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  • Tell Me It's Real

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Do you believe in love at first sight? Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He's thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh-out-loud funny, frustrating, heart-warming

  • By Andy on 19-08-14

Laugh hysterically, cry a bit

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

I loved this audiobook. Great characters (btw Vince is not as vapid as the blurb made me think, and he’s adorable). Not just Paul, our narrator who really grows on you because he does NOT get his own worth, and Vince who is so awesome. The supporting characters, from Sandy/Helena (best friend of Paul and drag queen) to Johnny Depp (Paul’s grandmother’s homophobic parrot), they’re all brilliant and colourful. The story is mostly cute but really really emotional in places (I did not cry on the train, honest) and the different voices, including the very well-done Helena/Sandy distinction really made it perfect. My only criticism is the long pauses in the narration between chapters (and at some other times), which may just be me(?) but may not - my advice if you are getting the long pauses: check you’re still playing and wait for the next bit. It’ll be worth it.

  • The Weight of It All

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 62

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of. He joins a gym. Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn't sure he'll ever be ready to date again. He's sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is. As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamors Reed with recipes and laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining p, A much audible

  • By Jackie Thorogood on 04-10-17

Even better in audio

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

I kept being told to listen to this on audiobook, and so glad I did. It just enhanced everything I love about this book. Henry is hilarious, as are Anneka and Melinda, his friends, and the voices really brought that out. I love all the characters, Henry being sassy but insecure and Reid steady and soooo nice, and that really came across in the audio. The story is great, I love that there’s no drama queen vendetta against the ex or anything, just someone trying to get on and move forward, and I find the exercise and diet references actually quite motivational! And, yes, the sex is hot and the narrator does that so well, which I think must be difficult to do! Overall, brilliant. Now, how do I go back to the start to do it again...

  • Hot Head

  • By: Damon Suede
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot and heartwarming!

  • By Mel Rawlinson on 31-01-18

Hot and heartwarming!

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

Reviewed: 31-01-18

I really enjoyed this book, practically finished it in one go (although with ten hours of narration that actually meant over two days).
The detail around 9/11 was kinda heartbreaking, and there’s also stuff here around hate crimes - don’t read this if you don’t want any seriousness in your life at all. The warmth of Griff and the sass and scrappiness of Dante, plus the fabulous other members of his family, just makes this such a lovely story.
The narrative was done well, good differentiation between characters, although there are a couple of bits that I found difficult to follow whether something was being said out loud or an internal narrative. I think this was probably something that was due to how it was written though - with interspersed bits - so not sure the narrator could have done anything differently.
Funny, sexy and warm. Loved it.

  • Nightmare Academy

  • By: Dean Lorey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

It's hard to fit in when your nightmares open portals to the Netherworld, where horrible creatures live: like the class 3 Netherstalker that invaded a sleepover and tried to eat the other children. Luckily there's a place for Charlie: the Nightmare Academy. Built from wrecked ships set in the branches of the world's most incredible tree fort, the Academy trains people to use their unique gifts to fight the monsters that rush in when the lights go out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, fab characters voiced well

  • By Mel Rawlinson on 11-02-17

Great book, fab characters voiced well

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

I'd already read the second book on this series (hadn't been able to find this one in the kindle store), so I knew this would be good. I hadn't realised it would be amazing! Great introduction of a fictional world, really nice characters and exciting plot. I was initially a bit worried about the narration - I'm a Brit so my internal voice when I read to myself definitely doesn't have the American accent of Oliver Wyman and I wondered if it would put me off. That lasted about ten minutes. His narration and the huge range of subtly and not-so-subtly different voices, accents and vocal mannerisms he had for the different characters really brought them to life and added so much to the description of each character. And they were spot on: the bravado of Theodore; the 'popular girl' obnoxiousness of Brooke; the calm of the Headmaster; and the self-important brashness of the Director came across perfectly. Loved it.

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  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable David

  • By Mark on 20-11-10

Quite spectacular

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

Reviewed: 13-12-15

I expected any book from David Attenborough to be good, and was really keen to hear about his experiences filming natural history programmes, but I never expected the breadth of experiences or the humour that is contained in this audiobook.

This is a fantastic narrative of Attenborough's life in broadcasting. It covers both informative explanations around some of the subjects of his well-known programmes and interesting insights into his life. It includes small snippets of home life, insight into the politics of the BBC, the difficulties of getting those wonderful nature shots and the technological advances he's seen. His sense of humour really comes through and I have found myself laughing out loud in public places as a result of some of his descriptions (the mooted alternative title of 'Life in the Undergrowth', when you get to it, will hopefully make you laugh as much as I did!). Best of all is the stroke of inspiration by BBC audio that was getting Attenborough to read his own book. I could listen to that voice for days...and did.
Buy, listen, enjoy.