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  • Secret Slave

  • By: Anna Ruston
  • Narrated by: Faye Adele
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver befriended her, Anna welcomed the attention, and agreed to go home with him to meet his family. She wouldn't escape for over a decade. Held captive by a sadistic pedophile, Anna was subjected to despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. The unrelenting violence and degradation resulted in numerous miscarriages, and the birth of four babies.... each one stolen away from Anna at birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Minx3008 on 14-06-18

Anna Ruston secret slave

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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: 12-05-18

What a good story and to think it was all true is unbelievable what that girl went through and to come out the other side is a tribute to her iron will .

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Going Off Alarming

  • The Autobiography: Vol 2
  • By: Danny Baker
  • Narrated by: Danny Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 403

Danny Baker's first volume of autobiography, Going to Sea in a Sieve, was a Sunday Times best seller, acclaimed for its nonstop humour and anecdotal flourish. It told the exploits of Danny's extraordinary childhood and the wild living of his teenage years. Now he is 25, and it is 1982, and he embarks on an accidental and anxiety-induced career in television - going off alarming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danny Baker at his best and in his own words.

  • By Aidan on 07-12-17

The Baker Books

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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: 15-04-18

One of three books by Danny baker and ai we'll worry a listen I hope he does more.

  • Essex Boys: The Final Word

  • No More Myths, No More Lies - The Definitive Story
  • By: Bernard O'Mahoney
  • Narrated by: Karl Jenkinson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

On December 6, 1995, three key members of the infamous Essex Boys gang were lured to a deserted farm track on the pretense of planning a robbery. As the trio sat in their Range Rover, two gunmen approached the open rear door of the vehicle. Moments later, the first shots rang out signaling the start of a swift, yet bloody massacre. When the weapons fell silent, the three men lay dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator made you believe in the story.

  • By phil on 18-06-16

Essex boys the final chapter.

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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: 14-03-17

This book is a must if you like the British gangster Essex boys story. The book is written very well and gets to the point of how it all unfolded. Karl jenkinson narrates the story perfectly. All in all a great book .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Survivor on the River Kwai

  • By: Reg Twigg
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Called up in 1940, Reg expected to be fighting Germans. Instead, he found himself caught up in the fall of Singapore to the Japanese. What followed were three years of hell, moving from one camp to another along the Kwai river, building the infamous Burma railway. Reg made the deadly jungle work for him. With an ingenuity that is astonishing, he trapped and ate lizards, harvested pumpkins from the canteen rubbish heap and with his homemade razor became camp barber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humbling

  • By Seasider on 13-07-14

Mr twigg

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

Reviewed: 10-10-16

I found the book to be very interesting and informative especially in his young years as a lad in Leicester. His will to survive is a lesson to all. Awesome book a must if you're into ww11 .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Precious Victims

  • Penguin True Crime
  • By: Don W. Weber, Charles Bosworth Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

The police in Jersey County, Illinois, accepted Paula Sims' story of a masked kidnapper who snatched her baby girl, Lorelei, from her bassinet. Three years later, her second newborn daughter suffered an identical fate - and this time the police were unable to stop searching until they had discovered the whole horrifying truth. This is the full terrifying story of twisted sexuality and hate seething below the surface of a seemingly normal family and of the massive investigation and nerve-shattering trial that made the unthinkable a reality.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly Terrible!

  • By Geoff on 12-05-16

Precious victims

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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: 02-03-16

A very good and interesting book and very well narrated.keeps you wanting more hard to put down.If you like crime and courtroom books then this book is a must .Filled with drama and lots of twists.You will not be disappointed.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Our Crime Was Being Jewish

  • Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories
  • By: Anthony S. Pitch
  • Narrated by: Malk Williams, Fenella Fudge
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Our Crime Was Being Jewish contains 576 vivid memories of 358 Holocaust survivors. These are the true, insider stories of victims, told in their own words. They include the experiences of teenagers who saw their parents and siblings sent to the gas chambers; of starving children beaten for trying to steal a morsel of food; of people who saw their friends commit suicide to save themselves from the daily agony they endured.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The German death camps and the survivors stories.

  • By John Lake on 16-12-15

The German death camps and the survivors stories.

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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: 16-12-15

Very sad and very informative to listen to the dreadful true stories of the Jews and the courage they had is a lesson to all .

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler

  • By: Laurence Rees
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

Adolf Hitler was an unlikely leader - fuelled by hate, incapable of forming normal human relationships, unwilling to debate political issues - and yet he commanded enormous support. So how was it possible that Hitler became such an attractive figure to millions of people? That is the important question at the core of Laurence Rees’ new book. The Holocaust, the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union, the outbreak of the Second World War - all these cataclysmic events and more can be laid at Hitler’s door.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent history of the leader of the third reich

  • By Dr Zube on 24-11-12

My Review

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-15

A very good and interesting book and very well narrated. A must for WW11 enthusiasts .

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everest 1953

  • The Epic Story of the First Ascent
  • By: Mick Conefrey
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

On the morning of 2 June 1953, the day of Queen Elizabeth's coronation, the first news ebbed through to the British public of a magnificent achievement: Everest had finally been conquered. Drawing on first-hand interviews and unprecedented access to archives, this is a groundbreaking new account of that extraordinary first ascent. In a thrilling tale of adventure and courage, Mick Conefrey reveals that what has gone down in history as a supremely well-planned attempt was actually beset by crisis and controversy, both on and off the mountain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man! That story is epic!

  • By carrosvoss on 12-09-14

Everest 1953

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-15

A very good book very informative all in all worth a listen and if one is interested in the history of climbing a good reference.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mawson and the Ice Men of the Heroic Age

  • Scott, Shackleton and Amundsen
  • By: Peter FitzSimons
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Australia's best-selling nonfiction author of all time. Douglas Mawson, born in 1882 and knighted in 1914, was Australia's greatest Antarctic explorer. On 2 December 1911, he led an expedition from Hobart to explore the virgin frozen coastline below, 2000 miles of which had never felt the tread of a human foot. After setting up Main Base at Cape Denision and Western Base on Queen Mary Land, he headed east on an extraordinary sledging trek with his companions, Belgrave Ninnis and Dr Xavier Mertz.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly readable

  • By Suzanne on 29-12-18

A very fine 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: 30-08-15

One of the best books I've read a must for anyone who is interested in the antartic

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Worst Journey in the World

  • By: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes your breath away

  • By Bettym on 17-06-13

Ice cold story

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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: 01-08-15

The book was excellent well worth a read sad at times and very well read .