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  • The Last Tudor

  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304

Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king's half sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block. There Jane turned her father's greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the book but was confused by the muddle of the recording.

  • By Lin on 12-08-17

Very enjoyable and easy to listen to

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

Reviewed: 24-04-19

I am generally very interested in the tudors so perhaps I was predisposed to like this book. When I decided to listen to it I had been looking for a book with a thought provoking story, without being too much of a challenge and it far exceeded this brief. It made my daily commute so much more enjoyable and at the same time, I learnt about a significant family in history who have been all but hidden and realised a different side to queen Elizabeth. I am sad it is over!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be Right

  • ...in a world gone wrong
  • By: James O'Brien
  • Narrated by: James O'Brien
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443

In How to Be Right, James provides a hilarious and invigorating guide to talking to people with faulty opinions. With chapters on every lightning-rod issue, James shows how people have been fooled into thinking the way they do and in each case outlines the key questions to ask to reveal fallacies, inconsistencies and double standards. If you ever get cornered by ardent Brexiteers, Daily Mail disciples or little England patriots, this book is your conversation survival guide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had high expectations & they were surpassed.

  • By A. Fox on 02-11-18

Very entertaining while being insightful and useful

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

Reviewed: 28-01-19

Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this - a whistle stop tour through some of the most pressing and debated issues in Britain today and how to navigate the flaws in, well, flawed viewpoints. Entertaining while also being educational. I will recommend it to everyone.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,430

Winner of the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2005.

A murder in the silent, late night halls of the Louvre reveals a sinister plot to uncover a secret that has been protected by a clandestine society since the days of Christ. The victim is a high-ranking agent of this ancient society who, in the moments before his death, manages to leave gruesome clues at the scene that only his cryptographer daughter and her symbologist friend can untangle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Nicholas on 11-09-06

Concept good but let down by poor writing

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

Reviewed: 20-11-18

The story itself is very clever and if you’re not familiar with it, it’s worth a read/listen. I’d already seen the film so I knew what was coming and perhaps that effected my overall ability to enjoy it. The writing is fairly longwinded. There’s lots of repetition in an attempt to build suspense but to be honest I found it annoying. This, coupled with a dramatic narration style with lots of long pauses meant that it all felt like it was taking too long to get to the point and I ended up speeding it up. The story was still enjoyable in places but my attention wandered a lot.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,906

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

A book everyone should read

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

I resisted reading (or listening) to this book for such a long time but when a friend sent it to me on Audible I started listening and I wish I’d done so sooner.

The story of Eleanor Oliphant, her troubled childhood and how she overcomes it is so deeply moving. What makes it even more touching is that there are elements of it that will undoubtedly be familiar to so many people.

Wonderfully written and narrated from the start, the book draws on so many issues, including loneliness, mental health and the importance of small acts of kindness. For me, the character was deeply inspirational and reminded me that it is possible to get past the negative things in life, no matter how impossible they may seem at times.

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,561
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,175
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,150

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By OldskoolHrdcore on 25-08-17

Inspiring and entertaining in equal measure

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

This is a fantastic book which really opened my eyes about what it’s like living in post-apartheid South Africa, for so many people.

The stories contained within it are all deeply moving, but told for the most part without sadness. This recounting of Noah and his mother’s life, overcoming so many obstacles and hardships with such determination, is truly inspiring and reminded me that a positive attitude takes you a long way.

Noah’s performance is unsurprisingly excellent, and I found myself looking forward to my daily commute just so that I could hear the next instalment.

I will miss Noah and his mother now that the book is finished. Give it a listen - you won’t regret it.

  • The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz

  • A True Story of World War II
  • By: Denis Avey, Rob Broomby
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Here is the extraordinary true story of a British soldier who marched willingly into Buna-Monowitz, the concentration camp known as Auschwitz III. In the summer of 1944, Denis Avey was being held in a POW labour camp, E715, near Auschwitz III. He had heard of the brutality meted out to the prisoners there and he was determined to witness what he could. He hatched a plan to swap places with a Jewish inmate and smuggled himself into his sector of the camp.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Man's inhumanity to man.

  • By Craig on 18-08-11

A story everyone should listen to/read - deeply moving and so important

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

From the start, I found this absolutely captivating while also at times, heart breaking, devastating and upsetting.

This is one of those books that everyone should read/listen to. Everyone should understand the horror of the holocaust to prevent it happening again, but it also teaches us the importance of talking about hidden traumas. It is so very sad that Avey spent 60 years without speaking to anyone about what he’d been through, and that in post-war Britain, people were so unwilling to listen.

This is also a story of human resilience, bravery and friendship, even in the darkest times, which is in itself deeply moving.

There were so many points at which I almost cried in the middle of my commuter train, whilst listening to this story. I will never forget the people involved or the memories shared and despite how upset it made me at times, I’m so glad I’ve heard it.

  • In the Days of Rain

  • By: Rebecca Stott
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Stott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

As Rebecca Stott's father lay dying, he begged her to help him write the memoir he had been struggling with for years. He wanted to tell the story of their family, who, for generations, had all been members of a fundamentalist Christian sect. Yet each time he reached a certain point, he became tangled in a thicket of painful memories and could not go on. The sect were a closed community who believed the world is ruled by Satan: nonsect books were banned, women were made to wear headscarves and those who disobeyed the rules were punished.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story flatly told

  • By Liz Scully on 28-09-18

An interesting family story

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Stott narrates the tale of her family, from the generations first ‘caught up’ in the Brethren to how she, along with her parents and siblings, managed to escape into the outside world. It provides a fascinating insight into the inner workings of a fundamentalist religious regime, or cult, and is a deeply personal account of a family within. Some of the language was, at times, a little melodramatic. I also felt it was a shame that so much of the story was focused on Stott’s father, as I found him fairly unpleasant. I would have liked to have found out more about Stott’s mother, for example, to hear more about how she has coped having left the community she had always known and then after her marriage ended. Nevertheless, worth a read/listen.

  • The Everything Store

  • By: Brad Stone
  • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958

Winner of the 2013 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award. Amazon.com started off delivering books through the mail. But its visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. He wanted Amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices. To achieve that end, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. Until now...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Force for good or for evil?

  • By iLard on 16-06-14

A fascinating story

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

I bought this after the book was recommended to me by a friend and it definitely didn’t disappoint. The chronicle of Bezos and Amazon’s rise to meteoric success is fascinating and I learnt so much about the company and its founder that I hadn’t expected. As someone with a firm interest in the human mind, I enjoyed hearing about Bezos’s drive and ambition, and how he has translated that into the brand we all know today. The book itself is well written and engaging, and I thought the narration style was fitting for the tale. Highly recommended!