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  • 84 Charing Cross Road

  • By: Helene Hanff
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson, John Nettles
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Told in a series of letters, this true story of the correspondence between a New York writer and a London bookseller has touched the hearts of thousands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth Stranger than Fiction

  • By Crispin on 03-06-07

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.

  • Book of Longing

  • By: Leonard Cohen
  • Narrated by: Leonard Cohen
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen. Book of Longing is Leonard Cohen's first book of new poetry since Book of Mercy was published two decades ago. It collects Cohen's poetry written between the 1980s and the present. Book of Longing demonstrates the range and depth of Cohen's work, revealing an extraordinary gift of language that speaks with rare clarity, passion and timelessness. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Three Hours of Peak Cohen

  • By Falco on 17-12-18

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.

A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry  cover art
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performance from Tim Curry

  • By Salter on 29-04-18

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.

  • Everyday Sexism

  • By: Laura Bates
  • Narrated by: Laura Bates, Sarah Brown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Women are standing up and #shoutingback. In a culture that's driven by social media, for the first time women are using this online space (@EverydaySexism www.everydaysexism.com) to come together, share their stories, and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism and it proves sexism is endemic - socially, politically, and economically. But women won't stand for it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I inhabit a world that I am oblivious to.

  • By Mr. O. Jollands on 03-12-14

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

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

  • Wintersmith

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 955
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 731

Tiffany Aching put one foot wrong, made one little mistake... and now the spirit of winter is in love with her. He gives her roses and icebergs, says it with avalanches and showers her with snowflakes - which is tough when you're 13, but also just a little bit... cool.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Tabby, age 8

  • By Madddy on 17-10-17

A well-balanced story, superbly read

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

  • The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius

  • By: Marcus Aurelius
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Waters
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Meditations is a series of personal writings by Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD, recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy. The Meditations is divided into 12 books that chronicle different periods of Marcus' life. Each book is not in chronological order and it was written for no one but himself. The style of writing that permeates the text is one that is simplified, straightforward, and perhaps reflecting Marcus' Stoic perspective on the text. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor reading made this hard to get through

  • By Falco on 07-07-18

Poor reading made this hard to get through

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
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.

  • Unbelievable

  • My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History
  • By: Katy Tur
  • Narrated by: Katy Tur
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Still don't understand why!!

  • By Caroline Adams on 24-09-17

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
Story
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.

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 969

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scream for me Audible

  • By Neil Pardoe on 19-10-17

Fabulous

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

  • How to be Champion

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Sarah Millican
  • Narrated by: Sarah Millican
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,257
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,037

Part autobiography, part self-help, part confession, part celebration of being a common-or-garden woman, part collection of synonyms for nunny, Sarah Millican's debut audiobook delves into her super normal life with daft stories, funny tales and proper advice on how to get past life's blips - like being good at school but not good at friends, the excitement of IBS and how to blossom postdivorce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was never going to disappoint!!!

  • By MR M P GOULDER on 06-10-17

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
Story
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.

  • Doctor Who: The Time Meddler

  • 1st Doctor Novelisation
  • By: Nigel Robinson
  • Narrated by: Peter Purves
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation featuring the First Doctor and the Meddling Monk. When the TARDIS materialises on an apparently deserted Northumbrian beach, Steven disputes the Doctor's claim that they have travelled back to the 11th century. The discovery of a modern wristwatch in a nearby forest merely reinforces his opinion. But it is 1066, the most important date in English history, and the Doctor's arrival has not gone unnoticed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Who With A Fantastic Narrator

  • By Falco on 09-05-17

Classic Who With A Fantastic Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

What made the experience of listening to Doctor Who: The Time Meddler the most enjoyable?

A combination of the audacity and comedy in the writing (translated faithfully from the screen by Nigel Robinson), and the ridiculously good narration and characterisation by Peter Purves.

What did you like best about this story?

Purves is the undoubted stand-out of this release. Not only does he give faithful voice to his own companion-character, Steven Taylor, he has a more than decent stab at everyone else, including Vikings, Northumbrians, and Maureen O'Brien's Vicki. But the great revelation (at least if you haven't already heard his work in the Big Finish audio stories), is Purves' rendition of William Hartnell's First Doctor. While Hartnell was a powerful presence on screen, Purves delivers a version of him that does far more than taking you into the story - he makes you quickly believe that he IS the First Doctor, which anchors you in the world of the story very firmly.

What about Peter Purves’s performance did you like?

Everything about Purves' performance enhances this audiobook - his First Doctor and his faithful replaying of Steven Taylor particularly, but (as Purves himself has said before now), much of his career over the last few decades has been filled with audio work of one kind or another, and that expertise comes shining through every second of this telling. In retrospect, it's rather a shame that other Target novelisations of his period, including The Myth Makers and The Gunfighters (both of which worked very well in print), were delivered by other narrators, as Purves would be a solid go-to narrator for all First Doctor stories of his period, because you get more than your money's worth from his performance across the board.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely - The Time Meddler is a story that encourages single-sitting consumption in any case: someone beggaring about with history, with added Vikings. But Purves' performance (it's diminishing to call it a reading) makes it a story you can certainly listen to at a single gulp, given the free time.

Any additional comments?

The Massacre was pretty hard going on screen, but on the strength of The Time Meddler, and of Purves' delivery in particular, that's one I'll be investing in shortly, so this audiobook resulted in two sales.

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