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  • The Bookshop

  • By: Penelope Fitzgerald, David Nicholls - introduction
  • Narrated by: Eve Karpf, David Nicholls, Stephanie Racine
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important but natural and even supernatural forces, too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short but sweet

  • By Maggieannie on 29-12-16

A nice short read,/listen

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

An easy read/listen, quite relaxing, not too heavy if you want some light fiction. Cosy would sum this book up.

  • Happy

  • Why More or Less Everything Is Absolutely Fine
  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Derren Brown
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 692
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success - such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals - can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Derren the intellect & sage....emerges!

  • By (Andee4me:) on 01-12-18

A Must Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-19

It's not an exaggeration to say that this book has completely changed my outlook on life, "More or less everything is absolutely fine" Derren goes into great detail, but his narration helps you to understand the heaviest of topics. I would urge everyone to read it, that way, we as a society, might be a little more understanding of ourselves and others.

  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,550
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,448

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

Struggled to finish this one....

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

The concept of the story drew me to this book, but it was far too drawn out - over descriptive of location, surroundings, how the weather felt etc. just wanted the story to be told, did get very bored with it - I normally miss the characters when I have finished a book but was glad to see the back of this lot. Sorry Joanna (author).