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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
    (377)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (238)

    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.

    9 of 9 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
    (74)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    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
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    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
    (108)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    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
    (134)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    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.

    11 of 11 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
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    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.

    5 of 5 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
    (126)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (115)

    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.

    Saffy says: "Original and gripping debut"
    "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.

    14 of 15 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
    (87)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (81)

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Take a Look at Me Now

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Miranda Dickinson
    • Narrated By Jane Collingwood
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    The star of aspirational women's fiction returns with a charming central lead who won't let life's events define her - she makes her own luck. Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella and The Holiday.How far would you go to make a new start?When Nell's on-off boyfriend Aidan calls her into his office, losing her job is the last thing she expects.Heartbroken and unemployed to boot, she makes a radical decision to blow her redundancy cheque and escape to the untested waters of San Francisco.But is the glamour of the city too good to be true? And can Nell leave her past behind?

    Saffy says: "Poorly written and narrated"
    "Poorly written and narrated"
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    My last few listens have been crime audiobooks so I decided to download some chick lit for some escapist easy listening. Unfortunately this was the wrong choice. This is my first Miranda Dickinson book and it will certainly be my last. It's an example of badly written, cliche ridden chick lit that makes me cringe to listen to. Jane Collingwood can narrate well but on this occasion her narration is patronising and grating.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Life of Amy Archer

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By R. S. Pateman
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    Ten years ago she disappeared without a trace...now she's back. On 31st December 1999, ten-year-old Amy Archer went missing from her local playground. Her body was never found and the lives of her parents, Beth and Brian, were torn apart. On the 10th anniversary of the disappearance, Beth is alone, still struggling with the enormity of her grief and the horror of not knowing the fate of her only child. But the fear and confusion have only just begun, and Beth's world is turned upside down when a stranger knocks on her door, claiming to know what happened to Amy.

    Saffy says: "An outstanding debut"
    "An outstanding debut"
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    What an amazing, unexpected listen. This is an original, gripping and compelling book that kept me guessing throughout. If like me you are a fan of Lottie Moggach or SJ Watson I would highly recommend this outstanding debut novel which is beautifully narrated by Clare Corbett.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Balancing Act

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Joanna Trollope
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    Susie Moran is a success. She has founded and run her own highly profitable company, and now her three daughters are all involved in the business. Rooted in the traditions of the Stoke-on-Trent potteries, and producing charming, useable objects of distinctive design, Susie is justly proud of her family and her achievement - and has no intention of letting it change. But what of the men in the family? Susie's husband, a musician and artist, has always seemed happy to take a back seat.

    Saffy says: "Hugely disappointing"
    "Hugely disappointing"
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    I usually love Joanna Trollope's family sagas but after listening to this one I'm not sure that I'll bother in future. This was held together by Julia Franklin's narration which is always listenable. However, the storyline was pretty flimsy and I found the characters selfish and unsympathetic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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