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Tewkesbury, United Kingdom
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  • KP: The Autobiography

  • By: Kevin Pietersen
  • Narrated by: Byron Mondahl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

The fascinating life story of professional cricketer Kevin Pietersen, MBE, from his childhood in South Africa to his recent experiences as one of the leading lights in the world of international cricket.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • BORING

  • By chris on 13-03-15

Last of The Summer Whine!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-01-15

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

A predictable justification from a player who sets out to excuse his own behaviour whilst condemning all the others. Sad

What three words best describe Byron Mondahl’s performance?

Can't do it in three words - but his rendition of KP's sing-song and slightly effete saffer accent was very good to the extent that I found myself getting annoyed with him. Shame his material wasn't up to his performance.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Half of the Human Race

  • By: Anthony Quinn
  • Narrated by: Roger May
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

In the sweltering summer of 1911, suffragette Connie Callaway is introduced to Will Maitland, cricketer and rising star of his county. Despite parting on uncertain terms, they are destined to meet again, their lives inextricably entangled. Combining national drama and private tragedy, this is a story of love, sacrifice, suffrage and county cricket, projected against a vivid backdrop of England in an extraordinary age of turmoil and violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nearly, but not quite 5 star

  • By M on 07-11-13

Nearly, but not quite 5 star

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

Reviewed: 07-11-13

Any additional comments?

An excellent yarn mixing historical events with the fiction of the romance of the two main characters but spoiled for me by a lack of appreciation of the relationship between the amateur and professional cricketer in pre-WW1 England. William Maitalnd, the hero, is a public school educated man who decides to make cricket his "profession", and signs professional terms with a fictional county based on the old county ground at Hastings (The Priory). He is offered the captaincy of his county but declines on a matter of loyalty to a team mate who his committee want to sack. In reality, this would never have occurred at this time. It would be another 20 years before a professional captained a first class county (Ewart Astill) and it is unlikely Maitland would have been permitted to play as a professional in the first place. Even if he could not afford to play as an amateur, some means of defraying his expenses would have been found to avoid him becoming a traitor to his class - as was the case with many during the Victorian and Edwardian era - WG Grace to name but one.

The rest of the cricket related matters in the book are done well which makes it all the more surprising that the author should have missed this small, but significant point

This little irritation (and perhaps a frustration with Maitland's stuffed shirt reluctance to follow his heart) it is excellent.

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  • Mr Mulliner Speaking

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

In the bar-parlour of the Angler’s Rest, Mr Mulliner tells his amazing tales, which hold the assembled company of Pints of Stout and Whiskies and Splash in the palm of his expressive hand. Here you can discover what happened to The Man Who Gave Up Smoking, share a frisson when the butler delivers Something Squishy on a silver salver (‘your serpent, Sir,’ said the voice of Simmons) – and experience the dreadful Unpleasantness at Bludleigh Court.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wodehouse on Top Form

  • By M on 13-04-13

Wodehouse on Top Form

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

There is scarcely need to review the content of this book - it is, as it says on the cover, by PG Wodehouse and is, therefore, a work of considerable genius. It is a collection of nine short stories originally published in 1929. Each story relates a tale of one of the narrators extended family and is told in the bar of Mulliners' local pub. Despite the efforts of his fellow drinkers to prevent him doing so, Mulliner always manages to tell his tale.

Jonathan Cecil, the narrator, does a wonderful job in capturing the voices and brightness of the delivery that is essential for Wodehouse.

Thoroughly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fibber in the Heat

  • Following England in India - A Blagger's Tale
  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, and sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Barry on 13-04-13

Trials and Tribulations of a Wanna Be!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-07-12

Essential reading for me as a cricket nut who writes a little. The narrative is a little like one of those dreams where you are wading through treacle whilst trying to run a 100m race. His efforts to obtain the coveted media passes were beset by such difficulties, that you could almost touch the frustration. A little dark in places when he becomes disillusioned with his attempts to join the ranks of cricket journalists but it is all handled with humour and a great deal of self-deprecation. I'm glad I listened

3 of 3 people found this review helpful