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Swansea, United Kingdom
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  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story, worth getting into...

  • By Mr on 27-02-17

brought to life

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

Reviewed: 19-07-17

great story that is brought to life by the famtastic narration by Tim Robbins. thourougly enjoyed.

  • Jerusalem

  • By: Simon Sebag Montefiore
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Jerusalem is the universal city, the capital of two peoples, the shrine of three faiths; it is the prize of empires, the site of Judgement Day, and the battlefield of today's clash of civilizations. From King David to Barack Obama, from the birth of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is the epic history of 3,000 years of faith, slaughter, fanaticism, and coexistence. How did this small, remote town become the Holy City, the 'centre of the world' and now the key to peace in the Middle East?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rolls Royce Production

  • By Jim on 01-05-14

excellent listen.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

incredible history and well told. there is a huge span of time covered with a good deal of nuance and detail - probably one to be revisited at some point.

  • Philosophy: 100 Essential Thinkers

  • The Ideas That Have Shaped Our World
  • By: Philip Stokes
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

This engaging and accessible book invites the listener to explore the questions and arguments of philosophy through the work of 100 of the greatest thinkers within the Western intellectual tradition - covering philosophical, scientific, political, and religious thought over a period of 2500 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Quality

  • By Charles McIntosh on 22-02-17

good overview

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

Reviewed: 16-04-17

some thought provoking insights. a little uneven in its dealings with some of the 100, but this is enevitable given the task of provide a brief but insightful look at such a wide range of philosophers. definitely sparked an interest i. finding out more about some of these intriguing figures

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Debate

  • Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left
  • By: Yuval Levin
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In The Great Debate, Yuval Levin explores the origins of the Left-Right divide by examining the views of the men who best represented each side of that debate at its outset: Edmund Burke and Thomas Paine. In a groundbreaking exploration of the roots of our political order, Levin shows that American partisanship originated in the debates over the French Revolution, fueled by the fiery rhetoric of these ideological titans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • interesting and informative

  • By Gareth on 02-02-17

interesting and informative

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

a little repetitive, but very interesting. narrator not brilliant, but passable. latter chapters could have been longer

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Alan Partridge: Nomad

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,276
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,774

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance. Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every line has a joke.

  • By Dickie Armstrong on 24-10-16

a must for fans

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

wonderfully narrated, undoubtedly better than reading the book - having 'Alan's' voice, adds another level to the whole thing.

  • The Great Degeneration

  • By: Niall Ferguson
  • Narrated by: Paul Slack
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 30

Symptoms of decline are all around us today, it seems: slowing growth, crushing debts, aging populations, anti-social behaviour. But what exactly is amiss with Western civilization? The answer, Niall Ferguson argues, is that our institutions - the intricate frameworks within which a society can flourish or fail - are degenerating. To arrest the degeneration of the West's civilization, Ferguson warns, will take heroic leadership and radical reform.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Buy the hard copy

  • By Judy Corstjens on 09-05-15

Worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 14-10-15

good listen and an interesting critique of modern institutions - to an extent it is a thorough PEST style analysis but has some interesting insights. Very libertarian and pro free market, which I mostly agree with, but this occasionally seems like a Ron Paul type libertarianism - though arguments are well reasoned and compelling

  • The Godfather

  • By: Mario Puzo
  • Narrated by: Joe Mantegna
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,862

A modern masterpiece, The Godfather is a searing portrayal of the 1940s criminal underworld. It is also the intimate story of the Corleone family, at once drawn together and ripped apart by its unique position at the core of the American Mafia. Still shocking 40 years after it was first published, this compelling tale of blackmail, murder, and family values is a true classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT MISS THIS!

  • By suze0501@aol.com on 26-02-15

The definitive mob story

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

Reviewed: 22-03-15

excellent performance and great book. warched the film again shortly after, gives the film another level of nuance. highly recommend

  • A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev

  • By: Mark Steinberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Mark Steinberg
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

It's difficult to imagine a nation with a history more compelling for Americans than Russia. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, this was the nation against which we measured our own nation's values and power and with whom war, if it ever came, could spell unimaginable catastrophe for our planet.Yet many Americans have never had the opportunity to study Russia in depth, and to see how the forces of history came together to shape a future so different from the dreams of most ordinary Russian people, eager to see their nation embrace Western values of progress, human rights, and justice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great overview of modern russian history

  • By Gareth on 02-10-14

Great overview of modern russian history

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

Reviewed: 02-10-14

If you could sum up A History of Russia: From Peter the Great to Gorbachev in three words, what would they be?

informative, interesting, surprising

What did you like best about this story?

I think this was a good overview of a very complex history, I really liked the lecture format of the great courses (first one I have listened too). I am a big fan of Audible and listen to a lot of audio books, particularly whist driving, and I do find on occasion my attention will wander with a conventional audio book. But in this instance, there is something about the lecture format that keeps you engaged and wanting to hear more. There is also some subtle repetition from one lecture to the next, which reinforces elements that can easily be forgotten, especially if you listen to a lot of weighty history books on audible.

Have you listened to any of Professor Mark Steinberg’s other performances? How does this one compare?

This is the first thing I have ever heard with Mark Steinberg, but will prompt me to look him up elsewhere.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not so much moved, given they are lectures, but you do feel for the peasantry and Russian people at large, and the "life is cheap" attitude where soldiers where sent to war under equipped and told there are plenty of guns and bullets lying next to dead soldiers. Also the fatalism of Nicholas the II, who attended a ball on the night of his coronation after over thousand had died only hours earlier in a crowd stampede, saying god wills it.

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyed the format and really enjoyed finding out more about Russian history, will definitely download more Great Courses in the future. There are some occasions where the lectures can have you a bit out of sync, talking extensively about in-fighting among the soviets in one chapter, and bouncing back to 1905 revolution in the next, but fortunately it wasn't too jarring. I am sure each individual chapter of the history could form a course in of itself, and I hope that there will be further works in this area.

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  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,227

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

interesting take on genre

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Look Who's Back to be better than the print version?

This definitely lends itself to audio book format, really adds colour and depth to the characters. Interesting choice that they go for variations on british accents, but occasionally the main protagonist becoming very german. However, I think this is less of a distraction than if they had chosen to go down the root of shoddy, comic german impressions.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Look Who's Back?

The first tv appearance of the Fuehrer. Even though it is funny, there is still a sense of how people can get drawn into a message, or interpret it as satire in the modern age. Narration was excellent for this section.

Which character – as performed by Julian Rhind-Tutt – was your favourite?

Hitler, no doubt. Other than coming and goings of accent, made him, colourful, comic and menacing in equal measure. Even on occasion sympathetic, which is an odd idea given you are aware of the evil committed by this man, but I am sure he probably was cordial to his typists and general staff, making him more human seems to make him all the more evil, rather than a cardboard cut out super villain.

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

If it were practical, yes.

Any additional comments?

Would recommend. Not often alternative history type books are funny, especially those that involve Hitler and the Nazis. Very good book, my only personal hang up is how Hitler got to be in the future and why, i know its not important to the story and doesn't impact the purpose of the narrative, just me being geeky and wanting it to be fully resolved

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,016
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,812

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Over hyped and dreadfully narrated

  • By AdaT on 29-06-12

Just Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-13

A lot of complaints about the narrator, but I think her whining almost adolecent tone suits the awful, one dimensional Ana Steele perfectly. Cannot overstate how irritating this book is, constantly repetitive (biting lip, oh my, and more holy cows than the 1960's batman). Protaganists are cliche and one dimensional and how this is billed as a 'love story' I have no idea. Essentially lunatic billionaire (yep billionaire, millionaire just wasnt enough) stalks the dullest, and also dimmest university student there has ever been, who is some how 'fascinating' to a guy who flys helicopters, is a concert level pianist, all round polymath (who is also working on world hunger!)



Baffled by the phenomena that is 50 shades of grey - someone please explain?