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Askam-in-Furness, Cumbria, United Kingdom
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  • The Kraken Wakes

  • By: John Wyndham
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Journalist Mike Watson and his wife, Phyllis, trace it back to the strange showering lights they noticed on the final day of their honeymoon cruise; lights which appeared to land and disappear into the water. Reports mount of similar sightings all over the world. Governments embark on missions to investigate the sea, but ships disappear and diving crews never return to the surface. Something deep in the ocean does not want to be disturbed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Malcolm on 01-01-13

A good read.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-11

I enjoyed this book very much although I don't consider it to be Wyndham's best. It's a good easy Science Fiction read and if you haven't read John Wyndham before it may encourage you to read other books by him.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

  • By: Jules Verne
  • Narrated by: Noel Gibilaro
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Professor Pierre Aronnax boards an American frigate commissioned to investigate a rash of attacks on international shipping by what is thought to be an amphibious monster. The supposed sea creature, which is actually the submarine Nautilus, sinks Aronnax's vessel and imprisons him along with his devoted servant Conseil and Ned Land, a temperamental harpooner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Some good lightweight science fiction

  • By Donna on 23-03-11

Some good lightweight science fiction

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-03-11

I enjoyed this, but was not very keen on the narration as I found the reader put so much intonation into his voice that it was sometimes off-putting. Just my opinion, others may really like this style.

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

Not his best but still worth reading.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-11

I know this is the first in the series and although it's enjoyable I would say Pratchett goes from strength to strength in his other books. Unfortunately, tthe sound quality on this has clearly been taken from cassette and so isn't as good as one might expect from Audible's usual high standards.

  • Walking on Water

  • A Voyage Around Britain and Through Life
  • By: Geoff Holt
  • Narrated by: Geoff Holt (introduction), Nick Pomfret
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

On 5 September 1984, 18-year-old Geoff Holt dived into an idyllic tropical sea and his life changed forever. A broken neck cut short a promising career as a yachtsman and left him paralysed, with his horizons reduced to an uncertain future in a wheelchair. On 5 September 2007, after a journey of 109 days and 1,445 miles, Geoff Holt crossed the finish line in the Solent and reached the summit of his Personal Everest – the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail single-handed around Great Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Amy on 23-12-10

This was so good I listened to it in one day.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-11

Geeoff Holt's attitude to his quadriplegia is amazing. This book is extremely well-written and I would unreservedly recommend it to anyone as a very inspiring and excellent listen.

  • Quest under Capricorn

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 2 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

This third volume in David Attenborough's "Early Years" trilogy recounts his expedition to Australia in search of more rare species.

As with the previous two titles, Zoo Quest for a Dragon and Quest in Paradise, it is read by Attenborough and provides an educative and entertaining account of his adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly written and brilliantly read.

  • By Donna on 20-01-11

Brilliantly written and brilliantly read.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-01-11

Plenty of humour, very evocative descriptions of wildlife and the comments on aboriginal paintings interesting and enlightening. Mix this with David Attenborough's excellent reading and you have a first class listen!

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  • The Tail of Myrtle the Mermaid

  • By: Michael Reece
  • Narrated by: Michael Reece
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Unlike the other "merfolk", Myrtle has frogs legs; it's very embarrassing! Her tale begins on the night of the Great Fish Ball. Starfish twinkle merrily and mermaids dance to the tunes of a fiddler crab, but Myrtle is too ashamed of her frog's legs to join the fun. She decides to ask the Wise Old Hermit Crab for some advice. The Hermit tells her that the only re-tailor worth going to is the Magnificent Sea Quin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Underwater adventures with Myrtle the Mermaid

  • By Donna on 07-06-07

Underwater adventures with Myrtle the Mermaid

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-07

My kids loved this story. In particular, they enjoyed the songs and sound effects together with the lively reading of the story itself. They want more adventures with Myrtle!