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  • Watching You

  • By: Lisa Jewell
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 780

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Watching You by Lisa Jewell. You’re back home after four years working abroad, with a brand-new husband in tow. You’re keen to find a place of your own. But for now you’re living with your big brother, camped out in his spare bedroom. And then - quite unexpectedly - you meet the man next door. He’s the head teacher of the local high school. He’s twice your age. And he’s devastatingly attractive. Soon you find you’re watching him. All the time. But what you don’t know is that someone is watching you....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling listen!

  • By Mazalicious on 28-07-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 15-02-19

On all counts I felt this was an excellent audio book. The characters were convincing, the storyline believable yet also compelling and the narration perfect. I rarely enjoy audiobooks as much as I did this one.

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,032
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,079

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Puts Bridget Jones in the shade

  • By Caroline Mitchell on 10-07-17

Engrossing

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

If you could sum up Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine in three words, what would they be?

A novel that has the capacity to build empathy and compassion in its readers. Incredibly it achieves this feat with a story that is at times joyful and hilarious. Great novel.

  • The Lie of the Land

  • By: Amanda Craig
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Quentin and Lottie Bredin, like many modern couples, can't afford to divorce. Having lost their jobs in the recession, they can't afford to go on living in London; instead, they must downsize and move their three children to a house in a remote part of Devon. Arrogant and adulterous, Quentin can't understand why Lottie is so angry; devastated and humiliated, Lottie feels herself to have been intolerably wounded. Mud, mice and quarrels are one thing - but why is their rent so low?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent read

  • By becsicle on 22-03-18

Dull

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

What disappointed you about The Lie of the Land?

More of a lecture on the ills of modern life according to the middle classes than a thriller. Tedious and at times irritating.

Would you ever listen to anything by Amanda Craig again?

No

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Autumn

  • Seasonal Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Ali Smith
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 206

Fusing Keatsian mists and mellow fruitfulness with the vitality, the immediacy and the colour hit of Pop Art - via a bit of skullduggery - Autumn is a witty excavation of the present by the past. Autumn is a take on popular culture and a meditation in a world growing ever more bordered: what constitutes richness and worth?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a collage of leaf-fall & never-ending stories

  • By Rachel Redford on 08-11-16

Beautifully crafted novel

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I wanted to listen to it all over again once I’d finished. So many profound reflections hidden without the narrative.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,794

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

An insightful exploration of mental distress

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

Reviewed: 04-02-17

The book was not what I expected and I struggled to remain engaged with the initial chapters... However I felt rewarded for sticking with it, as the book then took me on a nuanced journey into mental distress. I feel the author managed to portray a convincing experience of hearing voices; something which is more common among the general population than most mainstream media would have us believe.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Power

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh, Naomi Alderman, Thomas Judd, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,944
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,942

'She throws her head back and pushes her chest forward and lets go a huge blast right into the centre of his body. The rivulets and streams of red scarring run across his chest and up around his throat. She'd put her hand on his heart and stopped him dead.' Suddenly - tomorrow or the day after - girls find that with a flick of their fingers, they can inflict agonizing pain and even death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visceral, Stirring and Inspirational

  • By Raine on 29-12-16

It will change the way you understand human history.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

An important book which cleverly turns the tables on the relationship between women and men. Thank you Naomi for writing this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Breathing Lessons

  • By: Anne Tyler
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

Breathing Lessons covers the events of a day in the life of Maggie Moran, nearing fifty, married to Ira and with two children. Her eternal optimism and her inexhaustible passion for sorting out other people's lives and willing them to fall in love is severely tested one hot summer day. Maggie and Ira drive from Baltimore to Deer Lick to attend the funeral of the husband of Serena, Maggie's childhood friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing

  • By helen lambert on 30-03-15

A well crafted novel

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

A well crafted novel with a final paragraph which causes the entire book to shift into sharp focus.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,957
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,624

Pirriwee Public is a beautiful little beachside primary school where children are taught that ‘sharing is caring.’ So how has the annual School Trivia Night ended in full-blown riot? Sirens are wailing. People are screaming. The principal is mortified. And one parent is dead. Was it a murder, a tragic accident or just good parents gone bad? As the parents at Pirriwee Public are about to discover, sometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Should be 4.5 Stars - Fantastic Surprise

  • By Gavingks on 06-11-14

Quirky with dark humour.

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

Reviewed: 15-07-16

Book has a great pace with tantalising hints about the crescendo of the book, which make it difficult to put down. There is an underlying humour about the foibles in the books characters. I did find the ending of the book a bit too neat and tidy, but I guess others may find this satisfying.

  • The ONE Thing

  • The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
  • By: Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
  • Narrated by: Timothy Miller, Claire Hamilton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A re-hash of the original '7 Habits' !

  • By Mark B on 18-07-14

Aggravating

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

One mans opinion on how you should be living your life. Although I'm sure there are various pieces of research that can be cited in relation to statements made this book basically boils down to an opinion piece.

  • Presence

  • By: Amy Cuddy
  • Narrated by: Amy Cuddy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467

How can we be our strongest selves in life's most challenging situations? We often approach these situations - job interviews, difficult conversations, speaking up for ourselves - with anxiety and leave them with regret. Moments that require us to be genuine and powerful instead cause us to feel phoney and powerless, preventing us from being our best selves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as Good as the TED TALK

  • By Bernice on 17-03-16

Accessible and translates into real life

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

Reviewed: 27-04-16

The narration was engaging and content accessible while remaining interesting throughout. By the end of the book you'll feel as though you've been let in on a really empowering secret. Oh and it's based on scientific research rather than just fluffy positive thinking.