire's voice all day and I wanted to know more about her and her family. Excellent listen.

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    My Animals and Other Family

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Clare Balding
    • Narrated By Clare Balding
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    Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life's toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

    melanie says: "Brillian"
  • "Amazing"

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    Brilliant, please buy this book. You will be lost in the narrators voice (sounds a bit like Rob Lowe) it's soothing. This book does'nt go in for gossip but tells the story of Jackie Kennedy during her time as The First Lady by her own Secret Service guard. I really really enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end. I highly recommend it.

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    Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
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    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    melanie says: "Amazing"
  • "Enjoyable"

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    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I used to love Lee's stand up shows and saw him live a few times. After a while I felt he was just doing the same routines. That said I did enjoy this listen. I didn't realise how rough his early life was. I saw a different side to Lee after listening to this as he explains how shy he is (hard to imagine I know). I would recommend this book.

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    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"
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    • By Dave Gorman
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    Nowadays, the world is full of people trying to tell us things. So much so that we have taught our brains not to pay much attention. After all, click the mouse, tap the screen, flick the channel and it's on to the next thing. But Dave Gorman thinks it's time to have a closer look, to find out how much nonsense we tacitly accept. Suspicious adverts, baffling newspaper headlines, fake twitter, endless cat videos, insane TV shows where the presenters ask the same questions over and over.

    M says: "Made me laugh, very entertaining."
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    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Omid Djalili
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    A beautifully written, joyously funny memoir about growing up and finding fame as a young Iranian in London, read by Omid himself. Omid Djalili's childhood was unconventional, to say the least. He was raised in a beautiful, chaotic, cramped, colourful and legally dubious guesthouse where his parents fed and watered Iranian nationals flocking to the UK for medical treatment on the NHS. Over 20 years almost 2000 'cousins' passed through the Djalilis' doors and the young Omid played translator to each.

  • More Fool Me

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    • 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.

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UNABRIDGED) by Stephen Fry Narrated by Stephen Fry

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    • 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"
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    'In my dreams, I was always in some vast landscape on a long, straight road. Driving. Always driving.' Gwenda had always loved the open road, but her home town of Newcastle didn't really offer the sort of adventure she longed for. So, in 1957, with friend and fellow nurse Pat in tow, she left the dismal British winter behind and embarked on an amazing American adventure.

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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?

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    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!!"
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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!!!"
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    C says: "Excellent"
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UNABRIDGED) by Jim Paul, Brendan Moynihan, Jack Schwager (foreword) Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

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