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  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 624

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

great listen

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

Reviewed: 18-06-17

If you could sum up Not Quite Nice in three words, what would they be?

lovely summer story

What did you like best about this story?

the characters and the descriptions of area made me feel i was there

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

love and laughs for ex brits

Any additional comments?

i really loved listening to this book I love celia imrie as an actress and she brought all her characters alive to the listener i would recommend this book

  • Life and Laughing

  • My Story
  • By: Michael McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Michael McIntyre
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,227
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,669

Michael McIntyre has become Britain’s biggest comedy star. His debut stand-up DVD, Live & Laughing, was the fastest selling of all time, only to be eclipsed by his second, Hello Wembley, which sold over 1.4 million copies and was the 2009 Christmas number one. He hosts his own BAFTA nominated BBC1 series, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, and won the British Comedy Award for Best Live Stand-up in 2009 following his record breaking 54-date Arena tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A perfect performer of a life - I loved it!

  • By David on 30-10-10

A read to make you giggle out loud

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

If you could sum up Life and Laughing in three words, what would they be?

Honest
Funny
Insightful

What did you like best about this story?

Michaels honesty about how bad he was when he started in showbiz,

Have you listened to any of Michael McIntyre’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No

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

Would have been nice but it was so well narrated that it didn't matter

Any additional comments?

I love Michael mc I find him very funny and could imagine him sitting next to me telling the story which made me smile and laugh out load. For fans of MM well worth a go

  • 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 1,002
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 902

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

A n absorbing read of life after marriage

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you listen to A Hundred Pieces of Me again? Why?

No I don't think so as I remember the end to most books

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hundred Pieces of Me?

There were lots of moments, you could feel the distress when the ex husband announced his girlfriend was pregnant, reliving the choices Gina had to make between cancer treatment and fertility treatment

What about Juanita McMahon’s performance did you like?

She put a lot of emotion into her storytelling which helped you to imagine what the characters look like

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

No I felt part of the story but didn't really get the emotional bit towards the characters. I felt Gina was brave and very honest in her attitude to rebuilding her life.

Any additional comments?

A very good listen as we follow Gina through her journey post marriage split up , flashbacks to previous times based around the items she cleared out gave you bit by bit the story of her life and some of the issues she had with cancer, childlessness.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Four Streets

  • By: Nadine Dorries
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up. One is motherless and hated by the cold woman determined to take her dead mother's place. The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not tell to anyone. The people of Four Streets laugh, grieve and hope together. But what can they do when a betrayal at the heart of their world comes to light?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for the faint hearted!

  • By FOXY LADY on 23-04-15

Must read

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

Reviewed: 07-06-14

What made the experience of listening to The Four Streets the most enjoyable?

The narrators Irish accent was good which made the story more enjoyable

What did you like best about this story?

I liked everything the descriptions of the hardships and following the families through their lives

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

Having the Irish accent improved the quality

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

Yes if I had the chance

Any additional comments?

Well worth listening too for fans of Catherine Cookson type stories I was disappointed when it finished so suddenly would live to know if there's a sequel

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,342
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,336

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

BRILLIANT FUNNY SAD BOOK

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

Would you listen to The Help again? Why?

yes because it was such a such a strong story that i feel the more times i read it the more i will get from it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aibileen she was so strong and wise

Which scene did you most enjoy?

so difficult as theres so many individual moments that i enjoyed

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

again the book was full of lovely sad funny bittersweet moments from descriptions of the areas to behaviour of the whites against the blacks

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  • Every Day Is Mother's Day

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Evelyn and Muriel Axon, mother and daughter, lead a haunted existence. Objects of horror to their neighbours, they evade or terrorise any social worker who crosses their path. Inside their house, they pursue a covert persecution of each other, shrinking from the unseen occupants of their spare room. But change is in the air… Every Day is Mother's Day is a merciless comedy of colliding lives: of sex, death, madness, adultery and the social services.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and thought provoking

  • By Keith D. Brown on 03-07-15

a srangly beguiling read

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

Where does Every Day Is Mother's Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

not one of the best but amongst my top 10 so far i will certainly listen to it again

Would you be willing to try another book from Hilary Mantel? Why or why not?

quite possibly although I have read paper copies of 2 of her books already

Which character – as performed by Sandra Duncan – was your favourite?

