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  • Kingdom of the Blind

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Mystery, Book 14
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42

When Armand Gamache receives a letter inviting him to an abandoned farmhouse outside of Three Pines, the former head of the Sûreté du Québec discovers that a complete stranger has named him as an executor of her will. Armand never knew the elderly woman, and the bequests are so wildly unlikely that he suspects the woman must have been delusional - until a body is found, and the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem far more menacing. But it isn't the only menace Gamache is facing. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Adam Sims, narrator of the year 2017.

  • By D V Thorburn on 14-01-19

So glad you are back

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

So good to hear the next multi layered story
Intriguing plot and above all
the continuity of the relationships in both the surete and the family and personal relationships of three pines.
What is going to happen next?

  • Co-Creating at Its Best

  • A Conversation Between Master Teachers
  • By: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Esther Hicks
  • Narrated by: Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, Esther Hicks
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91

What happens when you bring together one of the most inspirational spiritual teachers of all time and the Master Sages of the Universe? A magical, insightful, invigorating encounter you will never forget! Before a live audience in Anaheim, California, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer sits down with Esther Hicks and the wise Collective Consciousness known as Abraham.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not greater than the sum of the parts

  • By Chris on 14-03-15

Inspirational

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

Reviewed: 27-06-18

This conversation created a paradigm shift that was waiting to be fully realised and the effect on me was joyous and freeing .The humour and wisdom sand love and courage is palpable and all the more so as Wayne has now gone forward into this mystery and energy. When I was ready I really opened to this conversation. I had it on my device for a year before the time was right! And I hear Abraham laughing, what took you so long!
Julie Anne

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Half of a Yellow Sun

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Zainab Jah
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341

Ugwu, a boy from a poor village, works as a houseboy for a university professor. Olanna, a young woman, has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos to live with her charismatic new lover, the professor. And Richard, a shy English writer, is in thrall to Olanna's enigmatic twin sister. As the horrific Biafran War engulfs them, they are thrown together and pulled apart in ways they had never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In my living memory

  • By julie on 19-10-17

In my living memory

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-10-17

I remember the terrible pictures of Biafran babies, I had a friend who was a Nigerian Ibo, she had been raised in the UK and I never knew the complexity of the story of those times. A magnificent book heartbreaking and extraordinary in the evil and goodness threaded through societies the world .
I will need to hear it again and again. Brilliantly read.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • Chief Inspector Gamache, Book 13
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Robert Bathurst
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

One cold November day, a mysterious figure appears on the village green in Three Pines, causing unease, alarm and confusion among everyone who sees it. Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache knows something is seriously wrong, but all he can do is watch and wait, hoping his worst fears are not realised. But when the figure disappears and a dead body is discovered, it falls to Gamache to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By molly68 on 03-09-17

Extraordinary,compelling,compassionate

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

A totally brilliant book. Beautifully read. I have already listened to it twice and mourn the fact there is not the next one to read yet. A. masterpiece,
Julie West

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,420

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
  • A story to become lost in...

  • By Mrs JEL on 02-04-17

Thoughtfully crafted tale of synchronicity. Beautifully written,

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

Beautifully written,a joy to listen to.the integrity of the characterisation was masterly. Very glad I bought this.

  • Donna Leon

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Donna Leon
  • Length: 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Exclusive interview with best-selling author Donna Leon. Donna joins us to discuss the latest in the Brunetti series, The Waters of Eternal Youth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful writer callow youth

  • By julie on 02-05-17

Wonderful writer callow youth

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Such a fascinating,intelligent and gracious woman. Surely there could have been a more graceful and fluent interviewer. He sounded as though he was reading from a script and did not acknowledge even at a subtle level Donna Leon's completed and thorough answers.
I hope he learned a lot from her. She was a delight and I am sure he will grow into being more expert. I wish him well. There is a real need for training here especially with young inexperienced interviewers. I would do that, it is my professional field.
She deserved better and it is a tribute to her that the interview was as seamless as it almost was. Julie Hewson

