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  • The Girl Who Came Back

  • By: Kerry Wilkinson
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

When six-year-old Olivia Adams disappeared from her back garden, the small community of Stoneridge was thrown into turmoil. How could a child vanish in the middle of a cozy English village? Thirteen years on and Olivia is back. Her mother is convinced it's her but not everyone is sure. If this is the missing girl, then where has she been - and what happened to her on that sunny afternoon? If she's an imposter, then who would be bold enough to try to fool a child's own mother - and why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl Who Came Back

  • By Mini Ward on 24-09-17

Slower pace than some of the writer's other books

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

Reviewed: 18-09-17

I liked the story although found that it felt much more leisurely paced than some of the other books by the same author and the book didn't really keep you guessing as much as it could've done.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Sirens

  • By: Tom Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

A beautifully written insight into the stresses, strains and successes of working for the London Ambulance service. Is there anyone who hasn't wondered about the state of the occupant of an ambulance, screaming along with its sirens on and blue lights flashing? Have you? And have you wondered about the other people inside the ambulance, maybe fighting to save the patient's life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny but accurate.

  • By Dale Gudmunsen on 07-11-18

Genuinely funny

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Having family and friends working in Emergency Medicine this was easy to relate to, with many a similar story heard over the dinner table or at the pub. I loved the gallows humour and the "say it like is" attitude that accompanied the majority of this audiobook. Humour being the lifeline of those that work in such professions. However there was still room for compassion and some genuinely tear inducing moments.

  • You Will Know Me

  • By: Megan Abbott
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39

You Will Know Me is set in the high-pressure world of competitive gymnastics, where Devon has had her sights set on the US Olympic team since she was tiny. Strong, determined, the star of her training centre, she is the absolute focus of her parents' lives and the lynchpin of their marriage. Yet Devon, for all her brightness on the floor, is a deeply private person, unknowable even to her mother, Katie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but possibly over-rated!

  • By Ann D on 10-08-16

An insight into innate talent and devoltion

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Devon's talent and single mindedness in her attempt to reach her goal is captivating. In many ways her ambition has sheltered her from the normal trials and tribulations of teenage girls but in other ways it has left her vulnerable and ill-equipped to cope with them.

The story is seen through the eyes of her mother Katie as she struggles to understand the complexity and hidden depths of a daughter she once felt she knew inside out as events unfold towards Devon's chance to qualify for Senior Elite Gymnast.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • My Big Fat Manifesto

  • By: Susan Vaught
  • Narrated by: Justine Salata
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Jamie is a senior in high school and, like so many of her peers, doing too much. Unlike so many of her friends, she is enormously, irreversibly, sometimes angrily (and occasionally delightedly) overweight. Her most immediate need is a scholarship to college, so she writes an explosive and controversial column every week in the school paper about being fat. Soon, Jamie finds herself fighting for her rights as a very fat girl and not quietly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical fat girl story

  • By Scampy on 14-06-16

Not your typical fat girl story

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

The main character (Jamie) in this story is opinionated, intelligent, and hilarious. She is also morbidly obese.

The story doesn't follow the typical "fat girl" cinderella storyline, where the main character loses a ton of weight and through weight loss gets everything she always wanted. and through weight loss she gets everything she ever wanted.

Jamie's weight hasn't stopped her from being successful and through her articulate "Fat girl" column in the high school news paper brings forward the notion of fat acceptance and the discrimination morbidly obese people face on a daily basis not just in the reactions from other people but the struggles they face in every day life because the world hasn't yet caught up with the increasing weight of it's population.

  • Good Girls Don't Die

  • By: Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 850

Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, DI Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex. Any hopes of a quiet start to her new life are dashed by the discovery of the body of a female student, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. Grace has her first case. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news. Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Victoria Burton on 17-01-15

Kept you going from start to finish

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

Reviewed: 28-02-16

The storyline was catchy and meant I stormed through this book in just over a day to find out the conclusion.

I really liked the characters in this story and I hope to hear more from them in the future.

  • Things We Have in Common

  • By: Tasha Kavanagh
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

Yasmin would give anything to have a friend...and do anything to keep one. The first time I saw you, you were standing at the far end of the playing field. You were looking down at your brown, straggly dog, but then you looked up, your mouth going slack as your eyes clocked her. Alice Taylor. I was no different. I used to catch myself gazing at the back of her head in class, at her silky, fair hair swaying between her shoulder blades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed - and never listening to it again!

  • By Maintenon on 29-08-15

Not what you think it is

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

Reviewed: 21-12-15

I don't know what I expected from this book but this wasn't it. The story didn't go in the direction I expected to take. The writer had me fully immersed into Yasmin's 15 year old mind, which was innocent but also extremely clever and insightful about the people around her. This book crossed boundaries that I didn't expect it to cross and Yasmin made decisions that I felt went against most people's feelings of morale right and wrong, but seeing the world through her head you could understand why she made the choices she did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Reasons to Stay Alive

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Matt Haig
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

What Does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brave work for which I am so grateful

  • By Camilla Morgan on 26-05-15

This book can save a life

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

Reviewed: 20-08-15

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

Everyone should have to read this book. With 1 in 4 people suffering from a mental illness the chances are that everyone has either experienced depression personally or knows a friend or family member who has.

Matt's personal story and reflections on his experiences offer a window into the mind of someone who is experiencing depression and anxiety and breaks the common misconception that depression is just feeling very sad.

This book helped me find the words to explain to the people close to me what some of my experiences were like when I was ill and why I couldn't just simply snap out of it.

It also gives hope to those currently experiencing depression that things can and will get better and also the form that recovery will take - in small almost unnoticeable day to day changes that add up over time rather than waking up one day and everything being fine.