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Mutti

Manchester, England
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  • On a Beautiful Day

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223

It's a beautiful day in Manchester, and four friends are meeting for a birthday lunch. But then they witness a shocking accident just metres away which acts as a catalyst for each of them. For Laura, it's a wake-up call to heed the ticking of her biological clock. Sensible Jo finds herself throwing caution to the wind in a new relationship. Eve, who has been trying to ignore the worrying lump in her breast, feels helpless and out of control. And happy-go-lucky India is drawn to one of the victims of the accident, causing long-buried secrets to rise to the surface.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite authors!

  • By Nicola B. on 23-01-18

A really good listen

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

Reviewed: 28-02-18

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed this book so much that I tweeted the author - sounds really sad, but I felt compelled to do so. The setting was in Manchester and, being a true Manc, she summed up our City perfectly. Storyline involved several characters all were realistic and all had their own stories that weren't complicated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Single Friend

  • By: Jane Costello
  • Narrated by: Alex Tregear
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

At 28, Lucy is doing well for herself. She's got a great job, her boss loves her, and her friends think she's great. The only problem is she does feel the need to lie outrageously on dates - often with hilarious results. But when Lucy decides that her flatmate and oldest friend, Henry, is in need of a makeover, nothing can prepare them for the surprise results! Before long, Lucy realises that their lives will never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A light, humorous story guaranteed to lift your mood

  • By Jacqueline Kirk on 19-07-16

Long winded and predictable

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

What made the experience of listening to My Single Friend the most enjoyable?

Sorry to say that I really struggled with this book. It went on for ages and was very predictable. I think this book took me the longest to complete as I wasn't overly engaged with it, unfortunately. There was nothing that stood out to me that was enjoyable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jane Costello again?

OK, I've downloaded another Jane Costello book, however, it seems to be very similar.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

None really

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

No

Any additional comments?

I don't think the style of writing or storyline is my cup of tea really- sorry :-(

  • Why Mummy Drinks

  • By: Gill Sims
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695

Why Mummy Drinks is the brilliant novel from Gill Sims, the author of the online sensation Peter and Jane. It is Mummy's 39th birthday. She is staring down the barrel of a future of people asking if she wants to come to their advanced yoga classes and polite book clubs where everyone claims to be tiddly after a glass of Pinot Grigio and says things like 'oooh gosh, are you having another glass?'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOL

  • By Sarah on 04-01-18

A Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 26-12-17

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

Having persevered through a 'bad' audiobook, it was refreshing to listen to this one. The book was fun and engaging and had an interesting story line. Would definitely look for more of the same from the author. Really enjoyed this book

What did you like best about this story?

Enjoyed listening to how the characters developed - it was relatable

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The brother and sister in laws visiting over Christmas

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

It can happen to anyone

Any additional comments?

A good listen, definitely give it a try

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • How Not to Fall in Love, Actually

  • By: Catherine Bennetto
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Emma has a job in television which is distinctly less glamourous and exciting than it sounds. She's managed to claw her way up the ranks from Tea Maker and Rubbish Collector to Second Assistant Director (heavy on the assistant. Even heavier on the second.). So when she finds she's accidentally very pregnant and at the same time accidentally very sacked (well, less accidentally: she did tell her boss to stick his job up his bum), she knows things are going to have to change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much fun!

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 25-04-17

A Great Read

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

Reviewed: 16-09-17

Loved this book ! I found the characters funny and endearing. Couldn't stop listening to the book.
The storyline was interesting yet light hearted

I would definitely listen to this again and recommend

Overall I really enjoyed listening to this 😊

  • My Not So Perfect Life

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a supercool Instagram feed. Okay, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, she has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn't really hers. But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren't they? Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her megasuccessful boss, Demeter, gives her the sack. All Katie's hopes are shattered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Easy light read

  • By Miss Claire A Phipps on 16-02-17

An Enjoyable Read/Listen

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

Would you listen to My Not So Perfect Life again? Why?

I would definitely listen to this again. Narrated brilliantly. Really enjoyed getting to know all the different characters

What other book might you compare My Not So Perfect Life to, and why?

I've always been a Sophie Kinsella fan and had read, re-read and listened to most of her books BUT was really disappointed with the 2nd to last Shopaholic series and didn't get the final one. This is more like the old Sophie Kinsella books' un-rushed, detailed' relatable and funny

Which character – as performed by Fiona Hardingham – was your favourite?

Farmer Mick !

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

Full Disclosure It's Fab

Any additional comments?

Welcome Back Sophie Kinsella

  • Brung Up Proper

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Jason Manford
  • Narrated by: Jason Manford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Jason Manford is firmly established as one of the country's favourite stand-ups and is up there with the best northern comedy legends. His career began one night in a pub in Chorlton when a comedian didn't arrive for his set and Jason, the 17-year-old glass collector stepped in to fill the gap. From that point on he's never looked back, until now that is.... This is the story in his own words of everything that lead up to that fateful moment – a colourful tale of growing up with lots of family and not enough money, of getting by and sticking together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable Listen!

  • By Kerry on 01-04-14

LOVED IT

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

What did you like most about Brung Up Proper?

Being from Manchester I could really relate to a lot of things. A very honest and genuine account. Narrated brilliantly and funnily. I really felt a connection. Both me and my 13 year old son have listened to this more than once

What did you like best about this story?

His love of Manchester City !

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

I didn't know he had done anything else

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

I laughed out loud and openly cried at various times - not great when out walking the dogs !

  • Summer With My Sister

  • By: Lucy Diamond
  • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

Polly has always been the high-flier of the family, with the glamorous lifestyle to match.… Clare is a single mum with two children, struggling to make ends meet in a ramshackle cottage. The two sisters are poles apart and barely on speaking terms. But then Polly’s fortunes change unexpectedly. Left penniless and with nowhere else to go, she’s forced back to the village where she and Clare grew up, and the sisters find themselves living together for the first time in years. With an old flame reappearing for Polly, a blossoming new career for Clare and a long-buried family secret in the mix, sparks are sure to fly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and Easy Listening

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-04-13

A nice relaxing read

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

Reviewed: 15-02-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Summer With My Sister to be better than the print version?

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were very realistic and the storyline was good. Depicts how quickly peoples lives can change.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Really like Polly and how her character developed

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There was no one scene which stood out the most

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

Probably the one scene that moved me the most was when Polly went to the garden of remembrance

Any additional comments?

Very well read. Good believable characters.

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  • A Spring Affair

  • By: Milly Johnson
  • Narrated by: Colleen Prendergast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

Lou Winter is a lonely woman who no longer realises she's being taken advantage of - whether by her mother or unfaithful husband Phil. Then one day she spots a magazine article on clearing clutter. What begins as an earnest spring-clean soon spirals out of control. The more Lou lets go of, the more light can get to those painful places at the centre of her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightfully down-to-earth heroine wins through

  • By Jill Besterman on 21-10-10

A really good 'feel good' book

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

Reviewed: 26-07-15

I've read a few Milly Johnson books and love the way that there are a few characters who each have their own storyline - in this book it was concentrated upon Lou the main character.

So glad it came good for her

Really good descriptions which made you totally believe the characters

  • Don't Tell the Boss

  • By: Anna Bell
  • Narrated by: Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When newlywed Penny begins some casual wedding planning, she only wants to help women afford the big day of their dreams. But taming bridezillas turns out to be a full-time occupation, and what began as a hobby becomes a nightmare. Soon Penny is struggling to keep her day job and prevent her own marriage from collapsing: Tired, stressed, and knee-deep in ivory satin, is Penny's life and livelihood hanging by a thread?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very predictable

  • By Mutti on 13-12-14

Very predictable

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

Reviewed: 13-12-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I found that the entire story was really obvious. It was humorous in parts and it did flow well from the last book. Something minor would happen or be said and I felt it was just a bit too obvious what then happened.

If you’ve listened to books by Anna Bell before, how does this one compare?

I felt the first book was a lot better.

Which character – as performed by Penelope Rawlins – was your favourite?

I did like the main character Penny and Henry was good

Do you think Don't Tell the Boss needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is scope for a follow on book

Any additional comments?

Very well read

  • Shopaholic to the Stars

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139

Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) is in Hollywood! It's as if all her life has been leading to this moment. She's hanging out with the stars … or at least she will be, when she finally gets to meet movie superstar Sage Seymour, whom husband Luke is now managing. There's so much to see and do! And getting Minnie through the hurdles for her A-list Hollywood pre-school will require some…er…help.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By M. Lappin on 29-10-14

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 26-10-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It passed the time of day and in parts was ok

What was most disappointing about Sophie Kinsella’s story?

The ending. I listened to it twice thinking I may have fallen asleep and skipped a chapter. I hadn't ! The ending was really bad. The middle bit was ok, but the characters all seemed to have had a personality transplant. I did really like the Shopaholic series, but this was most definitely the worst one.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

1) a much better ending - there was quite a lot of build up to it, but then it was as though the book had been concluded without the last 2 chapters being completed

2) keeping the character personalities the same

Was Shopaholic to the Stars worth the listening time?

It wasn't offensive, it passed some time. I'd listen to the others in the series again, I wouldn't listen to this one again.

Any additional comments?

Overall quite disappointed. I'd bought this book as soon as it came out. I'm presuming that the author has left the ending open ended for a sequel - bearing in mind it takes a good couple of years for this, I'll have completely lost all interest - the story in this respect is weak and probably not something I'd be that interested in reading / listening to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful