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  • The 4 Pillar Plan

  • How to Relax, Eat, Move and Sleep Your Way to a Longer, Healthier Life
  • By: Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • Narrated by: Dr Rangan Chatterjee
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 381

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The 4 Pillar Plan, written and read by Dr Rangan Chatterjee. In The 4 Pillar Plan, Dr Rangan Chatterjee presents us with an incredibly simple framework for taking control of our health. He divides health into four pillars: diet, rest, sleep and movement. By making small, easily achievable changes in each of these key areas, you can find and maintain good health - and avoid illness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant easy to listen to practical suggestions

  • By VS on 28-12-17

Listen and Learn How to Live!

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

Reviewed: 27-01-18

This is full of great advice- with small easily achievable changes. Already sharing with friends as it it has helped me find balance when I always seem to be juggling!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is not unabridged

  • By Mr N J Filer on 01-08-15

An excruciating journey brilliantly narrated

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

Reviewed: 23-09-16

Would you listen to The Bell Jar again? Why?

Maggie Gyllenhaal's interpretation is a performance that wrings out every tone of Plath's writing. Her descent into the bell jar is terrifying because it is all too true. The use of the piano between scenes I suppose was echoes of Joan?

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Michael Kitchen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

The novelist Maurice Bendrix's love affair with his best friend's wife, Sarah, had begun in London. One day, without warning, Sarah had broken off the relationship. It seemed impossible that there could be a rival for her heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Literary Delight

  • By Stephen on 16-07-11

Catholic Guilt

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

Reviewed: 21-04-15

A brilliant performance from Michael Kitchen, his voice resonating with the ambiguous lies of the first person narrative.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

  • A Novel
  • By: Anthony Marra
  • Narrated by: Colette Whitaker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, where eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night, accusing him of aiding Chechen rebels. Across the road their lifelong neighbor and family friend Akhmed has also been watching, fearing the worst when the soldiers set fire to Havaa’s house. But when he finds her hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something hopeful out of so much pain

  • By MerlinLeRoy on 12-04-15

Something hopeful out of so much pain

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena to be better than the print version?

The narration was at times off putting, probably as a British listener I found certain pronounciation points jarred, and the lack of narrative inflexion made it more difficult to follow than it needed to be.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself was excellent with great structure and layering of different perspectives.

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

No, but I did finish it after our book club meeting as recommended by others, and it was well worth it.

Any additional comments?

Loved the story but this was the first time I felt let down by the weakness in narration.

  • The Wind in the Willows

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Childrens Classic

  • By G. Hagley on 19-04-13

Not only for children.

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Loved this more than I ever knew I would. All of life in a "poop poop".

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079

Aged 13, Theo Decker, son of a devoted mother and a reckless, largely absent father, survives an accident that otherwise tears his life apart. Alone and rudderless in New York, he is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. He is tormented by an unbearable longing for his mother, and down the years clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, strangely captivating painting that ultimately draws him into the criminal underworld.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Hand Picked By Tartt- Outstanding!

  • By Tara Mcgrath on 02-12-13

Art, death and love

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

Reviewed: 25-03-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Goldfinch to be better than the print version?

The narrator, David Pittu, was incredible, with vocal characterisations which were rich and carefully crafted according to Tartt's layering of detail. I feel now like Boris and Potter are people I've spent time with, in a profound sense which is heightened by listening to the audiobook.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

This is not a novel of enjoyment but endurance. The scenes of his chaotic teenage life in Vegas are heart breaking.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could meet Donna Tartt to thank her for having written The Goldfinch.

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

No one fictional or factual embodies the Jazz Age as completely as F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jay Gatsby. First published in 1925, this legendary novel continues to enthrall generations as it serves as a lens to view our not so distant past. Many of our notions about that period are taken from the pages of this book. Bathtub gin, flappers, and house parties that last all week enliven Fitzgerald's classic tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a wonderful audiobook

  • By Tom on 12-04-11

Reserving judgements is a matter of infinite hope.

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

Reviewed: 15-12-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Great Gatsby to be better than the print version?

Even though I have read Gatsby in the past, I enjoyed this audiobook in a way that I would liken to an opera. Even though I knew what was coming, the heights and depths seemed even more tumultuous with 'Nick' telling his version of events.

What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

Muller is a superb narrator. As the reflective voice of Nick Carraway and then seamlessly into dramatic scenes, it was brilliant.

Any additional comments?

I could listen to this audiobook again and again.