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  • The One Plus One

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,648

With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to.... Jess’ gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’ teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone. Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking.... Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A compelling, uplifting listen

  • By Saffy on 13-03-14

Brilliant, wonderful.

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

What made the experience of listening to The One Plus One the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the different character voices throughout the performance, it was also really engaging from the beginning.

What other book might you compare The One Plus One to, and why?

I wouldn't compare it to any others that I have listened to before,

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

This was the first from these narrators.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did want to although being so long I was unable to, I saved this and listened to it on 2 separate plane journeys, this is something I would recommend.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this to others, this was the first Jojo Moyes book I have read/listened to and really, really enjoyed it. My previous thoughts were that her books were sad and quite depressing. This book was neither of these and I would now not hesitate to pick up another one of her books.

  • A Christmas Feast

  • By: Katie Fforde
  • Narrated by: Rita Sharma, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50

A delicious Christmas feast of short stories from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of A French Affair and The Perfect Match. Add some extra sparkle to your Christmas by joining Katie Fforde for a perfect romantic Christmas feast of short stories. Collected together for the first time and including one brand-new story. Make your Christmas wishes come true....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An enjoyable listen

  • By mrsb2011 on 20-12-16

An enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 20-12-16

Would you consider the audio edition of A Christmas Feast to be better than the print version?

I have never read the print version, however this is great in order to get your jobs done. By being a collection of short stories, I can listen to a story at a time and really get into it. The only thing I would say is that some of these stories have already been published as separate short stories, one of which I had read. I did enjoy listening to the one I had previously read.

What other book might you compare A Christmas Feast to, and why?

Any other festive selection of short stories.

Have you listened to any of Jilly Bond and Rita Sharma ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This was the first, however I really enjoyed the narration and would look for others by them.

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

short but sweet treats

Any additional comments?

It would have been nice to have been told that some of the short stories had already been previously released, especially for those who have the print versions.

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  • The Year I Met You

  • By: Cecelia Ahern
  • Narrated by: Remie Purtill-Clarke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

A thoughtful, captivating and ultimately uplifting novel from this uniquely talented author Jasmine loves two things: her sister and her work. And when her work is taken away she has no idea who she is. Matt loves two things: his family and the booze. Without them, he hits rock bottom. One New Year's Eve, two people's paths collide. Both have time on their hands; both are at a crossroads. But as the year unfolds, through moonlit nights and suburban days, an unlikely friendship slowly starts to blossom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of relationship story

  • By Anonymous User on 08-12-14

An enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Where does The Year I Met You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I did really enjoy this audio book, it was great to listen to during commutes, however I did find it a little slow in places and occasionally I found that difficult to follow on short journeys. So although I did really enjoy the story once I got into it, I wouldn't say it has been my favourite to listen to.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Year I Met You?

I would say highlighting Down Syndrome, it has been the first audio book I have listened to, to promote disability in the way this book did.

What does Remie Purtill-Clarke bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I loved how the characters were bought to life. The accents are great in the story and the characters were easy to distinguish.

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

I thought it was heartwarming.

Any additional comments?

I would like to thank Audible for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,622
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Far too good to be left to teenagers

  • By Charles on 22-02-12

A sad love story that will touch you at any age.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

I have never read the book, I have watched the film. I would say this is one of the best YA audio books I have listened to.

What did you like best about this story?

It was entertaining though out, I enjoyed the fact that being ill was not something to be negative about all the time and that there was still fun to be had.

Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favourite?

I thought Kate Rudd did an amazing job with all characters, especially the male voices.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I felt that I couldn't listen to the book in one sitting as it was quite long, however I feel that I may have had a more emotional pull towards it if I could have done. I felt that the story really grabs you in. Kate Rudd did an amazing job of this. I would actually go out of my way to discover other audio books narrated by her, finding a good narrator can be tough when listening to audio books.

Any additional comments?

I am very pleased I listened to the audio book of The Fault in our Stars, although it is aimed at young adults, do not let that put you off. I think it will touch you whatever age you are. The performance is close to perfect and will leave you feeling very emotional. I would like to thank Audible for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

  • Elizabeth Is Missing

  • By: Emma Healey
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,049

Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and doesn’t remember to drink it. She sometimes thinks her daughter Helen is a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Her friend Elizabeth is missing. The note in her pocket tells her so. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, Maud will get to the bottom of it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elizabeth is missing

  • By Mrs. Denise Slatter on 08-07-14

wonderful book, great narration.

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

Reviewed: 09-11-14

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

I would recommend this book to a friend, and anyone who has had to deal with dementia. I found that the story was told beautifully, the narrator was perfect and the author really understands the cruel disease, which is dementia. This sensitive subject was brilliantly Tod and expressed through Maud.

What did you like best about this story?

The narration made this story for me. The narrator was brilliant and this thought really bought the characters to life.

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

This has been my first experience of her.

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

'Heartbreaking'

Any additional comments?

I loved the story and the way it had been told. The story really touched me, I loved the different parts of Maud' s life and enjoyed reading about her in the past. I also loved the duel story going on. This kept my interest and I wanted to know what had happened to Elizabeth and Suki.

I felt that I was able to begin to understand how people with dementia feel and think. It can be a very scary and confusing time for the person and the way Anna Bentinck read it was wonderful. This story is definitely one for you to get the tissues out, especially if someone close to you ever has had dementia.

I would like to thank Audible for sending this in exchange for an honest review.

  • The Dr. Pepper Prophecies

  • Chocoholic Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Gilby Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elan O'Connor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Twenty-five-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems: Her job is terrible. She's been dumped yet again. Her ex is now her boss. The one good thing in her life has always been her best friend, Will, who has seen her through every crisis from lost toys to pregnancy scares. But his girlfriend (who's prettier, better-dressed, more successful, and secretly evil) is determined to replace Mel as the woman in his life, and how is Mel supposed to compete?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Tishylou on 29-01-15

A funny story, narration was poor

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

Reviewed: 27-09-14

If you could sum up The Dr. Pepper Prophecies in three words, what would they be?

funny, real and chick lit

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dr. Pepper Prophecies?

The moment in the toilet trying to see her cervix.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Elan O'Connor?

I don't know who, but someone else.

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

It was funny, especially the first half of the story.

Any additional comments?

Story was funny and great for chick lit fans