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Saffy

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  • The Examined Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen Grosz
    • Narrated By Peter Marinker
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (170)

    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"
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    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Lemon Grove

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Helen Walsh
    • Narrated By Eve Webster
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Sun. Desire. Obsession. An explosive, intelligent novel from the prize-winning author of Brass. One hot summer. One week in a villa on the outskirts of Deia, a village nestling in the rugged, mountainous west coast of the island of Mallorca. One family where the carefully laid jigsaw of life is about to be broken. Jenn and her husband Greg holiday each year in Deia, enjoying languorous afternoons by the pool. But this year the equilibrium is upset by the arrival of Emma, Jenn's stepdaughter, and her boyfriend Nathan.

    Saffy says: "An unbelievable, disappointing listen."
    "An unbelievable, disappointing listen."
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    After the excellent reviews on Amazon and elsewhere I had high hopes for this novel. Unfortunately I was hugely disappointed. This is a short book but moves along at an incredibly slow pace and completely lacks atmosphere or tension. I found the middle class family tedious and unlikeable and as the mother of a teenager myself I found Jenn's obsession with the teenage Nathan rather unbelievable. The whole novel felt forced and there was an absence of any real feeling. The narrator was listenable but her narration was similarly forced and did not flow easily.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The One Plus One

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it's hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn't. Because you have to.... Jess' gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she'll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess' teenage stepson, can't fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they're sinking.... Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it's like to be lonely. And he wants to help....

    Saffy says: "A compelling, uplifting listen"
    "A compelling, uplifting listen"
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    I absolutely loved this book and although the listener knows from the beginning where it is going this did not detract from my enjoyment. The multiple narrators really brought the story and characters to life and added to the listening experience. This is so much more than your average chick lit and I was so involved with all of the characters and their stories that I felt rather bereft when it was over! I am a huge fan of Jojo Moyes earlier novels but found 'Me Before You' a disappointing listen - primarily due to the appalling narration. This was a welcome return to form and a compelling, uplifting listen.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mindful Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Paul Gilbert
    • Narrated By Rupert Farley
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    This ground-breaking new book combines the best of Compassion-Focused Therapy with the most effective mindfulness techniques. The result is an extremely effective approach to overcoming everyday emotional and psychological problems and improving one's sense of well being. Based on the latest work from Professor Paul Gilbert OBE, best-selling author of The Compassionate Mind, and Buddhist expert Choden.

    Liselotte says: "So well written and narrated"
    "Highly recommended"
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    If you are interested in mindfulness or the work of Tara Brach I would definitely have a listen to this excellent, accessible book. Before listening to this I struggled to fully grasp the concept of compassion but the authors set it out so clearly here, with lots of examples and exercises that it has really helped me to understand the concept, and in the process myself and my thought patterns. Learning more about compassion has definitely been life changing for me and I would highly recommend this book as part of that journey.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Beach Café

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lucy Diamond
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Evie Flynn has always been the black sheep of her family - a dreamer, unlike her over-achieving elder sisters. She's tried making a name for herself as an actress, a photographer and a singer, but nothing has ever worked out. Now she's stuck in temp hell, with a pension-planning boyfriend. Somehow life seems to be passing her by. Then her beloved aunt Jo dies suddenly in a car crash, leaving Evie an unusual legacy - her precious beach cafe in Cornwall.

    Saffy says: "An unexciting listen"
    "An unexciting listen"
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    After enjoying the latest Jill Mansell novel I thought this might be a similar Cornish escapist chick lit listen. Unfortunately I found it pretty tedious and unexciting. The story moves along far too slowly, the writing is awkward and clumsy, the characterisation is poor and very little happens! I was very frustrated with the main character and never felt involved in the lives of the characters. This novel could have been saved by the Cornish setting but the writing failed to evoke a sense of place. It was however, excellently read by Jane Collingwood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • King David

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 28 mins)
    • By Katie Hims
    • Narrated By Lee Ross, Claire Rushbrook
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Dave has a pretty good life: his company is thriving, he's got a lovely wife, a big house, kids at private schools. But then he gets a bit careless and things start to go wrong. Katie Hims is well-known to Radio Four listeners for her many original dramas and adaptations on that network. Most recently she dramatised some of the Martin Beck novels (with more to come); and she won an Audio Drama Award in 2012 for her play Lost Property - A Visit from the Queen, to name but two of her many successes. This is Katie's first Drama On 3. Directed by Mary Peate.

    Saffy says: "Excellent radio drama"
    "Excellent radio drama"
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    Lee Ross deservedly won an award for his part as David in the recent radio drama awards and this drama is worth listening to for his perfornance alone. Katie Hims is an incredibly talented writer and although this is not as good as the amazing 'Lost Property' it is still a gripping, moving listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Property: The Complete Series (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Katie Hims
    • Narrated By Rosie Cavaliero
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    BBC Radio 4's bittersweet trilogy set in 1941, 1979 and 2011. This history of relatives lost and found was originally broadcast on 3, 10 and 17 May 2011 in the 'Afternoon Play' slot. The first play, 'The Wrong Label', is set in London in 1941. Alice knows that to stop your children from being evacuated is tantamount to siding with Hitler. In 'The Year My Mother Went Missing', it's 1979, and not the first time that Ruthie's mother Queenie has gone missing - but usually she leaves a note.

    Saffy says: "The best thing I have ever heard on Radio 4"
    "The best thing I have ever heard on Radio 4"
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    This was the deserved winner of the best radio audio drama in 2012 and it is definitely the best radio drama I have ever heard. Katie Hims is an amazing writer and Rosie Cavaliero voices this perfectly. It is an incredibly moving listen that made me laugh and cry and long for more drama of this quality.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Thursdays in the Park

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hilary Boyd
    • Narrated By Joanna David
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    What do you do if you've been married to a man for half your life and out of nowhere he leaves your bed - permanently? When this happens to Jeanie, she's furious and determined to confront George, her husband of thirty years. Is he in love with someone else? What did she do wrong? He won't tell her. The brightest day of her week is Thursday; the day Jeanie takes her granddaughter to the park.

    Saffy says: "An excellent escapist listen"
    "An excellent escapist listen"
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    I loved this novel and for a couple of days the lives of the characters completely took over my life. If you enjoy the novels of Joanna Trollope and Penny Vincenzi then this is definitely worth a listen. It's obviously not a literary novel but it certainly rises above standard chick lit and Hilary Boyd writes a very convincing family story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Unpredictable Consequences of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    When Josh Strachan, newly returned to his home in north Cornwall from sunny California, first meets Sophie Wells, he's immediately smitten. Sophie's pretty, she's funny, she has lots of friends, and she clearly loves her job as a photographer, despite the sometimes tricky clients. There's just one problem: Sophie has very firmly turned her back on love. It's nothing personal, she tells Josh, but she just doesn't do dates. And no one - even Sophie's scatty best friend Tula - will tell him why.

    Saffy says: "Hugely enjoyable chick lit"
    "Hugely enjoyable chick lit"
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    Yes it is predictable, cliche ridden chick lit, but if you fancy an escapist listen with a seaside setting this is perfect. Of course, I knew where the story was going from the beginning but there were a couple of surprises along the way and this was a very easy and enjoyable listen with likeable characters. This is the first time I have listened to Jane Collingwood narrate for many years. In the past I have found her tone rather grating but I thought she narrated this book perfectly with excellent differentiation between all the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Safest Place

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Suzanne Bugler
    • Narrated By Juanita McMahon
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Jane Berry has always dreamed of moving to the country. When she uproots her family and takes them to live in a rural paradise, at first it all seems perfect. But when her marriage comes under pressure the dream starts to fall apart and Jane finds her life spiralling out of control. Then one night a line is crossed that threatens to ruin her and her family forever.

    Saffy says: "A little unbelievable"
    "A little unbelievable"
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    This is my first experience of a Suzanne Bugler novel and I was rather disappointed. The story starts out well and I did find the first half a compelling listen. However I found that the central character's behaviour becomes increasingly unbelievable and by the end I had little empathy for her situation. It is a very drawn out listen and I must admit that I did skip a few chapters just to find out what happened. The reader however is excellent and I will definitely listen to other books narrated by Juanita McMahon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Outcast Dead: Ruth Galloway, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Elly Griffiths
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway has excavated a body from the grounds of Norwich Castle, a forbidding edifice that was once a prison. She believes the body may be that of infamous Victorian murderess Jemima Green. Called Mother Hook for her claw-like hand, Jemima was hanged in 1867 for the murder of five children in her care. DCI Harry Nelson has no time for long-dead killers.

    Saffy says: "Excellent addition to the series"
    "Excellent addition to the series"
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    I have listened to all of Elly Grifiths Ruth Galloway books and this is definitely the best in the series. The plot is much tighter and the pace quicker than in some of the previous books and I was absolutely gripped. As usual the merging together of past and present is brilliantly done and the characterisation is excellent. I love the atmospheric Norfolk setting of the series particularly the descriptions of Ruth's home on the salt marshes. If you have not read any previous books in this series I would suggest starting at the beginning as the various relationships between the characters will make more sense. Clare Corbett reads this beautifully, although sometimes the male voices are not quite convincing! A highly recommended listen

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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