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  • Speaking for Myself

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Cherie Blair
  • Narrated by: Cherie Blair
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

In her much-anticipated autobiography, Cherie Blair takes the reader on a fascinating journey from her childhood in working-class Liverpool to the heart of the British legal system and then, as the wife of the prime minister, to 10 Downing Street.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • All is revealed!

  • By Anna on 26-07-08

All is revealed!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-07-08

and what in fact is revealed is Ms Blair's deeply unpleasant and spiteful nature. I was rather hoping to be dis-abused of this notion by this book but if anything it just strengthened that impression. This is a woman who comes across as completely self absorbed and rather hateful. Her obvious delight in shaming others is repellent (as in an account of Gordon Brown getting locked in a lavatory) and you feel after this book as though you have been in the company of someone who is definately on the dark side of the spectrum of human kind. Not an edifying experience.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Faithful Spy

  • John Wells, Book 1
  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

John Wells is the only American CIA agent ever to penetrate al Qaeda. Since before the attacks in 2001, Wells has been hiding in the mountains of Pakistan, biding his time, building his cover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GRIPPING.........

  • By Shaun on 10-01-07

A step beyond an average thriller.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-08

This novel grips from page one and is an intelligent and skillfully written account of the inherent conlicts within modern day espionage. The author takes a huge step beyond a good yarn and tackles the complex and lonely existence of a government agent who goes deep undercover for a protracted period of time. His hero stradles two worlds belonging and yet not belonging to either.
This is a challenging and fascinating listen enhanced by a splendid reading by Robertson Dean.
Highly recommended for the thriller fan.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Houses

  • By: Sandra Howard
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Victoria James is at home awaiting a call from Downing Street, desperate for the telephone to ring but mindful of the impact a promotion could have on her husband and daughter. When she receives the summons, high office does indeed await her, and life will never be the same again. As a young, attractive female Minister, Victoria will be living in the public eye, challenged in her views at every turn. But nothing prepares her for what ultimately throws her off-balance: a love affair with a married man.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bravo Mrs Howard!

  • By Anna on 20-03-08

Bravo Mrs Howard!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-08

I wasn't sure what to expect of this first novel but was intrigued enough to want to hear it. Sandra Howard has done herself proud. This is an engaging and well written book. Above all it is a damn good story that keeps you gripped from page one with full bodied characters and a stimulating plot. The quality of the reading is very important too and can make or break an Audio book for me and this was sympathetically done. Carry on Mrs Howard!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Garden

  • By: Mary Stanley
  • Narrated by: Mary Stanley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

The face Esme Waters presents to the world is not the face she sees in the mirror. Even her three daughters don't know the truth behind her careful smile. But a chance meeting with a psychiatrist in Paris opens the first crack in Esme's mind. While her own children are falling in love, learning about loyalty, and rebelling against the rules, Esme discovers that sometimes the walls you build for protection need to come tumbling down.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Edna O'Brien meets Emmerdale Farm

  • By Anna on 20-03-08

Edna O'Brien meets Emmerdale Farm

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-08

When I started listening to this audiobook I was surprised that the author was reading it - it soon became clear that no self respecting actor would touch it. This book is drab, tedious and badly written. From the overly detailed descriptions of the clothes worn by it's two dimensional heroine to the tired old Irish Catholic theme and the shallow psycho babble - it's dull dull dull. The pseudo intellectualism of the protagonists is laughable and the whole scenario reads more like an exercise in wishful fantasising than a serious attempt to tackle difficult though overused material. The sugary and unskilled voice of the author narrating her poorly constructed sentences make this an infuriating and unpleasant listen. If you are looking for good literature -don't waste your money.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful