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  • This Charming Man

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes? Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating to listen to I’m 2 chapters in and done

  • By sue on 13-02-18

Narrator is dreadful.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

The narrator read as if the characters were 30 years older than they were.

The story could have been more punchy. Stretched out where less would have been more.

  • Fat Chance

  • By: Nick Spalding
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds, Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 548

Meet Zoe and Greg Milton, a married couple who have let themselves go a bit. Zoe was a stunner in her college days, but the intervening decades have added five stone, and removed most of her self-esteem. Greg's rugby-playing days are well and truly behind him, thanks to countless pints of beer and chicken curry. When Elise, a radio DJ and Zoe's best friend, tells them about a new competition, it seems like the perfect opportunity to turn their lives around.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable

  • By Loopygoose on 28-08-15

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

The narration is only just worse than the repetitive need to use foul language including, multiple times, the C word. Yes.not one for your teenagers, or you if you prefer more intelligent vocabulary.

Narration just poor.

  • The Little Big Things

  • A young man's belief that every day can be a good day
  • By: Henry Fraser
  • Narrated by: Henry Fraser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 114

A short, inspirational audiobook from Henry Fraser, a young quadriplegic motivational speaker and artist. Henry Fraser was a 17-year-old sports enthusiast and senior prefect when he broke his spinal cord and was left paralysed from the shoulders down. Life as he knew it was over, and yet, through extraordinary determination and a positive attitude, he has forged a successful career as an inspirational speaker and an artist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What an amazing human being...

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-09-17

A remarkable young man

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

A true story of unknown positivity and absolute love. Henry is truly charming, gracious and the blueprint of the perfect young man. He will, and deserves to, achieve all that he chooses to do.

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  • Further Under the Duvet

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Catriona Keyes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

Slide "Further Under the Duvet", get yourself comfortable, and let Marian take you places you've never been before. Places like the Irish air-guitar championships, a shopping trip to Bloomingdales with a difference, and Cannes with a chronic case of Villa-itis. Along the way you'll encounter knicker-politics, fake tans, sticky-out ears and passionate love affairs both with make-up and Toblerones.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • further under the duvet

  • By Annette on 20-08-06

Narration is dreadful

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

Reviewed: 28-07-17

I had to
Give up. Narrator tried too hard and clearly was no familiar with the text. Having listened to the other two books, I think the content in this was also lacking. V disappointing

  • Wonder

  • By: R J Palacio
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl, Diana Steele
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 424

Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good

  • By Miss G L Salmon on 24-10-17

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 30-04-17

We loved this amazing book. It really took my heart and slammed it against the door sometimes.

The only let down was "Marg Simpson" narrating. It took some getting used to and nearly put us off.

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  • How to Be a Woman

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,142

1913 - Suffragette throws herself under the King's horse. 1969 - Feminists storm Miss World. Now - Caitlin Moran rewrites "The Female Eunuch" from a bar stool and demands to know why pants are getting smaller. There's never been a better time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain.... Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should you get Botox? Do men secretly hate us? What should you call your vagina?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indispensable listening

  • By GlaswegianLassie on 23-12-12

Was funny enough without so much swearing

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

Reviewed: 15-02-17

I am no prude and I'm partial to the odd swear, but I think in places this was overloaded with coarse language including many uses of the C word when it really didn't need it.

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book when I wasn't sure I would, but the repeated use of C word means I won't listen to another. It makes it impossible to listen to with children around. And it's actually pretty boring to listen to.

  • All I Ever Wanted

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295

Caitlin's life is a mess. Her marriage to a man everyone else thinks is perfect has collapsed, along with her self-esteem, and breaking free seems the only option. Nancy, her four-year-old daughter, used to talk all the time; in the car, at nursery, to her brother Joel. Then her parents split up. Her daddy moves out. And Nancy stops speaking. But when Eva agrees to host her niece and nephew once a fortnight, Caitlin and Eva are made to face the different truths about their marriages....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not her best

  • By Cookie Monster on 25-01-17

Narration so whiny I couldn't finish

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

Reviewed: 18-12-16

Three time I gave this another listen, but the narrator made all the characters sound weak and pathetic. It was impossible to know it they were or not. I got to chapter 20, with a struggle and that was it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mad Girl

  • By: Bryony Gordon
  • Narrated by: Bryony Gordon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

Bryony Gordon has OCD. It's the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn't repeat a phrase five times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It's caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mad Girl very apt title

  • By Amelia on 24-04-17

I completely understand!

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

Great expose of the standard mental health issues so many "normal" people live with. The crippling pain that we're not supposed to talk about, talked about loud and clear. We're all mad in our own ways.

A great, honest book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Spectacles

  • By: Sue Perkins
  • Narrated by: Sue Perkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Spectacles, the hilarious, creative and incredibly moving memoir from much loved comedian, writer and presenter Sue Perkins. When I began writing this book, I went home to see if my mum had kept some of my stuff. What I found was that she hadn't kept some of it. She had kept all of it - every bus ticket, postcard, school report....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Jeannette on 31-01-16

I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 19-08-16

Really engaging. There is so much more depth to Sue Perkins than meets the eye!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • According to Yes

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal, ruined the storyline; cringeworthy

  • By PoppyS on 29-03-16

All so obvious

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

I had high hopes for this book, but I predicted every "twist and turn." Very formulaic. Very weak ending too. It was like Fawn really couldn't be bothered now she'd reached her word count!

The narration was also dreadful. The boys voices were dreadful and the women sounded like the vicar of dibly!

I was left feeling as though dawn French was ticking boxes with the content and narration of this book. So far away from those delivered my Jennifer Saunders.