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Spotlight – The Best Yuletide Audiobooks


Today is my stop on the brilliant #YaXmasTour organised by the lovely @ChouettBlog and I thought I would tie this in with brilliant post that the lovely people at Midas PR asked if I would host.

With Christmas getaways, shoppers and commuter traffic, the festive period is one busiest times of the year. Last year alone over 14 million drove home for Christmas and with journeys on some roads taking almost three times longer than normal, festive entertainment is a travel essential.

With this in mind, the editors at Audible have compiled a list of the ultimate Yuletide audiobooks to keep the festive spirit alive in a traffic jam, in flight, or after you’ve shopped till you’ve dropped.

I love a good audiobook!


Hear Hear For Some Christmas Cheer

A Christmas Carol: An Audible Original Drama

Author: Charles Dickens

 Narrated by: Various cast

You can buy this audio book here

This title will be free to download until January 2017

Jenna Coleman, Miriam Margolyes, Derek Jacobi, Brendan Coyle and Roger Allam are amongst the celebrity voices coming together this Christmas in a brand new multi-cast dramatization of Charles Dickens’ ghostly Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol.

The festive tale has been released as a free gift to members.

A Boy Called Christmas

Author: Matt Haig

 Narrated by: Stephen Fry

You can buy this audio book here

You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin….

 The idea for the series came when Matt Haig’s son asked what Father Christmas was like as a boy. A Boy Called Christmas is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and an 11-year-old boy called Nikolas, who isn’t afraid to believe in magic.

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Author: Matt Haig

 Narrated by: Carey Mulligan

You can buy this audio book here

If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask – Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.

Midnight Gang

Author: David Williams

 Narrated by: David Walliams, Peter Serafinowicz, Morwenna Banks, Nitin Ganatra, Ellen Thomas

You can buy this audio book here

Midnight is the time when all children are fast asleep, except of course for…the Midnight Gang. That is when their adventures are just beginning….

 The Midnight Gang tells an extraordinarily heart-warming and, of course, funny story of five children on a hospital ward and on a quest for adventure. It is a story of friendship and magic – and of making dreams come true.

 Listeners are set to be utterly spellbound by this heartfelt story that will bring magic to everyone’s Christmas.

Christmas Days: 12 Stories and 12 Feasts for 12 Days

Author: Jeanette Winterson

 Narrated by: Jeanette Winterson, Imogen Church

You can buy this audio book here

New York Times best-selling author Jeanette Winterson brings together 12 brilliantly imaginative, funny and bold Christmas tales. For the 12 Days of Christmas – a time of celebration, sharing, and giving – she offers these 12 plus one: a personal story of her own Christmas memories.

 From trees with mysterious powers to a tinsel baby that talks, philosophical fairies to flying dogs, a haunted house and a disappearing train, Winterson’s innovative stories encompass the childlike and spooky wonder of Christmas. Perfect for listening to by the fire with loved ones or while traveling home for the holidays. Enjoy the season of peace and goodwill, mystery, and a little bit of magic courtesy of one of our most fearless and accomplished writers.

A Christmas Feast and other stories

Author: Katie Fforde

 Narrated by: Jilly Bond, Rita Sharma

You can buy this audio book here

A delicious Christmas feast of short stories from the Sunday Times number one best-selling author of A French Affair and The Perfect Match.

 Add some extra sparkle to your Christmas by joining Katie Fforde for a perfect romantic Christmas feast of short stories. Collected together for the first time and including one brand-new story. Make your Christmas wishes come true….

The Night Before Christmas

Author: Clement C. Moore

 Narrated by: Jeff Bridges

You can buy this audio book here

Academy Award Winner Jeff Bridges’ iconic voice brings the beloved holiday classic story “The Night Before Christmas” to life.

 Celebrate the holiday season with the only audiobook of “The Night Before Christmas”, read by Jeff Bridges. No other narrator brings Santa and these merry scenes to life quite like Mr. Bridges – it’s an instant Christmas classic! Create a new family tradition as you add this audiobook to your holiday activities leading up to December 25th.

Letters from Father Christmas

Author: J.R.R. Tolkien

 Narrated by: Derek Jacobi

You can buy this audio book here

Can you imagine writing to Father Christmas and actually getting a reply?

 Every year, the children of J.R.R. Tolkien would write to Father Christmas, and the letters they received told wonderful stories of his adventures at the North Pole.

 These humorous tales are brought to life by Derek Jacobi as Father Christmas, John Moffatt as Polar Bear, and Christian Rodska as Ilbereth the Elf, complete with specially composed music.


A huge thank you to Leanne at Midas PR for asking me to feature this post and again to @ChouettBlog for having me as part of #YaXmasTour.

**Please note that I was not sponsored by Audible to do this post – I was asked by Midas PR if I would like to feature to share some Christmas joy.  I was not provided with any audio books in exchange for this post**

What is your favourite Christmas read?  Have you listened to any of the above books on audio book?  Which one is your favourite?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

 

Spotlight – Roald Dahl’s 100 Year Anniversary – Audible’s Essential Picks


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Today, the 13th September 2016, marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, one of the world’s most cherished storytellers.

To celebrate his centennial, Audible’s editors have handpicked a selection of the best Roald Dahl audiobooks narrated by actors, performers, celebrities and even the man himself and the lovely people at Midas PR have asked me to host a little round up!

It makes for splendiferous listening for adults and children alike!


Roald Dahl’s 100 Year Anniversary – Audible’s Essential Picks

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Four More Stories

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Author: Roald Dahl

Narrator: Roald Dahl

You can buy this audio book here

Roald Dahl’s wickedly funny novels have turned him into the world’s number one storyteller. In this collection five splendiferous stories are brought to life by the author himself.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (abridged): Willy Wonka’s famous chocolate factory is opening at last!

James and the Giant Peach (abridged): A little magic can take you a long way.

Fantastic Mr. Fox (unabridged): Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!

The Enormous Crocodile (unabridged): This greedy crocodile loves to guzzle up little boys and girls.

The Magic Finger (unabridged): Horrible neighbours learn their lesson from a little girl with powerful magic!

The BFG

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Author: Roald Dahl

Narrator: David Walliams

You can buy this audio book here

Read by actor, writer, and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams, this audiobook features original music and sound design by Pinewood film studios.

The BFG is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country. All the other giants are big bonecrunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little human beans, with some help from Her Majester, the Queen.

David Walliams is a multi-award winning British comedian, actor, and writer, best known for the comedy series Little Britain; but his acting work includes plays, dramas, and films. He is also the author of five hugely successful children’s books, including two illustrated by Quentin Blake, Roald Dahl’s favourite illustrator.

The Enormous Crocodile

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Author: Roald Dahl

Narrator: Stephen Fry

You can buy this audio book here

Read by actor, humourist and storyteller Stephen Fry, this audiobook features original music and 3D sound design by Pinewood film studios.

The Enormous Crocodile is a greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little girls and boys. But the other animals have a scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!

Stephen Fry is an award-winning comedian, actor, presenter, director and writer. Television work includes A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Jeeves and Wooster, Blackadder, and hosting QI. On film, he played Oscar Wilde, and appeared in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and The Hobbit. His voice work includes narrating the Harry Potter books.

Lust

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Author: Roald Dahl

Narrators: Derek Jacobi, Gillian Anderson, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Mark Heap, Richard E Grant

You can buy this audio book here

Two husbands secretly agree to a night of passion with each other’s wives; a slighted old man takes an elaborate and chilling revenge on his tormentor; a sculpture comes between a scheming wife and her put-upon husband…

Lust highlights a domestic familiarity always on the edge of something much, much darker. Collected together for the first time, stories include ‘Madame Rosette’, ‘Neck’, ‘Georgy Porgy’, ‘The Visitor’, ‘The Last Act’, ‘The Great Switcheroo’, ‘Bitch’, ‘Ah, Sweet Mystery of Life’, ‘The Ratcatcher’ and ‘Nunc Dimittis’.

Cruelty

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Author: Roald Dahl

Narrators: Adrian Scarborough, Andrew Scott, Jessica Hynes, Juliet Stevenson, Mark Heap, Richard E Grant, Stephanie Beacham

You can buy this audio book here

From Roald Dahl, the master of the sting in the tail, a newly collected audiobook of his darkest stories, read by Will Self, Adrian Scarborough, Stephanie Beacham, Andrew Scott, Richard E Grant, Tamsin Greig, Mark Heap, Juliet Stevenson and Jessica Hynes.

Even when we mean to be kind, we can sometimes be cruel. We all have streaks of nastiness inside us. In these ten tales of cruelty, master storyteller Roald Dahl explores how and why it is we make others suffer.

Collected together for the first time, stories include ‘The Great Automatic Grammatizator’, ‘Royal Jelly’, ‘Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat’, ‘The Swan’, ‘Poison’, ‘Skin’, ‘The Princess and the Poacher’, ‘Genesis and Catastrophe’ and ‘Mr Feasey’.

Kiss Kiss

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Author: Roald Dahl

Narrators: Tamsin Greig, Juliet Stevenson, Stephanie Beacham, Adrian Scarborough, Derek Jacobi, Stephen Mangan

What could go wrong when a wife pawns the mink coat that her lover gave her as a parting gift? What happens when a priceless piece of furniture is the subject of a deceitful bargain? Can a wronged woman take revenge on her dead husband? In these dark, disturbing stories Roald Dahl explores the sinister side of human nature: the cunning, sly, selfish part of each of us that leads us into the territory of the unexpected and unsettling. Stylish, macabre and haunting, these tales will leave you with a delicious feeling of unease.

