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  • Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

When Michael Palin was researching his novel Hemingway's Chair, his interest was stimulated by Hemingway's appetite for travel and "Papa's" evocations of the places he knew. In pursuit of Hemmingway, Palin begins at the beginning, in Oak Park, Idaho, then travels to Italy where Hemingway served in the Ambulance Brigade in the First World War. Then on to Paris in the "Roaring Twenties", bull-running at Pamplona and Hemingway's love affair with Spain.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Production!!

  • By M. Harris on 07-04-18

Production!!

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I have loved every TV series, book and audio book by Michael Palin, but felt that this audio book was let down by the poor production and especially the awful unnecessary background music. Remove it and it would be up there with his other works.

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Sissy Spacek
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,219

'Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.' A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the '30s.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the greats.

  • By Simon on 05-10-15

To Kill a Mockingbird

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

Reviewed: 20-06-16

Something I've always wanted to read but never got around to. This is truly a classic, a story that grips you from the very beginning, I almost enjoyed sitting stationary on the M5 just so I could finish it. It was brilliantly read by Sissy Spacek definitely worthy of 5*.

  • One Summer

  • America 1927
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315

One Summer: America, 1927, is the new book by Britain’s favourite writer of narrative nonfiction, Bill Bryson. Narrated by the man himself, One Summer takes you to the summer when America came of age, took centre stage, and changed the world forever. In the summer of 1927, America had a booming stock market, a president who worked just four hours a day, a semi-crazed sculptor with a plan to carve four giant heads into a mountain called Rushmore, a devastating flood of the Mississippi, a sensational murder trial, and a youthful aviator named Charles Lindbergh who started the summer wholly unknown, and finished it as the most famous man on Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryson hits another Home Run

  • By Colin on 21-10-13

Another great Bryson

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

Reviewed: 24-07-15

What did you like most about One Summer?

Great story with loads of interesting stories and facts.

What about Bill Bryson’s performance did you like?

I believe it really adds to the story when it's read by the author, it makes it feel more personal.