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  • Hunger

  • A Memoir of (My) Body
  • By: Roxane Gay
  • Narrated by: Roxane Gay
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204

'I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere.... I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.'

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-17

Raw, brutality honest & painful to read.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Very difficult to listen to, the boys who raped Roxanne seemingly got away with their crime, they are oblivious to the continuing suffering of their victim as a result of their actions.
Roxanne was in a very dark place for much of her life, I was amazed at her self flagellation, the constant onslaught of hate towards herself & her body, her total lack of self esteem, I marvel that she survived. The book showed how cruel people can be & how sadistic they became when they sensed the weakness & neediness in her.
Although a very disturbing read this book has such raw honesty, is
well written & narrated & must read.

  • The Year of the Runaways

  • By: Sunjeev Sahota
  • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The Year of the Runaways tells of the bold dreams and daily struggles of an unlikely family thrown together by circumstance. Thirteen young men live in a house in Sheffield, each in flight from India and in search of a new life. Avtar has a secret that binds him to protect the choatic Randeep. Randeep has a visa wife in a flat on the other side of town. And Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his past in Bihar.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the shadows.

  • By Rens de Groot on 21-10-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 22-11-17

I have travelled to India & loved it. I am a Londoner & have know friends & colleagues from the Indian community all my life. It was very informative to see how illegal workers survive in the U.K, very sad their standard of living is so low, their diet horrendous. I would highly recommend this book.

  • The Cross and the Switchblade

  • By: David Wilkerson
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

Gang-fighters! Drug addicts. Teenage runaways and prostitutes! The toughest and most hopeless kids that New York's ghettos had to offer. Then a young preacher from the Pennsylvania hills arrived on their turf and began preaching a message of renewal, miracles, and God's love. This is one of the century's great true stories. Over 14 million copies in print!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • God is Awesome!

  • By J on 15-12-11

Hope & Inspiration

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

Reviewed: 17-11-17

This book gives hope to a dying world even more so now than in the late 1950’s, our youth are faced with drugs, porn, & world turned on its head in relation to gender identity & sexuality. Wrong is right & right is wrong, the murder of innocent children in the womb is normalised & a good thing to do, I grieve for the youth who have no guidance, no moral compass. The zeitgeist of this generation demands self first at all times. Our children are subjected to filth on television enforced & endorsed by a media that is destroying their moral fibre at a frightening pace.The only answer for this, the one & only hope Jesus Christ & the Holy Spirit,without him there is not.

  • London

  • The Biography, Street Life and the People
  • By: Peter Ackroyd
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Ackroyd portrays London from the time of the druids to the beginning of the twenty-first century, noting magnificence in both epochs, but this is not a simple chronological record. It is a comprehensive account, animated by Ackroyd's concern for the close relationship between the present and the past as well as by what he describes as the peculiar "echoic" quality of London whereby its texture and history actively affect the lives and personalities of its citizens.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive, detailed

  • By RELish on 10-07-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 13-07-17

Callows splendid voice carries the story,excellent book the snippets of London history are intriguing,highly recommend.

  • Girl Walks Out of a Bar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Lisa F. Smith
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Lisa Smith was a bright young lawyer at a prestigious law firm in New York City when alcoholism and drug addiction took over her life. What was once a way she escaped her insecurity and negativity as a teenager became a means of coping with the anxiety and stress of an impossible workload. Girl Walks Out of a Bar explores Smith's formative years, her decade of alcohol and drug abuse, divorce, and her road to recovery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic !!

  • By Miss JR Wiltshire on 12-10-18

Wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

Lisa describes the horrors of alcoholism so well, the terrible sickness in the morning the paranoia, I was a functioning alcoholic with a responsible job,she reminded me of the insane thinking of the alcoholic the rationalisation I have been sober now 28 years & attended AA for about 17 years.
Great book would recommend 100%.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Scientology: Abuse at the Top

  • By: Amy Scobee
  • Narrated by: Danielle Plaso
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

A former top insider reveals the nightmare world of violence and abuse at the highest levels of the Church of Scientology. One review states: "At home alone, a 14 year old girl takes a phone call from Scientology. This starts a quarter of a century journey of manipulation, betrayal and sexual, physical and mental abuse. This journey leads to the highest management echelon and one woman's courage to break free. A real page-turner." Mark P. Another writes: "Amy Scobee has written a book unlike any other expose of Scientology.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By AnneDriscoll on 25-03-17

Boring

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-17

This book was chapter after chapter of boring monologue, I listened to four chapters & returned it, the book had no dept whatever, it seemed to me the author was cashing in on being an x member of this cult. Don't waste your money, there are far better, interesting & informative books on this subject available on audible.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sheila on 19-07-15

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 30-09-16

I enjoyed the audio book. I never usually listen or read this type of fiction. I found it very lightweight but listened to the end. The names of the pubs in Ireland made me laugh, as in those days & even up to today most pubs in villages & towns have the name of their owners over the door. The Cross Keys was a most untypical & unlikely name for a public house in rural Ireland.
My main objection. to the book was the offensive use of God's name, it was both unnecessary & disrespectful. I was tempted in the beginning of the reading to abandon it for this reason.I will not purchase any further audible books from this author for this very reason.





  • In the Skin of a Jihadist: Inside Islamic State's Recruitment Networks

  • By: Anna Erelle
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Twenty year-old "Melodie", a recent convert to Islam, meets the leader of an Islamist brigade on Facebook. In 48 hours he has "fallen in love" with her, calls her day and night, urges her to marry him, join him in Syria to enjoy a life of paradise - and join his jihad. Discover how ISIS entraps people such as the teenage girls from Bethnal Green.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read, didn't put it down for long.

  • By oliver slack on 17-06-15

Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 18-12-15

I found many chapters in this book very repetitive, I cannot see what was gained by the authors contact with the ISIS fighter, and how her experience would help other young women interested in Jihadis.
The book was not informative, it did not give any input as to why young western women would want to get involved with strange men in distant countries.
Listened to this audio book but was tempted at times to ditch it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Prison Without Bars

  • The Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal
  • By: Taylor Evan Fulks
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

My Prison without Bars is a courageous and harrowing journey through the catacombs of hell, from the mind and voice of a little girl, living with her own monster underneath her bed. Written in first person, this novel is not a memoir, but more a psychological thriller based on true events; chronicling one woman's attempt to claw her way out of the darkness of Child Sexual Abuse, while struggling to find normal, in a not-so-normal world. It is poignant, dark and graphic; not for the faint of heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exciting and mind thrilling! fab!!

  • By Tara on 30-04-16

Good Audio Book

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

Reviewed: 30-10-15

Enjoyed this immensely, the enjoyment was however marred by the narrators blasphemous use of the Lords name, it was insensitive & unnecessary,

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Descent into Hell

  • The True Story of an Altar Boy, a Cheerleader, and a Twisted Texas Murder
  • By: Kathryn Casey
  • Narrated by: Gillian Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Bright, attractive, and both from good families, University of Texas college student Colton Pitonyak and vibrant redhead Jennifer Cave had the world at their beckoning. Cave, an ex-cheerleader, had just landed an exciting new job, while a big-money scholarship to UT's prestigious business school lured Pitonyak to Austin. Yet the former altar boy had a dark, unpredictable streak. When Jennifer failed to show up for work on August 18, 2005, her mother became frightened. Sharon Cave's search led to Colton's West Campus apartment, where Jennifer's family discovered a scene worthy of the grisliest horror movie.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as some of her others

  • By AnneDriscoll on 09-09-15

Not as good as some of her others

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

Reviewed: 09-09-15

I enjoyed listening to the book but did not find it as engaging us some of Ms Casey's others.Still worth a listen though.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful