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  • Smut: Two Unseemly Stories: The Greening of Mrs Donaldson & The Shielding of Mrs Forbes

  • By: Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by: Alan Bennett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

Two unexpected tales written and read by the best-selling author of The Uncommon Reader, Untold Stories and The History Boys."The Greening of Mrs Donaldson" - Mrs Donaldson is a conventional middle-class woman beached on the shores of widowhood after a marriage that had been much like many others: happy to begin with, then satisfactory and finally dull. But when she decides to take in two lodgers, her mundane life becomes much more stimulating…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bennett at his best!

  • By Tracey on 25-05-11

Bennett at his best!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-11

I love Alan Bennett, the man can do no wrong. These two short stories revolving around sex in its various forms are funny and oddly sweet. Bennett is brilliant at forming flawed, human characters who are, if not likeable, at least relatable. A great quick listen, definitely one for a rainy day or a long journey.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • One Day

  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

He is Dexter Mayhew, tall, dark, and (she can't deny it) handsome. She is Emma Morley, bottled red hair, wilfully badly dressed, all principles and no action. Could this be the dawn of the rest of their lives? Or are Dex and Em living proof that - despite an unlikely beginning - men and women really can be just good friends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll laugh, you'll cry.

  • By Charles on 09-12-09

Moving and surprising

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-10

This book was ridiculously easy to relate to. The two main characters are extremely likeable, and watching how their relationship changes is really interesting. I expected a nice light story, but it gets just fantastic and really moving towards the end. The only complaint I had was the voices the narrator put on for some of the younger female characters. It's quite possible she's not heard a young person speak in the last twenty years or so. A great listen for anyone with slightly complicated relationships in their life; I was completely drawn in for the whole 15 hours or so.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Me Talk Pretty One Day

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

David Sedaris' collection of essays - including live recordings! - tells a most unconventional life story. With every clever turn of a phrase, Sedaris brings a view and a voice like no other to every unforgettable encounter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This guy is an original

  • By Pamela Mantrippe on 29-06-15

Absolutely hilarious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-10

I'd never encountered David Sedaris before this audiobook, and was advised this was a great starting point. And I am so glad I listened to it. David's stories are touching, informative and above all ridiculously funny. His attempts at speaking French had me laughing out loud, while his revealing tale about tourists judging him on the Paris Metro made me want to reach into the headphones and punch the offending ignorami. He is extremely likable, and once you listen to one story don't make any plans for the next few hours, as you won't want to leave him unattended.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Stranger

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

In a dusty postwar summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, the clock in its stable yard permanently fixed at twenty to nine. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not overly ghostly

  • By Tracey on 07-07-09

Not overly ghostly

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-09

I was expecting more of a Susan Hill style ghost story from the reviews I had read, but I got something completely different. The supernatural elements seem to be a bonus to what is an engaging story of a family in ruins, and a relationship that never quite comes to fruition. There are some incredibly spooky moments however. The ending is just wonderful, the more I consider it the more I appreciate the genius of it.

This is a wonderfully written book, regardless of genre, and would receommend it to absolutely everyone who enjoys a good story.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better

  • By: Mark Watson
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

As a starting point in making the world a better place, Mark will free you from sin. It's a big task, but he thinks it's going to go really well. Mark Watson is not only a fantastic stand-up comedian, but he may also be the best chance we have to overcome sin. He's got a plan to teach us everything we need to know about the Six Deadly Sins (he knows it's usually seven, but he's doing Greed and Gluttony together as a special offer).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making the world substantially funnier

  • By Tracey on 31-10-08

Making the world substantially funnier

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-08

If you're a fan of hilarious random ramblings, and crazy little songs, then this is the audiobook for you. Mark Watson is funny, sweet, and the stories from his life ('Exemplum, exemplum!') are brilliantly entertaining. For similar daft thoughts, check out Dave Gorman's Genius. A chuckle a minute, enough to put a smile on anyone's face.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fragile Things

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

Here is a stunning collection of short stories by the acclaimed fantasy writer. The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination, and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful

  • By Tracey on 31-10-08

Absolutely wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-08

Neil Gaiman is an amazing author, and these short stories show the vast versatility of his writing. Stories of the supernatural, the weird and the wicked, I defy anyone to not enjoy this collection. For similar entertainment, check out Joe Hill's '20th Century Ghosts'.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Haunted

  • David Ash, Book 1
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 59 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Three nights of terror at the house called Edbrook. Three nights in which David Ash, there to investigate a haunting, will be the victim of horrifying and maleficent games. Three nights in which he will face the blood-chilling enigma of his own past. Three nights before Edbrook's dreadful secret will be revealed....And the true nightmare will begin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not particularly haunting

  • By Tracey on 31-10-08

Not particularly haunting

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-10-08

Not an amazing book, nor a very spooky one. There are some chilling moments, but this is pretty much all forgotten with the disappointing 'twist' at the end. For better scares I would recommend the terrifying 'Secret of Crickly Hall' by the same author. Still, the whole thing only takes up a couple of hours of your time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful