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Saffy

Audible addict.

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  • The Examined Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen Grosz
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
    Overall
    (389)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (246)

    We are all storytellers - through stories, we make sense of our lives. But it is not enough to tell tales. There must be someone to listen. In his work as a psychoanalyst, Stephen Grosz has spent the last 25 years uncovering the hidden feelings behind our most baffling behaviour. The Examined Life distils over 50,000 hours of conversation into pure psychological insight, without the jargon. This extraordinary book is about one ordinary process: talking, listening, and understanding.

    vanessa says: "Wonderful book"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I first heard some of the chapters from this when it was broadcast as Radio 4's book of the week and was so impressed that I had to download the audiobook. It is definitely my listen of the year so far. I loved the insights into people's lives and behaviour and the reasons offered for why we do the things we do really resonated with me. This is beautifully written and the narrator absolutely does justice to the writing with the slow, hypnotic reading. Stephen Grosz' words have stayed with me long after listening. An absolute must for anyone interested in the human experience.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas at the Crescent: A Noella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Veronica Henry
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Behind the gorgeous Georgian sweep of Pelham Crescent, Bath, everyone's getting ready for Christmas. At Number 14, Josie Ballard is up to her ears in brandy, raisins and cherries as she battles to make forty Christmas puddings to sell at Bath Christmas Market. Ever since Giles walked out the day their baby was born, Josie has had to work twice as hard to make ends meet. Sacrificing a career as a chef, her famous steamed puddings keep her and her gorgeous baby boy Titus afloat.

    Saffy says: "Don't waste a credit on this"
    "Don't waste a credit on this"
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    What would have made Christmas at the Crescent better?

    Longer or cheaper ! This is a very insubstantial audiobook for the price of one credit. I know it is a novella but I feel that this should be reflected in the price. Also please be aware that 18 minutes of this was taken up by Christmas recipes which I was not interested in.


    Has Christmas at the Crescent put you off other books in this genre?

    No, I do enjoy a good chick lit novel. However I do feel that audiobook listeners are being ripped off by chick lit authors Christmas novellas that are available on kindle at a fraction of the cost.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Price-Lewis’s performances?

    I have listened to a few of her performances before and while she is not the worst narrator I wouldn't be keen on listening to her performances in the future.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I chose this novella as it was by Veronica Henry and set in Bath - a city I know well. Unfortunately it was far too short and predictable. However it does have a real Christmassy feel and I did love the characters. It would be good to see them in a full length novel.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit on this. I felt ripped off when I came to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Self-Compassion Step by Step: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristin Neff
    • Narrated By Kristin Neff
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Why does it feel so natural to be compassionate and kind to those we care about - yet so hard to treat ourselves the same way? "Our culture teaches us to use self-criticism for motivation and to build self-esteem by constantly measuring ourselves against everyone else," says Dr. Kristin Neff. "We need to re-learn the essential skill of being genuinely nurturing and supportive toward ourselves."

    JOLANTA says: "Transformed the way I see myself and the others."
    "Essential listening"
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    If like me you are interested in the work of Tara Brach, Paul Gilbert and Rick Hanson this is essential listening. Even if you are new to the concept of self-compassion and wish to learn more this is a fantastic introduction. Kristin Neff narrates her own book warmly and compellingly. There are also self-compassion and mindfulness exercises throughout the book which I found to be excellent. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jane Shemilt
    • Narrated By Sophie Aldred
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Daughter by Jane Shemilt, read by Sophie Aldred. I still don't know why we had to check. Did we really think you would be there, curled up and sleeping on the stage? That we would put our arms round you, and take you home? Naomi has vanished, leaving her family broken and her mother Jenny desperately searching for answers. But the traces fifteen-year-old Naomi left behind reveal a very different girl to the one Jenny thought she'd raised.

    Saffy says: "Very poor narrator"
    "Very poor narrator"
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    I have been waiting for this book to appear in audio since it came out in paperbook and was recommended by Richard and Judy.However I was extremely disappointed and found it to be a very frustrating listen. The narrator is appalling and ruined what could have potentially been an engrossing listen. I'm afraid I gave up part way through as I could no longer bear her voice.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Queen of New Beginnings

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Erica James
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Clayton Miller's life is a mess. His career as one of the country's best comedy script writers has stalled and his long term girlfriend has left him for his ex best friend and ex writing partner. Just when he thinks his life couldn't get any worse, he commits a spectacularly public fall from grace and with the press hounding him, his agent banishes him to the middle of nowhere until the dust has settled.

    Amazon Customer says: "Erica James always pleases"
    "Weakly plotted and characterised"
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    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I find Erica James novels a bit hit and miss - The Hidden Cottage is one of my favourite chick lit listens but others have failed to grab my attention. This definitely falls into the latter category. The characters seem flat and not particularly likeable and the plot is pretty thin. If you have loved Erica James' other novels you might like this one but don't listen expecting another Hidden Cottage.


    Has The Queen of New Beginnings put you off other books in this genre?

    Definitely not. When it's well done chick lit can be a really uplifting listen but there are a lot of very poorly written and thinly plotted chick lit novels out there.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Juanita McMahon?

    Clare Corbett - her narration makes almost any book listenable.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narrator was listenable but there are other narrators I would have chosen instead.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Louise Millar
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Hannah Riley and her musician husband, Will, hope that a move to the Suffolk countryside will promise a fresh start. Hannah, a human rights worker, is desperate for a child and she hopes that this new life will realise her dream. Yet when the snow comes, Will is working in London and Hannah is cut off in their remote village. Life in Tornley turns out to be far from idyllic: Who are the threatening figures who lurk near their property at night? And why is her neighbour so keen to see them leave?

    Saffy says: "Ridiculous but compelling"
    "Ridiculous but compelling"
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    I think that both Louise Millar and Clare Corbett should be congratulated as somehow from a ridiculous storyline full of plot holes, unbelievable happenings and stereotyped characters they have created an utterly compelling audiobook that I could not stop listening to ! This is definitely the weakest of Louise Millar's three novels but I still had to listen compulsively to find out what happened at the end. As ever, Clare Corbett narrates beautifully and it is probably her narration that stopped me abandoning it half way through.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Murder Bag

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Tony Parsons
    • Narrated By Colin Mace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

    c says: "Should and could have been so much better"
    "Promising but ultimately disappointing"
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    I was so looking forward to Tony Parson's first crime novel but was really disappointed with The Murder Bag. I loved Parson's early novels but have found his more recent ones pretty tedious and difficult to engage with so thought a change of genre was a great idea. Parson's writes really well, I liked the main character, Detective Max Wolfe and the story line was promising. However there is just something about this novel that doesn't work , it feels as if Tony Parsons has researched into how to write a crime novel - he's done it well but there is no substance to it. I felt that the pace was too slow, I wanted more characterisation and less boxing and dog scenes. I understand that there will be more in the Max Wolfe series and I will keep listening as I think both Tony Parsons and Max Wolfe could have a future in this genre.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Weekend

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Veronica Henry
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (156)

    In a gorgeous quay-side hotel in Cornwall, the long weekend is just beginning...Claire Marlowe owns 'The Townhouse by the Sea' with Luca, the hotel's charismatic chef. She ensures everything runs smoothly - until an unexpected arrival checks in and turns her whole world upside down.And the rest of the guests arrive with their own baggage. There's a couple looking for distraction from a family tragedy; a man trying to make amends for an affair he bitterly regrets...and the young woman who thinks the Cornish village might hold the key to her past.

    Saffy says: "Perfect escapism"
    "Perfect escapism"
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    This is an almost perfect escapist listen. It does have chick lit cliches and the ending is predictable but I loved the Cornish setting, the cast of characters and Anna Bentinck's excellent narration. I wish there was more Veronica Henry on Audible.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Skeleton Cupboard

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tanya Byron
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (37)

    Tanya Byron shares powerful stories inspired by her years of training as a clinical psychologist. The Skeleton Cupboard is professor Tanya Byron's account of her years of training as a clinical psychologist, when trainees find themselves in the toughest placements of their careers. Through the eyes of her naive and inexperienced younger self, Tanya shares remarkable stories inspired by the people she had the privilege to treat. Gripping, poignant, and full of daring black humour, this book reveals the frightening and challenging induction faced by all mental health staff.

    Saffy says: "Interesting and insightful"
    "Interesting and insightful"
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    I have always respected the work of Tanya Byron so was very pleased to see that she had written this book about her years as a trainee clinical psychologist. It is an honest and interesting book that gives a real insight into the work of psychologists. Tanya Byron narrates the introduction and I really wish she had narrated the whole book as she narrates with real intelligence, warmth and humanity. Although Imogen Church's narration is listenable she does struggle to voice the male clients and does not convey the warmth or humanity of the author.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eeny Meeny

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By M. J. Arlidge
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Nigel Pilkington, Lucy Gaskell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (156)

    The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: Kill or be killed. Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind? Eeny Meeny is an electrifying debut, with the nerve-shredding intensity of Saw and Along Came a Spider.

    Gill Le Fevre says: "Great concept, but faded towards the end"
    "Original and gripping debut"
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    This is a really original take on the serial killer, police proceedural genre and I found it so gripping and compelling that I listened to it non stop over a 24 hour period. It is obvious that the writer has a background in screenwriting as this is a very fast paced novel with short chapters that make it perfect for listening to. The plotting is tight and believable, the characterisation excellent and the narration superb. A fantastic listen and one of my favourite audiobooks of the year.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Little Beach Street Bakery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jenny Colgan
    • Narrated By Anne-Marie Piazza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Polly Waterford is recovering from a toxic relationship. Unable to afford their flat, she has to move miles away from everyone, to a sleepy little seaside resort in Cornwall, where she lives alone above an abandoned shop. And so Polly takes out her frustrations on her favourite hobby: making bread. But what was previously a weekend diversion suddenly becomes far more important as she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, and each loaf becomes better and better.

    Kia says: "Gentle summer read"
    "Poorly written and narrated"
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    After my last experience of a Jenny Colgan book I had vowed never to listen to her again , however in my search for some escapist chick lit with a coastal setting I discovered this and decided to give it a listen. What a waste of a credit. The writing is appalling, the plot is unbelievable, the characters are hugely annoying and the narration lacked any enthusiasm.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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