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  • Easily Distracted

  • By: Steve Coogan
  • Narrated by: Steve Coogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    5 out of 5 stars 28
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age, he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should "be on the telly". Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. The late '80s and early '90s saw Coogan developing characters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite interesting

  • By Sam B on 14-07-2018

A-ha!

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Reviewed: 09-07-2018

Most enjoyable, particularly to the generation that remember sitting down as a family to watch the Morecambe and Wise Christmas Special

  • Small Man in a Book

  • By: Rob Brydon
  • Narrated by: Rob Brydon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 68

Who is the man behind the many voices of Rob Brydon? Read by the man himself, this audiobook memoir will reveal the warm heart behind one of Britain's favourite impressionists. A multi-award-winning actor, writer, comedian and presenter known for his warmth, humour and inspired impressions, Rob Brydon has quickly become one of our very favourite entertainers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book.

  • By Tracy on 02-11-2018

What a voice

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Reviewed: 10-06-2018

A great listen and a great lesson in "if at first you don't succeed, try, try again". A really enjoyable book, beautifully read. Will listen again.

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Sir Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing life, and so much more enjoyable himself

  • By James M. on 27-07-2017

Such a voice

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Reviewed: 08-05-2018

Remarkable stories, as Michael would say "you couldn't make it up" and that is what it is all about.

  • Painting the Sand

  • By: Kim Hughes
  • Narrated by: Oliver Hemsbrough
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
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    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

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
  • gripping story.

  • By Anonymous User on 14-09-2018

You see through his eyes

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Reviewed: 22-02-2018

I heard Kim Hughes interviewed on 3AW and thought I should give it a go. Well let me tell you the book is astonishing, you feel the anguish of his early years and the pride that develops as he discovers his unusual calling. Thank you Kim Hughes for this insight into the brave, the terrified, the injured and the dead that serve us all and deserve greater daily recognition. I will listen again.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 292
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 275
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5/5

  • By Anonymous User on 29-11-2017

He's complicated

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Reviewed: 06-02-2018

Get ready, one-minute tears of laughter, the next just tears. Crafted not written, an extraordinary journey that isn't over yet.

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! ....... just WOW!

  • By Mark on 04-09-2017

Footnote

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Reviewed: 21-01-2018

Don't let the footnotes put you off (they do at first) and stick with him. It's a window into what drives a remarkable man. It inspires and I now Believe.

  • A Clear Blue Sky

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jonny Bairstow, Duncan Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Paul Tyreman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

An emotionally rich, moving and nuanced memoir from the Yorkshire and England wicketkeeper. As a young boy of eight, Jonny Bairstow was dealt a cruel blow. His father David 'Bluey' Bairstow, the combative and very popular wicketkeeper and captain of Yorkshire, took his own life at the age of 47. David left behind Jonny; Jonny's sister, Becky, and half brother, Andy; and his wife, Janet, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer at the time of his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling read

  • By Shadow on 06-12-2017

Compelling read

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Reviewed: 06-12-2017

You don't even have to love cricket to enjoy this young man's story. An insight into how you can overcome.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,614
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,360
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,348

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Revisiting an old friend

  • By MARIA COUTAS on 13-10-2016

Enchanting

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Reviewed: 03-02-2017

Had never read a book or watched a movie - then I fell in love.

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  • The Lean Startup

  • How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
  • By: Eric Ries
  • Narrated by: Eric Ries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Lean Content!

  • By Ian on 27-11-2015

Should have known better

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Reviewed: 12-01-2017

Let's face it, if he was any good at lean startups he'd be starting something, not writing this twaddle.