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  • 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 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

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
  • Adam Davies

  • By adam davies on 24-07-18

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.

  • 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
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unlistenable

  • By robert on 26-04-18

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 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 49

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.

  • 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 613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 553

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 Ms 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 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 967

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
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gangsters and Goodfellas

  • By: Henry Hill
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

"In 1980, my life as a 'Goodfella' came to an end… I traded my Brioni and Armani suits for T-shirts and jeans. I became a normal citizen. I became Joe Schmoe," says Henry Hill, author of Gangsters and Goodfellas and subject of Wiseguy, which was the inspiration for the blockbuster film Goodfellas. After a quarter of a century of silence, Hill can finally tell us the rest of the story, Gangsters and Goodfellas picks up where Wiseguy left off, taking readers on the crazy ride of Henry's life....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring Whinge

  • By robert on 31-08-15

Boring Whinge

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

Reviewed: 31-08-15

One long self serving whine from Hill about life in the Witsec programme. I came away with the impression that this guy has gotten away with being a complete scumbag all his life yet still acts like he is some kind of martyr. My advice would be don't buy this book and put any more money in his pocket. I wish I hadn't. It's boring anyway.

22 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • American Desperado

  • My Life as a Cocaine Cowboy
  • By: Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
  • Narrated by: Christina Rooney, Erik Davies, Johnathan McClain, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

American Desperado is possibly the most jaw-dropping, event-filled, adrenaline-soaked criminal autobiography ever written. Like a real-life Scarface Jon was born into the upper levels of the Gambino crime family and witnessed his first murder at age seven. He became a one-man juvenile crime wave before joining an assassination squad in Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Rhys on 13-04-15

Average

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

Reviewed: 28-07-15

Not the most interesting of life stories, which is surprising considering how interesting the Chicane Cowboys documentary was.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't disappoint

  • By Jill on 21-07-09

Brilliant, but..

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-02-12

..I have to agree with what some have said that there is a lot of obsessing over irrelevant details such as shopping items and what people are eating etc. There are also some rather poor similes used here and there which actually reminded me of some of the writing of spoof horror author Garth Merenghi such as 'pain shot through him like a big bullet'.

All that aside though the main thing is that this is an excellent thriller and the best of the trilogy in my opinion. While a little far fetched sometimes the characters are colourful and the action often thrilling. I heartily recommend this book and the whole trilogy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful