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  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,826
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,818

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 27-06-17

What did you like most about The Stone Man?

It gripped me from the start, you could relate to the characters and it made you care about them as well as keeping the mystery of the new arrival.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Henry in his full uniform, although the relationship between Paul and Andy was key.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was hard to stop listening.

Any additional comments?

Loved the author's comments at the end of the book, made me smile and it worked!!! I've done a review!! :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Secrets and Lies

  • The Truth Behind the Headlines
  • By: Sam Faiers
  • Narrated by: Denise Van Outen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of Secrets and Lies: The truth behind the headlines by Sam Faiers, read by Denise Van Outen. This is a brand new memoir from Samantha Faiers, the star of The Only Way is Essex and Celebrity Big Brother 2014 finalist. In this book, Sam will reveal the inside story of her rollercoaster relationship with Joey Essex, the devastating effect of her diagnosis with Chrohn's disease, and dozens of photos from her personal archive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Escapism entertainment but repetitive

  • By Anonymous User on 16-05-17

A bit vacuous!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

What would have made Secrets and Lies better?

I could slate this book to be honest, it's a very one sided view from someone, that to be fair doesn't come across as that experienced in life. However, it is what it is.

Sam's writing reflects her young age and I felt embarrassed for her listening sometimes.

Has Secrets and Lies put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

Did Denise Van Outen do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Denise's narration was below average in my opinion, but she didn't have a lot to work with to be fair.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Nothing really - it was just a young girl going on about what was important to her, from her perspective, advertising her favourite places and giving herself a pat on the back for being a role model! Honestly!!!!

Any additional comments?

Harmless enough, but take your brain out before you listen to or read it.

  • Where Have I Gone?

  • My Life in a Year
  • By: Pauline Quirke
  • Narrated by: Pauline Quirke
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Pauline Quirke was a skinny child, a slim teenager, a curvy woman, then - according to her bathroom scales (curse them) - just plain fat. Yes, the "F" word. Tipping the scales at nearly 20 stone, with creaking knees and a dodgy ankle, at the beginning of 2011 Pauline had reached a crisis point. Something had to change, and fast. It was never going to be an easy ride, but with her trademark warmth and humour, Pauline recounts the highs and lows of the roller-coaster year in which she whips herself, and her life, into shape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Inspiring!

  • By Helen on 28-06-12

Boring!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

What disappointed you about Where Have I Gone??

It was like an advert for Lighter Life Diet! I'm sorry to say it was bit drab and onerous to listen to. Sorry Pauline!

Would you ever listen to anything by Pauline Quirke again?

No, not really, put me off to be honest.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Just monotone

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Where Have I Gone??

Most of it!

Any additional comments?

I have always liked Pauline Quirke, think she is a cracking actress, and has transitioned from comedy to gritty roles really well. I'm sure this book doesn't do her justice!

  • I Let You Go

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

A tragic accident. It all happened so quickly. She couldn't have prevented it. Could she? In a split second, Jenna Gray's world descends into a nightmare. Her only hope of moving on is to walk away from everything she knows to start afresh. Desperate to escape, Jenna moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast, but she is haunted by her fears, her grief, and her memories of a cruel November night that changed her life forever. Slowly Jenna begins to glimpse the potential for happiness in her future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous debut!

  • By Ann D on 09-05-15

Really Enjoyed this book!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

What made the experience of listening to I Let You Go the most enjoyable?

Made characters feel real, go you committed to them

What did you like best about this story?

The weaving of the main characters from both perspectives - work really well.

What does David Thorpe and Julie Barrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

David brought the venom into the male characters voice really well - I really hated that voice and the characters viewpoint, he was vile and made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. At some points, I was so angry with him. How's that for getting into a character!!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Got my hackles up in places, but I think it was supposed to. Good writing, story telling should get these reactions.

Any additional comments?

Couldn't put it down, had to find out what happened at the end!

