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  • Long Walk to Freedom

  • The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Danny Glover
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling, and uplifting, Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience, and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating & beautifully narrated.

  • By Karen on 27-08-06

If only we learned from our history

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

The life of the man who made South Africa the Rainbow Nation - for a handful of glorious years South Africa managed to be a democracy. All of the years of struggle were worth it for a brief moment in time until greed and fear once more strangled the country.
The story is sadly spoiled by terrible pronunciation that makes words and names incomprehensible.

  • For the Love of a Son

  • One Afghan Woman's Quest for Her Stolen Child
  • By: Jean Sasson
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

From the time she was a little girl, Maryam rebelled against the terrible second-class existence that was her destiny as an Afghan woman. She had witnessed the miserable fate of her grandmother and three aunts, and wished she had been born a boy. As a feisty teenager in Kabul, she was outraged when the Russians invaded her country. After she made a public show of defiance, she had to flee the country for her life. A new life of freedom seemed within her grasp, but her father arranged a traditional marriage to a fellow Afghan, who turned out to be a violent man....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking

  • By CG on 28-02-19

Heartbreaking

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

Reviewed: 28-02-19

An enlightening journey through the life of a family in war torn Afghanistan and the horrors committed under the guise of Islam.

  • Yasmeena's Choice

  • A True Story of War, Rape, Courage and Survival
  • By: Jean Sasson
  • Narrated by: Parisa Johnston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

This is the true story of Yasmeena, a bright and beautiful young Lebanese woman who was imprisoned in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. Yasmeena's shocking journey is a tale of the madness of war, of the sexual brutality unleashed by chaos, and of one woman’s courage to stand in danger’s way to aid her fellow sufferers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harrowing and thought provoking

  • By Mrs K.F. Clarke on 21-04-14

Gut wrenching

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

Brutally honest, sparing no details of the horrific events that occurred to innocent women during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait - this book had me in tears over and over, how ‘humans’ can do this to one another is beyond me.
The story is beautifully told in the most sensitive way possible for such violent attacks.
What an eye opener!

  • Down and Out in Paris and London

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Richard Blant on 20-07-15

Incredible!

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

Reviewed: 29-11-18

If there was an option of 10/5 for reading - this one would win it! Jeremy Northam is just brilliant!
The story is brutally honest and timeless - Life in Paris and London on the edge of existence.

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • By: Maya Angelou
  • Narrated by: Maya Angelou
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 522

Maya Angelou's six volumes of autobiography are a testament to the talents and resilience of this extraordinary writer. Loving the world, she also knows its cruelty. As a Black woman she has known discrimination and extreme poverty, but also hope, joy, achievement, and celebration. In this first volume of her six books of autobiography, Maya Angelou beautifully evokes her childhood with her grandmother in the American south of the 1930s. She learns the power of the white folks at the other end of town and suffers the terrible trauma of rape by her mother's lover.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such perfect diction and attention to detail

  • By Tessa Hancock on 12-03-15

Heart wrenching

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

A beautifully written and read classic. The open honesty with which Maya Angelou tells her early life story is eye opening and exquisite

  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley, Keith Richards
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420

With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock-and-roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done. Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed by the change of reader

  • By Sukhbir on 17-01-11

Brilliant book ruined by lousy reading....

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

Reviewed: 20-10-18

Such an open honest story with amazing detail and insight into musical techniques and the life and times of one of the greatest bands ever - sadly the mishmash of reading spoils it....badly faked accents, mispronunciation, and read so painfully slowly that the only way to not bang my head against the wall was to speed up the tempo to 1.25.
This is one definitely worth self reading!!!

  • The Age of Magic

  • By: Ben Okri
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

Eight weary film-makers, travelling from Paris to Basel, arrive at a small Swiss hotel on the shores of a luminous lake. Above them, strewn with lights that twinkle in the darkness, looms the towering Rigi mountain. Over the course of three days and two nights, the travellers will find themselves drawn in to the mystery of the mountain reflected in the lake. One by one, they will be disturbed, enlightened, and transformed, each in a different way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful adventure

  • By CG on 12-05-18

A wonderful adventure

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

A journey beyond imagination, reality and mystical characters. Events unfold on a train ride across the alps. Read with passion and insight into the characters personalities.

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  • Michelle Obama

  • A Life
  • By: Peter Slevin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An inspiring story of a amazing woman

  • By Kirstine on 14-12-17

Insightful, interesting and inspiring

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Loved listening to the story and progress of the Obama family! The initial chapters of Family heritage were quite confusing, I felt like I needed a family tree to use as a reference. Once past this I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about their fantastic journey to the White House and beyond. Such an inspirational woman! A force to be reckoned with - any Flotus to follow would have big shoes to fill! A hard act to follow! ... here’s hoping she’ll run for president!

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  • If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

  • Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice
  • By: Richard Reed
  • Narrated by: Richard Reed
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635

Richard Reed built Innocent Drinks from a smoothie stall on a street corner to one of the biggest brands in Britain. He credits his success to four brilliant pieces of advice, each given to him just when he needed them most. Ever since, it has been Richard's habit, whenever he meets somebody he admires, to ask them for their best piece of advice. If they could tell him just one thing, what would it be? Richard has collected pearls of wisdom from some of the most remarkable, inspiring and game-changing people in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Probably a great inspiring read for under 25s

  • By stryder on 09-12-16

Fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

A wonderful combination of humour, insight, guidance and entertainment from some of the worlds most famous.

  • To Siri, with Love

  • A mother, her autistic son, and the kindness of a machine
  • By: Judith Newman
  • Narrated by: Sarah Borges
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

No one would consider Judith Newman's domestic life normal. She and her husband keep separate apartments - his filled with twin grand pianos, as befits a former opera singer; hers packed with the clutter and chaos of twin adolescent boys conceived late in life. And one of those boys is Gus, her sweet, complicated, autistic 13-year-old. With honesty and humour, To Siri, with Love chronicles one year in the life of Gus and the family around him - a family with the same crazy ups and downs as any other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply honest

  • By CG on 24-03-18

Deeply honest

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

Reviewed: 24-03-18

I throughly enjoyed the open frankness and honestly of Gus’s story. Enlightening and entertaining. I feel I have a much better understanding of Autism after this.

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