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Lee Grant

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Brilliant Buxton at his very, very best.

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Reviewed: 08-05-20

This book is so heart-felt. It's the story of Adam and his Father - their fractious relationship is played out within selected episodes of Adam's childhood.

It's full of Bowie, Louis, Joe, Rosie & all the characters regular pod fans will know (shout out to fellow quartermaster).

It's funny, well read, beautifully produced & I'm very much looking forward to the book version.

Finally Adam, if you ever read this, your wife & Joe are wrong about vertical holders #nospoilers

A fascinating story & memoir.

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Reviewed: 03-09-19

This is the story of modern culture. Feminism, sexuality, music, the arts and so much more are revisited by Angie through her own memories and interviews with others who were there.

The book has a stonking soundtrack which acts as chapter headers. Angie is engaging, entertaining and as honest as you'd imagine.

The editing on this book is much more free-form than other Audible tracks but this is not a criticism - it's a bonus. It's a glimpse behind the scenes which is really what this story is about.

There are great tales about all the world players from the 50s through to today. Obviously David Bowie is featured and its fascinating to hear Angie put context around his rise to fame in regards to the world at that time.

If you have an interest in the history of culture or the advancement in equal rights and acceptance for strands of humanity then this is a fantastic resource from someone who was part of the movements.

Bravo.

A Sortabiography is quite right

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-19

If you love Monty Python then this is a must. Like the other members of the troupe, Idle's beginnings are far from funny - tragic in Eric's case - but somehow he found the strength of being to overcome it and become one of the funniest men on the planet.

His performance is top-notch and there is a an 'audible surprise' for us.

His chapters about his friendship with George Harrison are genuinely moving - Harrison sounds like a wonderfully, beautiful guy and Eric loved him very much. His chapters about Bowie are also brilliant.

Eric drops a mark because by the end, the anecdotes are becoming a bit fanciful - an everyone seems to be finding everything he does, the funniest thing they've ever seen.

Fantastic book.

Great, and frightening, premise....

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-19

Feed is a great story, and the world is eerily close to our own. This could be the story of my grandchildren....

Production values are high and the narrator is very good. The slang language is easy to grasp - much friendlier than Nadsat.

My only crit is that we don't find get a resolution as such. I'd love a sequel.

An excellent production of the great stories

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Reviewed: 10-11-18

Brian Sibley's attachment to this book is a hallmark which guarantees its quality.

The cast is superb & the stories have been abridged with such detail that the scars remain invisible.

The production quality is first rate with an entertaining and appropriate score.

Fabulous.

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson cover art

Engaging, frightening and revealing..

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Reviewed: 06-07-18

Jon Ronson tackles the subject calmly and thoroughly. If you're interested on how the internet works...I mean really works...then this is for you.

Jon speaks to a diverse cast of characters who are all linked by a common thread and their lives and fortunes differ greatly.

It's episodic so can be broken into nice listening sections.

Really, really good.

Warning - you are going to laugh loudly!

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Reviewed: 19-09-17

However, once you've finished laughing, you may not know how you're going to explain why.

This book is everything you'd expect - hilarity, sadness and lots of things inserted into orifices.

It's a very easy listen, Adam keeps the pace and you'll be at the end and wanting more in no time.

The subtext of Adam's memory is the sad state of affairs that the NHS has been turned into by successive governments. If we all buy a copy of this book and throw it over the railings into Downing Street then someone may ask why - and perhaps a conversation could start.

Just think about Adam's words the next time you need care - actually don't do that. Pretend that you're absolutely certain that the person who is about to save your life may know what they're doing.

See one. Do One. Teach One.



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One of the best...

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Reviewed: 12-09-17

I knew Richard Coles was in the Communards and I know he's a Vicar.

I didn't know the rest...blimey!

This is extremely revealing and honest look into Richard's extraordinary life which he (and others) have plucked from oblivion more than once.

His social commentary on the 80's, particulayly his experiences as a gay man really enforce what a wild and even dangerous period it was. Very moving.

An excellent audiobook - one of the best.

The difficult second volume...

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 12-09-17

I'm a Richard Coles fan and the high-bar set by his first volume meant it's successor needed to be brilliant. It's very good but it's knocked the bar off on its way over.

Richard is breathtakingly honest and one feels that if the Church listened to him, it may not die out by the end of the century.

Only three stars for performance as the first half of the book seems to have been recorded during a bout of cold.

Worth a listen.

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Comedy & Tragedy

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Reviewed: 12-09-17

Had a few ideas about what to expect from this book and they were all flicked away by the end of chapter 2.

It goes without saying that if you like Robert's work then you'll enjoy this very revealing peek into parts of his life but the book is much more than that - his position on gender and equality are underlined, with an extra audiobook chapter of their own at the end.

Robert is funny, clever and successful but there is a painfully raw trauma in his past which has repeatedly attempted to vanquished him. I don't think it is possible to listen to this book without feeling the urge to track him down immediately and give him a cuddle.

As always, the beauty of an Audible auto-biography is listening to the writer say the words with the strength and meaning they intended, sometimes with a little audio treat thrown in. Robert scores full marks here too.

From one East Lincolnshire lad to another - thank you.