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  • Sleep

  • The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps...and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind
  • By: Nick Littlehales
  • Narrated by: Nick Littlehales
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

One third of our lives is spent trying to sleep. Most us have disturbed, restless nights and rely on a cocktail of caffeine and sugar to drag us through the day. Yet the hours we spend in bed shape our moods, motivation and decision-making skills - defining our performance in work, at home and while keeping fit. We need a new approach to sleep. In this groundbreaking audiobook, Nick Littlehales, elite sleep coach to some of the world's leading sports stars and teams, lays bare his strategies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should have got someone else to narrate

  • By Raistrick on 24-02-17

Don’t waste your valuable time ......

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

Reviewed: 24-04-18

....are the first four very appropriate words of this book.
First he is an author and has no idea how to read a book to keep us interested. Littlehales could send you to sleep with his monotonous voice.
Secondly .. he might have left Slumberland but boy it reads like an advertisement.
Decent mattress, blackout blinds, cool bedrooms is this not common sense.
This is going back.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Skies

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 7
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Beware what lies beneath.... One fateful, starry night, three friends embark on a secret camping trip, but only two return home. Thirty years later, the body of a teenage boy rises from the depths of England's biggest reservoir and threatens to expose a killer who has lain dormant...until now. Detective Chief Inspector Ryan returns from honeymoon to face danger from all sides. In the depths of Kielder Forest, a murderer has escaped justice before and will do anything to protect the secrets of the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling DCI Ryan mystery...

  • By Salter on 15-02-18

In house fighting once again .....

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

.... spoils these books for me.
Last time I said I would never buy another.
Now we have Ryans new dispute with authority. It gets so tedious and seems to dominate the story as far as I am concerned.
I gave up after an hour or so and will request a refund.

  • Inside Vogue

  • A Diary of My 100th Year
  • By: Alexandra Shulman
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Shulman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Editor in chief Alexandra Shulman kept a diary of British Vogue's centenary year. And what a year. She reveals the emotional and logistical minefield of producing the 100th anniversary issue (that Duchess of Cambridge cover surprise), organising the star-studded Vogue 100 Gala and working with designers from Victoria Beckham to Karl Lagerfeld and contributors from David Bailey to Alexa Chung, all under the continual scrutiny of a television documentary crew.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why oh! Why ....

  • By sally on 30-03-17

Why oh! Why ....

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

Reviewed: 30-03-17

Just because someone writes a book
It does not mean they are the best person to read it
For me a dreadful listen

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Pilgrims

  • Kingmaker, Book 1
  • By: Toby Clements
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

February 1460. In the bitter dawn of a winter’s morning, a young man and a woman escape from a priory. In fear for their lives, they are forced to flee across a land ravaged by conflict. For this is the Wars of the Roses, one of the most savage and bloody civil wars in history. Where brother confronts brother, king faces king, and Thomas and Katherine must fight just to stay alive....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fantastic read

  • By Loraine on 10-01-16

I am all battled out

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

Reviewed: 28-01-17

I listened for many hours and one battle sounded very much like another.
Bored with listening about blood and gore.
Returning the book without finishing it. I had lost the will to continue listening.

  • The Killer Next Door

  • By: Alex Marwood
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777

No. 23 has a secret. In this bedsit-riddled south London wreck, lorded over by a lecherous landlord, something waits to be discovered. Yet all six residents have something to hide. Collette and Cher are on the run; Thomas is a reluctant loner; while a gorgeous Iranian asylum seeker and a 'quiet man' nobody sees try to stay hidden. And watching over them all is Vesta - or so she thinks. In the dead of night, a terrible accident pushes the neighbours into an uneasy alliance. But one of them is a killer, expertly hiding their pastime, all the while closing in on their next victim....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Do You Trust?!

  • By garry on 07-07-14

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 13-07-16

Beautifully read and I enjoyed every minute.
It is well worth a listen, but ... everyone to their own

  • Splinter the Silence

  • Tony Hill/Carol Jordan, Book 9
  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582

When psychological profiler Tony Hill comes across a series of suicides among women tormented by vicious online predators, he begins to wonder if there is more to these tragedies than meets the eye. Could it be murder? But what kind of serial killer wants his crimes to stay hidden? Tony and DCI Carol Jordan begin the hunt for the most dangerous and terrifying kind of killer - someone who has nothing to fear and nothing to lose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration has ruined a perfectly good story

  • By Kath on 21-11-15

Just not for me.

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

Reviewed: 28-06-16

I made three attempts to listen to this book.
But, I have given up and have decided to return for a refund,

  • The Tent, The Bucket and Me

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun.

  • By c jennings on 02-12-15

Its a Joy

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

I read this book several years ago and had recommended to all and sundry.
How exciting to get the chance to buy the very same book as a Daily Offer
It did not disappoint at all.
I still cried with laughter and I know this book will be listened to time and again.
Beautifully written and read by the author.



  • Not My Father's Son

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,015

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary memoir

  • By Katherine on 06-11-14

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

Well written and narrated by the author
A very tough story to tell and in parts sad to listen too.
One very proud Mary Darling methinks

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,159

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

Oh! So boring

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

I listened to the first hour or so , only to discover I was not really listening as I found it so boring.
I had no desire to carry on, so thankfully I returned it,

  • The Skeleton Road

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 495

When a skeleton is discovered hidden at the top of a gothic Victorian building in Edinburgh, which is scheduled for renovation, Cold Case Squad detective Karen Pirie is given the task of identifying the decades-old bones. Her investigation leads her back to past conflicts, false identities and buried secrets...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By pam on 11-12-14

Asking for a refund

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

What did you like best about The Skeleton Road? What did you like least?

Listened to the first 90mins and could take no more

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Nothing

Would you listen to another book narrated by Cathleen McCarron?

Doubt it

Was The Skeleton Road worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

Sorry for being so negative but his book was really not for me

14 of 15 people found this review helpful