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  • The Mafia Philosopher: Two Tonys

  • By: Shaun Attwood
  • Narrated by: Tom Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Breaking bones, burying bodies, and planting bombs became second nature to Two Tonys while working for the Bonanno Crime Family, whose exploits inspired The Godfather. After a dispute with an outlaw motorcycle club, Two Tonys left a trail of corpses from Arizona to Alaska. On the run, he was pursued by bikers and a neo-Nazi gang bloodthirsty for revenge, while a homicide detective launched a nationwide manhunt. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good I didn't want it to end

  • By Charles on 20-10-18

Below average

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-18

The lives of these types of people are often fascinating but this gentleman's story clearly only got told because the author grew close to him in prison and owed him a lot, not because there was anything remarkable or even particularly interesting about his criminal career (if you can call it a career, it seems a lot of the time he was in regular jobs).

To make matters worse a large part of the end of the book is given over to Two Tony's 'philosophy', which is basically a tedious ramble from a quasi intellectual who clearly has too much time on his hands.

The narration is not great either. Virtually every sentence finishes in the same elevated tone which grates somewhat.

I loved Shaun Attwood's books on the Colombian cartels and the war on drugs but this was not in the same class.

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  • Terror Cops

  • Fighting Terrorism on Britain's Streets
  • By: Harry Keeble, Kris Hollington
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Terror Cops is a white-knuckle ride into the battle against extremism; the story gives unprecedented insight into what it's like to fight terrorism in Britain today. In his two-decades-long career with the Metropolitan Police, Detective Sergeant Harry Keeble has hunted child murderers and child abusers, drug dealers and hit men.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Andrew on 01-05-12

Boring Politically Correct Drivel

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

Reviewed: 20-12-18

Well narrated but this is the memoir of someone who had a very uneventful stint as a 'terror cop'.

The most exciting part was probably when a cigarette weilding youth asked him for a light, closely followed by the temporarily mislaid radios drama. Though who can forget the hitman who arrived, did nothing then went home or the race against time to get a twig out of the way of a CCTV camera.

On top of that this is preachy, right on PC garbage. I don't want condescending lectures on Islam from some muslim officer in a book like this any more than I would want a load of bible bashing if they were after the IRA. It is irrelevant and annoying.

Crack House was a great book and I'm guessing the author made a lot of money from it which encouraged him to write another when he really had nothing to say.

  • Parsnips, Buttered

  • Bamboozle and Boycott Modern Life, One Email at a Time
  • By: Joe Lycett
  • Narrated by: Joe Lycett
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741

In this book I have attempted to solve each and every one of life's problems. And I have succeeded. Dear Listener, Using letters, emails, tweets and telegrams I will show you how the things in your life that make you sad, low or anxious can soon appear trivial, insignificant and like a fish. In short, I will butter your parsnips.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed

  • By Steve K on 12-02-17

Unfunny ego trip

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

Reviewed: 03-12-18

Painfully unfunny and peurile love letter from the author to himself. Basically cataloguing emails he claims to have sent, including obviously fake replies which set him up for what he believes to be another zinger. Really, really poor.

  • Strangeways

  • A Prison Officer's Story
  • By: Neil Samworth
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454

A jaw-dropping account of life as a prison officer in one of the country's most notorious jails. Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth spent 11 years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all - gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out. Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high-security prison. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Honest and Brutal Truth. Loved It...

  • By M J North on 01-11-18

Interesting, but very one sided

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

Very interesting account of what goes on behind bars, but I take some of what the author says with a pinch of salt regarding his own conduct. I don't believe the drugged tea on New Year's Eve story for a start. He just went out on the piss and pulled a sickie.

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  • The Supreme Team: The Birth of Crack and Hip-Hop, Prince's Reign of Terror and the Supreme/50 Cent Beef Exposed

  • Street Legends
  • By: Seth Ferranti
  • Narrated by: Glenn Langohr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The Supreme Team has gone down in street legend and the lyrical lore of hip-hop and gangsta rap as one of the most vicious crews to ever emerge on the streets of New York. Their mythical and iconic status inspired hip-hop culture and rap superstars like 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Biggie, Nas, and Ja Rule. Born at the same time as crack, hip-hop was heavily influenced by the drug crews that controlled New York's streets. And the cliché of art imitating life and vice versa came full circle in the saga of the Supreme Team's infamous leaders.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a very interesting book on queen's usa

  • By Anonymous User on 23-12-18

Unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 26-04-18

Heard this is a great read but this is impossible to listen to as the narrator is a total imbecile. Talks like a robot with no flow to his speech and ruins it completely. Go buy the book.

  • Gotti's Rules

  • The Story of John Alite, Junior Gotti, and the Demise of the American Mafia
  • By: George Anastasia
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

The notorious Gotti family is the stuff of mob legend. The "Dapper Don", John Gotti Sr., and his son John A. "Junior" Gotti ran New York's powerful Gambino crime family and were well known for their flamboyant style and brutal ways, an image perpetuated in popular Mafia mythology. John Alite, a mob hit man, associate, and close friend of the Gottis, has a very different story to tell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting account

  • By robert on 26-06-17

Interesting account

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

These accounts of mafia shenanigans are usually interesting but you always get the feeling they are very one sided versions of events.

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  • What If?

  • Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  • By: Randall Munroe
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588

From the creator of the wildly popular xkcd, What If? gives hilarious and informative answers to important questions you probably never thought to ask. Millions visit xkcd.com each week to read Randall Munroe's iconic webcomic. Fans ask him a lot of strange questions. How fast can you hit a speed bump, driving, and live? When (if ever) did the sun go down on the British Empire? When will Facebook contain more profiles of dead people than living?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun that descends into silliness

  • By Dr L Madden on 01-12-14

Funny and fascinating

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

Reviewed: 26-06-17

Crazy and interesting in equal measure. The amount of research put in here is phenomenal.

  • Toast on Toast

  • Cautionary tales and candid advice
  • By: Steven Toast
  • Narrated by: Matt Berry - as Steven Toast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,061

In Toast on Toast - part memoir, part "how to act" manual - Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey from school plays to RADA and from "It's a Right Royal Knockout" to the Colony Club. Along the way he reveals the secrets of his success. He discloses how to brush up on and expand your technical and vocal skills, how to nail a professional voiceover, and how to deal with difficult work experience staff in a recording studio....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpless with laughter!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-15

Complete Tosh

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

Reviewed: 23-02-17

Would you try another book written by Steven Toast or narrated by Matt Berry - as Steven Toast?

No

What was most disappointing about Steven Toast’s story?

The main sources of amusement appeared to be his pronouncing names/words slightly incorrectly and swearing continually.

What didn’t you like about Matt Berry - as Steven Toast’s performance?

The whole thing (as much as I listened to, around a third before I gave up) is shouted which is very annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was surprised that it was so bad and lacking in any real substance. It appeared to be an attempt at an Alan Partridge style celebrity memoir, with all the comic genius of Partridge replaced with profanity.

Any additional comments?

I must confess that I went into this blind having never seen the TV show, but being a huge fan of Garth Marenghi's Dark Place and Berry's character Sanchez in that show I thought I would like this. If the Toast TV show mainly consists of a lot of swearing and mispronunciation and that is what you like about it then you may enjoy this book.

  • POF Mastery

  • The Simple Guide to Attracting, Meeting, and Dating the Women You Desire Online
  • By: Frank DiCarlo
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Online dating or Internet dating can seem daunting to the newbie. In POF Mastery: The Simple Guide to Attracting, Meeting, and Dating the Women You Desire Online, Frank DiCarlo leads you step by step through the process of online dating using Plenty of Fish.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • All pretty obvious

  • By robert on 06-06-16

All pretty obvious

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

Reviewed: 06-06-16

Only useful piece of information was change and save something in your profile every day to push it to top of lists women view. Now you know that, I'd give the book a miss.

  • The Night Stalker

  • The Life and Crimes of One of America's Deadliest Killers
  • By: Philip Carlo
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 22 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 103

Twenty-five years after Richard Ramirez left 13 dead, paralysing the city of Los Angeles, his name is still synonymous with fear, torture, and sadistic murder. Philip Carlo's US best seller The Night Stalker, based on three years of meticulous research and extensive interviews with Ramirez, reveals the killer and his horrifying crimes to be even more chilling than anyone could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent True Crime. Shocking and Insightful.

  • By Lee on 12-03-14

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 05-03-16

Awful, over dramatic narration of what is a virtual homage to a sick loser from a gushing fan. Within five minutes you will hear the line 'he used shadows the way Fred Astaire used Ginger Rogers' and it carries on like that throughout. If you want an interesting analysis of a prolific serial killer then this is not it, this is what you get when an impressionable author spends too much time in the company of a manipulative psychopath.

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