Audible Review ~ The Diary of Two Nobodies ~

(An ode to Mary and Giles)

 

The hole left by my audio book grows larger by the day.
A witty piece by normal folk with lively things to say.
A chapter every morning had brightened up my life,
With all those cheeky anecdotes from Giles and Mary, his wife.

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The Diary Of Two Nobodies
From the Stars of  Gogglebox.
I didn’t realise when it began,
But I’d opened Pandora’s box.
I felt I’d got to know them well, and coming to the end,
I knew a sense of sadness like waving off a friend…
I’ll no longer read murder mystery or romantic fluffy styles.
I want part two of the diaries, written by Mary and Giles!


I don’t usually wax lyrical with my book reviews but I absolutely loved listening to this book. Witty sometimes poignant anecdotes voiced by these two very old school eccentrics, straight from their lovely Wiltshire Cottage. A thoroughly charming listen.

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My Rating

Narration⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Further info about Giles Wood and Mary Killen, can be found here

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Audible review – Afraid


I find it so hard to settle with a book nowadays that I joined Audible roughly three years ago in a bid to catch up on more than a few years of neglect. I hoped that listening rather than reading might reawaken my slightly addling brain


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Afraid

Now I don’t want to give too much of the plot away, but it is a story of child grooming that is harrowing at times and quite disturbing.

It should probably be essential reading for parents. Pre-teen, preferably before the kids go off the rails

Having said that, the kind of parents that 15 year old Skye, the main character possesses, probably wouldn’t have read it anyway. She has a chaotic home life and is troubled by her parents almost dangerous relationship.

Luckily Skye has Jade to talk to, a girl whose life seems almost as awful as hers.

Sky’s life falls further apart when her mother becomes ill and the police become involved, Skye in desperation turns to Jade who luckily offers a place for her troubled friend to stay.

Author Mandasue Heller has connections with the notorious Hulme Crescents area of Manchester having lived there for ten years, she often uses the location as a backdrop to her novels, as such this story is set in the North of England and is best described as, true to form with realistic character dialogue.

The book contains explicit language which could offend, but fits well within the plotline. Narrator Colleen Prendergast reads the characters well and I found she really brought the tale to life for me.

The story is full of drama and suspense and I found myself totally immersed. The audio book is 10 hours 15 minutes long. I listened to it in bursts at the gym, a half hour of exercise has never passed so quickly.

It’s not a pleasant book but it is a great story and I do highly recommend it


 

My Rating

Narration ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

FURTHER INFO ABOUT AUTHOR Mandasue Heller   


    

Audible review – A Prayer for Owen Meany

I find it so hard to settle with a book nowadays that I joined Audible roughly three years ago in a bid to catch up on more than a few years of neglect. I hoped that listening rather than reading might reawaken my slightly addling brain.


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A Prayer for Owen Meany

I’m so glad that I didn’t let the scary looking guy on the cover put me off, or the slightly odd title, because this is one of those books that feels like a discovery. You will still enjoy the book if your an atheist or have zero religious knowledge

The narrator Joe Barrett , is absolutely fantastic in the way he brings the characters to life. Its a very long book at close to 27 hours but I listened virtually non stop over a weekend and loved it.

Joe Barrett was selected especially by the author John Irving for his ability to deliver Owen Meany’s difficult voice as he’d intended.

Set in Gravesend, New Hampshire it tells the story of two young boys, John Wheelwright and Owen Meany, growing up together, the two are firm friends.

Owens permanently small stature and high-pitched shouty voice caused by a damaged larynx, single him out and the book portrays him as a little bit frustrating and annoying, particularly as he starts to develop a conviction that he is an instrument of God.

For John, the events that happen during a Little league baseball game in the summer of 1953 will have a profound effect on the rest of his life, but only serves to strengthen Owen’s conviction.

An interwoven time frame, set in the 50’s and 60’s, and later in Johns modern-day diary entries of 1987 adds a different perspective to the story.

The book I must admit manipulated within me, lots of different emotions, and I couldn’t help but become transfixed at some of the developing events.

From the beginning I didn’t particularly like the personality traits of Owen’s character, although he was obviously highly intelligent, and quite often I was surprised by Johns continued friendship with him.

But as the storyline continued to weave its magic right untill its dramatically surprising conclusion!

I thanked God for Owen Meany.


My Rating

Narration ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

FURTHER INFO ABOUT NARRATOR Joe Barrett 
FURTHER INFO ABOUT AUTHOR John Irving