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  • The Dressmaker of Dachau

  • By: Mary Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Spanning the intense years of war, The Dressmaker of Dachau is a dramatic tale of love, conflict, betrayal, and survival. It is the compelling story of one young woman's resolve to endure and of the choices she must make at every turn - choices which will contain truths she must confront. London, spring 1939. Eighteen-year-old Ada Vaughan, a beautiful and ambitious seamstress, has just started work for a modiste in Dover Street.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Believe able but heartbreaking .

  • By sue on 14-05-15

I kept hoping for good ending..

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

If I am reading a book about the horrors of world war 2 I would be grateful if there would also be a fragment of positivity. This book was sad through and through.

  • A Banquet of Consequences

  • By: Elizabeth George
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

Full of shocks, intensity and suspense from first minute to last, Banquet of Consequences reveals Lynley and Havers under pressure. The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy, and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man's leap from a Dorset cliff and a horrific poisoning in Cambridge? Following various career-threatening misdemeanours, Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers is desperate to redeem herself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By justmurr on 28-06-16

Barbara Havers is back ...

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I like this book very much. It is written in the usual Inspector Lynley style. I do like a book that switches between different views of the same story. You are kept guessing :-) There is one drawback though and that is the fact that someone decided to make all phone calls sound as if you are listening to the caller through a telephone left dangling on the cord. I found that a nuisance and not necessary at all..

  • The Tears of Dark Water

  • By: Corban Addison
  • Narrated by: Korey Jackson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Daniel and Vanessa Parker are an American success story. He is a Washington, DC power broker, and she is a doctor with a thriving practice. But behind the facade, their marriage is a shambles, and their teenage son, Quentin, is self-destructing. In desperation, Daniel dusts off a long-delayed dream - a sailing trip around the world. Little does he know that the voyage he hopes will save them may destroy them instead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A should read

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-09-18

I got hooked ..

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

This book is about piracy. I did not think I would like it but I got intrigued and hooked. I love the way this book tells the story from different angels and therefore gives food to thought about the interactions of rich and poor countries. Well worth a listen..

  • Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise

  • By: Joyce Magnin
  • Narrated by: Kate Udall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Newly widowed Charlotte Figg purchases a double-wide trailer sight unseen and moves to the Paradise Trailer Park with her dog, Lucky. Unfortunately, neither the trailer nor Paradise are what Charlotte expected. Her trailer is a ramshackle old place in need of major repair, and the people of Paradise are harboring more secrets than Bayer has aspirin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me laughing out loud ...

  • By jane joensen on 14-07-18

Had me laughing out loud ...

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

I recommend this book to anyone looking for plot which has much to offer. This book ought to be made into a film.. The characters are amazing and so is the story.

  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,234
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,076

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible piece of art (written & narrated)

  • By PBM on 04-06-16

A trip to remember

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

Reviewed: 30-07-16

Where does Shantaram rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The best audiobook I have listened to in a very long time. Although a very long book, it never got tedious.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that the story was unpredictable and I was eager to know what would be around the next corner

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

The narrator was amazing. I have not heard him perform before. The indian accent had me cracked up. It was wonderful !

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

I would have listened to this book in one sitting - if I had the time :-)

Any additional comments?

I recommend this book for it seriousness and its very amusing parts. It was educational and very moving. Thank you Gregory David Roberts and Humphrey Bower for making the book come alive. If I should in any way make a comparison it would be to John Irving :-)

  • Get Me Out of Here

  • My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder
  • By: Rachel Reiland
  • Narrated by: Mazhan Marno
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes- including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • profoundly amazing & deeply moving

  • By naomi on 07-01-15

An Educating Listen

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

Reviewed: 31-10-14

Where does Get Me Out of Here rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I think I have learned so much from this book. Though it feels wrong to say that I feel entertained, I did, while learning at the same time.
The time flew listening to the book and I laughed out loud one minute and curled my toes the next.
I work with frail people so this book has been good for my work life too.

What other book might you compare Get Me Out of Here to, and why?

