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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,076

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I’ve really enjoyed her other books but this one was a huge disappointment - I find it hard to believe it was by the same author. Her other books are hugely entertaining, if not great literature - this was almost offensively silly. Following other reviewers’ advice, I listened at 1.25 speed, which was much better, but it was still a terrible waste of time and money.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • 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 721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

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

A fantastic listen - don’t hesitate to download it.

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I only ever listen to fiction but bought this on a whim - and I absolutely love everything about it. Jenni Murray is such a great writer and makes the stories so interesting, and her narration is impeccable.

  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,235

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By Della Michelle on 14-06-17

Shame you can't give no stars

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

Why I bought this in the first place will always be a mystery, but I hated every shouty minute of it. The man is an idiot, claiming the moral high ground and justifying his obnoxious behaviour throughout. Maybe I'm just too British.

  • Gold

  • By: Chris Cleave
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

Usually, this is where we'd tell you what this book is about. But with Chris Cleave, it's a bit different. Because if you've read The Other Hand or Incendiary, you'll know that what his books are about is only part of the story - what really matters is how they make you feel. Gold is about the limits of human endurance, both physical and emotional. It will make you cry. Gold is about what drives us to succeed - and what we choose to sacrifice for success. It will make you feel glad to be alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional Rollercoaster

  • By Destination Hulk on 11-01-13

A really good listen

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This was such a great audiobook and I listened to it very quickly because I was enjoying it so much - especially as I live in Manchester!

  • Seeing Other People

  • By: Mike Gayle
  • Narrated by: David Morley Hale
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Father of two Joe Clarke is about seventy-eight per cent sure he's just had an affair. After all that is the hopelessly attractive office intern in bed next to him, isn't it? But then again if he did have an affair why can't he remember anything at all about the night in question? Mortified by his mistake Joe vows to be a better man, but when his adored wife Penny puts two and two together and leaves him, things start to take a turn for the decidedly strange.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great story and narrator!!!

  • By Paul Davis on 16-01-17

Just awful

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

If your online user name is 'mumofxxxx' you'll probably like this but I thought it was a pile of cliché-ridden disappointment. Self-obsessed parents with their spoilt brats - vomit-inducing drivel. I wanted something light and easy to listen to, but this was not for me.

  • A Far Cry from Kensington

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

First published in 1988 and described by Ali Smith as 'one of Muriel Spark's most liberating, and meditative novels' - A Far Cry from Kensington shows Muriel Spark at the mature height of her powers.The narrator is one Mrs. Hawkins. She writes from Italy, a far cry from Kensington indeed, taking us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. As a young, rather fat war-widow she spent her days working for a crazy, almost bankrupt publisher; and her nights offering advice from her boarding-house in South Kensington.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • some writer some narrator good story.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-04-18

An absolute joy

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

I've been unlucky with my Audible choices recently but this has absolutely restored my faith. It's a great audiobook on every level - easy to listen to but still a subtle and nuanced story. Juliet Stevenson is, of course, a wonderful narrator. I just wish it had been a great deal longer!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Innocents

  • By: Francesca Segal
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Adam and Rachel are getting married at last. Childhood sweethearts whose lives and families have been intertwined for years; theirs is set to be the wedding of the year. But then Rachel's cousin Ellie makes an unexpected return to the family fold. As the long-awaited wedding approaches, Adam is torn between duty and temptation, security and freedom, and must make a choice that will break either one heart, or many.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great mispronunciations!

  • By bookworm on 02-08-18

Great mispronunciations!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

You have to listen to this just to hear the narrator pronounce 'tangential' as 'tangenital'.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'll Keep You Safe

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Anna Murray, Peter Forbes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261

Husband and wife Niamh and Ruairidh Macfarlane co-own Ranish Tweed: a Hebridean company that weaves its own special variety of Harris cloth, which has become a sought-after brand in the world of high fashion. But when Niamh learns of Ruairidh's affair with Russian designer Irina Vetrov, then witnesses the pair killed by a car bomb in Paris, her life is left in ruins. Along with her husband's remains, she returns home to the Isle of Lewis bereft.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing

  • By Michael D Hewitt on 28-01-18

What a load of rubbish

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

We really like Peter May's Scottish books, but the ending to this was eyewateringly, laugh-out-loud ridiculous and totally spoilt what had been a pleasant listen up to then. I'm still gob-smacked that such an entertaining writer could come up with something so bad.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Motherland

  • By: Jo McMillan
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

It is 1978. Jess and her mother, Eleanor, struggle to sell socialism to Tamworth - a sleepy Midlands town that just doesn't want to know. So when Eleanor is invited to spend a summer teaching in East Germany, she and Jess jump at the chance. But friends can become enemies, and Jess discovers how easy it is to switch sides and how sides can be switched for you, sometimes without you even knowing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, shame about the narrator

  • By bookworm on 10-04-18

Great book, shame about the narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

German is a widely learnt language. Surely Audible can find a narrator who can pronounce the most basic words and names? The girl in the book is really clever and loves learning German, so I find it hard to believe she wouldn't be able to pronounce the word for 'the'? I guess I'm being pedantic but I'm finding it very cringeworthy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Know What to Do, So Why Don't I Do It?

  • The New Science of Self-Discipline
  • By: Nick Hall
  • Narrated by: Nick Hall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

You might think laziness, lack of willpower, and/or low motivation are to blame for the fact that you aren't achieving your goals. But fascinating research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology has revealed another, far more likely possibility. One with the potential to transform your life in a dramatic way.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Jamila on 13-02-17

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

It's a series of lectures, really, with mediocre sound quality and lots of overlap between them (e.g. You hear the same anecdotes more than once). I'm not disputing the value of what he says, but it didn't work for me at all as an audiobook.