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PrimaDiva

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Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 17-09-19

I'm a big fan of Philippa Gregory but this book is not her at her best. Couple this with a lacklustre narration and I'm disappointed to say the least Every voice was the same, there was no feeling. The narrator may just as well have been reading a shopping list. I've tried to separate the story from the narration but with Audible I feel they are inextricably linked. Nevertheless the story was pedestrian at times and the narration never lifted.

I wasn't expecting that

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

Reviewed: 27-06-19

Really enjoyed this book. The story had me gripped from start to finish. At times utterly heartbreaking yet told with compassion.

A food fest

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

Reviewed: 25-04-19

An interesting perspective on what it means to be famous and the importance and power food can assume. I did become fatigued with the numerous food related anecdotes however this doesn't take away from the openness and honesty. Just hope GB does what he says and takes a much needed break.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Bloody Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I absolutely loved this - the concept and the characterisation had me hooked from the outset. The narration was first rate. Perceptive and powerful and capturing a true sense of what it was like growing up with a mother who drove you to distraction. Heart-wrenching, laugh out loud at times and utterly brilliant.

Tied up in knots

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

At first I couldn't quite get to grips with the story, but I persevered and, as time went on, I was hooked. As the story unfolded I was intrigued by the concept that books are memories - real or imagined. How do we lose the memories we want to forget and how do we care for our memories - the good and the bad. Essentially a love story at heart but with some deeper themes to unpick and get me thinking.

Little Christmas treat

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I loved this. Yes, I sort of knew how the story was going to play out, but it didn't for one minute get in the way of me enjoying Jennifer Saunders' narration. There's not many I would listen to again, but I would listen this for sheer enjoyment.

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Going the distance

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

At first I have to confess that I didn't know this was a biography - I downloaded the book because I was intrigued by the title so it took me a while to realise. My goodness, what an eye-opener (or should that be ear-opener?). Heartbreaking and heartwarming - I was with them at every step. I could have done without the 'travelogue' type sections, but that's just me - I wanted to know more about the couple and the people they met.

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 06-03-19

Try as I might, I just couldn't get engaged with the story or the characters. When I realised I was no longer listening and the narration was just background noise to accompany me on my daily commute, I gave up.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

Inspirational and thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

Becoming made me laugh and it made me cry. It felt as if Michelle Obama was talking directly to me. Authentic, honest and, at all times, humble. Real insight into what it means to be a First Lady from someone who was a First Lady in every sense of the word.