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  • Fascism: A Warning

  • By: Madeleine Albright
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Albright
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 95

A personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the 20th century and how its legacy shapes today’s world, written by one of America’s most admired public servants, the first woman to serve as US secretary of state. A Fascist, observes Madeleine Albright, 'is someone who claims to speak for a whole nation or group, is utterly unconcerned with the rights of others, and is willing to use violence and whatever other means are necessary to achieve the goals he or she might have.' 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The fight for freedom never stops

  • By Boatqueen on 13-07-18

The fight for freedom never stops

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-18

Makes a convincing case for why democratic values and freedoms must never be taken for granted and must continually be fought for. Allbright's style is clear and engaging. An intelligent world player with shedloads of experience and lessons to teach us about how fascism is born and grows. And how its seeds never die, but wait for the right conditions to flourish. The title is spot on. Should be essential reading for all politicians. But sadly, I doubt whether the ones that would most benefit from the wisdom of these chapters will bother to listen and learn.

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  • Let Not the Deep

  • British Military Quartet, Book 1
  • By: Mike Lunnon-Wood
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

A crippled cargo ship drifts helplessly in the face of an oncoming hurricane-force storm. On board, a passenger whose presence means the world is watching. Only the skill, determination and raw courage of a lifeboat crew and the British military forces despatched to save them offer any hope of survival. But set against the savagery of the Atlantic even that might not be enough....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting stuff!

  • By clive on 11-04-17

Gripping - I was there every step of the way

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-17

Thrilling tale of bravery at sea superbly told and excellently narrated. My first encounter with this author and narrator. Am now in search of more ...

  • Engleby

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 515

Mike Engleby says things that others dare not even think. When the novel opens in the 1970s, he is a university student, having survived a "traditional" school. A man devoid of scruple or self-pity, Engleby provides a disarmingly frank account of English education. Yet beneath the disturbing surface of his observations lies an unfolding mystery of gripping power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible - In the very best way!

  • By Robert on 08-02-08

All absorbing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-17

This book stayed with me for quite a while. There are no words to describe its ability to invade one's mind. It felt like a timeless conversation with myself. There is some of Engleby in all of us. I am not sure about it being "a comment on the education system." I found myself sympathising with Engleby's reflections on a lot of things like bananas and chimps ... Narration is superb and spot on.

  • Shoot to Kill

  • Inspector Carlyle, Book 7
  • By: James Craig
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

When French gangster Tuco Martinez threatens Carlyle and his family, the inspector has to call on the resources and skills of Dominic Silver to try and see him off. But Dom won't do all the dirty work and so Carlyle has to go into hiding. Cut off from his home turf, both literally and metaphorically, Carlyle struggles to cope with the situation while meanwhile, back in London, the charismatic major, Christian Holroyd, is finally spiraling completely out of control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank God for Bluetooth ...

  • By Boatqueen on 07-11-16

Thank God for Bluetooth ...

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

The usual excellent mix of talented crime writing and humour. Find myself drinking more coffee and using the F-word as John Carlyle's persona infiltrates my alter ego. Have listened to all the books in series so far, and have not been disappointed. Thank God for Bluetooth in cars. There were a couple of recording glitches - repeated phrases, hence only 4 stars for performance - in this audio book, but apart from that, Joe Jameson does a superb job, conveying all the nuances of character that I don't think I would necessarily pick up from just reading the book.

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,626

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

Mega Epic Tale and Performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-05-16

Mega epic. Was with the characters all through. Great performance. Novel plus history lesson.
Follett's writing reminds me of Tolstoy's, perhaps less reflective and philosophical but equally able to depict the large scale events and zoom into the individual lives caught up in them in a way that makes you care and see their points of view. I finished several crochet projects listening to it. And thank goodness for Bluetooth in the car and decent headphones on the train! Am now going to look at more by Ken Follett and performed by John Lee who makes the text come alive.

  • Anna Karenina

  • By: Leo Tolstoy
  • Narrated by: David Horovitch
  • Length: 38 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

Anna Karenina seems to have everything - beauty, wealth, popularity and an adored son. But she feels that her life is empty until the moment she encounters the impetuous officer Count Vronsky.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A gem

  • By Deborah on 12-06-09

Plumbs the depths of the human spirit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-16

I was very sad when it finished - felt like I had lost a friend, until I realized I can always listen to it again.
Tolstoy is a master at probing and understanding the human spirit. And he does this more by asking questions and putting characters and their struggles into contrast than by giving answers.
I feel like someone has been rummaging in my soul.
That is not to say there is no story or plot to enjoy, and when I first encountered this book in my teens/early 20s that is all I paid attention to.
But now I am in my 60s I find myself riveted by the paradoxical contrasts between peasants and the nobility, and the barriers to agricultural and political reform as processed through the minds of the various characters, all of which, regardless of their outlook, Tolstoy made me love and understand.
This is a huge work that tackles problems, questions and challenges of what it means to be human and how to live a good life. As relevant today as it was then.
And now the performance - all I can say is David Horovitch made this book come alive in a way I could never achieve from simply reading it. Simply superb.

  • A Prisoner of Birth

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 868
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863

Danny Cartwright and Spencer Craig were born on different sides of the track. Danny is an East End Cockney mechanic, Spencer is a West End barrister. When they meet, their lives will never be the same again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Prisoner of Birth (Unabridged

  • By Jean on 15-04-08

Fine plot

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-16

Fine plot, first class writing, excellent performance. Couldn't help but root for the good guys and cheer when the bad guys got their just desserts. Fascinating insights into prison life and English court proceedings.

  • EMPEROR: The Gates of Rome, Book 1 (Unabridged)

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 704

On a small estate just outside Rome in the first century BC, two boys become blood brothers, little imagining the extraordinary future that lies before them. As friends and rivals, Gaius and Marcus are destined to find lasting fame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb but there is an issue

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-19

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-04-16

Very well written and superbly performed with convincing different voices for the characters which are well developed. The sheer physical nature of soldiering in Roman times is well portrayed - very much a man's world. Although fiction, felt like I learned a history lesson and was really surprised to realize who the central characters were which is not revealed until well into their stories. I did not choose this audio book so much for its subject as for the fact it is performed by Robert Glenister. The relationship between the two little boys is touchingly described although at times I thought they seemed very articulate and clear about their place in the world for ones so young.