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  • The Beatles - All These Years

  • Volume One: Tune In
  • By: Mark Lewisohn
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 43 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

The Beatles have been at the top for 50 years, their music remains exciting, their influence is still huge, their acclaim and achievements cannot be surpassed. But who really were the Beatles, and how did they and everything else in the 1960s fuse so explosively? Mark Lewisohn's three-part biography is the first true and accurate account of the Beatles, a contextual history built upon impeccable research and written with energy, style, objectivity and insight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only Beatles story to listen to

  • By mr lyndon p brookes on 14-03-17

Too long

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Some good details on George Martin and Brian Epstein but overall way too long.

Lots of unnecessary quotes from young girls which got more and more annoying and gave the narrator the opportunity to do excruciatingly bad impressions. He was ok when just talking but increasingly felt the need to do a performance which distracted.

I got through it, but it really dragged for the last third.

  • Freddie Mercury: The Definitive Biography

  • By: Lesley-Ann Jones
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Lesley-Ann Jones, Hugh Lee, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

This is the definitive biography of Freddie Mercury. Written by an award-winning rock journalist, Lesley-Ann Jones toured widely with Queen forming lasting friendships with the band. Now, having secured access to the remaining band members and those who were closest to Freddie, from childhood to death, Lesley-Ann has written the most in depth account of one of music's best loved and most complex figures.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book but irritating listen

  • By Thaigreencurry on 14-03-13

Workman like

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Somewhat mechanical. Would have been better reading it. The impressionists are absolutely atrocious and enormously irritating; trying to do a performance. The main narrator isn’t too bad but somewhat breathless - think the opening narration of Quantum Leap.

It got more and more annoying as it progressed. I stuck with it but I’m not sure it was worth it.

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  • Skyfaring

  • By: Mark Vanhoenacker
  • Narrated by: John Moraitis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

In Skyfaring, airline pilot and flight romantic Mark Vanhoenacker shares his irrepressible love of flying on a journey from day to night, from new ways of mapmaking and the poetry of physics to the names of winds and the nature of clouds. Here, anew, is the simple wonder and transcendent joy of motion and the remarkable new perspectives that height and distance bestow on everything we love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent read

  • By M on 26-05-15

Awful

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

Reviewed: 18-03-17

This is Bad, it is badly read, it is meandering rubbish by someone who sounds as though English is not their first language

  • Doctor Sleep

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

Stephen King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special 12-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Doctor Sleep

  • By jennifer on 26-12-13

Traditional King

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

Reviewed: 22-01-15

Slow start but it warmed up and I enjoyed it. Took a while to get used to the narrator's voice but he was good after I'd synched in. King overuses some stuff such as people laughing inappropriately but you know what you're going to get. Nothing ground-breaking but solid stuff and enjoyable.

  • What Fresh Lunacy Is This?

  • The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed
  • By: Robert Sellers
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Oliver Reed may not have been Britain's biggest film star - for a period in the early 70s he came within a hairsbreadth of replacing Sean Connery as James Bond - but he is an august member of that small band of people, like George Best and Eric Morecambe, who transcended their chosen medium, became too big for it even, and grew into cultural icons. For the first time Reed's close family has agreed to collaborate on a project about the man himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable!!

  • By Jay on 14-11-13

By the numbers biography. Somewhat sanitised.

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

Reviewed: 15-02-14

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Told in a very chummy style that started to get on my nerves.

Any additional comments?

Functional biography but too often just recounting drunken encounters over and over which got tedious. I couldn't help but wonder what wasn't being included.Didn't touch enough on how Reed's behavior affected people that weren't prepared to make excuses for him (with the notable exception of Glenda Jackson). I was hoping there might be more to him than the public image but little comes through in this account.

  • Cell

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 305

The event became known as The Pulse. The virus was carried by every cell phone operating within the entire world. Within hours, those receiving calls would become insane, or die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deceptively Intriguing & Enjoyable.

  • By Mark on 05-06-06

Not King's Best

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

What would have made Cell better?

Stephen King obviously had the initial idea and then wasn't sure what to do with it. This would have been better as a short story.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

How predictable it was. At times it was similar to reading The Stand. Even the shocks felt as though they'd just been thrown in. It ended as though King had got bored of it as well. Includes lots of King overused tropes.
The narration was very flat.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

  • By: Jordan Belfort
  • Narrated by: Eric Meyers
  • Length: 20 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,104

Stock market multimillionaire at 26, federal convict at 36, he partied like a rock star, lived like a king, and barely survived his rise and fall as an American entrepreneurial icon. By day he made thousands of dollars a minute. By night he spent it as fast as he could, on drugs, sex, and international globe-trotting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is Brilliant

  • By Deborah on 24-01-14

Enjoyable if somewhat wandering

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

What did you like most about The Wolf of Wall Street?

I enjoyed this but the narrative wanders all over the place. Sometimes spending ages on a particular incident but then moves forward months or over a year. There seems to be quite a bit missing from the early years which would have been interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Eric Meyers’s performances?

Eric Myers is obviously a good voice actor but the accents - especially for the female characters and especially non English speaking female characters can be really grating at times.

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  • The Aegis Solution

  • By: John David Krygelski
  • Narrated by: John David Krygelski
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

In this, John David Krygelski's third and perhaps most powerful novel to date, he creates a spine-tingling story of suspense, drama, and intrigue. After the only child of the President commits suicide, President Walker proposes an institution where people who have lost all hope may enter. Aegis, intended to be a civilized alternative to suicide, is built and opened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good idea but tails off

  • By Andy on 03-02-14

Good idea but tails off

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

What did you like best about The Aegis Solution? What did you like least?

John Krygelski always has some good and original ideas but his books have a tendency towards too much exposition and often smugness. I always feel his books would benefit from some more editing.

Would you be willing to try another book from John David Krygelski? Why or why not?

Yes, always original.