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Alison St Pierre

Lancashire
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  • Paul McCartney: The Biography

  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Since the age of 20, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock 'n' roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. Paul McCartney reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood - blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed biography of a true genius

  • By James on 13-05-17

Fascinating book thoroughly researched.

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

Highly recommended!! This book is full of little-known facts and back stories and was impossible to put down. I found it well balanced, very honest and incredibly detailed. It not only covers Paul's life in detail but also provides information and anecdotes about all the other main players that he came into contact with during his life. Phillip Norman is a great biographer and I have bought another book by this author as a result of my enjoyment of this book.

  • Recovery

  • Freedom from Our Addictions
  • By: Russell Brand
  • Narrated by: Russell Brand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557

This is the age of addiction, a condition so epidemic, so all encompassing and ubiquitous, that unless you are fortunate enough to be an extreme case, you probably don't know that you have it. What unhealthy habits and attachments are holding your life together? Are you unconsciously dependent on food? Bad relationships? A job that doesn't fulfill you? Numb, constant perusal of your phone, looking for what? My qualification for writing this book is not that I am better than you, it's that I am worse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Karen Baker on 01-10-17

Fascinating insight into the 12 Step recovery plan

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

Reviewed: 22-07-18

Russell Brand very eloquently describes the pain of addiction and gives a thorough insight into the 12 step recovery process. A very honest account and this time he avoids being irritating as he sometimes can be and comes across as a genuinely caring person who is committed to helping others who may be struggling. An excellent book full of practical help and support for anyone whos lives may be affected by addiction.

  • Uncommon People

  • The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994
  • By: David Hepworth
  • Narrated by: David Hepworth
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

The age of the rock star, like the age of the cowboy, has passed. Like the cowboy, the idea of the rock star lives on in our imaginations. What did we see in them? Swagger. Recklessness. Sexual charisma. Damn-the-torpedoes self-belief. A certain way of carrying themselves. Good hair. Interesting shoes. Talent we wished we had. What did we want of them? To be larger than life but also like us. To live out their songs. To stay young forever. No wonder many didn't stay the course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bliss

  • By Professor Pat Tissington on 23-11-17

Riveting book!! Highly recommended!!

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

Reviewed: 13-07-18

Fabulously entertaining with a wealth of knowledge delivered in a concise way. So many interesting facts and insights make this book a fabulous addition to anyone’s library. I highly recommend this book!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Diva Rules

  • Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top
  • By: Michelle Visage
  • Narrated by: Michelle Visage
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Michelle Visage is not your average diva. Powerful, positive, and polished, this diva's not only glamorous, she's a savvy businesswoman with serious credentials who works her tail off. From her days vogueing in the downtown Manhattan clubs in the '90s to her successful career in radio and her ultimate cult status as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, Michelle has achieved her dreams and then some!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED THIS BOOK.....

  • By Linda Rutter on 20-01-17

Dumb and dumber!!

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-06-18

Dreadful, the lowest common denominator without any substance or interesting back stories. Not recommended by me.

  • Princes at War

  • The British Royal Family's Private Battle in the Second World War
  • By: Deborah Cadbury
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

King George V predicted that his son, Edward VIII, would destroy himself within a year of succeeding to the throne. In December 1936 he was proved right, and the world’s press revealed the king was abandoning his throne to marry Wallis Simpson. A life spent in the shadow of his charismatic elder brother left the new king, George VI, magnificently unprepared for the demands of ruling the kingdom and empire. Drawing on personal accounts from the royal archives, Deborah Cadbury uncovers the very private conflict.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real people with public lives

  • By Kl Love on 12-01-16

Fascinating must read for anyone interested in modern history!

