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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,010
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,313
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,285

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Incredible Power

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

This book is wonderful in the true sense of the word; full of things to wonder at. Miracles and horror equally. I devoured it and was truly moved. The contents are incredible but also, the structure and narrative intent of the writer are brilliant so that the book keeps moving and doesn't sit in a puddle. Utterly moving.

  • The Core

  • The Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 30 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378

Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author Peter V. Brett brings one of the most imaginative fantasy sagas of the 21st century to an epic close. The war has begun.... For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Two heroes arose - men as close as brothers yet divided by bitter betrayal.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapointing end to a series that petered out.

  • By Tom on 18-02-18

Petered Out...

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

I don't really know why I was disappointed or what I was expecting but I've followed these books voraciously and somehow I got to the end of this one and it seemed to all be over and I felt like I'd missed something. I will definitely give it another listen.

  • Sense and Sensibility

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475

When Mrs. Dashwood is forced by an avaricious daughter-in-law to leave the family home in Sussex, she takes her three daughters to live in a modest cottage in Devon. For Elinor, the eldest daughter, the move means a painful separation from the man she loves, but her sister Marianne finds in Devon the romance and excitement which she longs for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect narrative

  • By Rachel on 25-05-09

Takes A While To Get Going

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

This is an interesting twisty plot with a lot of character insight and comment on the times but it isn't P&P and it's a little unsatisfying in places.

  • The Girl Who Saved Christmas

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Christmas Listen.

  • By Farniboy on 08-02-17

Lively and Fun

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

Reviewed: 28-12-17

I thought this book was very fun and lively and interesting but it suffers being compared to the Boy Called Christmas. This one is lovely but not a classic in the same way.

  • James Acaster's Classic Scrapes

  • By: James Acaster
  • Narrated by: James Acaster
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,764

James Acaster has been nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award five times and has appeared on prime-time TV shows like Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Russell Howard's Stand Up Central. But behind the fame and critical acclaim is a man perpetually getting into trouble. Whether it's disappointing a skydiving instructor midflight or hiding from thugs in a bush wearing a bright red dress, James is always finding new ways to embarrass himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly funny.

  • By Anonymous User on 05-09-17

Really fun and funny

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Overall I found this incredibly funny. I really lost it laughing sometimes and other people that I've showed a few of the stories to have liked it too. There are a few stories that I was less impressed with but overall I loved it. Highly recommended.

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  • Black Diamonds

  • The Rise and Fall of an English Dynasty
  • By: Catherine Bailey
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

Wentworth is today a crumbling and forgotten palace in Yorkshire. Yet just 100 years ago it was the ancestral pile of the Fitzwilliams' - an aristocratic clan whose home and life were fuelled by coal mining. This is the story of their spectacular decline: of inheritance fights; rumours of a changeling and of lunacy; philandering earls; illicit love; war heroism: a tragic connection to the Kennedys'; violent deaths: mining poverty and squalor; and a class war that literally ripped apart the local landscape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Colin on 19-02-09

Fascinating and Fun

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

Something really different for me and I absolutely loved it. Totally absorbing history lesson with a clear through line and strong character themes to link in the human element.

  • The Rosie Project

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,461

Meet Don. Don is a genetics professor who just might be somewhere on the autistic spectrum. He looks a little like Gregory Peck and is getting married. He just doesn’t know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. And it’s definitely not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not .Rosie, meanwhile, isn’t looking for love; she’s looking for her biological father. Sometimes, though, you don’t find love: love finds you...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 26-05-13

So warm and brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I absolutely loved this... one of those stories that you end up finishing up way too quickly because it's so comforting and absorbing.

It's got some really beautiful characters and is nicely complex and I now can't wait to listen to the next one.

  • Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses

  • By: Carole Matthews
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

Christie Chapman is a single mum who spends her days commuting to her secretarial job in London and looking after her teenage son, Finn. It's not an easy life but Christie finds comfort in her love of crafting, and spends her spare time working on her beautiful creations. From intricately designed cards to personalised gifts, Christie's flair for the handmade knows no bounds and it's not long before opportunity comes knocking. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Long Story for a predictable end.

  • By Lana on 15-01-17

Bland but pleasant bubblegum listen

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

What did you like best about Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses? What did you like least?

I was looking for an easy listen and I definitely got it - I've listened to Calling Mrs Christmas by Carole Matthews before and this one wasn't as good.

It was a bit of a thin story stretched far too long with a lot of focus on the wrong aspects. Some parts I found myself laughing out loud at quite how whimsically nonsensical they got. But it's quite charming so I finished listening to it and was glad of it to have on in the background without needing to concentrate.

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

I like the way Matthews is a little bit more complex than other writers of this genre - she puts in heavier subjects here and there and doesn't make the romance too blindingly obvious off the top.

What aspect of Julia Barrie’s performance might you have changed?

It was too saccharine for me. I think her way of narrating was part of why I couldn't always see what was so appealing about the main character; she just seemed so drippy and simpering it was a bit baffling to me why people thought so much of her. It ocurred to me at the end that she was actually a strong female lead and I had failed to notice because of the hang dog narration.

Do you think Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I think the storyline was too short for the length of the book as it was. I would prefer to hear Matthews write something else.

  • Lords of the Bow

  • The Epic Story of the Great Conqueror
  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

The gathering of the tribes of the Mongols has been a long time in coming, but finally, triumphantly, Temujin of the Wolves, Genghis Khan, is given the full accolade of overall leader and their oaths. Now he can begin to meld all the previously warring people into one army, one nation. But the task Genghis has set himself, and them, is formidable. He is determined to travel to the land of the long-time enemy, the Chin, and attack them there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Martin on 19-08-08

Better than most but not the best for Iggulden

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

Reviewed: 29-07-17

I was unfortunately a bit disappointed by this book after how much I had enjoyed the Wars of the Roses and Caesar series'. It just felt a little flat with fewer colourful characters than his other books.

It read like the second in a series - lots of back referencing exciting sounding past adventures but without any detail on the excitement of them. I checked several times to make sure I'd not missed a book somehow.

That said, it's still a good romp and I finished it quickly as it flew by so I'd recommend it above other authors but I don't know if I'll finish the Khan series.

  • I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,750
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,331

Journalist, presenter, broadcaster, husband, father, vigorous all-rounder – Alan Partridge – a man with a fascinating past and an amazing future. Gregarious and popular, yet Alan’s never happier than when relaxing in his own five-bedroom, south-built house with three acres of land and access to a private stream. But who is this mysterious enigma? Alan Gordon Partridge is the best – and best-loved – radio presenter in the region. Born into a changing world of rationing, Teddy Boys, apes in space and the launch of ITV, Alan’s broadcasting career began as chief DJ of Radio Smile....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You get what you pay for

  • By Ico on 06-10-11

Fun

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

Reviewed: 25-07-17

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

Yes, it was really silly and funny. A good, light enjoyable break from any heavier books you might be reading/listening to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Partridge: We Need to Talk About Alan?

Definitely the hotel debacle. It's just fantastically detailed and enjoyable.

What about Alan Partridge’s performance did you like?

Hearing it properly in voice is delightful, although it did take me a while to stop thinking in the same tone of phrase.

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

It definitelt made me laugh out loud.