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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,128
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,326
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,298

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

I’m a nurse so tend to avoid anything medical but thought I’d give this a go. So pleased I did. It felt like having an extended conversation at break time listening to someone’s nightmare morning.
Definitely recommend.

  • The Key

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

1956. It's Ellen Crosby's first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever...2006. Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, Fantastic read

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

This book is brilliant.
I bought it unsure whether I would like it or not but was quickly hooked. It has plot twists that I didn’t anticipate which is always a bonus.
The narration was wonderful. I was worried I would get bored of Joanne’s voice as I sometimes find it too soft and sweet. However it was amazing. I would most definitely buy another book narrated by Joanne and one written by Kathryn.

  • 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 998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 831

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
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 27-03-18

I love Daphne du Maurier. I read this years ago but it doesn’t fail to grip you even the second time around. It is a brilliantly written book that leaves you with questions even when it’s over.
Would definitely recommend.

  • The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Daniela Nardini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Edinburgh in the 1930s. The Lennox family is having trouble with its youngest daughter. Esme is outspoken, unconventional, and repeatedly embarrasses them in polite society. Even Kitty, Esme's beloved sister, is beginning to lose patience. Something will have to be done.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best readings I have heard

  • By Anna on 15-07-13

Brilliant narration but predictable storyline.

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

Reviewed: 30-07-16

The narration of this novel is brilliant and I could listen to her voice all day. However the story itself is incredibly predictable. Before I got half way through I knew exactly what would happen and what would emerge from the past. I was hoping I would be proved wrong but sadly not.

  • Black Diamonds

  • The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams' - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedys'; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Colin on 19-02-09

Disjointed

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

Reviewed: 14-02-16

The story itself is good and very interesting. It gives you a good insight into the relationships between aristocracy and the working man while also describing the internal workings of an aristocratic family. However it flicks from person to person without explaining why and at points I got confused as to who we were talking about and also why we had just listened for an hour about someone to suddenly jump to someone else with no mention of the former. It does all come together in the end however I feel an explanation as to how each parts relates as you go along would be beneficial.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Wedlock

  • How Georgian Britain's Worst Husband Met His Match
  • By: Wendy Moore
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Wedlock is the remarkable story of the Countess of Strathmore and her marriage to Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary Eleanor Bowes was one of Britain's richest young heiresses. She married the Count of Strathmore, who died young, and, pregnant with her lover's child, Mary became engaged to George Gray. Then in swooped Andrew Robinson Stoney. Mary was bowled over and married him within the week. But nothing was as it seemed. Stoney was broke and his pursuit of the wealthy Countess a calculated ploy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Benjy1702 on 02-02-16

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

This book is gripping. It takes a little while to get to know all the different people within the tangled web of lives but once you do it is gripping and shocking. To the point were if this was a novel you would think the author had gone too far. The things that happened to Lady Strathmore are horrendous. I loved listening to this book. It has given me a renewed interest in this period of history. Well worse a listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fiery Cross

  • Outlander, Book 5
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 55 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 721

The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally here

  • By karin cornet on 15-03-12

Boring

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

Reviewed: 22-11-15

Would you try another book written by Diana Gabaldon or narrated by Davina Porter?

I started listening to these books after watching the outlander series. The first book was good, although i do not think i would have carried on with the series had i not watched it on TV. Now on Book 5 i have given up. I persevered through the last few books as i wanted to know what happened to Jamie and Clare. I now am not interested. The story lines are getting more and more far fetched and there seems to be parts of the story that are introduced and are left hanging with no explanation. She may be picking them back up later but it doesn't seem so. Very badly written and although i know the author is american but the English that is used in parts in terrible. Will not waste anymore credits on this.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Brontë
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

The work tells the story of Jane's early life, her experience at Lowood School and as a governess. Her refusal to accept Rochester's love on any but her own strictly moral terms is a passionate cry for independence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful reading by Juliet Stevenson

  • By Rachel on 21-02-10

Classic

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

Reviewed: 22-11-15

Would you listen to Jane Eyre again? Why?

I have loved this novel from the first time i read it at the age on 17. 11 years on it is still as moving as the first time. I love this novel and will continue to listen and read it for many years to come. It look me a while to get used to the narration but once you settle into it, it is perfect.

  • Angela's Ashes

  • By: Frank McCourt
  • Narrated by: Frank McCourt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

Angela's Ashes is Frank McCourt's sad, funny, bittersweet memoir of growing up in New York in the late '30s and in Ireland in the '40s. It is a story of extreme hardship and suffering, in Brooklyn tenements and Limerick slums; too many children, too little money, his mother Angela barely coping as his father Malachy's drinking bouts constantly brought the family to the brink of disaster. It is a story of courage and survival against apparently overwhelming odds.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Benjy1702 on 22-11-15

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 22-11-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Angela's Ashes to be better than the print version?

I was really looking forward to listening to Angela's Ashes as i adore the film. I was disappointed to find that the audible story was abridged. I never see the point in listening to an abridged version of a story as you are missing out on so much and it just seems pointless. I did not realise this was abridged until i had already bought it. Good book but would have loved to hear the entire story.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,391
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,589
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,587

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Fryed Potter

  • By Simon on 20-11-15

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 22-11-15

What made the experience of listening to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

So happy i can finally listen to this on audible. Had these on cassette years ago and loved every second of them. Stephen Fry is the most amazing narrator and could not have done a better performance. So happy.

24 of 32 people found this review helpful