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  • Lost in a Good Book

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Thursday Next, literary detective and newlywed, is back to embark on an adventure that begins, quite literally on her own doorstep. It seems that Landen, her husband of four weeks, actually drowned in an accident when he was two years old. Someone, somewhere, sometime, is responsible. The sinister Goliath Corporation wants its operative Jack Schitt out of the poem in which Thursday trapped him, and it will do almost anything to achieve this - but bribing the ChronoGuard? Is that possible?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • jolly good fun

  • By phoebe on 21-09-2018

Lovely

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Reviewed: 11-08-2018

The first book in the series was fun. This one takes it all a step further. Getting lost in Jasper Fforde's imagination is delightful. It had me laughing out loud frequently. A lovely book for literary nerds with a taste for the fantastic.

  • The Eyre Affair

  • By: Jasper Fforde
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Kruger
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

There is another 1985, somewhere in the could-have-been, where the Crimean war still rages, dodos are regenerated in home-cloning kits and everyone is deeply disappointed by the ending of 'Jane Eyre'. In this world there are no jet-liners or computers, but there are policemen who can travel across time, a Welsh republic, a great interest in all things literary - and a woman called Thursday Next. In this utterly original and wonderfully funny first novel, Fforde has created a fiesty, loveable heroine and a plot of such richness and ingenuity that it will take your breath away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Anie on 19-03-2016

A joyfully literary romp

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Reviewed: 11-07-2018

The Eyre Affair is wildly entertaining. If you love literature, you'll find it full of surprise and delight. Especially entertaining if you love both Shakespeare and 19th Century English literature. Don't miss this one!

  • The Brain that Changes Itself

  • By: Norman Doidge
  • Narrated by: Jim Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 201

An astonishing new scientific discovery called neuroplasticity is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the adult human brain is fixed and unchanging. It is, instead, able to change its own structure and function, even into old age. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enlightening!

  • By clare on 08-07-2017

Very interesting

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Reviewed: 06-03-2018

A great overview of the people who brought neuroplasticity into the mainstream. Could have done with a bit less detail about the experiments, but I understand their importance to the story.

  • When

  • The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
  • By: Daniel H. Pink
  • Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of 'when' decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Timing, it's often assumed, is an art; in When, Pink shows that timing is, in fact, a science. Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work and succeed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a very relevant book

  • By Goraek on 12-03-2019

Answers many questions

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Reviewed: 10-02-2018

"When" answers many questions that seem obvious once revealed, but that few have thought to ask. In a similar vein to "Drive", Dan Pink grabs the data from many sources, to construct a meaningful guide to optimising your performance in all arenas, from the professional to the personal. If you're a teacher this book will make many pennies drop. If you're a human being who sleeps, it will give you relatable and useful information. In other words, everyone should read this book.

  • Peggy and Me

  • By: Miranda Hart
  • Narrated by: Miranda Hart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
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    5 out of 5 stars 126
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

The hilarious and heartwarming account of Miranda and her life changing dog, the inimitable and most lovable Peggy. Hello dear audiobook browser and welcome to Peggy and Me. The story of my life since getting a beautiful Shih-Tzu Bichon Frise cross puppy (I call the breed a Shitty Frise - fun) in the form of Peggy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming

  • By Ann on 12-10-2017

Not for cat lovers

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Reviewed: 25-11-2016

I loved Miranda Hart's first book "Is it just me?" I wanted to love "Peggy and Me" but sadly somewhere between the two offerings, stardom has taken over and this doggy tale has just gotten a wee bit too, what I call, self indulgent. As with any moments of navel gazing it's normally best done in private. There are moments of greatness like coining the word "Poo-calypse," but all in all there aren't enough to make up for the deeply soppy moments of canine inspired self discovery. Full disclosure, I am a cat person. I'd like to say I'm an all animals person, but some of the needier, whiny canines I've met tend to make me think I'm now a confirmed cat person. Cats are better than dogs. For those who already know that, you probably don't need to bother picking this up to confirm it.

