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  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706

So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully honest book.

  • By MrsB on 26-09-18

My Thoughts Exactly

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

Reviewed: 24-09-18

I’m not a huge Lily Allen fan, I like a couple of her songs. I purchased this book as I thought I’d see what I could learn about her life as I’d only seen her behaviour as viewed via social media and the press and it looked interesting, I like autobiographies.

The first few chapters are sincere enough, brutally honest even, sounds like she experienced a rather bleak and awful childhood, which nobody would wish on anyone else. Obviously neglected to quite a degree by her parents as a youngster, which has then impacted on her adult life immensely.

The story of her stalker Alex Grey was terrifying, one naturally can empathise with her, and the trauma she experienced during this time must have been appalling.

The story was read well by the author, the writing itself was good, but I was left not with a feeling of what a remarkable and powerful woman and role model Ms. Allen is, but rather with the view that she is in fact the rather self-absorbed person I’d read about.

There was little to no joy or real fun mentioned in the book, I found this sad.

Certainly the author is intelligent, considered and has an interesting back story, but the entire book focuses almost entirely on the author as “the victim”.

I won’t recommend or not recommend purchasing this. I’ve read worse and I’ve read much better.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Pretty Iconic

  • By: Sali Hughes
  • Narrated by: Sali Hughes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 54

A personal, expert look at iconic beauty products of the past, present and future from Britain's best and most trusted beauty writer. New beauty products are launched every day, but which ones really do the job, underneath all of the packaging? And which long-standing classics deserve to be dusted off before they are forgotten in amongst all the new trends?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for beauty addicts

  • By Jane Bailey on 28-10-16

The Greatest Beauty Book I've EVER Found.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-16

Would you listen to Pretty Iconic again? Why?

Good grief yes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pretty Iconic?

Every moment was memorable.

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

No, I haven't yet, but I shall.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book was incredible. Absolutely joyful and also in one part a little sad.

Any additional comments?

I am a complete beauty and product nerd. This book brought not only the history of well-beloved products to my mind again, it also brought absolute joy at Sali's recollections of iconic products, all of which are recalled by her with a charming delivery and a clever anecdote. Without question MY book of 2016. Possibly, the greatest book of my beauty nerd life. If you have even an interest in products, please listen to this. It will be truly enjoyed by those aged 40+, but the true nerd will just enjoy the pure joy that Sali's reminiscences bring. I wish you knew how fabulous this book is.
Thank you Sali, you've brought me great happiness.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bridget Jones's Baby

  • The Diaries
  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

8.45 P.M. Realise there have been so many times in my life when have fantasised about going to a scan with Mark or Daniel: just not both at the same time. Before motherhood before marriage Bridget with biological clock ticking very, very loudly finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated however by a crucial but terribly awkward question - who is the father?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Has Bridget gone as far as she can go?

  • By Rachel Redford on 15-10-16

Absolute dross.

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm so sorry that I bothered to look forward to this book, it was beyond ghastly, complete tripe, no actual story. Quite cross that we don't appear to be able to return it to audible.co.uk also. Such a waste of a membership credit.

Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Fielding again?

Not willingly.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She didn't particularly, the material she had to read was at best basic.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

None that I noticed.

Any additional comments?

Really disappointed. It's rare for me to leave a poor review.

  • Scarlett Says

  • By: Scarlett Moffatt
  • Narrated by: Scarlett Moffatt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 234

Meet Scarlett. You might recognise her as one of the funniest women on television from her appearances on the hit Channel Four show Gogglebox. Now, in Scarlett Says, Scarlett Moffat turns her attention to life, the universe and everything in an audiobook that will be utterly unlike any other celebrity autobiography you hear. Find out why thigh gaps can get stuffed, why Tinder photos won't make good stories for the grandkids, why tooth fairies are creepy little bastards and much, much more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Funny but mixed messages

  • By TT on 04-05-16

I've Gone Completely Scarlett!

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

Reviewed: 22-04-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend this book without hesitation. It's really very good.
I can see it will appeal to many age groups and different backgrounds.
Don't really want to ruin the book for others by spoilers.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Scarlett obviously, but her family and friends sound like decent people too.

What about Scarlett Moffatt’s performance did you like?

Scarlett reading the book made it perfect. It's sweet, funny, honest, and full of quite surprising facts. I find Scarlett utterly charming, very sensible and really grounded.
She also reads very well, really clear pronounciation.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Who is 'Shiny Tights'? Scarlett knows...

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a read, I wouldn't have bothered reviewing it otherwise.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Here Comes the Clown

  • A Stumble Through Show Business
  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

In 2004 Dom Joly wrote a spoof autobiography called Look At Me, Look At Me. In Here Comes the Clown, he takes up the story of his life from 14 January 2000 when the very first episode of Trigger Happy TV aired on Channel 4 and everything changed for him. Suddenly he was famous; reality was weirder than any fiction he could conjure up. This is the story of what happened next, through snippets of recollections from his adventures in show business....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just wonderful... So honest and refreshingl

  • By mr on 23-08-15

Just Incredibly Good!

