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Redditch, worcestershire, United Kingdom
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  • Life of Pi

  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice as Pi

  • By Sandra on 17-12-06

Nice as Pi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-12-06

First off all thank you Jeff Woodman for the great narration of this audio book. I often listen to the books I download on my dull motorway journey to and from work.Sometimes I listen while taking a bath, others on lazy Sunday mornings in bed. It didn't matter where I listened to this book because I was always where the author wanted me to be,which in this books case from about half way through is floating in a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal Tiger for company.This book describes the feelings both mentally and physically of being a starving survivor so well that I could feel my own stomach rumble and feel the heat of the sun on my own parched lips.I'm not so sure about the first fifty or so chapters that tell about Pi's school life,life as a Zoo Keepers son in India and of his devotion to religions and God, but I really enjoyed this listen and the twist at the end that certainly gets you thinking what was true and what was the mental defence a starving brain puts in place to save ones sanity.

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  • Lake Wobegon USA

  • By: Garrison Keillor
  • Narrated by: Garrison Keillor
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

These tales of everyday life in Lake Wobegon about rhubarb pie, the perils of prophecy, a miserable Thanksgiving, Florian and Myrtle's thrifty vacation, and the vapour lights of Our Lady of Perpetual Responsibility, were all recorded on tour. They show an abiding restlessness among Lake Wobegon's residents, especially in March, the month God created to show people who don't drink what a hangover is like.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sunday Afternoon Listening

  • By Jackie on 14-07-06

Laid back Wobegon

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-06

I enjoyed listening to the amusing rambling of Garrison as I'm a fan of people who take everyday things and manage to see the funny side of them. The first story of the couple who travel for miles to see a relative rather than admit either is in the wrong in an argument is especially witty. For me the material ran out of steam a little towards the end of the program, but it was very good all the same and my first introduction to this talented comedian.

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  • Everyone Worth Knowing

  • By: Lauren Weisberger
  • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkow
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

The in-crowd wears Gucci, but one girl wears her heart on her sleeve. When a chance meeting propels Bette into a new role as a party planner, she can hardly believe her luck. A job that pays you to party! Running with the cool Manhattan pack, gaining VIP access to the city's hottest spots, and meeting "everyone worth knowing" is a million miles away from the number-crunching and paper-pushing of her old banking job. Overnight, the greatest city in the world has become her sexy, late-night playground.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me!

  • By Mrs. K. J. D. CURRIE on 09-12-12

Everything worth listening to

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-06

I loved this tale of glitz an glamour.For those of you who downloaded 'The Devil Wears Prada' this is a must.Not being in the celebrity party planning business myself I'm not sure how accurate the accounts of what goes on are.However as the ex- girlfriend of proffessional musician and someone who has rubbed shoulders with quite a few well known names for the 6 years we dated , I can only say I can't imagine any of this to be too far fetched.

  • Forest

  • A Journey from the Wild
  • By: Sonya Hartnett
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Kian, a cossetted suburban cat, is snatched from his comforts and dumped in the bush along with two kittens, Cally and Jem. The greatest threat to their survival are other cats, ferals who fiercely guard their territories. Kian survives some unnerving and vicious encounters but is unswerving in his desire to make the long journey home to his territory even though it is apparent his owner is dead and that there will be no welcome from the cruel man who has taken over the house.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cats Whiskers

  • By Sandra on 04-12-06

Cats Whiskers

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-06

Sonya Hartnett is a talented descriptive writer.I listened to this as a 38 year old cat lover as I often find books aimed at teens to be more 'grown up' than a lot of the so called 'chick lit' out there.The opening scene of the 3 cats being dumped in the forest and being scared and alone is gripping.As our adult cat and 2 kittens travel into the depths of the forest they come across other ferrel cats and foe and their journey becomes as much a tale of survival as a relentless questioning of how they came to be in this predicament.The narrators voice is a bit grating but if you can get past that your in for an enjoyable listen.I would not reccommend younger listeners listen to this, as parts of the story are upsetting, so possibly not a good one to put on for a long family journey in the car.

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  • Faking It

  • By: Pete Johnson
  • Narrated by: Paul Chequer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Will is popular with the girls but they don't see him as boyfriend material and, at nearly 15, he's never had a girlfriend. When he sees a photo of Hannah, his step-mum's beautiful niece who wants to be an actress, he shows it to his friend and pretends she's his girlfriend. Will's reputation soars as he and his friend Barney work out details of her life and personality. But soon, to preserve Will's credibility, his girlfriend must put in an appearance.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Faking It

  • By Sandra on 04-12-06

Faking It

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-12-06

I often listen to the samples that Audible enable you to download because I find the narrators ability to act out the part rather than do a monotone rambling enhances my enjoyment. This book will not let you down .I really felt for the main character as he experienced the first pangs of love and rejection , leading him to enter into a fantasy world where a georgeous girl in a photo becomes his girlfriend. The way he goes from zero to hero at school because of this is handled in a realistic way and certainly transported me back to my school days in the 1980's .Will he be able to continue the deception as his friends all beg to meet his mystery girlfriend? Ah well, this question certainly kept me hooked and for you to find out...? You'll have to download it and see.

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Flamin' good

  • By Sandra on 30-11-06

Flamin' good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-11-06

I purchased the hardback version of this book and Eldest for my stepson last Christmas because he has a thing about Dragons as lots of boys do. With the movie version hitting the cinemas soon I thought I'd listen to this to see which I enjoy the most. The first thing that struck me about Eragon is the talent the writer has to transport you to a believable mythical time and place especially as I believe he was 15 when the book was written.If you love Lord of the Rings and such books you could do a lot worse than this as the feel is very much the same.Dwarfs ,Elves and Shades are just a sample of characters you'll come across, some good some evil but there is battle action , magic , happiness and sorrow all rolled together.The narrator is skilled at creating character voices from Eragon himself through the spectrum of Riders, Kings , Dragons and such and my only reason for not giving this audiobook 5 stars is that it ended just when I was so hungry to find out what happens next. I will be downloading Eldest without a doubt.

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