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  • Over the Moon

  • My Autobiography
  • By: David Essex
  • Narrated by: David Essex
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

As a young schoolboy, David Essex dreamed of becoming a professional footballer and was signed up by his beloved West Ham United. But as a teenager, he developed a passion for music, which set him on a very different path, and ultimately led to superstardom. It wasn't, however, an easy start. Scraping a living on the edges of show business was a hard slog, and he endured many disappointments. Then, aged 23, he went along to an audition for a new musical called Godspell and won the role (Jesus) that shot him to fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Margaret on 23-06-12

Great

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

Took me back to my youth. Really great to move through David's life so far journey.

I saw David at Blazers night club in Windsor...he was great you just felt he was singing every song just to you.

I'm so glad about his many other successes.

  • Mixed Fancies

  • By: Brenda Blethyn
  • Narrated by: Brenda Blethyn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Brenda is one of Britain's finest character actresses, famous for playing her roles with social realism and warmth, wit and humour - characters her audience empathise with. She has the same warmth and humour off screen too; a wonderfully down-to-earth person with a fascinating history. Told with sparkling wit and engaging honesty, Mixed Fancies is the compelling story of her journey from the Plains of Waterloo to the National Theatre and on to television, Hollywood and stardom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great great great!!!

  • By ELAINE on 06-05-18

Great great great!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Wonderfully narrated by the woman herself.

such an insight no holds barred. With incredible dignity humour and sadness in equal measure.

THANK YOU BRENDA FOR READING YOURSELF!!!

You are an inspiration!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Things I Couldn't Tell My Mother

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Sue Johnston
  • Narrated by: Sue Johnston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Sue Johnston always seemed to be disappointing her mother. As a girl she never stayed clean and tidy like her cousins. As she grew older, she spent all her piano lesson money on drinks for her mates down the pub, and when she discovered the Cavern she was never at home. The final straw was when Sue left her steady job at a St Helens factory to try her hand at that unsteadiest of jobs: acting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest and Entertaining

  • By TheFribbler on 22-09-11

A FANTASTIC listen<br />

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

Reviewed: 25-04-18

Always great when autobiographies are read by the person. More authentic with turn of phrase.

  • Is It Me? Terry Wogan

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Terry Wogan
  • Narrated by: Terry Wogan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Terry Wogan is one of Britain's most popular and successful broadcasters. Witty, charming, and relaxed, he has undoubtedly captured the nation's heart. Here, for the first time, he tells his story, from his beginnings in Limerick to incredible success as a national celebrity, in his own delightfully laconic fashion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sir Terry... What a Star!

  • By Bjorn Risi on 11-12-18

Terry to a tee <br />

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

Great story.
Jumped around a bit date wise. But once you got use to the style it became an apparent ramble through his life....
so far. Really good that Terry did the narration himself as gives greater authentication to his charming humour!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Only Fools and Stories

  • From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost
  • By: David Jason
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

In his first book, David Jason told us about himself from his early years training as an electrician through to making it as one of Britain's actors. This autumn, in a follow-up autobiography, he tells us about the many other lives he has lived - his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of the best loved acts of his career. And in the process he reflects on how those characters changed his life, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mislead by the details

  • By Mark on 30-11-17

Great read <br />

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Everything I expected and more. Read it you will not be disappointed. Very very entertaining.

  • Unbeaten

  • The Story of My Brutal Childhood
  • By: Kim Woodburn
  • Narrated by: Kim Woodburn
  • Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

For Kim Woodburn, finding fame in her 60s in the smash-hit television series How Clean is Your House? with fellow dust-buster Aggie Mackenzie is like living a fairytale. Often, however, she has simply wished that she had never been born, for Kim has overcome horrific emotional and physical abuse, both at the hands of her alcoholic mother and her philandering, abusive father.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By Richard Cole on 07-09-18

Loved it and the fact it was read by the author.<br />

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

Reviewed: 28-01-18

I can thoroughly recommend it. Enjoyed it all, although very sad in some parts. But the girl came good in the end.

  • Madeleine

  • Our Daughter's Disappearance and the Continuing Search for Her
  • By: Kate McCann
  • Narrated by: Kate McCann (introduction), Lesley Sharp
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

The decision to publish the book has been very difficult, and taken with heavy hearts... My reason for writing it is simple: to give an account of the truth... Writing this memoir has entailed recording some very personal, intimate and emotional aspects of our lives. Sharing these with strangers does not come easily to me, but if I hadn't done so I would not have felt the book gave as full a picture as it is possible for me to give.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 10% Madeline, 90% excuses

  • By Kristine on 19-05-18

Memorable read <br />

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

As expected a heart felt narrative of events before during and after abduction. I hope and pray for your happy ending.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Royal Duty

  • By: Paul Burrell
  • Narrated by: Paul Burrell
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

In A Royal Duty, Paul Burrell reveals the truth about Princess Diana, as well as a faithful account of her thoughts. He was the favourite footman who formed a unique relationship with the Queen. He was the butler who the Princess of Wales called "my rock" and "the only man I can trust". He was accused of theft, then acquitted following the historic intervention of the monarch. He was the Princess' most intimate confidant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never see the royals the same again..

  • By honeybee on 29-05-13

GREAT READ

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

I would thoroughly recommend. Feels a real account. I'm glad I waited all these years.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Diana

  • Her True Story - in Her Own Words
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Langrishe, Michael Maloney, Andrew Morton, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

A reissue of this classic title, updated with never-before-published material from the original taped interviews and with a new introduction by Andrew Morton that reflects on the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the original publication of Diana: Her True Story. One of the world's best-known biographers, Andrew Morton's groundbreaking and controversial biography Diana: Her True Story changed the public's perception of the British monarchy and became an instant global best seller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • UPDATED VERSION - SUCH A FANTASTIC READ

  • By ELAINE on 14-08-17

UPDATED VERSION - SUCH A FANTASTIC READ

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

Reviewed: 14-08-17

Really wonderful listen. Must admit as a true fan of Diana, I did shed many tears.

It brought everything up to date with the references to William's marriage and children. Harry's charity work and help the hero's and Invictus games.

A wonderful, wonderful listen!!!

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Rod

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Rod Stewart
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

The long-awaited autobiography of one of rock's true megastars. Rod Stewart (aka Rod The Mod and to a very select few, Dad) was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. He was never, as some stories later had it, a professional footballer or a gravedigger, though he did become a bit of a singer - and a fairly good one at that.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A candid insight into a charmed life

  • By Mark H on 27-10-13

Luv this book!!!

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

Reviewed: 23-07-17

Rod kept it real. All the stuff I would expect to be there.......no holding back.

I would thoroughly recommend.