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What Have I Done?
    
    
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        Amanda Prowse
    
    


    
    
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        Sophie Ward
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
    13 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • What Have I Done?

  • By: Amanda Prowse
  • Narrated by: Sophie Ward
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Kathryn Brooker is the headmaster's wife. While her husband spends his days disciplining unruly teenagers in the grand halls of Mountbriers Academy, Kathryn spends hers baking scones for her son's cricket match in a beautiful cottage in the manicured school grounds. In the evenings, when her husband strides home to compliment her cooking and kiss her hello - ignoring jokes from their children about grown-up lovebirds - Kathryn Brooker is the very picture of a fulfilled wife and mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I listened to this, and went and kissed my husband

  • By Mara on 21-05-14

I listened to this, and went and kissed my husband

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

Reviewed: 21-05-14

If you could sum up What Have I Done? in three words, what would they be?

Dichotomy, repression and hope

What did you like best about this story?

It is a very difficult subject, one that I have no experience of but it happens and it is hidden and i think the author handled it very well.

Which character – as performed by Sophie Ward – was your favourite?

Lead character. I think I would have enjoyed the husband having more time to reflect on his actions at the end.....

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

It made me stop and think about my own relationship. Although my husband is quite capable of driving me mad he is as far away from the husband in the book as it is possible to be and joking apart it did make me reflect on him and why I married him!! I am incidentally very glad I did!

Any additional comments?

It is not a walk in the park but it provides insight into how any behaviour can become accepted and normalised. It may provide one reader the opportunity to change what is happening in their life and for that it is worth reading alone.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,087

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

STOP WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND DOWNLOAD THIS BOOK

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

Reviewed: 22-01-14

If you could sum up The Girl with All the Gifts in three words, what would they be?

time to think

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Girl with All the Gifts?

My house has never been so clean, I made up jobs to carry on listening, The whole concept of what we could become

Any additional comments?

I have not stopped thinking about the play of characters since I finished this. I forgot time and place and lost myself in this book.

60 of 68 people found this review helpful

  • The Wine Dark Sea

  • By: Robert Aickman
  • Narrated by: Reece Shearsmith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

First published in the US in 1988 and in the UK in 1990, The Wine-Dark Sea contains eight unsettling stories that explore protagonists' fears and desires, at once illogical and terrifying, and culminate in a disturbing and enigmatic ending. Aickman's "strange stories" (his preferred term for them) are a subtle exploration of psychological displacement and paranoia; his characters ordinary people that are gradually drawn into the darker recesses of their own minds. For fans of the horror genre, Robert Aickman is a must read.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aickman's Psychological Evaluation of Humanity

  • By A. Abbott on 08-09-13

I got lost in a book.......

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

Reviewed: 12-07-13

Where does The Wine Dark Sea rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Only one story in but I have been on a walk with my dog. The walk took 90 minutes but I have no memory of this time as I was utterly lost in the storytelling. It builds and you know it is not going to end well but you are with the protaganist every step of the way. BRILLIANT writing.....

What did you like best about this story?

Everything so far.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Get Me Out of Here

  • My Recovery from Borderline Personality Disorder
  • By: Rachel Reiland
  • Narrated by: Mazhan Marno
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Borderline Personality Disorder. "What the hell was that?" raged Rachel Reiland when she read the diagnosis written in her medical chart. As the 29-year old accountant, wife, and mother of young children would soon discover, it was the diagnosis that finally explained her explosive anger, manipulative behaviors, and self-destructive episodes- including bouts of anorexia, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • profoundly amazing & deeply moving

  • By naomi on 07-01-15

exhausting diatribe

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-11

I know this is a book that focuses on one woman's recovery from BPD. Trust me you will feel as if you too have undergone the rigorous therapy this woman undertook. I wish her well but in my humble opinion this is not a spectator sport.......

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Concubine

  • By: Lesley Downer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Sherborne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Growing up in rural Japan in 1861, Sachi has always felt different, her pale skin setting her apart. When she is 11, a princess passes through her village, sweeping her off to the women's palace in Edo, home to 3000 women and only one man - the young shogun. Sachi is chosen as his concubine. But Japan is changing.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful

  • By Emma on 31-05-09

The need for a pad and paper

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-05-09

This audiobook left me feeling frustrated. It is very difficult to follow who is who, the names of the characters are confusing to the point where i stopped trying to understand and just prayed for the end which when it did arrive was anti-climatic. The narrator also has a way of holding on to words that is at first unusual and then irritating. I do not like being this negative after someone has spent a great deal of time writing the book and then having it narrated into an audiobook, it is just that i felt obliged to listen to it rather than revelling in many of the other books that i have purchased from audible.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful