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  • Any Human Heart

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Mike Grady
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 630

Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary, but Logan Mountstuart's - lived from the beginning to the end of the 20th century - contains more than its fair share of both. As a writer who finds inspiration with Hemingway in Paris and Virginia Woolf in London, as a spy recruited by Ian Fleming and betrayed in the war and as an art-dealer in '60s New York, Logan mixes with the movers and shakers of his times. But as a son, friend, lover and husband, he makes the same mistakes we all do in our search for happiness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A poignant journey through a man's life

  • By Kirstine on 19-03-12

Condensed human experience

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-12-11

Beautifully written and narrated. This book really lends itself to the audiobook format; it is an experience to listen, and you feel sorry when the story finishes . Typical Boyd; it immerses the listener into the very individual world of the lead character. There is tenderness, wit, tragedy and fun; just like real life.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Blue Afternoon

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80

Los Angeles, 1936. Kay Fischer, a young ambitious architect, is shadowed by Salvador Carriscant, an enigmatic stranger claiming to be her father. Within weeks of their first meeting, Kay will join him for an extraordinary journey into the old man’s past, initially in search of a murderer, but finally in celebration of a glorious, undying love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Blue Afternoon

  • By mike on 24-09-11

The Blue Afternoon

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

Another cracking good story from William Boyd. Each book has a different and novel theme; where does he keep getting these tales from? One thing they have in common is that the reader is quickly captivated. Lorelei King narrates this book very well and the listener is easily involved.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Journey of Crazy Horse

  • A Lakota History
  • By: Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Narrated by: Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

Most of the world remembers Crazy Horse as a peerless warrior who brought the U.S. Army to its knees at the Battle of Little Bighorn. But to his fellow Lakota Indians, he was a dutiful son and humble fighting man who, with valor, spirit, respect, and unparalleled leadership, fought for his people's land, livelihood, and honor. In this fascinating biography, Joseph Marshall, himself a Lakota Indian, creates a vibrant portrait of the man, his times, and his legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible story and narrator

  • By Dog in a Flat Cap on 15-04-15

The Journey of Crazy Horse

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-11

Listening to Joseph Marshall telling this storey is like being round the camp fire while an elder recounts the history of his people. He is the perfect narrator for his excellent book, and has the ability to involve the listener in this tragic and moving storey. The listener not only learns more about these amazing people, but can feel part of it. This audio book is an experience, and I can recommend it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Birdsong

  • By: Sebastian Faulks
  • Narrated by: Peter Firth
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647

Set before and during the great war, Birdsong captures the drama of that era on both a national and a personal scale. It is the story of Stephen, a young Englishman, who arrives in Amiens in 1910. His life goes through a series of traumatic experiences, from the clandestine love affair that tears apart the family with whom he lives, to the unprecedented experiences of the war itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Modern classic, beautifully narrated

  • By Declan on 08-05-11

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-08-11

A wonderful evocative tale. It takes the reader into the nineteen hundreds in France, and the reader can live the horrors of trench warfare during the first world war. Faulks has that magic knack of weaving an entire world for the reader to inhabit. I had previously read this book and enjoyed it, but it lends itself really well to the audio book format, and Peter Firth is well up to the job of narrating this involving and moving story.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Knives Are Crying

  • A Lakota Western
  • By: Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Narrated by: Joseph M. Marshall III
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

The second novel in Joseph M. Marshall III's acclaimed Lakota Western series begins in 1875, as Sitting Bull gathers thousands of Lakota to face the growing problem of white incursion. What follows is a sweeping tale of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, including the days and weeks leading up to the conflict and the remarkable defeat of General George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Long Knives are Crying

  • By mike on 31-03-11

The Long Knives are Crying

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

This book takes you right into the mysterious and gentle world of the native american in spite of the violent nature of the clash of white and indigenous cultures. Joseph M Marshall is a wonderful story teller; and what a story!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lovely Bones

  • By: Alice Sebold
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 687
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 371

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely book!

  • By robert on 31-12-09

The Lovely Bones

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

A beautiful story, well told and narrated. I enjoyed the film, but the book is even better.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Caesar's Legion

  • The Epic Saga of Julius Caesar's Elite Tenth Legion and the Armies of Rome
  • By: Stephen Dando-Collins
  • Narrated by: Stuart Langton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Stephen Dando-Collins paints a vivid and definitive portrait of daily life in the Tenth Legion as he follows Caesar and his men along the blood-soaked fringes of the Empire. This unprecedented regimental history reveals countless previously unknown details about Roman military practices, Caesar's conduct as a commander and his relationships with officers and legionnaires, and the daily routine and discipline of the Legion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Caesar's Legion

  • By John on 03-11-09

caesar's legion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

The strength of this book is that it gives a real insight into how the mighty roman military machine actually worked. It helps to put some personal perspective as well as factual detail into the epic of roman history.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Empire of Blue Water

  • Henry Morgan and the Pirates Who Ruled the Carribean Waves
  • By: Stephan Talty
  • Narrated by: David Bauckham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

He challenged the greatest empires on earth with a ragtag bunch of renegades - and brought it to its knees. Henry Morgan crossed the Atlantic in 1655, hell-bent on making his fortune. Awash with bloody battles, political intrigues, and natural disasters, Empire of Blue Water brilliantly re-creates the passion and the violence of the age of exploration and empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Swashbuckling in the real world

  • By Dave on 02-07-12

Empire of Blue Water

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

A classic example of the truth being more fascinating than any fiction. The story of the real Henry Morgan is an amazing, complex saga that leaves any 'squash buckling' pirates way behind and transports the listener into the murky world of the seventeenth century.

  • Collider

  • The Search for the World's Smallest Particles
  • By: Paul Halpern
  • Narrated by: Peter Johnson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

An accessible look at the hottest topic in physics and the experiments that will transform our understanding of the universe. The biggest news in science today is the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle-smasher, and the anticipation of finally discovering the Higgs boson particle. But what is the Higgs boson and why is it often referred to as the God Particle? Why are the Higgs and the LHC so important?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story of sub atomic particles.

  • By Stuart lloyd on 02-10-18

Collider

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

Too much about the history and politics behind American 'big science' and not enough about the ambitious European CERN LHC project.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Armadillo

  • By: William Boyd
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

One winter’s morning, Lorimer Black - young, good-looking but with a somewhat troubled expression - goes to keep a perfectly routine business appointment and finds a hanged man. A bad start to the day by any standards and an ominous portent. Sure enough, Lorimer’s life is turned upside down and inside out in ways he could never have foreseen...An unabridged reading by Simon Shepherd.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Armadillo

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-03-11

armadillo

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-03-11

William Boyd is a great story teller and this book takes you into the complex and often humorous world of a cast of three dimensional and believable characters. It's one of those books that you're really sorry when you get to the end.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful