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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 12,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,276
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,226

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

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

Reviewed: 07-05-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has a natural wit and the book is both hilarious and also deeply moving in places. The NHS has a special place in almost everybody’s heart and it is heartbreaking to hear a doctor’s side of the story, no matter how funny many of his anecdotes are... From my experience if you’re dying the NHS will save your life; if you’re not, then they might kill you, but ultimately it’s an amazing institution that might not survive that much longer which would be a terrible thing.
This book is well worth reading - you won’t be disappointed.

  • Call Me by Your Name

  • A Novel
  • By: André Aciman
  • Narrated by: Armie Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

Call Me by Your Name first swept across the world in 2007. It is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. During the restless summer weeks, unrelenting but buried currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them and verge toward the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and bittersweet

  • By Vicky on 04-11-17

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 15-06-18

What an exquisite rendition of a beautiful book. Armies Hammer gives an encapsulating performance narrating this book. It took me straight back to my adolescent years in the 80s capturing the period perfectly and the feelings of a young gay teenager in love. Magnificent.

  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 43 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,597
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN ABSOLUTELY, MAGNIFICENT , MASTERPIECE!!

  • By Bernice on 24-11-16

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

An extraordinary in depth account of life in Mumbai. It’s incredibly long but on the whole keeps the reader engaged throughout. Very well read by Humphrey Bower. His portrayal of all the characters is masterly. Every character is individual and beautifully performed.

  • An Almost Perfect Christmas

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Nina Stibbe
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17

From dry turkeys to Christmas pudding fires, from the perfect present for teacher to the risks and rewards of regifting, Nina Stibbe offers her inimitable wisdom and humour on the most wonderful time of the year.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming

  • By justine scotford on 23-09-18

Short but sweet

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Lovely observations by Nina as always. Laugh out loud at points. Just not long enough!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Rough Music

  • By: Patrick Gale
  • Narrated by: Patrick Gale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

In the late 1960s, aged seven, Julian is taken on the perfect beachside holiday to North Cornwall. When American cousins unexpected join the party, however, emotions rapidly reach fever pitch and events spiral dangerously out of control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gay 'cult' classic read by the author

  • By Christoph Fischer on 20-07-17

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

I read this book many years ago and loved it - now listening to Patrick Gale read it himself has confirmed what an utterly delightful book it is. An absolute must!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paradise Lodge

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 430

This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in a ramshackle old people's home in the English suburbs. It is the late 1970s and the place is in chaos - there's a much swisher old people's home nearer the supermarket with better parking which is taking all the best patients; Matron seems to be utterly without qualifications, and Lizzie has no idea what she's doing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolute Paradise

  • By Alexis on 04-06-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I absolutely loved this book. It's the second time I've listened to it. The narration is perfect. It's humorous and poignant and I can't recommend it enough.

  • Swimming Lessons

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 532

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By dumphimlove on 23-03-17

Great!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Lovely concept, well written and brilliantly narrated. Looking forward to reading more Clare Fuller very soon!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Man at the Helm

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 349

Not long after her parents' separation, heralded by an awkward scene involving a wet Daily Telegraph and a pan of cold eggs, nine-year-old Lizzie Vogel, her sister and little brother and their now-divorcée mother are packed off to a small, slightly hostile village in the English countryside. Their mother is all alone, only 31 years of age, with three young children and a Labrador. It is no wonder, when you put it like that, that she becomes a menace and a drunk. And a playwright.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as good as expected

  • By Philip on 18-09-14

Good but soporific

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

I so wanted to enjoy this book having listened first to Paradise Lodge (loved it) and then Love Nina (which I absolutely adored). In fact I listened to the latter twice in a row and would happily listen to again.
This novel somehow didn't keep my focus. I'm not sure it wasn't the narrator as I just kept falling asleep and had to keep going back over bits but it didn't enthrall me the way Nina Stibbe's other two books have. It improved towards the end but considering the content drew certain close comparisons to my own life growing up in the 70s to divorced parents in a village/small town in the midlands and ending up with a step father so similar to Mr Holt it's uncanny, it didn't engage me the way her other two books did. Maybe I've overdosed on Nina's work recently and will listen again after I've read a few other books from different authors as I really want to appreciate her work as I know she is a brilliant writer. I hope she writes something new soon.

  • Love, Nina

  • Despatches from Family Life
  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Nina Stibbe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 336

In the 1980s, Nina Stibbe wrote letters home to her sister in Leicester describing her trials and triumphs as a nanny to a London family. There’s a cat nobody likes, a visiting dog called Ted Hughes (Ted for short) and suppertime visits from a local playwright. Not to mention the two boys, their favourite football teams, and rude words, a very broad-minded mother and assorted nice chairs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A heartwarming and hilarious listen

  • By Saffy on 24-11-13

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 29-12-16

This is the second Nina Stibbe book I have read and cannot wait to read more. It's such a simple concept, beautifully exercised in a series of short letters to her sister. I spent my college years in London in the late 80s and although I didn't share my waking hours with the likes of Alan Bennett and Jonathon Miller I could relate to her experiences. I'm afraid I have annoyed my partner constantly with little chortles and guffaws. Beautifully read by the author herself. An absolute must listen to!

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,955

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sheila on 19-07-15

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 13-12-16

This book was so much better than I anticipated. I loved the story and the narration. Will definitely listen to some more of Kathryn Hughes books!