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David J. Carpenter

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire United Kingdom
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  • Cunk on Everything

  • The Encyclopedia Philomena
  • By: Philomena Cunk
  • Narrated by: Philomena Cunk
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

In the olden days, people used to learn about things from encyclopedias. And that was really good, because you could read it, and learn it, then you could stop worrying about thinking. But now, with the Internet and more people and science and research, there's just too much knowledge - more every year - and it's overwhelming. So, after years of asking the big questions - like 'what did people do before evolution?' and 'what is clocks?' - intrepid reporter and visionary philosopher Philomena Cunk is bringing the encyclopedia back with this definitive guide to everything you will ever need to know about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredi-cunk... which isn't a word. Except it is.

  • By Kevin Lennox on 05-11-18

What a delight! Absolutely wonderful.

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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: 07-03-19

Right: where to start. This audiobook took a long time to listen to, a very long time. I kept having to skip back thirty seconds or more in order to re-listen to what I missed the first time around because I was laughing so much. Sense of humour is very personal; I have sometimes searched for comedy shows on TV, read the reviews, decided this could be funny, only to be disappointed. However, for me, Philomena Cunk is a star. This is an audiobook I will definitely be listening to again. I have also began heartily recommend it to friends, family and to anyone else really who will listen. Well done Philomena and well done audible for producing this audiobook. Note to the author: Perhaps you could extend the repertoire, I mean, after all, you’ve said nothing about wheelbarrows or percolated coffee the list goes on and on, as does the laughter.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,452
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,442

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
  • Heart-rending story, sensitively narrated.

  • By bookylady on 01-03-18

The honourable review is silence.

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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: 01-11-18

This is not an easy listen. It is well written and movingly narrated and is at once beautiful as it is devastating. If it is not, then it should be on the reading list of every young person, lest we forget. It is a love story like none I have read, and about soul in the face of unimaginable horror. 32407, 34902. Thank you for the tears.

  • Our House

  • By: Louise Candlish
  • Narrated by: Deni Francis, Paul Panting
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,291

When Fi arrives home to find a removals van outside her house, she is completely blindsided. Trinity Avenue has been her family's home for years. Where are all their belongings? How could this have happened? Desperately calling her ex-husband, Bram, who owns the house with her, Fi discovers he has disappeared. The more Fi uncovers, the more she realises their lives have been destroyed by a nightmare of their own making. A devastating crime has been committed, but who exactly is the guilty party?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good story

  • By Rory on 12-08-18

Audible does it again....

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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: 15-10-18

What do you call a 'page turner' when you're listening and not reading?
This is a well written and a well narrated novel with plenty of suspense and not a few twists. I wondered how the author was going to wrap this gripping tale up, but I didn't see this one coming. The narration, as I said is first class, which makes it all the more spell binding, or perhaps disturbing.

  • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

  • By: Rachel Held Evans
  • Narrated by: Rachel Held Evans
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her—and it will change you too.

Drawing on the best in recent scholarship and using her well-honed literary expertise, Evans examines some of our favorite Bible stories and possible interpretations, retelling them through memoir, original poetry, short stories, soliloquies, and even a short screenplay. Undaunted by the Bible’s most difficult passages, Evans wrestles through the process of doubting, imagining, and debating Scripture’s mysteries. The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspired and Inspiring

  • By David J. Carpenter on 09-10-18

Inspired and Inspiring

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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: 09-10-18

I shall listen to this again, but first will read the Kindle version. Listening on the move does not always allow time for consideration and this book deserves such consideration. It is certainly thought provoking and for me, inspiring. Rachel is honest, and whilst not ducking the questions, is insightful and faithful. Brilliant.

  • A Bachelor Establishment

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 543

High adventure and dark mystery combine in a sparkling historical romance, by Jodi Taylor writing as Isabella Barclay from The Chronicles of St. Mary's. Bascombe, widowed and tied to an impoverished estate, has learned to ask little of life. With no hope of leaving, the years have passed her by. Lord Ryde, exiled abroad after a scandal, has returned to strip his estate and make a new start in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost as good a discovering a new Georgette Heyer

  • By Beccameriel on 24-01-16

A heart warming tale

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I don't know what it is about Jodi Taylor, aka Isabella Barclay, but she seems to do it every time for me. Always a good tale, always well written and Audible has got it superbly right with the narration. The stories just keep coming and I can't wait for the next one.

  • Educated

  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,434
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,279

Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals. As she grew older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At 16, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, inspiring book on the value of education

  • By David Bowden on 03-03-18

Outstanding

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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: 22-09-18

Gripping, haunting, disturbing, frightening, inspiring, courageous, uplifting, honest, heart and soul - just some of the words that come to mind in this must read. The journey to realisation and self worth laid out in uncompromising honesty. A privilege to be allowed to share the journey of this remarkable person.

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  • Bella Figura

  • How to Live, Love and Eat the Italian Way
  • By: Kamin Mohammadi
  • Narrated by: Kamin Mohammadi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

One woman's story of finding beauty and herself - and a practical guide to living a better life, the Italian way! Kamin Mohammadi, a magazine editor in London, should have been on top of the world. But after heartbreak and loneliness, the stress of her 'dream life' was ruining her physical and mental health. Gifted a ticket to freedom - a redundancy package and the offer of a friend's apartment in Florence - Kamin took a giant leap.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Life

  • By Kate Lord Brown on 30-06-18

Eccellente

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

Excellent. I really enjoyed this with plenty of food for thought and delicious food to cook.

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,384

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By mollyeyre on 23-09-17

What a read: I couldn't take the earphones out!<br />

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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: 03-08-18

What a read: I couldn't take the earphones out!
Great story, very well narrated.
A page turner, if you can use that term about an audiobook, but only to be expected coming from the pen of Jodi Taylor.
Sadly, regrettably and frustratingly I have to wait until October for the sequel, but it will be worth the wait.

  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lost for words

  • By Binka on 11-04-18

No, no, no, no - there just had to be a sequel.

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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: 23-04-18

No, no, no, no - there just had to be a sequel.
Going to scour Jodi Taylor's website for clues.....I'm back and Jodi writes; "And before anyone asks – yes, I’m on with the next one, although I don’t have a publishing date for that yet. Or a title. Or an ending. Other than that – it’s going well."

Wow, what a relief.

Update - The final chapter is missing from the first release of the audiobook. The lovely people at Audible have issued a credit to purchase the newer release which is now complete.

Thank you and we can still forward to a further adventure.

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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

It's 1946 and author Juliet Ashton can't think of what to write next. Out of the blue, she receives a letter from Dawsey Adams of Guernsey - by chance, he's acquired a book that once belonged to her - and, spurred on by their mutual love of reading, they begin a correspondence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A thoroughly enjoyable listen.

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-06-09

A captivating listen.

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

I wondered initially if I was going to get along with this: A story told through letter writing. It didn't take long however, before I was hooked. I listen when I walk; I've walked a great deal today to finish this wonderful story and I'm off to the cinema to see the film as soon as its released.