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  • My Turn

  • By: Norman Wisdom
  • Narrated by: Norman Wisdom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

Norman Wisdom's early years could easily have come straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Left by their frightened mother and ill-treated by a brutal father, Norman and his brother were forced to fend for themselves, sleeping rough in London and stealing food to survive. This is a rags to riches tale of the man Charlie Chaplin said would take his mantle and who went on to make millions laugh around the world for over five decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful touching story

  • By Graeme on 02-08-07

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

I found it so warming and inspiring listening to this comedic legend talk about his life and early childhood. Having been a NW fan for years I was excited to give this book a go, but I'd recommend it to anyone, NW fan or not.

Funny, sad and awe inspiring. A round of applause for a true legend and wonderful human being.

  • Silent Child

  • Audible's Thriller of 2017
  • By: Sarah A. Denzil
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,366

Introducing Audible's Thriller of the Year: Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil, performed by Joanne Froggatt. In the summer of 2006, Emma Price watched helplessly as her six-year-old son's red coat was fished out of the River Ouse. It was the tragic story of the year - a little boy, Aiden, wandered away from school during a terrible flood, fell into the river, and drowned. His body was never recovered. Ten years later Emma has finally rediscovered the joy in life...until Aiden returns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By madison on 06-09-17

Narrator did my head in

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

This was a decent book that I persevered with. I found the narrator to be stressful and a bit overdramatic. However, the storyline kept me relatively interested and so I gave it a chance.

This is perfect for when you find yourself in between listens, but not if you're looking to get 'stuck in' to a meaty and lengthy audio adventure. Simple story, simple ending. No frills, a solid 6/10.

  • The Devil in the Marshalsea

  • By: Antonia Hodgson
  • Narrated by: Joseph Kloska
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels, and coffeehouses to the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audio books I've chosen recently

  • By D on 28-10-14

Another great installment

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

I don't know why I didn't get round to reviewing this sooner, especially after I enjoyed 'The Last Confessions' so much.

This book took me on a journey through the dark and edgy side of ancient England. It transported me to the Marshalsea with some great descriptive writing and combined with great narration this really did the job.

  • Battle Scars

  • By: Jason Fox
  • Narrated by: Jason Fox
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 473

Jason Fox served with the SBS for over a decade, thriving on the close bonds of the Special Forces brotherhood and the ‘death or glory’ nature of their missions. Battle Scars tells the story of his career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service to a battle of a very different kind: the psychological devastation of combat that ultimately forced him to leave the military and the hard reality of what takes place in the mind of a man once a career of imagined invincibility has come to an end. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Paul on 05-11-18

Fascinating and courageously honest

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Being a blog writer where I often try my best to give honest accounts of living with a hidden disability myself, I instantly warmed to Foxy's honest and no holds barred account of his military career and his mental health problems that came about shortly after. The 'brotherhood' is elite and Foxy, like many other hardened soldiers, have been instilled with the notion that being honest and speaking up about things you may be finding hard to deal with, namely PTSD, anxiety or depression, is not encouraged and is seen as weakness.

Foxy smashes this theory to pieces and I really admire him for doing that, it couldn't have been easy. I also didn't know he came from the same town as me, Poole, which was a nice surprise as we've both visited similar bars, I'm a bit starstruck at that idea, because I am in awe not only of the qualities that he needed to be an elite soldier, but mostly for the bravery and dedication he's shown by writing this book and fighting his most formidable opponent yet: his mind and consequent haunting memories.

Good job mate!

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,442
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,126

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

After having read the previous installments to this series I must say there was little doubt in my mind that I would enjoy Lethal White, but this had a different approach compared to the others and I found myself becoming increasingly intrigued with how Strike was going to overcome the fresh obstacles placed in front of him.

The difference between this book and the last few, is that when Cormoran first appeared on the scene as a personal detective he was a single (albeit a bit lonely as well) rough-around-the edges detective, he was unknown to the public and his raw approach was evident not only from the way he talked, his mannerisms or even the cuisine he would often choose to indulge in (Large donor kebab with extra chips) but also the almost obsessive determination in getting the job done.

Lethal White throws some pretty interesting spanners in the works, Strike is now famous, he's tasted success through his work and he's even found some sort of relationship in Robin, which proves to be difficult as she has become invaluable to him.

Excellently read by a master narrator, this book is pleasingly long in length and the story has more twists than a formula one racing track. This review was about 100 words too long, because any Galbraith novel scarcely requires any introduction, I just got a bit carried away because I enjoyed it so much! Compelling from start to finish.

