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  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 822
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 823

I'm strong. I can be tough. I've been broken. I'm opinionated. I'm a people pleaser. I'm spoilt. I'm needy. I contradict myself. I try to do good. I want to do good. I'm impassioned. I'm observant. Most importantly, I tell the truth. And this is my story. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • refreshingly honest !<br />

  • By sharman plews on 21-09-18

Clear, honest, interesting

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

I'm not a pop star but could relate to a lot of this. A rewarding listen.


  • Leaving Home

  • By: Anita Brookner
  • Narrated by: Joanna David
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

When cautious Emma Roberts goes to France to carry out research into 17th century garden design, she finds a reliable diversion from her studies in her unlikely new friend Francoise Desnoyers, in whose beautiful house she is welcomed as a guest. She is not too dazzled to ignore the tensions that exist between Francoise and her formidable mother, or between Mme. Desnoyers and her other guests. London recedes into the background as life in France becomes more significant in every respect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Writing

  • By Bee on 09-09-18

Lovely Writing

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Delicate, evocative description of an 'ordinary' life, spiced up with a brief funny, gothic episode towards the end
An uplifting book for me because its message that you don't have to be special or have a wild social life to live a good ( enough) life appeals in this time of FB and instagram (especially as I've just put yet another load a load in the washing machine).

  • Conversations with Friends

  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

Frances is a 21-year-old college student in Dublin; she performs at spoken word events with her best friend and ex-lover, Bobbi. When they are profiled by journalist Melissa, they enter an orbit of beautiful houses and raucous dinner parties. Initially unimpressed, Frances begins an affair with Nick, Melissa's husband, which gives way to an unexpected intimacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best character development I have read in a long time

  • By Rachel McNeice on 06-02-18

A Well Written Story...

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

of a bunch of self-absorbed creative types. Didn't like any of the characters apart from the long suffering mum and not all that much happens but the writing is so good you can feel yourself present at the dinner parties slurping the wine and boring on.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Manhattan Beach

  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Heather Lind, Norbert Leo Butz, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever and intriguing novel

  • By Marie on 08-04-18

Would like to have given this 3.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Some parts of this family saga are brilliant amd I was totally absorbed. Other parts dragged and if I'd been reading the book myself my reading pace would have picked up. The narrators however kept a rather slow pace and low key tone almost throughout which made the dullish bits duller.

  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts

  • Close Encounters with Addiction
  • By: Gabor Maté
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Best-selling writer and physician Gabor Maté looks at the epidemic of addictions in our society, tells us why we are so prone to them, and details what is needed to liberate ourselves. Starting with a close view of his drug-addicted patients, Dr. Maté looks at his own history of compulsive behavior, weaving a story of real people who struggle with addiction with the latest research on addiction and the brain. In a bold synthesis of clinical experience, insight and cutting edge scientific findings, Dr. Maté sheds light on this most puzzling of human frailties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Personal, touching, scientific, epic

  • By Clare on 23-12-12

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 25-06-18

An in depth but understandable account of the link between trauma, brain development and addiction.

  • The Cost of Living

  • By: Deborah Levy
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Picking up where Things I Don't Want to Know left off, this short, exhilarating memoir shows a writer in radical flux, facing separation and bereavement and emerging renewed from the ashes of a former life. Faced with the restrictions of conventional living, she dismantles her life, expands it and puts it back together in a new shape. Writing as brilliantly as ever about mothers and daughters, about social pressures and the female experience, Deborah Levy confronts a world not designed to accommodate difficult women and ultimately remakes herself in her own image.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long Poem?

  • By Bee on 14-04-18

Long Poem?

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

Reviewed: 14-04-18

This book is not the sort of memoir that deals in dates, it doesn't for example dish the dirt on what exactly wwnt wrong in the author's marriage. It is a series of memories that cleverly conjure up a feeling.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Because We Are Bad

  • OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought
  • By: Lily Bailey
  • Narrated by: Lily Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and spied on her classmates. Only by performing a series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of obsessive compulsive disorder, and it came with a bizarre twist. Raw and candid, this is a true story from a startlingly original writer. Read by the author.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Original

  • By ania on 28-06-18

Something missing

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

On the one hand this book provides a fascinating insight into the exhausting nature of OCD. On the other the writing is a bit, breathless chick litty and there's no analysis of the origins of the writer's disorder. The writer hunts that it might have started with anxiety over her parents' terrible marriage but she doesn't really go there-perhaps to spare her parents' guilt.

  • P. D. James BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Seven Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: P. D. James
  • Narrated by: Greta Scacchi, Hugh Grant, full cast, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Seven BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of P. D. James' acclaimed mysteries, plus P. D. James in Her Own Words. This collection includes: Cover Her Face, A Taste for Death, Devices and Desires, A Certain Justice, The Private Patient, An Unsuitable Job for a Woman and The Skull Beneath the Skin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happy all 7 dramatisations are in one collection

  • By M. K. on 19-02-18

Lovely listening for a rainy bank holiday weekend

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Easy listening to quality who done its-though by the end of a binge the stories all started to melt into one.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Read

  • By Mrs. Lisa J. Goldblatt on 02-04-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 31-03-18

If, like me you are interested in weird and wonderful human behaviour and what makes us do what we do, you'll love this book. I was sorry when it finished.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Lost For Words

  • By: Edward St Aubyn
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 28

Each of the judges of the Elysian Prize for literature has a reason for accepting the job. For the chairman, MP Malcolm Craig, it is backbench boredom, media personality Jo Cross is on the hunt for a 'relevant' novel, and Oxbridge academic Vanessa Shaw is determined to discover good writing. But for Penny Feathers of the Foreign Office, it's all just getting in the way of writing her own thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfirmance

  • By Barbara rea on 29-07-18

Very Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

Enjoyed this though it wasn't like the other St Aubyn books. Less realistic, more of a comedy and 'slighter' - but a good listen.