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  • Sunny Side Up

  • A Story of Kindness and Joy
  • By: Susan Calman
  • Narrated by: Susan Calman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Comedian and broadcaster Susan Calman danced her way across our screens and into our hearts for 10 weeks on Strictly Come Dancing 2017, but how did this ability to find joy change her life? Susan Calman's enthusiasm at being on Strictly Come Dancing was an inspiration to all of us. Cheer Up Love, Susan's first book, had a clear aim: to help people understand depression. Sunny Side Up has a similarly clear path: to persuade people to be kinder to each other and spread more joy. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The whole book is an act of kindness

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-18

Lovely, joyful, inspiring<br />

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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: 09-04-19

I loved this book. Even more than 'what's up love'. She has a great way of sharing her experiences and ideas which really chime with me. She is warm, funny, caring, and has helped to inspire me through my depression and change the way I see the world.
Such a simple idea, to be kind, but so easy to overlook. I hope I will be a kinder person after listening to this.
And I don't even watch Strictly, but I'm very glad that she was on it, and enjoyed it so much.
Thank you Susan Calman, your Calmanifesto is one I can sign up to.

  • Hut 33: The Complete Series 1-3

  • The Hit BBC Radio 4 Comedy
  • By: James Cary
  • Narrated by: Alex Macqueen, Fergus Craig, Lill Roughley, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Set during World War Two, Hut 33 follows the adventures of a team of codebreakers at Bletchley Park as they work tirelessly to break German codes, matching wits with the fabled Enigma Machine. Unfortunately, they hate each other. Archie is a stroppy Geordie socialist revolutionary while Professor Charles Gardner is a toffee-nosed snob. In theory, the immensely stupid 3rd Lt. Joshua Featherstonhaugh-Marshall is in charge of the hut, but he is still struggling with even the most basic concepts....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Code breaking at its funniest

  • By Donald on 05-02-18

Great radio 4 comedy, absolutely loved it

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

Cast was great, storylines predictable and funny, just what I needed to keep me laughing!

  • We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 7
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 92

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Swallows can do it on there own.

  • By jon on 06-07-15

Lovely reading of a fabulous book

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

My favourite of all the Swallows and Amazons books, beautifully and gently read. Loved all the different voices provided by the narrator.

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Secondary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 497

Stranded on Prehistoric Earth since the end of the first series, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are once again trying to hitch their way off the planet. Zaphod finds his visit to the offices of the Guide rudely interrupted by Frogstar fighters, who further threaten to feed him to the Total Perspective Vortex. Eventually reunited, the three fetch up on the planet Brontitall and discover the indigenous species in something of a flap. Arthur meets Lintilla (several of her), Marvin gets to be a hero once again, and there is a meeting with the Man in the Shack who apparently runs the Universe.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Science meets philosophy - and laughs

  • By Alexander Macallister on 02-02-14

Brilliant as ever

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

Reviewed: 28-05-17

Excitement and really wild things. And a good helping of nostalgia. Reminder of when an electronic book was unbelievable and 42 meant everything

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  • Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister - The Complete Audio Collection

  • By: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn
  • Narrated by: Paul Eddington, full cast, Nigel Hawthorn
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,920
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,759

Between 1980 and 1988 on BBC television and radio, the exploits of the Rt Hon Jim Hacker MP (Paul Eddington) - later Prime Minister - kept the British nation enthralled. Helped - and hampered - by his diligent Permanent Secretary Sir Humphrey Appleby (Nigel Hawthorne) and his Principle Private Secretary Bernard Woolley (Derek Fowlds), Hacker and his department became synonymous with government bureaucracy and administrative double dealing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hasn't dated a day.

  • By Steven Turner on 01-12-15

Perfect antidote to miserable political nightmare

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

Fabulous as the day it was originally on TV. Love it. Reminder of happier times when the UK was a much more open, tolerant, and funny place than it is now. Genius writing and superb actors.
Fantastic

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,310

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats.

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

Sensitively and beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Loved this interpretation. It's My favourite book, and this version had a sensitive and moving voice reading it.,

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  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 475

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Rory on 10-06-16

brilliant narration of phenomenal story.

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

Reviewed: 19-08-16

loved the narration of such a brilliant story, I loved the voice and the interpretation. thoroughly recommend buying this version.

  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer-simulated war games at the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. Ender is the result of decades of genetic experimentation, Earth's attempt to make the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. Ender Wiggin is six-years-old when it begins. He will grow up fast. This, the special 20th Anniversary Edition, includes an original postscript written and recorded by Orson Scott Card himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You've go to read this!

  • By V. S. on 17-06-05

superb interpretation of brilliant book.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

the book moved me when I first read it many years ago. This is a brilliant interpretation of one of my favourite books. Excellent narration. worth having the unabridged version to get the full affect of this moving and well crafted story.
anyone who has ever been isolated, lonely, talented, this book is for you. for anyone, it's a great book. I can listen again and again.

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  • The Minpins

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Bill Bailey
  • Length: 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Penguin presents The Minpins, read by Bill Bailey. Little Billy doesn't really believe there are monsters in the wood, but the red-hot smoke-belching gruncher is real enough, and so are the tiny minpins, whose miniature world is in danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • gentle story read by lovely voice

  • By Lenny Bear on 03-10-15

gentle story read by lovely voice

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

brilliant narration by fabulous bill bailey. magical story by fantastic author Roald Dahl. a gentle bedtime story

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