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  • It Takes Guts: Introduction to Gut Health

  • By: Tim Anderson, Giles Yeo
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

MasterChef winner and restaurateur Tim Anderson, with the help of Dr Giles Yeo, ventures into his bowels. "Gut Feeling", "the Gut Instinct", "Trust your Gut". We have so many phrases to talk about the gut, but now science is developing a new language to describe what is really happening down there. Tim and Giles find out how the gut can revolutionize the way we feel in body and mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really interesting intro to git health

  • By Michael on 01-12-18

interesting and easy listening

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

We found this interesting and enjoyable. It covered a number of different topical areas such as veganism and paleo diet, gut brain (sort of). It's a pity it completely missed out talking about fish. It would have been interesting to know what research says about say removing meat but keeping fish in the diet. But overall gave food for thought :-)

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Neuromancer

  • By: William Gibson
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 849
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 774
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 775

The Matrix: a world within a world, a graphic representation of the databanks of every computer in the human system; a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate users in the Sprawl alone. And by Case, computer cowboy, until his nervous system is grievously maimed by a client he double crossed. Japanese experts in nerve splicing and micro bionics have left him broken and close to death. But at last Case has found a cure. He’s going back into the system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • READ THIS INSTEAD OF THE (RUBBISH) BLURB ABOVE

  • By DjanSeriy2020 on 29-06-12

Hard to get into. Annoying narration.

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-17

I've listened to the first 2 hours and it's clear this is a book I'll have to put aside and perhaps come back to. It's hard to get in to, and he narration is pretty awful. So unnecessarily macho and American and poorly paced. I just can't be bothered to listen to any more.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paradise Lodge

  • By: Nina Stibbe
  • Narrated by: Helen Baxendale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 420

This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in a ramshackle old people's home in the English suburbs. It is the late 1970s and the place is in chaos - there's a much swisher old people's home nearer the supermarket with better parking which is taking all the best patients; Matron seems to be utterly without qualifications, and Lizzie has no idea what she's doing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolute Paradise

  • By Alexis on 04-06-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 27-04-17

I really enjoyed this. It seems so hard to find just a nice story that's not about murder or tragic in some way or some kind of sci-fi.

Just a nice story. Easy to listen too. Not too heavy. It's quite witty at times and nostalgic.

  • H Is For Hawk

  • By: Helen MacDonald
  • Narrated by: Helen MacDonald
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 522
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 473

"Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson PrizeShortlisted for the 2014 Costa Biography Award‘. In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they’re the birdwatchers’ dark grail.’ As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T. H.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Autobiography, superb audiobook.

  • By Chris Lilly on 30-01-15

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-17

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this. The author is able to express herself in all the ways I cannot. So honest, insightful, well researched and interesting. I also like it when the author is also the narrator. Her voice is easy to listen to.

  • The Sellout

  • By: Paul Beatty
  • Narrated by: Prentice Onayemi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Born in Dickens, Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's memoir will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed, he discovers there never was a memoir. Fuelled by despair, he sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A clever, enjoyable satire on racism in todays USA

  • By bookylady on 25-10-16

Not exactly a page turner

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

Reviewed: 19-01-17

Not my thing really. Though I dare say clever, I found it hard work, slow, and the voice miserable. I was tempted to give up after an hour but for some reason I continued to the end. I had to listen in small chunks because I would often find after a while I'd realise I hadn't been listening for ages and was lost in thought.

7 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,427

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

Enjoyable and insightful

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

I really enjoyed this book - both the story and the narration were great. An insightful and honest flavour of humour and look at humanity. I didn't know anything about the author before listening and wasn't at all surprised to hear at the end that she works in psychiatry.

  • A Perfect Spy

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 446

Magnus Pym, counsellor at the British Embassy in Vienna, has suddenly vanished, believed defected. The chase is on for a missing husband, a devoted father, and a life-time secret agent. Pym's life, it is revealed, is entirely made up of secrets. The race is on to find the perfect spy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating insight into the mind of a spy

  • By Mr on 13-04-13

Bit of an endurance challenge

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

Well. I've enjoyed some of his other books a lot. I found this one quite a marathon really, not helped by the narration style that took several hours of listening to get used to. It's not so much a spy novel as a novel about the personality and relationships of a spy throughout his life. His book is probably a bit like marmite.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful