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  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 299

Go the F--k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest verses perfectly capture the familiar - and unspoken - tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ideal Parenting Tool

  • By Oliver L Dayman on 31-05-13

Bleep sleep

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-06-11

A very funny 6 minutes. In the same way that you would listen to Morgan Freeman reading the phone book I could listen to Samuel L Jackson swear his way through anything. I would urge anyone to add this to their basket and go the f**k to the check out.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Witness

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a story and what an ending!

  • By Rosanella on 25-04-11

More from the Lincoln Lawyer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-11

Daddy or chips? Bosch or Haller? After the gloom of 'Nine Dragons' it was great to see Mickey Haller back. This book does have a moral spine in it’s commentary on the state of the US housing market but this did not hamper the book for me. I enjoyed the development of Haller as a character and, whereas the other books had mixed positive/negative story lines I felt this book pays off and is more fulfilling. It always felt to me like Michael Connelly was never sure whether he liked Mickey Haller and played with set-up and knock down but this time out it feels like there is a purpose for the character; that we’re in the middle of a story arc. I hope this is a taste of what’s to come and, if so, I can’t wait.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cabin Pressure, The Complete Series 1

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,174

John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cabin Pressure

  • By Elizabeth on 14-07-09

Upgrade to first class!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-11

I caught the 2010 Christmas special and laughed my flaps off but had missed the original series. I was really pleased to see it on Audible. I listened to all the episodes in one go and and wasn't disappointed.

Perfectly observed characters and some of the sharpest comedy writing since Blackadder I cannot recommend this highly enough. the dry one-liners and put downs from Douglas the First Officer (Roger Allum) are worth the price alone but there's also an superb turn by Benedict Cumberbatch (pre-Sherlock) as the hapless Captain Martin Crieff.

So funny I nearly choked on my complimentary nuts.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • My FAB Years

  • By: Sylvia Anderson
  • Narrated by: Sylvia Anderson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

My FAB Years is a definitive 'behind the scenes history' of the great British sci-fi television and films of the late '50s, '60s, and '70s - shows like Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, and Joe 90, all featuring the cast of puppet characters brought to life in 'Supermarionation' - the brain child of the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson winning team.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Drab not FAB

  • By PP Merge on 18-05-11

Drab not FAB

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-11

This could have been an excellent insight to the team that brought us Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, and the rest, but whereas the written word might hold your attention this audiobook has poor production values which distract from listening. Anderson's delivery is flat (odd considering her love of actors and own acting credentials) but even if I could overlook this I cannot forgive the poor quality of the production. It sounds like someone has given Anderson a cheap digital recorder and allowed her to record the book at home. I could hear the gaps (off putting digital silence) where it has been edited and even hear the hard drive on the recorder spinning up at intervals.

I would advise the publishers to re-recorded this in a proper studio and coach Sylvia Anderson to give a more passionate narration of which I am sure she is capable.

  • The Troubled Man

  • An Inspector Wallander Mystery
  • By: Henning Mankell
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

Every morning Håkan von Enke takes a walk in the forest near his apartment in Stockholm. However, one winter’s day he fails to come home. It seems that he has vanished without trace. Detective Kurt Wallander is not officially involved in the investigation but he has personal reasons for his interest in the case, as Håkan’s son is engaged to his daughter.... The return of Kurt Wallander, for his final case, confirms Henning Mankell’s position as the king of crime writing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good story, well read, but....

  • By Rosalind on 15-07-11

Reflective and compelling

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-11

A compelling listen but not without its challenges. Apart from the intriguing tale of a missing person, a murder and Cold War politics this is a book which is about growing old and dealing with thoughts of past successes and failures, present dilemmas and relationships and the prospect of a future of potential ill-health. Although there are reflective passages these do not distract from the excellent mystery but I would urge listeners to make sure they only listen to this title when they have listened to (or read) every other Wallender title.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bossypants

  • By: Tina Fey
  • Narrated by: Tina Fey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

Once in a generation a woman comes along who changes everything. Tina Fey is not that woman, but she met that woman once and acted weird around her.

Before 30 Rock, Mean Girls, and 'Sarah Palin', Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you know Tina Fey?

  • By CA Weir on 09-06-11

Finally, an audiobook that knows it's an audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-11

Yes it's funny, very, very funny but if you're a 30 Rock or SNL fan then this is no less than you would expect from Tina Fey. But one of the most amazing things about the audio version is that Tina Fey knows that she is reading an audiobook and uses this to comic effect. I can't think of another book that does this and by acknowledging the medium it really elevates the title to another level. Also, did I mention it's funny, very, very funny.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Leopard: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 8

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

In the depths of winter, a killer stalks the city streets. His victims are two young women, both found with twenty-four inexplicable puncture wounds, both drowned in their own blood. The crime scenes offer no clues, the media is reaching fever pitch, and the police are running out of options. There is only one man who can help them, and he doesn’t want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Leopard

  • By Chanel on 26-03-11

The spots on this leopard are all blood

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-04-11

I much preferred this title to 'The Snowman', the writing style felt more assured. It breathed new life into the clich? of hard-done-by cop persuaded back onto the force to investigate a serial killer. It's a lean well researched, story that cracked along with some great twists. However, a word to the squeamish, I have a pretty cast-iron stomach and even I found myself a little queasy over some of the more violent passages. That aside I would definitely recommend this to crime fans who like their Larsson and Mankell.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lazybones

  • Tom Thorne, Book 3
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Someone, a woman or somebody pretending to be a woman, is writing to convicted rapists in prison, befriending them and then brutally killing them when they are released. DI Tom Thorne must discover the link between these killings and a murder/suicide that took place twenty-five years before; a tragedy to which the only witnesses were two small children, now adults and nowhere to be found. How can you escape a past that will do a lot more than just catch up with you?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A powerful book

  • By Joseph on 23-08-06

Thorne in my side

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-09-10

3 books in an I only just realised most of the DCI Thorne series are abridged. However, the abridgement is excellent and had I not spotted this I would have said they were complete. This is easily best of the first 3 and it feels like Mark Billingham has really started to know how to write Thorne and the regular characters. He shows a keen insight into the killer's background and treats the subject with care but not to the detriment of the story. If you love crime drama ignore the fact that its abridged and grab a Thorne now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scaredy Cat

  • Tom Thorne, Book 2
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67

In a vicious, calculated murder, a victim is selected at Euston Station, followed home, and strangled in front of her child. When a second body is discovered, killed in the same way at King's Cross station, DI Tom Thorne comes to a horrifying conclusion: this is not one killer, but two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another superb offering

  • By Sue on 22-10-08

Cat Scratch Fever

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-10

Having enjoyed 'Sleepy Head' (the first title in Mark Billingham's Tom Thorne series) I got 'Scaredy Cat' straight away. Whereas the first novel becomes compelling after a while this book had me completely hooked from the start. Scaredy Cat delves far more into the psyche of the killer and Billingham ekes out the story for each major character until they collide in the horrifying ending. I'm off to get the third in the series now!

  • Sleepy Head

  • Tom Thorne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Billingham
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 238

It's rare for a young woman to die from a stroke, and when three such deaths occur in short order it starts to look like an epidemic. Then a sharp pathologist notices traces of benzodiazepine in one of the victim's blood samples and just traceable damage to the ligaments in her neck, and their cause of death is changed from 'natural' to 'murder'.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me awake!

  • By PP Merge on 15-09-10

Kept me awake!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-09-10

Having been a recent convert to crime fiction through the Harry Bosch series it was interesting to listen to a title that was set where I live in London (no glorious sunsets over the LA landscape for Detective Thorne). It was shaky start but I ended up gripped at this hard-worn, world weary detective who is driven (sorry for the cliche) but flawed (and another). At the end of this story I went straight out and got the second book 'Scaredy Cat'.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful