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  • Sh*t the Moon Said: A Story of Sex, Drugs, and Ayahuasca

  • By: Gerard Armond Powell
  • Narrated by: Vince Royal, Kike Adedeji
  • Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Plant medicine? The moon typing? It probably seems incomprehensible. Gerard Armond Powell was a rags-to-riches success story - a member of the one percent - but also an extremely unhappy person with multiple addictions. On a fast track to destroying every relationship that ever mattered to him and considering suicide, he was looking for a miracle, a way out. He found it in the form of plant medicine and a shaman who introduced him to the truth of his life, and laid the groundwork for a psycho-spiritual journey that would lead him to reconnect with his soul, heal addictions, and more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The moon said this book is sh*t

  • By Darren on 11-10-18

The moon said this book is sh*t

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Should have been titled “The moon said this book is sh*t” as this book really is terrible.

Very little content, just a brief account of an Aya ceremony in Costa Rica, followed by self-promotion of the author’s retreat in Costa Rica. Narration was not good either.
Would not recommend.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,415

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • waste of time

  • By Nicole on 02-10-16

Love/hate his

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

Reviewed: 21-08-15

Good story, loved and hated the characters. Story really drags you in so you are feeling it.

Great narration - different readers for different characters. However half way through the book Kamal is read by different readers - each with completely different accents! Why is there no continuity here - audible should pay more attention to this. It was completely off putting. It would have been better to have had the original reader read for Kamal when Rachel met him.
A great read though.

  • Bonkers

  • My Life in Laughs
  • By: Jennifer Saunders
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer Saunders is comedy genius

  • By Vicuña on 20-10-13

Definitely a recommended listen!

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

This book had be in stitches. Real laugh-out-loud chapters, especially the ones about AbFab.

This book is so much better for being read by Jennifer herself! She brings the pages to life, with that familiar voice saying those familiar lines and catch-phrases.

I read Dawn French's book "Dear Fatty" recently and there's a definite cross-over between the two.

A definitely recommended listen!

  • The Days of Anna Madrigal

  • A Novel (Tales of the City)
  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Suspenseful, comic, and profoundly moving, the latest novel in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City series follows one of modern literature's most beloved and indelible characters - Anna Madrigal, the transgender landlady of 28 Barbary Lane - as she embarks on a road trip that will take her deep into her complicated past. Now ninety-two, and committed to the notion of "leaving like a lady," Mrs. Madrigal has seemingly found peace with her "logical family" in San Francisco: her devoted young caretaker, Jake Greenleaf; her former tenant Brian Hawkins and his daughter, Shawna; and Michael Tolliver and Mary Ann Singleton, who have known and loved Anna for nearly four decades.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Read the book

  • By Ken on 20-04-14

Amazing book, as usual.

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

Reviewed: 07-08-15

Great final book in this story. Had me in tears many times. It's a shame it wasn't read by Armistead himself. I would have greatly enjoyed that.

  • Walking Home

  • My Family and Other Rambles
  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

In Clare Balding's family, walking just took too long - she galloped through the countryside and she galloped through life. Then, in 1999, Clare took a call from a BBC producer looking for a presenter for a new radio series. "Do you walk?" she asked. "Well, I walk the dog...." That series, Ramblings, is still going strong - and Clare's caught the walking bug. Now she wants her family to share some of that pleasure. Her and her brother Andrew are determined to conquer the Wayfarer's Walk, a 71-mile route. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like I knew Clare as a friend

  • By Heidi on 31-10-14

Good book, gets better towards the end.

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

Reviewed: 16-07-15

This was another good book from Clare Balding. However I nearly gave up half way through as to be honest I was getting a little bored of all the walking. But thank goodness I didn't - it took a change of direction a few chapters before the end where Clare started to talk about her again, about her dog Percy and the 2012 Olympics.

Left me feeling all good about the world and again loving Clare. Thanks Clare x

  • My Animals and Other Family

  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By sg on 16-09-12

Fantastic read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-12

This book was so unexpectedly great, made so much better by Clare reading it herself. Laugh out loud funny, desperately sad in parts and very moving - a great tale of her life growing up in Kingsclere with her family and animals. Highly recommended!!!

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