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  • East of Croydon

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

A few years ago I was asked if I'd like to make a documentary on the Mekong River, travelling from the vast delta in Vietnam to the remote and snowy peaks of Tibet. Up until that point, the farthest east I'd been was Torremolinos, in the Costa Del Sol.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • P...ing your pants one minute, sobbing your heart out the next

  • By mat brown on 21-10-18

Brilliant!!

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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: 26-05-19

I absolutely loved this book, at times it is genuinely laugh at loud funny and at others it's so moving that I found myself in tears. Sue reads it beautifully and her ability to capture the accents of everyone involved is hilarious and has left me feeling like I have actually met them all.

  • Transcription

  • By: Kate Atkinson
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164

In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By Mary Compton on 12-09-18

Really Enjoyable & Great Characters

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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: 01-10-18

I bought this on a whim without really knowing anything about the story or about the author. I did in fact submit to the old cliché of judging a book by it's cover, and it was definitely one of my better judgement calls as I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I am planning to pick up a physical copy to give as a Christmas present. The combination of how well the characters were written and the brilliant narration gave me a fantastic mental image of them all and got me really invested in the plot.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,191

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Excellent!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-18

fabulous characters that you can really immerse yourself in. I found myself routing for Eleanor from the very start

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume One
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,843
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,388

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Fabulous & well worth the wait

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-18

Absolutely loved it! I adored the His Dark Materials Trilogy and it was brilliant to go back to the beginning with Lyra and find out her back story.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,551

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Brilliant! Funny & Sad in equal measures

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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: 31-10-17

I'm not usually a fan of autobiographies but as I'm a fan of Robert Webb's work I figured it could be an interesting read and I wasn't disappointed. This is a really good read and even the unpleasant bits are told with a humour and honesty.

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  • Good Omens

  • The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,096

According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's the end of the world... but not as we know it

  • By Wayne on 09-10-08

Absolutely Brilliant!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-17

I'm a lifelong fan of both Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman so having read this several times over the years it was inevitable that I was going to love the audio book aswell.

this is really well performed and I would highly recommend it as a great introduction to both authors

  • The Cows

  • By: Dawn O'Porter
  • Narrated by: Dawn O'Porter, Karen Cass, Laura Kirman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475

The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find her own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Hippynat on 24-05-17

Excellent!!

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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: 31-10-17

I'm not usually a fan of chick-lit but had read a couple of reviews and figured I would give this one a try. I am so glad I did as this is such a good book, the characters are very relatable and the story moves along at a great pace. I think it's fair to say that I would now call myself a fan of Dawn O'Porter.

I would definitely recommend that everyone gives this a go even if it's not a genre they would normally try.

  • Spectacles

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,267

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins. When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Jeannette on 31-01-16

Fabulous!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-04-17

I've adored this book and am now ever so slightly in love with not only Sue herself but also her lovely mum