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  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576

The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny, tragic, hopeful and inspiring

  • By MR on 17-06-17

With love.

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I laughed, cried, snickered and frowned, over and over again. Izzard's rambling and obvious smile in his voice made me happier to have him in this world.

  • The Danish Girl

  • By: David Ebershoff
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

Loosely inspired by a true story, this tender portrait of marriage asks: what do you do when the person you love has to change? It starts with a question, a simple favour asked by a wife of her husband while both are painting in their studio, setting off a transformation neither can anticipate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable but long

  • By Richard Kindred on 26-03-16

Difficult book to listen to.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I had seen the film and had to listen to the book itself. The tragic story of Lily and her troubled life sometimes brought me to tears. Next up, reading real Lily's diary.

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752

In the English countryside at the dawn of the Victorian era, life moves at a leisurely pace in the tiny town of Wall. Tristan Thorn has lost his heart to the beautiful Victoria Forester, but she is as distant as the star they see fall from the sky one evening. For the prize of Victoria's hand, Tristan vows to retrieve the star for his beloved. It is an oath that sends the lovelorn swain over the town's ancient wall and into a world that is dangerous and strange beyond imagining.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A proper fairy story

  • By Beccameriel on 08-12-14

A fairytale for grownups

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

I am slowly learning to know all of Neil Gaiman's books and I've yet to be disappointed. His reading is poetry like and it just feels like such a lovely meal for the mind and the ears. I can't recommend it enough.

  • Perfume

  • The Story of a Murderer
  • By: Patrick Suskind
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

Survivor, genius, perfumer, killer: This is Jean-Baptiste Grenouille. He is abandoned on the filthy streets of Paris as a child, but grows up to discover he has an extraordinary gift: A sense of smell more powerful than any other human's. Soon, he is creating the most sublime fragrances in all the city. Yet there is one odour he cannot capture. It is exquisite, magical: The scent of a young virgin. And to get it he must kill. And kill. And kill...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning! The narration deserves 10 stars.

  • By Isabelle on 26-03-15

I have been touched

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

Regretfully I finished this masterpiece, a bit empty inside. The story, the soothing voice of the narrator, the horrified fascination of Jean Baptiste, it all captured me.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  • Robbie Stamp Interview (04/06/05)
  • By: Robbie Stamp
  • Narrated by: Beth Anderson
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Robbie Stamp, close friend of Douglas Adams and executive producer of the new The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film, discusses Adams' life and legacy, and reveals details about the upcoming film.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Icelander on 08-03-17

loved it

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

quite an informative interview with Douglas's friend. full of tidbits and lovely discussion about his life and the making of the movie

  • The Shepherd's Crown

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627

A Shivering of Worlds. Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it, and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • :'( it's the last one!

  • By Katherine on 28-08-15

Terry's last goodbye

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

Reviewed: 08-01-16

This book is such a bittersweet listen. Knowing it is his last work. Feels an appropriate farewell and many striking story developments. In the epilogue it says he hadn't finished it quite to his liking and it does feel a bit to long in parts and short elsewhere but still a marvel and for anyone familiar with the Discworld it fills a grateful space.

Terry's work has been with me through such hard times in my life and although I will keep listening to his work I will miss him dearly.

Mind as you go Terry

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Hat Full of Sky

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 783
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 783

Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does, and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over. Something ancient and horrible, which can't die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best advice for a witch

  • By Amazon Customer on 25-09-18

Such a lovely listen

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

I love the Tiffany books. Granny Wheathervax and some truly interesting new characters. Terry Prattchet and one of his nice narrators make for a easy but good listen.

  • Summer's Path

  • By: Scott Blum
  • Narrated by: Diane Ray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61

Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible prose, terrible story.

  • By Anonymous User on 31-03-09

uninteresting

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Unconvincing, boring. Reads like a summary of somebodies idea of how cancer patients could be in control of their death. The resoning, thought processes and feelings seem unconvincing and mecanic. I cant belive the characters. The reading doesnt help at all. Nice diction, lovely voice but not quite convincing. I decided to listen to the end just to give it the full benefit of the doubt. I wrote similar stories as a teenager.

  • Not My Father's Son

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,213

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary memoir

  • By Katherine on 06-11-14

A worth while listen !

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

This book had me hooked from start to finish. The reading is personal and well done. The subject matter of an abused son coming to terms with his past and his journey to enlightenment on both that issue and his grandfather is so deeply touching and lovely.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prayers and Promises When Facing a Life-Threatening Illness

  • Morning and Evening Reflections
  • By: Ed Dobson
  • Narrated by: Ed Dobson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Thirty short-yet-powerful morning and evening reflections offer encouragement, hope, and inspiration to people dealing with a life-threatening illness, and to their family members and caretakers. Here are honest insights and personal stories from a pastor who continues his own journey with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly inspirational book.

  • By Icelander on 07-01-15

A truly inspirational book.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

This book gave me a way to go forward when my chronic illness got to much to bear. Worthwhile and so deeply true and real, and the author's frail reading gave it a personal connection that can't be matched. Saved my heart and spirit in a dark time.