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  • The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
  • By: Mary Roach
  • Narrated by: Shelly Frasier
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A down to earth, thought provoking discussion

  • By Michael on 09-06-2016

I'm horrified to say I loved this book

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

Reviewed: 28-11-2018

Brilliant witty writing combined with great narration made me love this book. The content however freaked me out on a number of occasions. It answered all the questions I wanted to know about death and dead bodies and raised other questions I never thought to even ask. If you're an animal lover this is fair warning you might find some of it disturbing. The things we have done in the name of science are quite frightening. It made me question who we are as a species on this planet and it certainly made me think about the legacy we leave behind.

  • Uncommon Type

  • Some Stories
  • By: Tom Hanks
  • Narrated by: Tom Hanks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

A collection of 17 wonderful short stories showing that Tom Hanks is as talented a writer as he is an actor. A gentle Eastern European immigrant arrives in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. A man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game - and then another and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rare Review

  • By soochoon on 30-01-2018

Loved it!

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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: 25-02-2018

Entertaining, fun and clever. Tom Hanks is a delight to listen to and as it turns out a delightful writer too.

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  • The Girl You Left Behind

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Penelope Rawlins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

France, 1916. Sophie Lefevre is ordered to serve the German officers who socialise in her hotel. When the new Kommandant sets eyes on Sophie's portrait - painted by her husband Edouard - a dangerous obsession is born. Almost a century later, Sophie's portrait hangs in the home of Liv Halston. A chance encounter reveals the painting's true worth - and its troubled history that is about to resurface and turn Liv's life upside down…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Triumphant victory over hate and loss!

  • By Emmy Wincen on 16-05-2016

Very engaging

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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: 05-02-2018

Thoroughly enjoyed this novel. The story weaves brilliantly between present and past and the narrator does a great job of all the characters.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He isn't as young as he used to be. He drives a Saab. He points at people he doesn't like the look of. He is described by those around his as 'the neighbour from hell'.Every morning he makes his inspection rounds of the local streets. He moves bicycles and checks the contents of recycling bins, even though it's been years since he was fired as Chairman of the Residents' Association in a vicious 'coup d'état'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book i've read in a long time!

  • By Anne on 11-01-2015

Everything you could want in a book!

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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: 20-12-2017

Loved it. Laughed out loud and sobbed buckets too. Wonderful characters who you truly invest in. The narration was perfect as well.

  • Holding

  • By: Graham Norton
  • Narrated by: Graham Norton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Graham Norton's masterful debut is an intelligently crafted story of love, secrets and loss.The remote Irish village of Duneen has known little drama; and yet its inhabitants are troubled. Sergeant PJ Collins hasn't always been this overweight; mother of¬ two Brid Riordan hasn't always been an alcoholic; and elegant Evelyn Ross hasn't always felt that her life was a total waste.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very enjoyable

  • By DebManning on 17-12-2018

Exellent read. Fun, mysterious and engaging

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

Reviewed: 16-07-2017

Would you consider the audio edition of Holding to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version

Who was your favorite character and why?

PJ Collins - he was delightful and complicated

Which character – as performed by Graham Norton – was your favourite?

PJ Collins

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes definitely

Any additional comments?

I hope Graham writes more novels soon!