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  • Lost Connections

  • Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions
  • By: Johann Hari
  • Narrated by: Johann Hari
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

From the New York Times best-selling author of Chasing the Scream, a radically new way of thinking about depression and anxiety. What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One mans story

  • By Andy T on 04-10-18

Anxiety and depression from a different angle

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18


Not my usual genre but a really good listen.

What Johann had to say was not rocketscience but stuff that’s as plain as the nose on your face. We get so bogged down with the extrinsic factors of our lives we overlook the intrinsic and the most important things that give us joy.

What really stayed with me is the fact that loneliness kills. We all experience this in our lives, either not belonging with the crowd, your friends, your peers or just not having a connection.

I am sure we have all experienced being in a room full of people but still feel lonely and anxious.

In these days of social media, do we really need randoms or frenemies to give us a like, to truly feel good or worthy about ourselves?

One criticism is that the author and narrator Johann starts the chapters very upbeat but by the last few minutes is so monotone and dull.

Lastly on a positive thank you Johann for being so honest about yourself in this book. Enlightening.

  • Solitaire

  • By: Jane Thynne
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

June 1940: Berlin is being bombed. Clara Vine is an Anglo-German woman in a country that hates England. The Propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, decides that Clara should adopt a new role as his spy, and so Clara must go to Paris. Clara realises this might be the chance to escape to England. But Goebbels has other ideas and soon Clara is drawn into a web that threatens to destroy her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Strong wartime drama; feels authentic

  • By Vicuña on 06-02-18

Lady spy in WW2, simply splendid tale

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18


This is part of a series but like the other reviewers have stated it can be read in its own.

It’s a great story, I like the way real people from the war were woven into this fictional story, especially the appearance of Ian Fleming together with the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson.

The wives of Goebels Goring etc, also came into the tale whilst Clara was in Berlin. It is refreshing for women to be portrayed in a very positive light as heroines, I am sure there were many unsung ladies from WW2

I am sure i will be looking at more from this series, which was read very well by Julie Teal.

  • The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

  • By: Ruth Hogan
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Esther Wane
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Masha's life has stopped. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event 12 years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain. But a chance encounter with two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-70-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice - opens up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Three or five stars, still not sure!

  • By Sharron on 31-08-18

Wisdom and fun from all the cast

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18


This was heartwarming and heartbreaking, laugh out loud and very sad.

Unfortunately for my tastes, all wrapped up in a butterscotch sweetness, which made it very chick lit, when it could have been more.

That said it was good, and worth a listen, tackling some difficult situations, if perhaps a little too conveniently sugar coated.

  • The Last Dog on Earth

  • By: Adrian J Walker
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Aris, David John
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Every dog has its day. And for Lineker, a happy-go-lucky mongrel from Peckham, the day the world ends is his: finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can be. Reg, an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for 90s football, plans to wait out the impending doom in his second-floor flat, hiding himself away from the riots outside. But when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building, Reg and Lineker must brave the outside in order to save not only the child, but themselves....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Second chance

  • By P. Dalby on 10-01-18

Good morals but explicit language

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

Reviewed: 30-09-18


I did like this book, story was good with good morals in this near future post apocalypse Britain. Overall it had a feel goodness.

Its end of the world near future take but luckily no zombies. It’s told from two angles Reg the fifty sonethng chap and Linneker his dog.

Linekers language is unfortunately rather explicit and after a while it does pull the book down.
The expletives are used as adjectives, verbs and pronouns and it just gets a bit boring after a while.
However the narrator for the dog was brilliant despite this, not sure who to praise out of the two narrators

I have read the other book by Adrian Walker. The end of the world running club, which I would say is better.



  • The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Book 16

  • By: Alexander McCall Smith
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

The latest instalment of the beloved and best-selling series - as endearing and delectable as ever! Business is slow at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, so at Mma Makutsi’s suggestion, Mma Ramotswe is persuaded to take her first-ever holiday. But just as she’s about to depart, a new client arrives: a young woman whose father was considered a hero in Botswana but whose reputation is now being called into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Always a pleasure

  • By Janice on 15-07-16

Botswana ladies at it again.

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18


Adjos Andoh is an outstanding narrator and breathes life into this book.

The story was a bit weak, but nonetheless enjoyable as a palette cleanser between more heavyweight books.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Catherine Taber, Emily Rankin
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge, until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth….

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoroughly enjoyed it

  • By Amy Connolly on 22-01-18

History meets fiction, delivered faultlessly.

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18


This was a splendid piece of fiction woven around the true story of the children who were taken to The Tennessee children’s home and then sold on to rich influential clients.

The story unfolded gentle but also in a way to understand the characters and what they went through, folllowed by the repercussions of this travesty coming to the fore in the present.

The narrators where excellent. I really do not get on with American narrrators( Bahni Turpin excluded) I just listen to that drawl and accent and it send shivers down my spine and have had to return a few audibles on this alone. So well done ladies you delivered had me hooked from the start.

I will also do some reading about the Tennessee children’s home scandal, as it was something I knew nothing about.

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is. For Agatha, it's Meghan Shaughnessy's. These two women from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common - a dangerous secret that could destroy everything they hold dear. Both will risk everything to hide the truth, but their worlds are about to collide in a shocking act that cannot be undone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and superbly read!

  • By Aíslín on 24-07-17

Another Robotham winner

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18


I love Michael Robothams Joe O’Loughlin series, and this is something completely different but just as brilliant.

Beautifully narrated by Lucy Price Lewis.

Topics of a difficult nature expertly researched and gently unfold as we find out about Agatha, I loved hated and come to understand her throughout the book..
Meg is a bit of a Madame, but again hers is far from a perfect life and often viewed by others with rose tinted spectacles.

Well done on a great book and try the Joe O’Loughlin series by the same author if you have not already done so.

  • The Queen of Bloody Everything

  • By: Joanna Nadin
  • Narrated by: Kelly Hotten
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

As Edie Jones lies in a bed on the 14th floor of a Cambridge hospital, her adult daughter, Dido, tells their story, starting with the day that changed everything. That was the day when Dido - aged exactly six years and 27 days old - met the handsome Tom Trevelyan, his precocious sister, Harry, and their parents, Angela and David.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful and intelligent, witty and honest

  • By Lu on 21-04-18

Bloody brilliant

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

Reviewed: 24-08-18


Been a while since I have read anything this captivating.

Loved the start of this book, set in the long hot summer of 1976 and then moving onwards as Dido, Harry and Tom grow up.
It took me back to teenage angst, old school friends and those scary feelings of becoming an adult tinged with looming responsibility, but all the while knowing it will fun.

Angela and David, The Terry and June of the era., and Didos mum Edi was hilarious, hiw ver you would never want her as your mother.
This mother daughter relationship is so beautifully told warts and all, by the very gentle soul of Dido.

All the characters were as though I had known them personally, so I feel a little bereft that they are now gone .

  • Let Me Lie

  • By: Clare Mackintosh
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Clare Mackintosh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 641

The police say it was suicide. Anna says it was murder. They're both wrong. One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life - a shocking suicide carefully played out to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with her parents' deaths ever since. Now with a young baby herself, Anna feels her mother's presence keenly and is determined to find out what really happened. But as she looks for answers, someone is trying to stop her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Maze of a Thriller

  • By Simon on 14-03-18

Two stories, one excellent and the other far fetched.

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

Reviewed: 20-08-18


As the headline states one story was excellent and that was the Murray and Sarah tale which wove around the rather far fetched story of the Johnsons.

The main story of the Johnsons suicides, their daughters inheritance, alcoholism, domestic abuse, patient and med staff relationship, lies, resentment etc was all a bit much.
When you stopped to think, which I fortunately did about half way through, I realised there were more potholes in the story than on many UK B roads, so it was an annoying and irritating ride by the end.
Clare Mackintosh pulls you into the intrigue with twist and turns, but you have to question the reality of some scenarios that are really quite preposterous.

The two narrators sounded too similar, which should have been addressed.

On a positive note the information and advice on suicide, the Samaritain and bereavement was excellent, and informative.

  • Three Things About Elsie

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016

There are three things you should know about Elsie. The first is that she's my best friend. The second is that she always knows what to say to make me feel better. And the third...might take a little bit more explaining. Eighty-four-year-old Florence has fallen in her flat. As she waits to be rescued, Florence wonders if a terrible secret from her past is about to come to light; and, if the charming new resident is who he claims to be, why does he look exactly like a man who died 60 years ago?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary Life

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-01-18

The adventure before dementia.

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18


There are three signs about old age you need to know, firstly loss of memory, and I forgot the other two.

This is a gentle and slow tale, which I suppose could not have been sped up, or the meaning would be lost.
The book issimilar to her previous book The trouble with goats and sheep, in that it’s a mediocre story line but linked together with beautiful phrases and anecdotes.

Some of my favorites lines where, “Her world never reached further than her eiderdown” and “It would take more than a tube of polygrip and a plastic beaker to make it a home from home”.

I can see why lots of people like these books, but it’s a bit too slow for my liking. If it was not for the simply splendid narration by Paula Wilcox I think I would have given up a long time ago.