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  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 320

Marianne has a life others dream of. A beautiful townhouse on the best street in the neighbourhood. Three bright children who are her pride and joy. Sometimes her past still hurts: losing her mother early, growing up in foster care. But her husband, Simon, is always there. A successful surgeon, he’s the envy of every woman they’ve ever met. Flowers, gifts, trips to France: nothing is too good for his family. Then Simon says another woman’s name. The way he lingers on it, Caroline, gives Marianne a shudder of suspicion, but she knows it’s nothing - she can’t entertain this flash of paranoia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best listen ever

  • By Anonymous User on 18-10-18

Really?

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

This book had some really good reviews and I was taken in. I found it unbelievable, repetitive and manic. Lots of modern #stuff which seemed random and cliched. Would not recommend that you use a credit for this. Marriage is a very interesting subject but I lost interest in this marriage less than half way through.

  • Brutally Honest

  • Mel B’s tell-all memoir
  • By: Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon
  • Narrated by: Melanie Brown, Phoenix Chi Gulzar Brown, Andrea Brown, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 128

As one-fifth of the iconic Spice Girls and judge on X Factor and America's Got Talent, Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, has been an international star since the age of 19. And yet there are sides of Mel that no one has ever seen, or really known. Brutally Honest is an exposé of the struggles and acute pain that lay behind the glamour and success. With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and Melanie’s trademark Yorkshire humour, this audiobook removes the mask of fame and reveals the mother, wife and daughter behind the Spice Girl everyone thinks they know. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Mr M Randell on 28-11-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 28-11-18

This sets a benchmark for celebrity autobiographies. We want to know the real story not a list of accomplishments. Sorry but anything less than Brutally Honest is boring and not worth paying for. A fantastic listen and thank you to Mel B and Audible for this great addition to my library.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • There Was a Little Girl

  • The Real Story of My Mother and Me
  • By: Brooke Shields
  • Narrated by: Brooke Shields
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Brooke Shields never had what anyone would consider an ordinary life. She was raised by her Newark-tough single mom, Teri, a woman who loved the world of show business and was often a media sensation all by herself. Brooke's iconic modeling career began by chance when she was only 11 months old, and Teri's skills as both Brooke's mother and manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drinking heavily.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Brooke - you have helped me in my grief.

  • By Carol on 07-11-18

Thank you Brooke - you have helped me in my grief.

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I read this book when it first came out. My mother died last month and although she was old and ill, I am in unbelievable grief and with feelings of guilt for times when I was not patient or kind. Reading this book again was like having therapy. We are all human beings with faults and no one can be perfect. You never know when the last chance to be kind will be. I saw my mum all the time but was not always as selfless as I wish I had been. I advise anyone suffering from feelings of regret over a last word not said to read this book and overcome feelings that you could have done better. It is as it is and one really can only remember the good times. To feel guilty is really selfishness in disguise.

  • The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters

  • The Tragic and Glamorous Lives of Jackie and Lee
  • By: Sam Kashner, Nancy Schoenberger
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

A poignant, evocative, and wonderfully gossipy account of the two sisters who represented style and class above all else - Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill - from the authors of Furious Love. Drawing on the authors’ candid interviews with Lee Radziwill, The Fabulous Bouvier Sisters explores their complicated relationship, placing them at the center of 20th-century fashion, design, and style.  This dual biography sheds light on the public and private lives of two extraordinary women who lived through immense tragedy in enormous glamour. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not exciting

  • By Carol on 26-09-18

Not exciting

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

This turned out to be a very boring listen. Narrator has a strange robotic voice to my ear. I regret the credit used.

  • In Pieces

  • By: Sally Field
  • Narrated by: Sally Field
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Sally Field has an infectious charm that has captivated audiences for more than five decades, beginning with her first television role at the age of 17. From Gidget’s sweet-faced ‘girl next door' to the dazzling complexity of Sybil to the Academy Award-winning ferocity and depth of her role in Norma Rae and Mary Todd Lincoln, Field has stunned audiences time and time again with her artistic range and emotional acuity. Yet there is one character who always remained hidden: the shy and anxious little girl within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Carol on 19-09-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

I have followed Sally Field's career being a similar age and have always wondered what sort of person she would really be. This book answers all my wondering. She does not hold back from appearing unlikable and you feel she is completely honest about all aspects of her life and career. The parts she has played have been woven in to her story in a really interesting way which keeps the pace without becoming a boring list of actor accomplishments as so many autobiographies of actors become. Sally reads so beautifully without some of the strange 'stops and starts' which are very noticeable with some narrators, giving an uneven performance. Highly recommended and one of the best books I have listened to this year.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Necessary Marriage

  • By: Elisa Lodato
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Jane is 16 when she first becomes aware of Leonard Campbell. He is a tall, gentle man with full lips and no ring on his left hand. He is her teacher. As he begins to shower her with attention, giving her novels to read and discuss, Jane's interest grows, and slowly she falls in love. They overcome obstacles in the form of school bullies and Jane's parents, and it is only once married that Jane realises she might have settled down too early and given up too much of herself in the process.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Bother

  • By Carol on 24-08-18

Don't Bother

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18

So boring. I kept thinking that it would get better but it didn't. Waste of a credit.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cheer Up Love

  • Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate
  • By: Susan Calman
  • Narrated by: Susan Calman
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman Is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression. The reaction to the show she wrote about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on the show and write a more detailed account of surviving when you're the world's most negative person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god for Susan Calman and this book!! Just excellent!

  • By Miss on 01-06-16

Less?

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

Reviewed: 26-07-18

Having got through half of this book, I have only one question, will the second half be less?

  • Bad Blood: The Shocking True Story Behind the Menendez Killings

  • By: Don Davis
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

They were golden boys who killed with sudden savagery. The trial revealed a dark drama too evil to believe. Handsome, rich, bronzed champion athletes, Erik and Lyle Menendez were the stunning symbols of the California dream. The sons of a high-powered Hollywood executive and his beautiful wife, they lived in a pampered world of Beverly Hills mansions, swimming pools, and private tennis coaches. But the dream became a nightmare when police found the butchered bodies of the boys' parents, Jose and Kitty, in the family room of their five-million dollar mansion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Boring read

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-09-18

Fascinating and Brilliantly Narrated

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

Reviewed: 21-11-17

I knew this story but this book went behind the scenes and gave an objective insight into what was a tragic event.

  • The Silent Wife

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin-Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,327

Lara's life looks perfect on the surface. Gorgeous doting husband Massimo, sweet little son Sandro and the perfect home. Lara knows something about Massimo. Something she can't tell anyone else or everything Massimo has worked so hard for will be destroyed: his job, their reputation, their son. This secret is keeping Lara a prisoner in her marriage. Maggie is married to Massimo's brother Nico. She knows all of Nico's darkest secrets - or so she thinks. The one day she discovers a letter in the attic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better analysis of coercive control than The Archers!

  • By Frances Locke on 21-09-17

Would Not Recommend

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

What did you like best about The Silent Wife? What did you like least?

The whole book was confusing. The characters were not clearly positioned and the endless back and forth between characters left me wishing I had not bothered.

If you’ve listened to books by Kerry Fisher before, how does this one compare?

I have not listed to Kerry Fisher's books before and would not do so again.

What three words best describe Emma Spurgin-Hussey’s performance?

Irritating. Did not like the attempts at Italian accent when no attempt was made to make differences between other characters voices.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No - definitely not.

Any additional comments?

No.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

It's the late 1960s, and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives and embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C Hall on 13-08-16

Fantastic Narration

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

Where does A Very English Scandal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Weyman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

First time I have heard Daniel Weyman who is easily the best narrator I have heard on Audible. He could read a cookery book and make it interesting. Will look for other books narrated by him.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful