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  • Small Great Things

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317

The new audiobook from number one best-selling author Jodi Picoult, with the biggest of themes: birth, death, and responsibility. When a newborn baby dies after a routine hospital procedure, there is no doubt about who will be held responsible: the nurse who had been banned from looking after him by his father. What the nurse, her lawyer and the father of the child cannot know is how this death will irrevocably change all of their lives, in ways both expected and not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First but not last

  • By TinaàRaven on 12-01-17

A human journey

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

This book holds up a mirror to humanity. not only does it examine racism, it challenges each of us.

  • Stoner

  • By: John Williams
  • Narrated by: Robin Field
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

William Stoner is born at the end of the 19th century into a dirt-poor Missouri farming family. Sent to the state university to study agronomy, he instead falls in love with English literature and embraces a scholar's life, far different from the hardscrabble existence he has known. And yet as the years pass, Stoner encounters a succession of disappointments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A life so ordinary so well told .

  • By Crocker on 30-07-13

haunting tale

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Totally enjoyed Stoner. Finished it over a couple of days. I wanted him to be stronger.

  • Soldier Spy

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743

In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target. Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

  • By Gareth on 11-01-17

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 25-11-16

Gripping and quite terrifying. An exploration into the dark reality of counter terrorism. None of the glamour or money you often think these brave people get. Great narratives.

  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,095
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Five hundred years ago no one died of stress: we have invented this concept, and now we let it rule us. Rest has become a dirty word, and our idea of satisfaction is answering the last email. We're sleepwalking through our own lives. Ruby Wax shows us how to wake up from this stupor with a scientific solution to modern problems: mindfulness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Empathetic

  • By maria on 20-02-16

Empathetic

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

Reviewed: 20-02-16

As I listened it was quite amazing how what Ruby discussed could have been about me, in fact it felt like I should have written it but was pipped to the post. It was intelligent and absolutely clear in its complexity. I've always been a great fan and empathise with her journey. A must read/listen for the 'Frazzled'. Full of practical ways to tame the beast that is the mind/brain conundrum. Thoroughly enjoyable.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • According to Yes

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, Jeff Harding, Jennifer Woodward, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,034

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook addition of According to Yes, the hilarious new novel by Dawn French. The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy - otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side - has its own rigid code of behaviour. It's a code strictly adhered to by the Wilder-Bingham family. Emotional displays - unacceptable. Unruly behaviour - definitely not welcome. Fun - no thanks. This is Glenn Wilder-Bingham's kingdom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abysmal, ruined the storyline; cringeworthy

  • By PoppyS on 29-03-16

Compulsory Listening

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

Heart warming, funny and exceptionally poignant. I could not put this beautiful book/audio down. Simply wonderful.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • By: John Irving
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 27 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659

Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing and memorable book

  • By Kirstine on 17-05-14

Pure genius

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

Reviewed: 23-07-15

Reading a prayer for Owen Meany was a journey so powerful that I have thought about and missed him every day. I have now listened to this wonderful book and it moved me even more because I knew what was coming.

  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Character

  • By BillyBlackBear on 21-03-14

Unbelievably absorbing

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

On beginning this audio book, I was unable to think of anything other than getting back to it. Solomon Northup's story is as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming in the knowledge that he was saved after 12 terrible years being degraded by unscrupulous white slavers. His fortunate meeting with Bass leads him back to his rightful place. The overriding sadness Is for all the many black people that were held in captivity and the injustice felt will stay with the reader. This is truly a masterpiece of immeasurable importance.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Catch 22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Trevor White
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185

At the heart of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Keith on 25-05-09

Is it me that's crazy or is it everyone else?

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-08-11

I perservered with this load of tosh for the first half hoping that I would find some reasoning as to why on earth it is on the BBC top 100. It was hideously tedious and although I had read the previous reviews that give this 5 stars for its clever humour, I just didn't get it. Nonsense I'm afraid, absolute nonsense.

5 of 14 people found this review helpful