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  • Straight Outta Crawley

  • Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being
  • By: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Narrated by: Romesh Ranganathan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's Holiday Camp talent competition, smashing the only other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo. The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for 22 years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Romesh's work then listen to this

  • By Gervaise Miller on 05-10-18

Couldn’t stop listening!

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Reviewed: 07-01-19

I’d just finished watching the brilliant Misadventures BBC series, and was glad to have this audiobook as the next instalment of Romesh! Loved hearing about his life, family, and comedy ‘journey’...and his love of hip hop!
(Now I’ve finished this book I’m already downloading the podcast series mentioned, feat Chali 2Na of Jurassic 5).
And I love that he’s vegan!
...I’d take Romesh over Idris any day!

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,863
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,176
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,148

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Fascinating, funny & moving

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Reviewed: 11-07-18

I already had the utmost respect for our amazing doctors, nurses & support staff in the NHS, but this book took it to a whole new level!
Really hope things have improved since the times described, but it seems unlikely given the state of the government! The NHS needs more funds not privatisation, for the good of us all.

  • The Happy Vegan

  • A Guide to Living a Long, Healthy, and Successful Life
  • By: Russell Simmons, Chris Morrow
  • Narrated by: Black Ice
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

In The Happy Vegan, Simmons shares how once he started practicing yoga and meditation, he became more conscious of his choices, particularly the choices he made regarding his diet. Simmons first adopted a vegetarian and then vegan diet and almost immediately began to experience the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of eating green and clean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
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  • By Em on 30-06-17

Essential reading!

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Reviewed: 10-06-18

This book appealed to me because I love old school hip hop, and just happened to discover it existed a couple of months after realising the need to go vegan.
Though hip hop wasn’t a huge feature, having such a respected & accomplished figure talk about his experiences and journey to veganism while being in that culture made it all the more inspiring & attainable.
There was a small section on yoga/meditation which I haven’t personally adopted (yet) but he talks a lot of sense.
I highly recommend this book, and wish more people took notice of the concepts within it - for the sake of our own health, the environment, and of course, the abused animals who suffer and die every day.