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  • The Radium Girls

  • They Paid with Their Lives. Their Final Fight Was for Justice.
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Kate Moore
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

In 1917, as a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses. The very thing that had made them feel alive was in fact killing them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding and well researched book

  • By Janis Uk on 14-02-19

The radium girls<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: 06-03-19

Wow this book will stay with me in my mind for a long long time. What these women endured is just beyond shocking. I have spoke about this book to a few people and no one knew the story I think the whole world should know everything that happened. Well worth a listen excellent book excellent narration I often voiced my opinion and laughed and cried high marks all round

  • Dear Mrs Bird

  • By: AJ Pearce
  • Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 680

London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend, Bunty, are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent, and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance - but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Woman's Friend magazine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wartime tale of writing, bravery & soldiering on

  • By K. J. Noyes on 12-04-18

Mrs Bird

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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: 24-01-19

Wow totally left me wanting to hear more. I’ve never listened to a book so quickly it had me hooked. Made me laugh cry upset excited. It was an amazing read I would suggest it to a lot of my friends

  • Good Samaritans

  • By: Will Carver
  • Narrated by: Ciaran Saward
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Seth Beauman can’t sleep. He stays up late, calling strangers from his phone book, hoping to make a connection, while his wife, Maeve, sleeps upstairs. A crossed wire finds a suicidal Hadley Serf on the phone to Seth, thinking she is talking to The Samaritans. But a seemingly harmless late-night hobby turns into something more for Seth and for Hadley, and soon their late-night talks are turning into daytime meet-ups. And then this dysfunctional love story turns into something altogether darker when Seth brings Hadley home.... And someone is watching....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Now, how can I put this?

  • By Giftgiver on 04-12-18

Good Samaritan

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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: 22-11-18

This book was recommended to me. I'm so pleased i checked it out sad I've finished it in a few days think I sat in the car longer after I'd parked up just to hear what happens next. We'll written well read and bloody good twists

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,873
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,596

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life 💙 New Hobbies Found 💜

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

bloody brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-09-18

this has to be my favourite book of 2018 . The book had me hooked within 10 minutes it was so much better than the movie. if I had read the book and then watched the movie I would have been well disappointed. Glad I saw the movie before I read the book. There is so much more interesting context in the book than the movie. It was just a constant run of drama. Really good narrator as well

  • Tales of the Unusual

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

From the author of the Audible #1 bestsellers The Stone Man, The Physics of the Dead, and In the Darkness, That's Where I'll Know You. Five more stories from Luke Smitherd to keep you intrigued, shocked, and asking what you would do...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • couldn't stop listening

  • By JM on 30-01-17

Luke Smithered

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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: 20-08-18

I do love Luke Smithered his books are so intriguing what a mind for something different he has. The only thing I struggled with was realising when he was onto the next story. If you ha e not listened to one of his books you are missing out on a unique listen

  • When God Was a Rabbit

  • By: Sarah Winman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Winman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 406

This is a story about a brother and a sister. It's a story about childhood and growing up, friendships and families, triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. More than anything, it's a story about love in all its forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My first review

  • By Lou on 20-04-11

God

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

Started out really well then it lost its way quite a lot. Which was a bit disappointing but the start of the book was really good and well read

  • The Hospital

  • By: Barbara O'Hare
  • Narrated by: Charlie Sanderson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

Barbara was 12 when she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital Aston Hall in 1971. From a troubled home, she'd hoped she would find sanctuary there. But during her stay, Barbara was systematically drugged and abused by its head physician, Dr Kenneth Milner. Somehow, eventually, she started to campaign for answers. This is a shocking account of how vulnerable children were preyed upon by the doctor entrusted with their care.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • captivating

  • By SARAH GREENWOOD on 08-02-18

The Hospital

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Much much praise for this ladies bravery and determination. Everyone needs to listen to this. Inspirational sad happy I felt every emotion. The whole facts about this hospital should hopefully come out. I hope the staff have as many nightmares. Just as many as we have as survivors ¦¦¦

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,281

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Look who's back

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-18

Genius book excellent narrator he actually creepily sounded like hitler. Well worth a credit. Could easily have listened all at once

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  • Don't Wake Up

  • By: Liz Lawler
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,312

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By artlover on 17-10-17

Do Wake Up

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

Reviewed: 29-06-18

This is just brilliant you are willing the victim to wake up and the people around her. Kept me listening so long I burnt the tea. Well worth a credit

  • The Stranger on the Bridge

  • By: Jonny Benjamin, Britt Pflüger
  • Narrated by: Jonny Benjamin, Neil Laybourn, Britt Pflüger
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In 2008, 20-year-old Jonny Benjamin stood on Waterloo Bridge, about to jump. A stranger saw his distress and stopped to talk with him - a decision that saved Jonny's life. Fast-forward to 2014 and Jonny, together with Rethink Mental Illness, launched a campaign with a short video clip so that Jonny could finally thank that stranger who put him on the path to recovery. More than 319 million people around the world followed the search. ITV's breakfast shows picked up the story until the stranger, whose name is Neil Laybourn, was found, and - in an emotional and touching moment - the pair reunited and have remained firm friends ever since.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read

  • By Suzanne on 17-06-18

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-05-18

It's about time this awful illness was talked about so many of us suffer and its soul destroying. Hats off to Johnny for bearing his soul and letting the world know how much stigma surrounds mental illness

1 of 1 people found this review helpful