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  • Reasons to Stay Alive

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Matt Haig
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806

What Does it mean to feel truly alive? Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brave work for which I am so grateful

  • By Camilla Morgan on 26-05-15

So much more informative than medical books

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

I’m always despairing of cliches people come out with (eg for cancer sufferer “well, you’ve started on your journey now” & the medical cliches “depression” (that some might say is “not a cliche it’s a medical term”) is another. Sufferers experience such a wide variety of symptoms that come under the blanket term depression & these are eloquently described here. I’m aware that prefixes such as “psychotic” depression are slapped on but it doesn’t make it any the less an unhelpful label & cliche. So this book describing the mental & physical hell the author endures, & is always mindful that he might relapse back into , might teach the odd student of mental health what it’s really like. It must have been a courageous task to undertake but Haig has said it like it was for him; not compartmentalised it into a dry & withered collection of nouns & unhelpful medical jargon at which one chucks psychoactive drugs. It’s great the author realised life style & nutrition are what really aided him. Very interesting book.

  • Echo Boy

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

In order to stay human, Audrey has built a moat around herself; a moat of books, music, and dreams. It makes her different from the echoes: the sophisticated, emotionless machines, built to resemble and work for the humans. Daniel is an echo - but he's not like the others. He has feelings he was never designed to have, and cannot explain. And when Audrey is placed in danger, he's determined to save her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This could be our future.

  • By Kaggy on 27-10-14

Entertaining & good ideas about the future

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Narrators terrific. Story good but for me not as brilliant as the author’s “The Humans”. I like his extrapolations of or into the future as much as I used to like Asimov’s. I disagree with the high carb food for Echos - not if they had blood & flesh & were based on humans. Good to see him talk about high fat drinks for humans. But I think when Haig is researching his physics chemistry & what-not he would benefit from researching more on biochemistry too. Anyway, good book on the whole. Entertaining.

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,223

One wet Friday evening, Professor Andrew Martin of Cambridge University solves the world's greatest mathematical riddle. Then he disappears. When he is found walking naked along the motorway, Professor Martin seems different. Besides the lack of clothes, he now finds normal life pointless. His loving wife and teenage son seem repulsive to him. In fact, he hates everyone on the planet. Everyone, that is, except Newton. And he's a dog.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A profound and shining star

  • By Kaggy on 24-08-13

Author intelligently explores the human psychi. Humorous

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Well narrated. Clever story. The author must be well read, on several levels - science, psychology, the arts. Humorous, thought provoking, well written. All this too with a cliff hanger plot. Now that’s entertainment. I’ll read more of this guy’s works/books. Loved it. Now I’m off to go look up The Riemann Hypothesis. 😄

  • Where the Light Gets In

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Where the Light Gets In by Lucy Dillon. 'You know those cracks in your heart, Lorna, where things didn’t work out, but you picked yourself up and carried on? That’s where the fear gets out. And where the light gets in.' It was Betty, defiant to the end, who sent Lorna back to Longhampton. If Lorna’s learned one thing from Betty, it’s that courage is something you paint on like red lipstick, even when you’re panicking inside. And right now, with the keys to the town’s gallery in her hand, Lorna feels about as courageous as Betty’s anxious little dachshund trembling beside her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Charming and gentle, bittersweet as well, it draw

  • By Helen Taylor on 26-05-18

A little bit bland

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

Reviewed: 03-08-18

The story dragged. The highlight seemed to be hanging knitted, red apples on a leafless tree. The narrator had a strange habit of high up inflection at the end of nearly every sentence which personally I found annoying. I usually quite warm to this author ‘s writings; so this read was a disappointment for me. It was made worse by the narration.

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

The New York Times number-one best seller. At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply touching & a story of bravery

  • By Angie on 25-03-16

This guy was on a different wave length to me. Worth a read.

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

Reviewed: 28-07-18

Author was a deep thinker. It was sad but interesting to hear his take on suffering & grief & loss. It was scary though to have revealed how little care he took of his body when he was younger. There was no credence given to a healthy, well balanced life style. That is something I see in so many left brain, Medico types. He & his oncologist & wife seemed to value toxic therapies whose side effects some of which ( not all) seemed worse than the progressing cancer”s effects. He seemed to value extension of life over quality; although he did make clear in the book that as long as he was not cognitively impaired & could be a deep thinker, that for him personally his life held meaning. It was for me like a clear dis-announcing of the body. No recognition of what a wise & profound thing nature had evolved in creating the body. No honouring of its basic needs. No credence given to its potential to self heal given an optimum,self healing environment, nourishment & rest. It was as if his body was his enemy to be fought against with science as his weapon. I did gain insights reading this personal story of tragedy, but not the ones I was expecting or hoping for. He sounded like a beautiful soul - but I feel somewhere in life he lost his sense of connectedness to the profundity of nature, to nurturing instead of battling. In his deep philosophising he never uttered recognition of nurturing himself versus pushing himself. He was a brave, noble warrior. Worth a read.

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  • One Small Act of Kindness

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 906

What can you do to make the world a better place? Libby helps a stranger and transforms her life in the process. Libby and her husband, Jason, have moved back to his hometown to turn the family B&B into a boutique hotel. They have left London behind and all the memories - good and bad - that went with it. The injured woman Libby finds lying in the remote country road has lost her memory. She doesn't know why she came to be there, and no one seems to be looking for her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very touching and Suspenseful

  • By Lulu on 20-07-15

An excellent storyline. Beautifully written.

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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: 15-06-18

A very readable book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Some original metaphors going on here. Two stories threading through each other. Both stories were engaging & left me wondering until the end how things would culminate. It seemed to finish though without some lose ends being tied up. Odd.

  • The Wife Between Us

  • By: Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 578
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. It's about a jealous wife obsessed with her replacement. It's about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Edge of The Seat Thriller

  • By Janet biglari on 12-02-18

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 31-05-18

Kept my interest. Never sure Howie was going to turn out. Seemed to try too hard with many twists & turns being added towards the end. Good from the psychology point of view in some places. Very chiccy Litty.

  • Still Me

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,418
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169

Lou Clark knows too many things.... She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend, Sam, in London. She knows her employer is a good man, and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt. Lou won't know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 26-01-18

Difficult to believe this was written by JM

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

Reviewed: 22-05-18

Full of unnecessary padding which made the story so drawn out & long winded it verged on boring. The ending too was pretty weak. I could not really fathom how this was penned by JM. I loved the 1st story in this trilogy. The 2nd I found not bad but this 3rd story was not to my taste.

  • Surprise Me

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 232

Random House presents the unabridged, downloadable edition of Sophie Kinsella's new title.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not the norm

  • By Sophie Anderson on 13-03-18

One of those stories that just doesn’t come off.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-18

Narration very polished. Reading this I felt like the author just couldn’t bring the strands of the sub stories all together in a way that flowed. It seemed like she was struggling to express it all in an harmonious, believable story line. I found I was just having to wade through the book . Also some of the sexy stuff I found a bit tacky, not subtle enough. Too much information. I like Kinsella’s books for being a bit more of an easy going read - this seemed like too much hard work.

  • My Not So Perfect Life

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a supercool Instagram feed. Okay, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, she has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they? Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her megasuccessful boss, Demeter, gives her the sack. All Katie's hopes are shattered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lighthearted brilliance

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-03-17

Very entertaining. Impressive storyline

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

Reviewed: 28-03-18

Of course it’s chick lit, with an inevitable romance thread running through; but it’s also a good yarn. Narrator brilliant,