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  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,711

So, this is me. Lily Allen. I am a woman. I am a mother. I was a wife. I drink. I have taken drugs. I have loved and been let down. I am a success and a failure. I am a songwriter. I am a singer. I am all these things and more. When women share their stories, loudly and clearly and honestly, things begin to change - for the better. This is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully honest book.

  • By MrsB on 26-09-18

Self indulgent

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Interesting but very self indulgent stories of Allen’s life. Men bare the brunt in virtually all of the stories she tells. Whilst I wholly believe her accounts are all true I find the way they stories are told is with bitterness and prejudice against men.

  • Girl Zero

  • Detective Harry Virdee, Book 2
  • By: A. A. Dhand
  • Narrated by: Muzz Khan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

There are some surprises that no-one should ever have to experience. Standing over the body of your beloved - and murdered - niece is one of them. For Detective Inspector Harry Virdee, a man perilously close to the edge, it feels like the beginning of the end. His boss may be telling him he's too close to work the case, but this isn't something that Harry can just let lie. He needs to dive into the murky depths of the Bradford underworld and find the monster that lurks there who killed his flesh and blood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Niche Appeal?

  • By Simon on 05-03-18

Can’t get in to this at all

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

Not sure why but can’t get in to this book, just isn’t gripping me at all. Write up sounds like it should be good but...

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,130

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

Good book well read but...

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

Like I said good book, good story, well read, but audio quality VERY POOR even with the new 'higher quality' downloads

  • Amok

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Natascha McElhone, Adrian Lester, Rafe Spall, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223

This was to be her last day alive. The renowned criminal psychologist Ira Samin prepared her suicide thoroughly. The death of her eldest daughter had weighed too heavily on her conscience for her to carry on and she yearned for one last drink to raise a toast to oblivion. Her morbid plans are interrupted and she is called in to negotiate a gruesome hostage situation at a radio station where a psychopath is playing a morbid game.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Case of the Missing "I"

  • By Simon on 31-07-18

Good but a bit confusing at times

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

What did you like most about Amok?

Excellent storyline, with good narration

Any additional comments?

Great book but it did get a little confusing at times for me but maybe that's just me!!

13 of 17 people found this review helpful

Watership Down
    
    
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        Richard Adams
    
    


    
    
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        Ralph Cosham
    
    


    
    Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
    560 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Watership Down

  • By: Richard Adams
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 472

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and myths.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Rory on 10-06-16

As good as I remember!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Such a good story! Fun, sad, exciting and most of all enjoyable. Watership down was a great read when I worked my way through it years ago. I even went to the cinema to see the film (bit of a disappointment there though). The audiobook though was well read and kept me interested even if I did already know what happened.

What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Well read, clear, concise and read with passion

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

I would not like to listen to this book in one sitting but then I have read the book and seen the film

  • Did You Miss Me?

  • The Baltimore Series, Book 3
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Woodward
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Best be nimble, best be quick, I'm right here and you're my pick...The last thing Ford Elkhart remembers is walking his girlfriend back to her car. Now he's lying tied and gagged on a cold, dark floor, with only one chance to escape before he ends up like the bones surrounding him...Assistant State's Attorney Daphne Montgomery is devastated by her son's disappearance, and is immediately convinced that his kidnapping is connected to the white supremacist she's just had jailed for murder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • slow and awful sex scenes

  • By Najma on 10-02-13

Did you read it

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Did I miss it, no way! read, read, read and keep reading until the book takes over your life and the only way to stop is when the battery goes flat in your audiobook reader! But plugging it in meant I could carry on and not have to wait too long to find out what happened in the end.

  • The Twelve

  • Book Two of The Passage Trilogy
  • By: Justin Cronin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,209
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969

Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future…. Until they were selected for a secret experiment….to create something more than human.

Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun. The Twelve is the epic sequel to The Passage. Read by Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • even better the second time

  • By TSUK79 on 17-07-16

Excellent

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

A great book with a great story and well read in the audio book version. The story takes a bit to get in to but take your time and you will be rewarded with an excellent story that keeps you hanging on and wanting more. Don't start reading late at night - you will still be listening in the morning!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

The Blackhouse
    
    
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        Peter May
    
    


    
    
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        Steve Worsley
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
    2,170 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • The Blackhouse

  • By: Peter May
  • Narrated by: Steve Worsley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,782

The Isle of Lewis is the most desolate and harshly beautiful place in Scotland. When a bloody murder on the island bears the hallmarks of a similar slaying in Edinburgh, police detective Fin Macleod is dispatched north to investigate. Since Fin himself was raised on the island, the investigation represents not only a journey home but a voyage into his past. Each year twelve island men sail out to a remote and treacherous rock called An Sgeir on a perilous quest to slaughter nesting seabirds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this book

  • By Flint on 09-04-16

Another great

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Yet another great book from Peter May. The depth of the story and the way the author keeps you interested is fantastic. The book does jump around a bit but as long as you concentrate you will not get lost and indeed, in the end, I think this helps with the story delivery. BRILLIANT Can't wait for the next book.

The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle
    
    
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        Alan Cumming
    
    


    
    Length: 47 mins
    924 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Alan Cumming
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 434

Merry Christmas to Our Members, from the Audible Team. Two-time Emmy Award nominee (The Good Wife) and Audie Award winner for best narrator, Alan Cumming here narrates Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first-rate festive whodunit. Cumming adds his personal flair to the mystery classic and turns in an outstanding performance of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his pal, Watson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elementary my dear Watson!

  • By Adisha on 23-12-12

It was free

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

Well it was free! Not a bad book but quite poor and mot particularly well read. Not up to the normal Conan Doyle standards. Slow story and very predictable such that it really didn't keep me interested and I found myself drifting away from the audio and really could not wait for it to finish - having said all that I did indeed finish it.

Nineteen Eighty-Four
    
    
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        Samuel West
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
    389 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Newspeak, Doublethink, Big Brother, the Thought Police - the vocabulary of George Orwell's classic political satire, 'Nineteen Eighty-Four', has passed into the English language, symbolising the horrors of totalitarianism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the perfect book

  • By Tom on 17-01-11

Double Plus Good

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-13

In new speak I think this book is Double Plus Good and is just as good this time round as the other 3 times I've read the book. Orwell had a great insight in to how things would change in the future, and although not quite how Orwell saw it 1984 is pretty much with us with one or two exceptions - but in a few years, maybe...