Collected together for the first time, stories include ‘The Landlady’, ‘William and Mary’, ‘The Way up to Heaven’, ‘Parson’s Pleasure’, ‘Mrs Bixby and the Colonel’s Coat’, ‘Royal Jelly’, ‘Grorgy Porgy’, ‘Genesis and Catastrophe’, ‘Edward the Conquerer’, ‘Pig’, ‘The Champion of the World’.

Visit audible.co.uk to download any of these titles!

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You can find more Roald Dahl audio books here

For more about Roald Dahl day click here


About Roald Dahl

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Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide 

http://www.roalddahl.com


A huge thank you to Leanne at Midas PR for asking me to feature this post.

**Please note that I was not sponsored by Audible to do this post – I was asked by Midas PR if I would like to feature in celebration.  I was not provided with any audio books in exchange for this post**

What is your favourite Roald Dahl book?  Have you listened to any of the books on audio book?  Which one is your favourite?   I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!

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Review – The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins


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Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life – as she sees it – is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough.

Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar.

Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train…


Publisher – Doubleday

Date Published – 15th January 2015

Pages – 320 pages

Format – Hardback (also available on kindle and audible)

Category – Adult Fiction / Thriller

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I bought this book in both hardback and also on audiobook through Audible


** Please note Tales Of Yesterday Reviews are written as spoiler free as possible**


I listened to this fab adult thriller on audiobook even though I do own a hardback copy on my ever growing TBR shelf.  I had heard good things about this book and had initially been put off a little by all the hype surrounding it in fear of being let down.  I had also heard great things about the audio book so I was excited to spend my monthly audible credit on it.

I have to say I was not disappointed.  This book was full of twists and turns as the story unravelled and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

 The Girl On The Train tells the story from three different perspectives and recollections, Rachel, Megan and Anna and is told by date and time of day.

Rachel, divorced from her husband, and who finds solace in alcohol, has lost her job and has regular black outs due to the drinking.  She regularly takes the train into London and like clockwork the train stops at the usual tracking signal every day right next to a row of houses where Rachel gets a glimpse into other people’s lives and imagines how their lives are.  Lives that she feels are far more perfect than her own.  She even makes up names for the people she watches in the seconds that the train has stopped.  Then one day she sees something that makes her curious and angry.  Something she can’t quite believe.  Then Megan disappears.  Rachel’s obsession and longing for her ex husband Tom, who now lives in their old house with his new wife Anna and new baby, leads her to be in Whitney the day of Megan’s disappearance after a drinking session.  Rachel blacks out and can’t remember what happened that night, but is determined to piece everything together and find out what happened to Megan.

The story moves on in quite a quick pace and I was often left craving another chapter even way past my bed time on a school night!

 This book is very much a reminder that you never really know what goes on behind closed doors or what people may hide from you and that thought alone is quite unnerving and really makes you think.

 What I loved about this book was the fact that I found myself really rooting for Rachel as she was discovering more and more information filling in the blanks of her black out on the night Megan disappears.  As a reader you really feel as if you are part of that black out and discovering these things both good and bad the same time that Rachel does.  Rachel’s need to find answers, her longing for her old life back, her husband whom she still cares for and the life she used to have do make you really feel for Rachel as a character and want her to move on with her life so much.

Hawkins has made her characters so realistic, flawed and believable that whilst you don’t want to like these characters you do sympathise with their situations.

 I was not a huge fan of Anna to begin with, but that is, I think, exactly how she is written to be, but I think I warmed to her as I went along.  I started to understand her and her reasoning’s and the way she felt or the actions she takes.

 I think for me the character I liked the most was Megan.  I loved how on the surface she seemed perfect, but underneath, scratched down to the very core she had many layers and a lot of history that is unravelled as the book goes on.

 I have to admit, about halfway through I did kind of guess how the ending would play out, but I put that down to my mastermind mind and great detective skills….*coughs*…well not quite …. I think I just got lucky 😉

The audio book narrators were absolutely fabulous and really created the unstable, alcoholic  Rachel, the venerable yet secretive Megan and the protective, once mistress now new wife and mother Anna really believable.  They brought the characters to life and I really enjoyed listening to them telling me the story and revealing its twists, turns and secrets to me.

 For a debut this was a really enjoyable thriller and I simply cannot wait to see what Paula Hawkins comes up with next let alone The Girl On The Train film!  I need it now!

I award this book 4 out of 5 Tales Of Yesterday Books!

2You can buy a copy of The Girl On The Train here or why not visit your local independent book shop!


About Paul Hawkins

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Paula Hawkins worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction.

Born and brought up in Zimbabwe, Paula moved to London in 1989 and has lived there ever since. The Girl on the Train is her first thriller.

You can find out more about Paula Hawkins on her website www.paulahawkinsbooks.com

Or follow her on twitter using @PaulaHWrites


Have you read The Girl On The Train?  What did you think?  Do you see anything on your daily commute?  Which book should I read next?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the page or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy

Happy Reading!

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