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  • The Tent, The Bucket and Me

  • By: Emma Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Emma Kennedy
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

For the '70s child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great fun.

  • By c jennings on 02-12-15

Love the seventies!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

What a great decade, laughed all the way through. Beautifully read I felt as if I was on holiday with you all.

  • The Physics of the Dead

  • A Supernatural Mystery Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Luke Smitherd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000

The afterlife doesn't come with a manual. In fact, Hart and Bowler (two ordinary but dead men) have had to work out the rules of their new existence for themselves. It's that fact (along with being unable to leave the boundaries of their city center, unable to communicate with the other lost souls, unable to rest in case The Beast catches up with them) that makes getting out of their situation a priority. But Hart and Bowler don't know why they're there in the first place; if they ever want to leave, they will have to find all the answers to be able to understand the physics of the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is Simply no Formula for Luke Smitherd!

  • By Simon on 04-03-16

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Found this to be much more enjoyable than I expected given the topic. Well read by Luke himself. Definitely worth a download...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Illegal Gardener

  • The Greek Village Series, Volume 1
  • By: Sara Alexi
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Heathcote
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

A delightful glimpse into the lives of two very different people who became friends and were both better for it. A rare friendship that changed their lives and may change yours a bit too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Well meaning but dull and annoying

  • By Kaggy on 04-07-16

Great perspective on illegal immigration

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

Reviewed: 14-07-15

i didn't expect to enjoy this book as much as I did. A good story which makes you feel more compassionate to those in the world that are not as fortunate. Well told with great accents to enhance the story. Well worth a listen...

  • The Adventure of English

  • The Biography of a Language
  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the voices

  • By Francis on 13-09-06

Better than reading the book

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Accents were essential for the meaning of the text. A job well done...
This is an essential read for anyone who appreciates the written ( spoken) word.

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

A real comic twist on a usually sober subject....

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

Reviewed: 14-02-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Look Who's Back to be better than the print version?

I couldn't believe that I would ever find a book based on Hitler funny, this is a hilarious take on a sober subject. I frequently found myself laughing out loud. There were many interesting twists on our usual view of contemporary events - from reality TV shows to why our political leaders should not appear in public in bathers...
This is definitely worth a listen.

  • Americanah

  • By: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421

As teenagers, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America, where Obinze hopes to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, after so long apart and so many changes, will they find the courage to meet again, face to face?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life-changing

  • By Diana John on 02-06-13

Loved the accent...

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

Reviewed: 14-02-15

What did you like most about Americanah?

An interesting perspective on Nigeria, it balances all that we hear about Nigerian scam artists. The characters were engaging and the accents were perfect. I even found myself thinking in Nigerian English. Good book.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Maths Magic

  • Finger Tables, The Handy Calci Way
  • By: Isaac Anoom
  • Narrated by: Isaac Anoom
  • Length: 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Isaac Anoom is also Mr Numbervator, a fresh faced exciting character who simply makes you want to learn about maths and more importantly makes sure that you enjoy learning. The enjoyment factor comes from the way he presents maths and number combining his presentation with active engagement, pace and bounce so that achievement is maximised and success is real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn your most difficult tables in an instant!!!

  • By Fiona on 10-05-12

Learn your most difficult tables in an instant!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-12

Taught this to year 3 class today, they loved it. Anything that makes learning tables more fun for kids has to appreciated. It gives more hesitant students the confidence to enjoy maths; once they master the huge hurdle of "tables" they can focus on the more complex material. Thank you Mr Numerator I felt like I was performing a magic trick for the class, a great time was had by all.

  • I Am Legend

  • By: Richard Matheson
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic brilliance.

  • By mollymoon1 on 08-03-11

Not to be confused with "Twilight"...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-04-12

I was not expecting this!!! Despite the explosion of vampire novels in the last couple of years I have managed, on the whole, to avoid this genre. I had heard of the movie and had seen the images of Will Smith and a dog trudging through a ruined landscape. Hard to believe this was written in 1954, but according to Amazon it has been frequently on the Horror best sellers list, no wonder... what a thriller of a story. I have not been able to fall asleep for the last couple of nights (audiobooks in bed usually send me out like a light). The moral of the tale, revealed in the last minutes is one to rival George Orwell. Well narrated and well worth the listen.

  • Pantheon

  • By: Sam Bourne
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind Tutt
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

The darkest secrets of World War II… finally revealed. Europe is ablaze. America is undecided about joining the fight against Nazism. And James Zennor, a brilliant, troubled, young Oxford don is horrified. He returns one morning from rowing to discover that his wife has disappeared with their young son, leaving only a note declaring her continuing love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended

  • By Joe on 23-11-12

A war story with a difference

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-12

A different perspective from which to view the events leading up to WW2. The human interest storyline complemented the factual background. Much food for thought. The narrator was fantastic on accents - the best I have heard, you would think it was a different reader for each of the male voices.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Romeo and Juliet

  • Shakespeare Appreciated: (Unabridged, Dramatised, Commentary Options)
  • By: William Shakespeare, Simon Potter, Phil Viner
  • Narrated by: Joan Walker, Christopher Kelham, Sara Bowes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Experience Romeo and Juliet as a powerful full-cast drama with entertaining and enlightening commentary that explains what's what and who's who as the plot unfolds. To help you get the most out of Shakespeare, the narrator offers historical insights and background information, so you can enjoy the jokes, appreciate the references, and get a real sense of Shakespeare's world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Makes Shakespeare understandable

  • By Fiona on 14-04-12

Makes Shakespeare understandable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-04-12

This makes Shakespeare so much more accessible, Much better than when I was at school, I am now able to appreciate why he is considered the best writer ever. Love the background history too.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful