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  • The Lost Diaries of Adrian Mole, 1999-2001

  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Daniel Coonan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Adrian Mole has entered early middle age and is now 'the same age as Jesus was when he died' (33). Father to the grammatically challenged Glenn, and William, who takes a 'Big Boy Arouser' condom to nursery school as his innocent contribution to a hot air balloon project.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovingly Crafted!

  • By Princess on 13-02-18

Adrian Mole

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

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.

  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

  • Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
  • By: Richard Reed
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice, each given to him just when he needed them most. Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice. If they could tell him just one thing, what would it be? Richard has collected pearls of wisdom from some of the most remarkable, inspiring and game-changing people in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a great inspiring read for under 25s

  • By stryder on 09-12-16

Very engaging book and easy to listen to

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

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.

  • The Widow

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157

Exclusive to Audible! Listen to a discussion between the author and the narrator of The Widow at the end of this recording. We've all seen him: the man - the monster - staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime. But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs - the wife who stands by him? Jean Taylor's life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she'd ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confession is a dangerous thing.

  • By Wras on 26-01-16

I really enjoyed this!

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

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.

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  • The Dip

  • By: Seth Godin
  • Narrated by: Seth Godin
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 344

Every new project (or job, or hobby, or company) starts out exciting and fun. Then it gets harder and less fun, until it hits a low point: really hard, and not much fun at all. And then you find yourself asking if the goal is even worth the hassle. Maybe you're in a Dip: a temporary setback that you will overcome if you keep pushing. But maybe it's really a Cul-de-Sac, which will never get better, no matter how hard you try.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't beat a bit of Godin...

  • By CA Weir on 26-06-07

Probably common sense-but a good reminder of when to quit

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

This is a short book that hi lights when to quit and when to carry on. It’s not groundbreaking knowledge, it’s common sense in a short effective book.
I can see myself listening to it again to remind myself of common sense approaches that seems to go out of the window when I am heading into a dip.

  • Running Like a Girl

  • By: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Heminsley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

Alexandra had high hopes: the arse of an athlete, the waist of a supermodel, the speed of a gazelle. Defeated by gyms and bored of yoga, she decided to run. Her first attempt did not end well. Six years later, she has run five marathons in two continents. But, as her dad says, you run with your head as much as with your legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's not just for girls or runners

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-06-13

A runners guide

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

Reviewed: 20-11-17

I am a lazy runner, think 5k type of run. I listened to this whilst running, it was a nice, easy listen. It hasn't inspired me to run any further, but I can see why it would do as such if you were considering longer runs.

You would probably get more out of it if you were a first time half marathon or full marathon runner. There were some really useful tips throughout the book; how to do, how not to do, what to avoid tips for everyone who runs.

This book was also nice in the way Alex wove in her family and friends into the mix.

Alex has a nice narrative style.

  • Cabin Pressure

  • Zurich: The BBC Radio 4 airline
  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Full Cast, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 55 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 860

The complete finale of the hit BBC Radio 4 sitcom- 2 episodes. Cabin Pressure is set in the wing and prayer world of a tiny, one-plane airline, staffed by two pilots, one on his way down, and one who was never up to start with. In this, the finale of the whole series, we discover that for MJN Air, whether it's choosing an ice-cream flavour, putting a princess in a van or remembering your grandmother's name, no job is too small, but, many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!!!!!!

  • By SARA JANE RATHBONE on 01-02-15

The Lemon Is In Play🍋

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

Reviewed: 21-09-17

Love love love Cabin Pressure, if you are a fan you won't be disappointed in the listen, but you will be disappointed in the fact that this is the last cabin pressure that has been made - so I believe.
Whenever you see a man with a van you will wonder if he has 100 strawberry Calipo lollies in the back after listening to this.
A must for fans, all the usual suspects are in this, also including Caroline's ex husband.
Brilliant-shame there are no more episodes

  • Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years

  • Adrian Mole Series Book 5
  • By: Sue Townsend
  • Narrated by: Paul Daintry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 58

It's 1997. Adrian, 30, is a chef at an up-market restaurant, selling down-market food for ridiculous prices. There, the only person who seems to notice he can't cook is AA Gill. But problems abound when, in a fit of madness, he agrees to become a TV chef on the show Offally Good.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but why is narrator now from Lancashire

  • By Anonymous User on 26-09-18

A national treasure - what's not to love!

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

Reviewed: 22-08-17

Adrian Mole - and national treasure what is not to love about him; funny, warm, witty and engaging.

  • Lust, Lies and Lemon Cakes Too

  • By: Steven Morris
  • Narrated by: Steve White
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Eric Baxter doesn't ask for much. All he wants is to get his leg-over occasionally with his wife, Helen, and to lose enough weight to be able to see his genitals again without having to lean completely forward. So when Carol (the randy work colleague and fellow food lover who almost seduced him the night before) turns up at his home and introduces herself to his wife, he begins to wonder whether life is playing a cruel practical joke on him. As Carol seems determined to make his life a misery for turning her down, and he's about to discover something's going horribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lemon cake is even better than chocolate cake

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-07-17

Cakes, cakes and more cakes

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

Reviewed: 25-06-17

What made the experience of listening to Lust, Lies and Lemon Cakes Too the most enjoyable?

This follow up book is not as good as the first book. Nonetheless I enjoyed the long running cat saga with the neighbour, the kids and their new relationships and stalker Carol!
It is a light, easy and enjoyable listen.

Would you be willing to try another book from Steven Morris? Why or why not?

I bought the chocolate cake book, which was way better than this follow up. I was a but disappointed as it wasn't as funny as the first book.

What about Steve White’s performance did you like?

He brings the characters to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me smile on many occasions. No big LOLs though.

  • What Would BeyoncĂ© Do?!

  • By: Luisa Omielan
  • Narrated by: Luisa Omielan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242

You know when you find yourself approaching 30 and your dreams are broken? You've got a temping career going nowhere and a student debt that's mounting, and you've just had to move back into your mum's house. Then, to top it all off, you get absolutely annihilated with heartbreak because of an ex who is just 'not ready' but then manages to be ready, a week later, with someone else. And it is here, at your lowest point, that one of your best friends decides to remind you that you are the same age as Beyoncé. FML.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So great. Can't recommend enough

  • By RoseM on 28-04-17

#What Would Luisa Do?

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

Reviewed: 25-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of What Would Beyoncé Do?! to be better than the print version?

I would imagine it is better as it is almost a live comedy show

What was one of the most memorable moments of What Would Beyoncé Do?!?

Thigh gap, attending the wedding of a fan, trip to STD clinic with her mum

Have you listened to any of Luisa Omielan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, don't think she has done any others

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

#whatwouldbeyoncedo?How could it be anything else?

Any additional comments?

I had no idea who Luisa was when I bought this, but she is a sassy, sharp, funny woman of our time.

  • Animal

  • The Autobiography of a Female Body
  • By: Sara Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Sara Pascoe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe. Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other. Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and conversation starting

  • By Kathryn on 05-05-16

Animal - a good listen

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

Reviewed: 15-01-17

Sara's views and thoughts were surprisingly thought provoking.
Her comedy style was great for the lighter subjects.
She was open about her own life in terms of the books subject, some funny, some serious-interwoven well in the book.
The final chapter was good, really good. Certainly made me think about a few things in more depth.
Good listen