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Stellar New Talent, Outstanding Reading

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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: 09-03-19

Loved every minute of this.

Didn't have much of an idea what it was about beforehand. I only got it because it was read by Lucy Briggs-Owen, who I've heard in some Big Finish audio productions.

Good decision, as it turned out.
This is kind of like a Bridget Jones story, but played more real in terms of both fun and drama, as a young woman moves from being (or thinking of herself as) a not-terribly-bothered heterosexual to being a joyously enthusiastic lesbian. There are laugh out loud bits here, caring sub-plots with parents and a war vet penpal, familiar friends, scary artists, SM clubs and not-really-broken broken penises. There's intensity and love and passion and a really refreshing amount of lesbian fisting. Oh and swing dance, civil service tedium, polyamory for beginners and the healing powers of Magnums.

The ice creams, obviously. No one's healed by the hanguns.

Most of all, the book charts the progress of a central relationship in all its rightness, wrongness, double standards, gaslighting and...did I mention the fisting?

One of the joys of this book is that Kate Davies is new, and bright, and brilliant, and hopefully will be writing more books. I'm so in.

Having just finished this audiobook, I want to start again immediately at the beginning.

That's the power of the author, to be sure, but it's also the power of Briggs-Owen, who makes magic of her reading duties, bringing everyone to absolutely vivid life and giving them realistic angles and lives and voices. It's an utter masterpiece of reading.

Whatever else you're reading or listening to, it can wait. Grab yourself In At The Deep End, have a laugh, go 'Aww,' worry, cheer, go 'Aww' some more and prepare to fall in love like it's a whole new first time.

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Moved To Tears

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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: 14-01-19

This is a true story, told by those magnificent markers of yesteryear, written letters, of a Platonic love between a woman and the staff and surrounding families of a glorious antiquarian bookshop over twenty years. It will move you to joy, and tears, and to go and find the unabridged versions of some great lives and just a little great literature. Get it, keep it, listen to it every year, and above all let it inspire you, through Stevenson and Nettles, to pick up your pen and write to your friends. Not email, not text, though each have their place. Write.

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Three Hours of Peak Cohen

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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: 17-12-18

Leonard Cohen was a kind of archetype for the type of hippy poetry people think is dreadful. That's because people IMITATING Cohen usually end up in dreadful territory. The man himself? Transcendent.

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The Best Medicine In The World

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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: 17-12-18

A Christmas Carol is the unbreakable book. a fable of the good of generosity and open-heartedness in vanquishing both the demons of personal avarice and social depravation, it's a work of unparallelled genius. Give it to Tim Curry and you've got something monumentally special on your hands. Worth hearing at any time of year.

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Get it. It'll change your mind and life.

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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: 28-10-18

If you're a man, this book will blow any notions you have about understanding what women go through on a daily basis right out of the water.

If you're a woman, you might just finish the book with a better sense of unity and understanding that what happens to you is not your fault.

Either way, get this title and listen. It's transformative.

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A well-balanced story, superbly read

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Fun with summer, winter, the wee free men and Tiffany Aching, Witch of the Chalk. A well-balanced story, with the kind of elements for which Hogfather strove but never quite achieved. Lots of character development here too, and a glorious reading from Stephen Briggs. Seriously, accept no substitutes, push for re-records of the unabridged Discworld by Briggs. He's absolutely the Voice of the Disc.

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Poor reading made this hard to get through

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

Interesting book, though the author comes across as one it would be hard to stir to action or caring. The reading though, frequently felt as though the reader didn't understand what they were reading, which sadly made Marcus Aurelius' Meditations harder to get through than they needed to be.

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  • Unbelievable
  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur

Glorious writing about a stomach-turning campaign

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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: 06-07-18

Tur is honest, likeable, a stranger in a land getting stranger every day on Trump campaign. spellbinding.

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Fabulous

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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: 23-03-18

Great study of a fascinating life, that doesn't skimp on the details you want, but also shows an indomitable, enthusiastic mindset that attacks anything it wants to do with patience, power and self-belief. Dickinson's reading of his story adds his particular voice and tone to the story. This will be one to listen to again and again.

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Does what it says on the cover

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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: 16-11-17

Sarah Millican's a National Treasure in the best sense of the phrase. This is both an autobiography and a guidebook for some of the tougher bits of life. You get a new and slightly different respect for Millican from hearing her read this book about working hard, crying lots, being shy, being nice and making people laugh. All told in Millican's vital voice, you'll laugh youself to spangles and your heart will sometimes break. All in all, a great, must-listen audiobook from someone who makes 'alive' a much better thing to be.