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  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,809
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

Narration spoils this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love Michael McIntyre, I watch all his shows but this audible book, whilst being entertaining was spoilt for me by Michael's narration. He speaks SO fast that in the end the words just roll into one mumbled sound. Please slow down a bit Michael then I can keep up with you.

  • The Tent, The Bucket and Me

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun.

  • By c jennings on 02-12-15

One of the worst I've listened to

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-06-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, OK we all experience these types of events and problems but to my mind not the subjects to write about. I was almost throwing up myself after listening to the messy details.

Has The Tent, The Bucket and Me put you off other books in this genre?

I'll be careful what I choose another time.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes, but then she is the author

Any additional comments?

ThInk I'll see about getting a refund on this audio book

  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice as Pi

  • By Sandra on 17-12-06

A far-fetched tale

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-15

What did you like best about Life of Pi? What did you like least?

The best bit was the last part, at least it was more 'listenable' than the start.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Take out the boring beginning to the story

Did Life of Pi inspire you to do anything?

Not to go and see the film. If it is anything like the book it must be a gory, horrible mess.

  • One Chance

  • By: Paul Potts
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night, stepped onto the stage of Britain's Got Talent, no one expected the phenomenal voice that would emerge. Paul went on to win Britain's Got Talent and the hearts of millions. This memoir will tell Potts’ remarkable underdog story, revealing his experiences as he seized his biggest dreams and wowed audiences around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and moving.

  • By Lianne on 10-06-18

an Interesting Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-15

Would you listen to One Chance again? Why?

There is more to Paul than what you see on TV. He comes over as a very thoughtful, kind and caring person. A great pity that he was not treated as such thought his life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Paul

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

London 1862: Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By joanna on 02-10-14

Entertaining read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-07-15

What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

Very well read, she leaves you in no doubt who the characters are.

Any additional comments?

It took me a while to get the gist of this book but it came together well in the end

  • Last Train to Memphis

  • The Rise of Elvis Presley
  • By: Peter Guralnick
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 22 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley is the first biography to go past that myth and present an Elvis beyond the legend. Based on hundreds of interviews and nearly a decade of research, it traces the evolution not just of the man but of the music and of the culture he left utterly transformed, creating a completely fresh portrait of Elvis and his world. This volume tracks the first 24 years of Elvis' life, covering his childhood, the stunning first recordings at Sun Records, and the early RCA hits.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Never thought it would be this good

  • By Brendan on 08-11-12

Slow starting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-14

What made the experience of listening to Last Train to Memphis the most enjoyable?

I found this book hard to get into but about a third of the way I got quite immersed. Towards the end I was keen to keep listening as it was getting more interesting then. I learned more about Elvis than ever before and at times it made me wonder how the author got all the information although the book was many years in the making.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elvis of course.

What about Kevin Stillwell’s performance did you like?

At times he seemed a bit lifeless and just running off a list of subjects but was not too bad overall.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not with this book

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Recipe for Life

  • By: Mary Berry
  • Narrated by: Patricia Hodge
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Mary Berry's autobiography, Recipe for Life, read by the actress Patricia Hodge. From Queen of Tarts to the nation's heart, Mary Berry shares her Recipe for Life. "In the words of my father, my birth caused no end of trouble..." From the moment she came into the world - two weeks early, throwing her parents' lives into disarray - Mary has gracefully but firmly done things her own way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not surprisingly I really enjoyed this!

  • By R. Card on 10-01-14

a five star read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-14

Any additional comments?

Such a lovely book to listen to. Mary reminded me so much of myself and my family, she just comes over as a lovely, caring friend. The recipes are an extra bonus. Patricia Hodge is excellent as narrator.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • It's All About Treo

  • Life, Love, and War with the World's Bravest Dog
  • By: Dave Heyhoe, Damien Lewis
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hamilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96

When Dave Heyhoe was sent to Afghanistan to help detect the Taliban's murderous roadside bombs, he knew he'd need a special dog by his side. Luckily for him, his closest pal, Treo, a staggeringly brave ball of energy and mischief was with him every step of the way. The two friends had a miraculous understanding that helped them save countless lives but, as they embarked on a roller-coaster emotional ride, Dave realized he needed Treo more than he could ever have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All About Treo :-)

  • By tracey on 06-02-14

an excellent listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-14

Any additional comments?

An excellent book and very well narrated. I knew from the first few lines that this was going to be a special read and found myself thinking about the events even after the book ended, so much so I had to look up Dave Heyhoe for myself and learn more about him. As for Treo, I would just love to give him the biggest cuddle.

  • The World According to Bob

  • The Further Adventures of One Man and His Street-Wise Cat
  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kristopher Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

The sequel to the bestselling A Street Cat Named Bob continues the remarkable adventures of James and Bob showing - through new stories - how Bob's extraordinary street wisdom has shown James the meaning of friendship, loyalty, trust - and happiness. "Since Bob had appeared, I'd made huge strides in my life. For more than a decade I'd been a homeless drug addict. I'd been lost to the world and forgotten what was important in life. Now I'd got myself back on my two feet, but as I put the past behind me, I was still stepping unsteadily into the future."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How can you not love this book!

  • By kellie brown on 30-01-17

I loved this as much as his first book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

What did you like most about The World According to Bob?

The honesty with which he writes

Who was your favorite character and why?

The two main characters of course - Bob and James

What about Kristopher Milnes’s performance did you like?

His voice and accent seemed about right for the story

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I Did It!

Any additional comments?

I love the down to earth storytelling by James. The way he accomplished his mission in breaking free from his addiction and the way he pulled himself back to live a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle could not have been easy but he won through.

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Sir Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook beats Hardback!!!

  • By Justin on 15-10-10

An excellent listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-13

What made the experience of listening to The Elephant to Hollywood the most enjoyable?

The fact that Michael is so down to earth and such an unassuming person.

What did you like best about this story?

The telling of his stories - it was just like a friend talking to another friend

Which scene did you most enjoy?

So many throughout out the book

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"Michael Caine"

1 of 1 people found this review helpful