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Colin McIntosh

Largs, Scotland
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  • Listening In

  • Stories
  • By: Jenny Eclair
  • Narrated by: Jenny Eclair, Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

In this addictive short story collection, 24 very different women reach a pivotal moment in their lives. A widow is liberated by a new job but keeps it secret from her family. A date in suburbia has dramatic results. A seamstress takes revenge on an unsuspecting customer while in France, a mother is promised 'fantastic news' - and lets her imagination run away with her. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Easy But Involving Stories

  • By Colin McIntosh on 20-02-19

Good Easy But Involving Stories

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

I swear one story was a repeat from last book of short stories (dog one) but this was a good collection. Actually enjoyed the different narration as she was excellent. Listened to this on a journey and was ideal as short stories and would recommend.

  • The Lonely Life

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Bette Davis
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

The Lonely Life details the first 50-plus years of Davis' life - her Yankee childhood, her rise to stardom in Hollywood, the birth of her beloved children, and the uncompromising choices she made along the way to succeed. The book was updated with new material in the 1980s, bringing the story up to the end of Davis' life - all the heartbreak, all the drama, and all the love she experienced at every stage of her extraordinary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthrallingly Honest

  • By Colin McIntosh on 04-02-19

Enthrallingly Honest

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Having read this I wasn’t sure I’d want to hear it but I was wrong. You’d swear Bette is Reading it even though you know she isn’t. The additions to the original book are fascinating and it’s a one sided but fascinating look at the glory days of Hollywood. I was lucky enough to meet Ms Davis so it was great to hear this.

  • Snakes and Ladders

  • By: Dirk Bogarde
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

This is the second volume of Dirk Bogarde's autobiography, covering the time between his experiences at an army camp at Catterick to his role as von Aschenbach in the film Death in Venice. Since 1947 he has starred in more than 60 films, especially during the 1950s and 60s, including The Night Porter and Despair.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good try Mr Sachs, but not Dirk.

  • By Patricia on 27-04-14

Not the second volume

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Says volume 2 of the 6 part autobiography when it’s actually more like 3/4 as Great Meadow is the sequel to Postillion so it doesn’t exactly run in order. Not having DB read is very odd as he reads the others - but never did them all - so Andrew Sachs is great but not the same

  • About Face

  • The Life and Times of Dottie Ponedel: Make-up Artist to the Stars
  • By: Dorothy Ponedel, Meredith Ponedel, Danny Miller
  • Narrated by: Kathy Garver
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Dottie Ponedel knows how to amuse with rouge. Her autobiography, the story of a pioneering woman makeup artist, whose career spanned the entire length of Hollywood's Golden Era from silent movies to the great films of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, puts a new foundation on the stars.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Insight Into old Hollywood

  • By Colin McIntosh on 09-01-19

A Real Insight Into old Hollywood

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

This really is a fascinating look into the golden era of movies and a personal, touching memoir by someone at the heart of it. The first female make up member of the union and a friend and confidante to many of the greatest stars. Not the best written memoir but endearing and touching and a fascinating listen.

  • 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 726
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 666

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

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Surprised myself as not a Take That fan but got this and found it really interesting and the honesty of hearing Gary Barlow read this and the emotional honesty and intelligence of his book is well worth the credit to listen to.

  • The Sunday Lunch Club

  • By: Juliet Ashton
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

The first rule of Sunday Lunch Club is...don't make any afternoon plans.  

Every few Sundays, Anna and her extended family and friends get together for lunch. They talk, they laugh, they bicker, they eat too much. Sometimes the important stuff is left unsaid, other times it's said in the wrong way.   

Sitting between her ex-husband and her new lover, Anna is coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy at the age of 40. Also at the table are her ageing grandmother, her promiscuous sister, her flamboyantly gay brother and a memory too terrible to contemplate.  

Until, that is, a letter arrives from the person Anna scarred all those years ago. Can Anna reconcile her painful past with her uncertain future?  

Juliet Ashton weaves a story of love, friendship and community that will move you to laughter and to tears. Think Cold Feet meets David Nicholls, with a dash of the joy of Jill Mansell added for good measure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved this book

  • By Mary Bolch on 27-06-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Not my normal listen but something attracted me to this and I’m so sad it ended. I really cared about the characters as they were so well crafted and I’d definitely recommend this.

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  • Gloucester Crescent

  • Me, My Dad and Other Grown-Ups
  • By: William Miller
  • Narrated by: Robbie Scotcher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Written through the eyes of a growing child, this is the story of a very particular family and their circle of brilliant, idealistic and intellectual friends in London in the '60s, '70s and '80s. We follow William through the ups and downs of childhood, as he explores the back gardens and homes of his famous neighbours, attends dramatic rehearsals with his dad, Jonathan Miller, fails exams and is bullied at school, gets drugs from the philosopher A. J. Ayer's wife, and tries to watch the moon landing with Alan Bennett and a room full of writers. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised myself

  • By Colin McIntosh on 10-09-18

Surprised myself

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

By how caught up in this I became. It was a very touching homage to childhood memories, embarrassing incidents, joy and sadness. I could see each person (although many are well known) and them climbing over walls and being a community. It’s a genuinely great book to listen to. Shame the author didn’t read it.

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 984

In his forthcoming book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Respect

  • By sara on 18-04-18

What an upright guy

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

I wasn’t sure I wanted to hear or read this but I was so taken by the man’s integrity I highly recommend it. If only the leader of that country had similar integrity the world would be a better place. A fascinating book and not one which is there to defame anyone. A true honest account of a life lived to serve a nation.

  • The Quiet Side of Passion

  • Isabel Dalhousie, Book 12
  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Karlyn Stephen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

It is summer in Edinburgh, and Isabel Dalhousie is once again caught between ‘gossip’ and significant rumour. It is none of her business that Patricia, the mother of her son Charlie’s little friend Basil, is estranged from Basil’s father or that the woman has a somewhat brazen attitude to childcare. And yet, it is curious. Isabel, however, has much else on her mind as editor of the Review of Applied Ethics. Along with the work involved for its impending next issue, she really needs to get her house in order and tend to the demands of her niece, Cat. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A typical Isabel Dalhousie story, warm and gentle

  • By A Wagener on 27-08-18

Not as Good as others

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

Does drive me a bit potty that each book seems to have a different narrator but this time I felt that something was missing from the book. I love this series but I felt it wasn’t as good as others in the series. Can’t explain but still enjoyed it but didn’t feel maybe as robust as previous parts

  • Love, Lucy

  • By: Lucille Ball
  • Narrated by: Lucie Arnaz
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Love, Lucy is the valentine Lucille Ball left for her fans—a warm, wise, and witty memoir written by Lucy herself. The legendary star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy was at the pinnacle of her success when she sat down to record the story of her life. No comedienne had made America laugh so hard, no television actress had made the leap from radio and B movies to become one of the world’s best-loved performers. This is her story—in her own words. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Colin McIntosh on 20-07-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

Having listened to biographies of Lucy and Desi, to hear Lucy’s own words read by her daughter was really fascinating as it both contradicted and confirmed much of what one has heard. It’s such a shame it stops at Redhead on broadway but it’s a completely absorbing listen.

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