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  • I Can't Make This Up

  • Life Lessons
  • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,862
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,379

Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly inspirational

  • By Cameron McQuade on 22-06-17

Actually laughed out loud!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

I don't really know Kevin Hart very well, my husband is more of a fan, but this had good reviews so I thought I'd give it a go!
It is hysterical!! I often listen when walking and frequently found myself laughing loudly alone in public - proper guffaws - embarrassing but I don't care, the humour was worth it!
I hugely recommend this audio book, whether you are a Kevin Hart follower or not, it is full of honesty and brilliant anecdotes! My only negative is that occasionally the 'life lessons' leans a little towards the self-help genre but that is extremely minor and in no way should put you off.
If you like laughing, listen to this!

  • The Child

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,168

When a paragraph in an evening newspaper reveals a decades-old tragedy, most readers barely give it a glance. But for three strangers, it's impossible to ignore. For one woman it's a reminder of the worst thing that ever happened to her. For another it's the dangerous possibility that her darkest secret is about to be discovered. And for a third, a journalist, it's the first clue in a hunt to uncover the truth. The Child's story will be told.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By joanna Prendergast on 30-06-17

Gripping and Emotional

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

Reviewed: 18-09-17

This second novel by Fiona Barton is even better than the first. I was completely enthralled by each of the characters individual stories as well as how they intertwined. I did guess the twist but not til very late in the novel. This narrators are excellent- especially Corbett. I would highly recommend you listen to this if you like mysteries with an emotional element.

  • Scrappy Little Nobody

  • By: Anna Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Anna Kendrick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,131

Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick's essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish it had just kept on going.

  • By Will Price on 16-11-16

Not essays at all!

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

Reviewed: 20-05-17

When this book was described as a series of essays, I was concerned that it would be stale and too factual. The opposite couldn't be more true! Kendrick's writing and narration are both very funny and it is more an amusing delve into her anxious psyche.

Anna's self analysis and chatty self deprecation are very relatable. The only mildly essay nature of this autobiography is the fact it is more thought snippets and tales rather than a lengthy chronological recount of Kendricks's life.

By the end of the book you'll definitely want to throw on some sweatpants and a hoody and ask Anna to be your new friend!

  • The Sixth Window

  • DCI Tom Douglas
  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,257

Eighteen months after Natalie Gray loses her husband, Bernie, in a horrific hit and run accident, she finds love with his best friend, Ed Cooper, and moves into his home with her teenage daughter, Scarlett. But she begins to suspect Ed has a dark side - and even darker intentions. Natalie must get her troubled child to a safer place, but when Scarlett starts to hear voices coming from the empty apartment next door it seems she has unwittingly moved them into the heart of danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, bad narration

  • By Lulu M on 01-05-17

Another Amazing Abbott Listen!

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

Reviewed: 15-05-17

Would you listen to The Sixth Window again? Why?

No but that's because I think its tricky to re-read mysteries when you already know every twist and turn and not a reflection on my feelings towards the book because I loved it!! However, if you did listen to it again, there would definitely be another depth to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I particularly like Becky after listening to her in all of Abbott's books. I think she is very believable and likeable and very well written.

Which character – as performed by Rachel Atkins – was your favourite?

She is an incredible narrator. Atkins can make any character seem realistic from a man to a teenage girl.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I finished it much too quickly as I do all Abbott's books. I definitely feel it could've and should've been much longer because I like Becky and Tom so much as characters I want to hear more about them and the stories are so cleverly written that I don't want them to end!

Any additional comments?

It seems Abbott can't write (and audible create) these book quickly enough for me! Already looking forward to Abbott's next book!

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  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,557

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW !!!!

  • By M F Herbert on 23-04-16

Gripping from start to finish!

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

Reviewed: 30-01-17

This book is perfect for anyone who enjoyed the suspense of 'The Girl On The Train'. The narrator is excellent with the perfect tone for creating the atmosphere of fear.
A hugely enjoyable listen!! Now going to look into more by this author, hopefully with the same narrator!

  • While My Eyes Were Closed

  • By: Linda Green
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory, Maggie Mash, Gareth Bennett-Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,844
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688

Dare you close your eyes for even a few seconds? One, two, three... Lisa Dale shuts her eyes and counts to 100 during a game of hide-and-seek. When she opens them, her four-year-old daughter, Ella, is gone. Disappeared without a trace. The police, the media and Lisa's family all think they know who snatched Ella. But what if the person who took her isn't a stranger? What if they are convinced they are doing the right thing? And what if Lisa's little girl is in danger of disappearing forever?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Page turner

  • By Ms on 26-03-16

Great narration, simple but thought provoking story.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

This book has a good premise but the pace is quite slow and when the 'twist' is revealed I was shocked but merely intrigued. The narrators make it an enjoyable listen - though the child's voice is a bit squeaky and unrealistic - but the story never quite gripped me enough. Maybe that's because the "criminal" is revealed almost right at the start so there's not much possibility of revelations after that!

