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  • Tales of the City

  • Tales of the City, Book 1
  • By: Armistead Maupin
  • Narrated by: Frances McDormand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

For more than three decades Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City has blazed its own trail through popular culture...from a groundbreaking newspaper serial, to a classic novel, to a television event that entranced millions around the world. The first of six novels about the denizens of the mythic apartment house at 28 Barbary Lane, Tales of the City is both a sparkling comedy of manners and an indelible portrait of an era that changed forever the way we live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening!

  • By E J STICKLAND on 27-02-16

Struggled to engage

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

Reviewed: 17-07-19

After listening to all the hype about Tales of the City, which originally had totally passed me by, I took this audiobook (plus books 2 & 3 on holiday with me as I wanted to understand all of the background stories in readiness for the forthcoming Netflix follow up series). However, I found it really difficult to engage with. Despite giving it a good couple of goes, in the end I had to admit defeat and move on to a different book. Fortunately, I was able to send the rest of the series back to Audible!

  • Not My Father's Son

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,329

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary memoir

  • By Katherine on 06-11-14

Honest and touching

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-19

This touching memoir is a credit to the author and may surely help those who experienced their own difficult childhood (and their new friends and families) to appreciate how long lasting its ramifications can be. It may also help illuminate how facing up to, examining and naming those childhood experiences, can help victims of child abuse (of any kind) to heal and to go on to have successful, happy and fulfilling lives. Thank you for this Alan.

  • Dignity

  • By: Alys Conran
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Magda lives alone in her a huge house by the sea. Bad tempered and elderly, Magda does not need help from anyone, despite being wheelchair bound. With her sharp tongue, she gets through carers at a rate of knots, until Susheela arrives. And Susheela, it turns out, is in even more trouble than Magda. Still reeling from the recent death of her mum and trying to prop up her dad, who is at risk of losing the family business, she finds she is pregnant. The future suddenly looks uncertain and frightening. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I finished it in 2 days

  • By Caroline Walmsley on 10-04-19

Brilliant book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-07-19

I loved this book so much, I‘m struggling to find another to follow it. The book spans three generations of females (one unrelated) and examines their relationship to colonial India and its legacy. I would love to read more books which further explore these themes more deeply, but I‘m having trouble finding any - Recommendations welcome!

  • A Keeper

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,535

The mystery of Elizabeth Keane's father is one that has never been solved by the people of Buncarragh - not for lack of speculation. Her mother, Patricia, had been assumed a spinster until she began dating a mysterious man from out of town and within months had left Buncarragh and had married. Less than two years later, Patricia was back, with a new baby in her arms but no new husband by her side and unbendingly silent about her recent past. A secret she would take with her to her grave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely...A Keeper.

  • By Sarah White on 06-10-18

Good story, very well told!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-19

This is the second audio book of Graham Norton’s that I’ve listened to and thoroughly enjoyed. The story was compelling and held my interest until the very end. There were a couple of great plot twists in there too! Graham’s narration was brilliant and his character’s voices very believable. I highly recommend this book and hope he’s writing more soon. I’m looking forward to the next one!

  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great performances...

  • By Snowbound on 10-08-18

Powerful, subtle, sad and complex

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-19

This is a tale of injustice and how this impacts the lives and relationships of those directly and indirectly touched by an event, both initially, and over time. The story is powerfully told from the perspectives of each character and fully explores their complex relationships with one another. The author keeps us guessing until the very end when we have totally explored and have empathy for every character mentioned. I was so invested and engaged that I listened to the whole book in just two sittings. It was beautifully told and narrated and I highly recommend it!

  • The Cut Out Girl

  • By: Bart van Es
  • Narrated by: Bart van Es
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

Little Lien wasn't taken from her Jewish parents - she was given away in the hope that she might be saved. Hidden and raised by a foster family in Amsterdam during the Nazi occupation, she survived the war only to find that her real parents had not. Much later, she fell out with her foster family, and Bart van Es - the grandson of Lien's foster parents - knew he needed to find out why. His account of tracing Lien and telling her story is a searing exploration of two lives and two families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting story read by author

  • By Lisa Sacks on 03-02-19

Extraordinarily Graceful

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

Reviewed: 29-03-19

An intimate story, gracefully and respectfully retold. Thank you so much to Lien and to Bart for sharing these details with the world. Lest we should forget.....

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  • Holding

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,039

Graham Norton's masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss. The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama, and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic tale of love and loss

  • By Panda on 13-11-16

Impressive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-19

My first Graham Norton book and I‘m impressed. He can write and narrate very well. I‘m a fan of his anyway, but I must admit to not knowing what to expect from his writing and I wasn’t at all disappointed. I’ll definitely recommend this book.

  • Till the Cows Come Home

  • A Lancashire Childhood
  • By: Sara Cox
  • Narrated by: Sara Cox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

The youngest of five siblings, Sara grew up on her father's cattle farm surrounded by dogs, cows, horses, fields and lots of 'cack'. The lanky kid sister - half girl, half forehead - a nuisance to the older kids, the farm was her very own dangerous adventure playground, 'a Bolton version of Narnia'. Her writing conjures up a time of wagon rides and haymaking and agricultural shows alongside chain-smoking pensioners, cabaret nights at the Conservative club and benign parenting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Angie on 12-03-19

Proper Northern

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-19

A lovely, down to earth and real life story of a girl from ‘up north’ like me. Thanks Sarah for sharing your love story. It was a reet treat!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,443
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,596
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,547

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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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!!!!

93 of 105 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 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

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

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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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