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  • Counselling for Toads

  • A Psychological Adventure
  • By: Robert de Board
  • Narrated by: Charles Hunt
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 358

"Toad", the famous character in Kenneth Graham's The Wind in the Willows, is in a very depressed state, and his good friends Rat, Mole, and Badger are "worried that he might do something silly"…. Robert de Board’s engaging account of Toad's experience of counselling will capture the imagination of the growing number of people who are interested in counselling and the counselling process. In this sequel to the story of lifeon the riverbank, Toad and his friends come to life all over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended by counselling tutor

  • By Blue Baloo on 03-08-17

Brilliant, fun introduction to counselling

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

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

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who was considering taking up counselling, or who felt they may need or want counselling. It's a great listen, incorporating many of the incidents from Wind in the Willows and showing them from Toad's point of view. It is also very well narrated.

What other book might you compare Counselling for Toads to, and why?

Clearly, there is a comparison with Kenneth's Grahame's classic - all the favourite characters are there, behaving much as they did in the original, but this book goes much more in-depth and shows the emotions behind the scenes.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I particularly enjoyed the counselling session where Toad explained his history, and also when Heron (the counsellor) showed him the childhood coping mechanisms he'd developed, and was still using in adulthood. The explanations of Transactional Analysis were very well done, too.

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

I could quite easily have listened to this all in one sitting, but I want to go back and listen again, in short episodes - probably one of Toad's sessions at a time - to get the most out of it.

Any additional comments?

I've already found it useful. Even though I've done some counselling training, it reminded me (as I know some of it already) of things you can do to help yourself, and demonstrates very clearly many of the principles of the counselling process. Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Huntingtower

  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Steven Cree
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Dickson McCunn, a respectable, newly retired grocer of romantic heart, plans a modest walking holiday in the hills of southwest Scotland. He meets a young English poet and, contrary to his better sense, finds himself in the thick of a plot involving the kidnapping of a Russian princess, who is held prisoner in the rambling mansion Huntingtower.

This modern fairy tale is also a gripping adventure story, and in it Buchan introduces some of his best-loved characters, including the Gorbals Die-Hards, who reappear in later novels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History alive

  • By Prudence Magee on 07-07-14

Classic adventure

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up Huntingtower in three words, what would they be?

Unlikely hero's adventure

Who was your favorite character and why?

They're all brilliant - as usual from John Buchan - but the hero, Dickson McCunn, has to be the best. Wee Jaikie, Dougal, Thomas Younie and the other Gorbals Die-Hards are just cracking characters. Buchan had a wonderful way with characterisation that I have to say, as a writer myself, I somewhat envy.

Which character – as performed by Steven Cree – was your favourite?

Again, all good.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The poet's entrapment in the tower, and his escape attempt had me on the edge of my seat. There were many other such moments, but that's the one I remember most clearly.

Any additional comments?

This book is classic John Buchan - ordinary people thrown into extraordinary situations and showing how anyone, in the right circumstances, can show themselves to be heroic far beyond what they would have thought possible. Memorable characters and a haunting landscape, expertly written. Can't fault it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tarnished Chalice

  • By: Susanna Gregory
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

It is not long before they learn that the friary in which they are staying is not the safe haven they imagine - one guest has already been murdered. It soon emerges that the dead man was holding the Hugh Chalice, a Lincoln relic with a curiously bloody history. Bartholomew and Michael are soon drawn into a web of murder, lies and suspicion in a city where neither knows who can be trusted.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So SLOW!!!

  • By twigs way on 12-02-10

Very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 07-04-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The body count, the ridiculous conclusion, and the wooden performance.

Has The Tarnished Chalice put you off other books in this genre?

Only ones written by the same author.

What didn’t you like about Andrew Wincott’s performance?

Wooden in the extreme! Sententious, slow, over-emphasised in way too many places.

Did The Tarnished Chalice inspire you to do anything?

Only to never listen to anything by the same author or the same reader again!

Any additional comments?

This was the first book I have listened to from Audible that was thoroughly disappointing in almost every aspect. The situation was the only redeeming feature, along with the characters of Matt and to a certain extent Michael. I have wasted a lot of hours hoping that the wooden performance would prove worth struggling through, and gave up on it half an hour before the end when the most ridiculously unlikely person proved to be behind the inordinately unlikely body count.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Welsh Fairy Tales

  • By: Faye Saxeby
  • Narrated by: Angharad Rees
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Even among the Celtic nations with their noble tradition of bards and story-tellers, the Welsh stand out for the sheer weight and number of their stories. Drawn from many sources including the great book of 'The Mabinogion1, traditional Celtic mythology, and local folklore this collection of tales has been adapted by popular children's author Faye Saxeby and brought to life in an enchantingly warm reading by the lovely Welsh actress Angharad Rees.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-13

Thoroughly enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

What did you like most about Welsh Fairy Tales?

I liked everything about this audio book - the narration, the pace, the stories, and even the music in between the stories.

What did you like best about this story?

I really couldn't say that anything was 'best' about it, as it was all just great.