I do not have a comparison... You do ask some silly questions from time to time ;-)

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

I have not listened to Mazhan Marno before.. She did very well!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did have different emotional reactions to the book and it both frightened me and made me laugh.. but even more it gave me food for thought.
It was hard to put down as it moved on so very smoothly.. I think many people may benefit from reading / listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dying to Be Me

  • My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing
  • By: Anita Moorjani
  • Narrated by: Anita Moorjani
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

In this truly inspirational audio book, Anita Moorjani relates how, after fighting cancer for almost four years, her body began shutting down - overwhelmed by the malignant cells spreading throughout her system. As her organs failed, she entered into an extraordinary near-death experience (NDE) where she realized her inherent worth... and the actual cause of her disease. Upon regaining consciousness, Anita found that her condition had improved so rapidly that she was released from the hospital within weeks - without a trace of cancer in her body!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-04-17

Dying Died on Me..

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

Reviewed: 29-10-14

Would you try another book written by Anita Moorjani or narrated by Anita Moorjani?

I doubt if I would listen to another of Anita's books. Although the subject is out of this world interesting, I got bored quite quickly along the way.
I cannot put my finger on why I find the book tedious but I suspect that I have read too many self help books over the years and when I heard Wayne Dwyer in the foreword my heart sank...

What was most disappointing about Anita Moorjani’s story?

It was just too long. All Anita had to say could in my opinion have been said in half the time or less.

What aspect of Anita Moorjani’s performance might you have changed?

I am sure Anita Moorjani performs really good. She just did not catch my heart - but I stayed with her to the end and I am grateful for the story she has told.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Baby's Coming

  • A Story of Dedication by an Independent Midwife
  • By: Virginia Howes
  • Narrated by: Julie Maisey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Virginia Howes was a mother of four doing the ironing when she had a revelation. Still broody, but not really wanting to add to her family, she realised that becoming a midwife was her true vocation. It was a long journey to get the education and qualifications she needed, especially with a young family, but she was determined and never doubted her decision. Following her training, she spent three years working within the NHS, but her naturally independent spirit fought against the constraints of the system and 12 years ago she decided to set up on her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had know then ....

  • By jane joensen on 26-10-14

I wish I had know then ....

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

Reviewed: 26-10-14

Where does The Baby's Coming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have enjoyed Virginia Howel's book immensely. It took me right back to my own experience with childbirth in 1980. The way V.H tell's you about childbirth on the NHS during that period of time made me realize that we had the same kind of experience but then I was not aware that I actually had a say in the matter. I just went with the flow and things happened around me that I was not aware of. Virginia's views on home births and the way she helps women and ease their stress is just amazing. It makes so much sense and I hope that I can persuade my own daughter to a home birth with the aid of an amazing midwife when the time comes. The book captured my attention and my heart from start to finish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Virginia is my favorite. My heroine :-)

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

The narration was fabulous and it gives the book so much character. JM managed to portray so many voices. The only glitch I can think of was the turkish accent. That sounded very eastern european to me!

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

Yes I would have love to listen in one sitting.. Even though the book is about births not two is ever the same. It never becomes boring.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend The baby's coming :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vow

  • A Memoir of Marriage (And Other Affairs)
  • By: Wendy Plump
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

There are so many ways to find out. From a cell phone. From a bank statement. From some weird supermarket encounter. One morning in early January 2005, Wendy Plump's friend came to tell her that her husband was having an affair. It was not a shock. Actually, it explained a lot. But what Wendy was not prepared for was the revelation that her husband also had another child, living within a mile of their family home. Monogamy is one of the most important of the many vows we make in our marriages.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A tedious affair

  • By jane joensen on 24-10-14

A tedious affair

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

Reviewed: 24-10-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It's hard to say but the book was just not what I expected. I had a hard time with that particular american accent too.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I found that the book did not really have head or tail. It was tales of different affairs - on both parts. I would have liked the book to have more of a 'red thread' - to be more like a novel.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Coleen Marlo?

No - I would not. I did not like C.M's voice or accent.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Vow?

Most of them. I would have told the story in a whole different way. It became kind of boring.

  • This Boy

  • By: Alan Johnson
  • Narrated by: Alan Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of postwar Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all.... This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm, candid, moving memoir

  • By Saffy on 28-05-13

I was touched ...

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

Reviewed: 21-10-14

Would you listen to This Boy again? Why?

I never listen or read a book twice but if I did, this might be one of them :-)

Who was your favorite character and why?

I did not have one favorite character. I had three. Alan, his mum and his sister.
I felt like I was there in the middle of their lives. Alan tells his story so vividly.

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

This is the first one.

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

Oh yes..

Any additional comments?

The part that touches me the most is that this is not fiction. This is real life. This is Alan Johnson's childhood. Thank you for sharing.