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  • How to Be a Vigilante: A Diary

  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 791

It's 1998. The Internet age is still in its infancy. Google has just been founded. Eighteen-year-old supermarket shelf-stacker Nigel Carmelite has decided that he's going to become a vigilante. There are a few problems: how is he going to even find crime to fight on the streets of Derbyshire? How will he create a superhero costume - and an arsenal of crime-fighting weaponry - on a shoestring budget?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We're Only Making Fans For Nigel

  • By Simon on 15-09-16

Another Winner From Smitherd

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Any additional comments?

This is the second book I've listened to by Smitherd (the other being the equally excellent Kill Someone). I love the realism, things that happen in his novels feel like the way things would go in real life, ordinary people in difficult circumstances probably would react this way. This book is concise, not dragged out to the point where it's in danger of outstaying it's welcome. I highly recommend this book.

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  • The God Delusion

  • By: Richard Dawkins
  • Narrated by: Richard Dawkins, Lalla Ward
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,517

Winner of the British Book Awards, Author of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Book of the Year, 2007.
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize, 2007.
Winner of the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

As the author of many classic works on science and philosophy, Richard Dawkins has always asserted the irrationality of belief in God and the grievous harm it has inflicted on society. He now focuses his fierce intellect exclusively on this subject, denouncing its faulty logic and the suffering it causes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Food for thought

  • By Louise on 11-02-07

A Fascinating Thesis

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

Excellently performed, thoroughly researched, this is a must for all fans of theology. Dawkins belief's seem perfectly clear but he provides the information for you to draw your own conclusions.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Not really, I'm interested in the subject matter and have already made my own mind up, I don't feel the need to look into the subject any further.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Dawkins has clearly researched this subject to a exhaustive level and puts his thoughts across in a precise, concise manner.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing.

  • The Fourth Protocol

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

Plan Aurora, hatched in a remote dacha in the forest outside Moscow and initiated with relentless brilliance and skill, is a plan within a plan that, in its spine-chilling ingenuity, breaches the ultra-secret Fourth Protocol and turns the fears that shaped it into a living nightmare. A crack Soviet agent, placed under cover in a quiet English country town, begins to assemble a jigsaw of devastation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Espionage in the Cold War era

  • By C on 23-12-12

Right Wing Propaganda

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

I didn't enjoy this novel at all. It got off on the wrong foot by suggesting that the Labour Party included several communist sympathisers that were happy to help the Russians bring the nation to it's knees during the height of the cold war. That might be okay if the author was using entirely fictitious characters, however, several genuine MPs were used in the novel. As a socialist I found this book offensive.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

No, I'm fascinated by the cold war era but this book did nothing to increase my interest.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

As mentioned before, the author got my back up with his obvious right-wing tendencies. The text was stiflingly dull in several places.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The narration was the only good thing about this novel.

Do you have any additional comments?

I'll never read anything by Frederick Forsyth again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tales from the Miami Hurricanes Sideline

  • A Collection of the Greatest Hurricanes Stories Ever Told
  • By: Jim Martz
  • Narrated by: Ax Norman
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

University of Miami football is more than national championships, 30-game winning streaks, and being a pipeline to the NFL. It’s the Gator Flop, defeating Tulane on a fifth down, and playing three games in eight days. It’s converting third and 44 against Notre Dame, Michael Irvin talking smack with Florida State’s Deion Sanders, and Vinny Testaverde being sacked by hamburgers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's All About The U!

  • By Adam Etheridge on 02-03-17

It's All About The U!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

Was great to sit back and listen to tales of when the Hurricanes were dominant... and a couple of when they weren't.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

Really whet my appetite for the season, hopefully the team is back on the path to winning another National Title.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

It's a pretty ordinary account of the text, very little added to make it stand out.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Not much in the way of emotion, just a very flat recounting.

Do you have any additional comments?

If you're interested in American Football this is a great book to find out about the history of one of the best known College Football programmes.

  • Catalyst (Star Wars)

  • A Rogue One Novel
  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,193

The must-have prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scene setter

  • By Tad on 12-12-16

Drawn Out Exposition

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

This book is a prequel to Rogue One, and, as such, introduces us to some of the key players in the film that was to follow. With so many characters to introduce the novel attempts to cram way too much in.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I expected this novel to whet my appetite for the film, it didn't. It was overly technical in places & featured some incredibly long stretches where the narrator reads an email chain... very frustrating and dull.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Jonathan Davis does an okay job, with very little to work with.

Do you have any additional comments?

Far from a classic, this book is okay if you're an ardent Star Wars fan... if you're not, it's terrible sci-fi.

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,029

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

A Classic Story, Well Performed

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

This is a very good performance of a classic Christmas tale.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

A strong cast play their parts well & create a vivid account of this Dickens' classic.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Easily Distracted

  • By: Steve Coogan
  • Narrated by: Steve Coogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728

Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age, he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should "be on the telly". Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. The late '80s and early '90s saw Coogan developing characters.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Self conscious autobiography.

  • By Mr Duncan J Burden on 15-12-15

Funny, Emotionally Charged & Very Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

Coogan talks us through an interesting life that has plenty of highs & lows, keeping the pace up and supplying plenty of twists and turns in a career that I've followed for decades but seemingly didn't know at all.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I've always been a fan of his work but now I'm also a fan of the man.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Much like the, equally excellent, Doug Stanhope autobiography, Coogan breaks away from the text and inserts some additional nuggets.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

Nothing, how can you go wrong when telling the story of your life?

Do you have any additional comments?

An excellent novel, performed really well about an interesting life.

  • Digging Up Mother

  • A Love Story
  • By: Johnny Depp - foreword, Doug Stanhope
  • Narrated by: Doug Stanhope and Friends
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Worthwhile Listen

  • By Kathleen Squire on 21-09-16

Heartfelt & Funny

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

Reviewed: 02-03-17

What did you like about this audiobook?

All autobiographies should be presented like this! Stanhope talks us through an eventful life with interludes in which he invites the key players to interact and reminisce about tales from the chapter.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I've been a fan of Stanhope since he appeared on Charlie Brooker's Screen Wipe many years ago. I've been to see him live & thoroughly recommend doing so.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

While Stanhope takes a break from the narration at points, his stand in also does a splendid job. Breaking away from the text on several occasions Stanhope adds extra nuggets and leaves in a the odd error here & there, making it feel like he's right there with you, having a one to one conversation.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

There's nothing wrong here, this is a tremendous audiobook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Foxglove Summer

  • Rivers of London, Book 5
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,959
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,704
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,689

In the fifth of his best-selling series Ben Aaronovitch takes Peter Grant out of whatever comfort zone he might have found and takes him out of London - to a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children. But while you can take the London copper out of London you can't take the London out of the copper. Travelling west with Beverley Brook, Peter soon finds himself caught up in a deep mystery and having to tackle local cops and local gods. And what's more all the shops are closed by 4pm....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You can take a city wizard to the country but...

  • By Sarah on 17-11-14

Not a Series That I'll be Returning To.

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

Reviewed: 28-11-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Maybe I would have found this book more accessible if I'd listened to the first four books, perhaps knowing the characters & having a better understanding of his background would have allowed me to buy into the world that was being created.

What about Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s performance did you like?

Great performance, easy to identify the different characters from his delivery.

Did Foxglove Summer inspire you to do anything?

Hmmm, mow the lawn?

Any additional comments?

Early on there were several mentions of things that made no sense as I had no prior knowledge of them. I think starting this series at the beginning is the only way to truly enjoy it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Only Time Will Tell

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Roger Allam, Emilia Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396

The Clifton Chronicles is Jeffrey Archer’s most ambitious work in four decades as an international best-selling author. The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the chilling words, ‘I was told that my father was killed in the war’. But it will be another twenty years before Harry discovers how his father really died, which will only lead him to question: who was his father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 16-06-11

Compelling First Chapter in the Clifton Chronicles

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

Reviewed: 28-11-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, I found it gripping & thoroughly enjoyed getting to know these characters. I usually dislike period pieces but the storytelling reeled me in very quickly.

What about Roger Allam and Emilia Fox ’s performance did you like?

Both voice artists convinced with their delivery & regional accents of the time. I have no idea if they're accurate, but I really felt as though they had transported me back to that time & place.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not at first, it took a few chapters to get me hooked but I soon found myself wondering what was going to happen next & looking forward to my next installment.

Any additional comments?

Whilst I don't like the Author as a person, I must admit, he tells an excellent story, if this is anything to go by. I will certainly be buying the second novel in the near future.