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  • The Devil in the Kitchen

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Marco Pierre-White, James Steen
  • Narrated by: Timothy Bentinck
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

When Marco Pierre White's mother died when he was just six years old, it transformed his life. Soon his father was urging him to earn his own keep, and by 16 he was working in his first restaurant. White went on to learn from some of the best chefs in the country, such as Albert Roux, Raymond Blanc and Pierre Koffmann. He survived the intense pressure of hundred-hour weeks in the heat of the kitchen, developed his own style and then struck out on his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-11-18

Outstanding!

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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: 01-02-19

I wasn’t sure I would enjoy this when I bought it although the subject pricked my interest. OMG I love this book. It’s simply a great engrossing story told in a totally accessible lovely way. I must say then narration is stunning once you get over it being the same voice actor as plays David Archer! The characters are fabulous and again well voiced. Anyone interested in food will find this a great read not to mention a pretty insightful self portrait of a real person including the good and the bad! I challenge anyone not to like MPW more by the end of the book. I’m writing this just having finished it and I’m honestly sad and slightly at a loss what to do I’ve enjoyed it so much!

  • The Reckoning

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 459

Pete Banning was Clanton's favourite son, a returning war hero, the patriarch of a prominent family, a farmer, father, neighbour and a faithful member of the Methodist Church. Then one cool October morning in 1946, he rose early, drove into town, walked into the church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. As if the murder wasn't shocking enough, it was even more baffling that Pete's only statement about it - to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends and to the people of Clanton - was 'I have nothing to say'. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham Grinds to a Halt!

  • By Simon on 24-10-18

Perhaps Grisham's best book ever

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

Reviewed: 17-11-18

I'm a huge fan of Grisham and enjoy almost everything he writes. This book however is outstanding. A riveting tale set in Ford County which so many Grisham fans are familiar with plus a stunning middle chapters set in second world war Philippines. The detail is breathtaking. The characters full and exciting. Fairly gruesome in parts I really could not put this one down. It's so good I'm going to listen to it again..

  • Damaged Goods

  • By: Oliver Shah
  • Narrated by: Oliver Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Penguin Audio presents Damaged Goods, by Oliver Shah. In March 2015, British businessman and the chairman of Arcadia Group Sir Philip Green sold BHS for £1 to Retail Acquisitions, owned by Dominic Chappell, a serial bankrupt who filed BHS for administration shortly after. By April 2016, BHS had debts of £1.3bn, including a pensions deficit of £571m. Damaged Goods follows Green's journey to the big time, the sale of BHS and the subsequent investigation that concluded with Green paying £363m to the Pensions Regulator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How do they sleep at night?

  • By stevieg on 17-07-18

OMG outstanding book

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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: 17-11-18

OMG... this is a fabulous book for anyone interested in the ins and outs of the City. So much detail but told in a very easy to listen to style. Love him or hate him Green has had an amazing life. Shah actually gives a not unsympathetic narrative about a man who is clearly deeply flawed as a human being but is like we all are a mix of good and bad. If you are offended by lots of expletives then avoid the book as Green seems to use the F Word as others would use a full stop in most sentences... riveting read...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705

So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully honest book.

  • By MrsB on 26-09-18

A mature story by a growing in confidence woman

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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: 14-10-18

Read this with an open mind. If you already love Lily Allen you will love her more. If you’re not a fan or indeed sceptical of her you might well be surprised by a very mature, insightful and confident commentary on the ups and downs of fame and growing up. Candid, self deprecating and honest this is a great book. Can’t wait to see what life has to bring for this still very young woman

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,449

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, perceptive and grumpy

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-15

Oh dear

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

i loved Notes from A Small Island but 20 years on Bill has probably been here too long. His wit now has a slightly shrill and well nasty (sorry I feel bad saying this about an author I have loved) edge to it. That in my view unnecessary alternative comedy need to belittle people in the name of humour is just a bit too prominent. Gone is the light funny witting but affectionate feel. This is not helped by a narrator who sounds every so slightly depressed. There are some good bits and if you take it all with good heart I suppose its OK but certainly don't listen to it in a bad mood or where you'll just get irritated by too much sarcasm

  • Business Adventures

  • Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
  • By: John Brooks
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 16 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

What do the $350 million Ford Motor Company disaster known as the Edsel, the fast and incredible rise of Xerox, and the unbelievable scandals at General Electric and Texas Gulf Sulphur have in common? Each is an example of how an iconic company was defined by a particular moment of fame or notoriety; these notable and fascinating accounts are as relevant today to understanding the intricacies of corporate life as they were when the events happened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great audio on companies, value and shares

  • By Kenny Marshall on 23-03-17

Hard going

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

I like business and I like back stories. This should be a gem but boy is it tedious! Sorry but it is. Maybe a bit too much repetition. Stories could have been shorter but seem to get bogged down in detail and endless repetition. Sorry I feel quite drained trying to read it! Maybe it’s me and I’m just not smart enough but someone edit it to about 50% of its volume and if would be excellent

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Partner

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

They watched Danilo Silva for days before they finally grabbed him. He was living alone, a quiet life on a shady street in Brazil; a simple life in a modest home, certainly not one of luxury. Certainly no evidence of the fortune they thought he had stolen. He was much thinner and his face had been altered. He spoke a different language, and spoke it very well. But Danilo had a past with many chapters. Four years earlier he had been Patrick Lanigan, a young partner in a prominent Biloxi law firm.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book ruined by an over dramatic narrator

  • By jo johnston on 05-10-15

Awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I’ve no idea whether this is a great book or not as the narrator was so for curling in his over dramatic delivery I gave up! Awful awful awful!