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    • Becoming

    • By: Michelle Obama
    • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
    • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 25
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      5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 25

    In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating and compelling

    • By JJ on 15-11-18

    Regular price: £25.99

    • Painting the Sand

    • By: Kim Hughes
    • Narrated by: Oliver Hemsbrough
    • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 443
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 408
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 405

    Kim Hughes is the most highly decorated bomb disposal operator serving in the British Army. He was awarded the George Cross in 2009 following a gruelling six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, during which he defused 119 improvised explosive devices, survived numerous Taliban ambushes and endured a close encounter with the Secretary of State for Defence.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A truly great read!

    • By D. J. Craig on 31-10-17

    Regular price: £14.99

    • This Is Going to Hurt

    • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
    • By: Adam Kay
    • Narrated by: Adam Kay
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5,301
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,854
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4,827

    Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave good-bye to your friends and relationships.... Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Well written, Well told

    • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Battle Scars

    • By: Jason Fox
    • Narrated by: Jason Fox
    • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 234
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 209
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 209

    Jason Fox served with the SBS for over a decade, thriving on the close bonds of the Special Forces brotherhood and the ‘death or glory’ nature of their missions. Battle Scars tells the story of his career as an elite operator, from the gunfights, hostage rescues, daring escapes and heroic endeavours that defined his service to a battle of a very different kind: the psychological devastation of combat that ultimately forced him to leave the military and the hard reality of what takes place in the mind of a man once a career of imagined invincibility has come to an end. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Life changing

    • By Paul on 05-11-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • The Trauma Cleaner

    • By: Sarah Krasnostein
    • Narrated by: Rachael Tidd
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 533
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 484
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 480

    Sandra Pankhurst founded her trauma cleaning business to help people whose emotional scars are written on their houses. From the forgotten flat of a drug addict to the infested home of a hoarder, Sandra enters properties and lives at the same time. But few of the people she looks after know anything of the complexity of Sandra's own life. Raised in an uncaring home, Sandra's miraculous gift for warmth and humour in the face of unspeakable personal tragedy mark her out as a one-off and make this biography unmissable.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fascinating

    • By Bee on 31-03-18

    Regular price: £14.99

    • My Thoughts Exactly

    • By: Lily Allen
    • Narrated by: Lily Allen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

    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
    • refreshingly honest !<br />

    • By sharman plews on 21-09-18

    Regular price: £27.49

    • How to Be a Footballer

    • By: Peter Crouch
    • Narrated by: Peter Crouch
    • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 50
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 50

    Towering at six feet seven inches, Crouch is prized for his self-deprecating humour, having famously answered the question “what would you be if you weren’t a footballer?” with the one liner “a virgin”. At the same time, he has had an incredible career, from World Cups to Champions League finals. He has scored more headed goals than anyone else in Premiership history and has a better goals-to-minute on the pitch ratio for England than even Michael Owen. A humble professional with a great sense of humour, Crouch is one of the few players that is liked by fans of all clubs.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliantlyfunny& interesting !! Crouch is a legde

    • By Michael Cave on 16-11-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Straight Outta Crawley

    • Memoirs of a Distinctly Average Human Being
    • By: Romesh Ranganathan
    • Narrated by: Romesh Ranganathan
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 515
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 476
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 473

    At the age of 9, Romesh Ranganathan delivered his first ever stand-up set at a Pontin's Holiday Camp talent competition, smashing the only other competitor, a young girl playing the kazoo. The gig went so well that Romesh retired his comic genius for 22 years, hiding behind the guise of a maths teacher, before finally revealing himself again (no, not like that) at the tender age of 31. In 2010, Ranganathan staged his epic comeback gig to an almost silent room, and has since gone on to earn his place as the most in-demand overweight vegan Sri Lankan comedian in Britain. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • If you like Romesh's work then listen to this

    • By Gervaise Miller on 05-10-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • I Can't Make This Up

    • Life Lessons
    • By: Neil Strauss - contributor, Kevin Hart
    • Narrated by: Kevin Hart
    • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,593
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4,208
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,202

    Superstar comedian and Hollywood box-office star Kevin Hart turns his immense talent to the written word by writing some words. Some of those words include: the, a, for, above, and even even. Put them together and you have the funniest, most heartfelt, and most inspirational memoir on survival, success, and the importance of believing in yourself since Old Yeller.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Epic

    • By Della Michelle on 14-06-17

    Regular price: £28.09

    • A Better Me

    • The Official Autobiography
    • By: Gary Barlow
    • Narrated by: Gary Barlow
    • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 361
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 335
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 335

    A Better Me is a remarkably frank memoir of Gary's life as he battled with weight, stress, fitness and depression and staged one of the most thrilling professional comebacks in years. In his warm, witty and authentic voice, he recounts his story with compelling insight, captivating honesty and a human side that people rarely see. Here is one of the UK's most beloved pop stars, open, honest and raw and as we've never seen him before.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Highly recommended

    • By Helen Bailey on 19-10-18

    Regular price: £34.99

    • Everything I Know About Love

    • By: Dolly Alderton
    • Narrated by: Dolly Alderton
    • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,247
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244

    Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Everything I Know About Love, written and read by Dolly Alderton. A spot-on, wildly funny and sometimes heartbreaking book about growing up, growing older and navigating all kinds of love along the way. When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown-up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow

    • By Anonymous User on 23-02-18

    Regular price: £19.99

    • Blowing the Bloody Doors Off

    • By: Michael Caine
    • Narrated by: Michael Caine
    • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 98
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93

    With over 100 movies to his credit over five decades, Hollywood legend and British national treasure Michael Caine shares the wisdom, stories, insight and skills for success in life that acting has taught him in his remarkable career. One of our best-loved actors Michael Caine has starred in everything from classic British films Alfie, Zulu and The Italian Job to the Hollywood blockbusting The Dark Knight trilogy and much-loved movie favourites Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hannah and Her Sisters and The Quiet American. Caine has excelled in every kind of role - with a skill that's made it look easy.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A charming book that made me smile

    • By Tracey on 21-10-18

    Regular price: £22.99

    • Strangeways

    • A Prison Officer's Story
    • By: Neil Samworth
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
    • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 324
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 295
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 297

    A jaw-dropping account of life as a prison officer in one of the country's most notorious jails. Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth spent 11 years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all - gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out. Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high-security prison. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The Honest and Brutal Truth. Loved It...

    • By M J North on 01-11-18

    Regular price: £16.99

    • Finding Ultra

    • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
    • By: Rich Roll
    • Narrated by: Rich Roll
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 707
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 592
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 592

    An incredible but true account of achieving one of the most awe-inspiring midlife physical transformations ever

    In October 2006, the night before he was to turn forty, Rich experienced a chilling glimpse of his future. Nearly fifty pounds overweight and unable to climb the stairs without stopping, he saw where his sedentary lifestyle was taking him. Most of us look the other way when granted such a moment of clarity, but not Rich.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Inspirational, even for non-runners

    • By JAMES on 09-04-13
    • Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself
    • By: Rich Roll
    • Narrated by: Rich Roll
    • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
    • Release date: 22-05-12
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 707 ratings

    Regular price: £19.69

    • Shoe Dog

    • A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
    • By: Phil Knight
    • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Phil Knight - introduction
    • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 2,993
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 2,687
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 2,687

    In this candid and riveting memoir, for the first time ever, Nike founder and CEO Phil Knight shares the inside story of the company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Wow. 10/10. A must for entrepreneurs...

    • By AJ the Tramp on 07-02-18

    Regular price: £27.09

    • Beastie Boys Book

    • By: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
    • Narrated by: full cast
    • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 29

    Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip-hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "AD-ROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible to fathom overnight success of their debut studio album, Licensed to Ill; that album's messy fallout; and their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My First Audiobook

    • By D Brewster on 01-11-18

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Born a Crime

    • Stories from a South African Childhood
    • By: Trevor Noah
    • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 3,903
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 3,642
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 3,626

    The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Brilliant, unique and full of memories.

    • By Andy on 04-12-16
    • Stories from a South African Childhood
    • By: Trevor Noah
    • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
    • Release date: 17-11-16
    • 5 out of 5 stars 3,903 ratings

    Regular price: £24.99

    • Made in Scotland

    • My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
    • By: Billy Connolly
    • Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
    • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 49

    Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!'

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • It’s great

    • By jdg on 23-10-18

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Born Lippy

    • How to Do Female
    • By: Jo Brand
    • Narrated by: Jo Brand
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 52
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    When Jo Brand hosted Have I Got News For You late last year, her calm explanation of the effects of sexism on women to a bemused all-male cast turned into a viral phenomenon. There has been a whole tradition of books over hundreds of years where a father shares his wisdom with his son - started by Lord Chesterfield in the 18th century - while women have been silent (aka bullied into thinking their advice wasn't worth writing down). This book puts a stop to all that.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A surprisingly emotional experience

    • By Thi Ha Linh Nguyen on 20-10-18
    • How to Do Female
    • By: Jo Brand
    • Narrated by: Jo Brand
    • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
    • Release date: 18-10-18
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 52 ratings

    Regular price: £21.99

    • Dom Joly's Big American Vacation

    • By: Dom Joly
    • Length: 3 hrs
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    Be warned - this raw, unpolished adventure across the States contains alligator wrestling, leather chaps and Vegas weddings. As a multi-award winning comedian and travel journalist, Dom Joly's take on any destination is always witty, sharp, hilarious and irreverent - even more so when that destination is the backwaters of the USA.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Very enjoyable

    • By RN on 23-10-18

    Regular price: £12.99

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