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Joyce Hudson

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  • Bridget Jones

  • Mad About the Boy
  • By: Helen Fielding
  • Narrated by: Samantha Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 920

With her hotly anticipated third instalment, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy, Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget's life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous email CC, total lack of twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on. An uproariously funny novel of modern life, Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy is a triumphant return of our favourite Everywoman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A mixed reading/listening experience!

  • By Ann D on 07-11-13

Classic Bridget Jones

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I was so looking forward to this and was not disappointed. Really enjoyable. Maintained all the hang ups and character characteristics of the original books. Narrator very good. Bit predictable in places that's why i only gave 4 not 5 stars. Made being stuck in a 4 hr traffic jam more bearable!

  • A Dangerous Fortune

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

In 1866 tragedy strikes at the exclusive Windfield School when a mysterious accident takes the life of a student. Among the student's circle of friends are Hugh Pilaster; Hugh's older cousin Edward, dissolute heir to the Pilaster banking fortune; and Micky Miranda, the handsome son of a brutal South American oligarchy. The death and its aftermath begin the spiraling circle of treachery that will span three decades and entwine many lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A splendid melodrama

  • By Kirstine on 22-05-14

Wonderful addictive story

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

Reviewed: 21-07-13

After listening to all Ken Follett's epic novels, I downloaded this to listen to on holiday. It took a couple of chapters to get in to but after that I just loved it. You hate his villains and love his central characters. Twists, turns and tragedies, classic Follett!!

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Broken Harbour

  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hugh Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 469

In Broken Harbour, a ghost estate outside Dublin - half-built, half-inhabited, half-abandoned - two children and their father are dead. The mother is on her way to intensive care. Scorcher Kennedy is given the case because he is the Murder squad's star detective. At first he and his rookie partner, Richie, think this is a simple one: Pat Spain was a casualty of the recession, so he killed his children, tried to kill his wife Jenny, and finished off with himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not A Run of the Mill Murder Mystery

  • By Linda on 27-08-12

Fabulous narration, story longer than needed

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

Reviewed: 21-07-13

The narrator is fantastic, the different irish accents down to a t, and fabulous at female voices.
The story was great to start, but dragged out with a bit too much information and a bit of an anticlimax ending. But an enjoyable listen overall with good character development.

  • Don't Want to Miss a Thing

  • By: Jill Mansell
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

An irresistible, heart-warming novel from the much-loved author of numerous Sunday Times best sellers, including A Walk in the Park and To the Moon and Back. Dexter Yates loves his fun, care-free London life; he has money, looks and girlfriends galore. But everything changes overnight when his sister dies, leaving him in charge of her eight-month-old daughter Delphi. How is he ever going to cope? Comic-strip artist Molly Hayes lives in the beautiful Cotswold village of Briarwood.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant hotchpotch of a story

  • By Kaggy on 18-07-15

Easy listening, bit predictable

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

Reviewed: 21-07-13

Narrated good, story easy to follow if a little predictable with likeable characters. I listened to this whilst doing night feeds with a new baby and lapses in concentration didn't affect my ability to follow the story!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How Not to F*** Them Up

  • By: James Oliver
  • Narrated by: Paul Blake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13

As a mother, are you comfortable in your skin? Want to know how best to be a working or stay-at-home mum? Babies have very simple needs, yet many parents are overwhelmed with elaborate advice on how to meet them. In How Not to F*** Them Up leading child psychologist Oliver James argues that your under-threes do not need training; it's getting your head straight as a parent that's important. Drawing on extensive interviews and the latest clinical research, James identifies three basic types of mum: the Hugger, the Organiser, and the Fleximum.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent beginners guide to parenting

  • By Joyce Hudson on 20-07-13

Excellent beginners guide to parenting

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

Reviewed: 20-07-13

What did you like most about How Not to F*** Them Up?

The advice and case examples.

What other book might you compare How Not to F*** Them Up to, and why?

It's the first parenting book I have listened to.

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

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was wonderful to hear that postnatal depression is not genetic.

Any additional comments?

The messages the author wants to give across are repeated as themes throughout the book. This book has influenced my plans for parenting and child care options.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • My Animals and Other Family

  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By sg on 16-09-12

Makes you want to be friends with Claire Balding

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

Reviewed: 20-07-13

What did you like most about My Animals and Other Family?

I liked the format of the book, it that it didn't follow a typical autobiography pattern. Each chapter focused on a different animal and the events of her life that surrounded it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Animals and Other Family?

What an interesting life and family Claire has.

What about Clare Balding’s performance did you like?

She was excellent, and very thoughtful.

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

No it was easy listening and easy to leave and pick up at any point.

  • Hothouse Flower

  • By: Lucinda Riley
  • Narrated by: Beth Chalmers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

As a child, Julia Forrester spent many idyllic hours in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where her grandfather tended the exotic flowers. So when a family tragedy strikes, Julia returns to the tranquility of Wharton Park and its hothouse. Recently inherited by charismatic Kit Crawford, the estate is undergoing renovation. This leads to the discovery of an old diary, prompting the pair to seek out Julia's grandmother to learn the truth behind a love affair that almost destroyed Wharton Park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such variety - real escapism

  • By Karen on 26-02-12

A really nice book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-12

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I would have given it 5 stars but I reserve that for my fave fave books. There are twists in the story yet it has a reassuring plot that lets you empathise with the characters to make a really thoughtful good story.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Skippy Dies

  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Skippy and Ruprecht are having a doughnut-eating race one evening when Skippy turns purple and falls off his chair . . .And so begins this epic, tragic, comic, brilliant novel set in and around Dublin’s Seabrook College for Boys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired, funny, heartrending & addicitive!

  • By Linda A. Davies on 24-06-11

couldn't finish it

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-11

At first I really enjoyed the narration but I just couldn't keep going there didn't appear to be a plot, dissapointed I wasted a credit

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Woodcutter

  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,953

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Woodcutter

  • By jackie Hammond on 23-05-11

Fantastic, best audiobook so far this year

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-11

I adored this audiobook. The story is superb and the narration wonderful. The prologue is a bit strange but it all fits together wonderfully. I don't think the blurb does the book justice.

  • Jump!

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 26 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

Following the death of her bullying husband, Etta Bancroft's selfish children move her to a village in the Cotswolds. One night, she discovers a filly, left to die in the snow. With help, Etta rescues the horse, and she and her friends form a syndicate to pay for her upkeep. As the horse recovers, she begins to show racing pedigree, so the syndicate enters her into a maiden hurdle - and are shocked at the result.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Do not buy this

  • By Anne on 25-05-11

Adored this audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-11

I listened to 'Riders' and loved it. But I adored 'Jump'. Gerri Halligan is expert at doing the narration, ensuring none of the treats of jilly cooper gives are lost. Excellent story and excellent characters. Can't wait for next story on audiobook!