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  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Read by the critically acclaimed actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. When Esther Greenwood wins an internship at a New York fashion magazine in 1953, she is elated, believing she will finally realise her dream to become a writer. But in between the cocktail parties and piles of manuscripts, Esther's life begins to slide out of control. She finds herself spiralling into depression and eventually a suicide attempt as she grapples with difficult relationships and a society which refuses to take women's aspirations seriously.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sylvia Plath Rocked

  • By Colette on 01-06-2017

Read already? Still worth a listen!

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

Reviewed: 04-10-2017

Firstly this is narrated so well, I love the voice Maggie brings to this book. It has a very sultry 1960's feel (yes, I know that's not an actual thing, it's just how it feels).

I read this as a teenager and I'm so glad I have revisited it. It resonates in a completely different way in adulthood. I imagine this was incredibly groundbreaking for its time.

Keep listening at the end for a brief synopsis of Sylvia's life and experiences and, ultimately, her death. The last part of the novel which reflects on how she will know the bell jar won't descend again? Sandlot prophetic, but really powerful. Loved this.

  • Mr Stink

  • By: David Walliams
  • Narrated by: David Walliams, Matt Lucas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

"Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well….” Chloe sees Mr Stink every day, but she’s never spoken to him - which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp, and he stinks. But there’s more to Mr Stink than meets the eye (or nose), and before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual new friend hiding in her garden shed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Most touching book I have ever read!

  • By Anonymous User on 18-11-2018

Awesome

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

Reviewed: 06-09-2016

This was just so wonderful for everyone, even I loved listening with the kids. Great listen for a long car ride or just broken up over a couple of weeks while doing the school run. Narration was just perfect!

  • My Mother's Secret

  • By: Sheila O'Flanagan
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

From the number-one best-selling author of Bad Behaviour and If You Were Me comes an engaging, warm and thought-provoking new novel about a secret that can't be kept under wraps any longer - whatever the consequences. Not to be missed by readers of Jane Green, Lisa Jewell, and Marian Keyes. A romantic holiday in sunny Rome. A happy marriage strong enough to last 40 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book and awesome narrator!

  • By June Eaton on 05-06-2018

None of the characters are likeable

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

Reviewed: 03-12-2015

Or if they are, it's overshadowed by the annoying ones. I couldn't stand Rochine and I have no idea why everyone put up with her?! She ruined this book for me, but everyone was so self involved and lacked empathy.

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  • Last Train to Istanbul

  • A Novel
  • By: Ayse Kulin, John W Baker (translator)
  • Narrated by: Sanjiv Jhaveri
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

Born into privilege to one of the last Ottoman pashas, beautiful, spirited Selva is the brightest jewel in her father’s household - until she falls in love with Rafael Alfandari. Though Turkey has long been a safe haven for Jews, marriage between a high-ranking Muslim girl and a Jewish boy is strictly forbidden. Yet young love will not be denied, and Selva and Rafael defy their parents and marry, fleeing to Paris in hopes of a better life - only to find themselves trapped in the path of the invading Nazis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Jo on 12-06-2015

Unsympathetic characters

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

Reviewed: 29-07-2015

I found myself unable to care what happened to any of these characters. In particular the sisters. One is just outright obnoxious, more interested in pretty much everything other than protecting her son. The other is unable to love her own daughter because when she was growing up her younger sister was slightly taller and therefore her jealousy from childhood has left her emotionally stunted. The narration lacked emotion. The random rape in the train carriage, really, was that necessary???