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Howard

Ipswich, United Kingdom | Member Since 2005

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  • Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
    • Narrated By Chris Barrie
    Overall
    (613)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (129)

    When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

    Jonathan says: "A must for Dwarfers!"
    "in space no-one can hear you laughing"
    Overall

    Fans of the crimson short one will laugh out loud as Chris Barrie reads the original book.

    His skill and knowledge make this a must hear for all 'DWARF' fans

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Double Income, No Kids Yet: The Complete Series 3

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Spicer
    • Narrated By David Tennant, Liz Carling
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Liz Carling (Casualty) star in this sitcom about a young couple, Daniel and Lucy, and their circle of friends. In the third series, Katy's a mum at last, Daniel's got a new job, but Lucy's jealous. Daniel and Lucy rethink their priorities on a golfing break with their awful friends. And change is all around, but Lucy doesn't realise that Daniel can't keep secrets. Pregnant Lucy must also break the news to her parents and Daniel gets a taste of fatherhood.

    Howard says: "A rare comedy gem original and funny"
    "A rare comedy gem original and funny"
    Overall

    Sitcoms are always going to be difficult to write and original ideas are hard to come by but tjis is why this is so good. Almost social outcasts, their different perspective on life is great. The acting of course is first class as you would expect from Liz Carling and David Tennant



    If you want good comedy with a great cast this is one for your library

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The News Quiz: Complete Series 75

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Lloyd
    • Narrated By Sandi Toksvig
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (11)

    Series 75 of the show that takes a satirical look at the week's news. Chaired by Sandi Toksvig. Episodes include "Bills, Blair and Belhadj"; "Ghettos, Gap Years and the God Particle"; "Weirdos, War Games and Website Dating"; "Conferences, Catfights and Cuts"; and "Conservative Revolts and Charity Shops". Panellists include Dominic Lawson, Jeremy Hardy, Fred Macaulay, Andy Hamilton, Susan Calman, Marcus Brigstocke, Hugo Rifkind, Julia Hartley-Brewer, Laura Solon, Phill Jupitus, Bob Mills, and others.

    Howard says: "The wit is timeless and a laugh is guaranteed"
    "The wit is timeless and a laugh is guaranteed"
    Overall

    No matter if it is from years ago or this week the observational comedy makes this a great listen. When the panelists go of at tangents you may even cry laughing. Sandy Toksvig struggles valiantly to keep order but fails almost all the time which makes it even better

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Shot: Jack Reacher 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    A public plaza in Indiana. Five people are killed in cold blood, shot through the head. But he leaves a perfect trail of evidence behind him, and soon the local police chief tracks him down. After his arrest, the shooter's only words are, 'Get Jack Reacher for me.' What could possibly connect this psychopath and the wandering dropout ex army cop?Critics call Lee Child's thriller series 'addictive', so here is our annual, much-longed for, Reacher fix.

    Helen says: "Very well read Reacher book"
    "Absolutely brilliant - Classic Reacher"
    Overall

    This was the first Jack Reacher novel I heard and I have now listened again and it's just as good. The plot is as enthralling as all Lee Childs work. Reacher is only after one thing the truth! even if he cant stand the guy he's helping the truth is more important. You will be kept guessing right to the end but with Lee Child that is never frustrating just enthralling.



    If you are a Jack Reacher fan you will love it. If you haven't heard a Jack Reacher story yet this is a great introduction, you will definitely download another!



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Potting On

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Chris Thompson, Peter Reynolds
    • Narrated By Pam Ayres, Geoffrey Whitehead
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (3)

    The complete first series of the hilarious gardening comedy starring Pam Ayres and Geoffrey Whitehead.

    Howard says: "A Potted laugh a minute"
    "A Potted laugh a minute"
    Overall

    Antoher great radio comedy.



    At times almost predictable but always funny. The (mis)adventures of running a small garden nursery are captured here. The charcaters are so well played (casting is superb). If You want a gentle humour that will cause no offence but leave you crying with laughter this is it!



    The only down side to this is there is no second volume and there shoud be!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Affair: Jack Reacher 16

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Jeff Harding
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (76)

    March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base.Is the murderer a local guy - or is he a soldier?Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine - and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn't she really want to find the killer? The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor....

    Oliver says: "Reacher is back"
    "Jack's back at his powerful best"
    Overall

    If you like Jack reacher or even if you don't this book will keep you listening. one of the best of the Jack Reacher books so far. Always at the limits of legality and not always appreciated Jack is a one man legal system. his version of justice is tough!



    Lee child has created a character that will live on for a long time, he seems to tap in to the subconscious and takes us to a place we all think we know, small town america. Because he fits his characters and locations so well with peoples mental pictures the stories come alive.





    Reading is a little different if you are used to Kerry Shale (who I personally prefer) but still an excellent narration.



    This is one of those rare books that seems to have been made better by being read - brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Income, No Kids Yet: The Complete Series 2

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Spicer
    • Narrated By David Tennant, Liz Carling
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Liz Carling (Casualty) star in the sitcom about a young couple, Daniel and Lucy, and their circle of friends. In the second series Lucy drags Dan to the gym after yet another night on the tiles and Dan's best mate Andy is surprised to meet Lucy's old school chum. Dan and Lucy's getaway plans are thwarted by other people's problems, Steve and Linda host a dinner party, and with news of another baby for their best friends, Dan takes action over Lucy's reaction.

    Saffy says: "David Tennant is brilliant!"
    "Absolutely Brilliant!"
    Overall

    Loved the first series on the radio and couldn't wait for series 2 so bought from Audible. One of the best sitcoms of recent years.



    David Tennant and Liz carling are brillaint as the anti parenthood couple. The way they see the world around them, full of other couples with kids and all the problems that brings is wonderful.



    The humour is at times drier than a liquid Nitrogen Martini. However, it's always funny and very fast. This really is something you can listen to many times and always find a nugget of humour you missed the first time.



    This is one to get and keep. You'll listen to it again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Grant Naylor
    • Narrated By Chris Barrie
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

    Christopher Wilton says: "Excellent Sci-Fi, but..."
    "OK for fans"
    Overall

    Chris Barrie's reading makes this a great book. He brings authenticity to the characters. So we keep all the personality that we know from the TV cast whilst bring a whole new feel to it as coming from rimmers view.



    The story is not as good as the first book but the reading and chaacters make up for this.



    A must have for all "Dwarf" fans

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Lose: Jack Reacher 12

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Two small towns in Colorado: Hope and Despair. Between them, nothing but 12 miles of empty road. Jack Reacher can't find a ride, so he walks. All he wants is a cup of coffee. What he gets are four redneck deputies who want to run him out of town.

    Eleanor says: "Pleasant surprise"
    "Dark and totally enthralling"
    Overall

    If you like Lee child and enjoy the Jack reacher books this one is a must!

    Everything you have come to expect and enjoy about this character is brought to life. Well written as always and a perfect reading make this one of the best audio books I have heard for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

    • UNABRIDGED (27 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (71)

    In this Christmas special 'Molokai' - It's Christmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas. Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the second series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

    Howard says: "The pressure keepps on building till you burst out"
    "The pressure keepps on building till you burst out"
    Overall

    Another great episode of this brilliant radio comedy.

    There is ionly one negative ITS TOO SHORT. Come on BBC lets have some more

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jupiter 5

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Arthur C Clarke
    • Narrated By Roger May
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    A distinguished scientist suspects that one of the Jovian moons, Jupiter V, is not quite what it seems. His expedition arrives at the moon and discovers it is actually a huge spacecraft. The craft is explored and it is soon discovered that the original inhabitants were reptilian aliens...

    Howard says: "What you expect from Arthur C Clarke Brilliant"
    "What you expect from Arthur C Clarke Brilliant"
    Overall

    This is no 2001, or even Sentinel. But it is well thought out, rounded and a great story. It is fairly short but Arthur is such an accomplished author the characters are well defined and presented.

    Although short the tale is thought provoking and definitely a credible course of events.

    Definitely one I will keep and listen to again

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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