I also felt the ending was a little flat after all the suspense had been created throughout the book.

I would recommend this to anyone who like a basic thriller without too many twists or turns (only 1) but who enjoys a listen that makes them consider how much 'love and attention' is too much or enough for a child. It is though provoking but not deeply!

Don't listen to this if you like an active and well paced crime plot.

  • Try Not to Breathe

  • By: Holly Seddon
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies, Lucy Middleweek, Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029

For fans of Gillian Flynn, Laura Lippman, and Paula Hawkins comes Holly Seddon's arresting fiction debut: an engrossing thriller full of page-turning twists and turns, richly imagined characters, and gripping psychological suspense. Some secrets never die. They're just locked away. Alex Dale is lost. Destructive habits have cost her a marriage and a journalism career. All she has left is her routine: a morning run until her body aches, then a few hours of forgettable work before the past grabs hold and drags her down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If you can get over annoying irritating inflections in speech of two readers it's worth listening to.

  • By Pete on 02-12-16

Gripping and intriguing

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

Reviewed: 08-07-16

This was so much better than I expected. I was a little sceptical about the almost predictable plot but it turned out to be brilliantly written, completely unpredictable, cleverly suspenseful and outstandingly narrated! I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys crime stories. I literally couldn't stop listening and the characters deepened and story unfolded. I loved having multiple narrators too.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,120

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

Best Moriarty Book Ever!

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

Reviewed: 19-06-16

Would you listen to Little Lies again? Why?

I don't tend to re-listen or re-read books no matter how good they are; however this book had a lot of twists and turns so I may listen to this one again so that I can understand how they all unfold with the knowledge of the ending.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Little Lies?

I really enjoyed listening to the relationship between the characters develop and being surprised continually.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Trivia Night was slowly revealed in an excellent way.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not in an emotional way but definitely intrigued me.

Any additional comments?

Definitely worth a listen whether you have enjoyed or disliked other Moriarty books, this is by far the best one and very different from her other books.

  • Only the Innocent

  • By: Rachel Abbott
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287

When billionaire philanthropist Sir Hugo Fletcher is discovered murdered in his London home, tied naked to a bed, the scandal is only a shadow of the darkness lurking off-camera. Laura Fletcher returns from an Italian vacation to find her home under siege by paparazzi. Is she shocked? Yes. But is she distraught? Not exactly. Chief Inspector Tom Douglas reveals his suspicions that Hugo’s killer is female. The deeper Douglas digs, the more sordid details he uncovers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narration

  • By mrs c a dunne on 20-07-15

Great Story - Mediocre Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

What did you like most about Only the Innocent?

I love the plot of Rachel Abbott books, I am kept intrigued throughout.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Tom Douglas very much. He is a great character and is developed enough to be interesting without detracting from the complex plot.

What three words best describe Peter Wickham’s performance?

Squeaky - Incorrect - Dodgy

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

The story definitely was but the Wickham's female voices were so grating that despite getting used to them they were still irritating and so one sitting would've been painful.

Any additional comments?

Since there were mostly female characters in this story it makes absolutely no sense that a man was cast to narrator who - although a good narrator of male parts and general narration - was awful at the variety of female voices needed. Laura was just made to sound weak and pathetic and the others were too forced. A VERY bad choice to have a male narrator for this book.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,419
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,398
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,366

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Survival training manual!

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

Reviewed: 13-08-15

What did you like most about The Martian?

The narrator was very good and easy to listen to and the character of Mark Watney was wonderfully written.

Would you be willing to try another book from Andy Weir? Why or why not?

Probably, however this book was excessively detailed and sci-fi for my usual reading / listening tastes.

Have you listened to any of R. C. Bray’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't but I would eagerly and readily listen to anything that seemed to have a good 'blurb' and was narrated by R C Bray

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Alone on Mars. Is survival possible?

Any additional comments?

I can totally understand why others have raved about this book but I would warn anyone who isn't into detail (and in particular sci-fi detail) to steer clear. Or, if you choose to challenge yourself to a new genre, like I did, just be prepared for an excessive amount of training botany, physics, astronomy etc and if you can zone out on those bits, you'll enjoy the characters and plot immensely!