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  • The Language of Kindness

  • A Nurse's Story
  • By: Christie Watson
  • Narrated by: Christie Watson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story, written and read by Christie Watson. Christie Watson was a nurse for 20 years. Taking us from birth to death and from A&E to the mortuary, The Language of Kindness is an astonishing account of a profession defined by acts of care, compassion and kindness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and thought provoking

  • By stansmum on 23-05-18

Put you off nursing!

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

Reviewed: 13-04-19

It is traumatic and most of the time unbearably sad. The more advanced medicine has become it would seem the more the support and care of the nursing profession has deteriorated. Florence Nightingale would read the riot act to our politicians today. I feel this may apply to doctors as well. Bring back training nurses homes attached to hospitals. Bring back the matron or equivalent. Give the talented practical nurses a bursary. What is so terrifying is we ask so much of those and give so little in the way of support and finance. Why on earth would anyone be able or wish to continue in a career that drains them so completely. I’m talking about long long hours and underfunding. The system takes complete advantage of those nurses who have a vocation. How sort sighted and mad is that? Please dear God one of our politicians does something and we find a government that shows not only a little kindness but respect as well!

  • War Doctor

  • Surgery on the Front Line
  • By: David Nott
  • Narrated by: David Nott
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 271

For more than 25 years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world’s most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993 to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out lifesaving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major London teaching hospital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring,sad and mind blowing

  • By Mr.Anas.Nashawi on 28-02-19

A humanitarian giant

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

This book should be read by everyone of us adults. Starting with all Oligarchs, Dictators, Presidents, Prime Ministers and politicians. Surely then humanity may have a chance. What is wrong with Bashar al-Assad? His own people? The descriptions of Aleppo were awful. The agony and desperation of trying for a ceasefire to get doctors children and their parents out.

Thank goodness for all those remarkable doctors and nurses and workers. Thank goodness for David Nott, a giant of a man.

Thank goodness too for Elly.

This an emotional rollercoaster read. What it must be like to have actually lived it is beyond comprehension. Thank you for writing this

  • In Bitter Chill

  • By: Sarah Ward
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 148

You can't bury the truth forever.... Derbyshire, January 1978. Two girls go missing: Rachel Jones returns, Sophie Jenkins is never found. Thirty years later, Sophie Jenkins' mother commits suicide. Rachel Jones has tried to put the past behind her. But news of the suicide reopens old wounds, and Rachel realises that the only way she can have a future is to finally discover what really happened all those years ago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Secrets That Won't Stay Buried - Gripping!

  • By MRS V L HALL on 18-03-16

A sort of cold case story

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

Reviewed: 25-03-19

The story keeps you guessing howeverJuanita McMahon reads beautifully; very important for an audio book. This is my first Sarah Ward. I shall try another at some point.

  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,793
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,781

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Documentary of the Cold War

  • By Paul on 03-10-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

I remember some of the news headlines at the time to learn of the full story is fascinating. It is written so well and told with minimal bias.

A story we all should read or listen as in my case.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 11,068
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,837
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,807

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

Inspiring and Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

What a very nice driven person. She tells her story well. And she has more time left. It will be fun to see what she does next. What ever it is it will be considered and important for humanity

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576

London 1862: Sue Trinder, orphaned at birth, grows up among petty thieves - fingersmiths - under the rough but loving care of Mrs Sucksby and her 'family'. But from the moment she draws breath, Sue's fate is linked to that of another orphan growing up in a gloomy mansion not too many miles away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By joanna on 02-10-14

A romping tale!

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

Reviewed: 23-11-18

I feel the descriptions of London were very informed. And probably an accurate account of a loony bin too. The washing or the non washing was interesting too. Everyone must have stunk and the beds dreadfully revolting. Riveting!

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  • Unnatural Causes

  • By: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Dr Richard Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 836

As the country's top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right - and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authoritative, Authentic and Utterly Fascinating

  • By Mark on 21-10-18

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 16-11-18

An unusual and fascinating account of a not much discussed profession. Very well written with a balanced view in a difficult area. What comes across is his enormous integrity. To have it questioned due to cost cutting on computers is outrageous. But this sort of outrage happens too many times

Thank goodness he survives. Thank goodness the world is pepper by people such as he.

  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre. The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Such a Cunning Fox!

  • By Simon on 21-09-18

Great

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

What fun! If only! We would sleep better in our beds if Sir Adrian Western really existed. Perhaps he does?a superb ready by David Rintoul.

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 980

Frances had been picturing her lodgers in purely mercenary terms - as something like two great waddling shillings. But this, she thought, was what it really meant to have paying guests: this odd, unintimate proximity, this rather peeled-back moment, where the only thing between herself and a naked Mrs Barber was a few feet of kitchen and a thin scullery door. An image sprang into her head: that round flesh, crimsoning in the heat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There but for the grace of go I

  • By MS REBECCA WARREN on 23-09-14

My First Sarah Waters

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

And not my last. It is beautifully written, language, descriptions and fully rounded characters. I am so pleased I have found this author. Juliet Stevenson needs no praise. She is perfect!

A wonderful listen and so interesting to learn about immediate post war Britain. We have come a long way from the outside privies and the smelly old ascot heaters of that time.

  • Bleak House

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 43 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

This Audible Exclusive performance features a unique introduction written and narrated by Miriam Margolyes. Recognised as one of Dickens' most accomplished titles, Bleak House has impressed critics and audiences alike since it was first published in 1852. The novel boasts one of the most intelligent and engaging plots in all of English literature and is sure to engage the listener's imagination as it transports us back in time to the seedy, grimy and hazardous streets of Victorian London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • genius

  • By uk person on 13-05-18

Glorious

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18

This is so brilliantly read by Miriam Margolyes that it is pure joy.
She even helps the syrupy Ester to come across as believable. Her changes of voice for the myriad of characters are a master piece.
I feel Dickens would have been delighted to listen or to do one of his readings with her.
The story is a masterpiece as well!! And to think the law has not much changed since those times. Whoops!

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