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Peter15

Peter15 Cumbria, UK Member Since 2009

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  • "10 Stars!"

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    I would like to give this book 10 stars.
    'The Help' is the best book I have listened to (or read) in years. It is one of those books that will stay with me, one of a handful that I remember with pleasure and will listen to again.
    The characters are so real, I feel like I've met and come to know them. The three heroines of the book are wonderful and multi-facited. The villain is a horror.
    It is a book that made me think; 'What would I have done?' 'Would I have been that brave?' It is a book which looks back to a time and place in history so alien that I was both appalled by the behaviour of some of the characters and warmed and inspired by others. Amazingly, given the issues at the core of this story, it is also a witty and humourous book.
    This audiobook is so beautifully acted out by the readers, I don't think I would have heard the voices as well in my head if I had read the book, the audiobook brings the accents alive and makes it wonderful to listen to.

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    The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (559)
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    (556)

    Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

    Sara says: "Relished every minute"
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UNABRIDGED) by Dave Gorman Narrated by Dave Gorman

    Too Much Information

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dave Gorman
    • Narrated By Dave Gorman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
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    (7)
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    (7)

    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."
  • The Bone Clocks (






UNABRIDGED) by David Mitchell Narrated by Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, Steven Crossley, Laurel Lefkow, Anna Bentinck

    The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
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    One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.... The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

    Antti says: "Detached Admiration"
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (






UNABRIDGED) by E. L. James Narrated by Becca Battoe

    Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
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    When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

    Ada says: "Over hyped and dreadfully narrated"
  • The Paying Guests (






UNABRIDGED) by Sarah Waters Narrated by Juliet Stevenson

    The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (24)
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    Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.

    Hazeladams says: "Wonderful"
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UNABRIDGED) by Donna Tartt Narrated by David Pittu

    The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
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    Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

    Tara says: "Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!"
  • The Children Act (






UNABRIDGED) by Ian McEwan Narrated by Lindsay Duncan

    The Children Act

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Lindsay Duncan
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    Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis. At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful 17-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life.

    M. Clark says: "A KIND NARRATIVE"
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UNABRIDGED) by Robert Galbraith Narrated by Robert Glenister

    The Cuckoo's Calling: Cormoran Strike, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
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    When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

    Dragon says: "Entertaining and likeable"
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UNABRIDGED) by Timur Vermes Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt

    Look Who's Back

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Timur Vermes
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
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    (236)
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    (236)

    Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed - no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

    Tob says: "Hilter Springer Show"
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  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (






UNABRIDGED) by Jonas Jonasson Narrated by Peter Kenny

    The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
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    Tracey says: "Brilliant"
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes (






UNABRIDGED) by Arthur Conan Doyle Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Complete Sherlock Holmes

    • UNABRIDGED (58 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    Mr. Gareth J. Stringer says: "Essential for any Holmes fan!"
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    A Place of Greater Safety

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    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
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    Jackie says: "Loved it!"
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    Natural Causes: An Inspector McLean Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By James Oswald
    • Narrated By Ian Hanmore
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    Mrs says: "Brilliant"
  • The Die (






UNABRIDGED) by D.O. Allen Narrated by David Rutherford, Derek Shetterly

    The Die

    • UNABRIDGED (51 mins)
    • By D.O. Allen
    • Narrated By David Rutherford, Derek Shetterly
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    The compelling fiction of D.O. Allen mixes vivid tales of intrigue with edgy realism that challenges the reader to imagine: "What if?" A U.S. military veteran, former engineer, police officer and Fortune 500 executive, D.O. Allen draws richly from a wide array of real life experiences for the stories he paints. Whether reading or listening, you will find yourself captivated by the journey this story master's fertile imagination will take you on. It's real fiction. Just listen.

  • Caminar (






UNABRIDGED) by Skila Brown Narrated by Christian Barillas

    Caminar

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Skila Brown
    • Narrated By Christian Barillas
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  • Evenshade: American Heroes Series, Book 15 (






UNABRIDGED) by Kathryn Le Veque Narrated by David Brenin

    Evenshade: American Heroes Series, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By David Brenin
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    The ghostly girl who inhabits Evenshade is only the tip of the iceberg for an evil curse that soon threatens Alix and her children. Join Alix and Cord for a wild ghost story of horror, curses, passion, true love, and finally witchcraft, culminating in the ultimate battle for Evenshade - the ghostly occupants against those of flesh and blood.

  • Wild Horse Wranglers (






UNABRIDGED) by Norm Bass Narrated by Mark Carrell

    Wild Horse Wranglers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Norm Bass
    • Narrated By Mark Carrell
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    Six men with varied and colorful backgrounds signed up for the adventure and after spending a week building a make-shift barrier across the mouth of a box canyon near Moab, the wranglers set out in search of wild mustangs. But after a shootout with Mexican bandits and a run in with starving Indians set on taking the horses for food, the men quickly discovered that rounding up wild horses would be the least of their challenges.

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  • We Danced (






UNABRIDGED) by Jeff Erno Narrated by Finn Sterling

    We Danced

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jeff Erno
    • Narrated By Finn Sterling
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    Josh's deepest passion is helping animals. Romance is the furthest thing from his mind... until the night he meets taciturn, handsome Rex Payton. Chance and an after-hours dance conspire to forge an intimate connection neither man looked for - one neither man can ignore after the dance leads to a kiss.