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Dawn

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom | Member Since 2010

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  • Confessions of a Conjuror

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Derren Brown
    • Narrated By Derren Brown
    Overall
    (282)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (87)

    In Confessions of a Conjuror, Derren Brown invites you on a whimsical journey through his unusual mind. Structured around the various stages of a conjuring trick, performed by his younger self in a crowded restaurant, Derren's endlessly engaging narrative takes you from the history of magic, to speculations on the manufacturing of Monster Munch and the correct way to poach an egg, via discussions about psychology, what he hums while cleaning his teeth, and more.

    Lucy says: "Absolute magic"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, made even more intersting by the fact that it is read by the author. A momentary glance, a tiny insight into how Derren thinks and his observations of human behaviour. Fascinating stuff!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Annabel Pitcher
    • Narrated By David Tennant
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory.

    Louise says: "Enthralling!"
    "Enchanting and moving from start to end."
    Overall

    What an absolutely lovely book, narrated beautifully by David Tennant. A moving story, tackling very difficult issues, seen through the innocent eyes of a 10yr old boy. This book is suitable for boys and girls age 10+, right through to adults. In fact I can't help thinking that adults will get so much more out of this book.
    Very highly recommended.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Pact

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Megan Dodds
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
    For 18 years, the Hartes and the Golds have lived next door to each other, sharing everything from Chinese food to chicken pox to carpool duty. Parents and children alike are best friends ¿ so it's no surprise that in high school Chris and Emily's friendship blossoms into something more. They've been soul mates since they were born.

    Karen says: "Boring - Boring - Boring!!!!"
    "Powerful"
    Overall

    Another compelling story from Jodi Picoult. She writes these powerful courtroom dramas so well I find it hard to switch them off. It's a shame that this version is abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life and Laughing: My Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Michael McIntyre
    • Narrated By Michael McIntyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1807)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (476)

    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"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Entertaining and funny book read beautifully by Michael. He describes the long hard slog it was for him to get his big break in show business. Using humour and sincerity, he describes honestly, the ups and downs of his life. Recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

    amelia says: "Good listen"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    I did enjoy this book but am left feeling slightly disappointed that it didn't move me in the way I expected it to. There was a lot I liked about it, it is well written, well narrated and well thought out. The story should have been gripping, but but the exception of one section, it wasn't.
    Worth downloading though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Change of Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    June's first husband was killed in a car crash. Against all the odds, her daughter was uninjured and, in another miracle, June found love again with the policeman who rescued them. But now June's second daughter is dying without the new heart she so urgently needs.

    Kirsten says: "An amazing story"
    "Brilliant"
    Overall

    I loved this story. It was intriguing and thought provoking. Be prepared to be pulled in every direction emotionally. Beautifully read, I couldn't switch it off. I have become a big fan of Jodi Picoult.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sister

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rosamund Lupton
    • Narrated By Juanita Mahon
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (61)

    Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

    Ann-Marie says: "Sooooo gooood!"
    "A great listen"
    Overall

    Though a little frustrating at first with a slow start, I was soon hooked. The twists and turns of the story took me in all sorts of directions but it wasn't until the last moments of the book that it all fell into place - brilliant. A highly recommended listed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born on a Blue Day: A Memoir of Asperger's and an Extraordinary Mind

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Tammet
    • Narrated By Daniel Tammet
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Daniel Tammet can perform extraordinary maths in his head, sees numbers as shapes, colours, textures, and motions, and can learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in three days. He also has a compulsive need for order and routine. He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he's wearing. If he gets stressed or unhappy, he closes his eyes and counts. But in some ways, Daniel is not all like the Rain Man.

    Dawn says: "Truly Fascinating"
    "Truly Fascinating"
    Overall

    What a truly fascinating insight into a fascinating mind.
    Even with his savant ability, there are aspects of his everyday life that are a constant challenge. It is inspiring how he has learnt to manage these problems.
    I appreciate the time he has taken to describe his thoughts and feelings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Life to Rescue: The True Story of a Child Freed from the Bonds of Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Michelle Graham
    • Narrated By Dory Hayman
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The puzzling behavior of a two-year-old boy baffles his parents. Why would a child flap his hand, not respond to his name, and regress in his language skills? A specialist reveals the news: autism. Yet amid the heartache, the couple discover a road to overcoming autism. A Life to Rescue relives the wonder of this child's deliverance, providing a hope available to other young children with autism.

    Dawn says: "Dull and irritating"
    "Dull and irritating"
    Overall

    I didn't enjoy listening to this book. I persevered through to the end but I found it irritating in so many ways.
    It's very American and it doesn't relate well to the UK system.
    I hated all the prayer needed to "cure" a child's autism.
    I am glad the intense ABA therapy worked for this family but I objected to the idea that autistic kids should be made "normal"
    As a parent of autistic children, I have read hundreds of books on the subject but this is not one I could recommend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By uncredited
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Justin says: "An engaging listen!"
    "A Gripping Listen"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It pulled me in every direction imaginable as I tried to resolve the unresolvable.
    Brilliantly written and narrated.
    I will be listening to more by Jodi Picoult.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time - and Have Her Beg for More!

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Naura Hayden
    • Narrated By Naura Hayden
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The genesis of this work is interviews Naura Hayden conducted with close to 500 women through which she learned that most had faked an orgasm during sex at some point in their lives, and that 60% of them faked orgasm every time they had sex. Hayden realized what these women, and their men - needed was not another fancy sex manual full of complicated positions, but a simple, straightforward work with real advice.

    Dawn says: "One tip lost in lots of spouting"
    "One tip lost in lots of spouting"
    Overall

    There is 1 really good technique described in this
    book that could be written on one page and
    summarised in a single word - TEASE.
    Not just a bit of foreplay but real serious teasing.

    The problem is, that message gets lost in chapters
    of rubbish. Preaching about how God's love is so
    important and sweeping generalisations about how bad
    men are in bed.

    It's a shame, because the technique has potential
    (though I hated the way she described parts of it)
    but I could never recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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