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  • Shaggy Muses

  • The Dogs Who Inspired Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Edith Wharton, and Virginia Woolf
  • By: Maureen Adams
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
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    1 out of 5 stars 1
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    3 out of 5 stars 1
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    1 out of 5 stars 1

Based on diaries, letters, and other contemporary accounts, these five miniature biographies allow us unparalleled intimacy with women of genius in their hours of domestic ease and inner vulnerability. Shaggy Muses also enchants us with a pack of new friends: Flush, Keeper, Carlo, Foxy, Linky, Grizzle, Pinka, and all the other devoted canines who loved and served these great writers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Detail page is a little misleading

  • By Fiona Thurn on 27-04-2016

Detail page is a little misleading

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Reviewed: 27-04-2016

Reading the description of this book I thought I was purchasing a collection of writings by the subjects that centre on their pets. No such thing. As stated a little later in the description, they are potted biographies by a dog lover. This book isn't a collection of literary curiosities. It isn't literary at all. It's a pop biography written from a specific stance. You might like it, but I was reading hoping for the words of those it deals with; no such luck. For me it was a huge let down. Oh, and the narrator should look up the pronunciation of English place names, especially Torquay! Very annoying.

I Remember Nothing cover art
  • I Remember Nothing

  • And Other Reflections
  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Nora Ephron
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Nora Ephron returns with her first book since the astounding success of I Feel Bad About My Neck, taking a cold, hard, hilarious look at the past, the present, and the future, bemoaning the vicissitudes of modern life, and recalling with her signature clarity and wisdom everything she hasn’t (yet) forgotten. Filled with insights and observations that instantly ring true - and could have come only from Nora Ephron - I Remember Nothing is a pure delight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By stephen on 30-04-2017

Love Nora so much

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-04-2016

Get this one if you love Nora Ephron. She reads it herself. Some of the later pieces will bring tears to your eyes knowing she only survived 2 years after this was made. A very funny woman. A great loss. Her observations are filled with her wit, her compassion, and her stunning sense of the ridiculous. Loved it.

  • Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble

  • Some Things About Women and Notes on Media
  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

This edition brings together some of Ephron’s most famous writing on a generation of women (and men) who helped shape the way we live now, and on events ranging from the Watergate scandal to the Pillsbury Bake-Off. In these sharp, hilariously entertaining, and vividly observed pieces, Ephron illuminates an era with wicked honesty and insight. From the famous "A Few Words About Breasts" to important pieces on her time working for the New York Post and Gourmet Magazine, these essays show Ephron at her very best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love it

  • By Fiona Thurn on 31-03-2016

Love it

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Reviewed: 31-03-2016

As a child of the 60s born the year after Kennedy was assassinated, these articles are full of the things that went on around me as a child. The early profile of Gloria Steinem and other pivotal figures in the early days of women's liberation are fascinating. It would be great if the anti feminist millennials would read this and pull their heads in. Ephron doesn't shy away from the complex issues, but her acknowledgement makes them seem much less threatening. A great double bill. Just fabulous.

  • Wallflower at the Orgy

  • By: Nora Ephron
  • Narrated by: Kathe Mazur
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
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    4 out of 5 stars 5
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

From her Academy Award-nominated screenplays to her best-selling fiction and essays, Nora Ephron is one of America's most gifted, prolific, and versatile writers. In this classic collection of magazine articles, Ephron does what she does best: embrace American culture with love, cynicism, and unmatched wit. From tracking down the beginnings of the self-help movement to dressing down the fashion world's most powerful publication to capturing a glimpse of a legendary movie in the making, these timeless pieces tap into our enduring obsessions with celebrity, food, romance, clothes, entertainment, and sex.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always entertaining

  • By Fiona Thurn on 31-03-2016

Always entertaining

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Reviewed: 31-03-2016

These early magazine articles aren't earth shattering, but Ephron knows that and tells you in the preface. They are of their time and a precursor of the quick wit and razor sharp style of the more mature woman. Make sure you get "Crazy Salad and Scribble, Scribble", as it's full of the more mature Ephron's work, and fascinating insight into the early days of Women's Liberation.

  • Memento Mori

  • By: Muriel Spark
  • Narrated by: Eve Karpf
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
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    5 out of 5 stars 4
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    5 out of 5 stars 4
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

"Remember you must die" says the telephone caller.This the voice, and message communicated in a series of anonymous calls made to many elderly people. Including; Dame Lettie, a blue-blooded reformer, Godfrey - her rather irritating brother, and his once fabulous novelist wife Charmian. But who is the caller? And why are they reminding them of this final truth? It's unsettling and mysterious. The activity increases and soon a witch-hunt is in full force, with nobody beyond suspicion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and just so true

  • By Fiona Thurn on 23-02-2016

Entertaining and just so true

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Reviewed: 23-02-2016

Anyone over 70, or people dealing a lot with people over 70 will enjoy this. It's of a different era, but so are people over 70. The writing is crisp and observant. Stunningly knowing.