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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

  • By: Annabel Pitcher
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Ten-year-old Jamie Matthews has just moved to the Lake District with his Dad and his teenage sister, Jasmine for a 'Fresh New Start'. Five years ago his sister's twin, Rose, was blown up by a terrorist bomb. His parents are wrecked by their grief, Jasmine turns to piercing, pink hair and stops eating. The family falls apart. But Jamie hasn't cried in all that time. To him Rose is just a distant memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling!

  • By Mrs A. on 18-05-11

Enchanting and moving from start to end.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-11

What an absolutely lovely book, narrated beautifully by David Tennant. A moving story, tackling very difficult issues, seen through the innocent eyes of a 10yr old boy. This book is suitable for boys and girls age 10+, right through to adults. In fact I can't help thinking that adults will get so much more out of this book.
Very highly recommended.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Pact

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Megan Dodds
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

When Chris wakes up in hospital, Emily is the first person he asks for. She is the love of his life. But Emily is dead, and Chris is the sole witness to what happened in the park that night. He claims it was a suicide pact: they were both meant to die. Then the investigation turns up motive for murder, and there is only one suspect....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, just way too short.

  • By katiesue on 13-02-18

Powerful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-11

Another compelling story from Jodi Picoult. She writes these powerful courtroom dramas so well I find it hard to switch them off. It's a shame that this version is abridged.

  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,577
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-11

Entertaining and funny book read beautifully by Michael. He describes the long hard slog it was for him to get his big break in show business. Using humour and sincerity, he describes honestly, the ups and downs of his life. Recommended.

  • Room

  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Suzanne Toren, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883

The story of a mother, her son, a locked room, and the outside world. It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. Jack lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real – only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • reasonable

  • By Caroline on 29-01-11

A good listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-07-11

I did enjoy this book but am left feeling slightly disappointed that it didn't move me in the way I expected it to. There was a lot I liked about it, it is well written, well narrated and well thought out. The story should have been gripping, but but the exception of one section, it wasn't.
Worth downloading though.

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  • Change of Heart

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 15 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

June's first husband was killed in a car crash. Against all the odds, her daughter was uninjured and, in another miracle, June found love again with the policeman who rescued them. But now June's second daughter is dying without the new heart she so urgently needs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought-provoking and engrossing

  • By Kirstine on 13-01-11

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-11

I loved this story. It was intriguing and thought provoking. Be prepared to be pulled in every direction emotionally. Beautifully read, I couldn't switch it off. I have become a big fan of Jodi Picoult.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sister

  • By: Rosamund Lupton
  • Narrated by: Juanita Mahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 411

Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sooooo gooood!

  • By Ann-Marie on 03-03-11

A great listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-11

Though a little frustrating at first with a slow start, I was soon hooked. The twists and turns of the story took me in all sorts of directions but it wasn't until the last moments of the book that it all fell into place - brilliant. A highly recommended listed.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Born on a Blue Day

  • A Memoir of Asperger's and an Extraordinary Mind
  • By: Daniel Tammet
  • Narrated by: Daniel Tammet
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Daniel Tammet can perform extraordinary maths in his head, sees numbers as shapes, colours, textures, and motions, and can learn to speak a language fluently from scratch in three days. He also has a compulsive need for order and routine. He eats exactly 45 grams of porridge for breakfast and cannot leave the house without counting the number of items of clothing he's wearing. If he gets stressed or unhappy, he closes his eyes and counts. But in some ways, Daniel is not all like the Rain Man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am diagnosed with Aspergers too

  • By Mark on 12-01-16

Truly Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-11

What a truly fascinating insight into a fascinating mind.
Even with his savant ability, there are aspects of his everyday life that are a constant challenge. It is inspiring how he has learnt to manage these problems.
I appreciate the time he has taken to describe his thoughts and feelings.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Life to Rescue

  • The True Story of a Child Freed from the Bonds of Autism
  • By: Karen Michelle Graham
  • Narrated by: Dory Hayman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

The puzzling behavior of a two-year-old boy baffles his parents. Why would a child flap his hand, not respond to his name, and regress in his language skills? A specialist reveals the news: autism. Yet amid the heartache, the couple discover a road to overcoming autism. A Life to Rescue relives the wonder of this child's deliverance, providing a hope available to other young children with autism.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull and irritating

  • By Dawn on 12-05-11

Dull and irritating

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-11

I didn't enjoy listening to this book. I persevered through to the end but I found it irritating in so many ways.
It's very American and it doesn't relate well to the UK system.
I hated all the prayer needed to "cure" a child's autism.
I am glad the intense ABA therapy worked for this family but I objected to the idea that autistic kids should be made "normal"
As a parent of autistic children, I have read hundreds of books on the subject but this is not one I could recommend.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • My Sister's Keeper

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson, Jennifer Ikeda, Richard Poe, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An engaging listen!

  • By Justin on 12-06-06

A Gripping Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-11

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It pulled me in every direction imaginable as I tried to resolve the unresolvable.
Brilliantly written and narrated.
I will be listening to more by Jodi Picoult.

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  • How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time - and Have Her Beg for More!

  • By: Naura Hayden
  • Narrated by: Naura Hayden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

The genesis of this work is interviews Naura Hayden conducted with close to 500 women through which she learned that most had faked an orgasm during sex at some point in their lives, and that 60% of them faked orgasm every time they had sex. Hayden realized what these women, and their men - needed was not another fancy sex manual full of complicated positions, but a simple, straightforward work with real advice.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • One tip lost in lots of spouting

  • By Dawn on 01-05-11

One tip lost in lots of spouting

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-11

There is 1 really good technique described in this
book that could be written on one page and
summarised in a single word - TEASE.
Not just a bit of foreplay but real serious teasing.

The problem is, that message gets lost in chapters
of rubbish. Preaching about how God's love is so
important and sweeping generalisations about how bad
men are in bed.

It's a shame, because the technique has potential
(though I hated the way she described parts of it)
but I could never recommend this book to anyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful