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  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris' cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Sedaris. Hilarious late middle age memoir.

  • By Anonymous User on 07-10-2018

Thoroughly enjoyable

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-03-2019

I've always loved this author's dry brand of humour. He is super smart and quirky.

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 744

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Betty Mak on 09-01-2019

Sensitively handled the subject matter.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-2019

I hesitate to say I "enjoyed" this book which after all, tells the stories of terribly victimised men and women. However, this was handled sensitively. This was really well- written, narrated and produced. Highly recommend.

  • Gone Girl

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694

Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Slow to start and pace was a bit too slow for me

  • By Henry on 30-06-2016

Utterly enthralling

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-01-2017

Loved the characterisations, the plot, the details and the message. The sort of book that makes it difficult for the next book you read.

  • My Husband's Wife

  • By: Jane Corry
  • Narrated by: Abigail Thaw, Lily Bevan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 952

When lawyer Lily marries Ed, she's determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But when she takes on her first criminal case, she starts to find herself strangely drawn to her client. A man who's accused of murder. A man she will soon be willing to risk everything for. But is he really innocent? And who is she to judge?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Predictable and irritating

  • By Jo on 03-12-2016

Predictable and irritating

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-2016

I am a barrister. Not a week goes by without someone asking me "how do you defend someone if you know they are guilty?". How I answer this, depends on whether or not I have the time or energy to explain that my belief has nothing to do with representing an accused person and has everything to do with dealing with the facts. Lily's constant agonising over whether or not she believed her clients was therefore highly irritating to me. Obviously the writer has done enough research to know some of the systemic parts of criminal procedure but I wish she had gone further and spoken to barristers about the principles of defence work. Instead she has lazily reverted to popularist thinking and that does not do her credit. I expected more from an intelligent person. It would have a better story if she had challenged that misconception through her character, Lily.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey, India Fisher, Clare Corbett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,111

Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough. Now everything's changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start, pretty good overall

  • By Rod Swift on 16-02-2015

Loved it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 27-11-2016

A gripping story which unfolded with unexpected twists and turns. Could have done without the cliche made-for-the-movies final chapter but the whole story ran like a movie in my head anyway as the narratives were so vivid. Each character was given the perfect voice. Enjoyed this from start to finish.

  • Six Tudor Queens: Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 27 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 47

The lives of Henry VIII's queens make for dramatic stories, and Alison Weir writes a series of novels that offer insights into the real lives of the six wives based on extensive research and new theories. In all the romancing, has anyone regarded the evidence that Anne Boleyn did not love Henry VIII? Or that Prince Arthur, Katherine of Aragon's first husband, who is said to have loved her, in fact cared so little for her that he willed his personal effects to his sister?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By S Kelleher on 22-10-2018

Really enjoyable 'read'

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-11-2016

I'm a Tudor fanatic and thoroughly enjoyed the detail in this audiobook which expanded my knowledge of Catherine of Aragon. Excellent and consistent narration which was very easy to listen. Looking forward to the next book!!