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  • Coco Chanel

  • The Legend and the Life
  • By: Justine Picardie
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Harwood
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

Justine Picardie has spent the last decade puzzling over the truth about Coco Chanel, attempting to peel away the accretions of romance and lies. In this full-scale biography we finally discover the history of the incredible woman who created the way we look now. Coco Chanel was an extraordinary inventor - she conjured up the little black dress, bobbed hair, trousers for women, contemporary chic, best-selling perfumes, and the most successful fashion brand of all time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent biography of a facinating woman

  • By JenPeter on 12-03-11

Fascinating book almost ruined by the reader's casual errors.

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

It isn't just the difficult French, or even English words that Cassandra Harwood manages to get wrong. She even pronounces Jeanne as Jean, confusing for the reader trying to differentiate the women from the men in the story. The mispronunciations are many and unremitting, and nearly spoilt for me what was otherwise a fascinating and well written book. I have given two stars for the reader only because her voice and diction are very clear, and the story therefore, despite Coco's constant obfuscations, as easy as it could be to follow.

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Jim Broadbent
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,836

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking - to save someone else's life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gentle but engaging

  • By Ms on 17-06-12

A memorable book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-12

One that will stay with me for a long time. Driving down the M6 fighting back the tears may not seem like a good thing, though at other times I was smiling and even laughing. A wonderful, life-enhancing book.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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  • Brideshead Revisited

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Written at the end of the World War II, this work mourns the passing of the aristocratic world which Waugh knew in his youth and recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by the austerities of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Kirstine on 15-12-10

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-10-10

The summary says 'this work mourns the passing of the aristocratic world which Waugh knew in his youth and recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by the austerities of war.' Yes, but it's so much more than that. It's about love and faith and loss. The characters may be rich, aristocratic or talented, but they suffer pain like the rest of us. If you have ever known an alcoholic the story of Sebastian will hit home.

The characters and locations are brilliantly painted by Waugh and the narration by Jeremy Irons is very close to perfection. He struggles a little with differentiating the female voices, but his Anthony Blanche is a masterpiece.

I will listen to this one again and again.