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Doug Paulley

Wetherby, UK
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  • The Hospital

  • By: Barbara O'Hare
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 126

Barbara was 12 when she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital Aston Hall in 1971. From a troubled home, she'd hoped she would find sanctuary there. But during her stay, Barbara was systematically drugged and abused by its head physician, Dr Kenneth Milner. Somehow, eventually, she started to campaign for answers. This is a shocking account of how vulnerable children were preyed upon by the doctor entrusted with their care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • captivating

  • By SARAH GREENWOOD on 08-02-18

Compelling and disturbing, important if trite

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

The treatment of these girls was utterly shocking, the telling important, telling a little trite.

  • The Locked Ward

  • Memoirs of a Psychiatric Orderly
  • By: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Narrated by: Dennis O'Donnell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

The Locked Ward is an extraordinary memoir that sets out to reveal the true story of life in a psychiatric ward - the fear, the violence and despair, and also the care and the compassion. Recounting the stories of the patients he worked with, and those of the friends he made on the ward, O'Donnell provides a detailed account of day-to-day life behind the doors of the most feared and stigmatised environment in healthcare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, Poignant, Thought Provoking and Funny

  • By M. R. Nixon on 24-01-18

A real delight. This guy is a gentle, thought card

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

Reviewed: 10-02-19

Thoughtful foray greatly improved by being read by the author in his lilting sardonic care.

  • Strangeways

  • A Prison Officer's Story
  • By: Neil Samworth
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,090

A jaw-dropping account of life as a prison officer in one of the country's most notorious jails. Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth spent 11 years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all - gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out. Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high-security prison. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Honest and Brutal Truth. Loved It...

  • By M J North on 01-11-18

A bit obnoxious but a good insight

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Reasonably entertaining and informative, though a bit of an obnoxious know-it-all. Accurate to my experience.

  • Touching the Void

  • By: Joe Simpson
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 322

Joe Simpson, with just his partner, Simon Yates, tackled the unclimbed West Face of the remote 21,000-foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in June of 1995. But before they reached the summit, disaster struck. A few days later, Simon staggered into Base Camp, exhausted and frostbitten, to tell their non-climbing companion that Joe was dead. For three days he wrestled with guilt as they prepared to return home. Then a cry in the night took them out with torches, where they found Joe, badly injured.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic listen/read

  • By Blair Ferguson on 13-04-13

Gripping and engaging. Simon wooden.

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

Reviewed: 25-01-19

Every bit as good as I thought. Simon a bit wooden, but suspect so's he!

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,258

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

Excellent book. Genre defining.

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

A real page turner! and filled with references to 80s pop culture. Highly enjoyable. Recommend.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,160
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,129

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Simply excellent.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Scientifically believable, uncompromising but notably unmawkish, and great story telling. A real page/sound turner! 👌

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,758
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,729

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Fry brings this to life

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

Reviewed: 19-06-17

I've always loved Sherlock Holmes. But Fry really brings it to live, without overdoing it.

  • Parliament Ltd

  • A journey to the dark heart of British politics
  • By: Martin Williams
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane, Luke Thompson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

In Parliament Ltd, investigative journalist Martin Williams reveals the true extent of greed and corruption in Westminster. Containing explosive new revelations about the activities of those at the top, this is a shocking untold tale that goes to the rotten heart of British politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • painfully exposing the Parliament

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-09-16

Well researched, irrefutable and powerful

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

MPs and Lords haven't rehabilitated themselves after the expenses scandal - entertaining and well narrated.

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