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Paul

Melbourne, Australia
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  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unfairly neglected gem of a master novella!

  • By Raphael on 04-01-16

Excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-11

As with any audio recording of a book, the choice of narrator is extremely important. I've been waiting for this particular book to come out in audio format for quite some time now (this is my favouritee Orwell novel), and it was worth the wait. The narrator does a brilliant job. This is a thoroughly enjoyable recording.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

  • By: Vladimir Nabokov
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 31 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

From Vladimir Nabokov, the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written between the 1920s and the 1950s, these 68 tales — 14 of which have been translated into English for the first time - display all the shades of Nabokov’s imagination.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dissapiointing Narration

  • By Paul on 10-07-11

Dissapiointing Narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-11

Whilst Nabokov is brilliant, the greatness of these writings is undermined by the narration. Very bland and uninspired. Narration of dialogue is particularly weak, and with a series as long as this one, it made me lose interest very quickly. I doubt if I'll even both to finish listening to it because of this.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Storm of War

  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 28 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

One of the best selling History titles of 2009. Examining the Second World War on every front, Andrew Roberts asks whether, with a different decision-making process and a different strategy, Hitler’s Axis might even have won. Were those German generals who blamed everything on Hitler after the war correct, or were they merely scapegoating their former Führer once he was safely beyond defending himself?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding Piece of Work

  • By Colin on 26-04-10

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-04-11

This is an absolutely supurb book. I've read a great many books on WWII and I think this would be one of the best, if not 'the' best I've read. Not just historical facts rolled out one after another; this book is written in a thoroughly interesting and engaging manner. The narator is also absolutely brilliant.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Down and Out in Paris and London

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

An autobiographical study, Down and Out in Paris and London follows Orwell as he tramps around both Paris and London. Pawning his belongings to buy food, unemployment, drinking heavily and jostling for a place in homeless hostels are but a few of the experiences related with candour and insight in this unabridged exclusive audiobook. Orwell was arguably one of the first 'gonzo' journalists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Richard Blant on 20-07-15

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-01-11

A great combination of an excellent book read by a great narrator. I'd highly recommend this particular recording - very, very entertaining. The narration is brilliant.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful