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  • The Last Family in England

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 226
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
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    4 out of 5 stars 211

Meet the Hunter family: Adam, Kate, and their children, Hal and Charlotte. And Prince, their black Labrador. Prince is an earnest young dog, striving hard to live up to the tenets of the Labrador Pact (Remain Loyal to Your Human Masters, Serve and Protect Your Family at Any Cost). Other dogs, led by the Springer Spaniels, have revolted. As things in the Hunter family begin to go badly awry - marital breakdown, rowdy teenage parties, attempted suicide - Prince's responsibilities threaten to overwhelm him and he is forced to break the Labrador Pact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing but sad

  • By Ms. Bookworm on 27-01-18

Wild Imagination!

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Reviewed: 13-05-19

A very engaging take on life within a typically dysfunctional British family, seen from the point-of-view of the family labrador. Haig has created his own unique cache of canine lore to tell this story. The man's mind works in mysterious and wonderful ways. Really liked it!! The ending was surprisingly opaque, however. A sequel?

  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

  • By: Rachel Joyce
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 652
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    5 out of 5 stars 612
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 612

When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for 20 years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘Even though you’ve done your travelling, you’re starting a new journey, too.’

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joy to listen to this

  • By mollyeyre on 06-11-14

A Joy!!

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Reviewed: 13-05-19

A lovely companion piece to Harold Fry, with Queenie Hennessy providing the backstory that ultimately led to his unlikely pilgrimage. Celia Imrie is an absolute wonder!! Gorgeous bitter-sweet delivery.

  • You're Next

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 654

‘I know you, don’t I?’ Five words - that’s all it takes to plunge Mike Wingate and his family into mortal danger. Mike doesn’t recognise the crippled stranger who approaches him at a party... but the stranger seems to know all about him. What has Mike done? Do they have the wrong man? Overnight, the threats become attacks, and Mike, his wife, and their young daughter learn they aren’t safe anywhere - especially not their own home. He doesn’t know who they are. He doesn’t know what they want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrated by the master himself

  • By Ms. A. Allin on 22-05-16

Thrilling

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Reviewed: 27-04-19

I loved this! A thumping good read in the tradition of Baldacci and Koontz. Great fun. I'll read more from this guy for sure.

  • Constellations

  • Reflections From Life
  • By: Sinéad Gleeson
  • Narrated by: Sinéad Gleeson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
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    5 out of 5 stars 14
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    5 out of 5 stars 14

In the powerful and daring essays in Constellations Sinéad Gleeson does that very thing. All of life is within this audiobook, from birth to first love, pregnancy to motherhood, terrifying sickness, old age and loss to death itself. Throughout this wide-ranging collection she also turns her restless eye outwards delving into work, art and our very ways of seeing. In the tradition of some of our finest life writers, and yet still in her own spirited, generous voice, Sinéad takes us on a journey that is both uniquely personal and yet universal in its resonance. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Exquisite Read

  • By Philip on 27-04-19

An Exquisite Read

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Reviewed: 27-04-19

Sinéad Gleeson reflects on potent themes like motherhood, illness, family, and what it means to be a woman in Ireland today. An absolutely gripping narrative of her her life that will stay with me for a long time. If you think you've had it tough in life, read this! Incredibly brave and revealing. Respect!

  • Uncle Dysfunctional

  • Uncompromising Answers to Life's Most Painful Problems
  • By: AA Gill
  • Narrated by: Alexander Armstrong
  • Length: 4 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

From 2011 up until his death at the end of 2016, the inimitable AA Gill reigned supreme as Uncle Dysfunctional, Esquire's resident advice columnist. In this raffish, hilarious, scathing yet often surprisingly humane collection, Gill applies his unmatched wit to the largest and smallest issues of our time. Whether you're struggling to satisfy your other half, having a crisis over your baldness, don't like your daughter's boyfriend or need the definitive rules on shorts, leather jackets and man-bags, AA Gill has all the answers - but you'd better brace yourself first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally the advice we've all been looking for!

  • By Tom on 16-11-17

Bawdy Fun

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 21-04-19

Positively scruffy in places, this ribald audiobook is a whistle stop tour through some of AA Gill's funniest writing. Narrator is on verbal steroids at times. Good solid entertainment. AA Gill was a fabulously irreverent writer.

  • The Lost Words

  • By: Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris
  • Narrated by: Guy Garvey, Edith Bowman, Benjamin Zephaniah, and others
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
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    5 out of 5 stars 85
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

All over the country, there are words disappearing from children's lives. Words like Dandelion, Otter, Bramble, Acorn and Lark represent the natural world of childhood, a rich landscape of discovery and imagination that is fading from children's minds. The Lost Words stands against the disappearance of wild childhood. It is a joyful celebration of the poetry of nature words and the living glory of our distinctive British countryside. With acrostic spell-poems by peerless wordsmith Robert Macfarlane, this enchanting audiobook captures the irreplaceable magic of language and nature for all ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure magic!

  • By Anonymous User on 23-02-19

Exquisite!

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Reviewed: 14-04-19

A divine audio experience - incredibly calming, restful and evocative. Everyone should listen to this to be reminded of the healing power of language and literature. 10 out of 10. Wow!

  • Dead Wake

  • The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
  • By: Erik Larson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
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    5 out of 5 stars 34

On 1 May 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool. The passengers - including a record number of children and infants - were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months its submarines had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania's captain, William Thomas Turner, had faith in the gentlemanly terms of warfare that had, for a century, kept civilian ships safe from attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really entertaining historical read

  • By Wayne on 09-07-17

Mesmerising

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Reviewed: 21-01-19

Larson has done a great job peeling away the layers of mystery behind the tragic sinking of the Lusitania. The scope and technical detail are ambitious. The sheer extent of political skullduggery in the background is absolutely breathtaking. A well-paced historical thriller. I picked this one up on recommendation and it was well worth the credit.

  • The Distant Echo

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Tom Cotcher
  • Length: 14 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,196
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022

On a freezing morning four drunken students stumble upon the body of a woman in the snow. Rosie has been raped, stabbed and left for dead in a cemetery. The only suspects are the four young men now stained with her blood. Twenty-five years later the police mount a cold-case review of Rosie’s unsolved murder, and the four are still suspects. But when two of them die in suspicious circumstances, it seems that someone is pursuing their own brand of justice....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absorbing story with good characters

  • By Janet on 07-03-17

Rock Solid

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Reviewed: 21-01-19

Rock solid crime writing from McDermid. She always delivers. Kept me guessing to the end. Damn fine narration by Tom Cotcher. You won't be disappointed.

  • Feel Free

  • Essays
  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Nikki Amuka-Bird
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
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    4 out of 5 stars 33

The one and only Zadie Smith, prize-winning, best-selling author of White Teeth, is back with a second unmissable collection of essays. No subject is too fringe or too mainstream for the unstoppable Zadie Smith. From social media to the environment, from Jay-Z to Karl Ove Knausgaard, she has boundless curiosity and the boundless wit to match. In Feel Free, pop culture, high culture, social change and political debate all get the Zadie Smith treatment, dissected with razor-sharp intellect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Apples and diamonds

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-18

Fascinating

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Reviewed: 21-01-19

This woman really knows how to write. I feel like I've been kicked in the head. How would I describe these essays? Complex, insightful, elegant, enjoyable, beautiful, varied, and cerebrally challenging. On the flip side, frequently inaccessible, dull, overblown, and wordy. Definitely need 'three' shredded wheaties in the tank for this one. Still and all, worth the journey.

  • The Hour I First Believed

  • A Novel
  • By: Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

When high-school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives. But when Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Painful in places but worth a listen

  • By Lulu on 05-02-13

Outstanding

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Reviewed: 23-12-18

It's George Guidall reading Wally Lamb.... enough said!
A match made in heaven. Absolutely doesn't disappoint. Marvellous thought-provoking plot and wonderful prose. Loved it!