67 of 72 people found this review helpful

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

Well hello, DCI Ryan!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I must say I do love nothing more than getting my teeth into a good detective series and this audiobook was certainly not a disappointment.

I loved the imagery portrayed by Ross which did a sterling job portraying the close-nit and somewhat dubious circumstances of living on an island, which does not even have it's own police station (or police) !! Along with the fantastic description (I love a book with some good description) the storyline kept me interested throughout with hardly any lapses in concentration. Jonathan Keeble, as ever, did a sterling job narrating and his performance was faultless. I urge you to spend your credit on this book, I am looking forward to book 2 of the DCI Ryan mysteries.

  • The Heart Sutra

  • Becoming a Buddha Through Meditation
  • By: Osho
  • Narrated by: Osho
  • Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The Heart Sutra, originally a very short set of verses, was given in privacy as a message to one of Buddha's close disciples, Sariputra, specifically addressed to him. Over time the Heart Sutra became one of Buddhism's core teachings. In these 10 talks, Osho presents the powerful message of these ancient words and brings them to a modern audience - one with different minds and needs than the original audiences of Buddha more than 2,500 years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Mikey on 10-08-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

No words could ever make you understand. Download Osho and FEEL the beauty of the truth found in the silences in between his talks. He does them pn purpose, as he knows the truth is only worth contemplating if it can be FELT and SEEN by those listening, otherwise it simply becomes cheap, borrowed knowledge. Download and see for yourself.

  • Be Still and Know

  • By: Osho
  • Narrated by: Osho
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In this very special series of questions and answers, Osho talks on the death and enlightenment of his own father, which occurred at this time. He also shines his unique light on subjects as diverse as science and meditation, personality and essence, homosexuality, witnessing, and silence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Osho

  • By Mikey on 10-08-18

Osho

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

It is always a challenge when trying to put Osho's work into words for a review. As stated by the man himself, the stuff he shares cannot be understood through the use of words, but only by the long silences in between his dialogue.

The truth cannot be spoken, it becomes a lie the minute you try to speak it. Try and explain to a blind man what sunlight looks like. Try to explain to a person who cannot taste what the sensation of tasting 'sweet' food is like.

As always amazing. It's so special that it can never be put into words. Try it out for yourself and you'll know what I mean.

  • Tall Order

  • The Spider Shepherd Thrillers, Book 15
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

The 15th thriller in the Spider Shepherd series promises even more enthralling action from the Sunday Times best seller Stephen Leather. He is one of the world's most ruthless terrorists, codenamed Saladin. He plans and executes devastating attacks, and then, ghostlike, he disappears. Ten years ago he blew a plane out of the sky above New York - and now he's struck again, killing dozens in a London strike. But one of the latest victims is related to the acting head of MI5, who knows exactly who she wants on the case: Spider Shepherd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spider! As Explosive As Ever!

  • By Gary on 25-07-18

Great, a really entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

To sum this book up: it kept me hooked, it kept me intrigued, it kept me entertained. What more could you ask for in an audiobook?

Spider hits the bullseye. Much more entertaining than the last few instalments to the series in my opinion, which was refreshing. A great listen. Excellently narrated by the king of the SAS audio-character.

  • Great Expectations

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Howard Jacobson
  • Narrated by: Matt Lucas, Howard Jacobson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

In this Audible Exclusive performance by Matt Lucas of Great Expectations, Charles Dickens demonstrates that conscience, loyalty and empathy are virtues far more valuable than intellect, wealth and social standing. First published in Dickens’ own periodical, All the Year Round, the novel was divided into nine monthly instalments, from December 1860 to August 1861. Unsurprisingly, it was an instant success and managed to sell over 100,000 copies per week. Though written at a challenging time in Dickens’ life, when the impending breakdown of his marriage loomed over him, Great Expectations proves to be one of his most optimistic, comical and romantic novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully enveloped in Dickensian description

  • By Mikey on 19-07-18

Wonderfully enveloped in Dickensian description

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

There is something indescribable about the way in which Charles Dickens is able to take you on a journey depicting the dark and often repulsive nature of living in the 1800s. With his incredible ability to act out so many different types of characters and accents, Matt Lucas does a stirling job bringing the characters in this book to life.

Without rambling on too much about a book that really needs no introduction or review, I'd urge anyone to spend their credit on this, regardless of their age or genre preferences for books. This is a masterpiece written by one of the most celebrated authors of all time and told wonderfully by one of the most comically-gifted voice actors of our time, a winning combination that will take you on a journey back into the 1800s and leave you wanting more each time you switch off your device.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful