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Matthew Elliott

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  • A Mother's Reckoning

  • Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy
  • By: Sue Klebold
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon, Sue Klebold
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives. For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and sad

  • By Dell Tasker on 27-02-16

Sue Klebold is brave beyond words, truly heartbreaking.

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

Reviewed: 18-08-17

Having grown up in the aftermath of the events of Columbine, it changed my school life and the world's perception of innocence forever.
Sue's story, is as heartbreaking as the subject and I truly feel so sorry for all she has endured in the near two-decades since the disaster.
I cried a few times during this Audiobook and had to call my mother, to seek comfort and understanding - and I'm almost 30.
Sue Klebold, is an extremely brave woman and I urge everybody to familiarise yourselves with her story and take her lessons, to continue to enlighten those who may be in similar situations.
Thank you Sue and good luck for the future xx

  • Where Am I Now?

  • True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame
  • By: Mara Wilson
  • Narrated by: Mara Wilson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

A former child actress best known for her starring roles in Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and out of place: as the only kid on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, a Valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and a grown-up the world still remembers as a little girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional on all sides.

  • By Matthew Elliott on 05-10-16

Exceptional on all sides.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-16

Like many of my peers, I grew up with Mara Wilson. She was the iconic little girl we all fell in love with and were heartbroken when she walked away from acting - reading this book has been a revelation, I have waited many years to hear her story and now I feel I love her more for it. Read by Mara herself, this book is an incredible listen, a greater read and the story of a life riddled with insecurity.
Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tokyo Vice

  • An American Reporter on the Police Beat in Japan
  • By: Jake Adelstein
  • Narrated by: Jake Adelstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

At 19, Jake Adelstein went to Japan in search of peace and tranquility. What he got was a life of crime reporting at the prestigious Yomiuri Shinbun. For 12 years of 80-hour workweeks, he covered the seedy side of Japan, where extortion, murder, human trafficking, and corruption are as familiar as ramen noodles and sake.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misses...

  • By AJ on 28-07-11

Wow, just wow.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

This book was a fantastic source of information and a great book. Unforgettable and Powerful.

  • In Order to Live

  • A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom
  • By: Yeonmi Park
  • Narrated by: Eji Kim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 237

Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die - from starvation or disease or even execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Eleanor on 29-10-15

Heart-wrenching and Inspirational!

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

Reviewed: 29-09-16

An Incredible tale of courage, bravery and daring. Beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. Highly recommended!

  • Not Forgotten

  • The True Story of My Imprisonment in North Korea
  • By: Kenneth Bae, Mark Tabb
  • Narrated by: Wayne Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

Not Forgotten is a modern story of intrigue, suspense, and heart. Driven by his passion to help the people of North Korea, Bae moves to neighboring China to lead guided tours into the secretive nation. Six years later, after 18 successful excursions in and out of the country, Ken is suddenly stopped at the border: He inadvertently brought his hard drive, which reveals the true nature of his visits, to customs. He is arrested, brought to Pyongyang for further questioning, and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. His crime? Attempting to overthrow the North Korean government.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to learn about life in North Korea... this is not the book for you.

  • By Rob on 30-01-17

A little heavy on God, but an incredible story!

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

Reviewed: 26-09-16

An incredible account of survival, patience and the human spirit - though it was a little too religious for me, it was clearly a message Kenneth wanted to share and what kept him going, therefore I have no right to judge.
an incredible book and a fantastic narrator! highly recommended!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anne Frank Remembered

  • By: Miep Gies, Alison Leslie Gold
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

For more than two years, Miep Gies and her husband helped hide the Franks from the Nazis. Like thousands of unsung heroes of the Holocaust, they risked their lives each day to bring food, news, and emotional support to the victims. From her own remarkable childhood as a World War I refugee to the moment she places a small, red-orange, checkered diary -- Anne's legacy -- in Otto Frank's hands, Miep Gies remembers her days with simple honesty and shattering clarity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Mary on 28-04-15

Incredible account of bravery.

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

Reviewed: 11-08-16

Incredible book, beautifully written and performed, casting a light on a true survivor, humanitarian and the reason we were able to discover Anne Frank's life in writing. Love it!!
God bless you, Miep and Jan Gies. x

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

Enchanting! brilliantly writen and performed!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

A must for Downton fans! Belgravia is a fantastic story, well writen and performed. I truly recommend to any Downton Abbey fan!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ringo

  • With a Little Help
  • By: Michael Seth Starr
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

This book traces the entire arc of Ringo's remarkable life and career, from his sickly childhood to his life as the world's most famous drummer to his triumphs, addictions, and emotional battles following the breakup of the Beatles. Born in 1940 as Richard Starkey in the Dingle, one of Liverpool's most gritty, rough-and-tumble neighborhoods, he rose from a hardscrabble childhood marked by serious illnesses, long hospital stays, and little schooling to emerge, against all odds, as a locally renowned drummer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator's Impersontaion of Ringo Was Annoying

  • By Steve K on 02-05-16

Excellent book, questionable accent.

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

Reviewed: 27-07-16

love the book, an excellent insight - but can't tell if the narrator thinks Ringo is Irish or Mexican, judging by the accent.
all in all, worth the purchase!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • John Lennon

  • The Life
  • By: Phillip Norman
  • Narrated by: Russell Boulter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 171

For more than a quarter of a century, Philip Norman's internationally best-selling Shout! has been unchallenged as the definitive biography of the Beatles. Now, at last, Norman turns his formidable talent to the Beatle for whom belonging to the world's most beloved pop group was never enough. Drawing on previously untapped sources, and with unprecedented access to all the major characters, here is the most complete and revealing portrait of John Lennon that is ever likely to be published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never written a review before, but...

  • By MaryB on 06-01-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-16

A powerful, spiritual and memorable in-depth account of the legend and his life, before, during and long after The Beatles.
Excellent author, decided to pick up this book following his biography on Paul McCartney.

  • Salinger

  • By: David Shields, Shane Salerno
  • Narrated by: Peter Friedman, January LaVoy, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Shields and Salerno illuminate most brightly the last 56 years of Salinger’s life: a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers. Provided unprecedented access to diaries, letters, legal records, and secret documents, listeners will feel they have, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall. The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Insight!

  • By Matthew Elliott on 14-06-16

Excellent Insight!

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

Reviewed: 14-06-16

A truly fantastic effort and insightful adventure into a literary legend. Absolutely brilliant. Highly recommend to any fan of Salinger.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful