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  • Bucky F*cking Dent

  • A Novel
  • By: David Duchovny
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Ted Fullilove, aka Mr. Peanut, is not like other Ivy League grads. He shares an apartment with Goldberg, his beloved battery-operated fish, sleeps on a bed littered with yellow legal pads penned with what he hopes will be the next great American novel, and spends the waning malaise-filled days of the Carter administration at Yankee Stadium, waxing poetic while slinging peanuts to pay the rent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful

  • By Helen on 10-04-19

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 10-04-19

Finished this one today and have to say it’s a beautiful little gem, David Duchovny has done brilliantly with the writing and narration. It’s a very fast pace read, listen, funny in places I was literally laughing out loud often. The characters feel really well depicted you could almost know them. Five stars from me and looking forward to more.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,784
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,376
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,351

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By OldskoolHrdcore on 25-08-17

Honest, Raw and Full of Life!

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

I’ve literally just finished this one in two days, couldn’t stop listening it is incredibly well written from the heart, no punch lines, no fantastic witty one liners, just an honest, raw, non sanitised account of actual life living during a time that we in the west thought we knew all about but clearly have so much to learn and more importantly, understand.

I’m deeply inspired through this journey of childhood, courage, a mother’s love and unbending faith.

Thank you Trevor Noah for your incredible insight delivered in plain terms, for not painting any of your experience in pretty colours or diluted pastels we are so used to experiencing in the here and now.

I believe this account of South African life should be included within the national curriculum in all schools across the globe, I’ve already given it to my own children and young people to read and absorb.

I feel inspired and humbled by your truth.

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

A wryly funny and moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye.

Teen idol at 15, international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-1970s Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my best audiobooks so far

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-06-11

Insight, From The Heart, Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

Really enjoyed listening to Rob Lowe sharing often intimate private thoughts as he unfolds the magnitude of his journey through childhood, actor, director, writer, husband, father, son and friend. This book is very well written and having been narrated by the man himself gave the text another level for me and thus feels authentic and very heart felt throughout. I started and couldn’t leave it alone, very enjoyable listen. Thank you Rob for sharing, having grown up with some of the features described, it was nice to have the background from the real person experience rather than just the actor on screen. Five stars from me. Write another book, you truly are a multi level talented young man.

  • The Girl with No Name

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Girl with no name!

  • By Magic Maggie on 14-09-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

Had to return this one, very disappointed after finishing The Throwaway Children as that was so well written and narrated. Couldn’t connect with any of this, it started off promising but then was just not doing it for me at all and I found the narration tiring.

  • The Throwaway Children

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Anne Dover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 781
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 782

Rita and Rosie Stevens are only nine and five years old when their widowed mother marries a violent bully. Under pressure from her new husband, she is persuaded to send the girls to an orphanage. It is not long before the powers that be decide to send a consignment of orphans to their sister institution in Australia. Among them, without their family's consent or knowledge, are Rita and Rosie, the throwaway children.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful novel, beautifully narrated.

  • By Elizabeth on 28-02-17

Outstanding!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

For the entire book I’ve been gripped, but for the last just over two hours towards the end I was in tears.

This is a fantastically written book with outstanding narration, Anne Dover has brought the characters to life and animated them perfectly.

I’ve seriously been moved throughout, the story whilst fiction is historically correct, clearly researched thoroughly and thoughtfully so the reader / listener ‘feels’ the journey of Rita, Rosie and Daisy as well as some of the other characters: Gran, Mam, Carrie, Ric ......

Just if you like real life with all its illumination and darkness, this one is for you.

Thank you Diney Costeloe and Anne Dover, I smiled, laughed, cried, shuddered, cringed, and felt the story throughout, the whole thing really has touched me deeply.

Five stars all round.

  • According to Yes

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,085

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal, ruined the storyline; cringeworthy

  • By PoppyS on 29-03-16

Absolutely Brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

I listened to this one every chance I had and finished it within three days, I actually felt sad when it ended wanting to hear more of the characters, the next chapter of their lives as it unfolds.

Well done Dawn French and the other brilliant narrators, your reading of the story brought the whole thing to life vividly.

I especially love the use of plain language, no fancy literary long words clogging up the atmosphere so it was effortless to listen with much engagement.

I’m thankful for the experience of this audiobook, it’s just a beautiful complex story of life, love, friendship, family and the threads that bind us all.

Beautifully done all round, five stars from me.

  • Last Seen

  • By: Lucy Clarke
  • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael, Clare Corbett, Huw Parmenter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate, and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow wow wow! More twists and turns than a roller coaster!

  • By Beckhamgirl on 08-07-17

Nothing Exciting

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

Did not like this book at all, it droned on and on without much jaw dropping surprise towards the end as stated in other reviews. I’m a fan of the narrator Clare Corbett but even her voice of Sarah I found extremely irritating to the point I couldn’t get absorbed within the other characters. Overall I simply did not like this so am returning it.

  • The Memory

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

She’ll never forget...I’ll never forgive. People always notice my daughter, Isobel. How could they not? Incredibly beautiful...until she speaks. An unsettling little-girl voice, exactly like a child’s, but from the mouth of a full-grown woman. Izzie might look grown up, but inside she’s trapped. Caught in the day it happened...the day that broke her from within. Our family fell apart that day, and we never could pick up the pieces....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well paced and gripping thriller

  • By David M on 07-12-18

Outstanding Gripping Characters and Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

Memory is a greatly well written book but what makes the audiobook come to life is the narration, here Claire has brought each individual character to life, her range of voice and regional accents is fantastic keeping your ears tuned in to the book all the way through.

The story is well constructed, each character is depicted in depth, there is a nice unexpected sinister twist towards the end which finishes it all of nicely.

It’s not a supernatural thriller as described in other reviews although there are small references to voodoo dolls, symbols and the occult, it’s not the emphasis of the story.

Family secrets, life changing event, friendship, deep genuine love, fear, gossip, jealousy, all the ingredients which make for a gripping listening experience.

I really enjoyed this one, there were no zoning out moments during listening, I had to rewind if I wasn’t paying full attention to listening as I didn’t want to miss any of it.

Full five stars from me.

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  • Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz

  • By: Thomas Harding
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Hanns Alexander was the son of a wealthy German family who fled Berlin for London in the 1930s. Rudolf Höss was a farmer and soldier who became Kommandant of Auschwitz and oversaw the deaths of over a million people. In the aftermath of World War II, the first British War Crimes Investigation Team is assembled to hunt down the senior Nazi officials responsible for the greatest atrocities the world has ever seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving, shocking and completely absorbing

  • By James on 06-09-13

Brilliantly Done

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

Reviewed: 18-11-13

Would you listen to Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz again? Why?

This is a very well written and narrated account, part biography with historical facts rolled into one, its exceptionally well organised I like how the human elements of the main characters backgrounds are fully explained, how the events unfold. With the background of the captors and captives so well portrayed early on in the book, it made it all much more real even though we know this story to all be very real, listening to it like this with each set of characters having their own sections then intertwined together made it all very easy to listen to. I found it difficult to stop listening each time I had to stop for a bit to go do something else like work!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hanns and Rudolf: The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz?

the way in which the Kommandant's own journals are used to portray his madness, at first he seems like such an ordinary man, father and husband but as the factual story develops it becomes clear that there is a very fine line between madness and sanity, even the most horrendous crimes were self deluded into normality for himself.

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

brings the characters of the captors to live beautifully

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

parts of it made me feel uneasy despite already knowing the history, the reader adds the element of vocal emotional inducing audio which would be missing had I just read the book

Any additional comments?

definitely well worth a listen, gives a real insight into before, during and after the horrors of world war two.

  • Anno Dracula

  • Book 1
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jack the Ripper meets Vlad the Impaler

  • By Sara on 15-02-12

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-13

Brilliantly put together, Bram Stoker himself could have penned a large portion of this one its that well written and is very gripping in places. William Gaminara brings the characters to life with their different voices. If you love the original Dracula novel you'll love this one, lots of well known characters roped in add interest and background. Well worth the credit, 5 stars.