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  • Steve Jobs

  • The Exclusive Biography
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson (introduction)
  • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,377

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Adam on 01-11-11

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-12

Entered into this with the conviction that this would be the canonical/sanitized version of Steve's life.
I was wrong.
It's a brutally honest, access all areas, no-holds barred autobiography that gives the definitive version of Steve Jobs.
Petty, Genius, Tyrant, Nut-Job, Visionary - it illustrates pretty much every opinion any person has held about any aspect of him and manages to cohesively present these as an autobiography of a single man.
Absolutely fascinating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The House of Silk

  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,599
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594

It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a ripping yarn

  • By L on 25-02-12

Perfectly enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-12

If you simply fancy more Holmes than was originally written, then I'd recommend this as the best I've come across.
If you're prepared to depart slightly, then I'd recommend "Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urberville" in which Kim Newman chews and regurgitates the Holmesian oeuvre to produce a something a bit different, but still clearly as equally committed to the original source.

  • The Litigators

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

The classic legal thriller and huge bestseller from master of the genre John Grisham. David Zinc has it all: Big firm, big salary, life in the lawyer's fast lane. Until the day he snaps and throws it all away. Leaving the world of corporate law far behind, he talks himself into a new job with Finley & Figg. A self-styled 'boutique' firm with only two partners, Oscar Finley and Wally Figg are ambulance-chasing street lawyers who hustle nickel-and-dime cases, dreaming of landing the big win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • endearing and gripping

  • By sunshine on 21-11-11

Pretty much what you'd hope for.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-12

Not perfect, not great literature, but simply a good enjoyable book - and there's nothing wrong with that.

  • Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles

  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: Tom Hodgkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 422

Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Sara on 05-01-12

Rather wonderful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-11

Sebastian 'Basher' Moran (the 2nd most dangerous man in London) details a few of his adventures with a certain Professor Moriarty.
Whilst similar in structure to those of their more famous contemporaries, it's all just a lot more fun.

The book is a rather lovely combination of Kim's love of the original source topped with an application of some superior characterization and, I know I'm repeating myself here, 'fun'. I was a little uncertain before downloading, but both the book and the narration had me grinning like a loon throughout. It dovetails beautifully with the stories of the now almost insufferable goody-goody pair to such an extent I find myself wondering what these two were up to throughout those more pedestrian chronicles.
I want more of this. Please?

29 of 30 people found this review helpful

  • Devil May Care

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 671
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

This new instalment in the adventures of the world's most iconic spy has been written by one of Britain's most admired novelists, Sebastian Faulks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Devil May Care (Unabridged)

  • By Katharine Murray on 17-06-08

Bond by numbers

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-08

Nothing especially 'wrong' about it, but on the flip side nothing especially 'right'.
Story is fine, but characterization is a little light on the ground - ensuring you feel slightly ambivalent to their eventual outcomes.
Not a gritty Bond book, more the screenplay to an average Moore film.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Not Dead Enough

  • Roy Grace, Book 3
  • By: Peter James
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

Appearances can be deceptive; but the truth is a dangerous thing.... On the night Brian Bishop murdered his wife he was sixty miles away, asleep in bed at the time. At least that's the way it looks to Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, who is called in to investigate the kinky slaying of beautiful socialite, Katie Bishop. Roy Grace soon starts coming to the conclusion that Bishop has performed the apparently impossible feat of being in two places at once.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Dead Enough

  • By Naomi on 06-04-08

For once I disagree with the majority

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-07-08

Book's functionally written and perfectly well read, but actual story is a little bit *shakey-hand*
The 'twist' is spotted a mile out and whilst I was hoping I was wrong, I wasn't. Just to compound the obvious twist, there's very little explanation after the grand reveal. Just feel the author had a half-baked idea and banged out a book around it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful