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  • A Life of My Own

  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: Dame Penelope Wilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of A Life of My Own by Claire Tomalin. As one of the best biographers of her generation, Claire Tomalin has written about great novelists and poets to huge success. Now she turns to look at her own life. This enthralling memoir follows her through triumph and tragedy in about equal measure, from the disastrous marriage of her parents and the often difficult wartime childhood that followed to her own marriage to the brilliant young journalist Nicholas Tomalin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Her autobiography as good as her biographies

  • By Rachel Redford on 22-09-17

Well Hello Claire Tomalin!

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

What a lovely person you are and it was pure pleasure to listen to your story. I am sorry for the awful tragedies that befell you but thank you for your honesty in including them.
As for any name dropping complaints - ridiculous!
I am a little green though, of your intellect and courage. The sixties was a complicated and difficult time to grow up in.

The only pity was the narration. The wonderful Penelope Wilton sounds rushed and anxious. This lessened towards the end of the book, perhaps because I became used her style or perhaps because she realised she had made it within the alloted time.

  • The Girl with No Name

  • By: Diney Costeloe
  • Narrated by: Bea Holland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

Thirteen-year-old Lisa escapes from Nazi Germany on the Kindertransport and arrives in England in August 1939. She can't speak a word of English, and among her meagre belongings is one precious photograph of her family. But when the Blitz blows her new home apart, she wakes up in hospital with no memory of who she is. The authorities give her a new name and despatch her to a children's home. With the war in full swing, what will become of Lisa now?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I just loved it

  • By Ingrid on 28-11-16

Interesting Account

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

It is a well written account of how ordinary people lived through the blitz. The characters are well drawn and likeable. It is a easy listen. So, recommended for the audible experience, especially as Bea Holland is a cery good narrator.

  • Inside Vogue

  • A Diary of My 100th Year
  • By: Alexandra Shulman
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Shulman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Editor in chief Alexandra Shulman kept a diary of British Vogue's centenary year. And what a year. She reveals the emotional and logistical minefield of producing the 100th anniversary issue (that Duchess of Cambridge cover surprise), organising the star-studded Vogue 100 Gala and working with designers from Victoria Beckham to Karl Lagerfeld and contributors from David Bailey to Alexa Chung, all under the continual scrutiny of a television documentary crew.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why oh! Why ....

  • By sally on 30-03-17

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 14-06-18

Alexandra Shulman’s voice is at first monotonous and difficult to listen to. After a while it is the essence of this interesting account of ‘a day in the life of’ story.

  • Beautiful

  • A Beautiful Girl. An Evil Man. One Inspiring True Story of Courage.
  • By: Katie Piper
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 79

When Katie Piper was 24, her life was near perfect. Young and beautiful, she was well on her way to fulfilling her dream of becoming a model. But then she met Daniel Lynch on Facebook and her world quickly turned into a nightmare.... After being held captive and brutally raped by her new boyfriend, Katie was subjected to a vicious acid attack. Within seconds, this bright and bubbly girl could feel her looks and the life she loved melting away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding courage

  • By Hayley Graham on 13-12-16

A very brave and inspirational lady

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

It is a horrifying tale. A totally senseless act committed by an idiot for an evil sadistic egotist is turned from despairing to inspiring by a brave intelligent lady.

Thank you Katie Piper for telling your tale and therefore giving so much hope to so many. Not necessarily burns victims but anyone facing adversity.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trafficked Girl: Abused. Abandoned. Exploited. This Is My Story of Fighting Back

  • By: Zoe Patterson, Jane Smith
  • Narrated by: Una Byrne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

When Zoe was taken into care at the age of 13, she thought she was finally going to escape from the cruel abuse she had suffered throughout her childhood. Then social services placed her in a residential unit known to be 'a target for prostitution', and suddenly Zoe's life was worse than it had ever been before. Abused and ostracized by her mother, humiliated by her father's sexual innuendos, physically assaulted and bullied by her eldest brother, even as a young child Zoe thought she deserved the desperately unhappy life she was living.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Harrowing

  • By S.A.M on 11-05-18

Harrowing

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This story needs to be told. It is staggering that horrendous sexual abuse is able to happen while in the care of social services. Who are these people who are social workers?

