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  • Dispatches from the Sofa

  • The Collected Wisdom of Frank Skinner
  • By: Frank Skinner
  • Narrated by: Frank Skinner
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

For the last two years, Frank Skinner has managed to squeeze in a weekly column for The Times. Without fail, he sat down every week and wracked his brain to think of something to write 900 words about. This is the brilliant result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very entertaining and funny

  • By chris cleeter on 10-11-14

Intelligently Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 25-08-13

The articles in this audio book are the prefect length when you don't have hours to while away, though I was so amused it was hard to switch off. Of course there is humour, but the topics get you thinking. And it was touching at times. A couple of the articles are less interesting but overall I found this hugely entertaining.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • A Gathering Storm

  • By: Rachel Hore
  • Narrated by: Gerri Halligan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 478

Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had. Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor. She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell. As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known... As Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved EVERY Minute

  • By Charlie on 05-07-13

Loved EVERY Minute

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

I just adored this book. It is lengthy and a real saga but I was totally hooked from the start. It is superbly narrated and the pace is excellent. The characters were convincing and well defined and the story, though complex, was thought provoking and convincing without seeming contrived or leaving loose ends. I was in another world whilst listening to this. Totally absorbing.

28 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Is It Just Me?

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,863

Well hello to you dear audiobook browser. Now I have your attention it would be rude if I didn't tell you a little about my literary feast. So, here is the thing: is it just me or does anyone else find that adulthood offers no refuge from the unexpected horrors, peculiar lack of physical coordination and sometimes unexplained nudity, that accompanied childhood and adolescence? I am proud to say I have a wealth of awkward experiences - from school days to life as an office temp - and here I offer my 18-year-old self (and I hope you, too, dear listener) some much needed caution and guidance on how to navigate life's rocky path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic!

  • By berta on 25-12-12

Yes, it is just you...

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

Reviewed: 05-07-13

What disappointed you about Is It Just Me??

It was not really very funny. I did not even get to half way through, I just gave up.

What was most disappointing about Miranda Hart’s story?

The speaking to her supposed younger self was odd and just not convincing. I just didn't care about any of it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was supposed to be two characters but the voice was just the same. The younger version seemed to use unconvincing language.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Is It Just Me??

Can't remember any of the ones I listened to.

Any additional comments?

I do like Miranda and thought this might be warm, light-hearted and fun but it was just a bit lame. Sorry.

  • Be a Free Range Human

  • By: Marianne Cantwell
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

If you're one of the many people who would love to ditch their job, break free from the daily grind and live the dream of freedom, fulfillment and financial independence, this is the book for you. Be a Free Range Human is a breezy, energizing and above all practical guide to making the break and creating the life you want. You don't need piles of funding or a business plan, an expensive logo or an MBA. You don't need to be either a millionaire entrepreneur or a skint freelancer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh but limited

  • By Charlie on 08-04-13

Fresh but limited

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-13

On the whole there is not much new in this book but what you do get is a refreshing approach which looks at business start up in a much less pompous way than many other guides. It challenges some of the more traditional mantras that can be off-putting and overwhelming. There is genuine encouragement and enthusiasm in the author but the book is aimed at a specific type of business/self-employment (blogging/writing online) so is limited if your idea does not fit within the scope of the so-called free-ranger. There are some useful exercises throughout - you don't just read, you have to do stuff! There is a life-coaching element to this book, which as usual, tends to shun realism and the likelihood of failure. For me, a dose of reality is essential in order to move forward and I think certain factors that may seem negative should be acknowledged and dealt with rather than pushed aside - apparently, this may make me a 'beige' person...

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Postcards from the Heart

  • By: Ella Griffin
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lennon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36

Life is looking up for Saffy. After six years it seems like her boyfriend, Greg, is going to propose. Things couldn’t be more different for Conor and Jess. Even after seven happy years and two kids, she won't get married. But everyone's keeping secrets, and things aren’t quite what they seem. It's going to take some tough questions, and even tougher answers, before anyone's being honest - even with themselves. Postcards from the Heart is a book about four friends in their thirties. It's about love, lust, life, death, balloon rides and missing hamsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a friend

  • By Charlie on 27-12-12

Like a friend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

I am coming to the end of this and feel quite sad - as if I shall be losing a friend. I have really enjoyed listening to this and have warmed to the reader as much as the characters. Not a serious book but I like lots of different genres and have loved every minute of this. Will look out for more by the same author and narrator.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Talk to Strangers

  • How Everyday, Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, Income, and Life
  • By: David Topus
  • Narrated by: David Topus
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Every day, random encounters really can change lives, when you make them happen the right way and leverage the connection at the other end. Talk to Strangers explains how to stand out and tap the potential of others by taking notice of who is standing alongside you on the bank line, the latte pickup point, or the ticket counter at the airport. David Topus' life-changing message is that we should "always connect".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing new or exciting

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-06-18

Master of Leverage

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

The super-successful-American drawl grates from the offset and is entirely mercenary, though I have to admit I (too) did easily warm to the clever Mr Topus - a real master of 'leverage' in business. It does what it says on the tin, though it was a little repetitive at times. I bought this in haste so I expected it to cover lots of different life/career situations - my fault for not reading the description. It doesn't. It is purely about generating income.

  • The Dinner

  • By: Herman Koch
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 106

A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the polite scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderfully dark modern parable.

  • By M on 19-10-14

Still bothers me

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

It is difficult to write about this performance without spoiling the story. It had me hooked but in an uncomfortable way and that is how it leaves you at the end. The twist - running from the start to the finish - is everything, but yet it is entirely subtle.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Merry Little Christmas

  • By: Julia Williams
  • Narrated by: Penny Mcdonald
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

selling author of Last Christmas.

With four children, a Christmas cookbook to write, and her mum suffering from dementia, Cat Tinsall has plenty to juggle. When her eldest daughter, Mel, starts going off the rails, Cat has even more on her plate. Pippa Holliday adores her family, although often finds her hands full. When Dan is involved in a terrible accident, Pippa’s world is suddenly turned upside down. Balancing her job as a school teacher with twins and her step-son, Steven, isn’t easy for Marianne North. With her husband’s ex causing trouble, life is getting even trickier.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not much about Christmas

  • By Charlie on 27-12-12

Not much about Christmas

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-12-12

I thought that this would be a good programme to listen to in the run up to Christmas but it was not as festive as I had expected. I enjoyed it in parts. The characters were rounded and convincing but the narrative was rather obvious. Worst of all, the tone was overly polite. Possibly due, in part, to the way it was read - as if to children at times. The over performance of characters' dialogue and unconvincing accents grated on me. I made this choice in haste so perhaps this was not really going to be for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful