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  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,735
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,722

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wondedful

  • By deirdre muldoon on 08-12-18

Really enjoyed this book.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I got Michelle Obama’s book as soon as it was out. I always liked them as a couple.

I liked the way she described it as becoming me, becoming us and becoming more.

Michelle Obama narrates it and it really does give more depth to the story.
Family come across as her number one priority, even from a young age.
Education comes across as incredibly important to her an individual but later to others.
It was interesting to read her climb in her variety of roles during her working life before becoming FLOTUS. She clearly is a well educated, well respected, capable woman.
I learned a lot about her as an individual.
Really enjoyed hearing the politics and presidency side of this from her perspective, I can remember seeing some of it on TV but to hear her angle on it was very interesting.
Talking about her starting her role as FLOTUS is interesting and you make it your own and how she dealt with that.
With Michelle narrating it herself, it only confirmed to me that she is a very dignified, classy woman.

A long book, but do not let that put you off. I really did enjoy it.

  • The Daughter

  • By: Lucy Dawson
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 465

You lost your daughter. You will never forgive yourself. And now someone is determined to make you pay.... Seventeen years ago, something happened to Jess' daughter, Beth. The memory of it still makes her blood run cold. Jess has tried everything to make peace with that day, and the part she played in what happened. It was only a brief moment of desire...but she'll pay for it with a lifetime of guilt.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a good listen, tearful at times

  • By Jeminar on 27-04-18

The Daughter

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I loved this story. I listened to it in 2 days. Very sad at times , especially at the beginning but I was gripped by it.
Great narration, really felt the characters came to life.
First Lucy Dawson book, will look out more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,326
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,180

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery, or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Kerri on 19-02-17

One of my new favourite books

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

I read this book as I had read John Boynes other book, The Heart and loved that story too.
This book was incredible. Following Cyril through his somewhat complicated family life and into adulthood is witty, heartbreaking, sad and Uplifting.

There are some very funny parts of the story, as well as some incredibly sad parts of the book. Overall, I feel you wouldn’t be disappointed in this book.

  • The Absolutist

  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

September 1919: 21-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. Tristan fought alongside Marian’s brother Will during the Great War, but in 1917 Will laid down his guns on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan’s visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and deeply touching

  • By Edward Phillips on 13-01-15

You must read this book.

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

Would you listen to The Absolutist again? Why?

What incredible characters, the whole theme of the book was something I didn’t think I’d go for but it’s more than that. Love, friendship, betrayal, everything. I think if I were to listen to this again, I’d hear more of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Absolutist?

Near the end, but I don’t want to give anything away.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I can’t pick out one single scene.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It will make you smile, it will make you gasp in horror and it will make you very sad. It did for me.

Any additional comments?

This is a wonderful story captured over the years of two boys, young soldiers making sense of war. Their bonding, their lives. I loved this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Key

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Joanne Froggatt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

1956. It's Ellen Crosby's first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever...2006. Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, Fantastic read

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-04-18

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

This is such a wonderful story. I have listened to The Letter and The Secret and I was looking forward to listening to The Key.

Joanne Foggart is an exceptional narrator, she really can draw you into the story.
Despite the present, past and present (again) aspect of the book, there is no constant shift back and forth in time, making the book very easy to follow.
The characters are so vivid and the environment is so vivid, you can really imagine being there.
I listened to this book in 1 and a half days and I was gripped from the start.
A wonderful, wonderful story.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Sewing Machine

  • By: Natalie Fergie
  • Narrated by: Angus King, Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

It is 1911, and Jean is about to join the mass strike at the Singer factory. For her, nothing will be the same again. Decades later, Connie sews coded moments of her life into a notebook, as her mother did before her. More than 100 years after his grandmother's sewing machine was made, Fred unpicks the secrets of four generations, one stitch at a time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An intriguing walk through generations

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-07-18

I had to stop listening

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

Reviewed: 22-02-18

I was recommended this story by a friend, in book form.
I love audible and was delighted when I saw it there.
Unfortunately I had to stop listening as the narrator has really put me off. I feel like it’s a very mechanical reading and there’s no change in expression.
Sadly this is the first time this has happened to me in audible and hopefully the last.

29 of 33 people found this review helpful

  • The Letter

  • By: Kathryn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901

The Number One Kindle best seller guaranteed to break your heart. Every so often a love story comes along to remind us that sometimes, in our darkest hour, hope shines a candle to light our way. Discover the Number One best seller that has captured thousands of hearts worldwide.... Tina Craig longs to escape her violent husband. She works all the hours God sends to save up enough money to leave him, also volunteering in a charity shop to avoid her unhappy home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Sheila on 19-07-15

Listened to whole book in 2 days

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I thought this was such a wonderful story of lost loves and decisions that shape lives, not always in a good way.

  • Rubbernecker

  • By: Belinda Bauer
  • Narrated by: Andrew Wincott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

“The dead can't speak to us,” Professor Madoc had said. But that was a lie. Sometimes, only an outsider can get to the truth. Patrick had been on the outside all his life. Thoughtful, but different, infuriating even to his own mother, his life changes when he follows an obsession with death to study anatomy at university. When he uncovers a crime that everybody else was too close to see, he proves finally that he has been right all along: Nothing is exactly as it seems. And there have been many more lies closer to home....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Seeing things from a different angle

  • By Wras on 13-04-18

Really enjoyed this story.

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

Reviewed: 17-09-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Rubbernecker to be better than the print version?

Never read the book.

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

No

Any additional comments?

This as my first time using audible. This was on Simon Mayo's book club.
I really enjoyed the story and I enjoyed listening to it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful