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  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

When Jeanette Winterson left home at 16 because she was in love with a woman, Mrs. Winterson asked her: "Why be happy when you could be normal?" This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness. It is the story of how the painful past returned to haunt Jeanette's later life, and send her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people's stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft which supports us when we are sinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oranges Is Not The Only Book

  • By Blake's Tyger on 23-12-12

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 27-11-15

What made the experience of listening to Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? the most enjoyable?

it was very easy to listen to

What did you like best about this story?

it was funny and laugh out loud

What about Jeanette Winterson’s performance did you like?

her voice

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the childhood religious part..and the end

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward, Robert G Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

The compelling new standalone novel from the Sunday Times number-one best-selling author of Unseen and Cop Town. With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can’t help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when Claire begins to learn the truth about her sister, nothing will ever be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fab but horrifying<br />

  • By Heidi on 16-09-15

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

I listened to this is one day.. Great story and highly recommended listen.
Plenty of twists and turns.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wolf

  • By: Mo Hayder
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

'I believe, from what I can hear, that either my daughter or my wife has just been attacked. I don't know the outcome. The house is silent.' Fourteen years ago two teenage lovers were brutally murdered in a patch of remote woodland. The prime suspect confessed to the crimes and was imprisoned. Now, one family is still trying to put the memory of the killings behind them. But at their isolated hilltop house... the nightmare is about to return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever, tense, edge of seat thriller

  • By Anne on 08-05-14

brilliant

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

Reviewed: 25-11-14

If you could sum up Wolf in three words, what would they be?

Could not wait to listen to this..loved it..great thriller

What other book might you compare Wolf to, and why?

all mo hayer jack caffery books are great

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I loved the walking man...

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the end was thrilling

Any additional comments?

highly recommend

  • Present Darkness

  • By: Malla Nunn
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Five days before Christmas, Detective Sergeant Emmanuel Cooper sits at his desk at the Johannesburg major crimes squad, ready for his holiday in Mozambique. A call comes in: a respectable white couple has been assaulted and left for dead in their bedroom. The couple’s teenage daughter identifies the attacker as Aaron Shabalala— the youngest son of Zulu Detective Constable Samuel Shabalala—Cooper’s best friend and a man to whom he owes his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By R on 31-10-14

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 31-10-14

If you could sum up Present Darkness in three words, what would they be?

I listened to this audio book while on holiday and loved it,great storyline and characters

Any additional comments?

any more malla Nunn books?

  • Penumbra

  • By: Carolyn Haines
  • Narrated by: Suehyla El Attar
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Jade Dupree is a beautician and an undertaker's assistant with a gift for smoothing the ravages of death from the faces of her clientele. But her strange talent isn't the only thing that sets her apart from the townspeople of tiny Drexel, Mississippi. Jade is half-black and the unacknowledged bastard daughter of Drexel's "first lady", the imperious Lucille Longier. Jade's half sister, the pale, fragile, and legitimate Marlena, is married to Lucas Bramlett, the wealthiest man in the region. While the entire town knows of the blood bond between the two women, no one dares speak the truth out loud.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic listen "one of the best"

  • By R on 06-11-12

Fantastic listen "one of the best"

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-12

This is a top listen and I have listened to loads and this is one of the best. It is quirky, with a fab narrator. It thrills and has great turns and twists.

Highly recommended !! 10/10

  • Bone Idle

  • By: Suzette A Hill
  • Narrated by: Simon Hurst, Suzette A Hill, John Beresford Frye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

This is the third novel featuring the Rev Oughterard, vicar of St Botolph's and genteel murderer of parishioner Mrs Elizabeth Fotherington. So far eluding arrest (but with fears of imminent exposure), he is in the grasp of his blackmailing pal, the shady Nicholas Ingaza, who forces him to steal a valuable figurine of a prancing pig from collector Claude Blenkinsop. Naturally the project backfires and the hapless vicar is plunged into further skulduggery during which someone is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More laughs with Francis, Maurice and Bouncer.

  • By Mrs on 22-01-12

I love it 100%

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-12

I just love this audiobook and i give it top marks,as its funny and the characters are brilliant.it is very well narrated and i have enjoyed it.
I highly recommend for anyone who likes really good listen and top class entertainment.
I have listened to 100s of audiobooks and this rates top of the list, along with the other suzette hill novel and the barchester chronicles.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood

  • By: Christopher Fowler
  • Narrated by: Tim Goodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

The death of a child and what seems to be a murderous puppet make a perfect case for Bryant and May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit. As John May and his team interrogate the suspects, Arthur Bryant heads into the secret world of illusions and stagecraft. As a second impossible death occurs, the detectives uncover forgotten museums and London eccentrics. The stage is set for a race against time with a surprising twist...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating tale

  • By Ann on 23-02-12

great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-01-12

this author has always a good plot with larger than life characters.I always enjoy this book.A fab listen

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nocturnal Animals

  • Official Film Tie-in Originally Published as Tony and Susan
  • By: Austin Wright
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King, Peter Marinker
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 42

Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield. One day, comfortable in her home and her second marriage, she receives--entirely out of the blue - a parcel containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says. As Susan reads, she is drawn into the fictional life of Tony Hastings, a maths professor driving his family to their summer house in Maine. And as we read along with her, so are we....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • yeuk!

  • By knittyboot on 21-05-11

dismal

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-11

I thought this was going to be profound etc. but slow
and very uninspiring? listened to the end waiting for
this to pick up.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Ice Cold

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

Something terrible has happened in the snowbound village of Kingdom Come, Wyoming, where 12 eerily identical houses stand dark and abandoned. Meals remain untouched on dining room tables, cars are still in garages, and the town's residents have vanished into thin air. This is the disturbing setting where vacationing medical examiner Maura Isles and her traveling companions find themselves trapped during a ferocious snowstorm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting thriller

  • By Kirstine on 11-10-10

brilliant listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-10

this was a great listen and it was the type of thriller i love.It has everything suspense and a gripping storyline.Highly recommended

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Blood

  • By: Stuart MacBride
  • Narrated by: Stuart MacBride
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Richard Knox has served his time, so why shouldn’t he be allowed to live wherever he wants? Yes, in the past he was a violent rapist, but he’s seen the error of his ways. Found God. Wants to leave his dark past in Newcastle behind him and make a new start. Or so he says. Detective Sergeant Logan McRae isn’t exactly thrilled to be part of the team helping Knox settle into his new Aberdeen home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliantly dark and funny

  • By R on 20-05-10

brilliantly dark and funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-10

This was a fantastic listen and I found the characters funny and the story was addictive.
I would highly recommend this novel for anyone that enjoys a good listen.
I listened to it on holiday and it was the best way to pass a hot afternoon.One of the best

9 of 9 people found this review helpful