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  • This Will Only Hurt a Little

  • By: Busy Philipps
  • Narrated by: Busy Philipps
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

Busy Philipps' autobiographical audiobook offers the same unfiltered and candid storytelling that her Instagram followers have come to know and love, from growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona, and her painful and painfully funny teen years to her life as a working actress, mother and famous best friend. Busy is the rare entertainer whose impressive arsenal of talents as an actress is equally matched by her storytelling ability, sense of humor and sharp observations about life, love and motherhood. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Anonymous User on 29-01-19

I literally love Busy Phillipps

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

Reviewed: 31-10-18

Listen she's pretty remarkable! I was a fan of BP and now I'm a bigger one. Her honesty and sincerity throughout this book is fantastic. Some of her stories recounting what has happened to her, her friends and family are shocking and had me in tears. Her book makes you feel each emotion along with her, which not only shows you how real it is but how fantastic her writing really is.
This makes me like her even more, than I did already.
I literally want to meet her, give her a hug and say "you are worth it" "I see you" (once you read/listen to this you'll get that reference.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing

  • By Kirsty on 23-02-17

Pretty average book

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

The narration was very good. If you are looking for a easy listen this is for you, I did enjoy it, sometimes it's nice to have a easy listen. But if you are looking for a hard hitting crime story this is not for you.

  • The Summer of Impossible Things

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667

Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death. In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens.... Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So lovely

  • By Emma on 02-09-17

Lyrically written, a beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

In this time travel novel. We follow Luna an English girl, born 30 years ago.
We follow Luna upon the death of her mother to Brooklyn, New York where her mother Marisa was born and breed, with her Sister to settle the affairs of their mother. But whilst in Brooklyn, she discovers a terrible thing had happened to her mother, of which her mother was only prepared to reveal upon her death. More questions than answers are revealed in Brooklyn. At first Luna believes she is losing her mind, can she really travel back in time to the summer of 1977, when her mother was a young woman living in Brooklyn. Does this mean she can change the course of the future? And save her mother?
If you could change the past, to save someone you love would you? Even if it means you will no longer exist?
I found this novel enticing, it is my first novel by Rowan Coleman and it won’t be the last. I find her writing intelligent and she manages to stir up emotions in you, allowing you find yourself attached to each character. Her writing is lyrical and this is truly a wonderfully written novel.
4*

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In a Dark, Dark Wood

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 752

Someone's getting married. Someone's getting murdered. Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since Nora walked out of school one day and never went back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen do arrives. Is this a chance for Nora to finally put her past behind her? But something goes wrong. Very wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop reading

  • By KomKem on 10-11-15

the story is a little disappointing

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

Reviewed: 15-08-18

This is my 2nd Ware novel. In this story we follow Nora (Leigh) she's a crime writer who is invited to a hen weekend of a friend she hasn't seen or spoken to in 10 years. The hen is set in a dark house in a dark woods with a small handful of friends from different walks of life. And it all goes horribly wrong!
The relationships between the characters are strange and I felt like you couldn't really relate to any of them.
The pace starts of fast and pulls you in to this novel but quickly that's leaves you and I found I struggled to finish it. The pace slows mid way through and the characters frankly become irritating. I was pretty disappointed when I got just over half way but felt like I had to finish it.

However, the narration from Imogen Church was again on point. This is my 3rd or 4th book via audible that she has narrated and I very much enjoy listening to her narrations. Seeing her name as a narrator genuinely has encouraged me to purchase some of my books.

  • The Death of Mrs Westaway

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. When Harriet Westaway receives an unexpected letter telling her she’s inherited a substantial bequest from her Cornish grandmother, it seems like the answer to her prayers. She owes money to a loan shark, and the threats are getting increasingly aggressive: she needs to get her hands on some cash fast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18

A placid thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

In this slightly placid thriller we follow the story of Harriet Westaway "Hal", she is a struggling tarot card reader on Brighton Pier with financial issues, who's mother had been killed in a hit and run. Upon being contacted by a lawyer regarding her estranged grandmothers death, she travels to Trepassen House to claim what Hal is hoping is enough inheritance to get her out of financial trouble. The curve ball being she thought her grandmother had died many years ago. Had there been a mistake? Can Hal get away with claiming inheritance that is not hers to claim!?

"Never Believe your own lies" The mystery unfolds, as Hals past and her mothers past comes to light.

I enjoyed this book, the characters are not particularly complex but there are a few twists and turns that I did not expect. Ruth Ware writes this novel very well and Trepassen House (Hal's Grandmothers estate) is written almost as its own character.

