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  • Charles Dickens

  • A Life
  • By: Claire Tomalin
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Charles Dickens: A Life, the major new biography from the highly acclaimed Claire Tomalin, published for the 200th anniversary of his birth. Read by the actor Alex Jennings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As lively a story as a good novel

  • By Kirstine on 27-01-12

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

Informative and balanced. No stone unturned or so it seems. Ms Tomalin give options for possible behaviour by Dickens, his friends and relations but never colours the book with her own opinions.

Brilliant!!

  • Katie Mulholland

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson
  • Length: 20 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Some women are destined to arouse in men either fierce hatred or insatiable desire. Such a woman was Katie Mulholland. At 15, a scullery maid in the house of the Rosires, she had been raped by the master. Now, many years later, she had enough money to maintain three carriages if she wanted to and she was on her way to see Bernard Rosier under very different circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Did not want it to end !

  • By izzy123 on 16-11-16

My first Catherine Cookson

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

Reviewed: 13-08-18

A perfect book in every way for audible listening. I can see why Ms Cookson became so popular. Who doesn’t like a tale of love and struggle. The goodies are good and the baddies are very bad! Of course love triumphs in the end but with a twist!!!


  • Before I Go

  • By: Catherine Cookson
  • Narrated by: Christine Rendel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Known for the wit of her writing, Catherine Cookson was the UK's most widely read novelist during her lifetime. When her Estate discovered this never-before-published memoir in the attic of her home, it was an astonishing find. Before I Go is the definitive story of her life, in the author's own candid words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must for Catherine Cookson Fans!<br />

  • By Jenny on 20-07-17

Fascinating!

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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

I have never read a Catherine Cookson novel but I intend to do so right now. I would have loved to have met her and Tom.

  • 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 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

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 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

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

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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 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

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 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 87

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

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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.

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  • 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
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant inspirational story

  • By Makyna on 11-08-18

Harrowing

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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.

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  • 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 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

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

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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 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

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

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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

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