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  • Adam Bede

  • By: George Eliot
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

George Eliot’s first full length novel is the moving, realistic portrait of three people troubled by unwise love. Adam Bede is a hardy young carpenter who cares for his aging mother. His one weakness is the woman he loves blindly: the trifling town beauty, Hetty Sorrel, who delights only in her baubles—and the delusion that the careless Captain Donnithorne may ask for her hand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 15-04-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

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I really liked this book but then I like autobiographies and this book although it was fiction seemed more like an autobiography than anything else. I believe the author drew on her own experiences in life and the people she knew in her writing. I will buy her other books as I enjoyed this so much.

  • Curious

  • True Stories and Loose Connections
  • By: Rebecca Front
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Front
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Sometimes things are more ordinary than you think. And sometimes they're a whole lot odder than you can possibly imagine.

Rebecca Front has always drawn on experiences from her life in her award-winning acting and comic writing. In her debut book, she reveals herself as a master storyteller: sharp, witty, honest, and highly attuned to the absurdities of life and the oddities of human nature. By turns poignant, comic, and uplifting, Curious is a book of stories, all of them true, though sometimes perhaps a little bent out of shape in the telling.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty, recognisable, uplifting

  • By Claire on 07-11-15

Boring

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

Reviewed: 15-04-15

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I'm afraid this book was boring for me. The author seemed to spend far too much time on her phobias and problems. None of them of sufficient importance as far as I could see to warrant writing about. Still maybe that's just me.

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  • Bad Science

  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 713

We are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes misleading information - until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dubious science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time. He also shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making science truly entertaining

  • By Marcus on 26-03-10

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

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This is an interesting book. Gives an insight into some of the bad things in science. When I was young we were given milk at school as it was "good for us". Then later they told us it was "not so good for us". Now it is "good for us" again. This is the trouble with science. It is only as good as the day it is written and this book shows that.

  • Maeve's Times

  • By: Maeve Binchy
  • Narrated by: Kate Binchy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear they what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives'. Maeve Binchy is well known for her best-selling novels, the most recent of which was A Week in Winter. But for many years Maeve was a journalist, writing for The Irish Times.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An emotional goodbye

  • By Kate on 28-10-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

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I really enjoyed this book. Some of the articles were deadly serious and some were hilariously funny and Kate Binchys' narration was really good in my opinion. I wish I had read The Irish Times when Maeve was writing her articles. The world lost a great author when Maeve Binchy passed away.

  • Philomena

  • By: Martin Sixsmith
  • Narrated by: John Curless
  • Length: 15 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 366
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Falling pregnant as a teenager in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to the convent in Co. Tipperary to be looked after as a fallen woman. She cared for her baby for three years until the Church took him and sold him, like countless others, to America for adoption. She spent the next 50 years secretly searching for him, unaware that he was searching for her from across the Atlantic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Glory Be!!!

  • By mollyeyre on 18-07-14

Heart wrenching

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

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This story shows the inhumanity of the Catholic Church in Ireland. To treat young mothers and their babies in this way is unforgivable. Listen to the book but expect to be made angry.

  • Inherit the Stars

  • By: James P. Hogan
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The man on the moon was dead. They called him Charlie. He had big eyes, abundant body hair, and fairly long nostrils. His skeletal body was found clad in a bright red spacesuit, hidden in a rocky grave. They didn’t know who he was, how he got there, or what had killed him. All they knew was that his corpse was 50 thousand years old - and that meant this man had somehow lived long before he ever could have existed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dated

  • By Mike on 08-03-18

Very Good

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

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A very good story from start to end, well read in my opinion. I shall buy more of James Hogans books.

  • Notes From a Small Island

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

After nearly two decades in Britain, Bill Bryson, the acclaimed author of such best sellers as The Mother Tongue and Made in America, decided it was time to move back to the United States for a while. This was partly to let his wife and kids experience life in Bryson's homeland, and partly because he had read that 3.7 million Americans believed that they had been abducted by aliens at one time or another. It was thus clear to him that his people needed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Note From A Small Islander

  • By Jo on 05-11-08

Eye Opening

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

Reviewed: 10-01-15

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It is a shame Bryson felt it necessary to include the odd F word. For me this took away from a wonderful story and did nothing at all for the book. I am not a prude having spent twelve years in HM forces and now being an OAP.

It was an eye opener listening to what a non native thought of my country and made me think anew about the place. It was also very funny in parts. William Roberts is a great narrator and he brought the book to life. All in all I did enjoy the book.

  • The Secret Millionaire

  • By: Joe Johnson
  • Narrated by: Drew Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Joe Johnson was an ordinary bloke with an ordinary life, until his world was turned upside down when the unbelievable and most unlikely happened. He won the national lottery! But he didn't want money to buy him love, not at any cost.... Overnight, Joe went from practically penniless despair to living life in the fast lane with £10 million to his name. From then on it was nothing but the best; it looked like Joe had it all. But despite the jet set lifestyle there was one thing missing in his life; true love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not enjoy this book.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-01-15

Did not enjoy this book.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

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I did not enjoy this book at all. The author seems more intent in telling how much money he had spent and on what than anything else. There is a story in there and it is interesting but spoiled by the constant reminder of the money he had spent.

  • Clarissa's England

  • A Gamely Gallop Through the English Counties
  • By: Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Narrated by: Clarissa Dickson Wright
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Best-selling author of Spilling the Beans, takes her personal journey around the different regions of England.The quintessential Englishwoman Clarissa Dickson Wright takes us on a personal journey through the country of her birth. From Cornwall to Cumbria, Norfolk to Northumbria she brings her extraordinary knowledge, huge passion, forthright opinions and inimitable wit to the distinctive history and regional character of every corner of England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some interesting bits

  • By Elizabeh on 05-08-13

Most enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 19-12-14

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Most enjoyable account of the different counties of England. I liked how Clarissa spoke about the aspects of each county which I personally did not know. I was educated in many things. However this book is not for those who are anti hunting etc. For me I was able to ignore the references to hunting to be able to take in the rest of the book.

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  • The Hotel on the Roof of the World

  • Five Years in Tibet
  • By: Alec Le Sueur
  • Narrated by: Steven Kynman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Few foreigners are lucky enough to set foot on Tibetan soil, but Alec Le Sueur spent five extraordinary years there, working in the unlikeliest Holiday Inn in the world. Against the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas unfolds a highly amusing and enlightening account of his experiences. Fly infestations at state banquets, unexpected deliveries of live snakes, a predominance of yaks and everything yak-related, the unbelievable Miss Tibet competition, insurmountable communication problems and a dead guest are just some of the entertainments to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imperfect people living interesting lives

  • By Lynda Cookson on 08-07-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 19-12-14

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Steven Kynman narrated this book in such a way as to make it very enjoyable. A very funny account of the authors experiences in Tibet. Not the austere and bleak country you would imagine. Really good in my opinion.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful