Mini Reviews autumn

Here are some more mini reviews of audiobooks I’ve listened to recently 😊

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You’ve Got To Laugh written and read by Alison Hammond

514uJJedrrS._SL500_From Goodreads: “‘I always say a day is wasted without laughter . . .’
Alison Hammond loves to laugh. And the nation laughs with her. Her sunny personality and zest for life have brought joy to millions and made her one of the UK’s best-loved television presenters. Known for her hilarious and unforgettable interviews with Hollywood A-Listers, Alison is also responsible for countless classic moments of broadcasting gold – from getting stuck on a caravan door to delivering Christmas cash dressed as an elf. But who is Alison Hammond really, and how did she become the personality we know and love? Shaped by the influence of her incredible mum, Alison went from small roles on television shows as a youngster to that life-changing appearance on Big Brother, before landing her dream job on This Morning. And through it all, she found the joy in every day, the positives in any situation. You’ve Got to Laugh gives a never-before-seen insight into Alison’s life: her loves, her losses – with a side order of gossip. As well as being a hugely entertaining and uplifting read, Alison’s story will inspire you to grab life with both hands and make the most of every single moment.

I have a confession to make! I’d never heard of Alison Hammond before I was offered this audiobook for review! Fortunately it really It didn’t matter, as I got to know Alison really well listening to this audiobook. She came across as a lovely, genuine, down to earth person, someone everyone would want to be friends with, the life and soul of a party, but also a woman who takes herself and life seriously at times. I loved her stories about being a holiday rep in Tunisia, the way she got the job was amazing, like something you’d read about in a book. She laughs a lot at life and had me laughing out loud all the way through this book, especially some of her interviews with Hollywood stars like the one with George Clooney on the red carpet (twice by mistake), putting on half her makeup in the car whilst waiting to interview John Travolta, her marriage proposal from The Rock, auditioning to be a dancer for Britney Spears, and being told off by Brain May at an awards ceremony. It’s not all Hollywood stars though as she does talk about her life before TV, growing up in the Midlands in the UK and the fun she had with friends and family. I loved this book, it really brightened my day when I was listening to it, and I can imagine listening to it again sometime. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy uplifting memoirs on audio.

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Life’s Too Short Boy by Abby JimenezΒ 
read by Zachary Webber and Christine Lakin

image_2021-10-28_095033From Goodreads: β€œVanessa lives life on her own terms β€” one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, travelling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment. But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element. The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . .

I loved this contemporary romance, it was soo good and brilliantly narrated by Zachary Webber and Christine Lakin. It was funny and romantic but also had some serious moments relating to terminal illness, grief, mental illness and drug addiction. Vanessa and Adrian were brilliant main characters, and if I was looking for a book boyfriend he would be top of the list! πŸ˜‚ I highly recommend it if you enjoy contemporary romance on audio. I definitely want to listen to everything that Abby Jimenez has written!

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The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham narrated by Alex Jennings

41lDpFpIfDL._SL500_From Goodreads: “Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen. Removing his bandages the next morning, he finds masses of sightless people wandering the city. He soon meets Josella, another lucky person who has retained her sight, and together they leave the city, aware that the safe, familiar world they knew a mere twenty-four hours before is gone forever.
But to survive in this post-apocalyptic world, one must survive the Triffids, strange plants that years before began appearing all over the world. The Triffids can grow to over seven feet tall, pull their roots from the ground to walk, and kill a man with one quick lash of their poisonous stingers. With society in shambles, they are now poised to prey on humankind. Wyndham chillingly anticipates bio-warfare and mass destruction, fifty years before their realization, in this prescient account of Cold War paranoia

I don’t read or listen sci-fi very often, but when I do it tends to be classic sci-fi like War of the Worlds by HG Wells, or something by John Wyndham. I’ve reviewed Chocky and The Kraken Awakes which I’ve enjoyed and so I though I’d try this, his most famous book. It was published back in 1951 so it’s seventy years old and boy did it feel dated with the way the women are either weak and pathetic needing a man to help them out, or spinster battle-axes who are independent and don’t want any help thank you very much! It’s a shame really as I enjoyed the story and the dystopian setting as it wasn’t cliched as as some recent dystopia has become, but it’s really obvious it’s a definitely product of post war Britain. Alex Jennings’ narration was excellent and I think if the narration hadn’t been as good I probably would’ve given up on it.Β 

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A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
performed by Emilia Fox

56478348From Goodreads: “An exotic holiday for Miss Marple is ruined when a retired major is killed… As Miss Marple sat basking in the Caribbean sunshine she felt mildly discontented with life. True, the warmth eased her rheumatism, but here in paradise nothing ever happened. Eventually, her interest was aroused by an old soldier’s yarn about a strange coincidence. Infuriatingly, just as he was about to show her an astonishing photograph, the Major’s attention wandered. He never did finish the story.”

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this audiobook and think it could be my favourite Agatha Christie mystery. I know there’s been TV adaptions of this, but I’ve never watched them so didn’t know anything about the story at all. I’m so glad, as I loved the mystery of it all, trying to work out ‘whodunnit’. As usual I had several suspects and even guessed correctly at one point, only to fall for the marvellous red herrings Agatha Christie distracted me with. Emilia Fox performed this story and she was absolutely fantastic! I particularly enjoyed her portrayal of Miss Marple and Mr Rafiel and can’t wait to listen to more books read by her.

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