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Philip

Burford, United Kingdom
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  • The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

  • By: Joanna Cannon
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,387

England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing, and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, 10-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1976 - long, hot and a wonderful experience

  • By Kaggy on 05-04-16

Nothing wrong with that!

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

Reviewed: 19-04-18

It's Coronation Street meets The Famous Five meets Whistle down the Wind. Which is all good. Very funny, moving, beautifully read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Still Me

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,382

Lou Clark knows too many things.... She knows how many miles lie between her new home in New York and her new boyfriend, Sam, in London. She knows her employer is a good man, and she knows his wife is keeping a secret from him. What Lou doesn't know is she's about to meet someone who's going to turn her whole life upside down. Because Josh will remind her so much of a man she used to know that it'll hurt. Lou won't know what to do next, but she knows that whatever she chooses is going to change everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Fabulous Book Fiend on 26-01-18

You know what you're going to get, but still great

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

Reviewed: 13-04-18

Not 'Me Before You', better than the sequel, and all three better than most. Yes, I'm a bloke and yes, it's a literary romcom but love the characters, New York adds some great new ones and you do want to find out what happens to lovely Louisa. Great performance and accents, too.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,454
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,640

Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live. Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Viva Eleanor!

  • By Kaggy on 30-06-17

Loved this book

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Buying any W novel is always a plunge into the dark. This is a very unusual book with an unusual lead character and its initial strangeness reflects that of Eleanor herself.

However, she is a wonderful creation and this book had me laughing out loud and often crying at its tragedy. The ending is life affirming and the narration excellent, switching from Eleanor‘s voice to a range of great Scots accents. Highly recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I Left My Tent in San Francisco

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

It's 1989, and Emma and her best friend, Dee, head to the USA to make their fortune. But completely inept and virtually unemployable, they discover that they can't even get a job in McDonald's. Forced to travel from California to New York with only pennies in their pockets, they bounce from scrape to scrape, surviving on their wits and the kindness of strangers. Bad luck and misfortune throw everything their way - snakes, earthquakes, black magic and incontinent dogs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyable

  • By Helen on 12-07-15

Less camping but still fun

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

Reviewed: 20-08-17

Went straight on to this having (with all the family listening in the car on the way to France!) devoured 'The Tent, the Bucket and Me'. It's no match but still great fun (at the expense of Emma's gap year suffering) and made me move on quickly to her first novel.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Tent, The Bucket and Me

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun.

  • By c jennings on 02-12-15

Laugh out loud funny

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

Reviewed: 20-08-17

One of the funniest books I've read in a long time. As a child of the seventies, I can relate absolutely to much of Emma's childhood memories. Only ever went on one camping holiday, which was enough for both my parents and me. So glad they had more sense than Emma's.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Born to Run

  • By: Bruce Springsteen
  • Narrated by: Bruce Springsteen
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,076

In 2009, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed at the Super Bowl's halftime show. The experience was so exhilarating that Bruce decided to write about it. That's how this extraordinary autobiography began. Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to this audio the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real 'Brucie Bonus'

  • By Philip on 10-06-17

A real 'Brucie Bonus'

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Don't usually rate rock star biogs, mostly ghosted and self-serving. And I fall into the 'like some of his stuff but not a fanatical fan' category. Heard his interview with Simon Mayo and thought I'd give it a try.This is a marvellous book. He's an honest and powerful writer and narrator, beautiful prose, often poetic and lyrical. I now want to listen to all of his music, beyond the 'Greatest Hits'. Highly recommended, even if you've never ventured beyond 'Born to Run' (the song!).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Curtain Call

  • By: Anthony Quinn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Paterson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

On a sultry afternoon in 1936, a woman accidentally interrupts an attempted murder in a London hotel room. Nina Land, a West End actress, faces a dilemma: She's not supposed to be at the hotel and certainly not with a married man. But once it becomes apparent that she may have seen the face of the man the newspapers have dubbed "the Tie-Pin Killer", she realises that other people’s lives could be at stake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Freya's poorer prequel

  • By Philip on 10-06-17

Freya's poorer prequel

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Bought this having listened to the marvellous 'Freya'. It's set 10 years earlier, maybe written 10 years earlier as it's a very different kettle of fish. Much more of a period whodunnit, glad I read Freya first (which is very highly recommended) as this would not have lured me in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Exposure

  • By: Helen Dunmore
  • Narrated by: Emma Fenney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 340

By the Sunday Times best-selling author of The Lie. Forbidden love, intimate betrayal and the devastating power of exposure drive Helen Dunmore's remarkable new title. London, November 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets and arrested.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartstopping and addictive

  • By Kindle Customer on 27-03-16

Cold Wars

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Set in post war London and Kent, there's plenty of period detail and feel but the characters (and this is really a character piece more than a thriller) were often more annoying than involving and sympathetic. Didn't, however, second guess the denouement and there was, at least, a satisfying ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Freya

  • By: Anthony Quinn
  • Narrated by: Kim Hicks
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Once again Anthony Quinn shows himself a master at writing fiction that works on every level. London, May 1945. Freya Wyley, 20, meets Nancy Holdaway, 18, amid the wild celebrations of VE Day, the prelude to a devoted and competitive friendship that will endure on and off for the next two decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Philip on 25-03-17

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 25-03-17

Heard about this via Simon Mayo's book club, not always reliable for my tastes and did think it might be chick-lit-y (despite a male author). The characters, though, are beautifully drawn, particularly that of Freya herself, wonderfully self-confident though flawed, and those who surround and pass through her life. I cared about Freya, her ambitions and life and shed a tear at the (happy) end.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Paris for One and Other Stories

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Glaister, Stephanie Racine, Charlie Sanderson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Nell is 26 and has never been to Paris. She's never even been on a romantic weekend away before. Travelling abroad isn't really her thing. But when Nell's boyfriend fails to show up, she has the chance to prove to everyone, including herself, that she can be independent and intrepid. Alone in Paris, Nell finds a version of herself she never knew existed. In this collection of 11 unmissable short stories, Jojo Moyes introduces us to a cast of strong, relatable women in the midst of their everyday lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Big disappointment, Jojo

  • By Philip on 04-03-17

Big disappointment, Jojo

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

Reviewed: 04-03-17

Have loved most, or at least many, of her books, especially The 1+1, Me after You and its sequel. Impression here is that she had to churn something out to meet a deadline and chucked a few short stories together. In most cases (especially the title tale), you could write the ending by the end of the first few paras; and it has the most annoying narrator of all time. Pretty sure the honeymoon tale is a revamp of something of hers which I've read before. Guess we all have our moments.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful