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  • Full Disclosure

  • By: Stormy Daniels
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

The explosive new book by Stormy Daniels which tells the story everyone wants to hear for the first time. She was already well known in some circles before March 6, 2018, but that’s probably the first time you heard the name Stormy Daniels. That’s the day she filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over a nondisclosure agreement negotiated before the election but never signed. How did Stormy Daniels become the woman willing to take on a president? What is it like to be reviled by some, held up as a beacon of hope by others and to be an object of fascination to all? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and easy going

  • By BadBoyBubby on 18-10-18

An entertaining read but missing some magic

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

It felt like it was missing the ending I wanted, the one where despite it all she walks away is successful at something else and puts it all behind her. I appreciate that being a female director of adult films as well as the star is an achievement in itself perhaps but it does feel like if given the opportunity she has more to accomplish yet. I love the way she never once apologises for her work from a morality standpoint and just states it as fact. I see that it was about the Trump incident so the book had to come out now with an explanation arranged around it as her life story but it was all quite matter of fact. She hoped that he could help her, he just manipulated his position and let her down, much like everyone around her does, but she just keeps going. That’s the only true magic in this, her strength and resilience to survive. The things I enjoyed most about this book was her love for her child, despite her difficult relationship with her own mother. Highlights for me also included her man child rock star drummer boyfriend, the brief appearance of Pantera and the shimmering ghost of yesteryear strip clubs and porn dvds, inadvertently showing a different and now slightly archaic vision of the past. Sadly the book lacked the right narrative, substance and style that her now, largely female fan base would be looking for. The narration was good but you could tell that anyone other than someone who has spent aeons in a strip club being centre stage for years would find the egocentricity of it all slightly bothersome. All in all an entertaining read.

  • Women’s Barracks

  • Femmes Fatales
  • By: Tereska Torres
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Originally published in 1950, this account of life among female Free French soldiers in a London barracks during World War II sold four million copies in the United States alone and many more millions worldwide. The novel is based on the real-life experiences of the author, Tereska Torres, who escaped from occupied France. She arrived as a refugee in London and joined other exiles enlisting in Charles de Gaulle’s army, then stationed in Britain awaiting an invasion of their homeland by Allied forces. But Women’s Barracks is no ordinary war story....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A sensitive and beautifully written book about women in wartime.

  • By susan glass on 05-09-18

A sensitive and beautifully written book about women in wartime.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

This is a beautiful written story where each one of the characters are described in such a way as to draw you completely in to the lives and events of the french women who have enlisted to serve in the Second World War and find themselves living together in London. It does unfortunately not even attempt to detail their war time activities and very much frames their lives around the men they become involved with but perhaps that would be consistent with the time period. There is some mention of the UN and socialism but these are the opinions more of the men who feature briefly, rather than the women themselves. It does transport the reader to war time Britain with its vivid writing and makes you feel all of the emotions and longings of these women living in such harrowing and difficult times. There are some lesbian characters who feature briefly in the background as it details the love affairs of all the women in the story, which accounts for it being deemed sensational at the time of publication. It is not a deliberate attempt at erotica, it only serves to illustrate the different characters of the women and the personal struggles faced by those living in this time period. A sensitive and lively book with striking imagery which was a joy to read.

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  • A Proper Cuppa Tea

  • By: K G MacGregor
  • Narrated by: C.C. Sinclair
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

A disastrous office affair has left Channing Hughes unemployed and (very bloody) cynical. What better time to leave Boston for her native England, where her late grandfather has named her sole heir of the Hughes fortune, along with the centuries-old manor house that’s been in the family for generations. Only one problem with that plan - there is no Hughes fortune. If anyone deserves to be cynical about life, it’s Dr. Lark Latimer. She overcame a dysfunctional upbringing in East Boston only to lose both her college sweetheart and a promising medical career when her Ma fell critically ill.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Weird American British Romance Novel

  • By susan glass on 31-08-18

Weird American British Romance Novel

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

Reviewed: 31-08-18

Self obsessed, unpleasant wealthy lesbian career ladies travel abroad and fall in love. A vague attempt at a plot which is based around a failed drug trial which comes across clumsy and in very bad taste. Trying to find some merit and amusement in an American view of British life but not even managing that. It just prattles on aimlessly with a characterless narrative that both bores and irritates.