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  • 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 10,512
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,691

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
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Great book and narrator

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

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Thoroughly enjoyed listening about Eleanor and her journey with Raymond. Such interesting characters. Thoroughly recommend!

  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

  • By: Anna Quindlen
  • Narrated by: Anna Quindlen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book

  • By Fiona on 28-12-14

Lovely book

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

Would you listen to Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake again? Why?

Yes, this was a lovely book to listen to about life and motherhood

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty of the author

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

Her voice added an extra demention as she also was the author.

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

Life, love and reality

  • Cuckoo in the Nest

  • By: Nat Luurtsema
  • Narrated by: Nat Luurtsema
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Keep your enemies close, your family less so...Last year Nat found herself with nowhere to live. She considered sleeping on the bus and washing in the rain but inevitably ended up on her parents' doorstep. It was only for a month, she assured them, if that.. She repeated this phrase a lot over the next six months, while the housing market stagnated like a spoilt kid's fish tank, and her life followed suit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh so very true !!

  • By Valerie on 01-05-12

Entertaining story

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

Would you try another book written by Nat Luurtsema or narrated by Nat Luurtsema?

Yes, on the whole a well written book and not too heavy to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Cuckoo in the Nest?

Just liked the interaction with her parents

What about Nat Luurtsema’s performance did you like?

Good voice

Any additional comments?

Interesting and entertaining book.

  • Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

  • By: Jeanette Winterson
  • Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

When Jeanette Winterson left home at 16 because she was in love with a woman, Mrs. Winterson asked her: "Why be happy when you could be normal?" This book is the story of a life's work to find happiness. It is the story of how the painful past returned to haunt Jeanette's later life, and send her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people's stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life raft which supports us when we are sinking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oranges Is Not The Only Book

  • By Blake's Tyger on 23-12-12

Great memoirs

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

What did you like most about Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal??

I liked her frank and honest story about a troubled childhood

What other book might you compare Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? to, and why?

Not sure of another comparable story

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

Gritty story

Any additional comments?

Loved this book as I grew up in same era and could relate to a lot of it

  • Walking Ollie

  • By: Stephen Foster
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Bell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

One winter's afternoon, Stephen Foster walks into a dog re-homing center with the intention of picking up a retired greyhound. Instead, he acquires an abandoned lurcher pup. Foster's knowledge of dogs is so vague that he has to look up 'lurcher' in key reference work The Giant Book of the Dog, to find out what sort of animal is coming to join the family. His research counts for little: the new arrival does not conform to any known breed standard, or indeed any standard whatsoever that might be considered dog-normal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hi oh what DAD I found the best book ever

  • By Scout on 19-05-17

Lovely book and short story

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

Would you listen to Walking Ollie again? Why?

Yes, I found this book very easy to listen to. Throughly enjoyed it

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ollie off course!

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Bell – was your favourite?

Ollie

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I could easily have listened to this in one afternoon

  • Bonkers

  • My Life in Laughs
  • By: Jennifer Saunders
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer Saunders is comedy genius

  • By Vicuña on 20-10-13

Funny at times, but not the best of memoirs

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

Would you try another book written by Jennifer Saunders or narrated by Jennifer Saunders?

Jennifer is a good narrator, but this book is not great, just average.

What about Jennifer Saunders’s performance did you like?

Good voice for narration.

Was Bonkers worth the listening time?

Not really. Good for background entertainment where you don't want to concentrate too much.

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  • Entry Island

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Peter Forbes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739

When Detective Sime Mackenzie boards a light aircraft at Montreal's St. Hubert airfield, he does so without looking back. For Sime, the 850-mile journey ahead represents an opportunity to escape the bitter blend of loneliness and regret that has come to characterise his life in the city. Travelling as part of an eight-officer investigation team, Sime's destination lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Only two kilometres wide and three long, Entry Island is home to a population of around 130 inhabitants - the wealthiest of which has just been discovered murdered in his home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stuff!

  • By Mikey on 26-02-14

A bit disappointed as expecting better

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

What did you like best about Entry Island? What did you like least?

Liked suspense aspect to this story

Would you be willing to try another book from Peter May? Why or why not?

Yes, but just to give him another chance. There are far stronger story-lines and stories out there!

What about Peter Forbes’s performance did you like?

Good voice and he performed well.

Could you see Entry Island being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Wouldn't watch it if it was a movie!

  • Him & Me

  • By: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
  • Narrated by: Jack Whitehall, Michael Whitehall
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

Jack and Michael Whitehall perform their laugh-out-loud autobiography Him & Me as a unique dual-voiced comedy audiobook, filled with ad-libs, asides, and comic dialogue to create a uniquely funny listen. Jack and Michael open up the rich and plentiful family lore archives on topics such as Jack’s nanny’s enormous feet, Michael’s lifetime touchline ban from Jack’s prep-school and the Whitehall collection of downright weird and eccentric relatives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most fun you can have with your clothes on!

  • By Jane on 18-10-13

Entertaining father and son memoirs

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

Reviewed: 28-12-14

If you could sum up Him & Me in three words, what would they be?

Funny, honest, entertaining

What other book might you compare Him & Me to, and why?

Clare Balding's : my family and other animals

Which character – as performed by Jack Whitehall and Michael Whitehall – was your favourite?

Michael Whitehall

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

It made me laugh-out-loud and lovely to see such a strong father and son relationship

Any additional comments?

three cheers for long-suffering wife and mother, Hilary Whitehall...

  • Born to Run

  • The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets - and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Born to Run

  • By Gilmonkey on 23-05-12

Makes you rethink the facts about running

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

Reviewed: 23-12-14

What made the experience of listening to Born to Run the most enjoyable?

The characters involved and how endurance running affects your mind and body; how natural this extreme running is for some and how we were all born to run

What did you like best about this story?

The facts about bare footed running, foot strength and how the modern training shoe is so bad for joints and back. Very interesting!

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

Good voice.

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

How the young reckless couple got lost and nearly died, but bounced back from the edge.

Any additional comments?

Different take on convential running techniques.

  • My Animals and Other Family

  • By: Clare Balding
  • Narrated by: Clare Balding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643

Clare Balding grew up in a rather unusual household. As her father is a champion trainer, she shared her life with more than 100 thoroughbred racehorses, mares, foals, and ponies, as well as an ever-present pack of boxers and lurchers. As a toddler she would happily ride the legendary Mill Reef and take breakfast with the Queen. She and her younger brother came very low down the pecking order. Left to their own devices, they had to learn life’s toughest lessons through the animals, and through their adventures in the stables.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brillian

  • By melanie on 07-10-12

Best book of 2014

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

Reviewed: 23-12-14

What did you like most about My Animals and Other Family?

The humour and honesty of Clare. Laugh out loud moments with lots of stories of crazy relatives (don't we all have them!) and situations Clare gets herself into

What was one of the most memorable moments of My Animals and Other Family?

The breakfast incident with the Queen

Have you listened to any of Clare Balding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but will listen to her latest book soon.

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

I laughed and cried. She has a great way with words and a great voice as well. Also ( and importantly) she's had an interesting upbringing with lots of wonderful characters in her life.

Any additional comments?

I'd recommend this book to all. 5 stars all the way!

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