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  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 592

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By GKH on 02-01-17

A little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

Overall I awarded this book 4 stars and it started out so well - I laughed aloud (whilst alone) and was really looking forward to the entire book but I felt that about three quarters of the way through the book became rather boring and it was as if the author had changed.

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 697

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, poor story

  • By ziiigggg on 02-03-19

Totally hypnotic!

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

This storyline was well constructed and the menace of the main characters was credible. All in all - a well crafted story that kept me guessing right to the end! Excellent! Can’t wait for another book by this author.

  • Less Ketchup Than Salsa: Finding My Mojo in Travel Writing

  • More Ketchup, Book 3
  • By: Joe Cawley
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

How do you go from pulling pints one day, to travelling the world, all-expenses paid the next? For this author it involved a huge dollop of ketchup, a little bit of growing up, and an extraordinary sequence of events that flings the author on a career path he’d never dreamed could happen. Throw in the patter of little feet, sharp teeth, amputations, and a smattering of characters from their Tenerife bar days, and you have another serving of ketchup - only this time, it’s a little more salsa.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • interesting enough but way to much kitty

  • By Stonky on 06-10-18

Superb! Outstanding! Another great listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Having eagerly awaited the latest book from Joe Cawley, Less Ketchup Than Salsa did not disappoint. My only regret was that the book wasn't longer! The unique, funny and highly descriptive work of Joe Cawley transports the listener into another dimension of entertainment! The book is superbly narrated by Nicholas Camm - who is, without doubt, the best at transporting the listener into the authentic, amusing and highly entertaining spirit of the story. I simply can't wait for (hopefully) the next book to be written by Joe Cawley and I, as a resident of Tenerife, heartily recommend you to listen to this entertaining and brilliant book. Take a bow Mr Cawley - you deserve all the praise there is for yet another great piece of entertainment!!!

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,095

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Hopefully, the first of many

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

A superb book with a slightly unusual storyline - not at all a book that I may have normally chosen but I am very pleased that I did. The author kept me listening avidly - a striking that, although a little predictable, was just that bit addictive. I would certainly recommend this book and look forward to many more by the same author.

  • Surprise Me

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 274

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable edition of Sophie Kinsella's new title.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not the norm

  • By Sophie Anderson on 13-03-18

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

This book is surprising - almost a book of two halves. At first I thoroughly enjoyed the story and it moved along at a good pace, then three quarters of the way through it was almost as if there had been a complete change of author and the story became boring. Very disappointing

  • Even More Ketchup Than Salsa: The Final Dollop

  • By: Joe Cawley
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

If the first six months of running the Smugglers Tavern had been a baptism of fire, the subsequent years were about as much fun as bobbing for apples in a vat of acid. Having swapped the tin roof of a cold British fish market for the sunny skies of a Spanish holiday island, Joe and Joy succeeded in thwarting the first wave of attacks from bungling bureaucrats, bewildered holidaymakers, and their own spectacular ineptitude. What they didn't realize was that their enemies were regrouping. Not only that, but those enemies had made camp a lot closer to home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really enjoyed

  • By really enjoying it on 03-06-18

Wondeful - and so very true!!

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

Anyone who has lived in Tenerife will appreciate this well crafted book - the narration is superb and it captures the feelings, frustrations and emotions that are undoubtedly generated by living on 'The Rock'. The sorry telling is spell-binding - I'm presuming names have been changed but overall the accuracy of the way in which 'Brits abroad' is portrayed is hypnotic. This is a great book - narrated by a superb storyteller and I can't wait for the next story to be told by the author.

  • More Ketchup Than Salsa

  • Confessions of a Tenerife Barman
  • By: Joe Cawley
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Camm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

When Joe and his girlfriend Joy decide to trade in their life on a cold Lancashire fish market to run a bar in the Tenerife sunshine, they anticipate a paradise of sea, sand, and siestas. Little did they expect their foreign fantasy to turn out to be about as exotic as Bolton on a wet Monday morning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • ok

  • By Gary on 21-07-17

Superb - funny - and so accurate!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Having lived in Tenerife for many years - and at the same era this book portrays - I could relate so easily to the events and stories told in this entertaining book. If you have ever lived in Spain this book is not to be missed. The narration is amusing - and so accurate - I laughed out loud throughout and so would any listener to this terrific story. I cannot wait to read the follow-up - brilliant from start to finish!

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  • Tell Tale

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Nearly a decade after his last volume of short stories was published, Archer returns with his eagerly awaited, brand-new collection, Tell Tale, giving us a fascinating, exciting and sometimes poignant insight into the people he has met, the stories he has come across and the countries he has visited during the past 10 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • clever...

  • By JACQUI on 15-11-17

Another superbly entertaining book

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

Reviewed: 26-11-17

Having waited patiently for this latest offering, I was not disappointed. Each one of these short stories is cleverly written with a surprise ending - all of which never fail to astound the reader. The performance of these stories is highly professional and the reader's voice accurately reflect the period and feeling of the eras in which was held story unfolds. My only criticism (though tongue in cheek) is that I wish there were twice as money stores in this book so that my enjoyment could be doubled!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,851

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Superb!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-17

Superbly read, with a superb plot that keeps you entertained from the start right up to the end. Don't miss this book - the plot is riveting - the characters are plausible and totally absorbing

  • My Not So Perfect Life

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a supercool Instagram feed. Okay, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, she has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they? Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her megasuccessful boss, Demeter, gives her the sack. All Katie's hopes are shattered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy light read

  • By Miss Claire A Phipps on 16-02-17

Great entertainment

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

Reviewed: 19-03-17

The total entertainment experience in a book! Worth waiting by for. The narrator is excellent and the whole story is thoroughly entertaining - with moments of humour that made me laugh out loud. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy yourself - can't wait for the next book!