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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nearest thing to time travel available

  • By JL on 09-10-13

Professor Garland brings history to life...

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

Reviewed: 19-08-17

A fascinating insight into the very human side of history, the glimpses into the daily lives of our ancestors that often go unreported. Professor Robert Garland leads us through their daily realities, their struggles and their joys, their pleasures and their fears.
Adding a corporeal touch to the ancient world. More depth would have been preferable but understandable as the subject matter is so expansive. Robert Garland is a joy to listen to, often humorous and very reminiscent of your timeworn history professor.

  • A Moveable Feast

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: James Naughton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Movable Café

  • By Apricot on 19-10-17

Like listening to Hemingway himself...

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

Reviewed: 27-12-14

As the previous reviewer mentions, James Naughton's voice is perfect for telling this Hemingway tale. A Moveable Feast is very much on his real life of living in Paris with his first wife, the simple pleasures of Parisian life they enjoyed on a very limited budget, his days drinking with F.Scott Fitzgerald and his writing. We really see into Hemingway's private thoughts and feelings as he puts pen to paper which makes this a fascinating listen. The dry sense of humour Hemingway is famous for really comes through in this book too.

  • The Winter Garden

  • By: Jane Thynne
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

Berlin in 1937 radiates glamour and ambition. Anna Hansen, a bride-to-be, is at one of Hitler's notorious Nazi Bride Schools. When she is brutally murdered Clara Vine, an undercover British Intelligence agent and Anna’s friend, is disturbed by news of her death. Clara must work to find the truth and send it back to London. It is a dangerous path she treads, and it will take everything she has to survive.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was impressed

  • By Lesleyboyd on 08-06-14

Rather drawn out..

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

I have read several fictional books set in Germany during the war, and in particular writing about the lives of the British intelligence living in Berlin at the time. It' is a period of history I find fascinating. Whilst I found this to be an interesting listen initially, it became rather dull and drawn out. I think it could have been written in half the time and achieved a better end result. I listened to it all but it did become rather a challenge towards the end.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,337

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

Rivers of London

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

This was a fantastic listen, the narrators voice perfectly suits his character of Peter Grant, the Met PC. Yes he has a gravelly London accent but this makes it all the more real for me. Ben Aaronovitch has an unusual writing style, this was quirky and unlike anything I've read before. And yes his writing is incredibly descriptive but I liked this aspect, the added detail really made it come alive to me. I enjoyed the spooky otherworldly element too. I am keen to download his next book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World

  • By: Robert Bucholz, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Bucholz
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

No city has had as powerful and as enduring an impact on Western civilization as London. But what made the city the perfect environment for so many great developments? How did London endure the sweeping historical revolutions and disasters without crumbling? Find the answers to these questions and more in these 24 fascinating lectures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable until..

  • By Dusty Raven on 20-08-15

Wonderful overview of historical London

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

I enjoy listening to The Great Courses series and was drawn to this one as being a native Londoner, I enjoy learning more about this wonderful city. This gave a very concise and detailed history of London, and included interesting little nuggets of information about certain monuments, buildings and details about the human side of history too. Professor Bucholz presents this course in a very engaging way, although his accent did start to niggle at me after a while. Overall though a very good listen.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Signature of All Things

  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280

Elizabeth Gilbert’s first novel in twelve years is an extraordinary story of botany, exploration and desire, spanning across much of the 19th century. The novel follows the fortunes of the brilliant Alma Whittaker (daughter of a bold and charismatic botanical explorer) as she comes into her own within the world of plants and science. As Alma’s careful studies of moss take her deeper into the mysteries of evolution, the man she loves draws her in the opposite direction - into the realm of the spiritual, the divine and the magical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb listen, utterly absorbing.

  • By Kerry on 08-11-13

Botanical feminist? You decide...

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

I found this book whilst looking for other audiobooks that Juliet Stevenson narrated as I find her to be so wonderful at telling a story and bringing the characters to life. She did not disappoint in this and I felt that Alma Whittaker particularly felt so real to me I did have to double check if she actually existed. Alas she doesn't, but I'd love to know if this actually was based on a real person. Elizabeth Gilbert has obviously researched thoroughly before embarking on this novel and that was evident from the extremely detailed botanical descriptions, to the details about the sea voyages to the countries Alma visits. Other reviewers have described Alma as self absorbed, I think is a little unfair, in my mind she was a strong, courageous and brave woman, who if you can imagine at the time must have rather broken the mould of what was to be expected from a lady. I liked her as a character and felt slightly bereft at leaving her behind at the end of the novel. I have since recommended this to a friend who initially turned his nose up at the idea of a book about a travelling female botanist, but even he surprised himself and also enjoyed the book.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 18 hrs and 51 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Integrated approaches to teaching Greek and Roman history are a rarity in academia. Most scholars are historians of either Greek or Roman history and perform research solely in that specific field, an approach that author and award-winning Professor Robert Garland considers questionable.In these 36 passionate lectures, he provides and impressive and rare opportunity to understand the two dominant cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in relation to one another-a relationship that has virtually no parallel in world history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unusual and Fascinating Perspective

  • By Jonathan on 10-11-14

Fantastic overview of Ancient Greece and Rome

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

Reviewed: 16-09-14

I have enjoyed listening to several of The Great Courses, and particularly enjoy Professor Robert Garland's engaging way of teaching you about the ancient world. He has a way of making a long listen very enjoyable and amusing at times. I was drawn to this particular course as I have always read about Greece and Rome separately and this gave a wonderful overview and explained how they worked in synergy to create the world we know today. Of course they didn't always get along and both sides of their relationship with each other, and other nations, such as Persia and Egypt came to influence the modern day world. This course is not dry in any way, and instead gives a very real human perspective of the events, and normal day to day life, as it was known in the ancient world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Mistress

  • By: Portia Da Costa
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

After being mistaken for a high-class call girl when they first met, Lizzie now enjoys a fiery relationship with John, her gorgeous and incredibly rich older man. Devoted, romantic, and devilishly kinky, John knows exactly how to satisfy her every need. But John has a dark side - and a past he won’t talk about. He might welcome Lizzie in his bed - and out of it - but will she ever be anything more than a rich man’s mistress?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Naughty but Nice!

  • By Louise Armitage on 02-01-14

Naughty but Nice!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-14

This book is a perfect holiday listen when you just want something a bit more lighthearted and entertaining to keep you company on the beach! It is most definitely raunchy, but written with sensitivity and warmth and isn't just naughty for the sake of being naughty.
I really warmed to Lizzie and also to John, although I was slightly wary of him at first (wouldn't any girl be?!). He really did seem too good to be true and whilst that made this very entertaining you are left wondering if such a man actually exists. If you can get over that very minor point then you are in for a bonk-buster of a listen.
Warning - can make you blush when listening on a packed Tube.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Tooth

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

Serena Frome, the beautiful daughter of an Anglican bishop, has a brief affair with an older man during her final year at Cambridge, and finds herself being groomed for the intelligence services. The year is 1972. Britain, confronting economic disaster, is being torn apart by industrial unrest and terrorism and faces its fifth state of emergency.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • McEwan Takes Us Back To The Seventies

  • By GC on 15-10-12

Great book - thoroughly enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 01-01-14

This is an evocative book, sensitively written with an excellent portrayal of the main female character and her existence in a man's world. Set in the 1970's it tells the story of Serena, a spy working for the government during the Cold War. The references to life in England during the Thatcher era were fascinating and very insightful. The narration was fantastic and the excellent Juliet Stevenson narrated each character with ease and fluidity.

There is a gripping plot line that keeps you listening and a couple of turns that you may not be expecting. Overall a thoroughly good listen!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,763

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

Well read gripping detective novel..

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

Reviewed: 17-11-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

I was glued to my headphones from the first chapter onwards, Robert Glenister does a fabulous job narrating this novel and manages the different characters with such ease, you can really get a sense of what each character looks like and its almost like watching a movie in your head. I had no idea when I read this that 'Robert Galbraith' was actually J.K Rowling in disguise, but it does explain why I felt this man wrote with such fluidity and style that he should really have written more books.
I don't often read detective novels but this is written in such a classic style, without the violence that you find in most modern crime thrillers that it was a welcome change in my listening repertoire. The plot is gripping, fast moving and there is never a dull moment. It is a guessing game for you the listener and you will find yourself saying 'ahhhh I see' to yourself quite often throughout! Overall I thoroughly recommend this listen, and I hope we can look forward to a Comoran Strike sequel.