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J. Clayton

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  • In Our Mad and Furious City

  • By: Guy Gunaratne
  • Narrated by: Ben Bailey Smith, Lou Marie Kerr
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Guy Gunaratne's blistering debut, In Our Mad and Furious City, is an unforgettable portrait of 48 hours on a London council estate. For Selvon, Ardan and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere: football, music, freedom. But now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe. While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan remain focused on their own obsessions, girls and grime.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Subject Matter

  • By Raggzy on 06-07-18

London as Poetry

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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: 15-04-19

This is an incredible book, weaving stories across generations with beautiful prose that captures the rhythms and poetry of London’s streets in its many voices.

  • Home Fire

  • By: Kamila Shamsie
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Isma is free. After years spent raising her twin siblings in the wake of their mother's death, she is finally studying in America, resuming a dream long deferred. But she can't stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London - or their brother, Parvaiz, who's disappeared in pursuit of his own dream: to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. Then Eamonn enters the sisters' lives. Handsome and privileged, he inhabits a London worlds away from theirs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By Alice on 14-07-18

Wow

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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: 27-03-19

Incredible storytelling. The way the ancient and epic is blended with the modern and personal is breathtaking and the huge and painfully pertinent political sweep of the book builds slowly and with excruciating tension. A really fantastic piece of work & hugely deserving of it’s success.

  • The Electricity of Every Living Thing

  • One Woman's Walk with Asperger's
  • By: Katherine May
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 29

Last summer, Katherine May was approaching 40, feeling overwhelmed by motherhood and lacking connection with others, lost in a world of inundation and expectation. She had always felt different, but this feeling was new. She wanted to get out, get free and find herself again - and so set about walking the rugged 450 mile South West Coast Path. However, this journey uncovered more than she had ever imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cried, laughed, gasped and loved it

  • By J. Clayton on 14-01-19

Cried, laughed, gasped and loved it

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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: 14-01-19

Coming from an interesting family and having an interesting child, and being quite the academic weirdo myself I absolutely loved this personal story. Katherine writes beautifully, with such clarity, honesty and humour. I’d love to read more from her.

  • Simply the Quest

  • Who Let the Gods Out?, Book 2
  • By: Maz Evans
  • Narrated by: Maz Evans
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 70

Elliot Hooper's troubles are far from over: his mum's health worsens, he's struggling at school, and a bunch of anarchic Greek immortals have moved into his home - including teen goddess Virgo, who's in trouble with the Zodiac. What's more, death-daemon Thanatos and his scary mum are at large. As even more immortal allies and enemies emerge, Virgo and Elliot must learn how to be heroes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter brilliance

  • By Kate Poels on 10-08-17

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: 01-05-18

This whole series is fantastic. The characters are both hilarious and, at times, poignant and the story romps along at a cracking pace. My 10 year old LOVES it & has listened about 6 times. Maz Evans reading is utterly brilliant and she brings so much life and humour to it. Her timing is impeccable; a real joy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS NOT UNABRIDGED

  • By Bryony on 09-09-15

Maggie Gyllenhaal is perfect

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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: 25-02-18

Fantastic narration of this classic novel. It’s still heartbreaking that Plath saw ‘The Bell Jar’ as practice for writing a ‘real novel’.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 12,962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,921

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

Fantastic Storytelling

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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: 15-01-18

I enjoyed this so much, both the writing and the narration are gorgeous. Eleanor Oliphant is a beautifully complex character with a compelling & heartbreaking past and her story is a testament to human resilience. She’s also damn funny. Brilliant debut. Looking forward to more from this author.

  • My Name Is Leon

  • By: Kit de Waal
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

A brother chosen. A brother left behind. And a family where you'd least expect to find one. Leon is nine, and has a perfect baby brother called Jake. They have gone to live with Maureen, who has fuzzy red hair like a halo, and a belly like Father Christmas. But the adults are speaking in low voices, and wearing pretend faces. They are threatening to give Jake to strangers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exceptional

  • By Sophie on 02-07-16

Loved this so much

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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: 02-12-17

A beautiful and harrowing story about kindness, love and the failings of the care system. Lenny Henry is the perfect narrator. There should be more stories like this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race Against Time

  • By: Frank Cottrell-Boyce
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Uh-oh! Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is stuck in reverse. And Little Harry's pressed a button that means she's reversing through time - with the Tootings aboard. When they finally come to a stop, it's at the feet of a very hungry-looking T. rex. How are the Tootings - and Chitty - going to get out of this one? More fun, fast, feel-good adventure with the world's greatest car...driven by the world's most hapless family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By J. Clayton on 12-02-17

Loved it!

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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: 12-02-17

My daughter loves the new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang books. They're funny, inventive and grippingly written and David Tenant's narration is just genius. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Outlaw Varjak Paw

  • By: S F Said
  • Narrated by: Andrew Sachs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Having saved the city cats from a fate worse than death, Varjak Paw finds himself the elected and popular leader of a new gang - a gang that supports freedom and kindness for all. But will the pressure take its toll on this brave yet sometimes naive cat? Soon the city erupts in an all-out gang war as the evil Sally Bones attempts to control the lives of all cats. Horrified and outnumbered, Varjak and the others must fight for their freedom or die trying; can Jalal's Way really be the best way?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is the b e st book in the world🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐈🐱

  • By T M. on 13-08-18

Beautiful

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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: 24-11-16

This is such a beautiful piece of storytelling. The writing is subtle and clear and the characters are well rounded and believable. A strong message of self belief and tolerance runs through the books; 'see your enemy without fear, without hate'. Andrew Sachs is really engaging and nuanced as a narrator and his characterisations are brilliant. Cannot recommend these audiobooks highly enough.