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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,998
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,203
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,176

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

At once touching, scary, sensitive, and very funny

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

I really enjoyed this book and the performance. Adam Kay has a brilliant turn of phrase and clearly has great talent both as a doctor in his field and as a communicator. The overall take-always from this book are laugh-out-loud moments and shocking realisation.....I think it is very demanding on a person to hold lives in their hands and to be empathetic at the same time, doctors, especially in his role, often end up being a bit cynical to survive. Adam Kay was clearly a wonderful doctor but my conclusion is that he’d perhaps have been happier as a brilliant nurse.

A captivating story/catalogue of events, funny and tragic.

Highly recommend this book to everyone

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,361
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,351

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

Beautiful and terrifying

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

Reviewed: 20-02-19

An incredible true life story of survival in the most utterly terrifying of human/inhuman circumstances. Written in an un-put-downable sequence of mind bending events held together by a beautiful all enduring love story.

I would highly recommend this production to everyone, in ‘their’ words... ‘so’s it never happens again’...

  • 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 11,996
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,047

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

A completely captivating emotive human story

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

I have been blown away by the delicate touch of this wonderful story exploring into the depths and yet much more so into the heights of humanness, all within a characteristically ‘Glaswegian way’, iced with laugh-out-loud humour and heartbreaking sadness.
An amazing look into mastered loneliness and coping strategies and unwavering altruism with a touch of the fear of the misunderstood. I’m not sure, but I felt that Eleanor displayed beautiful autistic characteristics, or that perhaps they were her mask or coping mechanisms, aren’t we all somewhere on all the exclusively human spectrums!? I lovvve this book!!!

Also without a doubt the best narration I’ve ever heard, the very simple observations and characteristics of the characters absolutely came to life in a very visual way for me thanks to the incredibly sensitive, beautifully crafted narration, I miss the characters dreadfully now that I’ve finished it, but I’ll definitely go there again sometime soon.

I recommend this book to everyone, but set aside quite time.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful audiobook!!

  • By Philip on 13-02-17

Exquisite production

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

I really really enjoyed this production, it was perfect. The reader, Thandie Newton captures every nuance, I didn’t miss a single word, her is so clarity exceptional.

Wonderful story, wonderful evocation, depth of character, and exploitation into human strengths and frailties. Brooding and gloomy yet brilliant and enchanting.

I would recommend this production of Jane Eyre to anyone.

  • Homo Deus

  • A Brief History of Tomorrow
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,947

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, envisions a not-too-distant world in which we face a new set of challenges. Now, in Homo Deus, he examines our future with his trademark blend of science, history, philosophy and every discipline in between. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the 21st century - from overcoming death to creating artificial life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Full of "wow, I never thought of it like that!"

  • By david on 17-03-17

A great and fascinating book

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

Reviewed: 31-03-17

Full to the brim with non biased projections of the probable or possible future of humanity, thought provoking, honest and insightful. I know that I missed bits so I will definitely listen again.

I also loved 'Sapiens' possibly even more, I think that it is essential reading.

  • The Vanishing Face of Gaia

  • A Final Warning
  • By: James Lovelock
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In The Vanishing Face of Gaia, British scientist James Lovelock predicts global warming will lead to a Hot Epoch. Lovelock is best known for formulating the controversial Gaia theory in the 1970s, with Ruth Margulis of the University of Massachusetts, which states that organisms interact with and regulate Earth's surface and atmosphere. We ignore this interaction at our peril.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The end of the World?

  • By Jeremy on 22-01-12

Gaia lives and I love her💞

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

Reviewed: 21-10-15

I very very much enjoyed this book and the Audible production, in fact writing this is postponing my intention to listen to it again from the start.

I encountered only a few surprises because by and large this book, though the science is obviously simplified for us, is mostly a pleasing confirmation of many of my own thoughts, about which I was astonished. As no one that I know could ever understand my thinking, I mostly supposed that I was just a bit strange.

I also listened to Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens and Charles Leiberman, all of whom gave me the same elated feeling of belonging. I also recognise and agree with James Lovelock's suggestion that Gaia science is almost a religion, because it is a belief in ourselves and our Mother planet and our science and our art, a total acceptance of our being, and our place in our universe, the only and ultimate truly unifying belief system 💞