J. Tyler

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  • Shop Girl

  • By: Mary Portas
  • Narrated by: Mary Portas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Young Mary Newton, born into a large Irish family in a small Watford semi, is always getting into trouble. When she isn’t choking back fits of giggles at Holy Communion or eating Chappie dog food for a bet, she’s accidentally setting fire to the local school. Mary is a trouble magnet. And unlike her brothers, somehow she always gets caught.... Britain in the 1970s is a world where R. White's lemonade is drunk in secret, curry comes in a box marked "Vesta", and beanz meanz Heinz.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing but I will buy the next!

  • By P. M. Thomas on 08-05-15

Great, funny to tragic and everything in between

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Reviewed: 17-04-15

I really enjoyed this. Amazing to find out such interesting things about Mary. Beautiful description and lovely accents. Loved the references to products in my childhood like Caramac bars and R White's lemonade.

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  • My Animals and Other Family

  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By sg on 16-09-12

Fascinating and funny

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Reviewed: 19-11-14

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

Definitely, Clare's voice is very good to listen to. The stories are great, some hilarious, some heart-breaking but all engaging. Learnt so much about horse racing too.

What did you like best about this story?

It had a great rhythm to it and was just so interesting.

Which character – as performed by Clare Balding – was your favourite?

Definitely her grandmother, I can picture her now.

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

I had my heart in my mouth hearing about Millreef and the incident with the lurcher was so sad.

Any additional comments?

Lots of life lessons scattered throughout the book. I hope my horse mad daughter will read it and, as she races through Clare's adolescence, picks up some tips for her own.