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  • Stone: The Complete Series 1-4

  • By: Danny Brocklehurst
  • Narrated by: Craig Cheetham, Deborah McAndrew, full cast, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

Seventeen stories from the gritty crime series created by Danny Brocklehurst, starring Hugo Speer as Manchester detective John Stone. This collection brings together Series 1 to 4 of this intelligent detective drama, tackling morally ambiguous, complex and challenging subjects. DCI Stone and his team investigate a series of brutal murders and missing person cases, among other grisly crimes. Starring Hugo Speer as DCI John Stone, Craig Cheetham as DI Mike Tanner and Deborah McAndrew as DS Sue Kelly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Will definitely listen to again.

  • By Mark Renny on 14-06-18

Fantastic

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I love Hugo Speer as John Stone. I've listened to the episodes back to back!

  • Selfie

  • How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It's Doing to Us
  • By: Will Storr
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

We live in the age of the individual. We are supposed to be slim, prosperous, happy, extroverted and popular. This is our culture's image of the perfect self. We see this person everywhere: in advertising, in the press, all over social media. We're told that to be this person, you just have to follow your dreams, that our potential is limitless, that we are the source of our own success. But this model of the perfect self can be extremely dangerous. People are suffering under the torture of this impossible fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Mr SA Lambe on 17-08-17

Really enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-18

I loved this. A really interesting and pacey investigation into how the concept of "I" has developed over the last 2000 odd years woven through with Will Stor's own journey through understanding his personality. Initially I was listening to a bit here and a bit there but round about chapter 3 it just grabbed me and I was listening to it at every opportunity. A great book and I think Jack Hawkins is the perfect narrator - he is Will Stor!

  • We Should All Be Feminists

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently....' What does feminism mean today? In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good start in intersectional feminist theory

  • By Suswati on 28-01-17

A great short precis on feminism

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-06-17

This is a really enjoyable listen on the female experience in the modern age. For me, a really well spent 45 mins.

  • John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme: The Complete Series 2

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: John Finnemore
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 292

The complete second series of BBC Radio 4's award-winning sketch show - winner of the Chortle Radio Award of the Year. In these six episodes, which make up the complete second series, you'll hear some moth-based lunacy, an awkward celestial relationship, a heart-warming tale of the days before health and safety, and how The Archers sounds to people who don't listen to The Archers - plus many other sketches featuring acute observations and wonderful wordplay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not as funny as cabin pressure, but good!

  • By Hannah on 18-09-13

Love John Finnemore

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

Reviewed: 18-04-17

So glad to have these episodes always available. John Finnemore's often astonishingly original humour is wonderful. And this series has the vulture interview which is one of my all time favourites 😊

  • Animal

  • The Autobiography of a Female Body
  • By: Sara Pascoe
  • Narrated by: Sara Pascoe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe. Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and emotions and the past and the future and themselves and each other. Here's a book that deals with all of it. Sara Pascoe has joked about femininity and sexuality on stage and screen, but now she has a book to talk about it all for a bit longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and conversation starting

  • By Kathryn on 05-05-16

Entertaining & informative

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-01-17

I'm not that familiar with Sara Pascoe & chose this book rather randomly, but I'll be looking out for her love show having heard her read her own book. It's usually great when authors read - this was fabulous. The story of the human female is way more complicated than I had imagined & Sara spins it all into a wonderful yarn which is sad & shocking in some parts (I'm still weighing up whether I should encourage my daughter to read it, including the bit about how they found the cure for 'birth injuries') whilst being laugh out loud funny in others. A really great book.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fascinating and bonkers

  • By melisa on 04-11-15

Great story, fabulously told

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-10-16

This was recommended by a friend & it's sat in my library for months but once I started listening to it I looked forward to my car journeys because I enjoyed it so much. Great story & the reading performance was fab

  • Radical Self-Acceptance

  • By: Tara Brach
  • Narrated by: Tara Brach
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

According to Dr. Tara Brach, feelings of shame and unworthiness are the source of many problems we experience with our relationships, careers, creative endeavors, and most fundamentally, our spiritual unfolding. On Radical Self-Acceptance, this respected clinical psychologist and Buddhist meditation teacher shows you how to free yourself from the grip of your insecurities about being "good enough."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and inspiring

  • By Saffy on 16-12-13

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Wonderful to be personally led through this difficult topic by Tara. She has such a beautiful voice (I'm from the UK & I love her gentle US accent) and conveys her words with such warmth that it feels life you are having a personal coaching session with her. I always try to listen to Tara rather than only reading her as it makes her teachings so very accessible.

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  • The R.A.I.N. Meditation

  • By: Tara Brach PhD
  • Narrated by: Tara Brach PhD
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

When we seek comfort and relief from stress, Tara Brach teaches, we often unconsciously turn to false refuges such as material wealth, approval from others, or a preoccupation with the past and future. Yet by cultivating true refuge in this moment, not only can we find shelter from the storms of life but we also open ourselves up to fully experiencing joy and fulfillment. Here, Tara Brach guides a meditation using the therapeutic R.A.I.N. process for releasing fear and healing through self-compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Invaluable

  • By Lynne on 16-07-15

The power of RAIN

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-16

RAIN is an amazing meditation & emotional healinf technique & Tara is a wonderful teacher so this audible presentation is perfect - would have liked the mediation itself to be longer (it's about 15 minutes)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful