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  • My Thoughts Exactly

  • By: Lily Allen
  • Narrated by: Lily Allen
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 326

I'm strong. I can be tough. I've been broken. I'm opinionated. I'm a people-pleaser. I'm spoilt. I'm needy. I contradict myself. I try to do good. I want to do good. I'm impassioned. I'm observant. Most importantly, I tell the truth. And this is my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lily Allen as told by Lily (and read by Lily too!)

  • By pip lincolne on 23-09-2018

Some good stuff in here..

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

Reviewed: 21-03-2019

Initially I thought i'd find her voice annoying because it doesn't sound so natural like a lot of narration i listen to, but actually the more I got into it I found it was endearing and authentic ..

It was interesting hearing about her start in life, her evolution and who she is now - she doesn't sugar coat anything and talks deeply and rawly about a whole level of subjects you will not find in a book by any of her other peers. I am a reasonable fan of her, aka not a massive massive fan but there was still a lot in this book for me - from the stalker she had to the experience of being a woman in the music industry it was all very interesting. Worth a listen!

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  • Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?

  • And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House
  • By: Alyssa Mastromonaco
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler
  • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked for Barack Obama for almost a decade and long before his run for president. From the then-senator's early days in Congress to his years in the Oval Office, she made Hope and Change happen through blood, sweat, tears and lots of briefing binders. But for every historic occasion - meeting the queen at Buckingham Palace, bursting in on secret climate talks or nailing a campaign speech in a hailstorm - there were dozens of less-than-perfect moments when it was up to Alyssa to save the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was a great idea!!

  • By Kai1 on 10-03-2019

This was a great idea!!

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

Reviewed: 10-03-2019

SO good! Loved listening to this after listening to Michelle Obama's book "Becoming" cos it felt like it was in-keeping with the theme. I'd never heard of her before and honestly as an english chick living in Australia my interest in american politics starts and ends with Obama. My only criticism is it felt a little short and i wanted to hear MORE MORE MORE about her time at the whitehouse.

What is there is good though, and she really has a great narrative style and it kept me at the gym longer than i normally would so i could listen some more. I think listen to this if you liked Michelle Obama's book or Sheryl Sandbergs Lean in.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,924
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,626
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,615

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thought provoking

  • By Anonymous User on 11-01-2019

Enthralling, captivating & fascinating listen

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

Reviewed: 27-02-2019

Apart from the beginning bit - I dunno why but i just get bored to tears when it comes to childhood stories but stick with it, it really (obviously) sets you up for the rest of the book. Regardless of the slow start I enjoyed and devoured this audiobook, I cried on the bus listening to it (so embarrassing!! no sobs just tears haha) more than once when she talks about her dad passing, hurricane Katrina and sandy hook i couldn't help it it was like reliving the horror of hearing of about those events.

It was fascinating hearing about she met and fell in love with Barack, way back before everyone else fell in love with him too!

There is nothing controversial in here really, as you'd expect from the Obama's but it was really enjoyable... Boy did it make me miss them, it took me right back to 2008 when so much felt possible...

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  • Boys Will Be Boys

  • By: Clementine Ford
  • Narrated by: Clementine Ford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

How does a feminist raise a son in a world that conditions boys into entitlement, privilege and power at the expense not just of girls' humanity but also their own? All boys start innocent, but by the time they are adolescents many of them will subscribe to a view of masculinity that is openly contemptuous of women and girls. This explosive new work will look at toxic masculinity and the closed ranks of brotherhood that shape an entitled, disrespectful and potentially dangerous idea of manhood. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful stuff - beautiful epilogue at the end

  • By Kai1 on 05-02-2019

Powerful stuff - beautiful epilogue at the end

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

Reviewed: 05-02-2019

I take some of the reviewers points that the delivery of the message does come across as quite angry and at times this makes it uncomfortable to listen to. But really isn't the subject matter UNCOMFORTABLE enough, she delivers it in this way because it is actually an outrage, and maybe by showing you its ok to be really mad about these things it will help spark action. Although i prefer authors like Caitlin Moran's palatable jovial version of the feminist message I kept going with this book because it really brought some truths home that even I had been guilty of brushing aside as the way things are and I needed to listen.

I listen to this for me, and I listened to it for my son and the world i want him to be part of.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Barefoot Investor for Families

  • The Only Kids’ Money Guide You’ll Ever Need
  • By: Scott Pape
  • Narrated by: Scott Pape
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 399

Barefoot Investor for Families is aimed fairly and squarely at parents, grandparents, and basically anyone who read that book and said: 'Why the hell wasn't I taught this years ago?' Scott lays out 10 money milestones kids need to have nailed before they leave home, and it's all structured around one family 'money meal' each week.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not a one star, one hit wonder

  • By Peter&Alana Metaxas on 08-10-2018

Should hand out copies of this in maternity wards

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

Reviewed: 28-09-2018

Thats how foundational it is. I'll be sharing this one with my mothers group for sure! I think its funny that I never really considered that financial fitness is something we can be taught from a young age, probably because it's not something I was ever taught or exposed to at all past having pocket money for washing my dad's car but it makes a lot of sense (and explains the credit card debt i was in at 22!Gah ..)Scott also talks about a barefoot 10 tips, which stretch beyond money into building self esteem / confidence in your children to put them in good stead for the future. I'm so glad he wrote these more focused tips as a follow on from his previous book, its fried gold. This is a must listen for parents!