What does Angharad Rees bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Angharad Rees brings a light touch and a light Welsh accent to the stories that really makes them come alive.

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

I would have listened to this book all in one sitting if I hadn't been interrupted part-way through. But I did listen in two sittings!

Any additional comments?

This is a beautifully put-together collection of stories, some of which I hadn't heard of before, though I have studied some of the old Welsh tales. I thoroughly loved it. Thank you, Audible, for making it available here!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • What's your Purpose?

  • By: Richard Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Richard Jacobs
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Whatever changes you are looking to make, knowing and living your Purpose will bring you to a new level of dynamic effectiveness. As well as growing your abilities, it will also take your self-confidence to a new level. Full of stories, exercises, and anecdotes, this highly engaging series takes you to a point of clarity and deep insight, and will put a smile on your face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First Class but not one for the car!

  • By Rob on 30-05-07

Does what it says on the tin

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

Reviewed: 10-07-13

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

I would certainly recommend this audiobook to anyone who wanted to home in on what really makes their heart sing and their life worth living.

What other book might you compare What's your Purpose? to, and why?

I've never read anything quite like it. I've read a number of self-development books (quite a large number!) but this one was really helpful, explanatory, and had excellent (if sometimes a bit 'out there') questions to help you understand better what makes you tick.

What about Richard Jacobs’s performance did you like?

He really explained things well and clearly.

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

It would probably help to listen to it in one go - though you need to stop the audio in a number of places in order to discover your answers to the questions - as it would make it easier to keep your previous answers in mind while working on the later parts.

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent book that did exactly what it set out to do.

  • Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death

  • Agatha Raisin, Book 1
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Penelope Keith
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

Meet Agatha Raisin, high-flying public relations boss turned village sleuth. After her many years of bullying and cajoling others, her early retirement to a picture-perfect village in the Cotswolds is a dream come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By Louise on 03-07-13

Thoroughly recommended

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

Reviewed: 10-07-13

What made the experience of listening to Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death the most enjoyable?

The first Agatha Raisin, 'lady detective', novel establishes Agatha as a newcomer to the English countryside, vacillating about staying, and surprising herself by making new friends and becoming actually popular for the first time in her pushy, go-getting, high-flying life. As a successor to Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, she is certainly very recognisable to most modern readers, and her transformation from waspish business owner to respected country-dweller is at least as interesting as the tale of her investigations into the death of a local husband. Excellently written, excellently read (of course!), and a thoroughly romping listen.

What did you like best about this story?

The author takes the time to establish the characters in a way that blends subtlety with humour, and their interactions are fascinating to observe.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were so many great scenes, I would be hard pressed to pick one that stood out above the rest.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How hard can it be for a city high-flyer to turn country-dweller?

Any additional comments?

The performance from Penelope Keith was impeccable, as one would expect.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Three Men in a Boat

  • By: Jerome K. Jerome
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Three Men in a Boat is one of the most amusing and durable books in the English language. Semi-autobiographical, it recounts the adventures and mishaps of George, Harris, J. (the author), and his remarkable dog Montmorency during a boat trip along the Thames from London to Oxford. Jerome K. Jerome originally intended the book to be a guide to the Thames Valley, but his publisher thought it so entertaining it was published as a comic novel and has endured as a classic of the genre ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Classic English Reminiscence

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-06

The Classic English Reminiscence

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-06

Three Men in a Boat is an all-time classic, and one that has entertained my whole family for decades. We first heard it from my father's reading it to us, and then via a tape borrowed time and time again from the mobile library. I don't know how Hugh Laurie manages to read it without collapsing into fits of mirth (or perhaps he did and they had to cut hours out of the recording?) but he has the perfect voice and delivery for the perfect English period memoir. One step down the social ladder from Bertie Wooster, Jerome K Jerome is nevertheless an upper-class idler, with too much time on his hands and a dry humour that will appeal to many. Its only fault is an occasional tendency to lapse into very purple prose, but we can forgive him anything for such classic memories as those of the delightful Uncle Podger.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Healing with the Angels

  • By: Doreen Virtue
  • Narrated by: Doreen Virtue
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

The angels are powerful healers, yet they cannot help you unless you ask for their assistance. In this uplifting audio program, Dr. Doreen Virtue, a metaphysical healer who works with the angelic realm, helps you discover how you can receive healing assistance from your angels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does what it says on the cover!

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-08-06

Does what it says on the cover!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-08-06

This was my first experience of Audible's products, and I'm impressed! I've lent this audio book to several friends, and they have listened to it over and over and found it immensely helpful. It takes the form of advice and guided meditations to meet and receive healing from the angels, and is narrated by the author, who is a trained and experienced healer in many modalities, beginning with clinical practice in counselling and psychology with abuse survivors. Having been rapidly healed herself from a very traumatic incident, by the angel who had warned her it was going to happen, she wanted to know more. As she asked her clients' angels for help during counselling sessions, she found they healed much more rapidly than before, and soon needed to train others in this technique to cope with the demand. Several of my friends have also found this works - try it!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful