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MissPolkadotty

London, United Kingdom
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  • Tiny Beautiful Things

  • Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
  • By: Cheryl Strayed
  • Narrated by: Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond (Intro)
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 114

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills. And it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar - the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the best-selling memoir Wild - is the person thousands turn to for advice. Tiny Beautiful Things gathers the best of "Dear Sugar" in one place and includes never-before-published columns and a new introduction by Steve Almond.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really like Cheryl Strayed

  • By Karen Osborn on 01-12-13

Amazing, Beautiful, Intelligent and Mindblowing

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

I love this book. I am partial - I have acquired it for Audible. And whilst I'm proud of all the books I have done in audio, I can't write reviews for all of them (that wouldn't be right). But I love this book, so I have to write something.
Sugar's columns are wonderfully genuine and full of thought and affection for the writers of the letters she replies to. They are full of her own experiences and the lessons learned. They are moving and intelligent and funny and touching and full of wisdom. And they are a treat to read.
A good friend recommended this book to me and I haven't stopped recommending it since. Everyone will be able to find something in Sugar's columns that resonates with them. And if you listen to Tiny Beautiful Things in audio you get the added benefit of listening to Cheryl Strayed aka Sugar reading her own work. It doesn't get much better than that....

  • The Cutting Season

  • A Novel
  • By: Attica Locke
  • Narrated by: Quincy Tyler Bernstine
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Caren Gray manages Belle Vie, a sprawling antebellum plantation that sits between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, where the past and the present coexist uneasily. The estate's owners have turned the place into an eerie tourist attraction, complete with full-dress re-enactments and carefully restored slave quarters. Outside the gates, a corporation with ambitious plans has been busy snapping up land from struggling families who have been growing sugar cane for generations, and now replacing local employees with illegal laborers. Tensions mount when the body of a female migrant worker is found in a shallow grave on the edge of the property.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A much slower pace...

  • By Franni on 11-02-13

Unfolds Slowly and Beautifully

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

Reviewed: 11-07-13

I loved this audio edition- it's an atmospheric story that unfolds slowly but had me totally hooked, and the beautiful narration made the book even more appealing. It may not be a big book but it's one that stays with you and makes you want more. An absolute gem.
I enjoyed Attica Locke's first book 'Black Water Rising' and will be watching out for more!

  • The Thirteenth Sacrifice

  • Witch Hunt novels
  • By: Debbie Viguié
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archais symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew up in a coven seduced by power and greed. And now she's sure that bad witches have returned to Salem. Reluctantly, Samantha goes undercover - into a town obsessed with black magic, into her terrifying past, and into the dark, newly awakened heart of evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thriller with a twist

  • By MissPolkadotty on 01-02-13

Thriller with a twist

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-13

This is a great page turner. Set in Boston, it is a story about a young female cop who has to start dealing with her own dark past when there is a series of murdered young women involving the occult. I love that it is a proper thriller with a troubled heroine whose dark past involves being a powerful (albeit modern) witch. Couldn't put it down and am looking forward to the next book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • How to Stay Sane

  • The School of Life
  • By: Philippa Perry
  • Narrated by: Zoe-Anne Phillips
  • Length: 3 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Philippa Perry's handbook consoles, nourishes and gently leads us on the path to sanity and emotional balance. There is no simple set of instructions that can guarantee sanity, but if you want to overcome emotional difficulties and become happier, psychotherapist Philippa Perry argues that there are four cornerstones to sanity you can influence to bring about change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and Accessible

  • By MissPolkadotty on 30-08-12

Interesting and Accessible

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-12

Lots of information and background on how the brain works and what influences our behaviours, decision making and how we relate to other people. Not a self help book that promises to turn your life around, but more food for thought and some recommendations how to be mindful of oneself and others and deal with day to day life. The School of Life! Very much recommended.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,630

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Brilliant Narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-07-12

This title isn't quite as strong as the first two in the series - the story is weaker and I found the plot confusing at times. But this is made up for by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith's great narration. His voices and accents are fantastic and he absolutely brings the story to life. You're in for a few entertaining hours....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of the World Since 9/11

  • By: Dominic Streatfeild
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

In A History of the World Since 9/11 Dominic Streatfeild expertly combines history, biography and investigative journalism to show how a massacre on a clear September day in 2001 has touched the lives of millions of people around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, enlightning, shocking and a must listen

  • By MissPolkadotty on 22-11-11

Gripping, enlightning, shocking and a must listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-11-11

This is a fascinating insight into how the 9/11 terror attacks affected people around the world; how indivduals' lifes were affected and how governments used the shock and fear to push through certain policies. Dominic Streatfeild's writing is gripping - almost like a thriller, and Paul Thornley's narration brings the stories to life, making this a 'unputtdownable' listen. This is a must for anyone who has an interest in the world we live in today - anyone really!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Why We Get Fat

  • And What to Do About It
  • By: Gary Taubes
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408

Building upon this critical work in Good Calories, Bad Calories and presenting fresh evidence for his claim, Taubes now revisits the urgent question of what’s making us fat—and how we can change—in this exciting new book. Persuasive, straightforward, and practical, Why We Get Fat makes Taubes’s crucial argument newly accessible to a wider audience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't do this...

  • By Colin on 21-04-11

Not a good listen

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-11

This is an interesting idea and obviously very well researched, but not a good 'listen' as far as I'm concerned. I didn't learn anything that I hadn't heard before. The author repeats the same idea or theory so many times that it gets plain boring and hard to follow. I gave up halfway through the book.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 347

Go the F--k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest verses perfectly capture the familiar - and unspoken - tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ideal Parenting Tool

  • By Oliver Dayman on 31-05-13

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-11

Absolutely brilliant - great book and even greater narration. Samual L.Jackson absolutely hits the spot. What a treat!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Interceptor

  • By: Cameron Addicott
  • Narrated by: Chris Pavlo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113

Fighting on the frontline of the war against crime, Cam Addicott was one of the very few hard-boiled and highly-experienced surveillance operatives to get called up to the secretive and elite Alpha Projects unit - a group of dedicated undercover customs officers. Alpha Projects unit hunted the UK's most dangerous criminals by extraordinary means – starting with the interception and decoding of their phone calls. Cam soon knew the lives of the people he hunted better than they knew each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Page Turner

  • By MissPolkadotty on 25-02-11

A Page Turner

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-11

An amazing account of crime and police activity in the UK by an undercover officer that reads like a thriller. Listening to it is like actually listening to the man telling you his story. You won't be able to stop.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • 13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Intriguing Scientific Mysteries

  • By: Michael Brooks
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

Science starts to get interesting when things don'’t make sense. Even today, there are experimental results that the most brilliant scientists can neither explain nor dismiss. In the past, similar anomalies have revolutionised our world: in the 16th century, a set of celestial irregularities led Copernicus to realise that the Earth goes around the sun and not the reverse. In 13 Things That Don'’t Make Sense, Michael Brooks meets thirteen modern-day anomalies that may become tomorrow'’s breakthroughs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really interesting listen!

  • By Lillian on 27-03-11

Intriguing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-11

It's fascinating to learn that there are still mysteries that modern science hasn't resolved yet. Intelligent and easy to understand with great narration.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful