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S. Newman

Staffordshire UK
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  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,636
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,708
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 16,703

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Fryed Potter

  • By Simon on 20-11-15

Really well read and a great story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-19

I think everyone is aware of the story itself by now, the book as always is a lot more detailed than the film and Stephen Fry brings the story to life brliantly.

  • Utopia for Realists

  • By: Rutger Bregman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

We live in a time of unprecedented upheaval, when technology and so-called progress have made us richer but more uncertain than ever before. We have questions about the future, society, work, happiness, family and money, and yet no political party of the right or left is providing us with answers. So, too, does the time seem to be coming to an end when we looked to economists to help us define the qualities necessary to create a successful society. We need a new movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I have ever read bar none.

  • By Andrew Stuart on 30-06-17

Thought provoking ideas for a better world

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-06-18

Filled with anecdotes a d evidence that back ideas that can make a better world for all. Pushes firmly against the wealfare state and bans on immigration to offer better approaches that benefit all.

Very well written and the narration was excellent

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,793
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,774

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected gem

  • By Andrew on 29-01-17

fun and engaging sci fi

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-18

a great story with some deep concepts bit a fun ride the whole way. definitely a book for geeks sci to lovers and anyone looking for a fun read

  • The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

  • Discworld Book 28, (Discworld Childrens Book 1)
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

Rats! They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good piper to lure them away. That's where Maurice comes in. But he's only a cat (though one that talks).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Poor Accents

  • By jinrai on 05-01-18

brilliant story with good narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-11-17

not entirely convince about Maurice having an American accent but it was brilliantly brought to life with a really entertaining read. this was one of Pratchetts books I'd let go under my radar and am really glad I caught up with it .

  • Black Legion: Warhammer 40,000

  • Black Legion, Book 2
  • By: Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 674
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 630
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 628

Ezekyle Abaddon and his warlords strive to bind the newborn Black Legion together under threat of destruction. Now Khayon, as Abaddon's most-trusted assassin, is tasked with ending the threat of Thagus Daravek, the self-proclaimed Lord of Hosts - a rival to the Ezekyle's final fate. Fighting the vile whispers of the Dark Gods within his mind, Abaddon turns a fevered gaze back to the Imperium, where his destiny awaits. Yet the Emperor's Champion and his Black Templars stand guard at the gates of Hell, and Sigismund has waited centuries to face Abaddon in battle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Black Legion goodness

  • By Alexander Brown on 17-10-17

a thoroughly enjoyable story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-10-17

a really well narrated post heresy tale brought to life brilliantly by some fantastic narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: An All-Star Cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • learn to read English please

  • By carl on 13-04-18

A reasonable collection of short stories

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-17

This is a reasonable collection of short stories, some better than others and with mixed levels of narration.

The changes in pace for the stories and narration made it less than ideal for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Whispers Under Ground

  • Rivers of London, Book 3
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,768

Peter Grant is learning magic fast. And it’s just as well - he's already had run-ins with the deadly supernatural children of the Thames and a terrifying killer in Soho. Progression in the police force is less easy, especially when you work in a department of two. A department that doesn't even officially exist. A department that if you did describe it to most people would get you laughed at.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, wonderful narration

  • By Jane on 04-07-12

Another great entry in the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-17

I found it a little slower than the first two books but still kept me hooked and as usual the narration was excellent.

I do recommend it for fans of the series

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,673
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,409

It's the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Life πŸ’™ New Hobbies Found πŸ’œ

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-04-18

an adventure you can't put down

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-13

brilliantly narrated by WW who brings the story alive, and what a story it is. filled with pop culture references and a virtual world not so far away from us.
one of my all time favourite books.