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  • Nigel

  • My Family and Other Dogs
  • By: Monty Don
  • Narrated by: Monty Don
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 265

When Monty Don's golden retriever, Nigel, became the surprise star of BBC's Gardeners' World, inspiring huge interest, fan mail and even his own social media accounts, Monty Don wanted to explore what makes us connect with animals quite so deeply. In many respects Nigel is a very ordinary dog - charming, handsome and obedient, as so many are. He is also a much loved family pet. He is also a star. By telling Nigel's story, Monty relates his relationships with other special dogs in his life in a memoir of his dogs past and very much present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Tony Swinton on 28-09-16

Beautiful book

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This is just a lovely book to listen to, I'm not going to say it's exciting and action packed but just a beautifully written and narrated book. I'm so glad Monty narrated this book it just wouldn't have been the same with anyone else. I drive about 1000 miles a week in a car and I need easy to listen to books to enable me to concentrate on the road and this is just the book. Sometimes because of Monty's soothing book I have to stop because I can feel myself getting too relaxed. I guess being a Gardeners world and Monty Don fan helps.

I recommend this book 100%

Thanks for a great well written and honest book Monty and off course Nigel.

  • Mad Girl

  • By: Bryony Gordon
  • Narrated by: Bryony Gordon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307

Bryony Gordon has OCD. It's the snake in her brain that has told her ever since she was a teenager that her world is about to come crashing down: that her family might die if she doesn't repeat a phrase five times, or that she might have murdered someone and forgotten about it. It's caused alopecia, bulimia, and drug dependency. And Bryony is sick of it. Keeping silent about her illness has given it a cachet it simply does not deserve, so here she shares her story with trademark wit and dazzling honesty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really good real story of mental health

  • By Paula Filipowicz on 30-09-16

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

This audiobook is a very interesting listen, I started listening to it a couple of months ago and found that I had to stop about an hour into it, I was concerned it may too bring me down and trigger my OCD and that It may have been a bit depressing so I thought it was best to leave it alone, Bryony pointed out at the beginning that this is no self-help book so I stopped listening, however this week I decided to give it another go and boy am I glad I did, Bryony is so brave to talk about what she's gone through and it makes an incredible read, you have to admire her courage to talk publicly about her personal life. I found this book absolutely amazing, it's well worth a listen even if you do have to turn the volume down sometimes because she can get quite loud, haha!
I don't want to sound patronising so please forgive me if it comes across that way but well done Bryony for coming out and putting your story out there for all to read or listen to.

  • The Sty's the Limit

  • When Middle Age Gets Mucky
  • By: Simon Dawson
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Following a drunken misunderstanding, Simon Dawson gave up his job in the city, moved to the wilds of Exmoor and became an accidental self-sufficient smallholder with an array of animals. But that was years ago now. Following up on his first book, Pigs in Clover, this is the story of what happens when he suddenly realises that his life is changing all over again. He's not quite the spring chicken that he used to be: he is, horror of horrors, getting older.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 2nd book

  • By TJ on 15-05-17

Excellent 2nd book

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

Reviewed: 15-05-17

This is the follow-on to the first book pigs in clover and is almost as good as the first book.

Simon has become my hero, I listen to audio books while driving and this book made me look forward to getting in the car each day and driving a couple hundred miles. I've never listened to a book so fast, I listened every minute I was in the car.

I do love the character Ziggy too, I do hope he really exists somewhere.

The guy who narrates is brilliant at the various voices, I normally get annoyed when it's not the the person themselves reading the book but Ben Allen is excellent.

Thanks to simon and Debbie for sharing their fun, exciting yet challenging life with us all,



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • C'est la Folie

  • One Man's Quest for a More Meaningful Life
  • By: Michael Wright
  • Narrated by: Michael Wright
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

One day in late summer, Michael Wright gave up his comfortable South London existence and, with only his long-suffering cat for company, set out to begin a new life. His destination was "La Folie", a dilapidated 15th century farmhouse in need of love and renovation in the heart of rural France.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • C'est formidable !

  • By Timothy on 23-12-12

Best audio book I've listen to so far, 5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 25-07-16

I have now listened to both of Michaels La Folie books and could not get enough, I am so jealous of this man and his bravery.

Firstly I am not a great reader and my concentration span isn't great either so audio books are perfect for me and without exaggerating this is the best I've listen to so far since signing up to audible a couple of years ago.

I stumbled across this first book a couple of weeks ago as an Audible recommendation after reading other travel and adventure books.

Michael has a way of just making you want to know what is going to happen next, don't get me wrong he is no action hero and that's what makes it so good because he is a normal guy no different to most of us. However he is well educated and very smart.

He also has a nice voice to listen to, he is kind, well spoken and unassuming. He is also very funny and witty.

I would recommend this book to anyone like me who would love to up sticks and move to the country but doesn't have the guts to do it. With this book I have feel like I have been on this journey with Michael.

I drive all over the country for my job and there has been times when I haven't been able to get out the car because I just wanted to listen to more.

I have thoroughly enjoyed to this book and want the thank the author for sharing his experience.

  • Under Asian Skies

  • Australia to Europe by Motorcycle - an Enthralling Journey Through One of the World's Most Colourful and Diverse Regions
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

In Sam’s second book, Under Asian Skies, you'll find yourself immersed in an enchanting mix of drama, majesty, laughter, mystery, love, and his usual disasters. Sometimes a traveller's plans simply don't work out as intended, but for Sam every mishap is the beginning of a unique adventure; silver linings do exist. You'll travel on a journey across the vastness of Australia, through the twists and turns of New Zealand, and on up into the exotic lands of Southeast Asia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great riding adventure.

  • By Roger Spackman on 21-08-14

Another great Sam Manicom book

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Would you listen to Under Asian Skies again? Why?

Yes and I have done because there is so much to take in where Sam visits so many places

What did you like best about this story?

Everything, Sam is a pleasure to listen to and the way he goes into such detail, I love the people he meets along the way too, I think one particular women means a lot to him.

What does Sam Manicom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

It's his voice and the detail he provides, he sounds so kind and genuine, he is the type of bloke you could sit and talk to for hours over a few beers.this would never come over in book format. And it's so great that he narrates his own books too. I have listened to other travel audiobooks like long way down and Long way round with Ewan and Charlie and they dont narrate themselves, it makes such a difference the hear the actual persons voice who had the adventure and wrote the book.

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

I really felt for Sam when he had his accident and didn't think he would ride again for a while.

Any additional comments?

Simply brilliant just like his last book

  • The Hairy Bikers Blood, Sweat and Tyres

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Si King, Dave Myers
  • Narrated by: Si King, Dave Myers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 376

Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, have lived life to the fullest. They had fantastically rich northern childhoods laced with food and fun, but of course with some tragedy too. But we also get to know the early Bikers - we find out how their friendship developed and all of the mad capers and round-the-world trips they went on. Perfect for their fans, heavily seasoned with warmth, food, love, bikes and bro-mance, the Hairies never fail to entertain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Glynne on 01-12-15

One of the best I have listened to on audible

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

Reviewed: 13-03-16

What made the experience of listening to The Hairy Bikers Blood, Sweat and Tyres the most enjoyable?

I love the way both the hairy bikers narrate their own book, many don't, I can't stand it when a celebrites don't take the time to read their own books, Dave and Si take it in turns, one does one chapter then the other does the next, this is a very nice idea and it keeps you glued to the book. I also could not believe how much these guys had to tell, I never knew they had been though so much in the past and I found it gripping.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hairy Bikers Blood, Sweat and Tyres?

All of it, The tough pasts they have both had,

What about Si King and Dave Myers ’s performance did you like?

As I said I love the way they take it turns to narrate a chapter each, this is a nice idea, it's not like they are reading to you its like they are talking to you.

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

Yes I did, these guys have gone through so much and they have never mentioned it on TV before, they must be true professionals, they have had it so tough and they both deserve all the luck in the world, there is a couple of bits that almost make you cry. But there is so many happy bits too.

Any additional comments?

I feel like these two guys are now friends of mine, they are the type of people i would be proud to have as friends, I have found out so much about them at a nice pace, I love the way they haven't forgot where they have come from and how they are so normal. I read in a review before buying this that one reader had said it was the best audible book he had ever listened to and I have to agree, don't hesitate about this, just download it, it's BRILLIANT !!!!

Dave and Si if you ever read these reviews I want you know this is one of the best audible books I have listened to and I would like to say thanks Dudes.

  • By Any Means

  • By: Charley Boorman
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Charley's passion for travel and adventure continues in his new challenge - By Any Means. Travelling from his home town in Co Wicklow all the way to Sydney, he will use any means he can to reach his destination, via transport as diverse as steam train, horse, boat, kayak, truck, and tuk-tuk. And of course his beloved motorbike!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as his previous books

  • By TJ on 16-07-15

Not as good as his previous books

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

Reviewed: 16-07-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I thought I would really enjoy this book after reading longway round and long way down but this book is more like an itinerary list, I have to say I'm very disappointed because I'm a big fan of Charley Boorman but I've only listened to about an hour this book and don't intend to listen to the rest, so I'm not really sure who it's for. It maybe just me after enjoying the other two books so much.

What was most disappointing about Charley Boorman’s story?

The most disappointing thing about this book is the fact that Charlie Boorman doesn't read it himself, I know he didn't read Long way down along way round with Ewan McGregor either but I have really struggled with it this time. It's such a shame when big names don't read their own books, I am sure they would sell me copies, the best example is Chris Evans book, its great read by him, it means the characters really shine throug, imagine if Charley narrated this it would be a different story because he is great to listen to on the radio and TV. Sorry Charley

Would you be willing to try another one of Rupert Degas’s performances?

Not really

What character would you cut from By Any Means?

N/a

Any additional comments?

No, as I say maybe it's just me, maybe I will go back to it when I'm on holiday.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into Africa

  • Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny. Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea’.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mad choice leads to a brilliant adventure!

  • By Roger Spackman on 21-08-14

Best travel book I've ever read

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

I had never heard of Sam Manicom until I stumbled across this book and I have never had any interest in motorbikes but this book is amazing and isn't really much to do with bikes, I could not stop listening to this audiobook. Sam has such a way with words and the way he describes things is amazing plus he has a great voice, he sound like such a kind a person, he sets the scene so that you believe you are actually with him on his journey which is exactly what he says at the beginning of his book, he recognises that it is not practical for everyone to make such a journey so he says just come along for the journey and he will do his best to describe every detail. This book will make you want to leave your job and see the world, I have since listened to his second book and I am just about to start listening to his third, I cannot wait.

One thing to note is the strange beginning of this book because Sam starts by telling you about a situation he finds himself in halfway through his trip, but just go with it and all will come good.

I have recommended this book to a friend who said the same about the beginning but could not stop listening too.

Do not hesitate about downloading this audiobook, it's excellent

  • It's Not What You Think

  • By: Chris Evans
  • Narrated by: Chris Evans
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Chris Evans' extraordinary career has seen him become one of the country's most successful broadcasters and producers and a well-known face in his own right. From his early years on Manchester's Piccadilly radio to Don't Forget Your Toothbrush, The Big Breakfast, and TFI Friday for Channel 4, Chris changed the TV landscape during the '90s. And on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast show and as owner of Virgin Radio, he ushered in the age of the celebrity DJ.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked it but it stops in a weird place

  • By Victoria on 12-11-09

This book makes you feel great

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

Reviewed: 13-04-15

Chris has so much energy and passion for life it's unbelievable, I am already a fan of his and have followed his radio and TV shows since I can remember as we are similar in age, but you forget how much he has achieved, the man is incredible. You have to admire him even when narrating this book he is just buzzing and has I put as my title he just makes you feel great and you want to go and take on the world. I have not bend able to stop listening and it has put me in such a positive mood.
Excellent book Chris



  • Long Way Round

  • Chasing Shadows Across the World
  • By: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bonnar, Rupert Degas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-17

Very good for a long journey

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

Reviewed: 18-03-15

Very good, I cannot believe I missed the tv programme, this is a great book to listen too while driving long distances, I really enjoyed listening to this. The only criticism I have is the voices take a bit of getting used to, in fact I had to to go back and listen to the first twenty minutes again just to get used to their voices not matching the characters we all know but after that it's great, I noticed when reading reviews before I purchased this audiobook that someone else had put the same comment. It's such a shame it's not in their own voices, But don't be put off by this it's still a great listen