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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Norfolk
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045

January 1946 and writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from a man in Guernsey, who has found her name written inside a book. As they exchange letters, she is drawn into the eccentric world of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, which boasts a charming cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Christina O'Brien on 30-07-18

Best Book I've heard in a long time

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

What can I say about this wonderful book? It's warm, funny, sweet and life-affirming. The horrors of the 2nd World War occupation of Guernsey find healing in the post-war lives of its indomitable people. Juliet, an author from London finds friendship and transformation with a motley crew of people, joined together by circumstance and their love of books. Give it a go - it's well worth it!

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • What Is the Bible?

  • How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything
  • By: Rob Bell
  • Narrated by: Rob Bell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Best-selling author Rob Bell, using his inspired and inquisitive approach, focuses on the most widely read book of all time. He provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of faith and guidance, showing a brand-new way of interpreting this sacred text. Rob Bell, the beloved author of Love Wins and What We Talk About When We Talk About God, goes deep into the Bible to show how it is more revelatory, revolutionary, and relevant than we ever imagined....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So interesting and educational and enlightening and ...

  • By Mitzi on 15-01-18

Every Bit As Good As I'd Hoped

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

First off, I am a Rob Bell fan. He has a gift of making difficult concepts more easily accessible and this down to earth explanation of what the Bible is, is clear and very helpful. Whatever you may or may not believe about God, the Bible is first and foremost a human resource compiled by human beings, and within its pages you see an unfolding of the story of humanity's attempt to understand itself and its relationship to the world and to God.
Thanks Rob!

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

Rattling Good Yarn

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

What did you like most about Wolf Hall?

Well told story that kept my interest all the way through, despite being a very long book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

A great many characters in this book are called Thomas, but my favourite is the main protagonist, Thomas Cromwell - never thought I'd like him!
He was brought to life as a kind, but ambitious man who cared for his family and charges. He also showed compassion to the women, who were cast as 'lesser' individuals than the men.









Which character – as performed by Simon Slater – was your favourite?

Simon's skills made it clear who was speaking in any given scene. I particularly like the way he spoke as the various young men.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Cromwell's abhorrence at the treatment of people in the tower, set against his compassion for Thomas Moore.

Any additional comments?

I had put off reading this book, due to its length - I'm really glad I took the time to listen to it.

  • Abracadaver

  • A Sergeant Cribb Mystery
  • By: Peter Lovesey
  • Narrated by: John Kennedy Melling
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Performers in London’s music halls have been falling victim to a series of bizarre and humiliating practical jokes. When a young women is murdered during her disappearing act, Sergeant Cribb must go undercover in the riotous music halls of 19th-century London to catch a vicious killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rattlin' Good Yarn

  • By Sian on 09-07-14

Rattlin' Good Yarn

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

Reviewed: 09-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Abracadaver to be better than the print version?

Yes, because hearing the very 'British' tones help set the scene.

What did you like best about this story?

The very funny and brilliantly descriptive writing.

What about John Kennedy Melling’s performance did you like?

The very good way he managed to deal with understatement and bewilderment in the characters.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed - a lot.

Any additional comments?

This story was 'right up my street,' and reminded me of the humour prevalent in the 1960s when we had such droll comics as Tony Hancock.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Street Cat Named Bob

  • By: James Bowen
  • Narrated by: Kris Milnes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

When James Bowen found an injured, ginger street cat curled up in the hallway of his sheltered accommodation, he had no idea just how much his life was about to change. James was living hand to mouth on the streets of London and the last thing he needed was a pet. Yet James couldn't resist helping the strikingly intelligent tom cat, whom he quickly christened Bob. He slowly nursed Bob back to health and then sent the cat on his way, imagining he would never see him again. But Bob had other ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fell in love with James and Bob!

  • By Rosie and Duncan on 08-07-13

Purrrrfect Friendship

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is a glimpse into the lives of the eponymous Bob and his human friend, James. It shows how much can be gained by giving. James cares for Bob, and in return finds his way to a fuller, more rewarding life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bob is the star. The way he's described, reminded me of many ginger cats I have known.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The one that tells of Bob's tenacity in refusing to use the litter tray!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moment of recognition when Bob was reunited with James after a distressing time in Covent Garden which frightened Bob and made him run away.

Any additional comments?

Lovely, life-affirming book. All the better for being a true story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful