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  • In the City by the Sea

  • By: Kamila Shamsie
  • Narrated by: Sartaj Garewal
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Hasan is 11 years old. He loves cricket, pomegranates, the night sky, his clever, vibrant artistic mother and his etymologically obsessed lawyer father, and he adores his next-door neighbour Zehra. One early summer morning, while lazing happily on the roof, Hasan watches a young boy flying a yellow kite fall to his death. Soon after, Hasan's idyllic, sheltered family life is shattered when his beloved uncle Salman, a dissenting politician, is arrested and charged with treason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!!

  • By Losa on 01-09-16

Highly recommended!!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-16

A clever & insightful, yet thoroughly entertaining book. A child's-eye view of the world, politics & people gives a different perspective to a heavy and deep subject: in a questioning, humorous and reflective way. I love the sense of humour & life in the characters and how this challenges the prevailing & limited portrayal of this country in western media (not least the female authorship).
I cannot wait to start on the rest of Kamala Shamsie's books. Highly, highly recommended.

  • An Evening with Gene Wilder

  • By: Gene Wilder
  • Narrated by: Letty Cottin Pogrebin
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Gene Wilder was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Leo Bloom in The Producers. That led to a role in Blazing Saddles and to another Academy Award nomination, this time for writing Young Frankenstein. His memoir, Kiss Me Like a Stranger, was a best seller. Wilder has also written his first novel, My French Whore, an intimate love story set inside a classic spy adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I'd listened whilst he was still alive

  • By Losa on 31-08-16

Wish I'd listened whilst he was still alive

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

Lovely as a tribute to a great man.
May he RIP. hopefully the autobiography will be on Audible soon.

  • Real Food, Fake Food

  • Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It
  • By: Larry Olmsted
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

You've seen the headlines: Parmesan cheese made from sawdust. Lobster rolls containing no lobster at all. Extra-virgin olive oil that isn't. Fake foods are in our supermarkets, our restaurants, and our kitchen cabinets. Award-winning food journalist and travel writer Larry Olmsted exposes this pervasive and dangerous fraud perpetrated on unsuspecting Americans.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the worst book I have ever listened to.

  • By Reg on 20-01-17

Interesting & fully researched

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

Reviewed: 31-08-16

Pleased to find another book on the topic that's backed up by evidence & personal experience by the author. Narrator was good but few people can get away with imitating accents without it sounding either comical or vaguely (though unintentionally I'm sure) insulting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Grain Brain

  • The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar - Your Brain's Silent Killers
  • By: David Perlmutter, Kristin Loberg
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, MD, blows the lid off a topic that's been buried in medical literature for far too long: carbs are destroying your brain. And not just unhealthy carbs, but even healthy ones like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • very protracted

  • By liz on 02-06-15

Unconvincing

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Despite approaching this with an open mind, I'm not convinced by the extravagant claims made. I'd be interested to know the physiological costs of such a diet and why, if so effective, it's not adopted more widely in medical/health arenas. Yes, food affects brain function, mood, concentration etc but to these extents? Really?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Myths of Nutrition and Fitness

  • By: Dr. Anthony A. Goodman, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Dr. Anthony A. Goodman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

We all want to live long, healthy, and happy lives. But the path to achieve this-fitness and nutrition-is fraught with popular yet dangerously misleading myths about personal wellness. How do you separate the fact from the fiction? How can you recognize when you're doing your body more harm than good? Scientific knowledge has greatly expanded our understanding of how the human body works, laying many previously held ideas about fitness and nutrition to rest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating course

  • By Losa on 07-08-16

Fascinating course

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

Really interesting and useful info, delivered in sn accessible way. I'm not into sports etc but the nutritional and physiological knowledge was still fascinating and much better than many of the faddy diet books available.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
    931 ratings
    Overall 4.3
  • Crackanory

  • Series 1 and 2
  • By: Nico Tatarowicz, Toby Davies, Kevin Eldon, and others
  • Narrated by: Jack Dee, Sally Phillips, Rebecca Front, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 816

Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Each episode of Crackanory contains two 15-minute tales and is a master class in storytelling, combining some of the UK’s best comedy writers and performers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tales with a twist

  • By HMPS64 on 05-02-16

Brilliantly entertaining & amusing

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

Reviewed: 14-07-16

Unlike many shorts collections, this was never tiring & all the stories were great.
Easy -going & amusing but still captivating, with an excellent line-up of narrators. You won't regret getting this! Shane there isn't more.

  • The Bookseller of Kabul

  • By: Asne Seierstad
  • Narrated by: Emilia Fox
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

For more than 20 years Sultan Khan defied the authorities to supply books to the people of Kabul. He was arrested, interrogated, and imprisoned, and watched illiterate soldiers burn piles of his books in the street. In spring 2002, award-winning journalist Asne Seierstad spent four months living with the bookseller and his family. As she steps back from the page and lets the Khans tell their stories, we learn of proposals and marriages, hope and fear, crime and punishment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant insight to this Country and it's people

  • By Sheila on 16-04-15

Great, but ends rather abruptly

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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: 03-07-16

Really enjoyable but I was confused by so many characters without space to introduce them sufficiently.

  • Introduction to Revelation

  • By: Will Self
  • Narrated by: Will Self, Richard Holloway
  • Length: 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Will Self reads from his introduction to Revelation, the final book of the Bible, which prophesises the ultimate judgement of mankind in a series of allegorical visions, grisly images, and numerological predictions. According to these, empires will fall, the 'Beast' will be destroyed, and Christ will rule a new Jerusalem. The introduction is preceded by a reading from the book by Richard Holloway, former Bishop of Edinburgh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth it, short as it is.

  • By Losa on 02-07-16

Well worth it, short as it is.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-16

The apocalyptic voice in my head urged me to buy. I bought.
And I was indeed satisfied.
So I say unto you to do the same. You will not be found wanting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Between the World and Me

  • By: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Narrated by: Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 274

"This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it." In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race", a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everyone should read this book

  • By Martin Robson on 19-08-15

Gets to the heart of the issue of racism

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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: 07-05-16

Brilliantly written & narrated. Personal yet informative. Definitely a must read (or must listen) book.

  • My Name Is Red

  • By: Orhan Pamuk
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

In Istanbul, in the late 1590s, the Sultan secretly commissions a great book: a celebration of his life and his empire, to be illuminated by the best artists of the day – in the European manner. But when one of the miniaturists is murdered, their master has to seek outside help. Did the dead painter fall victim to professional rivalry, romantic jealousy or religious terror?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and beautiful

  • By Losa on 06-05-16

Captivating and beautiful

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Thoroughly enjoyable, intriguing with a knowledgeable basis. Narrator is fantastic, as always. Highly recommended book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful