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  • Cabin Fever

  • The Sizzling Secrets of a Virgin Air Hostess...
  • By: Mandy Smith
  • Narrated by: Milly Richardson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Mandy Smith spent 12 years strutting down the aisles as a Virgin flight attendant. From projectile vomit and celebrity tantrums to Manhattans and shopping in New York, her tales of life in the air are riotous good fun. Set against a backdrop of exotic locations, the cast of characters includes several celebrities, including Sir Richard himself. In-flight entertainment has never been so fun...and risqué!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Lorna103 on 04-08-18

Shameful

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

If this truly is the way that Virgin cabin crew behave it is disgraceful and they should be ashamed of themselves. The tales of drunken debauchery are a little hard to believe. Methinks that the stories have been heavily embellished to make the book more exciting to read, I doubt that it is true in real life.
I know a few cabin crew working for various airlines and the shopping trips are very true.
True cabin crew would never call themselves "dollies" since they consider it a derogatory term. We already knew that Richard Branson personally vets his dollies before employing them, which in itself is disgusting behaviour.
I had to listen to this book in small bites to get through it.
I wouldn't recommend it, it will make you feel sick to your stomach, particularly if you fly a lot.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Portrait of a Lady

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: John Wood
  • Length: 23 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

When Isabel Archer, a beautiful, spirited American, is brought to Europe by her wealthy aunt Touchett, it is expected that she will soon marry. But Isabel, resolved to enjoy the freedom that her fortune has opened up and to determine her own fate, does not hesitate to turn down two eligible suitors, declaring that she will never marry. It is only when she finds herself irresistibly drawn to the cultivated but worthless Gilbert Osmond that she discovers that wealth is a two-edged sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • James's writing is sublime

  • By Mrs on 10-03-13

Love the Story, Hate the narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like most about The Portrait of a Lady?

The story was very involved and rambling. A true work of art.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator, for the most part, sounded out of breath. It was very offputting.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2015. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is an immensely powerful and heartbreaking novel of brotherly love and the limits of human endurance. When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success and pride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply disturbing and yet i couldn't stop reading

  • By Jenny on 05-01-16

Would make a great film

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

Reviewed: 29-10-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Little Life to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version. However, I prefer the performed audible version of most books. This one in particular gains a lot in narration, giving extra personality within the performance

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Little Life?

When Willem finally decided to declare his feelings for Jude.

Which character – as performed by Oliver Wyman – was your favourite?

All of them but particularly Jude. The way the book is written and consequently performed, you are actually listening to Jude. You feel his emotions all the way through

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

In places it made me laugh and in places it made me cry. Very moving book. I could, however, have had another 10 chapters and more. One of those books that takes hold of you and never lets you go

Any additional comments?

One of the best books I have had on Audible in over 12 years. Amazing literary experience

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,440

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, perceptive and grumpy

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-15

Great book, terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 30-05-16

Would you listen to The Road to Little Dribbling again? Why?

I usually listen to Bill Bryson's books more than once simply because of the way they are written, the wry humour and the general observations

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narration was terrible. The mis-pronunciation of place names, particularly of those in Wales. Perhaps the narrator could have looked up the pronunciation since he obviously did not know how to. River Wear for example, in County Durham, mis-pronounced. The welsh mistakes made me cringe and I am not welsh!

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

Laughed a lot in places

Any additional comments?

Bring back William Roberts!

  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James

  • By: Emma Hooper
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two she gets up very early one morning and begins walking the 2,000 miles to water. Meanwhile her husband Otto waits patiently at home, left only with his memories. Their neighbour Russell remembers too - and he still loves Etta as much as he did more than fifty years ago, before she married Otto.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Etta and Otto

  • By Rebecca on 17-05-15

Struggled with This

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

Reviewed: 25-10-15

Found it tedious and uninteresting. Sent me to sleep on dozens of occasions when trying to get through it

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  • The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Caroline Quentin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 222

The day her children leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. She's had enough - of her kids' carelessness, her husband's thoughtlessness and of the world's general indifference. Brian can't believe his wife is doing this. Who is going to make dinner? But Eva won't budge; and soon she realises to her horror that everyone has been taking her for granted - including herself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A disappointment

  • By Amanda on 18-12-12

Great story, poor ending

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

Reviewed: 17-06-15

Fabulous narration by the wonderful Caroline Quentin. Brought the book alive.

Too abrupt an ending, though

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  • The Light Behind the Window

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

THE PRESENT - After her mother’s death, Emilie de la Martiniéres finds herself the sole inheritor of a chateau in the south of France. There she discovers an old notebook which leads her along a journey to unravel the tragic love story of the mysterious Sophia. THE PAST (1943). Constance Carruthers, arrives in occupied Paris at the height of conflict. There she stumbles into the heart of a wealthy family and is drawn into a web of deception, the repercussions of which will affect generations to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very compelling listen

  • By Linmary on 19-07-13

Very Very Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Beautiful, poetic, dramatic, spellbinding. One of the best books I have ever read. Should be made into a film.

  • An Absolute Scandal

  • By: Penny Vincenzi
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 32 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

It's the glittering 80s and Lucinda Cowper, Elizabeth Beaumont, and Flora Fielding feel happy and secure in the power and pleasure of wealth. Nothing could have prepared them for a devastating financial scandal, which turns the boom to bust. The crash takes away their hope, their self-respect, and for some, it destroys even more. Facing bleak futures, affairs begin, lies are spun, relationships are pushed to breaking point, and within the year someone will be dead. But who? And why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An easy listen which compelling and unputdownable!

  • By Lynda on 17-09-13

Absolute Joy to Read

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

Reviewed: 14-11-14

Fabulous storyline and characters. I have never cried so much, not ever, over a book. It has had me in fits of laughter and crying my heart out in places.

  • Shopaholic to the Stars

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It's as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She's hanging out with the stars … or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing. There's so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some…er…help.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By M. Lappin on 29-10-14

Pitiful

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

Reviewed: 19-10-14

Truly grating storyline. The most stupid abrupt ending as if the author suddenly decided she couldn't be bothered to write any more.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Public Secrets

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • would be 5star but for narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-14

Accents are Awful

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

Reviewed: 26-08-14

The narrator's attempts at accents are appallingly bad. Her English accents are diabolical. The child Emma starts off as if she is from the slums of the East End of London and ends up with a true Irish accent.
The book itself is fabulous, as one would expect from Nora Roberts

2 of 3 people found this review helpful