Audibles Best Biographies and Memoirs

Do you like finding out more about celebrities, hearing about the real person? These audiobooks are Audibles latest offerings in celebrity Biographies and Memoirs.  

Michelle Obama – A Life

Michelle Obama – A Life

Audible – £28.09 or free with a 30 day trial of Audible

By: Peter Slevin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 15 hrs and 33 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 18-08-15
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios

An inspiring story of a modern American icon, here is the first comprehensive account of the life and times of Michelle Obama. With disciplined reporting and a storyteller’s eye for revealing detail, Peter Slevin follows Michelle to the White House from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side. He illuminates her tribulations at Princeton University and Harvard Law School during the racially charged 1980s and the dilemmas she faced in Chicago while building a high-powered career, raising a family, and helping a young community organizer named Barack Obama become president of the United States.



From the lessons she learned in Chicago to the messages she shares as one of the most recognizable women in the world, the story of this first lady is the story of America. Michelle Obama: A Life is a fresh and compelling view of a woman of unique achievement and purpose.


©2015 Peter Slevin (P)2015 Audible, Inc

Mel B – Brutally Honest

Brutally Honest – Mel B


Audible – £18.99 or free with a 30 day trial of Audible

By: Melanie Brown
Narrated by: Melanie Brown, Phoenix Chi Gulzar Brown, Andrea Brown, Zaraah Abrahams, Bruce Lester Johnson
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 27-11-18
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios

Please note that this audiobook contains explicit language and content some listeners may find distressing.

The memoir from the real woman behind the leopard print, for real women everywhere. 

As one-fifth of the iconic Spice Girls and judge on X Factor and America’s Got Talent, Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice, has been an international star since the age of 19. And yet there are sides of Mel that no one has ever seen or really known. 

Brutally Honest is an exposé of the struggles and acute pain that lay behind the glamour and success. With deep personal insight, remarkable frankness and Melanie’s trademark Yorkshire humour, this audiobook removes the mask of fame and reveals the mother, wife and daughter behind the Spice Girl everyone thinks they know. 

The audiobook edition features narration from Melanie, her daughter, Phoenix, and her mother, Andrea.


©2018 Melanie Brown and Louise Gannon (P)2018 Audible, Ltd

Robert Webb – How Not to Be a Boy

Robert Webb – How Not to be a Boy




Audible – £19.99 0r free with a 30 day trial of Audible

By: Robert Webb
Narrated by: Robert Webb
Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 29-08-17
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios

Rules for Being a Man:

  • Don’t cry
  • Love sport
  • Play rough
  • Drink beer
  • Don’t talk about feelings

But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not to Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren’t the Luke Skywalker of your life – you’re actually Darth Vader.

Giles and Mary –  A Tale of Two Nobodies

Giles and Mary – a Tale of Two Nobodies

By: Mary Killen, Giles Wood
Narrated by: Mary Killen, Giles Wood
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 02-11-17
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios

What is life for Gogglebox‘s Giles and Mary outside the willow-patterned cocoon?

Giles is a countryman who relishes solitude. His wife, Mary, thrives in company and enjoys frequent escapes to London.

After 30 years in a marriage of opposites, Giles and Mary have adapted to a life of domestic misunderstandings within comical misadventures.

In The Diary of Two Nobodies, you will have the unique opportunity to discover, first hand, what occurs when a man who sees himself as a cross between Mr Bean and Basil Fawlty shares his life with a woman who identifies closely with the Queen.

Accompanying this diary is a candid and amusing Audible Sessions interview with Giles and Mary, in which they discuss how they made it onto Gogglebox, what the most annoying things about each other are, and why ‘nutty’ is their go-to term of endearment.

Audible – £13.99 or free with a 30 day trial of Audible.

This post contains affiliate links because I am an Audible affiliate. I’m also a huge fan of Audible and love receiving my new audio book every month for just £7.99 You can choose anything, I have a six volume set of Sherlock Holmes in my collection which would have cost nearly £70 if I were not a member. 

Since I got sick my eyesight is troublesome. I’ve tried the opticians and have reading glasses, but although they help they don’t stop the tiredness I get in my eyes. 

I would have to give up reading but since I discovered Audible I’ve devoured more books than I have done in ages. I love it! And the best thing is, I can carry on listening to my books while crocheting or even doing to the housework. You don’t have to put your book down to make a cup of tea, just take it with you in your ears.

If you join audible or buy a book from my list you’ll be helping me to add to my listening collection with no extra cost to you, so thank you in advance. 

School, Snow, Crochet and Reading

Back to School

Half term seemed to fly by so quickly, how long until Easter? The kids went back to school today and I went to pick them up. Hubby had to take eldest daughter to a very important meeting on the other side of town so it was down to me to fetch the kids. I had to get eldest son to come with me as I’ve still not been out alone. It feels strange, that I’ve not been out alone in more than two years, what happened to my independence? I guess that’s something I need to work on, starting with the blogger’s retreat that I’m going to in April.

Anyway, back to the kids. It was so, so, cold, even snowing, when I ventured out in my wheelchair. I had my biggest warmest coat on, gloves, hat and scarf. I took my handbag to sit on my lap and provide an extra layer of protective warmth and of course I had my boots on. I still nearly froze to death! Jeez, how cold it was! The school is one and half miles away. I know this because I measured it when I was trying to keep fit and measuring the amount of walking I did each day..ironic, I know! At that time I was having to pick the Little Man up from nursery so walked the journey there and back three times a day, that’s 9 miles!

The kids were excited that I came to pick them up and didn’t seem to mind walking home, even though the snow had stopped.

Shopping

I do my shopping online, for two reasons. One, I find it extremely tiring going around the supermarket, even in one of their powered trollies. And two, I find I can budget better online, it’s easier to put things back than it is at the checkout in the store!

I find shopping online incredibly tedious though and I’m often tempted just to fill the virtual shopping trolly with last weeks shop. Still, as I work through it all I’m very prone to make mistakes, so I do it on Saturday and then spend the next day or so editing it until I’m sure I’ve got it right. I remember the time I ordered 4 kg of frozen chips! Or 3 whole chickens.

This week I didn’t do the shop until Sunday and with the going back to school preparations I didn’t go back to edit it. It wasn’t too bad though, I didn’t forget anything (apart from ANY toiletries whatsoever!) I did order an extra loaf of bread, 2 boxes of choc ices instead of 1, and the wrong sausages for the Little Mans lunchbox. I’m thinking there may have been more errors but hubby was shoving it all away at the speed of light because he had a new PS4 game to play.

Reading

Can you call it reading when you’ve listened to a book on audio? Well, I have been listening to books for a while but I steered away from fiction thinking I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as a book. The truth is, I LOVE IT, you can listen while doing other things, like cleaning or, my favourite, crocheting. Anyway, the book I listened to was The Girl on The Train, Paula Hawkins. I’ve not read it before or seen the film and I have to say, I loved it. The narrators where amazingly good, I couldn’t stop listening.

Just one thing though. I never, ever skip to the ending of a book, I really don’t see the point of spoiling it. However, while listening I was interrupted by the Little Man and had to pause it. Then when I switched it back on I had somehow managed to skip ten chapters and was near the end. I KNEW, I’d missed part of the story, I KNEW I was near the end, but I was so gripped I carried on listening anyway. Then I had to go back and listen to fill in all the gaps. Why did I carry on when I would never do this while reading? I just don’t know, but I still enjoyed the book anyway. I really want to see the film now.

cover image The Girl on the Train

Crochet

I’ve joined my first ever CAL or Crochet Along. I’m making a blanket, one square at a time, along with a group of other people on a Facebook group. The pattern is printed monthly in Simply Crochet magazine. I’m hoping it’s not going to be too difficult but I guess I’ll have lots of help if I run into problems.

I’ve also bought a book of cuddly toy patterns that I’m keen to try. You can get these sort of patterns on the internet but I think it’s nice to have them all in one place in a book. These are bigger than the amigurami toys I’m used to making so I’m hoping I don’t lose patience with them. They all have cute little outfits too which you can interchange for different looks.

Rare Disease Day 2018

February 28th is Rare Disease Day. As you may, or may not know, I suffer from an extremely rare condition, Stiff Person Syndrome. I’ve written a post about my story, which began only two years ago, and if you have five minutes you can read it here.

Debs Random Writings

Let Me Tell You A Story – A Review of Audible

Do you listen to audio books? I have to admit, I didn’t really think it would be something I’d do. Back when I was a librarian, audio books were on cassette and generally borrowed by blind people, I guess that’s why I was reluctant to take the first step.

Then I discovered Audible by Amazon. I joined up with a free trial and downloaded my first audio which was a book of meditations. I’d already completed an online course, The Activation Game, which had a weekly meditation that I’d become used to  listening to in bed on my phone and found it incredibly relaxing. So I was looking for some more meditations to listen to and are plenty to choose from on Audible. To start with I tried this one, Mindfulness for Health by Vidymala Burch.

mindfulness for health cover on audible

I found it really helpful and having it downloaded to my phone meant that I could listen to it in bed. Vidyamala Burch has such a relaxing voice. The good thing about these meditations is that it doesn’t matter if you fall asleep, you can listen again anytime, but it’s job is done if you are relaxed enough to sleep. I have recommended many friends to try these type of meditations to help them sleep, there are so many available.

Recipe Books

Now I have shelves full of recipe books, many of them used over and over and have the stains to prove it. Cooking by ear was a different experience. Yes, you can listen to your recipes while you prepare them, it’s so much easier than flicking the pages or finding a clean spot for your book…or if you are like me trying to put your glasses on to read while your hands are covered in flour or garlic. My first Audible recipe book was a Paleo Diet one. If that’s not your thing there are many more recipe audio books available. Perhaps you’d like to hear how to make something sweet?

make a cake from scratch cake recipes on audible

Fiction

It took a while for me to head into fiction, I like reading books and I didn’t think I would enjoy listening to them so much. However, there are times when listening is really useful, for instance, on the bus or train. I found that reading too long was causing me eye strain, even with my reading glasses. Unfortunately my condition comes with eye problems which cannot be corrected with glasses, so to keep on enjoying my books I had to consider listening to them instead. I’ve found them really comforting during those long hours I spend in hospital receiving my treatment. I’m saving The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins for my next session. (If I can wait that is!)

the girl on the train cover on Audible

There is so, so much more available on Audible, autobiographies, non-fiction, children’s books, crime thrillers, sci-fi and educational books.

You can sign up to Audible for a 30 day free trial and after that it’s £7.99 per month. You will get a free download every month you are a  member. You can cancel anytime. Visit the Audible help centre for more information.

If you are a member of Top Cash Back you can get money back for joining, at present they are offering £10 cashback and half price subscription fees for the first three months. (£3.99)

Are audio books something you may be interested in?

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.