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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
I loved Mo Hayder's early novels but have been so disappointed by the most recent ones that it took me a long time to decide to download this one. I am so glad that I did and cannot wait for the next Jack Caffrey. The beginning is so creepy and terrifying that I almost gave up listening but it is this creepiness that entices you in to the characters and the story. It is so excellently constructed that for most of the novel I really did not know where it was going and was constantly surprised. Unlike many current crime novels Hayder does not resort to cliches but uses plot and excellent characterisation to keep you listening. Jot Davies also narrates this excellently and I hope he continues to narrate the Caffrey series.
I have been waiting for this audiobook to appear for the last six months since it came out in hardback and I was so excited to download it. It's my first listen of the year and I really can't imagine listening to a better novel this year. Louise Doughty has always been one of my favourite writers since the early novels such as 'Crazy Paving' (why are they not on audio?) but this is far superior to anything she has written before. It is gripping, shocking, thought provoking and completely consuming. I really did not know what to expect next and was completely mesmerised by Juliet Stevenson's perfect narration. Louise Doughty writes so well and her excellent prose is so well matched by the narration that I felt my life was completely overtaken by this amazing novel.
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