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Well...what a disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 26-01-20

Having avidly followed and constantly revisited this series, I was so excited when I saw this was being released. I hadn’t really enjoyed ‘Frogs & Kisses’, the book before this, so I was really hopeful that this one was going to be fantastic . It wasn’t, it was more than a bit lacking. The story was a huge disappointment, so much repetition, so little content. I feel actually let down. I can only imagine Miss Swendson ran out of ideas. What a shame, the premis and characters are wonderful, so much scope to have written something incredible, I honestly cannot hide my genuine disappointment. Sorry.

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.

40 people found this helpful

The Greatest Beauty Book I've EVER Found.

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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 person found this helpful

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.

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 people found this helpful

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 people found this helpful

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 people found this helpful

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 person found this helpful

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.

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