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The Piebald Princess

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Funny, dark and observant

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Reviewed: 12-05-20

If ever you thought prison was an easy life, this might change your mind.
Chris managed to get through prison with dark humour, using his head to make his life as easy (!) as possible and trying to work with the bureaucracy of the system.
It hi lights everything that is wrong with prisons in terms of overstretched staff, chaos, mental health issues, drug problems, prisoner hierarchy, bullying, the slowness of the wheels that grind the system.
Funny, dark and observant.
I wasn’t sure I’d like this book. But I did.

Gordon Ramsey clap - done ✅

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Reviewed: 11-07-19

Sad, sick, twisted, disturbing and deliciously dark humour are all in here. This books picks up literally where the other left off.
Rhinannon is back in business, this book started well, I did get a bit disappointed in the middle as I thought it was quite flat and could see how it would get going again, but then it took off really well. In hindsight it wasn’t flat it was setting up for the next rollercoaster ride. Without giving any spoilers away this book is great and it ends setting itself up for a third instalment. I can’t see one in the pipeline on google, but surely a 3rd book is in the making? It can’t be left there. Surely?

I really enjoyed listening to this. Narrator was brilliant.

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Sweet Pea. More like a triffid!

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Reviewed: 25-06-19

I really really enjoyed this book. It was recommended by a friend.
It's a dark tale with some dark comedy, told in a diary style format. Like a serial killer diary.
Rhi is a young woman who lives with her boyfriend Craig, and dog, Tink. She works for a newspaper and that is her normal 'girl next door' life, unless you cross her, and it really doesn't take much to end up on her daily hit list; insulting her dog, checkout staff mis handing her shopping, car drivers etc). Although the actual hitlist has far darker meaning and the reasons for it interweave with flashbacks to Rhi's young self and various incidents that probably explain her tendencies towards certain victims.
It's dark, gruesome, funny, quirky and bold.

The narrator read this really well, she was perfect for the part.

I have just downloaded the follow up, and I have high expectations......(otherwise CJ might be on my hitlist - lol)

You’re nicked

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Reviewed: 05-06-19

Bought this as it came up in my suggestion list.

I wasn’t disappointed. A fun trip thru policing with Alfie. Short, easy to listen to and funny aswell.

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Light and fun listen.

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Reviewed: 09-04-19

Warren is a guy looking for a job. Amy, his recruitment consultant, keeps coming up with more and more ridiculous temporary assignments. Warren naively takes on every role and approaches the role with enthusiasm and an eagerness to do a good job, little realising quite what he is getting himself into.
Funny and well performed.
Loved the driving job.
This was as good as any of the paid comedy series listens I have bought.
Bring on series 2.

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What happens on tour stays on tour

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Reviewed: 09-04-19

Absolutely loved this.
If you liked series 1, this won’t disappoint.
This time she hits the road with her frenemy Laveen to tour the less than glamorous hotels and hotspots of the UK for work.
Easy listening, well performed.
Bring on series 3!

First Year As A Dr

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Reviewed: 09-04-19

I have read and listened to a couple of Dr behind-the-scenes books, and this is similar to the others, but I have to say I do enjoy them.
This was sad, amusing, eye opening (Ash cash- really? Is that a real thing?), funny, sad and a sharp reminder that Dr’s are only human and junior ones are incredibly overworked, under supported and still learning an awful lot during that first year whilst working for a bureaucratic NHS system.

Adrian Mole

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Reviewed: 19-09-18

Not as good as the the other Mole diaries, and shorter in length compared to the other books around this time, but well worth a listen. The plot is ok, but nowhere near as in depth as the other books, which is where I think I was very slightly disappointed.

I have always held these books amongst my favourite ones to listen to again and again, but this one I did enjoy, but not enough to listen again, as a Mole fan that is the only reason it dropped a star.

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Very engaging book and easy to listen to

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Reviewed: 04-04-18

Richard narrated his own book very well and all credit to him for donating the profits to charities.
Really good insight in to positive advice from 50 or people of various success, ages, famousness and backgrounds.
I enjoyed the short, concise chapters and some beautiful advice that I will try to remember.

I really enjoyed this!

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Reviewed: 04-04-18

I loved this book. I looked forward to listening to it when I could. The fact it was told from the wife’s view point was really good-that person who you see in the news, standing by their husband despite the allegations. Makes you wonder what they knew about the crime and the history of their relationship prior to the crime.
The relationship of Glen and Jean unfolds through the book. It opens the door on how their relationship began and the subsequent years.
In the same genre as Girl on the Train.
It is great.