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  • Nine Perfect Strangers

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 19 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 817
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 755

The 10-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambiance while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline.... Watching over them is the resort's director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal? These nine perfect strangers have no idea what's about to hit them.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Did not like this book at all

  • By sabine on 21-10-18

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I really enjoyed this book. Don’t be put off by some of the negative reviews it’s had.
This is very easy to listen to. It’s beautifully read. It deals with 9 people, all with different and complex problems who go to a ‘wellness resort’ to change their lives. What happens there stretches reality but didn’t break my belief in the story - and the whole thing wound up in a way that left me satisfied and with quite a lot to think of.

  • This Boy

  • By: Alan Johnson
  • Narrated by: Alan Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of postwar Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all.... This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm, candid, moving memoir

  • By Saffy on 28-05-13

This Boy

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

Reviewed: 15-05-16

This is a wonderful book, beautifully read. I found it interesting, gripping, and above all, humbling. Read it.

  • The Missing Husband

  • By: Amanda Brooke
  • Narrated by: Julia Barrie
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 14

The next stunning novel from Richard and Judy pick Amanda Brooke. When Jo pretends to be asleep as her husband leaves for work the morning after an argument, she doesn't realise how deeply she will come to regret the opportunity to say good-bye. By nightfall her life has changed irrevocably. David has disappeared, and there doesn't seem to be any trace of him. But Jo is five months pregnant, and her marriage is full of secrets - not least, David's unwillingness to start a family..

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing book....

  • By MrsFiddleback on 20-07-15

Disappointing book....

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

It was unremitting dreary overdone mawkish sentiment from beginning to end. No cliche left unstated..... Slightly interesting plot, which kept me going to the end, but I was glad to finish it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Looking Good Dead

  • DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Neil Pearson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

Tom Bryce did what any decent person would do. But within hours of picking up the CD that had been left behind on the train seat next him, and attempting to return it to its owner, he is the sole witness to a vicious murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very good police whodunit.

  • By Patricia on 08-09-09

Looking Good Dead

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

Reviewed: 26-08-13

This is an excellent holiday listen (or a great book to listen to whilst slogging through a lot of housework, as I did today!)

It starts with a train journey in which a man picks up a CD left behind by someone on a train. From this random event spins an involved and gripping tale that kept me listening to the end of the book (by which time my house was clean and tidy!)

I recently listened to the first in this series of books, and I enjoyed the way that the character of DS Grace is further developed. From the first book, where he is bereft after the disappearance of his wife nine years before, Grace acquires a love interest in this book, which pleased me. I liked the fact that his interest in the paranormal, whilst a part of this book, too, was of no help to him whatsoever!

These books rely heavily on happy coincidence to bump the detective work on, and in this way they are rather implausible, but I'll certainly be listening to the rest of the series!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,140
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,378
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,372

Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Aibileen is a black maid raising her 17th white child. Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is the sassiest woman in Mississippi: a wonderful cook with a gossip's tongue. Graduate Skeeter returns from college with ambitions, but her mother will not be happy until she's married. Although world's apart, Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny's lives converge over a clandestine project that will change the town of Jackson forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relished every minute

  • By Sara on 22-03-10

The Help

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

Reviewed: 29-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Help the most enjoyable?

LISTEN TO THIS BOOK - IT IS BRILLIANT!!!!!!It had been recommended to me by so many people that I had been put off it, to be honest. I thought that it would be 'worthy' and 'dry' and would take considerable attention to appreciate. I couldn't have been more wrong. In the end I was cornered into listening to it by the fact that it was on the list for my reading group....

I can't answer the questions required of me to review it. I enjoyed every aspect of this book, it made me laugh and cry - I found all the characters interesting and believable and learned a lot in listening to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,845

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Cuckoo's calling

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

Reviewed: 29-07-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book unreservedly. It's entertaining and well written - if a little implausible - and utterly compelling. I couldn't stop listening to it.

I would say that it's light listening, though with pretensions to be more. I found the latin passages at the beginning of the sections rather irritating and mannered.

The plot is easy to follow and the characters are interesting and likeable. I found that the beginning of the story didn't flow that well, though maybe it was the way in which it was read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strike, the detective, was the character that interested me most, and the interplay between him and his secretary/temp, Robin.

What three words best describe Robert Glenister’s performance?

Can't describe it in three words. He read well, though the detective's accent was very odd!
The beginning was slow, and he was reading it as if it was a work of great importance, which to be honest, it isn't.

Any additional comments?

If you find this book slow to begin with, persist!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

The 100 year old man...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

What a brilliant book! Funny, intruiging and hard to switch off.



I'd strongly recommend it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oh Dear Silvia

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!!!!

  • By Indigoleopard on 01-11-12

Dear Silvia

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

When I started this book I regretted choosing it, as it was very slow, the characters didn't interest me, and I found it irritating.



It got better - and the plot developed, but I probably won't listen to it again. It's an interesting subject to write a book about, but it seemed a bit contrived. The characters were either all good, or all bad ... Except Silvia, who remained an enigma....

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Operation Mincemeat

  • The True Spy Story that Changed the Course of World War II
  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

From the best-selling author of Agent Zigzag, the thrilling true story of the greatest and most successful wartime deception ever attempted. One April morning in 1943, a sardine fisherman spotted the corpse of a British solder floating in the sea off the coast of Spain and set in train a course of events that would change the course of the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Brilliant

  • By Brian on 11-03-12

Operation Mincemeat

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

I bought this book as it looked interesting, and while it would be wrong to say that it wasn't, I have to own that I found it irritating.

I found it unsatisfactory, possibly because of the way that it was read - in the style of a swashbuckling spy novel of the 1940s - though that is I suppose what it is, as well as being a true story. There is no humour in the book at all and it's quite involved - not necessarily because it helps the plot along, but almost to prove how thorough was the author's research. I never escaped from real life into it and didn't engage with the characters at all. I listened to the end in the hope that it would get better. It didn't!

I don't totally regret getting it as I learned a lot - but would hesitate before choosing another book by this author.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Black Sheep

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Barbara Leigh-Hunt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

He had nothing to recommend him but his smile, and she was surely too old, and had too much commonsense, to be beguiled by a smile... Miss Abigail Wendover's efforts to detach her spirited niece Fanny from a plausible fortune-hunter are complicated by the arrival in Bath of Miles Caverleigh. The black sheep of his family, a cynical, outrageous care-for-naught with a scandalous past - that would be a connection more shocking even than Fanny's unwise liaison with his nephew!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book, shame about the reader

  • By Orna on 28-06-09

Black Sheep

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

I loved this book - one of her best. It really lifted my mood as it's witty, observant and very entertaining!

Some previous reviewers have said that they though that the narrator stumbled a bit, and that her voice was too mature to make the younger characters believable. I didn't find this the case at all and will look out other books she's done as I thought she interpreted the this one beautifully.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful