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  • A Better Me

  • The Official Autobiography
  • By: Gary Barlow
  • Narrated by: Gary Barlow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 664

A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars, open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Helen Bailey on 19-10-18

Cracking audiobook!

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

Superb - it couldn't have been read by anyone other than the man himself. I couldn't stop listening.

  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

What happens when innocence is confronted by monstrous evil? Nine-year-old Bruno knows nothing of the Final Solution and the Holocaust. He is oblivious to the appalling cruelties being inflicted on the people of Europe by his country. All he knows is that he has been moved from a comfortable home in Berlin to a house in a desolate area where there is nothing to do and no one to play with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best books I have ever read.

  • By anne levine on 11-12-16

Such a moving story

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

An excellent book which moved at pace with skilled writing. The narrator was well chosen for Bruno's tale.

  • Boy Underwater

  • By: Adam Baron
  • Narrated by: Rafe Spall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22

Boy Underwater is a heartbreaking story about family, friends and secrets. And it’s very, very funny. Cymbeline has never been swimming, so he’s a bit nervous at the prospect of his first school swimming lesson. But how hard could it be? He’s Googled front crawl, and he’s found his dad’s old pair of trunks. He’s totally ready for this. But he’s not ready for an accident at the pool to reveal a family mystery that turns his life completely upside down. Only Cym and his friends can solve it because, as usual, the grown-ups aren’t telling them anything....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By S D Brendon on 10-10-18

A really moving, thoughtful story

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Aimed at more mature upper key stage 2 readers, it deals cleverly with difficult issues such mental health and (spoiler alert) death. I really enjoyed this well-woven tale.

  • Once

  • Felix and Zelda, Book 1
  • By: Morris Gleitzman
  • Narrated by: Morris Gleitzman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Felix lives in a convent orphanage high in the mountains in Poland. He is convinced his parents are still alive and that they will one day come back to get him. When Nazi soldiers come to the orphanage Felix decides to escape and make his way home. The journey to find his parents is a long and difficult one, as all of Poland is occupied by the Nazis and a dangerous place for a Jewish boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A moving, emotional tale.

  • By zrh2 on 30-08-18

A moving, emotional tale.

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

The author has crafted this book extremely well, unrolling the answers to the readers' questions as they form in their minds, like dangling a large carrot in front of them. Easy to read level-wise, but definitely not easy to read. I would recommend to mature year 6 children(age 11) and above. An excellent listen.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,639
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,624

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Compelling listening

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

An important story told very well, dwelling on the incidences for just the right amount of time. The narrator brought great characterization through his tone and expression. A superb book.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,312
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,998

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Really interesting

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

I like it when autobiographies are narrated by their author, as it means they are read exactly as they were intended. A fascinating insight into his childhood and early career - I really enjoyed this.

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud!

  • By Rachel Redford on 29-11-16

A great treat!

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

Reviewed: 25-04-18

Such a fantastic writer and performer, John Cleese's autobiography is a delight to listen to. I thoroughly enjoyed his narration. Superb.

  • The Explorer

  • By: Katherine Rundell
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 203

Fred awoke to find that a snake was watching him and that there was an aeroplane in the trees. It was on fire. Being on fire was a quality it shared with much of the surrounding jungle. After crashing hundreds of miles from civilisation in the Amazon rainforest, Fred, Con, Lila and Max are utterly alone and in grave danger. They have no food, no water and no chance of being rescued. But they are alive, and they have hope. As they negotiate the wild jungle, they begin to find signs that something - someone - has been there before them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE EXPLORER

  • By Shoko on 07-01-18

An excellent story

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

Reviewed: 17-09-17

A gripping story with humour and emotion. The characters are well- balanced and the production was superbly read. Bravo!

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  • Who Let The Gods Out?

  • By: Maz Evans
  • Narrated by: Maz Evans
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Elliot's mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo - a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world - and solving Elliot's problems too?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No ending - waiting for next book ARRRGGHHHH!!

  • By Lisa on 21-06-17

Great for fans of Ancient Greek Gods

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-17

We listened to this in the car on a long journey and laughed so many times. Knowing about the Greek gods and the different constellations helped us get all the jokes splattered throughout the story. Great for children aged 7/8 upwards. Having the author reading it added greatly to the performance as she did different voices for each character. Superb!

  • Fuzzy Mud

  • By: Louis Sachar
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

If you go down to the woods today... Well, all children know not to, don't they? Tamaya is on a scholarship to the prestigious Woodridge Academy, and every day she and seventh-grader Marshall walk to school together. They never go through the woods. And when they arrive at school, they stop talking to each other - because Marshall can't be seen to be friends with a little kid like Tamaya. Especially not with Chad around. Chad-the-bully, who makes Marshall's life utterly miserable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking story for Year 6

  • By zrh2 on 10-06-17

Thought-provoking story for Year 6

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

This book was well-written, incorporating informal narrative alternating with the future court case. A rich scientific vocabulary is there to be discussed, as are many points for debate. Ideal for shared or guided reading.