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  • Ep. 2: The Buckingham Palace Freak Show (Stephen Fry's Victorian Secrets)

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Step right up, step right up and don’t be shy - welcome to Victorian Secrets, and the secrets of... The Freak Show. The secrets of enormously fat men and bearded ladies, the secrets of exotic women with enticingly large buttocks, the secrets of Siamese Twins and dwarf families and, in particular, the secrets of our own, our very own Aztec Children, seen by half a million people on the European continent before they publicly revealed their own, personal, extraordinary secret. We’ll go backstage to hear the terrible secrets of the freaks themselves, we’ll lift the lace curtains of Buckingham Palace, where our own Queen, god bless her, took tea with the tiny, the towering and the terribly formed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I’ve only listened to one of these!

  • By Lorraine on 24-04-19

I’ve only listened to one of these!

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-19

Background music is so annoying it’s impossible to enjoy these, I was looking forward to these

  • Lost for Words

  • By: Stephanie Butland
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

Loveday Cardew prefers books to people, and her job in a York bookshop is her refuge. If you look carefully, you might see the first lines of the novels she loves the most tattooed on her skin, but there are secrets Loveday will never share. Into the bookshop come a poet, a lover, a friend and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories she wants to forget. Turning the pages of her past will be the hardest thing Loveday has ever done. Can she trust those around her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Special

  • By Jordan Brewitt-Taylor on 13-08-17

I’m not lost for words!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Not at all what I expected. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had me hooked right from the beginning to the end. Well researched and written with true empathy for the main character Loveday. I was pleasantly surprised to find I was immersed in a very familiar scenario of the emotive experiences of Loveday’s journey through life. As a foster carer of many troubled young people who have dealt with trauma in their own way, sometimes with resilience and laughter but often with anxiety, self harm and loss, I found this a great reminder of why I do what I do. We seldom get to experience the rewards of a job well done but this book reminded me that we don’t need it be be acknowledged. Thank you, you’ve done this. An extremely emotional read!

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