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  • I Take You

  • By: Eliza Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Katherine Mangold
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

"I’m getting married. He’s perfect! It’s a disaster." Meet Lily Wilder - the luckiest woman in the world. She has a dream job, friends who adore her and a total catch of a fiancé. Lily is also completely incapable of being faithful to just one man. Will loves Lily, but does he really know her? As the wedding approaches, Lily’s nights of booze, laughter and questionable decisions become a growing reminder that the happiest day of her life might turn out to be her worst mistake yet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, funny, funny

  • By Katherine on 15-07-15

Funny, funny, funny

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

Reviewed: 15-07-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I Take You is both entertaining and thought-provoking. Thoroughly entertaining.

What did you like best about this story?

The lead character, Lily, is selfish, unlikeable, thoughtless, unprofessional and amoral - yet one roots for her throughout.

What about Katherine Mangold’s performance did you like?

Mangold has a rich, lilting voice and performs all parts with aplomb.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed like a drain and groaned occasionally at Lily's antics and their (sometimes unexpected, sometimes inevitable) outcomes.

Any additional comments?

I have never listened to a romantic audiobook before, but for some reason this one caught my eye. I'm usually a fan of serious crime fiction. I enjoyed this far more than I expected.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • If Chins Could Kill

  • Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • By: Bruce Campbell
  • Narrated by: Bruce Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Groovy: the 2010 edition

  • By Katherine on 05-07-15

Groovy: the 2010 edition

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

Reviewed: 05-07-15

The inimitable Bruce Campbell, one of the most distinctive voices (and chins) in show business, recounts his life story with charm and humour. From growing up with legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi to working with the Coen brothers and cross-dressing on the NZ set of Hercules, Campbell's story has warmth and remains down to earth throughout. A heartily recommended listen from the star of the Evil Dead movies and a must for fans. Even for those who have read the book, the lengthy addendum recounting events on his book tour to promote the original version of this story makes it a worthwhile addition to every Deadite's collection.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Not Safe after Dark, Volume Two

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister, David Shaw Parker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The second volume in this unabridged chilling collection of short tales from the author of the best-selling Inspector Banks series. Peter Robinson is one of the crime world's finest stylists. This is a collection that will explore our hidden paranoia, challenge all that we take for granted, lure us to new, exotic places - only to make us wish we could run back home, and keep us up all night just waiting for the safety of the dawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read and read again stories.

  • By highmyope1955 on 27-02-15

Not Robinson's best work

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Despite the odd interesting experiment ("The Duke's Wife" in Volume Three, for example, a short story of murder featuring the characters from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure) and brief interludes filling in the gaps between the Inspector Banks novels, this collection is a slightly disappointing one. The stories are frequently predictable, unlike the full-length Inspector Banks novels, and certainly not up to Robinson's usual standard.

Bit cheeky stretching the book over three audiobooks, too!

  • Not Safe after Dark, Volume One

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister, David Shaw Parker
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

The first volume in this unabridged chilling collection of short tales from the author of the best-selling Inspector Banks series. Peter Robinson is one of the crime world's finest stylists. This is a collection that will explore our hidden paranoia, challenge all that we take for granted, and lure us to new, exotic places - only to make us wish we could run back home, and keep us up all night just waiting for the safety of the dawn.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me!

  • By Robert on 26-02-08

Not Robinson's best work

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Despite the odd interesting experiment ("The Duke's Wife" in Volume Three, for example, a short story of murder featuring the characters from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure) and brief interludes filling in the gaps between the Inspector Banks novels, this collection is a slightly disappointing one. The stories are frequently predictable, unlike the full-length Inspector Banks novels, and certainly not up to Robinson's usual standard.

Bit cheeky stretching the book over three audiobooks, too!

  • Not Safe after Dark, Volume Three

  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister, David Shaw Parker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The third volume in this unabridged chilling collection of short tales from the author of the bestselling Inspector Banks series. Peter Robinson is one of the crime world's finest stylists. This is a collection that will explore our hidden paranoia, challenge all that we take for granted, lure us to new, exotic places - only to make us wish we could run back home, and keep us up all night just waiting for the safety of the dawn.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Robinson's best work

  • By Katherine on 01-12-14

Not Robinson's best work

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Despite the odd interesting experiment ("The Duke's Wife" in Volume Three, for example, a short story of murder featuring the characters from Shakespeare's Measure for Measure) and brief interludes filling in the gaps between the Inspector Banks novels, this collection is a slightly disappointing one. The stories are frequently predictable, unlike the full-length Inspector Banks novels, and certainly not up to Robinson's usual standard.

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,115

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem, But Not Flawless.

  • By Richard on 24-01-14

Splendid and insightful

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

Reviewed: 01-12-14

Apple Tree Yard is a gripping novel, and Yvonne's incisive dissection of gender roles and perceptions provides excellent food for thought. Juliet Stevenson's narration is nothing short of a virtuoso performance and adds a great deal to this terrific narrative.

  • 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 1,327
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212

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

An extraordinary memoir

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Where does Not My Father's Son rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best ever.

What did you like best about this story?

This is no showbiz memoir, although the revelation that Patti Smith has a tendency to spit had me in stitches. It's a heart-wrenching story of Alan's painful childhood, his fraught relationship with his father, intertwined with the slow unfolding mystery of his grandfather's abandonment of his family after the Second World War and subsequent death in Malaysia. Above all, it's a powerful, honest story and a wholly intriguing yarn, more fascinating than fiction.

Which character – as performed by Alan Cumming – was your favourite?

Alan has a particular talent for bringing to life the women in his family: his mother, the formidable and clearly-adored Mary Darling, and his charming, wickedly funny granny. He has the most beautiful voice, too.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's a deeply emotional story, and I laughed out loud and wept unashamedly in turns.

Any additional comments?

Quite the most astonishing audiobook (or indeed publication of any kind) I've heard in ages. More than anything, one comes out of the experience with deep respect for Alan Cumming as a human being, someone who refused to back down until he had found the truth he needed to begin healing.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again: Volume One

  • By: BBC Audiobooks
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Described by Barry Took as "a kaleidoscope of funny voices, catch phrases, and innuendo, revolving at breakneck speed and with a complete disregard for logic", I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again pre-dated I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue. It showcased the comic talents of Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, Graeme Garden, David Hatch, Jo Kendall, and Bill Oddie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely hilarious

  • By Katherine on 16-09-14

Absolutely hilarious

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

If you could sum up I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again in three words, what would they be?

Classic British comedy

What other book might you compare I'm Sorry, I'll Read That Again to, and why?

Not really relevant, as this is sketch comedy, not a book.

Have you listened to any of Full Cast’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the best of the ISIRTA collections by far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, over and over again.

Any additional comments?

Essential listening for fans of John Cleese and the Goodies.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful