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  • Somebody to Love

  • The Life, Death and Legacy of Freddie Mercury
  • By: Matt Richards, Mark Langthorne
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

When Freddie Mercury died in 1991, aged just 45, the world was rocked by the vibrant and flamboyant star's tragic secret that he had been battling AIDS. That Mercury had even been diagnosed came as a shock to his millions of fans, with his announcement coming less than 24 hours before his death. In Somebody to Love, biographers Mark Langthorne and Matt Richards skilfully weave Freddie Mercury's incredible pursuit of musical greatness with Queen, his upbringing and his endless search for love with the story of a terrible disease.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best audiobooks I've ever listen to

  • By Colin Smith on 22-11-18

Brilliant insight into a brilliant man

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

Reviewed: 26-04-19

Never knew half of what I’ve learned from this book.
Brilliantly written and so much research gone into the understanding, history and facts about AIDS and a man who was so private, yet flamboyant in public.
Highly recommend.

  • Damaged Goods

  • By: Oliver Shah
  • Narrated by: Oliver Shah
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289

Penguin Audio presents Damaged Goods, by Oliver Shah. In March 2015, British businessman and the chairman of Arcadia Group Sir Philip Green sold BHS for £1 to Retail Acquisitions, owned by Dominic Chappell, a serial bankrupt who filed BHS for administration shortly after. By April 2016, BHS had debts of £1.3bn, including a pensions deficit of £571m. Damaged Goods follows Green's journey to the big time, the sale of BHS and the subsequent investigation that concluded with Green paying £363m to the Pensions Regulator.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How do they sleep at night?

  • By stevieg on 17-07-18

Fantastic book!

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

Reviewed: 18-04-19

Wow!
I didn’t realise half of what went on in retail.
Amazed to hear that bankers, politicians and fraudsters go hand in hand.
Thinking long and hard, after listening to this superbly written and narrated book, whether to cash in my private pension now too!
Highly recommend!

  • Chapter 7 (The Last Days of August)

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

"A certain level of concern." Mysteries are solved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful

  • By P. Stewart on 21-01-19

So sad!

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

Reviewed: 14-04-19

Very well put together!
So sad, and the research and investigation that went into the making of the audible was excellent.
Very informative and interesting.

  • Ep. 1: Leaving London (Slaving Away Series 2)

  • By: Miranda Kane
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 69

After a less-than-hospitable booking, Miranda makes the decision to finally take up Mistress Laveen’s offer to get out of London, and go on a road trip across the UK. After all, absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? But before they can depart, Miranda has to drop her cat off with her family... without spilling the beans about what her job really entails.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really funny

  • By Nobby67 on 15-05-19

Hysterical!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-19

Loved the 1st series and was hoping to come across a second!
Was so pleased to hear this one too.
Highly recommend, a great laugh. Looking forward to seeing Miranda live at a show near me!

  • The Innocent Wife

  • By: Amy Lloyd
  • Narrated by: Christina Cole, Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 381

Twenty years ago Dennis Danson was arrested and imprisoned for the brutal murder of a young girl in Florida's Red River County. Now he's the subject of a true-crime documentary that's whipping up a frenzy online to uncover the truth and free a man who has been wrongly convicted. A thousand miles away in England, Samantha is obsessed with Dennis' case. She exchanges letters with him and is quickly won over by his apparent charm and kindness to her. Soon she has left her old life behind to marry him and campaign for his release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! This held my attention!

  • By Ann D on 02-03-18

Not a bad story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Not a bad story, but found to be a bit predictable!
From the introduction of certain characters, you just know the outcome!
Not bad, but not brilliant!!

  • Brutally Honest

  • Mel B’s tell-all memoir
  • By: Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon
  • Narrated by: Melanie Brown, Phoenix Chi Gulzar Brown, Andrea Brown, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603

As one-fifth of the iconic Spice Girls and judge on X Factor and America's Got Talent, Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, has been an international star since the age of 19. And yet there are sides of Mel that no one has ever seen, or really known. Brutally Honest is an exposé of the struggles and acute pain that lay behind the glamour and success. With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and Melanie’s trademark Yorkshire humour, this audiobook removes the mask of fame and reveals the mother, wife and daughter behind the Spice Girl everyone thinks they know. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Mr M Randell on 28-11-18

Biggest load of self centred crap I’ve ever heard!

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Load of crap!
Mel B (as she’s gone back to calling herself, again!), tells how she was abused mentally and psychologically, in her opinion!
I got so frustrated and angry listening to her whining and moaning on and on about things that she claims happened!

  • I Invited Her In

  • By: Adele Parks
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

When Mel hears from a long-lost friend in need of help, she doesn’t hesitate to invite her to stay. Mel and Abi were best friends back in the day, sharing the highs and lows of student life until Mel’s unplanned pregnancy made her drop out of her studies. Now, 17 years later, Mel and Abi’s lives couldn’t be more different. Mel is happily married, having raised her son on her own before meeting her husband, Ben. Now they share gorgeous girls and have a chaotic but happy family home, with three children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bit obvious

  • By Jackie M-W on 04-11-18

Very predictable!

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

Reviewed: 30-03-19

From the first chapter, I knew what was going to happen!
Very predictable and not really a great book, in my opinion!

  • The Girl Across the Street

  • By: Vikki Patis
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Her name is Beth. She came into my life when I needed her the most. We lead very different lives, but she’s the only person who understands me. She was the only other witness to the terrible accident on the street between our homes - the only person who saw the cracks in my perfect life before I had the chance to cover them up.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better ending needed!

  • By Mr SM McGann on 25-03-19

Better ending needed!

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

Not bad, but a better ending was needed!
Would have liked a better ending and should have had at least another chapter finishing the story off!

  • The Summer of Impossible Things

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670

Thirty years ago something terrible happened to Luna's mother. Something she's prepared to reveal only after her death. In settling her mother's affairs, Luna finds more questions than answers until something impossible and magical happens.... Luna meets her mother as a young woman back in the summer of 1977. If she can truly travel back in time, she can change things. But in order to save her mother's life, will she have to sacrifice her own?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So lovely

  • By Emma on 02-09-17

Just wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 17-03-19

So romantic in parts, but also controversial and gripping too!
Well written and would recommend!

  • The Salt Path

  • By: Raynor Winn
  • Narrated by: Anne Reid
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, the couple lose their home and their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. They have almost no money for food or shelter and must carry only the essentials for survival on their backs as they live wild in the ancient, weathered landscape of cliffs, sea and sky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5

  • By Kim on 02-06-18

The most beautifully written and narrated book I have ever heard!

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

Reviewed: 08-03-19

Just beautifully written!
So thought provoking and heart wrenching!
Anne Reid read it so well, with such lovely feeling.
I cried at times whilst listening!
Can’t recommend this book enough!