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  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,107
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,107

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

This book blew me away!

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

I absolutely loved this amazing story and really did not want it to end, beautifully written, brutally honest , wonderful humour and moving beyond words, this book really does have everything.

The narration was one of the best I have ever heard and for me totally brought the story to life and made me fall in love with the many characters, so a big thank you to the amazing Stephan Hogan as well of course as the superb John Boyne for writing it.

  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

  • By: Joanna Nadin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

  • By Lu on 21-04-18

Really really loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I definitely lost a couple of days in the telling of this wonderful story, how the author manages to make you fall in love with what are so many deeply flawed characters, in itself was truly remarkable, but fall in love with them you will.
The story is honest, funny, cruel and at times troubling but none of that takes away from its beauty, however it would only be right to say that this is also down to the utterly beautiful narration by Kelly Hotten.
I look forward very much to Joanna Nadin's next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Safe House

  • By: Chris Ewan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30

Sometimes hiding isn't your only option... When Rob Hale wakes up in hospital after a motorcycle crash he is told that Lena, the woman he claims was travelling with him, doesn't exist. The woman he describes bears a striking resemblance to his recently deceased sister, Laura, but has he really only imagined her? Rob sets out to find the answers to who Lena is and where she has gone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyed. Excellent 1st audiobook experience

  • By Claire on 16-09-12

This book is very violent!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

The story was interesting but did not require the level of descriptive gratuitous violence which at times I found sickening, and I am a member of the medical profession!

  • The Language of Kindness

  • A Nurse's Story
  • By: Christie Watson
  • Narrated by: Christie Watson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story, written and read by Christie Watson. Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and thought provoking

  • By stansmum on 23-05-18

Every Human being should read this book.

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

Christie Watson's book is an amazingly frank and honest portrayal of the NHS today. At times it moved me to tears and at times it made want to shout with frustration but over all it left me with a senses of undeniable admiration for all those that work within this incredible organisation (flaws and all), and to whom society owes so very much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anatomy of a Scandal

  • By: Sarah Vaughan
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal, Luke Thompson, Esther Wane, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 964

You want to believe your husband. She wants to destroy him. Gripping psychological drama for fans of Apple Tree Yard, The Good Wife and Notes on a Scandal. Anatomy of a Scandal centres on a high-profile marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband, James, is innocent and desperately hopes to protect her precious family from the lies which might ruin them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tense, engrossing and very topical

  • By Kaggy on 06-02-18

Brilliant Read!

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

Excellent Court room drama, beautifully written with some clever twists and turns, all in all a great read!

  • Himself

  • By: Jess Kidd
  • Narrated by: Aiden Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

When Mahony returns to Mulderrig, a speck of a place on Ireland's west coast, he brings only his handsome face, a photograph of his long-lost mother and a determination to do battle with the village's lies. Mahony also somehow wakes the dead from their graves, with their foggy memories and hidden stories floating greyly amongst the unseeing living. No one, though - living or dead - will be able to guess what happened to the teenage mother who abandoned him as a baby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant narration of a great story.

  • By Anonymous User on 17-01-17

A wonderful story!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

What did you like most about Himself?

The story was fascinating and so not my normal kind of fiction so I was surprised by how much I loved the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Himself?

I loved all the characters particularly the crazy old women and the ghosts.

What about Aiden Kelly’s performance did you like?

The book was completely made by Aidan Kelly's superb narration I could listen to his voice forever!

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend this book it was compelling listening and I loved it.

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,817
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,331
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,301

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave good-bye to your friends and relationships.... Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

A frighteningly honest portrayal of the NHS today

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone as a fantastic insight into the NHS and the impossible job that our junior doctor's are trying to do.

It will make you laugh out loud but will also make you shout with frustration for those medical personnel on the front line trying to deliver the best care in a system that is clearly failing everyone.

  • The Kicking the Bucket List

  • By: Cathy Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon, Gabrielle Glaister, Anne Dover
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee, sensitive and big-hearted; Rose, uptight and controlled; and Fleur, the reckless free spirit. At the reading of their mother's will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with very tricky strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother's bucket list.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, shame about the 'self-helpidness'

  • By Mama C on 06-07-17

Self indulgent nonsense!

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

The story of 3 middle aged dysfunctional sisters, 2 of which behave like hysterical sex starved teenagers. The narrator had either stuck up female or dreadful east end man accents the whole thing was very disappointing!

  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 30-12-16

Jodi Picoult at her very best, this book is at times an uncomfortable read challenging everything we think we know about racism. A book to make you really think I loved it!

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

What if they hadn't gone? That's the question Clementine can't stop asking herself. It was just a backyard barbeque. They didn't know their hosts that well. They were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no. But she and her husband, Sam, said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn't do that beautiful winter's day. Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. It's a normal weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book the authors best work

  • By Mrs on 30-07-16

The most irritating narrators voice ever!!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

What disappointed you about Truly Madly Guilty?

I could not listen to the narrator whining on for another chapter!!!

Has Truly Madly Guilty put you off other books in this genre?

Yes because they are all narrated by the same person Caroline Lee and I cannot listen anymore which is a shame because I love Liane Moriarty's books

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Completely awful!!!!

18 of 21 people found this review helpful