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  • Conversations with Friends

  • By: Sally Rooney
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

Frances is a 21-year-old college student in Dublin; she performs at spoken word events with her best friend and ex-lover, Bobbi. When they are profiled by journalist Melissa, they enter an orbit of beautiful houses and raucous dinner parties. Initially unimpressed, Frances begins an affair with Nick, Melissa's husband, which gives way to an unexpected intimacy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great performance of a not so great novel

  • By Benry on 25-10-18

wow!<br />

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

Reviewed: 08-02-19

A new favourite writer. Intelligent, stimulating, resonant and beautifully written. I was so sad to finish it.

  • Killers of the King

  • The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
  • By: Charles Spencer
  • Narrated by: Tim Bruce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 227

January, 1649. After seven years of fighting in the bloodiest war in Britain’s history, Parliament had overpowered King Charles I and now faced a problem: what to do with a defeated king, a king who refused to surrender?Parliamentarians resolved to do the unthinkable, to disregard the Divine Right of Kings and hold Charles I to account for the appalling suffering and slaughter endured by his people.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! Balanced, interesting and entertaining.

  • By carrosvoss on 04-12-14

really dull and dry

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

l decided after 4 hours thst life really is too short.
It is written in a pompous, pseudo latin style reminding me of Caesars Gallic Wars with endless facts and no attempt to sieze upon the life which must have been bursting out of this significant time of english history. Just outdated and fake military despatches.

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

A few hours spent with the best company.
Very informative about wartime in Guernsey but most of all the characters live and breathe with vitality. Obviously Guernsey is a shining light too...
Well I've just watched the film and it was needlessly ruined by watering down the Juliet character. As written she is a strong Elizabeth Bennett type woman. I can't imagine the reason the film was ruined like this. Also the casting for the male lead was very weak...

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm
  • Length: 24 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

Late one moonlit night, Walter Hartright encounters a solitary and terrified woman dressed all in white. He saves her from capture by her pursuers and determines to solve the mystery of her distress and terror. Inspired by an actual criminal case, this gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness and mistaken identity has never been out of print since its publication and brought Collins great fame and success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Anthony on 13-01-11

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I first read this when i was young and i loved it just as much this time. I felt it was maybe a bit too long though.

  • Running with the Kenyans

  • By: Adharanand Finn
  • Narrated by: Paul Tyreman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

After years of watching Kenyan athletes win the world's biggest races, Adharanand Finn set out to discover just what it was that made them so fast - and to see if he could keep up. Packing up his life he moved from Devon to Iten, in Kenya, to eat with, interview, sleep beside and - most importantly – run with, some of the greatest runners in the world. In the distance rests his dream, to join the best of the Kenyan athletes in an epic first marathon across the Kenyan plains.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting read - even for a non-runner like me!

  • By Joanne on 10-11-13

Very enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Seriously what's not to love here?
It started out as a quest to find the secret of great Kenyan runners but ended up as a road trip with some great characters..

  • The Invention of Wings

  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

From the celebrated author of the international bes tseller The Secret Life of Bees comes an extraordinary novel about two exceptional women. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter. The one her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. On Sarah's eleventh birthday, Hetty 'Handful' Grimke is taken from the slave quarters she shares with her mother, wrapped in lavender ribbons, and presented to Sarah as a gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen

  • By s w on 06-05-15

a great detective work

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

i had no idea that this was a true story until the end. the bare facts have been stitched together with the fictitious part making the whole much more powerful than if it had been one or the other. The inhumanity of slavery will stay with me..

  • Mick Jagger

  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Bestselling biographer Philip Norman offers an unparalleled account of the life of a living legend, Mick Jagger. From Home Counties schoolboy, to rebel without a cause, to Sixties sensation and global idol, Norman unravels the myth of the inimitable frontman of The Rolling Stones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it !

  • By deirdre o sullivan on 09-11-12

a terrible, sneering narrator

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

this book was informative but unfortunately seemed to have been written by someone who didn't like the subject at all. coupled with the awful narrator it left a book without warmth.

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  • The Girls

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Amelie Jewell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

You live on a picturesque communal garden square, an oasis in urban London where your children run free, in and out of other people’s houses. You’ve known your neighbours for years, and you trust them. Implicitly. You think your children are safe. But are they really? On a midsummer’s night, a 13-year-old girl is found unconscious in a dark corner of the garden square. What really happened to her? And who is responsible?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak in several parts

  • By Giftgiver on 14-11-16

a good solid read<br />

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

Reviewed: 21-12-18

i read this while working and it was the perfect book for that...it moved along at a brisk pace, the characters were pretty well sketched and yet it didn't require much effort.

  • The Girl Before

  • By: JP Delaney
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox, Finty Williams, Lise Aagaard Knudsen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,762
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,752

Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultraminimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a rerun of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the listener off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense portrayal of psychological obsession.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping thriller

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-17

Good story

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I listened to this while working in the garden. Very enjoyable and easy to listen to without being vacuous...

  • The Trauma Cleaner

  • By: Sarah Krasnostein
  • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

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

A very unique perspective on a very unique person

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

I loved this very unusual book. The subject, a dying transsexual who had been adopted at six weeks old who had been physically and emotionally abused from the age of seven who went through many lifetimes during the course of her life. Just amazing.
I love you Sandra Anne Pankhurst.