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  • The Choir on Hope Street

  • By: Annie Lyons
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Racine, Ellie Heydon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

The best things in life happen when you least expect them. Nat's husband has just said the six words no one wants to hear - 'I don't love you any more'. Caroline's estranged mother has to move into her house, turning her perfectly ordered world upside down. Living on the same street, these two women couldn't be more different. Until the beloved local community centre is threatened with closure. And when the only way to save it is to form a community choir - none of the Hope Street residents, least of all Nat and Caroline, expect the results....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By ddodson on 12-09-18

Excellent book

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. You really feel like you get to know the characters well. There are some good reflections as well throughout the book about being happy in life, which I really enjoyed. The narrators did an excellent job especially Natalie's narrator. I would recommend buying this book.

  • The Wildflowers

  • By: Harriet Evans
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

The new novel by Sunday Times best seller Harriet Evans will transport you to a Dorset beach house, where you can feel the sand between your toes. Enter the home of Tony and Althea Wilde - the Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor of their generation and with a marriage every bit as stormy. This glorious tale of tangled family secrets and lies will leave you warm and glowing. Tony and Althea Wilde. Glamorous, argumentative...adulterous to the core

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Got better and better. Bitter sweet story

  • By Max - Surrey on 10-03-18

Depressing book

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

This is one of the most depressing book ever!! If it could be negative about anything it is. I have so tried to finish it but I have given up it’s really making me feel fed up,
I would not recommend this book.
The narrator does an excellent job.

  • Unconquerable: The Invictus Spirit

  • By: Boris Starling
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

The Invictus Games change lives and save lives. Created and spearheaded by Prince Harry, for whom this is a very personal cause, the games are for current and former servicemen and women who have been wounded, injured or sick. Most races are about who gets to the finish line first. At the Invictus Games, even making the start line is an achievement beyond measure. Triple amputees, cancer survivors, multiple sclerosis patients, PTSD sufferers and many more all compete.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming & inspiring stories, beautifully told

  • By Kirstiekirst on 16-10-17

Truly amazing

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

Reviewed: 16-01-18

This book is fantastic, although it covers terribly upsetting injuries it does it with a lot of empathy. The stories are awe inspiring, and i found it be very inspiring. These service people are unbelievably brave, humble and remain an excellent sense of humour despite the atrocities these brave people have seen.
In fact I have ordered a paper copy of the book so I can highlight passages that resonate with me, and remind me to stop moaning and put things into perspective.
We owe our lives and freedom to the bravery of these service people, I always admired them but having read this book I am even more humbled and in awe of what these people have had to live with, and continue to have to live with these life changes mental and physical problems.
I have recommended this book to many many people.

  • Birds, Beasts and Relatives

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

The Durrell family returns to the island of Corfu, continuing the story begun in My Family and Other Animals. Already an ardent naturalist at the age of 10, the young Gerald lives in an unconventional and disordered household with his mother, sister, and two brothers. Convivial and open, the family plays host to a constant stream of quirky guests. But for Gerald, the main attraction is the wildlife of Corfu.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read by Nigel Davenport....

  • By Mr on 13-04-13

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and others in the series. It made me laugh out loud on occasions. I love the descriptions of his funny family. I also learnt a lot about insects and small animals, which is good. It was such a naive, gentle existence. It makes me want to get on a plane to Corfu immediately. Would thoroughly recommend .

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  • My Family and Other Animals

  • By: Gerald Durrell
  • Narrated by: Nigel Davenport
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 442

This memoir is soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where Gerald Durrell lived as a boy, surrounded by his eccentric family - as well as puppies, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Animal Anecdotes

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-08-07

ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

I loved this book so much. It made me laugh out loud in parts. So innocent and beautifully written and read. A real treat to listen to.

  • Us

  • By: David Nicholls
  • Narrated by: Justin Salinger
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,030

Douglas Petersen’s family is on the brink of dissolution. His marriage of twenty-one years to Connie is almost over. When autumn comes around, their son Albie will leave for college. Connie has decided to leave soon after. But before everything falls apart, there's still the summer holidays to get through - a Grand Tour of Europe's major cities - and over the course of the journey, Douglas devises a plan to win back the love of his wife and repair his troubled relationship with his son.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but….

  • By lou58 on 13-10-14

Slow to start but good end

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

If I am honest I really struggled at the beginning of the book, particularly as I was worried it was going to be a depressive book. However I beared with it and good so much better. I was laughing out loud in places and it wasn't depressing. The observations of these characters lives were complex and interesting I found. There was a lot I felt compelled to think about, in fact I am going to read it again. My message to the author is the beginnings of his new books need to catch the reader much sooner as I would have missed a good book if I had stopped listening.
The narrator was excellent.

  • The Cornish Guest House

  • Tremarnock, Book 2
  • By: Emma Burstall
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Liz has found refuge in the small fishing village of Tremarnock with her young daughter, Rosie, after her relationship with Rosie's father came unstuck. Now that she's happily married to village restaurant owner Robert Hart, all seems set for a quiet autumn and merry Christmas. But strangers have bought the local guesthouse and seem to have big plans. Why is he so charming and confident, but she's so frightened? And what are they really doing with the guesthouse?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book

  • By ddodson on 05-06-17

Lovely book

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

Reviewed: 05-06-17

This is the second book in this series I have read. I love it love it. Has generally a real feel good factor about it which I personally love. (I know not all is feel good) but not going to spoil it for others. I like the way the villagers all rally together. Her descriptions of Cornwall are excellent and just makes me want to go on holiday. I want to move to this town with this community spirit if only ....
The narrator did a fantastic job well done.
I like the way this author has a way of covering very real and sensitive issues but without making the story incredibly sad or depressing or heart wrenching. She weaves a nasty steady path with dreadful incidents but with bundles of hope.
I would thoroughly recommend this book.

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  • All That Man Is

  • By: David Szalay
  • Narrated by: Huw Parmenter, Mark Meadows, Sean Barrett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 74

Nine men: each of them at a different stage of life, away from home, and striving - in the suburbs of Prague, in a cheap Cypriot hotel - to understand just what it means to be alive here and now. Tracing an arc from the spring of youth to the winter of old age, All That Man Is brings these separate lives together to show us men as they are - ludicrous and inarticulate, shocking and despicable; vital, pitiable, hilarious, and full of heartfelt longing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of empathy

  • By A Person on 29-03-17

The most depressing book ever

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

Reviewed: 29-05-17

I have given up on this book after 5 chapters which is very unlike me, I will usually keep going. However this has got to be the most boring book I have ever read. It is so depressing. I felt so fed up after listening to this. All it did was focus on all the negatives of the men. The stories were boring will sadness interjected into them. The endings were as though the author just got bored.
Also the narrator didn't help I felt as his voice was very flat and level.
Maybe I am missing the point as it's an award willing book but I just found it utterly depressing and cannot recommend to anyone I am afraid.

  • A Tale for the Time Being

  • By: Ruth Ozeki
  • Narrated by: Ruth Ozeki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577

Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyber-bullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit of a struggle

  • By Andy Parsons on 24-11-13

Good book however...

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

Reviewed: 14-05-17

Generally I enjoyed this book. I loved the philosophical element to it and also learnt quite a lot about science. I think the author must have worked hard on this novel with all of the knowledge in it.
However SPOILER ALERT don't read on if you haven't read it yet.
The bits that completely ruined it for me was the numerous accounts of horrible incidents, such as the graphic toilet incident the many accounts of bullying and then her experience being a prostitute. Then her Dads suicides. I just felt a lot, I get the dark picture you are portraying I certainly didn't want to hear it spelt out. This ruined the book for me as I had to keep fast forwarding I don't want to hear somebody nearly being raped or actually being raped as I fast forwarded. This for me is a real shame as the writing and story telling was very clever and I enjoyed the book apart from this , but sadly won't be anymore from this author.

  • Jupiter's Travels

  • By: Ted Simon
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Ted Simon
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

On October 6, 1973, Ted Simon knew there was no going back. He loaded up his 500cc Triumph Tiger in the pouring rain and said good-bye to London. Over four years he rode 64,000 miles round the world. Breakdowns, revolutions, war, a spell in prison, and a Californian commune were all part of his experience, which was colored variously by utter despair and unimaginable joy. He was treated as a spy, a god, a welcome stranger and a curiosity

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen

  • By michael newton on 29-11-15

Excellent at beginning but...

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I loved the first part of this book about all Teds adventures, which explained the people he met and all of his adventures in brilliant detail. However I personally found that towards the second to last half of the book probably when he left America the book went downhill. There was virtually no mention of his vast voyage across Australia. Then I just felt it went downhill thereafter, lack of descriptions for me of his adventures. So I didn't enjoy the second half as much as I found he described more about his moods than his adventures but maybe that's just me as I love to learn about the countries.
The narration did a first class job of the narration and he was excellent.