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  • Brit(ish)

  • On Race, Identity and Belonging
  • By: Afua Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Afua Hirsch
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Afua Hirsch is British. Her parents are British. She was raised, educated and socialised in Britain. Her partner, her daughter, her sister and the vast majority of her friends are British. So why is her identity and sense of belonging a subject of debate? The reason is simply because of the colour of her skin. Blending history, memoir and individual experiences, Afua Hirsch reveals the identity crisis at the heart of Britain today. Far from affecting only minority people, Britain is a nation in denial about its past and its present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much insight

  • By Melem on 06-04-18

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Where does Brit(ish) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book is in my top 2 favourite books of 2017/2018!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brit(ish)?

Afua Hirsch describes perfectly what it's like to be born a British BME and still made to feel that you don't belong in the very country you were born in. I too have gone to the country of my parents birth, thinking I would feel more at home there, only to realise that they too think of me as 'foreign'. It's a confusing experience and is made no easier when you return to the country you were not just born in, but raised, educated and your whole life is in.

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

It was an emotional trip because she spoke a truth that so many of us British BME's are all too familiar with.

Any additional comments?

Everyone should read this book. Learn from it and understand how life truly is for the majority of BME people. Excellent writing and would highly recommend to any who has an interest in issues affecting BME groups in Britain today (and always has!)

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  • Driver by Taiye Selasi: FREE SHORT STORY

  • Granta 123 Best of Young British Novelists 4
  • By: Taiye Selasi
  • Narrated by: Taiye Selasi
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Taiye Selasi’s ‘Driver’ is a story about Webster, a young man with a new job and dreams of a better life in Ghana. With her distinctive voice, musical prose and rich characterisation, Selasi breathes life into Webster’s longing for a life he does not — and a woman he should not — have.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a beautifully read & written story

  • By erin on 07-04-15
  • Driver by Taiye Selasi: FREE SHORT STORY
  • Granta 123 Best of Young British Novelists 4
  • By: Taiye Selasi
  • Narrated by: Taiye Selasi

Left wanting more

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-07-17

This was written so well that my imagination flowed with the words. The story ended and I was left wanting more.

  • Fifty Shades Darker

  • Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

Romantic, liberating and totally addictive, the Fifty Shades trilogy will obsess you, possess you and stay with you forever.... Daunted by the dark secrets of the tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Ana Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a US publishing house. But desire for Grey still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, she cannot resist. Soon she is learning more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades than she ever thought possible.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • read all reviews before buying ....

  • By MRS on 24-08-12

Don't listen to the hype!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

I always read a book to the end, regardless of how unbearable it is at times, simply because I will not have my money wasted by not finishing it.
This was one of those books.

If anyone who read this book was sexually aroused by it, then I feel for you, as you clearly have only experienced 'vanilla' sex.

I was hoping for 'on the edge', 'pants wetting' experiences. Instead I got a love story, weak sexual perversity with the added annoyance of having the story narrated by a naive schoolgirl.

Ok. It's a good book if you like Mills and Boons after dark type of reads. It is readable. But, don't bother wasting your credits or money on buying the audio addition. It will ruin all your expectations. I wish I had borrowed the book from the library first and used my own imagination for the characters and the situations they found themselves in.

My last gripe is...a virgin? Really? A virgin!

  • Britt-Marie Was Here

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349

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

Fredrik Backman does it again!

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

I absolutely loved this book. The humour, the reality checks. The sorrow and finally the joy, are all placed well in this story. Fredrik Backman never disappoints. Now, I am off to read another!

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  • Sister of Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sabra Waldfogel
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

When two Union soldiers stumble onto a plantation in northern Georgia on a warm May day in 1864, the last thing they expect is to see the Union flag flying high - or to be greeted by a group of freed slaves and their Jewish mistress. Little do they know that this place has an unusual history. Twelve years prior, Adelaide Mannheim - daughter of Mordecai, the only Jewish planter in the county - was given her own maid, a young slave named Rachel. The two became friends, and soon they discovered a secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Tracey on 20-06-18

A great book!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

From beginning to end, I was twined up in the story. I had never read about Jews owning slaves and this book encouraged me to find out more.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this genre.

  • The World's Worst Children

  • By: David Walliams
  • Narrated by: David Walliams, Nitin Ganatra
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Read by David Walliams, with Nitin Ganatra as Raj - listen to David perform these 10 cautionary tales introducing a delightfully dreadful cast of characters. Are you ready to listen to the World’s Worst Children? Five beastly boys and five gruesome girls!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining for kids and adults

  • By arrnoosa on 02-01-17

These stories are so funny!!!

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

my grandson and I laughed our heads off to David and his stories. I have all David's books and although I buy them for my grandson, I can't help reading them myself whenever i want a laugh. I truly hope David never stops writing. He is a real credit to his craft!

  • Becoming Magic

  • A Course in Manifesting an Exceptional Life, Book 1
  • By: Genevieve Davis
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Becoming Magic is book one of a complete course in becoming creator of your own exceptional life. In this book, I outline the exact steps which enabled me to move my own life from one of poverty and drudgery, to one of previously unimaginable wealth, purpose and joy. But Magic? I do hope you are joking! That's what I would have said, five or ten years ago. I once despised all things 'New-Age'; all these spiritual types and their airy-fairy views, their bad science and their irrational beliefs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unrealistic for most people

  • By Devon Dolley on 20-04-15

I feel so positive after listening to this book.

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

Reviewed: 18-11-16

I found the author to be honest and managed expectation clearly. The book was long enough to absorb and not so long that you would become bored.

If anyone asked me for a recommendation on this subject, I would have no hesitation in suggesting Genevive Davis and her books.

Now I am off to prepare myself, as book one has suggested and look forward to reading book two - 'Doing Magic', once I am sure I am ready to do so!