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C. Hamilton-welsh

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  • Ascent

  • By: Sir Chris Bonington
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Hear Sir Chris Bonington's extraordinary story, read by Gordon Griffin. His memoir, Ascent, charts not only his many triumphs in the climbing world - such as the Eiger and the Himalayas - but also the struggles he has faced in his life bringing up a family and maintaining a successful and loving marriage over the decades of travelling the world to conquer mountains.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By C. Hart on 17-01-18

interesting in parts

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

Reviewed: 09-04-19

I read a lot of mountaineers books and somehow did not warm to this one. Chris has certainly achieved a lot and I liked him a little more towards the end but I won't be reading it again.

  • The Five

  • The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper
  • By: Hallie Rubenhold
  • Narrated by: Louise Brealey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 97

Polly, Annie, Elizabeth, Catherine and Mary-Jane are famous for the same thing, though they never met. They came from Fleet Street, Knightsbridge, Wolverhampton, Sweden and Wales. They wrote ballads, ran coffeehouses and lived on country estates; they breathed ink dust from printing presses and escaped people traffickers. What they had in common was the year of their murders: 1888. The person responsible was never identified, but the character created by the press to fill that gap has become far more famous than any of these five women. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-19

very good - narrator could have been better

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

I thought this was very well written and very interesting. didn't love the narrator - not a memorable voice - no gravitas. just ok. let it down a bit. recommended tho

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fatal North

  • Murder and Survival on the First North Pole Expedition
  • By: Bruce Henderson
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

It began as President Ulysses S. Grant's bid for international glory after the Civil War - America's first attempt to reach the North Pole. It ended with Captain Charles Hall's death under suspicious circumstances, dissension among sailors, scientists, and explorers, and the ship's evacuation and eventual sinking. Then came a brutal struggle for survival by 33 men, women, and children stranded on the polar ice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping

  • By C. Hamilton-welsh on 12-03-19

gripping

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

I really enjoyed this tale of adventure and intrigue with a sting in the tail too. highly recommended

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,651

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic horror novel

  • By Steve on 03-10-13

superb masterpiece

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

complete masterpiece of writing and suspense. the film story was a bit different so this is not as you expect. highly recommended

  • Victorian London

  • The Life of a City, 1840-1870
  • By: Liza Picard
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Like her previous books, this book will be the result of the author's passionate interest in the realities of everyday life, and the conditions in which most people lived, so often left out of history books. This period of mid-Victorian London encompasses a huge range of subjects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Heather on 09-08-06

Very engaging

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

Reviewed: 18-09-18

well written and read. well researched. glad we are not living in these times. highly recommended for any social history fans.

  • 17 Carnations

  • The Windsors, The Nazis and The Cover-Up
  • By: Andrew Morton
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

The story of the love affair between Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, and his abdication in order to marry the divorcée, has provoked fascination and discussion for decades. However, the full story of the couple's links with the German aristocracy and Hitler has until now remained untold. Meticulously researched, 17 Carnations chronicles this entanglement, starting with Hitler's early attempts to matchmake between Edward and a German noblewoman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History narrated at its most professional.

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-04-16

You couldn't Make it up

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

Reviewed: 17-04-18

really interesting and well crafted. I loved the mix of historical context with the main story. this adds to my view that we should thank wallis simpson for giving us George 6th. she must have been a remarkable woman. they deserved each other. neither likeable and clearly miserable despite all their wealth. David clearly was a very mixed up man. you couldn't make up a story like this!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Great Britain's Great War

  • A Sympathetic History of Our Gravest Folly
  • By: Jeremy Paxman
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan, Jeremy Paxman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Jeremy Paxman's Great Britain's Great War. Read by the actor Roy McMillan, this magnificent history of the First World War tells the story of the war in one gripping narrative from the point of view of the British people. We may think we know about it, but what was life really like for the British people during the First World War?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly accessible social history of the Great War

  • By Bromide Badger on 26-01-15

absolutely excellent

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

Reviewed: 21-01-18

most of us know Paxman to be a bright but disagreeable fellow but wow what a writer. his dry and sometimes sarcastic irony and wit come through what was a totally engaging account. I thought the narrator garbled a bit at first but stick with it because he does a fabulous job of animating the book. I thought I knew most about ww1 but this enriched my understanding so much. Thank u jeremy

  • Rough Water

  • Stories of Survival from the Sea
  • By: Sebastian Junger, Herman Wouk, Patrick O'Brian, and others
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

This riveting collection of adventure writing includes the work of The Perfect Storm author, Sebastian Junger. Listen as men and women battle the elements, and often each other, to stay alive, confronting sharks, savage storms, rogue waves, mountainous icebergs, starvation, and their own fear and suffering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really good series of books

  • By C. Hamilton-welsh on 03-01-18

really good series of books

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I really enjoyed the quality and variety of these true stories. very interesting and well done. highly recommended if you like adventure.

  • The Climb

  • By: Anatoli Boukreev, G. Weston DeWalt
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

The Climb is a true, gripping, and thought-provoking account of the worst disaster in the history of Mt. Everest: On May 10, 1996, two commercial expeditions headed by experienced leaders attempted to climb the highest mountain in the world, but things went terribly wrong...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Climb

  • By Guy on 15-06-07

really good

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

Reviewed: 03-11-17

good to hear this account of the tragedy. he is a hero in my eyes. once I got used to the pauses I really liked this narrator.

  • Dark Summit

  • The True Story of Everest's Most Controversial Season
  • By: Nick Heil
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

In early May 2006, a young British climber named David Sharp lay dying near the top of Mount Everest while forty other climbers walked past him on their way to the summit. A week later, Lincoln Hall, a seasoned Australian climber, was left for dead near the same spot. Hall's death was reported around the world, but the next day he was found alive after spending the night on the upper mountain with no food and no shelter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly full of journo speak

  • By Rose on 11-02-19

gripping

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

Reviewed: 29-10-17

really fast paced informative and very interesting. I thought it was very well written and read. highly recommended