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  • Hiding Out

  • A Memoir of Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives
  • By: Tina Alexis Allen
  • Narrated by: Tina Alexis Allen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Actress and playwright Tina Alexis Allen's audacious memoir unravels her privileged suburban Catholic upbringing that was shaped by her formidable father - a man whose strict religious devotion and dedication to his large family hid his true nature and a life defined by deep secrets and dangerous lies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By ania on 06-01-19

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

An interesting and involving story but Tina's audio narration let it down, especially her very annoying voices of her father, her lovers and other people. Also, I wish she chose the brave option and did not try at the end of the book to glorify ger father as throughout the pages he came across as a hypocrytical tyrannical bully who never managed to built up meaningful relationships with any of his thertreen kids.

  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,151
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144

So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully honest book.

  • By MrsB on 26-09-18

Very honest

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Very honest and quite involving book. Also, too short and not insightful enough, as if the author would avoid thinking about some of her issues, like the onenls concerning her kids. I wish she used a professional narrator as her narration made me feel like she is in hurry to read it all because she has sth urgent to do next. Altogether good.

  • The Reluctant Communist

  • My Desertion, Court-Martial, and Forty-Year Imprisonment in North Korea
  • By: Charles Robert Jenkins, Jim Fredrick
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

In January of 1965, 24-year-old US Army sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins abandoned his post in South Korea, walked across the DMZ, and surrendered to communist North Korean soldiers standing sentry along the world's most heavily militarized border. He believed his action would get him back to the States and a short jail sentence. Instead he found himself in another sort of prison, where for 40 years he suffered under one of the most brutal and repressive regimes the world has known. This fast-paced, harrowing tale, told plainly and simply by Jenkins (with journalist Jim Frederick).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bit boring

  • By ania on 19-12-18

A bit boring

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

Reviewed: 19-12-18

I have read many books on North Korea, most of them very involving but this one is not. Not sure how the jurnalist author managed to make such a fascinating subject so boring.

  • Brutally Honest

  • Mel B’s tell-all memoir
  • By: Melanie Brown, Louise Gannon
  • Narrated by: Melanie Brown, Phoenix Chi Gulzar Brown, Andrea Brown, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

As one-fifth of the iconic Spice Girls and judge on X Factor and America's Got Talent, Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, has been an international star since the age of 19. And yet there are sides of Mel that no one has ever seen, or really known. Brutally Honest is an exposé of the struggles and acute pain that lay behind the glamour and success. With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and Melanie’s trademark Yorkshire humour, this audiobook removes the mask of fame and reveals the mother, wife and daughter behind the Spice Girl everyone thinks they know. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book

  • By Mr M Randell on 28-11-18

Very involving and very honest

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

Very involving and very honest book. The only objection I have was lack of chronology what made the book less involving. I was never a fan of Spice Girls (I just like reading memoirs) but now I am a fan of Melanie.

  • Never Stop Walking

  • A Memoir of Finding Home Across the World
  • By: Christina Rickardsson, Tara F. Chace - translator
  • Narrated by: Siiri Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Christiana Mara Coelho was born into extreme poverty in Brazil. After spending the first seven years of her life with her loving mother in the forest caves outside São Paulo and then on the city streets, where they begged for food, she and her younger brother were suddenly put up for adoption. When one door closed on the only life Christiana had ever known, a new one opened. As Christina Rickardsson, she’s raised by caring adoptive parents in Sweden, far from the despairing favelas of her childhood. Accomplished and outwardly “normal”, Christina is also filled with rage over what she’s lost....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narrator

  • By ania on 07-10-18

Terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

The narrator spoiled the book for me. She reads the story as if she was reading poetry full of pathos. I found it annoying and disangaging. The story is good although I did not appreciated the constant jumps from the past to the presence and back to the past. I feel that the story is much more interesting when told chronologically.

  • Holding the Man

  • By: Timothy Conigrave
  • Narrated by: Stephen Phillips
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

The mid-'70s: at an all-boys Catholic school in Melbourne, Timothy Conigrave falls wildly and sweetly in love with the captain of the football team. So begins a relationship that weathers disapproval, separation and ultimately death. With honesty and insight, Holding the Man explores the highs and lows of any partnership and the strength of heart both men have to find when they test positive for HIV. This is a book as refreshing and uplifting as it is moving - a funny and sad and celebratory account of growing up gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful and Stunning

  • By Andy Sargeant on 28-06-16

Very emotional

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

Very good, emotional and involving book. A beautiful story of the long term relatioship between two boys.

  • Cheer Up Love

  • Adventures in Depression with the Crab of Hate
  • By: Susan Calman
  • Narrated by: Susan Calman
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

Susan Calman is a well-known comedian and writer who has appeared on countless radio and television programmes. Her solo stand up show, Susan Calman Is Convicted, was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and dealt with subjects like the death penalty, appearance and depression. The reaction to the show she wrote about mental health was so positive that she wanted to expand on the show and write a more detailed account of surviving when you're the world's most negative person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank god for Susan Calman and this book!! Just excellent!

  • By Miss on 01-06-16

Hard to engage

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

I find it frustrating that conedians often feel the need to be funny even when they are not doing stand up. This is the case with Susan. She tries to be funny all the time whilst talking about her depression and she rarely is. This is disappoining as I rather expected a chronological story in which she would tell me about her life and possible causes of her depression. Sorry Susan, I do not want to add to your depression but I find this book uninvolving. On the positive side, Susan is disarmingly honest which I appreciate very much.

  • Because We Are Bad

  • OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought
  • By: Lily Bailey
  • Narrated by: Lily Bailey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

As a child, Lily Bailey knew she was bad. By the age of 13, she had killed someone with a thought, spread untold disease, and spied on her classmates. Only by performing a series of secret routines could she correct her wrongdoing. But it was never enough. She had a severe case of obsessive compulsive disorder, and it came with a bizarre twist. Raw and candid, this is a true story from a startlingly original writer. Read by the author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-05-18

Original

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

Reviewed: 28-06-18

A very interesting, originally written story. Very blunt, insightful and honest. Valuable account of life with OCD.

  • Seductive Poison

  • A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the Peoples Temple
  • By: Deborah Layton
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" ( Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very insightful

  • By ania on 24-06-18

Very insightful

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

This book is a very insightful and self-critical account of life in a sect. Also, despite its lenght, very involving.

  • Jonestown Survivor: An Insider's Look

  • By: Laura Johnston Kohl
  • Narrated by: Sarah Van Sweden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Laura Johnston Kohl was born in Washington, D.C. She actively fought for civil rights and free speech, and against the Vietnam War throughout the 1960s. After trying to effect change single-handedly, she found she needed more hands. She joined Peoples Temple in 1970, living and working in the progressive religious movement in both California and Guyana. A fluke saved her from the mass murders and suicides on November 18, 1978, when 913 of her beloved friends died in Jonestown.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • A delusional account of life in a sect

  • By ania on 20-06-18

A delusional account of life in a sect

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

This book offers a very shallow and almost idyllic account of life in a sect with a few critical concessions, like the tragic death of 900 people (painted as something almost accidental that would have never happened if the sect leader hadnt abused drugs). The author, still brainwashed and under the spell of her long deceased sect leader, even praises herself for this unconventional and fresh perspective. In her delusional mind she does not seem to be aware that the idylic life promised by most sects leaders does not exist and the price that has to be paid for the delusion is abuse and, in extreme cases like this, a death of 900 people.
This delusional perspective actually forced me to buy an another memoir by Deborah Layton, a former high rank member of the sect. Fortunatelly this account offers a very detailed account of a systematic abuse and cruelty suffered by the members of the sect.

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