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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,177

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

Fascinating and compelling

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

Reviewed: 15-11-18

An open and, I truly believe, honest account of Michelle‘s journey from her first day at school to her departure from the White House and everything in between. Her message is clear and transparent and she holds nothing back as she shares her most private thoughts, beliefs and real life experiences. Through her book, Michelle demonstrates her humanity, her normalcy and her love for people, young and old and of every race, colour and creed. Especially powerful is hearing her passion and emotions first hand as she personally narrates the text. She made me laugh and cry in equal measure and after feeling I really know so much about her now, she is officially my hero! I highly recommend this book!!!!

58 of 66 people found this review helpful

  • The House by the Lake

  • By: Thomas Harding
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

In the summer of 1993, Thomas Harding travelled to Germany with his grandmother to visit a house by a lake. It had been a holiday home for her family, that she had been forced to leave as the Nazis swept to power. As he began to piece together the lives of the five families who had lived, he realised that this house had witnessed violence, betrayals and murders, had withstood the trauma of a world war and the dividing of a nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A historical treasure

  • By KittyB on 28-10-15

5 families, one house, a fantastic journey

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it took me on Berlin’s historical journey through two world wars, the cold war and beyond. It is warmly written, with all of the characters brought very much to life as is the house itself. I live in Berlin and my next free weekend will be spent finding the house by the lake and all of the other places in the surrounding area. For those of you who can’t make that trip, there are lovely images and a great short movie showing the house under Alexanderhaus.org

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 497
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris' cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rrpeat repeat

  • By P. Lee on 08-06-18

A 'laugh out loud' treat!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

As always, David Sedaris entertains and his frankness, humour and sensitivity, plus his obvious love for his family and loved ones, shines through in Calypso. However, having read/listened to almost everything he has written, I was a little dissapointed that some stories from previous books are included in this one and this leaves me feeling slightly short changed.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Deni Francis, Paul Panting
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 985

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By Rory on 12-08-18

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

The plot was refreshingly unique, frighteningly believable and with a surprising twist at the end. I was left feeling concerned that the whole nasty business could unravel for Fi at some point in the future!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 713

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

Captivating!

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

This is the 2nd of Clare‘s books I have listened to and on the whole, I really enjoyed it. One slight point of criticism is that the eventual slow reveal of the guilty parties and their capture by the authorities was far too drawn out for comfort and grated after a short while. Their revelations read like an amateur dramatic production, which does not at all match the rest of the dialogue. In saying this, I was captivated by the many twists and turns of the plot lines - especially the final one at the end. Nice one Claire!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Sister Milly

  • By: Gemma Dowler
  • Narrated by: Ruby Thomas
  • Length: 22 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 196

Everyone thinks they know the story of Milly Dowler. Haunting headlines about the missing schoolgirl splashed across front pages. The family's worst fears realised when her body was found months later. The years of waiting for the truth, only to learn that the killer, known to the police, lived just yards from where Milly had vanished. The parents subjected to horrific psychological torture at a trial orchestrated by the murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable, shocking and heart-wrenching!

  • By Ann D on 12-09-17

Graceful account of truly harrowing times

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

Reviewed: 28-10-17

Gemma has written with grace and dignity about what she and her lovely family have endured since the disappearance and murder of Milly. Her honest and heart wrenching account of how she and her family have suffered must surely influence changes in the support currently offered to families of victims of crime. Writing this book was a selfless act of bravery which hopefully will prevent others from suffering in the way you all have. Well done Gemma and thank you.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Widow

  • By: Chris Brookmyre
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Scarlett Mack
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173

There is no perfect marriage. There is no perfect murder. Diana Jager's life crumbles when her details are released on the Internet as revenge for her antisexism blog. Then she meets Peter. Within six months, they are married. Within six more, Peter is dead in a road accident - a nightmare end to their fairy-tale romance. But Peter's sister, Lucy, doesn't believe in fairy tales and tasks maverick reporter Jack Parlabane with discovering the dark truth behind the woman the media is calling 'Black Widow'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great listen

  • By N. Macdougall on 06-02-16

Fantastic thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-03-17

Would you listen to Black Widow again? Why?

Now I know the ending, I wouldn't listen again. However, the plot twists kept me guessing right up until the last 30 minutes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the characters were extremely convincing.

Which character – as performed by Angus King and Scarlett Mack – was your favourite?

I was very impressed by both Scarlett and Angus's performances. However, Angus was particularly skilled at embodying both the male and female characters and each were completely believable.

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

There were many tense moments in the book and I heard myself gasping at some of the revelations.

Any additional comments?

This was the perfect book for me and I devoured it in just two sessions. I just couldn't wait to find out 'who dunnit'.

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,899

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sheila on 19-07-15

Predictable and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 14-02-17

Initially this book held my interest. However, the plot lines were predictable and became uncomfortably long and drawn out. It was if we are being spoon fed each point over and over. I also found some of the dialogue unnecessarily romanticized and rather than intensifying the drama, this spoilt it. Less is often more and I would prefer the author leaves the reader guessing, rather than signposting the plot lines far in advance. Sadly, I became so irritated by this that I couldn't wait to finish the book. Disappointing!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A very boring book

  • By Deni Quintela on 22-02-17

Mesmerizing psychological thriller

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

If you could sum up The Widow in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, sensitive, gripping

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Widow?

Both author and narrator manage, so convincingly, very sensitively to portray the internal and external worlds of each character. Throughout the book, we are unsure of the wife's involvement with the crime and the author keeps us guessing right up to the last chapter. A real page turner which doesn't dissapoint!

What about Clare Corbett’s performance did you like?

Clare was especially skillfull at bringing the very different and quite complex characters of the Wife, her husband, the Reporter and the Detective to life so empathically.

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

I gasped many times as this story unfolded. I felt sorry for the mother of the child and masses of empathy for the wife and the detective too. I had a very strong emotional reaction at the extent to which the husband controlled and manipulated his wife, who seemed so naive, gullible and tightly wound. Her inner tension was palpable throughout and I felt quite tense myself, just waiting for her to unravel.

Any additional comments?

I really appreciate the sensitivity with which this topic is addressed the author. The book addresses the survivors' struggles to understand what happened and why, and explores their intense need to obtain closure. This is done without sensationalism and none of the usual gore associated with writings about child abduction, pedophilia and murder. I hope to read more from this author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nix

  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569

Meet Samuel: stalled writer, bored teacher at a local college, obsessive player of online video games. He hasn't seen his mother, Faye, in decades, not since she abandoned her family when he was a boy. Now she has suddenly reappeared, having committed an absurd politically motivated crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a divided America. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant novel

  • By Will J Bailey on 24-05-17

Draws you in and keeps you hooked until the end!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

If you could sum up The Nix in three words, what would they be?

Compelling, Complex, Rich.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Nix?

There really are far too many memorable moments to single any one out.

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

No, but the next book I read will be narrated by him. After The Nix, I'm a fan. He's a fabulously talented narrator who makes the many characters in this book, male and female, instantly recognisable and interesting.

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

It made me laugh many times and also gasp in amazement at the plot twist and turns. I especially appreciated how the writer and narrator helped me to have empathy for many of the characters and a sheer dislike for a few others.

Any additional comments?

This book draws you in from its first pages. The writer skillfully hooks you into each character's story in the present tense, while leading you backward and forward through time to introduce others. The storylines kept me so engrossed, that I began to resent being interrupted. It's been some time since a book kept me so fully engaged as this did from start to finish.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful