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  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Phoebe James
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 656

Samantha is a high-powered lawyer in London. She works all hours, has no home life, and cares only about getting a partnership. She thrives on the pressure and adrenalin. Until one day...she makes a mistake. A mistake so huge it'll wreck her career. She goes into meltdown, walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and finds herself in the middle of nowhere.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Give the book a better chance

  • By kai on 01-05-11

Gloriously different

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

I was looking for a different type of novel from my usual, Lee Child (Jack Reacher rarely produces a surprise). John Grisham is always interesting, Gerald Seymour fantastic. But you see my trend. Terry Pratchettt, Tom Sharpe and Graham Greene are dead and no longer writing. So I need to find some other author.

Sophie Kinsella was my third choice and found her prose style excellent, her whimsical nuances charming and, old cynic as I am, the love story quite enthralling. It was slightly predictable but this did not really disappoint. All in all a good light listen with a gentle humour and a real message for those of us who care to listen to it. (Terry may convince death to publish him from beyond the grave.)

  • I Found You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,970

East Yorkshire: Single mum Alice Lake finds a man on the beach outside her house. He has no name, no jacket, no idea what he is doing there. Against her better judgement, she invites him in to her home. Surrey: 21-year-old Lily Monrose has only been married for three weeks. When her new husband fails to come home from work one night, she is left stranded in a new country where she knows no one. Then the police tell her that her husband never existed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful ,involving and moving l Antonia Beamish's narration outstanding.

  • By Susie on 28-03-17

Good traveling companion

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

This is not my typical choice of book, that said, the change was good. The author wove a threads of romance, trust, human resource and thriller into an unexpected yet, in hindsight, a thoroughly clever ending.

Enjoy this on a journey where you can relax and absorb the keys of rejuvenation.

  • My Friend Leonard

  • By: James Frey
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict, "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillaint

  • By T. Dickson on 04-02-19

Brillaint

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

What a book, what a story, James Frey's story took me to another level of thought. His story may or may not be wholly true, but that is simply an artful contrivance to bring home the truth of the basement story.

The real truth lies between the lines; it lies in the bonds of friendship; it lies in the depth (or lack of depth) in the human spirit; it lies in the self knowledge and honesty which can be nurtured if you trust yourself about yourself.

Even if 10% of this is true then James Frey is a role model for today's "lost" people

  • Whisky from Small Glasses

  • A D.C.I. Daley Thriller, Book 1
  • By: Denzil Meyrick
  • Narrated by: David Monteath
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466

DCI Jim Daley is sent from the city to investigate a murder after the body of a woman is washed up on an idyllic beach on the West Coast of Scotland. Far away from urban resources, he finds himself a stranger in a close-knit community. Love, betrayal, fear and death stalk the small town, as Daley investigates a case that becomes more deadly than he could possibly imagine, in this compelling Scottish crime novel infused with intrigue and dark humour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read.

  • By fiona on 19-03-17

Enjoyable and well written ....

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

I found this book well paced and enjoyable, the gratuitous violence was kept in the background and at arms length. Whilst the ending was a little formulaic and quite easily detected it didn't detract from the story too much.

Why do killers talk at their victims before murdering them?
Why do experienced Police Officers do what DCI Daly did?

The story was beautifully read in an East Coast accent, but the narrator was very good at the dialectic skills which brought the characters to life. there are some wryly humorous moments in the book which benefitted from being read aloud.

I enjoyed this book.

  • The Verdict

  • By: Nick Stone
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750

Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry's career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Verdict by Nick Stone

  • By Steven on 29-01-14

Good without being excellent.

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

The storyline was good and the pace was about right to keep me looking forward to the next instalment (I listen in the car).

The characters were believable and apart from some unnecessary sub stories I enjoyed it.

The one criticism I had was I felt he had been on the creative writing course tending to tautology. For example “the frozen lake wrapped in frost,” “like an empty house shrouded in silence”.

I enjoyed the book despite that. I will return to this author again.

  • Blott on the Landscape

  • By: Tom Sharpe
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

When philandering Sir Giles Lynchwood decides it's time to wriggle free of his monumentally unattractive wife, Lady Maud, he knows divorce is out of the question. He can't leave her and keep her cash; a reversionary clause on her ancestral home, Handyman Hall, has taken care of that. Lady Maud, for her own special reasons, is also dying to see the back of Sir Giles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Driving hazard!

  • By Ian on 02-11-05

Tom Sharpe is a brillant author

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

This was typical Tom Sharpe if a little way off his best work. The characters were all suffering from "the Human Condition" that said the plot was but and the characterisation was well done and the righteous won the day.

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  • Dead Irish

  • A Dismas Hardy Novel
  • By: John Lescroart
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In his new life as a bartender at the Little Shamrock, Dismas Hardy is just hoping for a little peace. He's left both the police force and his law career behind. Unfortunately it's not as easy to leave behind the memory of a shattering personal loss - but for the time being, he can always take the edge off with a stiff drink and a round of darts.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • An average thriller

  • By T. Dickson on 16-01-19

An average thriller

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

This is a good book without being exceptional. The guilty party became obvious form about one third of the way in. The motive was not, in my opinion, credible.

  • The Battle

  • By: Paul O'Connell
  • Narrated by: John Cormack
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. His name is synonymous with passion, heart and determination. But he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game. As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009 and captain of the first Ireland team to retain the Six Nations championship, O'Connell became the most beloved and respected of the golden generation of Irish rugby players - and was widely regarded as one of the very best players in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rugby autobiographies

  • By Anonymous User on 14-04-18

Full of wonderful anecdotes

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

Paul O'Connell was an extraordinarily good rugby player and a great leader (what is is about 2nd rowers that make them so good?) Eales, Johnstone, Wynn-Jones and O'Connell to name but 4.

The book cobeys how the legislators have encouraged less foul play yet maintaining the physicallity of the greatest winter sport. Paul O'Connell led us thruogh his Rugby career with an easy light tread.

Well worth a listen. (Even if you don't like Rugby, you'll get lots of tips about leadership.)

  • True Colours

  • My Life
  • By: Adam Gilchrist
  • Narrated by: William McInnes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Many critics believe Adam Gilchrist is the greatest wicketkeeper/batsman to have played the game, but Adam's huge popularity does not rest solely on his incredible track record. To his millions of fans around the world, it is the way he plays the game - rather than simply the sum of his achievements - that marks him out as one of the best-loved cricketers of his generation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly read

  • By T. Dickson on 02-01-19

Poorly read

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I enjoyed the stroy and the deep honesty of the man Adam Gilchrist. The reader managed to convey the impression that he had not rehearsed the material, in fact at times he seemed to be a total stranger to the text. Pity

  • Bomb

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Adam Jones
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

A hugely entertaining career autobiography from a true legend of Welsh rugby and a genuine cult figure. In rugby there are the Flash Harrys and the Glory Boys: the fly-halves who run, kick and dazzle; the scrum-halves who nip and dart; the wingers who step and glide. These are the players who get the crowd on their feet, who set stadiums abuzz. But they only get to do these things because other, less glorified figures do all of the donkey work. Adam Jones is one such figure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Gavin on 25-01-19

Good story well read

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I enjoyed the stroy and the deep honesty of the man Adam Jones. The reader managed to convey the impression that he had not rehearsed the material, in fact at times he seemed to be a total stranger to the text. Pity