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Ke Donn

godalming, u.k
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  • The Royal Art of Poison

  • Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicines and Murder Most Foul
  • By: Eleanor Herman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. The Royal Art of Poison is a hugely entertaining work of popular history that traces the use of poison as a political - and cosmetic - tool in the royal courts of Western Europe from the Middle Ages to the Kremlin today.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Ke Donn on 23-08-19

Very enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-19

Really enjoyed this book and the format of it works well. lots of thought and hard work has clearly gone into putting this book together

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  • What Seems to Be the Problem with Adam Kay and Mark Watson

  • In Support of The Lullaby Trust
  • By: Adam Kay, Mark Watson
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay, Mark Watson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

What Seems to Be the Problem with Adam Kay and Mark Watson reveals the intriguing and hilarious ways the body can go wrong - and the amazing stories that unfold when the medical world tries to help.... In conversation with his (very health-anxious) friend, the comedian Mark Watson, best-selling doctor-turned-writer Adam Kay takes a scalpel to the bizarre past, often-surprising present and fantastical future of medicine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Book? Not really

  • By Neil Birchall on 14-08-19

I really wanted to like this

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-19

Sadly I think the format would of perhaps been better done as a free audible podcast. I found the interaction between narrators odd and uneasy.
I gave up in chapter 2 and returned the title. I really enjoyed Adam's book 'This is going to hurt' so maybe I was hoping for something similar

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  • Daring Greatly

  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 447

In a powerful new vision, Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability and dispels the widely accepted myth that it's a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength, and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability - from revealing our true selves - we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're struggling, read this book!

  • By Chloe Harper-Ashton on 09-01-19
  • Daring Greatly
  • How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown

profound and fantastic

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

Reviewed: 13-08-19

I only recently came across Brene Brown after she did a podcast with Russell Brand. what a breath of fresh air this lady is. This book has the power to really change your life. Do check out her stuff on you tube too

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  • Thinking About It Only Makes It Worse

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Why is every film or tv programme a sequel or a remake? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it okay? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? These and many other questions trouble David Mitchell. Join him on a tour of the absurdities of modern life - from Ryanair to Richard III, Downton Abbey to phone etiquette, UKIP to hot dogs made of cats. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By steven lawrence on 23-07-19

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 09-08-19

I really enjoyed this, it's funny and well read by the author and I'm looking forward to listening to his other books

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  • Hysteria!

  • By: Phoebe Bennett, Nick Minter
  • Narrated by: Alice Lowe
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

Hysteria! presents tales of howling nuns, fainting schoolgirls, witches, wombs, online panics and threats – both imagined and real. Crossing decades and continents, and from personal panics to societal scares, Alice Lowe explores hysterical behaviour. Come join the delirium.... Hysteria is a word that regularly gets misused. It gets attached to everything from overly emotional behaviour to moral panics, via stock market crashes, stampedes, viral videos and more. It’s often used – pejoratively – about women, and it shares its roots with the ancient Greek word for womb.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love love love!

  • By Anonymous User on 10-08-19

very enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-19

very interesting series and beautifully narrated by Alice Lowe. lots of interesting stories and information. The only one I didn't enjoy so much was episode 6 as I wonder why the government has a site for vaccine injury if these are safe

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Gentleman Jack

  • The Real Anne Lister: The Official Companion to the BBC Series
  • By: Sally Wainwright, Anne Choma, Anne Lister
  • Narrated by: Eva Pope, Erin Shanagher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 140

Anne Lister was remarkable. Fearless, charismatic and determined to explore her lesbian sexuality, she forged her own path in a society that had no language to define her. She was a landowner, an industrialist and a prolific diarist whose output has secured her legacy as one of the most fascinating figures of the 19th century. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister follows Anne from her crumbling ancestral home in Yorkshire to the glittering courts of Denmark as she resolves to put past heartbreak behind her and find herself a wife. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indeed a perfect companion to a perfect TV show!

  • By Nilay Dervish on 14-05-19

interesting story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I enjoyed listening to this book and started watching the series after a few chapters in. I did wonder as the story unfolds whether Anne Lister had manipulated Anne Walker who suffered with her mental health but I still enjoyed the book and thought Anne Lister a remarkable force of nature

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 25-06-19

if you loved Downtown Abbey you will enjoy this wonderful look into the lives of the upper and lower classes

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  • The Housekeeper's Tale

  • The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House
  • By: Tessa Boase
  • Narrated by: Tessa Boase
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

The Housekeeper's Tale reveals the personal sacrifices, bitter disputes and driving ambition that shaped these women's careers. Using secret diaries, unpublished letters, and the neglected service archives of our stately homes, Tessa Boase tells the extraordinary stories of five working women who ran some of Britain's most prominent households.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping stories, compulsive listening

  • By Dora on 22-02-17
  • The Housekeeper's Tale
  • The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House
  • By: Tessa Boase
  • Narrated by: Tessa Boase

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 22-06-19

I really enjoyed this book shedding light on the women who ran great houses. The narrator/author has a great voice which is enjoyable to listen too and I feel like I learnt a lot on.the way

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  • The Garden of the Gods

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Christopher Timothy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 68

The enchanted island of Corfu was home to Gerald Durrell and his family for five years before the Second World War. For the passionate young zoologist, Corfu was a natural paradise, teeming with strange birds and beasts that he could collect watch and care for. But life was not without its problems - Gerald’s family often objected to his animal-collecting activities, especially when the beasts wound up in the family’s villa or even worse - the fridge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a great book.

  • By L on 24-12-12

Another enjoyable listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-19

I have enjoyed all 3 of the Corfu trilogy very much. The narrator of this 3rd book wasn't quite as good as Nigel Davenport but essentially this book is still a lovely listen

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  • My Family and Other Animals

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Animal Anecdotes

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-08-07

Such a great listen

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

wonderful humorous story about The Durrells adventures in Corfu
Highly recommend it. it will leave you harking back to times when life was simpler!