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  • Making It up as I Go Along

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

You'll be wincing in recognition and scratching your head in incredulity, but like Marian herself you won't be able to stop laughing at the sheer delightful absurdity that is modern life - because each and every one of us is clearly making it up as we go along. She has wonderful and tickling words of advice for those fast approaching 50.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunately Average

  • By A. D. Macleod on 05-09-17

Marian is a funny lady ......

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

… not just in fiction, but the way she draws you into her own life experiences. I have 3 books of hers to go, but the reviews on here are a bit mixed, and slanting towards "poor". What to do?

  • Why Mummy Swears

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Why Mummy Swears is the much anticipated new novel from Gill Sims, author of the hilarious Why Mummy Drinks and online sensation Peter and Jane. It’s every parents’ nightmare - the start of the school holidays - and instead of sitting in the sun, reading a book over a cold, crisp glass of Pinot Grigio, Mummy has two bored moppets to attend to. After frantically booking sports camps, child minder slots, not to mention time off work, Mummy is exhausted. But this is only the beginning....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

  • By Kathryn Knight on 16-07-18

Brilliant, wonderful, hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I thought Why Mummy Drinks was good but this one surpasses it if possible. Absolutely loved it. Going through treatment for breast cancer (in recovery!) at present, and it was just what the doctor should have ordered. made me laugh out loud. I' not sure what else Mummy can write to explain herself away in future, but bring it on!

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  • The Darkest Lies

  • A Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Shocking Twist
  • By: Barbara Copperthwaite
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Melanie Oak appeared to have the perfect life. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Jacob, the couple live with their beautiful, loving, teenage daughter, Beth, in a pretty village. Nothing can shake her happiness -- until the day that Beth goes missing, and is discovered beaten almost to the point of death, her broken body lying in a freezing creek on the marshes near their home. Consumed with grief, Melanie is determined to find her daughter's attacker. Someone in the village must have seen something. Why won't they talk?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow.. Thrilled and Chilled in equal measures

  • By JayT on 17-08-17

Brilliant story - kept me listning

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Fantastic book. I kept thinking "oh it's obvious, I know who did it". No it's not! Twists and turns. A little graphic in parts. When the narrator was just reading the main part she was really annoying, and I wanted her to just get on with it and don't;' try to b so precise! Otherwise, highly recommend.

  • The Other Side of the Story

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Jojo Harvey is a literary agent whose star is on the rise. In love with both her married boss and her burgeoning career, not much distracts her. Until she finds herself representing two women who used to be best friends. Used to be....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing

  • By Sylvia on 24-03-08

Absolutelyt briloliant

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

I loved this book. Loved every character, the performance was excellent. made me laugh out loud a few times. Marian has done it again.

Would highly recommend this book if you are a fan. I fact, even if you're not.

  • Hangman

  • A Ragdoll Book
  • By: Daniel Cole
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Eighteen months have passed, but the scars the Ragdoll murders left behind are reopened on a daily basis, the legacy of the infamous investigation infecting all aspects of daily life. Despite the media's best efforts, copycat murders all over the planet have proven to be nothing more than violent mutilations by the unimaginative and deranged - until a Wall Street banker is strung up impossibly across the Brooklyn Bridge, the word BAIT carved deep into his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cole Paints Two Towns Red!

  • By Simon on 23-03-18

Marmite ....

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Ragdoll and Hangman - you will love them or hate them. I love them. This second in the series is probably better in some ways, than the first. Without giving anything away, the lead character is different. It's a real page turner - I pre-ordered it and couldn't wait for the 22nd March. Pity we may have to wait another 2 years for the next one.

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  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,071
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,305

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

Thought provo9king but brilliant

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

I grew up in the 50's and 60's and it was good to read such an informative novel that filled me in on what was happening in my younger days,. Beaut9fully written, clearly a lot of research done. Lovely characters. Enjoyed it very much.

  • Me Before You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Jo Hall, Anna Bentinck, Steve Crossley, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,595

Lou Clark knows a lot of things. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop, and she might not love her boyfriend Patrick. Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live, and now everything feels small and joyless. What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book but it did make me cry!

  • By R. Dang on 08-06-12

One of my favourites.

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

This has to be one of my all time favourite modern books. Beautifully written, humorous, heart-rending, thought provoking. The movie was made in a very faithful style, but read the book first. A very creditable sequel, After You, is also lovely. j
A must for me.

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  • Last Seen

  • By: Lucy Clarke
  • Narrated by: Harriet Carmichael, Clare Corbett, Huw Parmenter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, The Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate, and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow wow wow! More twists and turns than a roller coaster!

  • By Beckhamgirl on 08-07-17

Absolutely brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 17-10-17

Wow. What a book. Kept me absolutely gripped. If you like a tense drama, I would highly recommend this book. Many surprises which made me want to keep listening, which is why is only took me 2 days to get through it. ore please.

  • Between You and Me

  • A psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming
  • By: Lisa Hall
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

They say every marriage has its secrets. But no one sees what happens behind closed doors. And sometimes those doors should never be opened.... Sal and Charlie are married. They love each other. But they aren't happy. Sal cannot leave, no matter what Charlie does - no matter how much it hurts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great twist

  • By Emma on 28-06-17

Well I saw it coming from Chapter One, but ...

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

Spoiler alert - I can't see how anyone would no,t realise what was happening. The way it was written in third party etc. However, a very, very good book. Some of the scenes are somewhat graphic, so not for the faint-hearted. Enjoyed it very uch.

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  • Getting Rid of Matthew

  • By: Jane Fallon
  • Narrated by: Fenella Woolgar
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

What to do if Matthew, your secret lover of the past four years, finally decides to leave his wife, Sophie (and their two daughters), and move into your flat, just when you're thinking that you might not want him anymore?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Made by the excellent reader

  • By Simon Evers on 06-02-08

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 20-09-17

Where does Getting Rid of Matthew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have listened to so many it's hard to rank - but it is certainly a very good read.

What did you like best about this story?

Slightly unusual relationships - a bit silly, but most entertaining. Loved the characters.

What does Fenella Woolgar bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

The performance made the book. Very, very well read. Not overacted, but made the characters very real.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Had it been possible, yes.

Any additional comments?

Very well written. Didn't get too complicated, but enough to keep it interesting. Really liked the main character, Helen, and it came across clearly that Matthew is a scumbag. The performance was excellent.