Audiobookish

S6E8 - From the archives: Dr Imran Lasker

No new episode this week

Episode Notes

No new episode this week. Instead, here is an episode from the archive.

We chat with Dr Imran Lasker about his favourite audiobooks. Imran is a consultant radiologist and co-host of the Two Medics Podcast (www.twomedics.com). We discuss his favourite audiobooks, why he started a podcast about medical Twitter and of course Back To The Future. You can follow Doc Lasker on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DocLasker and find him on TikTok! https://www.imranlasker.com/

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S6E7 - Edith! by Gonzalo Cordova and Travis Helwig

Full cast including Rosamund Pike

Episode Notes

We discuss Edith! which is a historical fiction podcast written and created by Gonzalo Cordova and Travis Helwig, produced by QCode and Crooked Media starring Rosamund Pike about Edith Wilson. It was directed by Maureen Bharoocha.

We're looking for guests. Get in touch if you want to talk about audiobooks!

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S6E6 - Once a Monster by Robert Dinsdale

Narrated by Justin Avoth

Episode Notes

Once a Monster by Robert Dinsdale as narrated by Justin Avoth

About the book:

London, 1861: Ten-year-old Nell belongs to a crew of mudlarks who work a stretch of the Thames along the Ratcliffe Highway. An orphan since her mother died four years past, leaving Nell with only broken dreams and a pair of satin slippers in her possession, she spends her days dredging up coals, copper and pieces of iron spilled by the river barges – searching for treasure in the mud in order to appease her master, Benjamin Murdstone.

But one day, Nell discovers a body on the shore. It’s not the first corpse she’s encountered, but by far the strangest. Nearly seven feet tall, the creature has matted hair covering his legs, and on his head are the suggestion of horns. Nell’s fellow mudlarks urge her to steal his boots and rifle his pockets, but as she ventures closer the figure draws breath – and Nell is forced to make a decision which will change her life forever . . .

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S6E5 - The Housemaid by Freida McFadden

Narrated by Lauryn Allman

Episode Notes

Happy New Year!

We review The Housemaid by Freida McFadden as narrated by Lauryn Allman. Thanks to Jess from Bookouture for the ARC.

About the book:

“Welcome to the family,” Nina Winchester says as I shake her elegant, manicured hand. I smile politely, gazing around the marble hallway. Working here is my last chance to start fresh. I can pretend to be whoever I like. But I’ll soon learn that the Winchesters’ secrets are far more dangerous than my own....

Every day I clean the Winchesters’ beautiful house top to bottom. I collect their daughter from school. And I cook a delicious meal for the whole family before heading up to eat alone in my tiny room on the top floor.

I try to ignore how Nina makes a mess just to watch me clean it up. How she tells strange lies about her own daughter. And how her husband, Andrew, seems more broken every day. But as I look into Andrew’s handsome brown eyes, so full of pain, it’s hard not to imagine what it would be like to live Nina’s life. The walk-in closet, the fancy car, the perfect husband.

I only try on one of Nina’s pristine white dresses once. Just to see what it’s like. But she soon finds out...and by the time I realize my attic bedroom door only locks from the outside, it’s far too late.

But I reassure myself: The Winchesters don’t know who I really am.

They don’t know what I’m capable of....

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S6E4 - The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

BBC Adaptation

Episode Notes

We review the BBC's adaptation of The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper.

The Dark Is Rising is a 12-part dramatisation for radio of Susan Cooper‘s classic 1970s novel for families Simon McBurney and Robert MacFarlane.

With a full cast including Simon McBurney, Toby Jones, Noah Alexander, Amanda Hadingue, Paul Rhys and Harriet Walter.

You can find it on BBC Sounds and Apple podcasts.

About the story:

The night will be bad and tomorrow will be beyond imagining

The story opens on Midwinter’s Eve. In the landscape around Will Stanton’s quiet English village, something is very wrong. Birds are behaving strangely, a blizzard is building, ‘the Walker’ is abroad –– and the power of the Dark is surging. Together with his fellow Old Ones, Merriman and The Lady, Will must untangle the riddle of the Walker, protect his family from the terrifying Rider, collect the Signs of Light –– and defeat the Dark. It is an immense burden on young shoulders.

When the dark comes rising, who will hold it back…?

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S6E3 - The Night Field by Donna Glee Williams

as narrated by Debra Michaels

Episode Notes

We review the ecological fable/fantasy epic The Night Field by Donna Glee Williams as narrated by Debra Michaels. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.

About the book:

Welcome to The Real, where Pyn-Poi's people live in harmony with nature - until a killing stink threatens their whole world.

Pyn-Poi's mother Marak wants her to grow up to be the matriarch of the tribe, learning how to cook, to make medicines, how to care for everyone, but Pyn-Poi would rather be out among the trees like her father Sook-Sook, learning how persuade tree roots into bridges, to feel when shoots are too crowded, when drooping leaves need attention.

Then something starts going wrong in The Real: when the rains come, instead of nourishment, they bring a noxious stench that's poisoning people and plants alike. Pyn-Poi is the treewoman now: it's her job. Their only chance is for her to climb to the land beyond the Wall, where the Ancestors live, to plead for their intercession

Pyn-Poi never expected to find a whole new world up there, with people who are very different from her own family and friends - a land where they are killing nature, and that's killing The Real.

The trees have a job for Pyn-Poi, and to succeed, she is going to have to be brave and strong and true - no matter what.

