LISTENER

Lindsay Kay Caddy

Guildford, United Kingdom
  • 53
  • reviews
  • 98
  • helpful votes
  • 132
  • ratings
  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,580
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,570

So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully honest book.

  • By MrsB on 26-09-18

Refreshingly honest and heart felt

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

A really well written, honest and heartfelt account of Lily Allen’s experience. So refreshing to hear anyone, let alone a celeb, being so brutally honest with themselves and the public. Highly recommend reading.

  • The Queen’s Fool

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle
  • Length: 21 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

1553. Hannah Green, the young daughter of a Jewish bookseller, is forced out of Spain by the Inquisition, and becomes an unlikely player at the fractious Tudor Court. Her gifts of foresight mean that she is given, as a Holy Fool to the newly crowned Mary I. But as Mary’s grip on the throne loosens, threatened by the ambitions of her sister, Elizabeth, Hannah is trapped in the deadly rivalry between the daughters of Henry VIII.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her best book yet.

  • By Mrs Harriet Watson on 03-02-19

Bugged

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Buggy audio file. Unable to listen to the full book. Pop up requests me to submit a bug report but I can’t find a way to do that.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,831

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Good but less interesting the last 90 mins

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

Reviewed: 23-01-18

I really enjoyed the narration and the story. Nice to have a book that isn’t set in London. Good characters. I felt the story became a little less interesting around the 90 min to go mark. The ending for me wasn’t what I wanted but I can see why the author did it that way. There is a piece by the author at the end explaining why he ended the book the way he did.

  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

  • By: Bram Stoker
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593

The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kallgren lowers the rating

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-05-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 19-07-17

I listened to the whole thing hoping it would get better but it didn't. Dull diary eateries, nothing scary at all and a weak female lead whose only use was as a typist for the men. The men thought the female lead too delicate to do any adventurous work so she ended up sat at home. Dull and disappointing.

  • The Like Switch

  • An Ex-FBI Agent's Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over
  • By: Jack Schafer PhD, Ph.D. Marvin Karlins Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

The Like Switch is packed with all the tools you need for turning strangers into friends, whether you are on a sales call, a first date, or a job interview. As a Special Agent for the FBI's National Security Division's Behavioral Analysis Program, Dr. Jack Schafer developed dynamic and breakthrough strategies for profiling terrorists and detecting deception. Now, Dr. Schafer has evolved his proven-on-the-battlefield tactics for the day-to-day, but no less critical battle of getting people to like you.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Standard psychology

  • By Lindsay Kay Caddy on 13-03-17

Standard psychology

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

Reviewed: 13-03-17

I was recommended this book by someone who found it hugely useful, they used the techniques and found improvement in their relationships. Having read the book myself I found it to be standard psychology in the most part. If you already have a knowledge of human communication techniques and psychology you won't gain much by reading this but it is a good reminder.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Coming

  • By: John Niven
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

God takes a look at the Earth around the time of the Renaissance, and everything looks pretty good - so he takes a holiday. In heaven time this is just a week's fishing trip, but on Earth several hundred years go by. When God returns, he finds all hell has broken loose: world wars, holocausts, famine, capitalism and "fucking Christians everywhere". There's only one thing for it. They're sending the kid back. JC, reborn, is a struggling musician in New York City, trying to teach the one true commandment: be nice!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very funny

  • By P on 08-01-16

Good idea but could have been developed further

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

I really liked the idea for this book but I felt the plot and characters weren't developed fully and this book could have been so much better.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership cover art
  • The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

  • By: John C. Maxwell
  • Narrated by: John C. Maxwell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

John C. Maxwell combines insights from 30-plus years of leadership with observations from business, politics, sports, religion, and military conflict to bring you a revealing study of the laws of leadership that govern your personal and organizational effectiveness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Educational

  • By nicroy on 18-05-11

Not as cringeworthy or annoying as other management books

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

I've read several management books almost all of which I find irritating or obvious. This strikes a nice balance as it's an easy listen and some useful tips. Nothing earth shattering but good solid advice and some interesting examples. It was clearly written pre-Lance Armstrong controversy so perhaps that will be removed in future editions. There is some mention of religion but not too much to be off putting for those who are non religious.

  • A Possible Life

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Samuel West, Christian Rodska, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60

Terrified, a young prisoner in the Second World War closes his eyes and pictures himself going out to bat on a sunlit cricket ground in Hampshire. Across the courtyard in a Victorian workhouse, a father too ashamed to acknowledge his son. A skinny girl steps out of a Chevy with a guitar; her voice sends shivers through the skull. Soldiers and lovers, parents and children, scientists and musicians risk their bodies and hearts in search of connection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Depressing

  • By Pauline on 18-09-12

5 depressing short stories

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

Reviewed: 28-03-16

Best avoided. This is a collection of 5 depressing short stories. Wish I hadn't read it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl on the Landing

  • By: Paul Torday
  • Narrated by: David Monteath, Clare Wille
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 208

From the best-selling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a ghost story, a psychological thriller and a tale of love rediscovered. Elizabeth has been married to Michael for ten years. She has adjusted to a fairly monotonous routine with her wealthy, decent but boring husband. Part of this routine involves occasional visits to Beinn Caorrun, the dank and gloomy house in a Scottish glen that Michael inherited. There are memories there that Michael will not share with her. But then Michael begins to change. It starts when he thinks he sees, in a picture, the figure of a girl on a landing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Menacing

  • By CherylK on 19-08-16

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 29-05-15

The characters in this book are difficult to empathise with subsequently I found myself indifferent to their fates so it wasn't a tense read.

The narrator was very prim and proper, enunciated well and I suppose was a good fit for the characters since they are all high class, country houses and hunting. The narration meant it felt a bit like being spoken to by a school mistress or an episode of watch with mother though.

The story was very boring and disappointing. I kept waiting for it to build into an exciting thriller but no such moment came. As I mentioned I felt no affinity with the characters so their fate really didn't matter to me.

I'll be returning this book. So t waste your credit, there are far better reads out there.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Stephen King

  • By Robert on 01-01-10

Good build up bit disappointing reveal

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

I enjoyed the different characters and the idea of the book. King created a solid idea of the town and its people. King's writing was good, lots of similes which helped the reader picture the story. King relied too heavily on the phrase "apt to" which was peppered liberally thought the book and in the end grated each time it was spoken. Unfortunately the big reveal near the end was disappointing, I saw it coming and really hoped it wouldn't be that so when it was I actually sighed. That was a shame but I still enjoyed the book.

The narrator was excellent, easy to listen to and to differentiate the characters. The narrator needs to work on his French accent though as it sounded Jamaican to me and definitely no where near French but it didn't detract from my enjoyment.