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  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575

Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Neil Gaiman!

  • By Bookworm. on 23-12-12

Excellent version of a modern classic.

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

Reviewed: 13-01-19

This is a wonderful tale, well told. Neil Gaiman is a talented author, and is one on few writers able to read their books with skill and style.

My only criticism is that the producers decided to use audio effects, to emphasise certain passages, but it is just distracting.

  • Zombies, Run!: The Way of All Flesh

  • By: Naomi Alderman
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 58

It's barely a few months since the shambling dead began to rise. Now nine people are trapped together in an English country house by the zombie horde outside. There's a journalist, a student, a professor, a surgeon, a housekeeper, a math teacher, a bank clerk, a taciturn Scotswoman, and a celebrity actor. They are strangers to each other. There would be no reason for any of them to harm the others. And yet... before their first night in the house is over, one of them will be dead, and it will be clear to the others that among their number is a murderer.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I Should Have Listened to Nigel

  • By Simon on 31-03-18

I gave up after 20 minutes. Just awful

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

Reviewed: 17-12-18

I wasted my time listening to this. It was free, and I thought it might be a fun listen for my commute, but no... it's just rubbish.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud!

  • By Rachel Redford on 29-11-16

Enjoyable, well told. But where is Python?

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

Very enjoyable, and covers Cleese's early life, and early career in depth, but strangely, skims over the last 45 years, of his life. Unfortunately, he misses out the most famous parts of his life, that being Monty Python, and Basil Fawlty, which to be honest, most people would be most interested.

  • The Third Man

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

The Third Man is one of the truly great post-war films. It's a thrilling story of black-marketeering set against a backdrop of Vienna in the immediate post-war era, when the city was divided into four zones amongst the major powers: Russia, Britain, France, and America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent novel and narration

  • By Frankiesam on 01-12-15

A classic story, well told

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

Reviewed: 21-06-18

An enjoyable story, if a little short. It is really just a novella, but the story and atmosphere are very good. The reading is well done, although the film music may be a classic, it is badly used, and is very intrusive.

  • Ask an Astronaut

  • My Guide to Life in Space
  • By: Tim Peake
  • Narrated by: Robin Ince, Tim Peake
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

How does it feel to orbit the Earth 10 times faster than a speeding bullet? What's it like to eat, sleep and go to the toilet in space? And where to next - the moon, Mars or beyond? Ask an Astronaut is Tim's personal guide to life in space, based on his historic Principia mission and the thousands of questions he has been asked since his return to Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good informative listen.

  • By steeledarren1973 on 25-10-17

An entertaining, and interesting book.

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

Reviewed: 20-06-18

This is a very enjoyable book, that tells of they to day life of an astronaut. How do they eat, sleep, wash etc. It is very informative, and is told at a level that the layman can easily understand. I think it is suitable for anyone interested in space exploration, even at a basic level.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astronomy and so much more

  • By Andrei S. on 23-01-18

A classic of science literature

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

Reviewed: 17-06-18

A very good book, well read. I enjoyed it immensely, but because it was written almost 40 years ago, some scientific information has been superceded, and is no longer accurate, also as the book was written when the USSR was still a thing, some of the geography and politics have changed.

  • The Garden of Rama

  • Rama Series, Book 3
  • By: Arthur C Clarke, Gentry Lee
  • Narrated by: Toby Longworth, Louise Jameson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 323

In the year 2130 a mysterious spaceship, Rama, arrived in the solar system. It was huge, but empty - apparently abandoned. By the time Rama departed for its next unknown destination many wonders had been uncovered, but few mysteries solved. Only one thing was clear: everything the enigmatic builders of Rama did, they did in threes. Eighty years later the second alien craft arrived in the solar system. This time, Earth had been waiting. Now Rama II is on its way out of the solar system.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Darkness & Light. Really enjoyable

  • By redfeend on 27-02-15

A messy book, with a messy plot.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

The first book in the series was a classic of hard sci fi. A book that conjured up images of wonder and mystery. This book is a complete mess. The plot has no cohesion. It just seems to be a collection of random elements thrown into a blender. Hugely disappointing.

The narration was pretty good, but has the problem having an English man doing the foreign accents. This hardly ever works.

On a technical point, the editing of the audio had several problems, with the audio occasionally repeating itself, when the reader gives an alternative reading of a sentence, and that bit is left in, un edited.

  • Apple Tree Yard

  • By: Louise Doughty
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,048
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,041

Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can’t control what happens next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Recommendation!

  • By Mrs. Helen M. Herbert on 09-02-14

Entertaining twisty tale

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

Reviewed: 23-04-18

This book takes a while to get into its swing, but when it does it cracks along. The story is very entertainingly told, with a few surprises along the way.

  • The White Mountains

  • Tripods Series, Book 1
  • By: John Christopher
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

In the first book of John Christopher's classic series, it is the year 2100, and the world is controlled by the machines called Tripods. Life goes on largely as it had in the pre-industrial era, as all of humanity is subject to mental controls which prevent anyone from challenging the established order.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saw the TV programme as a kid in 80's

  • By karl on 14-09-13

An interesting story, but left too open ended.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

The story is quite interesting, and not too over long. The main problem is that the Tripods themselves, aren’t that scary. It ended too soon, and needed some sort of resolution.

Although the narrator was skilled, his voice was too old, as he was telling the story from the perspective of a 13 year old. At first I thought he was playing an older adult remembering his younger days, but it’s made clear at the end that the character is still in his mid teens at the time of telling. A younger reader, would have been more appropriate.

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  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road Drugs Empire
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,038

From New York Times best-selling author Nick Bilton comes a true-life thriller about the rise and fall of Ross Ulbricht, aka the Dread Pirate Roberts, the founder of the online black market Silk Road. In 2011, Ulbricht, a 26-year-old libertarian idealist and former Boy Scout, launched 'a website where people could buy anything anonymously, with no trail whatsoever that could lead back to them'. He called it Silk Road, opened for business on the Dark Web, and christened himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely gripping

  • By S. Bramble on 23-12-17

Excellent tale, well performed.

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

What did you like most about American Kingpin?

It was an intriguing, well told tale, excellently narrated.

What did you like best about this story?

The true life tale of corruption and deceit.

What about Will Damron’s performance did you like?

The narrator was very skilled, and engaging.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's quite a long book, so it would be difficult to listen to in one sitting, but I did listen to it in several long sittings.

Any additional comments?

On a slightly odd tangent, the book gives away a massive spoiler to the TV series "Breaking Bad", which this true life tale has some similarities. As I had been following the series, and had deliberately, and successfully, avoided spoilers for several years, I was frustrated when this happened.