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  • A Woman's Work

  • By: Harriet Harman
  • Narrated by: Harriet Harman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

Why does the political representation of women matter? And which hurdles - personal, political and societal - have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past 30 years? From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no consideration for family life, this frank, inspiring and politically charged audiobook is a crucial account of the progress (and occasional setbacks) made.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Became irritating - couldn’t finish!

  • By S. B. Hall on 27-11-18

Became irritating - couldn’t finish!

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I was interested to see a different view point on politics which I thought this book might provide. It started well and was generally interesting but Harriet’s continual blowing of her own trumpet gradually became so annoying (I did this, I did that) that I could not read on and picked up another title instead. Could be so much better with editing!

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  • A Maze of Death

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Benjamin L. Darcie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Delmak-O is a dangerous planet. Though there are only 14 citizens, no one can trust anyone else and death can strike at any moment. The planet is vast and largely unexplored, populated mostly by gelatinous cube-shaped beings that give cryptic advice in the form of anagrams. Deities can be spoken to directly via a series of prayer amplifiers and transmitters, but they may not be happy about it. And the mysterious building in the distance draws all the colonists to it, but when they get there each sees a different motto on the front.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting ideas, lacking some depth of characters.

  • By S. B. Hall on 21-03-17

Interesting ideas, lacking some depth of characters.

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

Reviewed: 21-03-17

Don't get me wrong, this is an interesting read (listen). The plot is quirky and unpredictable and attempts to address some interesting topics. I found the characters a little shallow and superficial and found that I didn't really care if they lived or died. Narration is good. I could see this translating well into film - in fact it probably has. I suspect Red Dwarf (UK TV SCI-FI sir com) may have drawn inspiration from here too. On the whole a recommended read but could be a bit better.

  • A Life in Questions

  • By: Jeremy Paxman
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Paxman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382

The witty, incisive and frank memoir of the best-selling author of The Victorians, Jeremy Paxman, whose career at the BBC included 25 years as the uncompromising presenter of Newsnight. Covering insights on politicians of every stamp over the last half century, reporting from war zones, the state of the BBC, the role of journalism in our political system and much more, Jeremy Paxman's long-awaited and candid memoir is packed with opinions and good humour on every page.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Paxman on Paxman, what's not to love?

  • By Savvyman on 01-11-16

Paxman's Narration lets this down

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

Reviewed: 24-11-16

Paxman sounds as if reading his book is a chore, and that he'd prefer to be doing something else. This made me feel the same!

I can't understand the high ratings from others. Perhaps it works well if you want to be lulled to sleep!

Overall - Disappointing. Sorry Jeremy!