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

Reviewed: 14-09-15

If you could sum up Here Comes the Clown in three words, what would they be?

Witty. Honest. Fascinating.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Dom, but also Sam's character. I felt for Stacey, Dom's wife.

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

I purchased "Look At Me, Look At Me" in fact I pre-ordered it.
I hated it and then took an instant dislike to the author, solely because I hadn't the intelligence to realise it was a spoof/satirical book.
I was wrong, Dom Joly is an extraordinarily clever chap, I grossly misunderstood the quirky humour in the book. I shall now revisit it with an open mind,

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Here Comes The Clown made me laugh, but I also empathised wiith the author.
This is simply a superb book,and beautifully narrated.
It's actually a brilliant story and I'd highly recommend it.
Really interesting info contained therein, who knew Dom schooled with Osama Bin Laden? Who knew such skullduggery existed in the world of show business?

Any additional comments?

FTR I've now publicly apologised to Dom Joly via Twitter, because I was wrong to make an assumption based on one book. It turns out he's actually very nice and has a great sense of fun, he's also a really good author.Buy this book, you won't be disappointed. 10/10

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Tent, The Bucket and Me

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun.

  • By c jennings on 02-12-15

Charming book.

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

Reviewed: 09-05-15

Would you listen to The Tent, The Bucket and Me again? Why?

Definitely.

It's a great story, beautifully told by the author.

What did you like best about this story?

As the daughter of a Welshman, I found it very easy to empathise with, & recognise the fathers quirks as described by Emma Kennedy.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I particularly enjoyed the "runs" Emma experienced in the car.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found the whole book just perfect. I laughed & nearly cried in equal measure.

Any additional comments?

A really great book, well written, well narrated & worth purchasing.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Magicalamity

  • By: Kate Saunders
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16

Tom doesn’t know he is a demisprite - the child of a fairy and a human - until he meets his three fairy godmothers. They’ve been summoned to protect him, but they can’t stop bickering and two of them are hardened criminals. Tom must survive their botched magic spells, learn to fly, and enter the dangerous Fairy Realm to save his parents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By Mrs W on 31-03-16

Brilliant book.

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

Reviewed: 23-02-15

As an avid fan of all things magical & comedic I adored this book.

Would highly recommend it for all ages, just fantastic and funny.

I'm 44 in case you were wondering..,

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Losing It

  • By: Helen Lederer
  • Narrated by: Helen Lederer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 22

Millie was at one time quite well known for various TV and radio appearances. However she now has no money, a best friend with a better sex life than her, a daughter in Papua New Guinea, and too much weight in places she really doesn't want it. When she's asked to be the frontwoman for a new diet pill, she naively believes that all her troubles will be solved. She will have money, the weight will be gone, and maybe she'll get more sex. If only life was really that easy.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Such a disappointment

  • By LS on 08-10-15

God awful.

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

Reviewed: 18-02-15

Would you try another book written by Helen Lederer or narrated by Helen Lederer?

Not having suffered this.

Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Lederer again?

Don't know.

How could the performance have been better?

I think it was doomed from the start.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Losing It?

The words.

Any additional comments?

Such a shame, Helen is an incredible actress whom I'm admire, but this was total dross. I shall be seeking a credit refund. Hugely disappointed.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Watching War Films with My Dad

  • By: Al Murray
  • Narrated by: Al Murray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Have you ever watched a film with someone who, at the most dramatic scene, argues that the plane on screen hasn't been invented yet? Or that the tank rumbling towards the hero at the end of the film is the wrong tank altogether? Al Murray is that someone. Try as he might, he can’t help himself. Growing up in the 1970s, Al, with the help of his dad, became fascinated with the history of World War Two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to Al Murry with my Dad.

  • By John Bedder on 08-02-18

Fantastic book.

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

A brilliant book, really well researched and hugely informative,, genuinely laugh out loud funny especially if you watched war films with your father.


As usual Al Murray is on fine form.

10/10

  • Frank Skinner Live - Man in a Suit

  • By: Frank Skinner
  • Narrated by: Frank Skinner
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Comedy legend Frank Skinner brings his new live show Man In A Suit to audiobook. Recorded during his 40 night sell-out run at the Leicester Square Theatre and part of his highly anticipated 2014 tour, Frank delivers this critically acclaimed and hilarious show in his usual witty and hugely entertaining style.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as he used to be

  • By David on 11-01-17

Old Pig Iron #bigfans

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

Reviewed: 17-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Without hesitation. Frank has now matured into a very insightful comedian.Very witty, well observed, fresh material.

What about Frank Skinner’s performance did you like?

What's not to love, it's Frank Skinner!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

Worth buying, I'm certain I shall revisit this book again and again. Money well spent.