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

Reviewed: 17-05-17

I remained gripped, throughout this book, at the honest insights into the personalities that influenced the Second World War. Highly recommended read for anyone interested in people, personal experiences and the royalty as people. Charmingly read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sophia

  • Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
  • By: Anita Anand
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In 1876, Sophia Duleep Singh was born into Indian royalty. Her father Maharajah Duleep Singh was heir to the Kingdom of the Sikhs, one of the greatest empires of the Indian subcontinent, a realm that stretched from the lush Kashmir Valley to the craggy foothills of the Khyber Pass and included the mighty cities of Lahore and Peshawar. It was a territory irresistible to the British, who plundered everything, including the fabled Koh-I-Noor diamond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Christina M. Croft on 22-04-15

Fascinating insight to the rape of India

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

Reviewed: 14-04-15

Slow starting and starchy. I nearly gave up on the book and then became gripped by the fascinating and uncomfortable explanation of the British stripping India of it's wealth and to make matters worse, the appalling treatment of Indias heirs. Full of interesting information. Slows down through the sufferegette section. On balance, a good read.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Poptastic!

  • By: Tony Blackburn
  • Narrated by: Tony Blackburn
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Tony Blackburn is probably one of the most recognisable disc jockeys working in Britain today, and is always busy doing what he does best: playing music to listeners. With Radio One celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Tony feels the time is right to commemorate his own anniversary and look back on the time he has spent in radio and the media, from the days he spent as a radio pirate to becoming the number one DJ in the UK for the best part of a decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poptastical!

  • By Alison St Pierre on 07-04-15

Poptastical!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-15

Very funny, extremely honest and incredibly entertaining! An informative insight to radio broadcasting, 70s celebrity pop culture and the highs and lows of stardom. I loved this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Life Worth Breathing

  • A Yoga Master's Handbook of Strength, Grace, and Healing
  • By: Max Strom
  • Narrated by: Max Strom
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

We can do more with this life. We all know it, we all wish for it, but just how to do itthat eludes us. In his new book, A Life Worth Breathing, internationally renowned yoga teacher and spiritual philosopher Max Strom shows us the way. His groundbreaking book reaches past expected dogma in a language that is vital, inspired, and accessible. Strom leads us on a journey of self-discovery as we excavate our past in order to have a better understanding of our present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Debra on 14-07-14

Relevant, knowledgeable and life changing.

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

Reviewed: 30-03-15

This book will benefit everyone. So many lessons to be learnt and inspirational messages to be lifted from this knowledgeable writer. Highly recommended !

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Vivienne Westwood

  • By: Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, cocreator of punk, global brand, and grandmother--a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades, and her work has influenced millions of people across the world. For the first and only time, Vivienne Westwood has written a personal memoir, collaborating with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly, to describe the events, people, and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and inspiring

  • By Miss E J Bertenshaw on 21-10-14

Unbalanced and sycophantic.

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

Reviewed: 11-03-15

Interesting cultural references. Sickening and unbalanced praise. The woman has talent. Her self importance shines through like a beacon and I ended the book disliking her. Sections were skimmed over or whitewashed. Disappointing all round.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • There's Something I've Been Dying to Tell You

  • By: Lynda Bellingham
  • Narrated by: Sue Holderness
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

In 2013, actress, television personality, and Sunday Times best-selling author Lynda Bellingham was diagnosed with cancer. Until now, Lynda hasn't spoken publicly about her illness - she has felt strongly that everyone's experience of cancer is so different, and she wanted to keep what she has been going through personal to her while she came to terms with her life now. But in this memoir, Lynda talks with beautiful poignancy about her life since her diagnosis, her family, and how together they came to terms with a future they hadn't planned.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly depressing and voyaristic in parts.

  • By Alison St Pierre on 11-11-14

Surprisingly depressing and voyaristic in parts.

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

Reviewed: 11-11-14

A fabulous charismatic woman desperately trying to navigate through a terminal illness. The book does not reflect her most recent interviews. Some of the messages from Lynda to her immediate family were uncomfortable to listen to. The narrator read in a mono syllabic way in sections and although the book must have provided a level of therapy for the author, it felt voyeuristic to listen to and extremely raw in parts, which of course is extremely understandable but a difficult experience for the listener.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful