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A. Morris

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  • Some Fantastic Place

  • My Life in and out of Squeeze
  • By: Chris Difford
  • Narrated by: Chris Difford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Chris Difford is a rare breed. As a member of one of London's best-loved bands, the Squeeze cofounder has made a lasting contribution to English music with hits such as 'Cool for Cats', 'Up the Junction', 'Labelled with Love', 'Hourglass' and 'Tempted'. Some Fantastic Place is his evocative memoir of an upbringing in South London in the '60s and his rise to fame in one of the definitive bands of the late '70s and early '80s. Read by Chris Difford.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • some fantastic read

  • By Alan on 14-09-17

A comforting listen from a great wordsmith

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

Reviewed: 21-09-18

Heart on sleeve stuff. Chris has had some fantastic ups and serious downs. He crafts descriptions beautifully. Listened on commute each day. Recommended

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  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved and was loved in turn; who betrayed and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake...and whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe. he is Stan Laurel. But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy over use of First name Surname

  • By A. Morris on 08-08-18

Crazy over use of First name Surname

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Love L&H and this book is part fact part fiction. I liked the way it was structured; set at the tail end of Stan's life and flashing back. The author doesn't hold back in terms of expletives so expect an F for sex. And Stan did a lot of it. Always had to have a woman in his life and always had to marry them, often naively The majority of the story does revolve around his love life, so don't expect the minutae about their films. What shone through was his love for Babe. Enjoy

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Citizen Clem

  • A Biography of Attlee
  • By: John Bew
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 26 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Clement Attlee was the Labour prime minister who presided over Britain's radical postwar government, delivering the end of the empire in India, the foundation of the NHS and Britain's place in NATO. Called 'a sheep in sheep's clothing', his reputation has long been that of an unassuming character in the shadow of Churchill. But as John Bew's revelatory biography shows, Attlee was not only a hero of his age but an emblem of it, and his life tells the story of how Britain changed over the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding biography

  • By michael Billington on 11-09-17

Really good listen. Great book, excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 18-07-18

The Mouse that Roared. Amazed at how such an unassuming man remained leader of Labour Party for 20 years, during the country's most tumultuous times. Seemed to possess humility, not the narcissistic qualities a lot of leader's have and also a proud to be British and a socialist. How times have changed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paul McCartney: The Biography

  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Since the age of 20, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock 'n' roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. Paul McCartney reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood - blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed biography of a true genius

  • By James on 13-05-17

Ok but flawed IMO

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Like a lot of Fabs obsessives, have devoured so many books about them in 40 years. The story shares nothing that new and contains some inaccuracies e.g. Paul not singing backing vox on Come Together, but double tracked John. Just listen to it and you know R kid is singing. Also, author was withering about George's lack of humour and being generally down on the Fabs. Latter, publicly he might often had been, but I always got a wry sense of humour off him and he loved the Beatles like us. Narrator was excellent and kept me engaged. Worth a go if you've got a long commute

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Grumpy Old Rockstar and Other Wonderous Stories

  • By: Rick Wakeman
  • Narrated by: Rick Wakeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Around about September of 1948, Mr and Mrs Cyril Wakeman had an early night. And some time later, at Perivale in Middlesex, Mrs Wakeman produced a bonny baby son. They named him Richard, but he quickly became known as Rick.

Rick was a likable little fellow who had a talent for the piano (and for making trouble), and music became his life. Later, he joined a popular music group called Yes and became a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow car trips to hear more of this

  • By Donald on 30-05-09

Anecdote packed !

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

Reviewed: 23-11-17

Great listen. Some highly amusing anecdotes. Jack (or Rick?)-anory style story telling " are you sitting comfortably children? then I'll begin. What a life ( and near death)!

  • Roger Moore

  • My Word Is My Bond
  • By: Roger Moore
  • Narrated by: Roger Moore
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

The first ever autobiography of this truly international legend, written with all the trademark style, candour, charm, and wit he has brought to stage and screen over his long and illustrious career.

With personal anecdotes about such luminaries as Noel Coward, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Cary Grant, and Sean Connery, and memories from the heyday of Hollywood, this frank, funny and charming autobiography is packed with wonderful stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too short and (sorry) too old

  • By Knucklebones on 12-06-17

Enjoyable commute listen

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

Reviewed: 06-09-17

Loved hearing Rog narrate this. You can hear and imagine the twinkle in this raised eyebrow. Some good anecdotes and life story.

  • Mussolini: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

‘Il Duce', Benito Mussolini, was one of the key figures in the creation of fascism. Famed for his dictatorial style, his political cunning and admired - initially - by Hitler, Mussolini led the National Fascist Party and ruled Italy as Prime Minister from 1922 until his ousting in 1943. In so doing, he paved the way towards Italy's defeat in World War Two, and some of the 20th century's most destructive ideologies and practices.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as bad as Hitler...

  • By TheNameless on 08-04-19

Great commute listen

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

My 2nd in an hour series. Excellent narration. Interesting facts. I know a bit more now about the man.

  • Stalin: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

Arguably no person in history had such a direct and negative impact on the lives of so many as Joseph Stalin. Under the Red Tsar terror knew no limits, it did not discriminate; no one was safe, no institution, no single town or village was immune. Yet, following his death in 1953, Stalin was deeply mourned. He had "received the country with a wooden plough, and left it with a nuclear missile shield." And no-one else, some claimed, could have led the Soviet Union to victory in the Second World War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Man of Steel, explained in brief

  • By Jake Blunt on 04-09-16

Great potted history

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

Reviewed: 19-07-17

Loved the narrator on this. Covered lots of key points. Perfect for a commute. Will be checking out for more in this series

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Moon's a Balloon

  • By: David Niven
  • Narrated by: David Niven
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Rich in hilarious anecdote, this audiobook tells the story of Niven's school and Sandhurst days, his posting to Malta with the Highland Light Infantry, and how he escaped the army for a new life in the States. There he joined New York high society, before crossing the continent, lured by Hollywood. He returned to Britain to serve during the Second World War, but then made Hollywood his home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I had hoped it would be!

  • By Alison St Pierre on 18-09-12

Effortlessly brilliant.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Niven reels off anecdote after anecdote with charm and wit. This recording is many years old , likely originally released on cassette and is highly abridged from the book. However, nothing beats having the author read their own words. What a life he had.

  • David Mitchell: Back Story

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,663
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,083

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Joy

  • By Stan on 17-10-12

A seething mess of insecurity wonderfully narrated

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

This book kept me entertained during my commute to work. Glad it was the man himself reading it.