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  • LIT: A Memoir

  • By: Mary Karr
  • Narrated by: Mary Karr
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Lit is about getting drunk and getting sober; becoming a mother by letting go of a mother; learning to write by learning to live. This hotly anticipated sequel brings Karr’s story full circle; it will endure in the hearts of listeners alongside her influential and beloved earlier books. Simply put, it is a triumph.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pretentious

  • By Carol on 15-04-19

Pretentious

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

Reviewed: 15-04-19

Not an interesting person and therefore not an interesting story. Self centred and pretentious. Not able to warm to the writer in any way. Gave up in the end. Well read but as it was the author narrating, I imagine that she was fascinated by her own story.

  • Bad Blood

  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,462

The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of a multibillion-dollar start-up, by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end. In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose start-up ‘unicorn’ promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood tests significantly faster and easier. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-08-18

Riveting!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

This is a thriller! True story that is better than fiction. Mad egos out of control. You couldn't make this up. Brilliant investigative journalistic scoop by John Carreyrou. Highly recommend.

  • My Lovely Wife

  • By: Samantha Downing
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Every marriage has secrets. Everyone has flaws. Your wife isn't perfect - you know that - but then again nor are you. But now a serial killer is on the loose in your small town, preying on young women. Fear is driving your well-behaved young daughter off the rails, and you find yourself in bed late at night, looking at the woman who lies asleep beside you. Because you thought you knew the worst about her. The truth is you know nothing at all.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous....

  • By Heidi on 10-04-19

Great narration - ridiculous story

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I didn't realise that I was still listening to this drivel because the narrator's voice is so great and his reading style so professional. Shame he was narrating such nonsense.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dinner Party

  • By: Tracy Bloom
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Never has an unexpected guest caused such chaos! Three couples take it in turns to host a monthly dinner party. Beth, Sarah and Marie have been friends forever. Now they are grown up, with busy lives, busy husbands, busy kids...but they still find time to meet up over dinner once a month. A cosy, comfortable gathering of happy couples - or so they thought. Until one night, someone brings along a last-minute guest whose wife has just left him. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read

  • By Pamela Ralph on 01-04-19

More boring than a real dinner party.

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

Wooden, unbelievable characters with no depth and impossible to care or want to hear more about any of them. Terrible accents. Not a group of people that I would want to spend time at a bus stop with, let alone a whole dinner party. I really wanted to like this but it was a huge disappointment after a long wait.

  • The Couple

  • An Unputdownable Psychological Thriller with a Breathtaking Twist
  • By: Sarah Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Following a whirlwind four-month romance, lawyer Claire and hotel entrepreneur Angus are engaged to be married. Happy and successful, and ready to start their new life together, Claire and Angus find what they believe to be the perfect home. But when Claire meets Mark, the man selling them the house, he looks eerily familiar. He looks exactly like the man she loved five years ago, the man she couldn’t bear to lose.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Will never get the time (or the credit) back

  • By Carol on 20-02-19

Will never get the time (or the credit) back

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

The narrator was so good that I carried on listening to what was the most unbelievable and mind numbing novel I have ever had the misfortune to spend time listening to. Please can Katie Villa read some good books so that her performance is justified? I know that I am at odds with others over this book but would like to bear warning to those who read the reviews and think they are in for an 'unputdownable psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist'!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me a Secret

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Claire Sturgess
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

Holly is feeling on top of the world - celebrating a new promotion and dying to pop the champagne with her best friend Roz. But is Holly just imagining things, or is Roz - who supported her every step of the way - not as happy for her as she should be? Something about Roz's behaviour doesn't add up. And soon Holly has the sneaking suspicion that there's a target on her back. Has someone been playing dirty in a war Holly didn't know she was fighting? And is Roz more tangled up in this than she'll admit? Only one woman can be left standing - but will the best woman win?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At long last a heroine my age

  • By dld on 15-01-19

Really wanted to like this....

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

Desperate for something to listen to, I thought that I would give this a chance. Big mistake. My daily office life is more interesting than this and that is saying something. Lost the will to go on and in the end, really didn't care what the end of this 'story' could possibly be. Blah, blah, blah.....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Our Little Lies

  • By: Sue Watson
  • Narrated by: Katie Villa
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 902

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator, poor story

  • By ziiigggg on 02-03-19

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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

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.

8 of 10 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 her manager were formidable. But in private she was troubled and drank 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 4
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

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
  • An informative listen

  • By Elizabethlockey on 05-02-19

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.