  • A Survival Guide for Life

  • By: Bear Grylls
  • Narrated by: Tom Patrick Stephens
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Life in the wild teaches us invaluable lessons. Extreme situations force us to seize opportunities, face up to dangers and rely on our instincts. But living a purpose-driven, impactful life can be an even greater challenge... In A Survival Guide for Life, Bear Grylls shares the hard-earned lessons he’s learned from some of the harshest environments on earth. How do you keep going when all the odds are stacked against you? How can you inspire a team to follow you in spite of obvious danger?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be compulsory reading for everyone!

  • By ella on 05-09-17

A kick up the backside we all need in life!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

If you could sum up A Survival Guide for Life in three words, what would they be?

inspirational, uplifting, driven

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Survival Guide for Life?

Can't pin it down to one - the stories Bear has to tell of his life experiences, Everest, the last sip of water in the desert and many more!

What does Tom Patrick Stephens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

A balanced, calm but firm voice, who portrayed the essence of the book perfectly.

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

If you want it, go out into the world and get it! Don't give up!

Any additional comments?

Bear offers guidance, insight into his mind-set, experiences (which he generally wants to pass on to others), passion, drive, a reality check to the sometimes harsh experiences we face in life. Most of all though, this book gives you a kick up the backside to get off the sofa and get out there and live life to the full!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me No Secrets

  • By: Julie Corbin
  • Narrated by: Jane MacFarlane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

They say everyone has a secret. For Grace Adams, her secret lies underground and was called Rose. She was nine years old when she died...Grace has lived in the same idyllic Scottish village for almost her entire life. It is the perfect place to raise a family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable listen with a good twist

  • By Lucy on 15-10-15

Enjoyable Book - gets you hooked!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

Where does Tell Me No Secrets rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 20

What other book might you compare Tell Me No Secrets to, and why?

Girl on the Train

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

Get narrator - brought the characters to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No laughter or tears - a bit of frustration with the characters and what they did, but that was probably because I wanted to get to the end and find out what had happened!

Any additional comments?

I felt it gradually connected your to each character and the back and forth of the past and present events worked well. You cared about the main characters and what happened to them, which gets you invested into the book.

  • Winners

  • And How They Succeed
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell, Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

The Sunday Times number-one best seller. How people succeed and how you can, too. Alastair Campbell knows all about winning. As Tony Blair’s chief spokesman and strategist, he helped guide the Labour Party to victory in three successive general elections, and he’s fascinated by what it takes to win. How do sports stars excel, entrepreneurs thrive, or individuals achieve their ambitions? Is their ability to win innate? Or is the winning mind-set something we can all develop?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights

  • By MarkPT on 18-02-16

Inspirational Book - great listen!

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

Reviewed: 31-07-15

Where does Winners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5 of inspirational type books

Who was your favorite character and why?

This isn't fiction. However, I found it gave good insight into the true character of the author - who was very honest and has lived a very colourful life to date.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I like how the book conveys Alistair's experiences and interviews with many high profile people, like he is telling you personally over a drink! It's hard to stop listening to his impressions of the people he has met and their own quotes/outlook on life! Fascinating.

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

Interviews of a life time!

Any additional comments?

I think Alistair should be commended for what must have been a tremendous amount of effort that it took to make this book. He's met some amazing people, got some fascinating insights into their mind-set and he himself has quite a story to tell! Having listened to the book, I've feel like I'm in on the gossip and have been told a few 'behind the scenes' secrets! Brilliant!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,997

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

Hard to finish

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

Excellent concept and very well written from an unusual perspective. Just really annoying to read.

  • In the After

  • By: Demitria Lunetta
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to survive - and even rescue "Baby" a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket. Then, after years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream, with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she'll lose Baby - and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping book

  • By Blondie on 15-05-15

Gripping book

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

Reviewed: 15-05-15

Narrator was superb! Really enjoyed it.
Would recommend and look forward to next book. Interesting story line, makes u care.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful