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  • Small Island

  • By: Andrea Levy
  • Narrated by: Andrea Levy
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Andrea Levy's acclaimed Small Island is a delicately wrought and profoundly moving novel of empire, prejudice, war, and love. It was awarded the 2004 Orange Prize for Fiction, the 2004 Whitbread Book of the Year Award, and the 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize. It is 1948, and England is recovering from a war. But at 21 Nevern Street, London, the conflict has only just begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A breath taking saga.

  • By Dolly on 01-10-15

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: 09-12-18

Although this is fiction it held the truth about the attitudes and experience of people who came to help the mother country. It also highlighted the racist attitudes of a few British people after the war had ended. Men who were once good enough to fight for England were no longer welcome in peace time. It also makes you think about what is happening today with the Windrush generation who came to England as British and after a life time of service are told to leave.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,020
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,794
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,763

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

Becoming -a wonderful 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: 26-11-18

A very frank well-written book.
An inspiration to every person who ever asked the question, ‘Am I good enough?’

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Diabetes Code

  • Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Naturally
  • By: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Narrated by: Dr. Jason Fung
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 84

Today, most doctors, dietitians, and even diabetes specialists consider type 2 diabetes to be a chronic and progressive disease - a life sentence with no possibility of parole. But the truth, as Dr. Fung reveals in this paradigm-shifting book, is that type 2 diabetes is reversible. Writing with clear, persuasive language, he explains why conventional treatments that rely on insulin or other blood-glucose-lowering drugs can actually exacerbate the problem, leading to significant weight gain and even heart disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Potentially life changing.

  • By L. Blanchard on 29-05-18

Life Changing

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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: 21-10-18

This book is absolutely life changing. It has turned on the light and revealed how to beat Type II diabetes without taking medication! A must read for anyone battling with Type II diabetes.
Thank you Dr Fung.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Jim Donaldson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

With well over 200 million copies sold, this novel ranks among the most famous works in the history of fictional literature. It depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic that is wonderful to listen to

  • By Katherine Elford on 11-03-17

Don't bother

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

Reviewed: 03-12-17

I found this book extremely difficult to get into. In the end I had to abort mission.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Song

  • By: Andrea Levy
  • Narrated by: Adrian Lester, Andrea Levy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

You do not know me yet. My son Thomas, who is publishing this book, tells me, it is customary at this place in a novel to give the reader a little taste of the story that is held within these pages. As your storyteller, I am to convey that this tale is set in Jamaica during the last turbulent years of slavery and the early years of freedom that followed. July is a slave girl who lives upon a sugar plantation named Amity and it is her life that is the subject of this tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing narration

  • By Sue156 on 28-04-18

Very informative

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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: 18-09-17

Gives an insight into slavery in Jamaica.
The main character July ,born a slave has to witness her Mother's death.

  • The Lost Symbol

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,664
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,660

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did it end?

  • By PatriciaWN on 25-08-10

You must listen to this book

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

I read this book many years ago but listening to it really brought it to life. The story has a great twist and keeps you guessing. I particularly like the fact that some of this fictional writing has its base in fact.
I would recommend it to anyone with an open mind.

  • The Bone Sparrow

  • A Refugee Novel
  • By: Zana Fraillon
  • Narrated by: Gareth Locke
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Born in a refugee camp, all Subhi knows of the world is that he's at least 19 fence diamonds high, the nice Jackets never stay long, and at night he dreams that the sea finds its way to his tent, bringing with it unusual treasures. And one day it brings him Jimmie. Carrying a notebook that she's unable to read and wearing a sparrow made out of bone around her neck - both talismans of her family's past and the mother she's lost - Jimmie strikes up an unlikely friendship with Subhi beyond the fence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a refugee story of fantasy and truth

  • By Mrs on 04-01-18

You must listen to this story.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Thought provoking. Deals with the very relevant issue of refugees. There but for the grace of God go I. It shows how we can learn so much from children, their love and acceptance breaks down barriers.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful