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Makes me even more proud to work for Audible!

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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: 19-03-18

This Audiobook and the charitable initiatives it supports have pretty much made my LIFE ... #betterbundobook

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If you've ever been in love, you should listen.

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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: 21-04-16

Full disclosure: I commissioned this title for Audible Originals UK. However, I wanted to write a review at this stage, to outline the fact that I TRULY LOVE IT. Despite having listened to R&J countless times in production and edit, I have now listened to this drama 3 further times and have found myself laughing out loud, in tears and fully caught up in the fast-moving action - all credit to the work of Marty Ross and Wireless Theatre Company.

Although genre-wise this title may be regarded as specialist or niche as it concerns the love affair between a younger and older man, it is my firm conviction that everyone who has ever been in love should listen; R&J is a pure and simple tale of love against the odds...which is not without its fair share of thrills. Did I mention that Nick Moran and Ricky 'Fatboy from Eastenders' Norwood play some really nasty homophobic gangsters? There's conflict, action, sex, love and a moving study of dysfunctional societal and family dynamics in this fully dramatised piece. I challenge you to remain unmoved. I, for one, will be listening again soon.

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Audible Staff Reviewer: We're All Scared Here!

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

Reviewed: 11-08-14

As a staff member of Audible, I'm writing a brief review at this point as I was really very chuffed to arrive mid-conversation at a more-animated-than-usual-on-a-Monday-morning office today, where my colleagues were all discussing The Child. They were mainly speaking at a rate of knots about how truly scared and hooked they were over the weekend- always a good sign for a title we describe as 'immersive' audio.

My own experience of listening to The Child was actually very similar - not necessarily my usual Genre (I prefer contemporary/contemporary-classic LitFic) though I personally really enjoyed the music and sound effects, paired with the narration. The production transported me to the gritter parts of Berlin and I enjoyed (and feared) it.

I'll definitely be reading some more Fitzek - and it sounds like my colleagues will too...if they dare!

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Zadie Smith's Bro Brings Us Stand-Up Rap

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-05-14

Funny, honest and refreshingly British blend of rap and storytelling is a good laugh and at times touching.

Bridget sans la Joie de Vivre

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-14

Bridget cuts a more tragic figure in this book, through inevitably growing up, gaining responsibilities and becoming less of a purely comic character. Spending a large proportion of the book trying not to get sucked down to the 'dark place', the various Yummy Mummies, Twitter Followers and Toyboys that also feature seem more like sad caricature/truisms here than the LOLs they perhaps should prove. I could say a lot more, but, fine performance and a few smiles aside, this listen proved rather depressing, above all.

Finding Humour in the Everyday

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

Reviewed: 20-01-14

Some laugh-out-loud highlights include the drawn-out description of telling adults the 'proper' way to do washing up [why does this wine taste of bacon...it's because you washed the baking tray before the wine glasses! etc.], nudging wayward Housemates towards recycling [why would they leave the cereal box on the window ledge NEXT to the recycling bin...entirely to spite me?!] and the perils of finding love with OCD [I spend my 20s cleaning skirting boards, thinking 'what woman doesn't love a clean skirting board']. Panel show fave doesn't disappoint with his own material - yet another example of this reviewer looking bonkers on the train, snorting with laughter whilst listening.

Liked by a Londoner!

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

Reviewed: 20-01-14

I enjoyed this new twist on a supernaturally parallel London - especially as the story is grounded in real places in the city, many of which I visit or pass through weekly...though they seldom yield events as interesting/terrifying as in this novel! I'm still undecided about the narration in parts, though I'll admit that KHS' performance does aptly reflect the central character's often laid-back attitude. Looking forward to listening to the next two books!

Unexpected Dark and Light

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

If you're looking for a book to listen to with the kids, don't be fooled by this cover/cutesy title - it's definitely not one for kids. Despite quite a few funny moments, which are well-narrated and occasionally laugh-out-loud, there is a dark underlayer to this book which I wouldn't have anticipated from appearance alone.

Despite all not being as it might seem, this is a well-structured book which is a rounded example of a strong writer doing what she does best - telling a damn good story.

Engaging narration from Patti

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

As well as finding her story very involving, it was frequently made very moving through Smith's narration - this audiobook is pretty much made by being read by its author. Especially worth a listen if you're already into her/her music, but the study of the interesting relationship(s) that the Biog revolves around is worth the listen in itself.

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I love this book

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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: 02-01-14

The all-star narrator line-up notwithstanding, I love this book and its varied takes on what might happen after we die. Spanning religious, spiritual, natural and atheist doctrine whilst managing to remain unpatronising and often amusing, these vignettes are a must for anyone who suffers the occasional existential crisis.

Having both read and listened to this book, I find that I prefer the audio version for the lovely range and variation of narration, although I'll admit that I love them both.

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