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  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,302
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,290

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story, sensitively narrated.

  • By bookylady on 01-03-18

Moving & beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-19

A moving & beautiful love story in extreme circumstances. I still cannot get my head around the sheer cruelty & inhumanity of the concentration camps.

  • Dreams from My Father

  • A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982

Dreams from My Father is a masterpiece: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging. The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother's family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • heart touching!

  • By Yassin Musa on 03-10-18

Humbling & inspiring

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-19

I already admired this amazing man for achieving what, I thought, was impossible. But knowing his full background & history, hearing how humble & relatable he is I love & admire him even more. Brilliant narration, story keeps you engaged all through.

  • Big Sexy Love

  • By: Kirsty Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Emmy Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

Olive's best friend is dying, and she has one final wish. With Olive's help, she wants to track down her first love, her 'Big Sexy Love' Chuck. But there's a problem: Chuck's in New York, and Olive has never left her hometown. Also, Chuck does not seem to want to be found. It's going to take bravery and a whole lot of Big Sexy Love to make this happen....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Alison John-Haslam on 27-01-18

Fantastic beginning to end!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-02-19

A great story, listened to it all in one day. Very entertaining, laughter & tears. Excellent narration, one of my absolute favourites (& I've listened to lots); Emmy Rose suited the book perfectly. Will definitely be listening to more from this author.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,112

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

A Most Perfect Book !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-19

One of the best ways of portraying the human spirit in times of adversity. Only criticism...it was too short ! :)

  • The Seven Sisters

  • The Seven Sisters, Book 1
  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Emily Lucienne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432

Maia D'Apliése and her five sisters were all adopted as babies. When their father dies each of them are given a clue to their true heritage - a clue which takes Maia across the world… Rio de Janeiro, 1927, Izabela Bonifacio convinces her father to allow her to accompany him to Europe. There, in the heady, vibrant cafés of Montparnasse, she meets ambitious young sculptor Laurent Brouilly, and knows at once that her life will never be the same again…

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unanswered questions and misleading title.

  • By Frances on 08-12-14

Brilliant listen, intriguing

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

Very interesting idea for a series of books. Didn't like the narration at first but got used to it & then didn't mind it. Always enjoy a little bit of a history lesson within the story.

  • The Love Letter

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Camilla Rockley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

1995, London. When Sir James Harrison, one the greatest actors of his generation, passes away at the age of 95 he leaves behind not just a heartbroken family but also a secret so shocking, so devastating that it could rock the English establishment to its core. Joanna Haslam is an ambitious young journalist assigned to cover the legendary actor's funeral. The great and the good of the celebrity world are there. But Joanna stumbles on something dark beneath the glamour: the mention of a letter James Harrison has left behind, the contents of which others have been desperate to conceal for over 70 years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a twist!

  • By Angela on 29-08-18

A great listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Gripping 'page turner' with lots of twists, couldn't stop listening. Perhaps implausible but makes you wonder the lengths secret service go to.

  • Scary Monsters and Supercreeps

  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

Dom Joly sets off round the world again, but this time he's not looking to holiday in a danger zone - he's monster hunting. In Scary Monsters and Super Creeps he heads to six completely different destinations to investigate local monster sightings.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dont

  • By richard williams on 14-05-18

Better than Travelzoo !

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-18

Loved it, can't understand the negative reviews. You always get an authentic account of his themed travels and you feel as if you are his companion. Some really laugh out loud moments. I understand his style is not to everyone's taste but if you appreciate classic british laid back , sarcastic and acute comedic observations , this is for you !

  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for 20 years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey, too.’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joy to listen to this

  • By mollyeyre on 06-11-14

Superb story, perfectly narrated.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-18

Beautiful but sad. Perfect companion to Harold Fry's pilgrimage story. Answers a lot of questions & thoughts that I wondered about when I finished the first book.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astronomy and so much more

  • By Andrei S. on 23-01-18

Idiots Guide before Idiots Guide !

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

Reviewed: 30-03-18

Initially thought this was going to be a jargon laden book which mainly appealed to readers of a sci fi genre. Completely proven wrong ! Very well written and even at times when the astro detail became complex it would literally take you back to earth explaining the relevance and connection to subject matter. It is a shame that the fears of nuclear war just after the cold war era are still present today but we can take some comfort that some 40 years later we are still here ! Imagine where we would be if all that defence expense had been used to delve further into our Cosmos. Just needed more top military personnel to read this book and we'll be back on track 👍

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle but engaging

  • By Ms on 17-06-12

Beautifully written and narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-03-18

Sad yet inspiring; what people will suffer through alone and not share with their closest loved ones!! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this story. Perfect narrator.