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  • Ep. 9: A Dark Force For Good (The Dark Web)

  • By: Geoff White, Bernard P. Achampong
  • Narrated by: Geoff White
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

It's not just sex, drugs and weapons on the Dark Web. The original intent of using the web anonymously was to encourage free speech in relative safety. Being safe from harm in a more real sense is explored by Geoff White, Channel 4 News's former Technology Reporter, when he meets victims of stalking and domestic violence where Dark Web tools have gotten very personal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but difficult to hear in places

  • By L. Moon on 03-08-18

Well informed and well balanced 'deep dive'

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Glaucon, a character quoted in Plato's Republic says "...if they were invisible all men believe in their hearts that injustice is far more profitable to the individual than justice... If you could imagine any one obtaining this power of becoming invisible, and never doing any wrong or touching what was another's, he would be thought by the lookers-on to be a most wretched idiot, although they would praise him to one another's faces, and keep up appearances with one another from a fear that they too might suffer injustice." too pessimistic?, listen and decide for yourself.

  • Officers and Gentlemen

  • By: Evelyn Waugh
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Undergoing training on the Isle of Mugg, Guy Crouchback is now attached to a commando unit where the ministry whisky flows freely and HM Forces have to show proper respect to the Laird. But the comedy of Mugg is followed by the bitterness of Crete: the indignity of withdrawal or surrender.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exceptional reading

  • By Nicholas P. on 05-09-17

Brilliant narration of a superb story.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

said it all but must make fifteen words, nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen

  • The Selfish Gene

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 890
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870

Richard Dawkins' brilliant reformulation of the theory of natural selection has the rare distinction of having provoked as much excitement and interest outside the scientific community as within it. His theories have helped change the whole nature of the study of social biology, and have forced thousands to rethink their beliefs about life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book, wonderfully narrated

  • By Michael on 09-07-11

Spoiled by argumentative author's pedantry

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-15

too much self justifying response to decades old arguments by the author- and do we really need a lecture in the pronunciation of 'algae', I think not..

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Farm

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: James Langton, Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 371
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 343
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 346

Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, the country of his mother's birth. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother... she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and unusual...

  • By Caro on 15-02-14

Dissapointed. Whining actress

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

Reviewed: 27-02-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I really like Tom's other books, which work well but the reading was so dull and whining (and didn't engage me in the plot before I got fed up) that I gave up.

Has The Farm put you off other books in this genre?

NO. Great author.

Would you be willing to try another one of James Langton and Suzanne Toren ’s performances?

Probably not, but it may be the combo of the character.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not that I got as far as hearing.

Any additional comments?

Shame.