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  • My Brilliant Friend: The Neapolitan Novels, Book 1

  • By: Elena Ferrante
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

The story of Elena and Lila begins in a poor but vibrant neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples. The two girls learn to rely on each other ahead of anyone or anything else, sometimes to their own detriment, as each discovers more about who she is and suffers or delights in the throes of their intense friendship. There is a piercing honesty about Ferrante’s prose that makes My Brilliant Friend a compulsively readable portrait of two young women, and also the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator couldn't get main character's name right

  • By Ms on 08-03-2017

Adolescence

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

Reviewed: 13-04-2019

A good description of adolescent girls in 1950's Naples - but should appeal more to romantics.

  • 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 24
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

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
  • love Billy

  • By DEB1194 on 09-04-2019

A Glasgow Straight Shooter

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

Reviewed: 07-04-2019

It contains some memorable anecdotes and some straight shooting opinions. His working-class upbringing is something he is proud of and his development as a comedian from a folk musician is very well described.

  • The Hidden Life of Trees

  • What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries From a Secret World
  • By: Peter Wohlleben
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

A forester's fascinating stories backed by the latest scientific research illustrate how trees nurture and talk to each other. Are trees social beings? In this international best seller - which has sold more than 320,000 copies in Germany alone - forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll never look at trees the same!

  • By K1W1Jax on 26-01-2019

Humbling

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

Reviewed: 12-03-2019

As an arrogant human, I found this story about the life and death of trees quite humbling.

  • Ep. 1: A Savory Story (Voices)

  • By: David Waters
  • Length: 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Loren Schoenberg's hunt for a box of records would change the way we understand the history of Jazz.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eclectic

  • By SW TUBBS on 05-02-2019

Eclectic

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

This episode is part of an audiobook that is the relation of a compilation of eclectic experiences.

  • Ep. 2: Killing It (Voices)

  • By: David Waters
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

When the unthinkable happens at 15,000 feet, life begins again....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eclectic

  • By SW TUBBS on 05-02-2019

Eclectic

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

This episode is part of an audiobook that is the relation of a compilation of eclectic experiences.

  • Ep. 3: Sibo and Maureen (Voices)

  • By: David Waters
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

From Zimbabwe to the UK, a series of turbulent events and a love story from a detention centre.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eclectic

  • By SW TUBBS on 05-02-2019

Eclectic

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

This episode is part of an audiobook that is the relation of a compilation of eclectic experiences.

  • Ep. 4: Under Ice (Voices)

  • By: David Waters
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Trigger warning: although this story doesn’t contain anything explicit, it covers themes of childhood trauma, sexual abuse and memory and it might be upsetting for some people. Listen with care. The story of a journey to resurface from the repressed memories of childhood trauma and the pressure to blindly forgive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eclectic

  • By SW TUBBS on 05-02-2019

Eclectic

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

This episode is part of an audiobook that is the relation of a compilation of eclectic experiences.

  • Ep. 5: Rock Opera (Voices)

  • By: David Waters
  • Length: 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

"I wanted to be on Broadway, that’s what I wanted to do. I don’t know when I ever realised I could sing. I just didn't care enough to stop." A singer's dreams of Broadway turn to Opera and then to America's most prodigious music school with a future in music. But when her desired career turns against her she hears the call of the wild. And this call leads her life down a completely new path: a conversation with the earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eclectic

  • By SW TUBBS on 05-02-2019

Eclectic

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

This episode is part of an audiobook that is the relation of a compilation of eclectic experiences.

  • Ep. 6: The Fall (Voices)

  • By: David Waters
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

"As I'm telling you this I can actually feel and smell how it felt to live through this." Just when journalist Jeremy Smith's life and career are going exactly to plan an incident transports him a world of dreams, torment and ultimately boredom. As he tries to overcome the battle in his mind, can he use the skills of his trade to overcome his demons?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eclectic

  • By SW TUBBS on 05-02-2019

Eclectic

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

This episode is part of an audiobook that is the relation of a compilation of eclectic experiences.

  • Ep. 7: Leader of the Bathroom Seminars (Voices)

  • By: David Waters
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

"I need to take you back to Sunday in September in Chicago, 45 years ago. When a man in a long white coat handed me a stop watch...." What leads an anthropologist studying the lives of native American Indians to a career listening in on the secrets of dying children?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eclectic

  • By SW TUBBS on 05-02-2019

Eclectic

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

This episode is part of an audiobook that is the relation of a compilation of eclectic experiences.