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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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  • Mary Poppins

  • By: P. L. Travers
  • Narrated by: Olivia Colman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

When the East Wind blows Mary Poppins into the home of the Banks children, their lives go topsy-turvy and are changed forever. More than 80 years since we first met Mary Poppins, this original, classic story is still charming listeners and transporting new fans into the mysterious world of everyone’s favourite magical nanny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Olivia

  • By Happy on 22-10-18

Utterly delightful

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

The book (as so often happens) surpasses the film, with all of Travers’ humour and imagination coming through in entirely unknown sections (my and my children’s particular favourite being the babies chapter talking to the sun and bird).
And Olivia Colman, unsurprisingly, is fantastic, I’ve been recommending it to everyone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mount!

  • By: Jilly Cooper
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

In Jilly Cooper's latest, raciest novel, Rupert Campbell-Black takes centre stage in the cutthroat world of flat racing. Rupert is consumed by one obsession: that Love Rat, his adored grey horse, be proclaimed champion stallion. He longs to trounce Roberto's Revenge, the stallion owned by his detested rival, Cosmo Rannaldini, which means abandoning his racing empire at Penscombe and his darling wife, Taggie, and chasing winners in the richest races worldwide, from Dubai to Los Angeles to Melbourne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterical yarn

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-16

Classic Cooper

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

Reviewed: 30-10-16

No one in the world talks like this, and I'm pretty sure no one acts like this. All of Coopers women are either doormats or bitches (or both), while the men are allowed a little more personality. That said, it's classic Jilly Cooper, I don't read/listen to it expecting reality, depth or nuance, and I inhaled this audiobook at every opportunity, because it's just so entertaining!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • After You'd Gone

  • By: Maggie O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: Lesley Mackie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

A distraught young woman boards a train at King's Cross to return to her family in Scotland. Six hours later, she catches sight of something so terrible in a mirror at Waverley Station that she gets on the next train back to London, where a traffic accident leaves her in a coma.'AfterYou'd Gone' follows Alice's mental journey into how she came to be this way, as she twists together threads of memory in a plot that grips from the outset.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A memorable family saga

  • By Kirstine on 11-06-13

Compelling listening

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

I always know how much I like a book by how often I keep it in my pocket playing while I do things round the house, and this one was hardly turned off.

The story and characters were rich and believable. The story dodges between time periods without drama, and it's not confusing, it's just so interesting meeting the characters at different times in the story, explaining their behaviour at later times.

The narrator was excellent, a first rate actor. It was a pleasure to hear how she interpreted the words.

On to more Maggie O'Farrell, I can't wait!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Animal

  • The Autobiography of a Female Body
  • By: Sara Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Sara Pascoe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe. Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other. Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and conversation starting

  • By Kathryn on 05-05-16

Entertaining and Educational

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

Reviewed: 31-05-16

As a 38 year old woman, I have the same frame of reference as Sara and thus guess I'm a key target demographic for this book. But my goodness, I hope that other ages and genders and backgrounds listen to this book, because so much of it is so important, and interesting. I know way more about my body, physiologically and psychologically now, and how evolution has brought us to this point. It's a massive subject, and I would have been happy for this book to be longer, it's a long time since I made extra jobs for myself to give myself more listening time.
Being a performer, Sara delivers the book just as she intended, and I can imagine that someone who doesn't understand her delivery might not read the book in the same way, but I found it as lighthearted - and as serious - as it should be at the relevant points.
And as a 38 year old woman it still seems bonkers that I'm still glad when another woman explains what happened in their lives, and bodies, so that I can go "oh yeah me too".
Oh and yes, to the after-word, and society's approach to rape, yes, politicians, please read.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fascinating and bonkers

  • By melisa on 04-11-15

I want some hygge!

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

Reviewed: 21-03-16

I loved this book, it only gets 4 out of 5 because I would have liked it to have been longer and more in depth, but what was there read as an interesting and entertaining feature article - unsurprising considering the author is primarily a journalist. It's definitely made me long for a change of scene to a simpler place (with better style and interior design!)

The performance was great too, I didn't realise it wasn't the author, and the narrator was lovely. Recommended.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,239

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-06-15

An absorbing trip through 20 something years of a boy/mans life. Tinged by tragedy but thankfully, always anchored by love, coming from many directions. Love Donna Tartt, loved this book.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Fantastic narration

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

Loved the story, such an insight into life, relationships and race in Nigeria vs America. But particularly impressed by Adjoa Andoh, whose narration is always spot on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Hugh Laurie
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 96

The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me, a classic Roald Dahl story, brought to life in an audiobook reading by House star Hugh Laurie. Billy dreams of turning a weird old wooden house into a wonderful sweet-shop. But a giraffe, a pelly, and a monkey already live inside! Soon they are friends, and when they meet the richest man in England, Billy's scrumptious-galumptious dream just might come true....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hearing Hugh Laurie sing was .... Interesting....

  • By ScottishJay on 01-11-18

Fab for all the family

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

Reviewed: 25-03-15

As usual, the imagination of Dahl crackles through this fun story - less dark than so many of his, so not going to scare the small children!

Hugh Laurie adds a dose of Blackadder style characterisation to the story, making it really entertaining. Kept us amused in the car, and likely to be one we repeat.

  • Dirty Beasts

  • By: Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake - illustrator
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Mangan, Tamsin Greig
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Penguin presents Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl, complete and unabridged and raucously read by Miriam Margolyes, Stephen Mangan, and Tamsin Greig. The audiobook contains original music. In Dirty Beasts we meet a ghastly menagerie of wonderfully comic animals that can only have been invented by Roald Dahl.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, no chapter names

  • By K123 on 03-01-19

4 year old loved it

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

Reviewed: 25-03-15

This audiobook featured fantastic performances of classically dark and cheeky Dahl rhymes, excellent for car journeys. You forget the kind of brilliant turns of phrase he used: a whizzing, fizzing kettle of tales!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • George's Marvellous Medicine

  • By: Roald Dahl
  • Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 287

Penguin presents a brand new, downloadable audiobook recording of Roald Dahl's classic George's Marvellous Medicine. George Kranky is eight-years-old and wondering what sort of mischief he might get into. George's Grandma is a grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson . . .And when Grandma's finished drinking George's marvellous medicine, she'll really have something to grumble about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By loobert on 24-07-15

Roald Dahl is the best

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

Reviewed: 23-03-15

Listening with my 4 year old on a car journey, I remember now how much I loved this book, and all RD books when I read them as a child. Dahl really knew how to say the things that a child will understand, and think are hilarious. No pussyfooting around, it's all grizzly smells, gruesome silliness, slugs and snails and 'By Gum!'. Brilliant.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful