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  • We Are All Made of Stars

  • By: Rowan Coleman
  • Narrated by: Avita Jay, Ben Allen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Married to a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan injured in body and mind, Stella Carey leaves the house every evening. During her nursing shifts, Stella writes letters for her patients to their loved ones - some full of humour, love and practical advice, others steeped in regret or pain - promising to post them after their deaths. Until one night Stella writes the letter that could give her patient one last chance at redemption, if she delivers it in time....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book

  • By ddodson on 15-11-16

I didn't want this book to stop...

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

I absolutely loved, loved, LOVED this book, and didn't want it to end. It's the story of Stella, a hospice nurse, Hope, a young woman/girl suffering from CF, and Hugh, a single man, working at a museum, interwoven with 'last letters', dictated to Stella by her dying patients. It is happy, sad, life-affirming, and I can't wait to listen to more books by the same author. Thank you!

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,157
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,462

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Very slow start....

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

More than once I was only a click away from returning this book to audible for not liking it. But something made me listen to it right to the very end. And I have to say, the last 90 minutes or so saved it for me. Overall I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the other books, but I am kind of glad I stuck around. It does make some very important points, but, for me, it could've been condensed a bit more. Having said that, I suspect the author would argue that the length of the story is in direct correlation with the message it is trying to convey...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,696

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

A bit dark...

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

Reviewed: 26-02-18

I liked the concept of this story - both the idea and the way it was structured. However, it was a little too dark for me...

I will take away the thought that you can alter someone's life simply by 'labelling' them though, and will be even more careful than before to keep an open mind and be encouraging, supportive and loving.

  • The Kicking the Bucket List

  • By: Cathy Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon, Gabrielle Glaister, Anne Dover
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300

Meet the daughters of Iris Parker. Dee, sensitive and big-hearted; Rose, uptight and controlled; and Fleur, the reckless free spirit. At the reading of their mother's will, the three estranged women are aghast to discover that their inheritance comes with very tricky strings attached. If they are to inherit her wealth, they must spend a series of weekends together over the course of a year and carry out their mother's bucket list.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, shame about the 'self-helpidness'

  • By Mama C on 06-07-17

I grew quite fond of 'the flower girls'...

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

This was an easy listen; a charming little story... Although I wasn't gripped by it at first, I grew quite fond of 'the flower girls' Dee, Rose and Fleur, and their lovable, slightly crazy, late mother Iris. Well worth a listen to - I enjoyed it all the way through.

  • A Hundred Pieces of Me

  • By: Lucy Dillon
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 832
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 839

Gina is starting her life again, after a difficult few years she'd rather forget. But the belongings she's treasured for so long just don't seem to fit who she is now. So Gina makes a resolution. She'll keep just a hundred items - the rest can go. But that means coming to terms with her past and learning to embrace the future, whatever it might bring…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gorgeous gorgeous book!

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 19-04-14

Okay.

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

Oh how I wish I had known what exactly had made 'those years she'd rather forget difficult', and I would've stayed away from this book as far as possible. :(

It's easy, a little bit (okay, a lot) cheesy, but I kind of enjoyed it.

Would I listen to it again? No. Would I recommend it to a friend? Maybe.

Not as good as I had hoped, but enjoyable nonetheless.

  • The Humans

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,217

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

Not what I had expected, but amazing!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

When I started listening to this book, I thought 'Oh no. It's about aliens. I wish I'd paid attention - I wouldn't have bought this.' However, BECAUSE I'd bought it, I decided to stick with it for a little while, and oh boy, was I richly rewarded. This book gives you an insight into human behaviours, life, quirks and values like (almost) no other in an easy, entertaining way. It is thought-provoking, lovely, strange and wonderful. In fact, I loved it so much, I also ordered the paperback, as I want to keep it on my shelf as one of my all-time favourite books. I am so glad I stumbled across it and gave it a chance.

  • Swimming Lessons

  • By: Claire Fuller
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 492

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides each in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter, she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years after her disappearance, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By dumphimlove on 23-03-17

Not bad...

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

Not a bad story at all, although I liked the idea/concept of the story better than the actual story itself if that makes sense. Nonetheless, it was an interesting listen, and I enjoyed it all the way through.

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  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

For as long as anyone can remember, Britt-Marie has been an acquired taste. It's not that she's judgmental or fussy or difficult - she just expects things to be done in a certain way. A cutlery drawer should be arranged in the right order, for example - forks, knives, then spoons. We're not animals, are we? But behind the passive-aggressive, socially awkward, absurdly pedantic busybody is a woman who has more imagination, bigger dreams and a warmer heart than anyone around her realises.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enchanting

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-11-16

Not as good as the other Fredrik Backman books...

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

I found this one hard going and a bit too 'sweary'. The story was slow, and not as nice as previous books I read by Fredrik Backman. I persisted, as I thought there might be a nice conclusion, but, having listened to the whole thing now, I kind of wish I hadn't...

  • The Keeper of Lost Things

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Mrs on 07-02-17

Totally loved this book.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Keeper of Lost Things to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the book, but I loved this audiobook so much, I fear I will need to buy the printed version too, just to have it on my book shelf...

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Keeper of Lost Things?

I just loved the quirky story line. A bit cheesy, yes, but just wonderful.

Any additional comments?

This was my first Audible audio book, and, for me, I couldn't have picked a better one. I love reading, but barely find time between being a mum, a step mum and working from home, so listening to audio books when I am out walking (training for the MoonWalk and Pretty Muddy) or during the many hours I spend in the car ferrying kids about, is a wonderful second best. This book ticked all my boxes.