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  • An American Marriage (Oprah’s Book Club)

  • A Novel
  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden, Eisa Davis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 177

Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Read!

  • By Mrs A Obozuwa on 09-02-18

COMPELLING LISTEN

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to An American Marriage. An intimate story which made me feel like a voyeur. Delicious! I can see why it was selected for Oprah's Book Club. I thoroughly enjoyed and thoroughly recommend.

  • The Suspect

  • By: Fiona Barton
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Mark Meadows, Sian Thomas, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

When two 18-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared? Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth - and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kate's Muddied Waters

  • By Simon on 29-01-19

BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

Fiona Barton knows how to tell a story. Having listened to her Audible interview, I was not surprised to hear that she was a journalist. She knows how to pull you in from the first line. Another compelling book that you will listen to at every opportunity. Believable characters. Compelling story. Brilliant narrator.. I am eagerly looking forward to Fiona Barton's next novel.

  • The Law of Attraction

  • The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham
  • By: Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
  • Narrated by: Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

This abridged audiobook presents the powerful basics of the original Teachings of Abraham. Abraham (speaking through Esther Hicks) reveals how all things, wanted and unwanted, are brought to you by this most powerful law of the universe: the Law of Attraction ("That which is like unto itself is drawn").

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Law of Attraction

  • By Shane on 16-04-10

THE SELF-IMPROVEMENT BIBLE

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the Law of Attraction, although I did find the voice of Abraham as spoken through Esther Hicks a bit creepy. This book was one of two, written by Esther and Jerry Hicks, suggested to me by a staff member at a café that I patronise. It seems that the café conversation was destined to encourage me to read/listen to the two books that I had bought long ago, forgotten about, and never bothered to read.. Now that I have listened to the books,.I am truly grateful for the advice and information it contains.. I have learnt a lot, but also I have been reminded of much that I had forgotten. I was so impressed I progressed to "Ask and it is Given" by the same authors. These two books have put me back on track and my outlook about every aspect of my life is more positive. I have been reminded of what matters and how powerful I can be if I employ the right attitude. Even if, like me, you find the voice of Abraham weird, stick with the recording. This is a great book. Thank you Esther and Jerry.

  • Ask and It Is Given

  • Learning to Manifest Your Desires
  • By: Esther Hicks, Jerry Hicks
  • Narrated by: Carl H Martens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so you’re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve. As you listen, you’ll come to understand how your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns, and more are influenced by the universal laws that govern your time/space reality - and you’ll discover powerful processes that will help you go with the positive flow of life.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ESSENTIAL FOR FLAGGERS

  • By Musicista on 22-02-19

ESSENTIAL FOR FLAGGERS

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

If you feel that you are flagging in your attempts to achieve your ambitions or losing direction in life, this is a great listen. The ideas are constructive and coherent and the exercises are very useful. For some, the advice may seem simplistic but give it a try and see. I have found the contents of this audio book (and the Law of Attraction, by the same authors, which I read first) very helpful in focusing my ambition and improving my confidence..

  • Fiona Barton - June 2017

  • Audible Sessions - FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Fiona Barton
  • Length: 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Fiona Barton, once a senior journalist for national newspapers, achieved great success in 2016 with her debut psychological thriller The Widow. Fiona visits the Audible Studios for the second time to tell us about her latest novel The Child, narrated by Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Finty Williams and Fenella Woolgar, in which the journalist Kate Waters is back to investigate the truth behind another compelling mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT INTERVIEW

  • By Musicista on 22-02-19

BRILLIANT INTERVIEW

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

Reviewed: 22-02-19

I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Fiona Barton. I love Fiona Barton's writing. Her books are brilliant. She does not do slow burn. She grabs you from the opening sentence and doesn't let go until the end. In addition, the narrator Claire Corbet is superb and brings the story to life. Having listened to all of her books, it was interesting to learn why she became a novelist and how she comes up with the ideas for her stories.

  • The Good Immigrant

  • By: Nikesh Shukla - editor
  • Narrated by: Nikesh Shukla, Varaidzo, Chimene Suleyman, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 240

How does it feel to be constantly regarded as a potential threat, strip-searched at every airport? Or be told that as an actress, the part you're most fitted to play is 'wife of a terrorist'? How does it feel to have words from your native language misused, misappropriated and used aggressively towards you? How does it feel to hear a child of colour say in a classroom that stories can only be about white people? How does it feel to go 'home' to India when your home is really London?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Cecilia M. on 12-02-18

Déjà

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-09-17

Interesting essays which I listened to in order of sequence. It was refreshing to hear diverse non-white voices, particularly the Asian (not Indian )contributions. However, by the last essay I was disappointed that so many African and Asian heritage contributors were so preoccupied, to the point of neuroticism, with the views, actions and acceptance of their white contemporaries. I appreciate that racism is alive and thriving but I think an intra-racial as opposed to inter-racial meditation on race would be far more interesting and enlightening.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race

  • By: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Narrated by: Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,794
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,775

In February 2014, Reni Eddo-Lodge posted an impassioned argument on her blog about her deep-seated frustration with the way discussions of race and racism in Britain were constantly being shut down by those who weren't affected by it. She gave the post the title 'Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race'. Her sharp, fiercely intelligent words hit a nerve, and the post went viral, spawning a huge number of comments from people desperate to speak up about their own similar experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not great

  • By Anon on 04-02-19

Essential Reading

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-08-17

I listened to the Audible version of this book in two sessions and was very impressed with the content and narration. This is an extended opinion piece, originating from a blog, supported by research evidence. I agree with the points made on race but do not wholeheartedly agree with every feminist opinion espoused. In particular, wages for stay at home mothers. It reminded me of the "Wages for Housework" campaign. Also, i would have been interested to hear the author/narrator talk about womanism. Still, this book was worth every penny and I look forward to hearing more from this young woman's on race, racism and other important topics. She deserves her own radio or television show.. This book is important because it explodes the myth that we are post-racial and it comprehensively exposes that we are talking about race especially when we claim not to be talking about race. Congratulations Reni Eddo-Lodge.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Arrangements: A Work of Fiction

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: January Lavoy
  • Length: 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Commissioned by the New York Times to write a story on any aspect of the 2016 presidential campaign, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created a delicious, subversive, incisive fictional account of Melania Trump. Once, in the early years, before she fully understood him, she had asked what his favourite flowers were. 'I use the best florists in the city, they're terrific,' he replied, and she realised that taste, for him, was something to be determined by somebody else, and then flaunted.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish it was longer.

  • By Victoria on 16-07-18

Brilliant Short story

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

I listened to this engaging short story during a bus journey today and found myself immersed in Melania-land. The most memorable part of the story was Melania's emerging fascination with her personal trainer, Janelle. Overall, a very well read fiction that probably reveals sour truths. I adore this writer because she always delivers the literary goods and would definitely listen to a book narrated by January Lovejoy.

  • Not Dead Enough

  • DS Roy Grace Mystery, Book 3
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: Neil Pearson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife, he was 60 miles away, asleep in bed. At least, that's the way it looks to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who is called in to investigate the kinky slaying of beautiful young Brighton socialite Katie Bishop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Judy Lovelock on 10-03-19

GRIPPING CRIME NOVEL

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

Reviewed: 21-02-17

My long-lasting love of crime drama has encouraged a recent interest in crime fiction. I did a little research and found out that Peter James is one of the most popular/best crime writers around. I am working my way through the DS Roy Grace series and agree that Mr James knows how to write a gripping crime novel. Particularly enjoyed abridged version and Neil Pearson's excellent narration.

I love the unusual scenarios, the established and evolving relationships particularly the one between Grace and his colleague Branson.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B A Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430

The perfect marriage? Or the perfect lie? Jack has looks and wealth; Grace has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW !!!!

  • By M F Herbert on 23-04-16

BRILLIANT

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

Reviewed: 17-02-17

I loved this novel. I particularly enjoyed the way the story unfolded. Chapters alternating between past and present but neither in a linear way. Essentially, this is a cat and mouse story featuring humans. I don't want to say much more than that. I was rooting for the central character, Grace, from the sweet beginning that turned sour until the bittersweet end. Behind Closed Doors would make a great film.