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Leonard Turton

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  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

  • A Sortabiography
  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pop Idle!

  • By Simon on 02-10-18

Cheeky

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Reviewed: 04-12-18

I know the Pythons like everyone but not a lot about Erik. The book is honest, bright, cheeky, amusing. Like the other Pythons he comes across as an iconoclast and a non stop worker... but also a great enjoyer. His reading is chirpy and optimistic even through the tragedy. He appears to simply embrace life and never fear it or death. He's known a lot of famous people and hangs with them and names them. So fucking what they are his friends I say to the envious. Lots of great stories of life and work. The final chapter shows an understanding of life and death about as clearly as is possible. Highly recommended.

  • Russia: The Wild East

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Series
  • By: Martin Sixsmith
  • Narrated by: Martin Sixsmith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
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    5 out of 5 stars 43
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    5 out of 5 stars 40

Power struggles have a constant presence in Martin Sixsmith's story of Russia. Collected here in 50 episodes, he chronicles the Mongol hordes invading in the 13th century, through the iron autocratic fists of successive tsars, to the fall of the Soviet Union and Russia's re-emergence as a superpower. Sixsmith brings his first-hand experience of reporting from Russia in the 1980s and 90s to his narrative, witnessing the critical moment when the Soviet Union lost its grip on power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Amazon Customer on 21-08-17

Excellent Retrospective

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Reviewed: 21-10-18

Want to understand Putin? Needs some pre Putin background and a fascinating survey of centuries of Russian political history? This series offers 50 short but surprisingly comprehensive episodes that do all of this admirably. Highly recommended. Very entertaining.

  • Fail Better

  • Why Baseball Matters
  • By: Mark Kingwell
  • Narrated by: Jerry Lord
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
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Weaving elements of memoir, philosophical reflection, sports writing, and humour, Fail Better is an intellectual love letter to baseball by one of North America's most engaging philosophers. Kingwell illustrates complex concepts like theoretically infinite game-space, "time out of time", and the rules of civility with accessible examples drawn from the game, its history, and his own halting efforts to hit 'em where they ain't.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • All Over The Place

  • By Leonard Turton on 02-09-18

All Over The Place

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Reviewed: 02-09-18

This book is a real mess. But the flat drone half shout reading is so awful that maybe it wouldn't seem quite as bad if someone else was narrating.The stories many extremely boring are dropped in and out of such clumsy so called philosophical ruminations that fall out willy nilly and splat here and there like bizarre paint balls from the sky I can honestly say after skipping along hoping without hope to reach some relief point... That this is by far and away the worst book I have ever downloaded. And I never give bad reviews! And I'm a Canadian like the author. Whatever you do... Beware.

  • Pretending to Be Me

  • Philp Larkin, a Portrait
  • By: Tom Courtenay
  • Narrated by: Tom Courtenay
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
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    5 out of 5 stars 8
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    5 out of 5 stars 8

Pretending to Be Me is an intimate, acerbic, and occasionally scurrilous show about the poet, jazz aficionado, and Hull University librarian Philip Larkin. Larkin has moved home; surrounded by packing cases, playing selections from his favourite jazz LPs, and making himself cups of tea, and later whiskies, he reflects wryly on writing and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare treat for poetry lovers!

  • By Scampo on 19-12-06

Perfect Tom

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Reviewed: 22-07-18

It's a stunning piece of work about a wonderful and eccentric poet by an immaculate performer.

  • The Empire Must Die

  • Russia's Revolutionary Collapse, 1900 - 1917
  • By: Mikhail Zygar
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 22 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

The window between two equally stifling autocracies - the imperial family and the communists - was open only briefly, in the last couple of years of the 19th century until the end of WWI, by which time the revolution was in full fury. From the last years of Tolstoy until the death of the Tsar and his family, however, Russia experimented with liberalism and cultural openness. Novelists and playwrights blossomed and political ideas were swapped in coffee houses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chapter Titles from Kindle

  • By Lord Peridot on 31-07-18

Wide Ranging

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Reviewed: 20-07-18

Better than the old song Lenin Bolshevik Romanov narrow band Revolution history... There was a wider landscape... a lot more people and many more incidents than we are generally told about. Much appreciated.

  • Crime and Punishment

  • By: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Constance Garnett (translator)
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

In this intense detective thriller instilled with philosophical, religious, and social commentary, Dostoevsky studies the psychological impact upon a desperate and impoverished student when he murders a despicable pawnbroker, transgressing moral law to ultimately "benefit humanity".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An absorbing and lively listen

  • By Ruth on 06-02-09

All Round Excellence

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Reviewed: 07-11-16

The narration is nuanced and superb. The story is strong and suspenseful. Characters are detailed and unforgettable. Life and thought are peeled back layer after layer. There are scenes of horror and comic brilliance. Stunning. Enhance with a text and its a great combination for in-depth appreciation.

  • Churchill

  • By: Roy Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 38 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

In this magisterial book, Roy Jenkins' unparalleled command of the political history of Britain and his own high-level government experience combine in a narrative account of Churchill's astounding career that is unmatched in its shrewd insights, its unforgettable anecdotes, the clarity of its overarching themes, and the author's nuanced appreciation of his extraordinary subject.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A biography worthy of Churchill

  • By Francis on 29-11-07

Simply excellent

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Reviewed: 02-04-15

Narrator continuously easy to listen to, Churchill's voice in the quotes well done. Moves along effortlessly, full of information and story. Didn't seem long at all. A full life ... Not just a mythological slice.