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  • The Emperor of All Maladies

  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

A comprehensive history of cancer – one of the greatest enemies of medical progress – and an insight into its effects and potential cures, by a leading expert on the illness. In The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee, doctor, researcher and award-winning science writer, examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with - and perished from - for more than five thousand years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had no idea how little I knew about Cancer

  • By Judy Corstjens on 15-09-11

excellent

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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: 16-06-16

A must read for everyone who has an interest in understanding cancer. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will listen to it again.

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,288

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

OK

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-16

I can't saw that I really enjoyed this book - didn't really see the point of it. I also thought that the narration was boring in parts

  • Reasons to Stay Alive

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Matt Haig
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

What Does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brave work for which I am so grateful

  • By Camilla Morgan on 26-05-15

A Good 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: 04-02-16

A good listen and now on to The Humans - hoping its as good a listen.

  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,696
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,186

One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, really well-read

  • By Tony on 14-10-13

Nonsense

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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: 29-01-16

What a load of old nonsense - I listened twice! - superbly read by Stephen Fry who could make reading a phone book interesting.

  • The Silkworm

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 2
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,311

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published it would ruin lives - so there are a lot of people who might want to silence him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 star rating based on quality not name

  • By Linda on 06-08-14

Excellent

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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: 09-01-16

I really enjoyed this second novel and look forwsrd to the next one in the series.

  • Bedknob and Broomstick

  • By: Mary Norton
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

It all begins when Carey, Charles, and Paul are sent away to stay with their old aunt in a Bedfordshire village. It looks like an uneventful summer is ahead, until the day they find Miss Price sitting in the garden. She, it turns out, is studying to be a witch and takes the children on a series of adventures via a flying bed. They visit a London police station and a tropical island, and go back in time to the 17th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By lexxie on 21-12-15

Wonderful

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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: 21-12-15

This is a wonderful, rich story for children and took me back to my childhood. Anna Massey really brings it to life.

  • Happiness

  • A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill
  • By: Matthieu Ricard
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Never has happiness as an emotional and physical state of being been so widely discussed. Matthieu Ricard is one of the most compelling voices on the subject, and one of the few who can bring together the teachings of eastern and western thought. In this accessible new work, Ricard provides a straightforward assessment of how to create true and lasting happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biased

  • By Kim G. on 15-01-16

Excellent

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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: 13-12-15

Such a calming audiobook. One that I intent to return to over and over again.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Loving What Is

  • Four Questions That Can Change Your Life
  • By: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Byron Katie, Stephen Mitchell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

Out of nowhere, like a fresh breeze in a marketplace crowded with advice on what to believe, comes Byron Katie and what she calls "The Work". In the midst of a normal life, Katie became increasingly depressed. Then one morning, she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the realization of how her own suffering had ended. The freedom of that realization has never left her, and now, in Loving What Is, you can discover the same freedom through The Work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Being ok with the now

  • By Emily on 22-10-10

Well worthwhile

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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: 03-12-15

i will losten to this book over and over. Katie really has insight ans her work is of value to all.

  • The Magic of Reality

  • By: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145

What are things made of?What is the sun?Why is there night and day, winter and summer?Why do bad things happen?Are we alone?Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu's egg?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Book

  • By Guilio on 23-12-12

Excellent

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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: 21-11-15

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to adults and children alike

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should listen to this book!

  • By Elizabeth on 19-02-11

Enjoyable

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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: 06-11-15

i enjoyed this story but preferred Rebecca. I found this novel slower paced at the beginning but very enjoyable towards the end.