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P. M. Thomas

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  • On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back

  • By: Stacey Dooley
  • Narrated by: Stacey Dooley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148

Random House presents the audiobook edition of On the Front Line with the Women Who Fight Back, written and read by Stacey Dooley. Put yourself in their shoes. In 2007, Stacey Dooley was a 20-something working in fashion retail. She was selected to take part in the BBC series Blood, Sweat and T-Shirts, which saw her live and work alongside Indian factory workers making clothes for the UK high street. This sparked her series of hugely popular investigations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Anonymous User on 12-03-18

I must watch the tv programmes

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

I only know of Stacey through strictly come dancing and loved her down to earth style on that. I wanted her to succeed from week one! In truth I didn’t get the sense of real hardship, injustice or danger for her or the victims through the written word but I enjoyed the book none the less. So I will seek out the programmes on catch up

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Listening to the Animals

  • Becoming the Supervet
  • By: Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
  • Narrated by: Professor Noel Fitzpatrick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 276

In this inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming memoir, world-renowned veterinary surgeon Professor Noel Fitzpatrick explores his journey to becoming The Supervet. Growing up on the family farm in Ballyfin, Ireland, Noel's childhood was spent tending to the cattle and sheep, the hay and silage, the tractors and land, his beloved sheepdog, Pirate, providing solace from the bullies that plagued him at school. It was this bond with Pirate, and a fateful night spent desperately trying to save a newborn lamb, that inspired Noel to enter the world of veterinary science.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Bowbow on 13-12-18

Surprising elements - no spoilers!

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

The first chapter got me hooked - brilliantly describing a traumatic event in a way I felt I was there.
Surprise surprise surprise ...... they kept coming!
I did feel that Noel repeated his strong views on shared animal and human medical research in several chapters but ultimately it did not detract too much within a strong, emotive biography

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,447
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,403
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,376

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a human story

  • By Amy Featherstone on 03-12-18

Thoroughly engaging

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

A sincere softly narrated story from the heart. In truth I would have liked more grit regarding the Trump lies but it wouldn’t have been her style as I came to realise from the book - her standards are impeccable.

  • Shop Girl

  • By: Mary Portas
  • Narrated by: Mary Portas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Young Mary Newton, born into a large Irish family in a small Watford semi, is always getting into trouble. When she isn’t choking back fits of giggles at Holy Communion or eating Chappie dog food for a bet, she’s accidentally setting fire to the local school. Mary is a trouble magnet. And unlike her brothers, somehow she always gets caught.... Britain in the 1970s is a world where R. White's lemonade is drunk in secret, curry comes in a box marked "Vesta", and beanz meanz Heinz.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing but I will buy the next!

  • By P. M. Thomas on 08-05-15

Disappointing but I will buy the next!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

What would have made Shop Girl better?

I was hoping for a biography virtually right up to date but it finished abruptly in her early twenties.

What could Mary Portas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing - it was a sincere story of her early life.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She didn't - Mary gave a great performance.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next instalment.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful