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  • Molly Book 1

  • An Unpredictable Thriller About Two Friends Filled with Emotion and Shocking Surprises
  • By: Bellamy Grayfield
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Sarah Hartley is a single mother living in a small Midwestern town. Her son, Tommy, is the best part of her. She loves him dearly and works to give him everything she never had growing up. One day, when picking Tommy up at his daycare she encounters a woman she's never seen before. The woman, Molly, is seemingly nice and friendly, but when a problem with her son finds her at the receiving end of a 'Mom-zilla's' wrath, Sarah must stand up for her. The two women stick together and become good friends.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible

  • By emma on 30-08-18
  • Molly Book 1
  • An Unpredictable Thriller About Two Friends Filled with Emotion and Shocking Surprises
  • By: Bellamy Grayfield
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

Poorly written and badly narrated - the narrator sounds like a breathy robot. Couldn't get past the first 10 minutes.

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,791

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting - enjoyed it much more than the paperback

  • By Dawn on 20-05-10

Another fascinating and entertaining book from MG

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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: 03-04-18

I'm a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's writing, and this didn't disappoint. A good scientific approach to telling the background and factors that support success. Plenty of ah-ha moments. Works well as an audiobook, read by the author.

  • We Should All Be Feminists

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently....' What does feminism mean today? In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start in intersectional feminist theory

  • By Suswati on 28-01-17

What is a feminist?

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

What is a feminist? The Oxford English Dictionary defines a feminist simply as ‘An advocate or supporter of the rights and equality of women’. I expected this short work to be more academic, with more facts and figures, but instead it was a well-written personal essay on the experience of being a woman, in particular in the author's native Nigeria. Read elegantly by the author. Highly recommended.

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  • Bill Bryson's Appliance of Science

  • An Audible Original
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

In this feast of invention and discovery, Bill Bryson, with the help of The Science Museum's curators, takes us object by object through some of the museum's less well known inventions and discoveries and the human stories behind them. Discover how a teenage inventor, a pig's head, a lump of plywood and a famous British record label made medical history or how some inventions simply happen by accident.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This is not a book

  • By Björn on 17-10-17

Entertaining but too short

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-18

The series felt rather skimpy, containing only a handful of very short episodes - like it only just got going, then it was over. However, the episodes that there were, were interesting and entertaining.

  • The Essence of Happiness

  • A Guidebook for Living
  • By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Howard C. Cutler
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond, Dion Graham, Howard C. Cutler (introduction)
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

The Dalai Lama inspired millions around the world with his wisdom and compassion in The Art of Happiness. Now, in The Essence of Happiness, further moving insights from His Holiness are here. Offering sage advice on defeating day-to-day depression, anxiety, anger, jealousy, and other emotions that get in the way of true happiness, here are transforming reflections on how to overcome suffering and obstacles to create a fulfilled, joyous life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helping with everyday life....

  • By Mrs G. on 30-01-17

Good introduction

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-01-18

An introduction to the philosophy of the Dalai Lama. I found the narration of the intro by the author hard to listen to, but the main text was good. Skip the intro (it finished halfway through chapter one) and enjoy the rest of this short book.

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  • Talking as Fast as I Can

  • From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
  • By: Lauren Graham
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

In her first work of nonfiction, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood recounts her experiences on Gilmore Girls - the first and second times - and shares stories about life, love, and working in Hollywood. This collection of essays is written in the intimate, hilarious, and down-to-earth voice that made her novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, a New York Times best seller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good for fans

  • By emma on 09-01-18
  • Talking as Fast as I Can
  • From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)
  • By: Lauren Graham
  • Narrated by: Lauren Graham

Good for fans

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Recommended for Gilmore Girls fans who have already watched the latest episodes. Fun and lively.

  • A History of Britain in 21 Women

  • By: Jenni Murray
  • Narrated by: Jenni Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 651

Britain has been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. To say that it's high time it was defined by its women is a severe understatement. Jenni Murray draws together the lives of 21 women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history. In lively prose Murray reinvigorates the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable and interesting

  • By Mrs C.J D'Elia on 12-10-16

An introduction to influential women

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

Reviewed: 18-12-17

I really enjoyed this. The women selected are interesting and influential and I would recommend this to anyone as a counterpoint to the standard (male-oriented) view of history we usually get. Mary Quant was my favourite! Occasionally the author does seem to spend an unnecessary amount of time on the women's marital and familial situations rather than their work or legacy, but overall very engaging. It's fairly short but a good introduction to the significant contributions these women made to Britain.

  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Angie on 04-12-15

Thank you, Shonda!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Thank you, Shonda. Thanks for saying yes to writing and narrating this audiobook, for sharing your story, your fears, dreams and wit, for giving us Christina Yang, and for your all-around badassery. Thanks for being brave, for being honest, for being successful, and for literally changing the way we see the world, through our television sets. Thanks for creating this audiobook which is both inspiring and entertaining.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,536
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,525

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Audiobooks don't get much better than this!

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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: 23-11-17

This second novel from The Martian writer Andy Weir doesn't disappoint. It's essentially more of the same (space, science, action and sarcasm), but different enough to be compelling and with the same great energy. Rosario Dawson does an outstanding job of the narration. Probably a bit too science-heavy for some listeners, but for me, audiobooks don't get much better than this.

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  • Walking Home

  • My Family and Other Rambles
  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. Then, in 1999, Clare took a call from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. "Do you walk?" she asked. "Well, I walk the dog...." That series, Ramblings, is still going strong - and Clare's caught the walking bug. Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer's Walk, a 71-mile route. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like I knew Clare as a friend

  • By Heidi on 31-10-14

A pleasant meander

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

Reviewed: 31-10-17

Clare Balding, broadcaster and national treasure, warmly narrates her book - a light autobiography and affectionate tribute to the rambling footpaths and long-distance trails that crisscross the beautiful British countryside. Perhaps because I'm a keen walker myself, and because of my fond memories of the London 2012 Olympics and other events and places that are mentioned, I really liked this book - a mixture of anecdote, journalism and philosophy that captures the pleasure of walking for recreation. If this doesn't make you want to get your boots on, nothing will!