This is my first Ruth Ware book and for an easy summer read I recommend it. If you are looking for a in-depth thrilling thriller this is probably not for you. But it is a good book all the same. I will certainly be reading more from this author.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    
    
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        Mary Ann Shaffer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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        Paul Boehmer,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Susan Duerden,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
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    Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
    775 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-06-09

Simply exquisite

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

In this exquisitely written novel we follow the journey of Juliet searching for her next book subject. Set in the shadow of world war 2, we follow the relationships that Juliet develops with members of the society and beyond through a series of letters. During these exchanges Annie Burrows & Mary Ann Shaffer draw us into a world of humour, warmth and friendship with a splash of the sad reality the German invasion had left on the island. When she eventually sets off to meet her new found friends, what she discovers there changes the shape of her life.
I listened to this novel via Audible. I chose it for 2 reason I heard they were making it into a film and the title intrigued me. And frankly I wasn't disappointed even though I genuinely had no idea what to expect.
It's light, beautifully written and a true commemoration of literature and the written word. It has made me realise how we as a society have lost the joys of letter writing. It was a simpler time (but not an easier one) 5⭐

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,712
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

It will grab you

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

A debut novel from Ruth Hogan
I also listened to this novel via Audible narrated wonderfully by Jane Collingwood and Sandra Duncan.

We follow the story of Laura the assistant to Anthony Peardew, who after losing the love of his life, started to collect lost things. When Anthony leaves this world for another he leaves his house and all the possessions in it to Laura with the condition that she completes his legacy of returning/reuniting the thousands of objects.
This really grabs you, its a truly charming story. With heartbreaking and slightly comical moments within it. With a few different characters thrown in and the way Ruth brings each one and each element alive, even though she is crossing different periods of time is sincerely captivating.
I'm looking forward to Ruth Hogans 2nd novel (The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes) due for release in May. 4⭐

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 513

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with a bright future. They seem to have it all - until Mark loses his job and cracks start to appear in their perfect life. But they’re determined to make it work. They book their dream honeymoon and trust that things will work out - after all, they have each other. Could the life of your dreams turn out to be a nightmare?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story line

  • By Bronty on 11-05-19

Cleverly written and a truly enthralling listen

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

In this novel we follow Erin a documentary filmmaker and newlywed to investment banker Mark.
These two are passionately in love but not without their issues. Mark has lost his job and therefore direction, Erin is embarking on a new documentary documenting prisoners who are soon to leave prison. We follow them on their dream honeymoon where things take a turn, and one decision impacts their future and their lives.

Without giving any spoilers this is not a romantic novel this has wonderful twists and turns and challengers that you feel like you are being taken along for.

This debut novel from Catherine Steadman is enthralling and you genuinely will not want to put it down.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 693

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special

  • By Jordan Brewitt-Taylor on 13-08-17

Not just a book about books

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

I genuinely enjoyed it, the narration by Imogen Church is fantastic and captivating.

The story follows Loveday Cardew who prefers books to people (who doesn't sometimes!) She works and finds refuge in a secondhand bookshop in York, Engalnd. Shes an unusual character and as the story unfolds you find out why. The story continues to follow Loveday through her journey of self-discovery, figuring out who she can trust and who she can't.

There are emotional highs and lows of this book, with Lovedays traumatic childhood, how she deal with past and present relationships. But its nicely cut with whimsy and a light hearted tone.

I highly recommend listening to this book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Happy

  • Finding joy in every day and letting go of perfect
  • By: Fearne Cotton
  • Narrated by: Fearne Cotton
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

For many of us, life can feel like it's moving too fast, with pressure bearing down on us from all sides - whether that's from school or work, family or social media. As a result we find ourselves frazzled, lost and - too often - feeling blue. It's a subject close to Fearne's heart. Drawing on her own experiences and including expert advice, Happy offers practical ways of finding joy each and every day. Happiness isn't a mountain to climb; it's just one foot in front of the other on the path of life, and here you'll find little steps that will help make the differences that count.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, doesn't work as an audiobook

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-03-17

I didn't think I would like this but I LOVED it

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

What did you like most about Happy?

Fearne Cotton takes you through things that have happened to her in her life and gives you ideas of things that have helped her deal with different elements and to try to find your HAPPY.

What about Fearne Cotton’s performance did you like?

I acknowledge that Fearne wrote this book, but her performance in the narration really helps you to engage.

Any additional comments?

Anyone who has had issues with unhappiness or depression in the past will most likely relate to this book and Fearne gives you a sense of clarity.