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  • Word Wars

  • By: Iain Lee
  • Length: 4 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Ponder the world's most pressing and seemingly pointless questions with Iain Lee and guests. In this riotous, competitive and comedic panel show, high profile guests square off against each other for victory. From lowbrow pop culture to high art, irresistibly silly questions become the weapons of mass distraction in this seriously hilarious 'war of the words'. Expect strong language, riotous laughter and answers to questions you never thought should be asked in the first place. And then be thankful that someone finally had the courage to ask them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Words Missing In Action!

  • By Simon on 19-05-18

Love Iain Lee

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

Reviewed: 27-12-18

This has got some genuinely funny bits and who knows what it could become given time to grow.

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714

Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Bee on 31-03-18

Gritty and grazing

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

Loved the trauma cleaning side of things and was very intereted and moved by Sandra‘s story.

Would have enjoyed it a lot more though, without the fawning and melodrama. There really were too many details of soft furnishings, splattered violently with vomit-inducing kiss-arsery...coming from both the text and narrator.

Good, but think they focused on the wrong things, in the wrong way, thereby missing out on brilliant.

  • 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 5,214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,777

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
  • Epic

  • By Della Michelle on 14-06-17

Brilliant but enough of the ‘B’ word already!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Loved the authenticity. Was brilliantly read and what a life! The lessons running through it were great too....all fantastic.

Hated the ‘B’ word spread liberally throughout it. He came across as a misogynist who made exceptions for his Mum and partners...in other words, a traditional misogynist.

It’s 2018. I’ve, we’ve, had more than enough of this. He espouses equality and love...it is then inauthentic when he keeps spitting out hate.

  • The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • The BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Samuel Pepys, Hattie Naylor
  • Narrated by: Kris Marshall, Katherine Jakeways, Full Cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 316

Kris Marshall and Katherine Jakeways star as Mr & Mrs Pepys in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of the world famous diaries. Samuel Pepys was 26 when he decided to start keeping a diary, in January 1660. For the next 10 years he faithfully recorded the day's events and confessed his innermost thoughts. That diary has since become one of our most important, and fascinating, historical documents. Pepys gave us eyewitness accounts of some of the great events of the 17th century, including the Great Fire of London and the Second Dutch War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and insightful

  • By Deborah Wyman on 21-10-14

I did listen most gladly to Mr & Mrs Pepys

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

Beautifully done from beginning to end.

Lived each huge historical event, mutton dinner...and even assignation with Samuel and the rest of the Pepys family.

Fell in love with all of the players, (Will and Lizzie was both hilarious) laughed along, enjoyed the disgusting bits and even teared up at the end...and I'm not a weeper.

Made all the better for being real but wouldn't just recommend this for history buffs, it really is a ripping good yarn too!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Book for Her

  • By: Bridget Christie
  • Narrated by: Bridget Christie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

The hilarious memoir from award-winning comedian Bridget Christie. When Bridget Christie walked into her local bookshop, she thought she'd come out with a book. And maybe a calendar of cute photos of cats (hopefully unlike you've just done). The last thing she thought she'd be leaving with was the need for a new wave of feminism and the start of an incredibly successful career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Says what needs saying and all funny like....

  • By TamTam on 11-07-15

Says what needs saying and all funny like....

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

Reviewed: 11-07-15

Two weeks ago my best friend's husband...whom I adore...got out his phone and showed a video of a topless woman dancing to Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines. We were a group of girls at a party. He was then angry when I said, quite calmly, that I didn't want to see it.

He said I was jealous of the woman's body.

This made me angrier than I have been in a very, very long time. I hope I don't have to explain why here.

I will be buying a hardback copy of Bridget Christie's masterwork in finding the funny in the blanket suppression of we, the majority, by willy owners and sometimes, even ourselves. I think it is the spoonful of sugar needed to help that
medicine go down.

My best friend had a little girl a few months ago...I'm buying the book for her sake.

Thanks Bridget, you are a legend.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Uncynical Cannibal

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Dewi Llywelyn
  • Narrated by: Richard Glover, Simon Kane, Daniel Lawrence Taylor, and others
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 236

A gloriously mad desert island romp - complete with zombies, walrus pirates and a talking goldfish called Albie. Like Robinson Crusoe on acid, it follows the adventures of Isaac, a shipwrecked sailor whose boat is sunk by a excess of radio sound effects and is then washed up in a tropical paradise where warring tribes compete to pay homage to a giant sea beast called Gary. A fast-paced gag fest which is a splendid mix of music hall and surreal nonsense, which is fresh, intriguing and laugh-out-loud funny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully executed...pun intended.

  • By TamTam on 09-07-15

Beautifully executed...pun intended.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

Loved the characterisation, the asides, the absurdity, Cuppy.
Didn't go in for the gruesome stuff much....as we all know, what you imagine is waaaaay worse than what you see and so some of the descriptions were quite hard to listen to. I'm a wimp, yes....but I would have loved to go with you on this swashbuckling journey AND still be able to eat my lunch.
Please make more but this time, hold the disembowelling:)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hub

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Bruce Windwood
  • Narrated by: Susy Kane, Alex Kirk, Howard Gossington, and others
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 274

Deep underground, in a top-secret location, the war against Terror, Anarchy and Foreigners in General is being waged. Inside The Hub, where intelligence gathering blends seamlessly with state-of-the-art, counter-terrorist hardware, dedicated professionals work day and night to keep us safe...and somehow always manage to totally screw things up.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable, but fairly enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 24-07-15

Could be something...

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

Reviewed: 09-07-15

The Hub takes its place in a long line of sitcoms based around bureaucratic incompetence, pomposity and the absurdity of all those silly rules. Think Men from the ministry, Twenty twelve and....the mother of them all....Yes Minister.
It has some good ideas and the central premise of being set in the world of intelligence is a sound one but I think it would need to go more into the intelligence gathering itself to really work. I hope that is the plan.
An enjoyable half hour, thank you, and I look forward to hearing how you develop things.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Not My Father's Son

  • A Family Memoir
  • By: Alan Cumming
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161

Alan Cumming grew up in the grip of a man who held his family hostage, someone who meted out violence with a frightening ease, who waged a silent war with himself that sometimes spilled over onto everyone around him. That man was Alan's father, Alex Cumming. Alex was the dark, enigmatic heart of Cumming family life. But he was not the only mystery. Alan's maternal grandfather, Tommy Darling, had disappeared to the Far East after the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extraordinary memoir

  • By Katherine on 06-11-14

A heartful memoir that happily steers clear of asking for pity

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

Beautifully read, insightful and honest.
Would be great to have photos on here...would have played amateur detective. Well worth a listen.

  • What the **** Is Normal?!

  • By: Francesca Martinez
  • Narrated by: Francesca Martinez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

If you grow up in a world where wrinkles are practically illegal, going bald is cause for a mental breakdown, and women over size zero are encouraged to shoot themselves (immediately), what the hell do you do if you're, gasp... disabled? Whatever body you’re born into, the pressure to be normal is everywhere. But have you ever met a normal person? What do they look like? Where do they live? What do they eat for breakfast? And what the **** does normal mean anyway?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The listen of a lifetime!

  • By Emma Byrne on 13-05-15

Just brilliant

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

Reviewed: 29-05-15

An life-affirming, funny and passionate book that will get you thinking. Francesca puts her amazing family at the heart of it and their being so very cool has certainly rubbed off on her too.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

Just wonderful

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

Reviewed: 17-05-15

An intricate and beautifully acted story with a breathtaking insight into how we treat the elderly. The best audiobook I've ever heard.