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  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

  • Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
  • By: Richard Reed
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice, each given to him just when he needed them most. Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice. If they could tell him just one thing, what would it be? Richard has collected pearls of wisdom from some of the most remarkable, inspiring and game-changing people in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a great inspiring read for under 25s

  • By stryder on 09-12-16

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

I have found that normally it is a mistake when an author narrates their own work, but Richard Reed totally gets away with it!
This is a nice listen. The separate shirt sections make it easy to dip in and out.
The down side is that the author sometimes gives us own political view, which is rather jarring.

  • Gone Astray

  • By: Michelle Davies
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Gone Astray is a tense psychological thriller from debut novelist Michelle Davies. When Lesley Kinnock buys a lottery ticket on a whim, it changes her life more than she could have imagined.... Lesley and her husband, Mack, are the sudden winners of a £15 million EuroMillions jackpot. They move with their 15-year-old daughter, Rosie, to an exclusive gated estate in Buckinghamshire, leaving behind their ordinary lives - and friends - as they are catapulted into wealth beyond their wildest dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tense, spine chilling story

  • By Marissa on 08-07-16

Good story, a few glitches

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

Reviewed: 03-05-17

Enjoyable story with likeable characters.
Good plot and quite pacy.
I did enjoy it, but there were a few points that I wish the editor had fixed.

I chose this book because I mistakenly thought it was the first in the series. I realised that it wasn't, which didn't matter, except that the author tells you exactly what happened and 'who did it' in the first book, for no reason. What a spoiler!
Part of the plot was left unresolved at the end.

I think the author must be sponsored by Blackberry because she keeps specifically referring to them including a particular model at on point! It's a bit off putting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Chris Packham
  • Narrated by: Chris Packham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham was only at home in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love - and that would change him forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting tale of love and loss.

  • By Lisa Morin on 08-05-16

A bit all over the place -not for me

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

Reviewed: 24-06-16

I bought this on the strength of hearing an episode on Radio4's Book of the Week which sounded delightful. I am also a fan of what Chris Packham does and stands for.
However I found the full book disappointing. It has lots and lots of description, which I found too much and distracting . The narration keeps changing between first person to third person for no apparent reason and some events seem to be described out of chronological order without explanation. The overall result was confusing.
To me the book seems like an unedited version of a memoir, before the editor got to work.
I can see that lots of people loved this book but I am afraid that this is one of the rare occasions when I have been unable to finish a book that I spent one of my credits on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Follow You Home

  • By: Mark Edwards
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 855
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 851

After a perfect start, Daniel and Laura's travels end abruptly when they are thrown off a night train in the middle of nowhere. To find their way back to civilization, they must hike along the tracks through a forest...a haunting journey that ends in unimaginable terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dare to go into the house and face yourself

  • By Kaggy on 16-02-16

Memorable

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

I don't usually read horror type stories, but got this one on Daily Deal snd really enjoyed it. It was rather spooky and very compelling. Memorable story!

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVED this book!

  • By Patricia on 04-06-14

Surprisingly enjoyable!

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

This book was a surprise. It was much more darker than I expected. I enjoyed the story and the characters. It has started me looking for other mystery stories with a gritty edge.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,556

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fault, dear Brutus, is not in this audiobook.

  • By Mr. S. J. Penny on 11-07-13

Enjoyable-Young adult book

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

A nice book, but it is really a young adult book which I had not realised when buying it (maybe lack of attention on my part) . The two main characters are both teens and the story reflects that. It is a sweet little story and I did quite enjoy it.

  • No Place to Die

  • DI Mike Lockyer, Book 2
  • By: Clare Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 237

DS Jane Bennett takes charge of South London's Lewisham murder squad following the temporary suspension of her boss, DI Mike Lockyer. His involvement with a female witness resulted in her murder. Mike returns to work, but he's a shadow of the detective he was a few months before. Bennett gets a desperate call from an old friend to say that her husband, retired colleague Mark Leech, has gone missing. Blood spatters found in the home suggest she doesn't have long to find him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Abandoned it halfway through!

  • By maddy on 14-04-16

Not best sequel

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

Reviewed: 31-03-16

Having enjoyed the first book in this series I found this one a bit of a let down. The main character from the first been is largely absent and has a somewhat different character.

  • Not Quite Nice

  • By: Celia Imrie
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 614

Theresa is desperate for a change. Forced into early retirement, fed up with babysitting her bossy daughter's obnoxious children, she sells her Highgate house and moves to the picture-perfect town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, just outside Nice. With its beautiful villas, bustling cafes and shimmering cerulean sea, the village sparkles like a diamond on the French Mediterranean coast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fun and unexpected turns

  • By jacqui on 30-12-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 22-02-16

I love Celia and will want him this fantastic actress in anything.
But I'm afraid it's not the same with this book. The story just didn't flow and was a bit tedious in places. Neither the plot or characters worked for me.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Shepherd's Life

  • By: James Rebanks
  • Narrated by: Bryan Dick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393

These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Mad Jeff on 25-09-15

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 15-01-16

really well narrated, the actor really captures the narrative well. The story itself is both simple and rather captivating. intelligent and informative. The sort of book that stays with you.

  • After You

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,073

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of After You by the Jojo Moyes, the stunning sequel to the worldwide phenomenon Me Before You. Jojo Moyes says: "I hadn't planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life meant that the characters never left me."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Linden on 20-12-15

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 29-12-15

Fairly good story, but rather downbeat and slow. It relays on the story of the previous book a bit too much.