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  • When the Body Says No

  • The Cost of Hidden Stress
  • By: Gabor Maté
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

In When the Body Says No, physician and writer Gabor Maté explores the mind-body link and the connection between stress and disease. Can a person literally die of loneliness? Is there a relationship between the ability to express emotions and Alzheimer’s disease? Is there such a thing as a “cancer personality?” Drawing on scientific research and years of experience as a practicing physician, Maté provides answers to these and other important questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stress will kill

  • By Ms. M. Considine on 20-12-12

Good read but flawed delivery

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

Excellent, informative audiobook which I found useful in explaining how stress affects overall health. That’s something I’ve long believed and which this book confirms. However,and it’s a big HOWEVER, the listening experience isn’t as great. More than one complete passage in the book is repeated, making it a frustrating listen as I never quite knew if I’d rewound it by mistake. A shame it has been so poorly edited.

  • Secret Slave

  • By: Anna Ruston
  • Narrated by: Faye Adele
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Growing up in a deeply troubled family, 15-year-old Anna felt lost and alone in the world. So when a friendly taxi driver befriended her, Anna welcomed the attention, and agreed to go home with him to meet his family. She wouldn't escape for over a decade. Held captive by a sadistic pedophile, Anna was subjected to despicable levels of sexual abuse and torture. The unrelenting violence and degradation resulted in numerous miscarriages, and the birth of four babies.... each one stolen away from Anna at birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Minx3008 on 14-06-18

Lacks ring of truth

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

I started by listening in horror but gradually the story began to lose all authenticity. The rape scenes are graphically described, almost soft porn, yet the real details ie hospital visits, pregnancies etc are left incomplete. It did not ring true to me, that Anna did not make any effort whatsoever to tell someone what was happening to her, despite an unbelievable amount of opportunities. Also, as a retired nurse I was in complete disbelief that not a single professional picked up on the abuse. Her hospital notes alone ( if they existed) would have raised numerous red flags. So, no, this book was not for me simply because of the over described rape scenes and under described real issues.

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  • Don't Wake Up

  • By: Liz Lawler
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller with a horrifying premise and a stinging twist. Alex Taylor wakes up tied to an operating table. The man who stands over her isn't a doctor. The choice he forces her to make is utterly unspeakable. But when Alex re-awakens, she's unharmed - and no one believes her horrifying story. Ostracised by her colleagues, her family and her partner, she begins to wonder if she really is losing her mind. And then she meets the next victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By artlover on 17-10-17

A book which loses its way

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

Reviewed: 24-07-18

Started well, there was a promising idea here, and I had high expectations. However, by the half way mark, the characters weren’t developing as they should have been, behaving in a way which I found unbelievable and the main character was, frankly, quite unlikeable and did not evoke my sympathy at all.
The second half of the story slowly descended into utter nonsense. I listened to the end as I kept hoping for a miracle, but have to say, it didn’t happen. The narrator, however, was excellent and did a very good job considering the poor storyline. Not an author I’ll be bookmarking I’m afraid.

  • The Last Thing I Remember

  • By: Deborah Bee
  • Narrated by: Yolanda Kettle, Lucy Middleweek
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

A novel that grips from the very beginning and that will live long in the memory, The Last Thing I Remember is Deborah Bee's startling debut thriller. Sarah is in a coma. Her memory is gone - she doesn't know how she got there. And she doesn't know how she might get out. But then she discovers that her injury wasn't an accident. And that the assailant hasn't been caught. Unable to speak, see or move, Sarah must use every clue that she overhears to piece together her own past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant - Yes there's bad language but please don't be put off by it!

  • By Natasha on 20-02-17

Shame about the bad language

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. Simply because I found the swearing excessive and think most of my friends would agree.

What did you like best about this story?

It's basically a good story, told from different viewpoints which I liked and it's not too long.

Would you be willing to try another one of Yolanda Kettle and Lucy Middleweek ’s performances?

Yes, I'm open to listening to both. They were both good readers, it was the the swearing I didn't like but that was how the book was written.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Doubtful

Any additional comments?

An overall good listen and I'm obviously in the minority when I say I did not like the Kelly character. Yes, I know she's typical of today's generation but the excessive swearing was way too much for me. (But, I am an old fuddy duddy of 70)

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  • The Mistake I Made

  • By: Paula Daly
  • Narrated by: Janine Birkett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 127

We all think we know who we are. What we’re capable of. Roz is a single mother, a physiotherapist, a sister, a friend. She’s also desperate. Her business has gone under, she’s crippled by debt and she’s just had to explain to her son why someone’s taken all their furniture away. But now a stranger has made her an offer. For one night with her, he’ll pay enough to bring her back from the edge. Roz has a choice to make.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good start weak finish

  • By Cachda on 14-11-15

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 05-11-15

Where does The Mistake I Made rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In my top twenty. The third book by Paula Daley I've listened to and she is quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.

What did you like best about this story?

The lead character in the book, narrated in the first person. She's extremely likeable and funny. The story is actually quite serious in its subject matter yet the author has taken a unique approach in writing it in an apparently lighthearted way, which kept me interested and rooting for the protagonist, despite the dubious things she gets up to.

What about Janine Birkett’s performance did you like?

Very nice delivery. Actually manages a child's voice without making me cringe. She comes across perfectly in the lead role, delivering the protagonists sunny disposition in a delightful way.

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

Meeting Henry and upon hearing about a particular tragedy in his life, the way she handled the situation.

Any additional comments?

Lovely, lovely story. I'll be watching out for more books by this author. She captures modern day life and it's problems, solving situations very satisfactorily and introducing extremely likeable female characters.

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  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem, But Not Flawless.

  • By Richard on 24-01-14

What a tangled web we weave ...

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

Reviewed: 15-01-15

Where does Apple Tree Yard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high. I've listened to it twice now as it's such a good story.

What did you like best about this story?

Extremely well written. Intelligent and well researched. Easy to become involved with the characters who are well drawn and believable.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favourite?

The main female character, Yvonne Carmichael.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

When first we practice to deceive...

Any additional comments?

I can highly recommend this book. Both well written and narrated

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Son-In-Law
    
    
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        Anna Bentinck,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Harriet Carmichael,
    
        
            
            
                
            
        
        Steven Crossley,
    
    
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    Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
    248 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • The Son-In-Law

  • By: Charity Norman
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Harriet Carmichael, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 235

On a sharp winter's morning, a man turns his back on prison. This is the story of Joseph, who killed his wife, Zoe. Of their three children who witnessed the event. Of Zoe's parents, Hannah and Frederick, who are bringing up the children and can't forgive or understand Joseph. They slowly adjust to life without Zoe, until the day Joseph is released from prison...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite books of the year

  • By Saffy on 31-12-13

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 15-01-15

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

Definitely. I loved this book. Wonderfully sympathetic characters and excellent narration.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Son-In-Law?

Probably Scarlett's story and the way she gradually forgave her father.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Wonderful, all of them, but I especially loved the narration of Scarlett.

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

I've listened to it twice now and know I will listen again. It evokes all sorts of emotions.

Any additional comments?

Loved it. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Family Likeness

  • By: Caitlin Davies
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlin, Vivien Rochester
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In a small Kent town in the 1950s, a bewildered little girl is growing up. Ostracised because of her colour, she tries her best to fit in, but nobody wants anything to do with her. A nanny climbs the steps of a smart London address. She’s convinced that her connection to the family behind the door is more than professional. And on the walls of an English stately home, amongst the family portraits, hangs an eighteenth-century oil painting of a mysterious black woman in a silk gown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising start does not fulfill

  • By Reikisue on 15-01-15

Promising start does not fulfill

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

Reviewed: 15-01-15

Would you try another book written by Caitlin Davies or narrated by Penelope Rawlin and Vivien Rochester ?

Yes I would try another book both by writer and narrators. There were flaws but overall they all have promise/talent

Would you be willing to try another book from Caitlin Davies? Why or why not?

I would like to try another book by Caitlin Davies as, overall, I think she is a good writer. Personally, I was just disappointed in the rather contrived and rather unbelievable series of events in the last third of the book. Therefore it would be interesting to listen/read another book written by this author to see if my opinion was likely to change.

Have you listened to any of Penelope Rawlin and Vivien Rochester ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, that was my first experience of listening to both of these narrators. They were both very good but I heartily disliked the child " Ella" and I'm not sure if this was because of the way the narrator spoke her lines. She came across as an extremely obnoxious child yet the storyline did not indicate this personality.

Did Family Likeness inspire you to do anything?

Perhaps to seek out another of the authors works to see if I'm going to be a regular listener.

Any additional comments?

I felt this book had huge potential and this was fulfilled in lots of ways. The style of writing. The interwoven storylines. Two good narrators. Yet, in the end I felt somewhat disappointed. It is difficult to review without giving away the storyline but towards the end I just found it all rather unbelievable that things happened the way they did. Also a little too contrived and full of coincidences for my liking.

  • The Cruellest Game

  • By: Hilary Bonner
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34

The lie was just the beginning... Marion Anderton lives the perfect life. She has a beautiful home, a handsome and loving husband, and an intelligent and caring son. But as easily as perfect lives are built, they can also be demolished. When tragedy strikes at the heart of her family, Marion finds herself in the middle of a nightmare, with no sign of waking-up. The life she treasured is disintegrating before her very eyes, but it's just the beginning of something much worse and altogether more deadly…

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Libertine78 on 06-08-14

Suspends belief !

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

Reviewed: 21-12-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I've previously listened to " when the dead cry out" and enjoyed it very much. So thought I'd try another audiobook by Hillary Bonner. What a disapointment this was. Too wordy and a ridiculous plot. Unbelievable and unlikable characters.

What could Hilary Bonner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not written it at all.

What three words best describe Karen Cass’s performance?

Has a pleasant, narrative voice which I felt I could easily listen to again, only her style did not suit this novel. Her narration is "cheerful" and positive, not at all suitable for the characters in this book, or the traumatic themes depicted.
I know this isn't three words but I feel it's relevant to warn other would be listeners.

Did The Cruellest Game inspire you to do anything?

To stop listening, but I persevered, having used a credit, and I don't like giving up on authors, especially one whose work I've previously enjoyed. It has made me wary of listening to any more of this authors work although I've wish listed another two. I'll have to read other listeners reviews before I download any more.

Any additional comments?

At first I blamed the narrator for not enjoying this book. She has an "upbeat" way of narrating which didn't match the theme/atmosphere of the story. In the end I decided she was a good narrator but should have left this one alone.

  • Do No Harm

  • Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
  • By: Henry Marsh
  • Narrated by: Jim Barclay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 829
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

What is it really like to be a brain surgeon, to hold someone's life in your hands, to drill down into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? In this brutally honest account, one of the country's top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in life-and-death situations. Henry Marsh gives us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre and the exquisite complexity of the human brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brain surgeon in the 21st century nhs

  • By David on 15-07-14

Rare insight into the real nhs and its surgeons

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

Reviewed: 03-12-14

What made the experience of listening to Do No Harm the most enjoyable?

As a retired nurse who trained in the 1970s I could relate to the experiences Henry Marsh writes about. He is brutally honest and I recognised many of the situations he describes. The victories and the disasters, they are all here.

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty and the nostalgia generated by Henry Marsh's account of his career within the NHS. The touching, moving accounts of the many different patients stories.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The voice suited the " surgeon " status, as you might imagine Henry a Marsh to speak but listening, on headphones in particular, was annoying due to the frequent noisy intakes of breath between sentences.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The truth behind the nhs and the people who look after us.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. Perhaps my nursing background helped as there is a lot of medical jargon but on the whole Henry Marsh does try to keep it simple without losing his professional expertise coming across loud and clear. Yet, he isn't afraid to admit his mistakes and I think that is the main thing I will remember about this book.

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