I liked mum and daughter the interaction and misunderstanding between them

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

would you like to live next door to these people ?

Any additional comments?

i enjoyed listening to this book i found it at times quite thought provoking and sad

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • FREE FIRST CHAPTER: A Golden Age

  • By: Tahmima Anam
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Spring, 1971, East Pakistan. Rehana Haque is throwing a party for her beloved children, Sohail and Maya. Her young family is growing up fast, and Rehana wants to remember this day forever. But out on the hot city streets, something violent is brewing. As the civil war develops, a war which will eventually see the birth of Bangladesh, Rehana struggles to keep her children safe and finds herself facing a heartbreaking dilemma.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • free listen

  • By Ms. Valerie B. Oneill on 07-11-13

free listen

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

Would you consider the audio edition of FREE FIRST CHAPTER: A Golden Age to be better than the print version?

Im not sure

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoy stories that give you a taste and feel of other cultures

What about Tania Rodrigues’s performance did you like?

her voice was easy to listen to and the accents seemed natural not forced

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

it was only one chapter

Any additional comments?

it was good to listen to and get a preview the jury is still out as to whether I shall buy the book I may have to listen to it again

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • David Jason: My Life

  • By: David Jason
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book so much

  • By Caroline on 26-10-13

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 23-10-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not recommended as an audio book because of the narrator he spoke so fast seemed as if he was in a hurry to get to the end spoilt the whole story for me as I really like David Jason so will end up buying an e book of it

Who was your favorite character and why?

David Jason obviously

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was dire ruined the whole experience for me so much so I can't listen to the complete story which I am disappointed by

Any additional comments?

Wouldn't recommend the narrator but the content was good the bit I listened to until I couldn't bear his voice rattling on it wasn't conducive to relaxation or enjoyment at all shame

9 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Nocturne

  • By: Syrie James
  • Narrated by: Holly Fielding
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 14

When Nicole Whitcomb's car runs off a Colorado mountain road during a blinding snowstorm, she is saved from death by a handsome, fascinating, and enigmatic stranger. Snowbound with him for days in his beautiful home high in the Rockies, she finds herself powerfully attracted to him. But there are things about him that mystify her, filling her with apprehension. Who is Michael Tyler? Why does he live alone in such a secluded spot and guard his private life so carefully? What secret - or secrets - is he hiding?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable read

  • By TawnyOwl14 on 20-08-14

Modern day romance with a sting in the tale

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

Reviewed: 23-10-13

If you could sum up Nocturne in three words, what would they be?

Readable
Engrossing I wanted to get to the end
Just the right length

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed following Nicola to her realisation of Michaels true identity and get coping with the truth

What three words best describe Holly Fielding’s voice?

Irritating
Not much variance on speaking male parts
Dull

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book very much but felt the narrator could have made a big difference to the overall experience. I found her voice dull and monotone and it sent me to sleep on a few occasions.
The story was enjoyable not my usual genre and not what I was expecting but ok for all that as it wasn't very long it was easily listened to and worth a listen to anyone wishing to spend a few hours in fantasy land

  • The Good Nurse

  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed 'The Angel of Death' by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favourite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history. Cullen's murderous career in the world's most trusted profession spanned sixteen years and nine hospitals across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard work but worth it

  • By Tod Werewolf on 06-11-13

thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 18-10-13

Would you listen to The Good Nurse again? Why?

yes as i enjoyed it so much

What did you like best about this story?

the twists and turns of the story and the events that happened

What three words best describe Will Collyer’s voice?

i found his voice annoying

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

yes

Any additional comments?

this was not my ususal genre of book I usually listen however reviews made me curious . I really enjoyed the story and can hardly believe that Charlie got away with it for so long what is it with these USA hospitals? i found the narrator annoying to listen to at times which kind of spoilt the story but not withstanding that it was a very good story which i enjoyed and would probably listen to again

1 of 1 people found this review helpful