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  • Mating in Captivity

  • Unlocking Erotic Intelligence
  • By: Esther Perel
  • Narrated by: Esther Perel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

When you love someone, how does it feel? And when you desire someone, how is it different? In Mating in Captivity, Esther Perel looks at the story of sex in committed couples. Modern romance promises it all - a lifetime of togetherness, intimacy and erotic desire. In reality, it's hard to want what you already have. Our quest for secure love conflicts with our pursuit of passion. And often, the very thing that got us to into our relationships - lust - is the one thing that goes missing from them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Warning: this book might change your life.

  • By Phoebus Weebus on 30-05-18

Hard going

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

A very intellectual approach to sexual relationships with a total bias towards US culture. However I found some useful information and Esther Perel has a very sexy accent that kept me listening!

  • Ancestral Vices

  • By: Tom Sharpe
  • Narrated by: Griff Rhys Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

When Lord Petrefact hires Walden Yapp, Professor of Demotic Historiography at Kloone University, to write a scurrilous family history Yapp finds plenty of material in Buscott village, where Frederick Petrefact is running the Mill and adding new vices to the family collection. If Yapp can lay his hands on the Petrefact Papers in the Buscott Museum he may be able to expose the multi-national capitalism of the Petrefacts to the whole world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rollicking good yarn

  • By Clive on 01-12-13

Couldn’t hear past the narration

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

I love Griff Rhys Jones and I really enjoyed Tom Sharpe books when I was a teenager but I just cannot listen to this.

Perhaps it hasn’t stood the test of time for me but I think it’s the style and speed of the narration I dislike. I often increase the playback speed so was not put off by the other critical reviews, however the narration still turned out to be too fast and also too infused with Griff’s own strong character.

  • I Invited Her In

  • By: Adele Parks
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 583

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, 17 years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit obvious

  • By Jackie M-W on 04-11-18

Spoiler warning!

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

I really enjoyed this book and looked forward to the antagonist paying for her treachery but instead the story ends with her achieving all her goals. The protagonist and her family however come out of it reeling from the damage and looking gullible and naive. I felt really annoyed, I so wanted to see the antagonist suffer for her nasty betrayals!!

  • Thin Air

  • By: Ann Cleeves
  • Narrated by: Kenny Blyth
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676

A group of old university friends travel to Unst to celebrate the marriage of one of their friends to a Shetlander. But late on the night of the wedding party, one of them, Eleanor, disappears. The following day, Eleanor's friend Polly receives an email. It appears to be a suicide note. And then Eleanor's body is discovered, lying in a small loch close to the cliff edge. Detectives Jimmy Perez and Willow Reeves are dispatched to investigate. Before she went missing, Eleanor claimed to have seen a ghost.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy listening

  • By Lucy on 02-11-14

Great narration

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I wish I could say I enjoyed this this but it did not grip me at all. I was mildly curious about the identity of the murderer but do not think I would have cared which of the characters it was.

At the end there was a long summing up to explain events and motives, I had had enough by then.

Thankfully the superb narration by Kenny Blythe made it a pleasant listen.

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

A great listen

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Was slow to grip my interest then I couldn’t stop listening and really got into it but the ending seemed overworked and slightly disappointing.

There wasn’t much variation in the characters voices and I didn’t even notice there were two narrators.

Overall though it’s the most gripping book I’ve heard recently and will definitely try more books by this author.



  • The Relentless Tide

  • A DCI Daley Thriller, Book 6
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521

When Professor Francombe and her team of archaeologists find the remains of three women on a remote Kintyre hillside - a site rumoured to have been the base of Viking warlord Somerled - their delight soon turns to horror when they realise the women tragically met their end little more than two decades ago. It soon becomes clear that these are the three missing victims of the ‘Midweek Murderer’, a serial killer who was at work in Glasgow in the early 1990s.  DCI Jim Daley now has the chance to put things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pull up a pew and pour yourself a wee dram . . .

  • By Simon on 09-10-18

Couldn’t stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

My favourite DCI Daley so far, brought to life by the superb David Monteath. Was sorry to finish, going to listen again!

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  • Michael Palin: Pole to Pole

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

In Pole to Pole we join Michael Palin on the second of his epic challenges. Travelling from the North Pole to the South Pole, he experiences every extreme the globe has to offer. As he crosses 16 countries by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon and bicycle, he meets a diverse range of fascinating characters and landscapes while his own endurance is tested to the limit. With his customary aplomb, he plunges himself into the local cultures, starring in a crayfish documentary in Novgorod, attending a baby-rolling ceremony at a Cypriot wedding, and consulting an Mpulugu witch-doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story with excellent narration

  • By DRMT on 24-02-15

Informative and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 06-12-17

A good book but not as good as around the world in 80 days. The ending was strangely abrupt.

  • Friday on My Mind

  • By: Nicci French
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

When a corpse is found floating in the River Thames, the police can at least be sure that identifying the victim will be straightforward. Around the dead man's wrist is a hospital band. On it are the words 'Dr F. Klein'. But psychotherapist Frieda Klein is very much alive. And, after evidence linking her to the murder is discovered, she becomes the prime suspect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First meeting with Frieda

  • By Amelia on 18-10-15

Narration

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Couldn't finish this book due to the narrator's style - though fine in the sample, she sounds as though she's reading a book for tiny kids and her childrens' and male voices are not good.

  • Imperial Feng Shui

  • The Real Thing
  • By: Richard Ashworth
  • Narrated by: Richard Ashworth
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Richard Ashworth explains the principles of authentic Chinese Imperial feng shui, and how you can use it to enhance the quality of your own life. Whether you want better relationships, wellbeing or career, if you are prepared to follow these instructions with care, your life can be transformed with feng shui.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Flying stars

  • By john rankine on 13-08-16

Interesting overview

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

...... but very difficult to follow, needs some printed info to be able to visualise what’s being said. If you struggle with left, right and compass points - like me then best to buy a book!

  • Hero of the Empire

  • The Making of Winston Churchill
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Mr Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

From the New York Times best-selling author Candice Millard, this is the gripping true story of one dramatic - and emblematic - year in the early life of Winston Churchill. At the age of 24, Winston Churchill believed that to achieve his ambition of becoming Prime Minister, he must do something spectacular on the battlefield. Although he had put himself in real danger in colonial wars in India and Sudan and as a journalist covering the Spanish-American War in Cuba, glory and fame had eluded him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Deviates from the title

  • By Jem on 10-10-17

Deviates from the title

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I've listened to four hours of the book and there has been very little about Churchill. Instead it deviates in detail to indirectly connected information, for instance - the Boer going off to battle wore a wide brimmed hat with a 'Meerkat tail dark tipped and slightly bushy' and as he walked out the door his wife or mother handed him a linen sack filled with food etc etc.

Perhaps these details may go on to show a direct effect on the making of Churchill but as the book is only 10 hours long I'm going to exchange it for one that sticks to the man himself after all there is plenty enough material to fill a book or two.