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S6E2 - #AudioFestival Special with Imogen Church and Alba Proko

#AudioFestival goes live 22nd November

Episode Notes

Notes go here

We chat to Imogen Church and Alba Proko about all things audiobook and the upcoming #AudioFestival on the 22nd of November (head over to Bookouture's socials to participate).

Imogen is an award-winning actor and scriptwriter, ex-Burlesque dancer, adoptive parent and lover of satire. Her debut novel Death and the Burlesque Maiden was published by Audible Originals in 2021 and her one-woman-full-cast-horror-comedy-audio-drama Boop! has just been released on XigXag. She narrates audiobooks like an absolute boss and she acts the pants off audio dramas in an array of roles, ranging from meglomaniac evil lizard queen to psychopathic steampunk engineer. She scriptwrites satire and horror comedy.

https://www.imogenchurch.com

Instagram: @imogenchurchgobshite

https://twitter.com/ImogenChurch

Alba is the head of audio publishing at Bookouture having joined in 2020 from Bonnier Books UK. She has worked on a variety of audiobooks over the past eight years, from bestselling celebrity memoirs to romantic fantasy with a bit of spice, some of which have been shortlisted and won audiobook awards. A big part of her job is casting narrators and overseeing production.

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S6E1 - The Doctor's Wife by Daniel Hurst

Narrated by Sarah Durham and David Wayman

Episode Notes

We review The Doctor's Wife by Daniel Hurst, the first in a trilogy of thrillers about a village doctor and his wife. Thanks to Jess from Bookouture for the ARC.

About the book:

He thinks his secret is safe. But she knows the truth....

My husband is a doctor. He’s smart and charming, and everybody trusts him. Except me.

On the surface, it looks like I have it all–the perfect marriage, the perfect husband, the perfect life. But it’s far from the truth.

Doctor Drew Devlin is not the respectable figure he makes out to be. The reason we moved to this beautiful, old property with a gorgeous view of the sea was because we needed to put our past behind us. It should’ve been a fresh start for us both.

Except I’ve discovered my husband has been lying to me again. He’s using the power he has in his job to mess with people’s lives and to get exactly what he wants–no matter who it hurts.

But he’s underestimated me. I’ve had plenty of time, in this big, isolated house, to think about all of his mistakes.

And my husband has no idea what’s about to happen next....

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S5E5 - From the archives:

Episode Notes

No new episode this week. Instead, we're re-releasing an old episode.

We review the lyrically written coming-of-age story Somebody Loves You by Mona Arshi. It's about Ruby's struggles to fit in against the backdrop of racism, and, her mother's bouts with mental illness.

Thank you all for listening. We will be back in the new year. If you want to get in touch, email [email protected] or DM us on social media. Send us your recommendations or requests!

Buy the book here and we'll be kicked some money.

About the author: Mona Arshi was born in West London, where she still lives. She worked as a human rights lawyer with Liberty for a decade before receiving a master’s in creative writing from the University of East Anglia. Her debut poetry collection Small Hands was published in 2015, winning the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Mona Arshi regularly appears on BBC Radio 4. Her poems have been published in The Sunday TimesThe Guardian and the Times of India and most recently the London Underground.

About the book :

A teacher asked me a question, and I opened my mouth as a sort of formality but closed it softly, knowing with perfect certainty that nothing would ever come out again. Ruby gives up talking at a young age. Her mother isn’t always there to notice; she comes and goes and goes and comes, until, one day, she doesn’t. Silence becomes Ruby’s refuge, sheltering her from the weather of her mother’s mental illness and a pressurized suburban atmosphere. Plangent, deft, and sparkling with wry humour, Somebody Loves You is a moving exploration of how we choose or refuse to tell the stories that shape us.

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S5E4 - Spaceboy and Real Pigeons

The Week Junior Book Awards Special 4

Episode Notes

This is the last in our specials reviewing the books on The Week Junior Book Awards shortlist for Audiobook of the Year 2023.

Spaceboy by David Walliams as narrated by Akiya Henry, Reginald D. Hunter, Eric Meyers, Penelope Rawlins, Liza Ross, David Walliams

America. The 1960s.

Stuck on a remote farm with her awful aunt, twelve-year-old orphan Ruth spends every night gazing at the stars, dreaming of adventure.

One night she spots a flying saucer blazing across the sky…before crash-landing in a field. When the spaceship opens and reveals a mysterious alien, all Ruth’s dreams come true.

But does this visitor from another planet have a giant secret?

We also discuss Real Pigeons: Audio Books 1 to 3 by Andrew McDonald and Ben Alexander, as narrated by Tom Alexander.

Ever wonder why pigeons always act so weird? It’s because they’re out there chasing the bad guys and saving your butts!

Did you know your city is protected by a secret squad of crime-fighting pigeons? It's true! With master of disguise Rock Pigeon, bendy Tumbler, strong Frillback and super-finder Homey, the REAL PIGEONS will solve any mystery and fight any bad guy to keep the city safe!

So what do Real Pigeons do? They EAT DANGER, of course! This squad of crime-fighting feathered friends is nonstop action and nonstop laughs. In their second silly adventure watch as they infiltrate a secret warehouse full of bottled birds and take down a truly criminal ostrich. The DANGER is REAL. And so are the PIGEONS.

Thank you to The Week Junior for sending us the reviewing copies. You can find out more about the awards by visiting their website: https://www.theweekjuniorbookawards.co.uk/

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