Zoe is still healing, still angry, still confused. As a result the story is a little confusing. As it is told she seems to have worked it out then not. Yeh! at 8yrs? 10yrs? Of course not. She needs her explanations but we/I don’t. She doesn’t have to explain or justify anything.

She will have helped many. Bless her. I hope she finds complete peace and happiness.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Enchanted April

  • By: Elizabeth von Arnim
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Bron
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

It began in a women's club in London on a February afternoon. A discreet advertisement in The Times, addressed to "Those who Appreciate Wistaria and Sunshine..." lures four very different women away from the dismal British weather to San Salvatore, a castle high above a bay on the sunny Italian Riviera. There, the Mediterranean spirit stirs the souls of Mrs Arbuthnot, Mrs Wilkins, Lady Caroline Dester, and Mrs Fisher, and remarkable changes occur.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as 'Love' by the same author

  • By Kaggy on 07-11-17

Enchanting

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

Just listen to it. Made perfect by Eleanor Bron’s voice and story telling. Loved it.

  • Your Life in My Hands

  • A Junior Doctor's Story
  • By: Rachel Clarke
  • Narrated by: Cassie Layton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

These are the extraordinary realities of the NHS front line. From the historic junior doctor strikes to the 'humanitarian crisis' declared by the Red Cross, the overstretched health service is on the precipice. This is a powerful polemic on its systematic degradation and a letter of optimism to that same health service and those who support it. It captures with tenderness a new doctor's experiences of an NHS at breaking point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Political

  • By S.A.M on 29-03-18

Very Political

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Rachel comes from a long line of doctors and it is very apparent that compassion and kindness is in her DNA. She also writes beautifully due in part to her first chosen profession. At first I was taken back by the political bias of this story but all I can say now is ‘thank you Rachel’. Thank you for describing to us exactly what it is like to be a junior doctor and the results of all the political messing with our beloved NHS done by various governments, particularly this one.

This should be compulsory reading for the admin staff of the NHS and every member of parliament

A timely and well written book. Brilliant

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Unknown Ajax

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Miles from anywhere, Darracott Place is presided over by irascible Lord Darracott. The recent drowning of his eldest son has done nothing to improve his temper. For now he must send for the unknown offspring of the uncle whom the family are never permitted to mention. Yet none of that beleaguered family are prepared for the arrival of the weaver’s brat and heir apparent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eeeh, it's gradely

  • By Maggie on 17-05-14

A good listen

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

Reviewed: 17-02-18

Another good Heyer. Well read and a pleasure to listen to. Would recommend to anyone.

  • The Private World of Georgette Heyer

  • By: Jane Aiken Hodge
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

An internationally best-selling phenomenon and queen of the Regency romance, Georgette Heyer is one of the most beloved historical novelists of our time. She wrote more than 50 novels, yet her private life was inaccessible to many but her nearest friends and relatives. With access to private papers, correspondence, and family archives, this classic biography opens a window into Georgette Heyer's world and that of her most memorable characters, revealing a formidable, energetic woman with an impeccable sense of style and, beyond everything, a love for all things Regency.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must read for Heyers fans

  • By CantVal on 20-07-15

A Wonderful Person

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

A very interesting read/listen. Especially for Heyer fans. A formidable lady. I would have loved to know her. Her guarded privacy lives on but the reference to her novels as they appear is valuable. I shall have to buy a paperback to dip into!

  • The Corinthian

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Georgina Sutton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adore the book but detest the narration

  • By Veracal on 15-09-14

Rollicking Good Yarn

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

Love her knowledge of Regency Times and every day life, all be it of the privileged.