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  • Inglorious Empire

  • What the British Did to India
  • By: Shashi Tharoor
  • Narrated by: Shashi Tharoor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Inglorious Empire written and read by Shashi Tharoor. In the 18th century, India's share of the world economy was as large as Europe's. By 1947, after two centuries of British rule, it had decreased six-fold. The Empire blew rebels from cannon, massacred unarmed protesters, entrenched institutionalised racism and caused millions to die from starvation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An informative and entertaining audiobook.

  • By G Varsani on 25-06-18

Eloquentand awful truth about the British empire

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

I was fascinated, horrified and saddened by this brilliant and coolheaded account of the atrocious behaviour of the British in India. It says much of the country and its people that they do not all hate our guts. 35 million deaths from famine under British rule and I never heard a word about the evils of empire at school. Tharoor's English is wonderfully rich if at times quaint in his pronunciation.

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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,817
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,800

The compelling, inspiring (often comic) coming-of-age story of Trevor Noah, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. One of the comedy world's brightest new voices, Trevor Noah is a light-footed but sharp-minded observer of the absurdities of politics, race and identity, sharing jokes and insights drawn from the wealth of experience acquired in his relatively young life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, unique and full of memories.

  • By Andy on 04-12-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 23-06-18

Entertaining and informative. Light-hearted yet profound. And read so well by the brilliant and funny author.

  • Seasons of Misery

  • Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America
  • By: Kathleen Donegan
  • Narrated by: Deborah VanFleet
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

The early years of English settlement in America were characterized by catastrophe: starvation, disease, extreme violence, and ruinous ignorance. Seasons of Misery offers a provocative reexamination of the British colonies' chaotic and profoundly unstable beginnings, placing crisis at the center of the story. At the outposts of a fledgling empire and disconnected from the social order of their home society, English settlers were both physically and psychologically estranged from their European identities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horrifyingly honest

  • By ROSALIND BUCK on 13-05-18

Horrifyingly honest

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

Reviewed: 13-05-18

It just confirms my feeling of shame in being English. Narration a little stilted but the account is clear and hides nothing of the appalling behaviour of the English towards native Americans and their own people.

  • The Death of Eli Gold

  • By: David Baddiel
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

The new novel from David Baddiel, comedian, columnist and author of the critically-praised The Secret Purposes.As Eli Gold, a famous old writer lies dying in a hospital in New York, his family gather around his bed. His first wife Violet is too old to travel from London but Harvey, their son, who has never emerged from the shadow of his overpowering father, makes the journey. And there is Colette, a six-year old daughter from a second marriage, struggling to make sense of the fact her father is about to leave her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed

  • By Karen on 18-04-11

interesting and insightful

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

Reviewed: 05-05-18

I always liked Badiel and it was a pleasure to discover this side of his work

  • The Mark on the Wall

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Teresa Gallagher
  • Length: 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

This is a story from the Classic Women's Short Stories collection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wolf never outdates

  • By ROSALIND BUCK on 23-08-17

Wolf never outdates

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

Reviewed: 23-08-17

Even though her setting is by nature of another time her thoughts are as fresh today as when she penned them

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration not great

  • By Deliabattie on 14-10-15

Highly entertaining as usual

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

Reviewed: 02-06-17

A great trip through Britain with all the detail I expect from Bryson. My kind of book. But I don't like the music.

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  • Mrs. Dalloway

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

It is a June day in London in 1923, and the lovely Clarissa Dalloway is having a party. Whom will she see? Her friend Peter, back from India, who has never really stopped loving her? What about Sally, with whom Clarissa had her life’s happiest moment? Meanwhile, the shell-shocked Septimus Smith is struggling with his life on the same London day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pure enchanting magic...

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-09-11

Wolf magnificent as always

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

Reviewed: 14-03-17

I first read this in the bath at 15. I was delighted to rediscover phrases that had struck me as lovely then. Wonderfully evocative writing. So vibrant and alive with fascinating seemingly trivial but beautiful detail. I burst on to the next book and will be devastated when there are no more.

  • Boneland

  • The Weirdstone Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Alan Garner
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

Boneland is Alan Garner’s continuation of the story thread which began in his first and enduringly popular fantasy children’s novel, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, published in 1960, it has never been out of print. The Moon of Gomrath followed in 1963 taking the story further with the same two children, Colin and Susan. But Boneland is particularly fascinating because it takes the story into adulthood, with Colin again the main proponent.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry Alan, not a patch on Weirdstone or Moon :-(

  • By Michael on 09-04-13

Good but confusing

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

Reviewed: 12-03-17

Read 50 years on from the others. Would be difficult for a child in comparison with the first two.

  • Beside Myself

  • By: Ann Morgan
  • Narrated by: Lisa Coleman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,741
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,746

Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely outstanding

  • By Kaggy on 08-12-17

Brilliant portrayal of bipolar dépression

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

Reviewed: 06-10-16

spookily reassuringly familiar .Great performance. Has to inolve personal experience otherwise some highly-skilled research.Bravo all round.

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  • The Voyage Out

  • By: Virginia Woolf
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

The Voyage Out is Virginia Woolf's haunting tale about a naïve young woman's sea voyage from London to a small resort on the South American coast. In symbolic, lyrical, and intoxicating prose, her outward journey begins to mirror her internal voyage into adulthood as she searches for her personal identity, grapples with love, and learns how to face life intellectually and emotionally. Its wit and exquisiteness, and its profound depth and insight into humanity, will capture the imagination of the listener.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seemingly random detail paints vivid pictures

  • By ROSALIND BUCK on 18-08-16

Seemingly random detail paints vivid pictures

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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: 18-08-16

Wolf rambles wonderfully through her characters' minds. Narrator is beautifully natural . A real treat

3 of 3 people found this review helpful