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hail to the Chin

  • Further Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • By: Bruce Campbell, Craig Sanborn
  • Narrated by: Bruce Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

One of my dad’s favorite jokes about getting older was: “I went out for coffee when I was twenty-one and when I got back I was fifty-eight!” I get what he meant now. Time flies. My first book, If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a "B" Movie Actor, was published back in 2001 and it chronicles the adventures of a “mid-grade, kind of hammy actor" (my words), cutting his teeth on exploitation movies far removed from mainstream Hollywood. This next book, an “Act II” if you will, could be considered my “maturing years” in show business, when I began to say “no” more often and gravitated toward self-generated material. Taking stock in the overall quality of my life, I fled Los Angeles and moved to a remote part of Oregon to renew, regroup and reload. If that sounds tame, the journey from Evil Dead to Spider-Man to Burn Notice was long, with plenty of adventures/mishaps along the way. I never pictured myself hovering above Baghdad in a Blackhawk helicopter, facing a pack of wild dogs in Bulgaria, or playing an aging Elvis Presley with cancer on his penis - how can you predict this stuff? The sheer lunacy of show business is part of the fun for me and I hope you'll come along for the ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy interesting and funny listen

  • By Anonymous User on 13-12-2018

Not quite as good as the original one..

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

Reviewed: 28-09-2018

Still very enjoyable, as his voice is awesome to listen to but the story this time was a little dry - i didn't feel that interested in the digging of his land to put in an internet cable so much as other areas, so maybe i'm not quite the fan i thought I was. Still an OK listen though.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

Pioneers of Britain's nascent Rock and Metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style, and stage presence of its second, but twice-longest-serving, lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Entertaining

  • By David on 19-06-2018

Wowsers. What an e-nigma!

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2018

Wait.. that dude from Iron Maiden fly's ACTUAL COMMERCIAL JETS?? NOW this I have to learn more about. Great great great biography, he is such a well read well educated smooth talker it really was a delight to listen to. A must add for all iron maiden fans!

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  • If Chins Could Kill

  • Confessions of a B Movie Actor
  • By: Bruce Campbell
  • Narrated by: Bruce Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful view of the reality of film

  • By Matthew on 13-08-2017

Listened to it on planes, trains and buses across the world

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

Reviewed: 13-08-2018

A great listen, Bruce's voice is A delight to hear and keep me company during many a yawnful moment. You know actually this book is probably far more educational than it intended to be, painting an interesting picture of how a bunch of college kids could raise the funds to make a proper movie. I really enjoyed if Chins could kill and can't wait to listen to the next one !!

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

  • Hypnobirthing Home Study Course Manual

  • Step-by-Step Guide to an Easy, Natural and Pain Free Birth
  • By: Kathryn Clark
  • Narrated by: Kathryn Clark
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

This course reveals the tools and knowledge you need to have a fulfilling birth, with little to no pain. All of this you can do in the comfort of your own home and at your own pace. The Hypnobirthing Home Study Course is a complete birth education course. You can be fully prepared for your best possible birth experience. There is no need to attend any other hypnobirthing or birth preparation class, as this is a course that covers natural birthing, alternative options, and the best interventions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not too bad , worth a go!

  • By Kai1 on 14-10-2017

Not too bad , worth a go!

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

Reviewed: 14-10-2017

I used this book to get ready for the birth of my son, first baby. Although I wasn't 100% sure I was a hypnobirth mum I did want tips to relax and think about things differently and reduce my anxiety.

Initially I put this on a faster speed cos the voice annoyed me and it took a while to get into the "meaty bits"

Ultimately I went overdue and was due to be induced, then, in the end I had to be cut open very quickly to have my bub - the chapter about fear and release really helped as, things escalated quickly and I was able to keep thinking about the tips and keep my mind calm and be ok with the quick plan change.

I'd probably use this audio in conjunction with the/ a book as it was useful to listen to before bed but it's annoying you can't see the title of the chapters to flick Back to. I used the notes functionality liberally tho to playback bits to my husband.

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Janette on 18-04-2018

Not quite as compelling as the other stories...

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

Reviewed: 14-09-2017

What made the experience of listening to Whispers Under Ground the most enjoyable?
The narrator!!!!

Who was your favorite character and why?
Peter

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Yes, I'll follow all of them!!

Any additional comments?
This book wasn't quite as good as the others in the series, I found it more of a challenge to listen to than the one's prior. But still worth a listen

Just to let you know, I work for Audible, but the views expressed in this review are 100% my own.