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  • Love in Every Stitch

  • Stories of Knitting and Healing
  • By: Lee Gant
  • Narrated by: Dawn Harvey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

As an employee of three different yarn stores, a teacher of countless knitting classes, and a volunteer with at-risk youth, Lee has had the opportunity to gather diverse stories. The stories she shares about herself and fellow knitters from around the world illustrate how each stitch and purl can comfort and calm, heal and renew. A suicidal teenager crochets through pregnancy. A dying woman finds comfort in the company of knitters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and inspiring

  • By VickyL on 03-08-15

Get ready with the hankies.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-18

This is a great collection of short stories highlighting the joys and healing in a craft like knitting. I don’t normally cry when reading books and made the mistake of listening to this whilst knitting in a coffee shop. Big mistake as I had tears rolling down my face at one point. Sad, poignant, funny and uplifting. Knitters will totally understand this book. People who have experienced life will get this book. This is for everyone not just knitters. Would recommend.

  • Ep. 4: Hide the Screw (Ponzi Supernova)

  • By: Audible Originals, Steve Fishman
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Bernie Madoff, the man behind a $65 billion Ponzi scheme, confessed. He was never caught. In this episode, reporter Steve Fishman sets out to discover how a ragtag team, with 30 year-old technology, managed to fool private auditors and the United States government for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great podcast<br />

  • By S Wood on 30-07-18

great podcast<br />

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Reviewed: 30-07-18

Great podcast on a fascinating financial scandal. Good pace but it still leaves you wanting more. Especially how this scheme was allowed to happen. I woild have paid for this.

  • Fall Out: A Year of Political Mayhem

  • By: Tim Shipman
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 29 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

By the best-selling author of All Out War, shortlisted for the Orwell Prize 2017. The unmissable account of politics covering Theresa May's time as PM through to the end of the election campaign. Stuffed to the brim with revelation and explanation of political debates and arguments and a superb follow-up to All Out War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and insightful

  • By Chris Tech on 23-01-18

The British Fire and Fury

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-02-18

Found this riveting, in depth analysis of what went on behind the scenes with all the political parties. Has really put the whole 2017 British political scene into perspective for me. If you want to get an idea of British politics and Brexit I recommend this book.

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 952

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road. In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By S. Bramble on 23-12-17

Fast paced, fact based a real insight<br />

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-18

Knew nothing about the subject when I got the book. This is a fast paced book that really brings you into the mind set of those involved both criminal and law enforcement. It reads at times like an NCIS episode. The reader is excellant and keeps the attention . I enjoyed this book so much I went and got the authors other work on Twitter. If you enjoy true crime investigation I woukd recommend.

  • Murder in E Minor

  • By: Robert Goldsborough
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

It wasn’t Nero Wolfe’s idea for Orrie Cather to kill himself, but the great detective gave his blessing to his longtime associate’s plan. Cather had killed three people, and it was only fair to pay the price. Though Wolfe reacted to Cather’s death with his characteristic calmness, prize assistant Archie Goodwin could see the rotund genius of West 35th Street was shaken to his well-fed core. Wolfe decided his sleuthing days were finished. The detective’s retirement lasts until the day Maria Radovich walks through his door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nero Wolfe rides again!

  • By Hepwood Flutey on 13-02-16

In the spirit of the original.<br />

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Reviewed: 25-11-17

Loved the book. Very much in the spirit of tge original. A worthy addition to this latest genre of revisiting classic detectives and adding to their case-book. It would encourage you to visit the original stories.

  • The Friday Night Knitting Club

  • By: Kate Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Regina Reagan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

It starts almost by accident: the women who buy their knitting needles and wool from Georgia Walker's little yarn shop linger for advice, for a coffee, for a chat and before they know it, every Friday night is knitting night. And as the needles clack, and the garments grow, the conversation moves on from patterns and yarn to life, love and everything. They may be different ages, from different backgrounds and facing different problems, but they are drawn together by threads of affection that prove as durable as the sweaters they knit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get this book!!!

  • By Donna Marie on 16-03-09

The complete fantasy knitting club

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-10-17

I am an avid knitter but don't usually read this kind of "friend " style novel, but this book totally captivated me. The author totally understands what it means to be a knitting addict and the connection knitters feel with each other. The issues examined in the novel are hard hitting. Racism, absent fathers, divorce, death and love but you don't come away battered just totally involved in these people's lives.
Great book and I want to know what happens to Dakota as she grows up. Love tge knitting and cooking recipe at the end.

  • Murder at Lambswool Farm

  • By: Sally Goldenbaum
  • Narrated by: Julie McKay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Late summer blooms in beautiful Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, and while a harvest thrives, Izzy Chambers Perry and the other Seaside Knitters will need to cast on their sleuthing skills to save a local farm. Unfortunately, finding a killer can be like looking for a needle in a haystack....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good to knit to

  • By S Wood on 06-10-17

Good to knit to

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I love to knit so I was drawn to this series of books. Considering all the deaths in the locality I am surprised anybody is left. By the time you have listened to a couple of books you can understand the formula and who is the killer within the first few chapters. But that is OK. These are not brain conundrums but gentle stories about life, friends, knitting and food and what you need with your knitting and a big mug of coffee. The narrator is brilliant with recognisable voices for all the characters which she not only maintains through the book but also through the series. I gave this book a lower rating simply because I had it figured out by the 3rd chapter - before the death!

  • All the President's Men

  • By: Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Beginning with the story of a simple burglary at Democratic headquarters and then continuing with headline after headline, Bernstein and Woodward kept the tale of conspiracy and the trail of dirty tricks coming - delivering the stunning revelations and pieces in the Watergate puzzle that brought about Nixon's scandalous downfall. Their explosive reports won a Pulitzer Prize for The Washington Post and toppled the president. This is the book that changed America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Lee on 14-12-13

Political classic bang up to date

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-17

This is a classic that helps to explain the current American political situation. To understand today listen to yesterday.

  • Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider's Guide to What Scientology Is All About

  • By: Chris Shelton
  • Narrated by: Chris Shelton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Former insider Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology and worked for it for 25 years. This critical analysis covers the key aspects of its beliefs, practices, and structure from the bottom to the top, including not just the confidential Xenu story but details of all of the upper-level scriptures. Chris goes into detail about what goes on inside Scientology churches, why its members get involved in the first place, and what it takes to get out should someone decide to leave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Illuminating book about Scientology

  • By S Wood on 10-11-16

Illuminating book about Scientology

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 10-11-16

If you want a non-sensational book to tell what Scientology is like, the basic beliefs, history etc this book is spot on. You get a human story without tabloid headlines that explains Scientology and how to help those leaving the cult and other cults as well. Very thought provoking. The author has a lovely reading voice.

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  • The Brimstone Deception

  • By: Lisa Shearin
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Men in Black meets Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum in the new urban fantasy novel starring seer Makenna Fraser and her fellow agents at Supernatural Protection & Investigation. The agents of Supernatural Protection & Investigations (SPI) know that fighting evil is a full-time job, especially when a new designer drug - with mind-blowing side effects - hits the streets. It's called Brimstone. And after the first few hits, you'll see every supernatural beast sharing the sidewalk, train, or office with you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast paced

  • By S Wood on 22-10-16

Fast paced

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-16

A fast paced suspend reality story. Highly entertaining but with this novel the similarities in plot and characters to her other novels especially the conjure and magic series come out. Feisty girl works with nice guy. in law enforcement attracted to a goblin who is a spy and on the wrong side of the law. Turns out that goblin not the bogey man. A bit like readin Agatha Christie, highly entertaining and enjoyable, you buy into the characters but you can recognise the plot after a time. Would still recommend the author.