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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 967
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

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

Great story and incredible journey

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

Reviewed: 17-07-13

Would you listen to Life of Pi again? Why?

I'd listen again as I found it so though provoking. I found it hard to come to terms with however in a good way. This book book was a perfect example spoken word storytelling at its best.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely the tiger.

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

He manages to bring to life the most incredible thing about the book which was the journey itself. This mixed with all the emotions Pi was carrying really made it special.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A journey from loss to achievement.

  • The Reason I Jump

  • One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism
  • By: Naoki Higashida, Keiko Yoshida (translator), David Mitchell (translator)
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Written by Naoki Higishida when he was only 13, this remarkable book explains the often baffling behaviour of autistic children and shows the way they think and feel - about the people around them, time and beauty, noise, and themselves. Naoki abundantly proves that autistic people do possess imagination, humour and empathy, but also makes clear, with great poignancy, how badly they need our compassion, patience and understanding.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I really wanted to rate this higher

  • By Wicked on 29-08-13

Eye Opener!!

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

Reviewed: 16-07-13

I chose this book as I have two very close friends who have autistic children. I've never appreciated how challenging this can be for parents with an autistic child more than after listening to this book. This really opened my eyes to what autism really is and how humour crosses with what is and isn't literal. This will make you both laugh and cry. I'd recommend this book for anybody who encounters autism in their lives.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager

  • By: Neil Warnock
  • Narrated by: Neil Warnock
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

For the very first time, and straight from the horse's mouth, a top manager's intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the joyous peaks and soul-destroying troughs of life as a football 'gaffer'. Ever wondered how a transfer deal is done? What a manager says during his pre-match team-talk? What he screams from the technical area? What goes on in training sessions, and on those long away trips? How a manager carefully builds a team, and what he does when the planning is disrupted by injuries?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very pleasant surprise

  • By Steven on 22-07-13

Very Insightful

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

Reviewed: 20-06-13

This book gives an extremely insightful view of life as a football manager. Warnock has come from grassroots level and seems to have taken the rough with the smooth in his stride. Currently football is full of autobiographies from players at the very start of their career however this gives a great overview of what Warnock's career and some of the characters he has come across on his journey. The fact that he narrates the book himself gave me a reminder of some of his famous quotes and press conferences. Well worth a listen!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful