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  • Origins

  • How the Earth Made Us
  • By: Lewis Dartnell
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us? As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original

  • By Keith on 17-04-19

Original

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Quite an excellent discussion of our origins and history on the planet and how that came about due to features of the Earth itself. Where Sapiens followed our cognitive development and how that made us who we are, Origins follows how geological aspects of the planet brought us towards the major shifts in our civilization.

Perfectly read.

  • Ancient Greece, Second Edition

  • From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times
  • By: Thomas R. Martin
  • Narrated by: John Lescault
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

In this compact yet comprehensive history of ancient Greece, Thomas R. Martin brings alive Greek civilization from its Stone Age roots to the fourth century BC. Focusing on the development of the Greek city-state and the society, culture, and architecture of Athens in its Golden Age, Martin integrates political, military, social, and cultural history in a book that will appeal to students and general audiences alike. Now in its second edition, this classic work now features updates throughout.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Survey

  • By Nik Jewell on 26-04-18

Classic

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

Quite an excellent survey of the period, comprehensive even has it moves across multiple aspects of Greek and wider Hellenistic history. Particularly enjoyed social and cultural history sections.

  • Antigone (Audible Theatre Collection: Oedipus)

  • By: Sophocles, Ian Johnston - translator
  • Narrated by: Hayley Atwell, Michael Maloney, Julian Glover, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Antigone and Ismene, the daughters of Oedipus, discuss the disaster that has just befallen them. Their brothers Polynices and Eteocles have killed one another in a battle for control over Thebes. Creon who now rules the city, refuses Polynices proper burial rites. Family loyalties, bloody warfare and an edict that one sister cannot honour. The third part of Sophocles masterpiece comes to its dramatic conclusion, in a stunning new production.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • World class

  • By Keith on 05-02-19

World class

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

What a collection plays these are and what a fine cast they got to deliver them. Love the Greek tragedy’s they need to get all the remaining collections next.

  • The X-Files: Stolen Lives

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 42 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

Out of the ashes of the Syndicate, a new, more powerful threat has emerged. Resurrected members of this fallen group - now shadows of their former selves - seemingly bend to the will of someone, or something, with unmatched abilities and an unknown purpose. As those believed to be enemies become unlikely allies and trusted friends turn into terrifying foes, FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully become unknowing participants in a deadly game of deception and retribution.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great beginning but ended well

  • By james on 23-01-18

Stolen Lives is an apt title

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-01-19

Must say that I thought this was poor. I don’t understand why they thought it would work in such an episodic way, particularly as some of the episodes are so short. Nothing here stands up to the series at its height, or indeed at its middling period.

  • The Secret Scripture

  • By: Sebastian Barry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Nearing her 100th birthday, Roseanne McNulty faces an uncertain future, as the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital where's she spent most of her adult life prepares for closure. Over the weeks leading up to this upheaval, she talks with her psychiatrist, Dr. Greene, and their relationship intensifies and complicates. Told through their respective journals, the story that emerges is at once shocking and deeply beautiful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing story with exceptional narration

  • By Trixie on 26-07-15

Stunning

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

What a beautifully written novel. Really quite stunning. It builds slowly to its searing conclusion, across the landscape of a difficult part of Irish history and Irish social change. Loved it, highly recommended. Hogan is the perfect reader.

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,198

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Proper Adventure

  • By Ailill Martin on 30-08-17

Great production

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

There may be some sense this would be a simple adventure tale but it is much better than that. Missed reading it as a kid and this rendition is superb.

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  • Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars)

  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

'I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.' Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root - its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed it, but not as good as the first

  • By Adrian Martin on 13-02-19

Unique character

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

Some of the canon books for me are better than the recent Last Jedi movie, Bloodlines, Catalyst and the two Thrawn novels. It is great to see the Star Wars world expand into this territory.

Thrawn is a particularly excellent addition to the canon, let’s hope he enters the movies. This novel is as good as the first and touches on Vader in the best way I have read outside of the Skywalker saga.

  • Leonardo Da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An art history course in a book

  • By Nando Cuca on 14-11-17

What a life that man lived

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-18

The theme of this book is the extent to which Leonardo’s curiosity about life was above any other individual probably in history. Isaacson traces his whole life through his extant notebooks, finished and unfinished works and contemporary and other biography. You would be hard pressed to find a more interesting life than Leonardo’s and to be honest I’ve never read a more powerful biography. Absolutely loved it.

  • Dictator

  • By: Robert Harris
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915

There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure, and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage - and, for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Mary Carnegie on 27-11-15

Excellent conclusion

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

The last few years of Cicero’s life, from approximately the Rubicon onwards. Provides almost narrative history while capturing an engaging Cicero and a tumultuous Rome. Caesar has a small part but is appropriately mysterious, chilling and urbane. Reading this would make you want to start the trilogy again. Rintoul is one of the best narrators in the game.

  • The Gathering

  • By: Anne Enright
  • Narrated by: Fiona Shaw
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The nine surviving children of the Hegarty clan gather together in Dublin for the wake of their wayward brother Liam. It wasn't the drink that killed him-although that certainly helped-it was what happened to him as a boy in his grandmother's house, in the winter of 1968.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly crafted novel

  • By Helen on 04-05-10

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-08-18

A sumptuous novel that explores a family at a time of grief and mourning. Enright spoke in an interview about ensuring that a novel was not too concerned with plot at the expense of character development or engaging with a distinct voice. This very much achieves that aim and does so with, in fairness, an hilarious voice. Great stuff. Fiona Shaw provides a stellar read.