  • The Pigeon Tunnel

  • Stories from My Life
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: John le Carré
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

'Out of the secret world I once knew, I have tried to make a theatre for the larger worlds we inhabit. First comes the imagining, then the search for reality. Then back to the imagining, and to the desk where I'm sitting now.' The Pigeon Tunnel, John le Carré's memoir and his first work of nonfiction, is a thrilling journey into the worlds of his 'secret sharers' - the men and women who inspired some of his most enthralling novels - and a testament to the author's extraordinary engagement with the last half century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As enjoyable and thought provoking as ever

  • By Caroline brown on 14-11-16

Enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-11-16

I was fascinated by this autobiography of a most unusual and interesting life. Beautifully read, full of incident, the extraordinary portrayal of persons and places and a humility and humour that filled my head with with images and responses of thought and emotion. I had not fully realised what a gifted man this is at just about every level one could imagine. I am so glad he wrote it. His obituary to Alec Guinness was exquisite in language and profound in observation. The whole book is something to treasure. A life well lived including the alluded to messy bits and a context in which to understand a little more the nature of the books he has written. Julie Hewson

  • Call for the Dead

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 742

This novel, set in London in the late 1950s, finds George Smiley engaged in the humdrum job of security vetting. But when a Foreign Office civil servant commits suicide after an apparently unproblematic interview, Smiley is baffled. Refusing to believe that Fennan shot himself soon after making a cup of cocoa and asking the exchange to telephone him in the morning, Smiley decides to investigate – only to uncover a murderous conspiracy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A refreshing change

  • By eatough1999 on 27-01-15

A good read recommended by programme of the same name,

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

A most compelling portrait of one of the authors most iconic figures, George Smiley.
Apart from the mastery of description of place and character. There is the heart stopping pathos of decisions made., outcomes endured and lived with, the juxtaposition of people of principle operating from opposites of heart or head and being wrong footed by the turn of political events. Though set at a time of the Cold War it is significant today, though perhaps the use of the media and the "quality" of political protagonists is even more concerning now, there is the golden thread .despite all, running through this book, that gives hope.

The last line is a warning re making assumptions, the whole book is about the war between ego and connectedness. Nothing is as simple as it seems. Glad I read this after hearing it recommended on a good read BBC radio 4
Julie Hewson

  • Elephant Moon

  • By: John Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Helen Johns
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

As the Second World War rages, the Japanese Imperial Army enters Burma, and the British rulers prepare to flee. But the human legacy of the British Empire will be left behind in the shape of 62 Anglo-Burmese children, born to local women after affairs with foreign men. Half castes, they are not acknowledged by either side, and they are to be abandoned with no one to protect them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Granny June on 28-01-16

A subtle courageous novel

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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: 05-11-16

Wonderful characterisation of and connectedness between individuals, archetypes and animals. Vivid depiction of a time in history, a landscape the universal challenges between good and evil narrated with the heart and head of a brilliant journalist and gifted storyteller. I had to listen to it in one sitting , I became totally involved.

  • Synchrodestiny

  • Discover the Power of Meaningful Coincidence to Manifest Abundance in Your Life
  • By: Deepak Chopra
  • Narrated by: Deepak Chopra
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 99

From time to time, we've all experienced coincidences that seem to be endowed with a special meaning or significance, and that appear to defy the laws of probability. For the most part, these coincidences seem amusing or insignificant. But a famous psychologist defined these moments of meaningful coincidence as "Synchronicity".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Words into actions

  • By Leo'sMa on 28-05-17

Pure Joy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-10-16

An enormous gift in Deepaks inimitable style of humility and unrestrained excitement about all that is possible anyone who is at that point or resurfacing or at the cross roads can gain so much from listening to and acting on the thoughts and ideas in these series of lectures. Gentle, humorous profound and challenging. Time to awaken fully. The lovely irony is that I fully engaged in the complete listening on the day the clocks went back and I had an extra hour! Synchronicity leading to synchro destiny in my story for the next part of my life. Feel so free, easy and optimistic.
Julie Hewson UK

3 of 3 people found this review helpful