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  • Waterloo

  • By: Tim Clayton
  • Narrated by: Phillip Franks
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

The bloodbath at Waterloo ended a war that had engulfed the world for over 20 years. It also finished the career of the charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. It ensured the final liberation of Germany and the restoration of the old European monarchies, and it represented one of very few defeats for the glorious French army, most of whose soldiers remained devoted to their Emperor until the very end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maps & diagrams needed to get the real effect

  • By Alexander Patterson on 25-07-15

Perfectly pitched in terms of detail and storyflow

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

Reviewed: 26-05-17

Once you get past the slightly pompous voice of the narrator, he actually does a great job especially with pronunciations and bringing the narrative alive. Right length too

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,623
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,309

'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

Beautiful and affecting

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Wonderful classic that I've unfortunately only just decided to read. One of those stories that stays with you for a long time. I understand the reason for the accolades now

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A History of Britain: Volume 3

  • By: Simon Schama
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Timothy West reads the third and concluding volume of award-winning historian Simon Schama's compelling chronicle of the British Isles. Here he illuminates the period from 1776 to 2000 through a variety of historical themes, including Victorian advances in technology and industry, women's increasing role in society, and the burgeoning British Empire which promised civilisation and material betterment for all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great history, great performance

  • By Joff on 06-02-17

Very comprehensive. sometimes hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

Very detailed but sometimes goes off on long tangents, which like the other volumes make it easy to miss bits. Assumes some prior knowledge of the history

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Chapterhouse Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton, Katherine Kellgren, Scott Brick, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241

The desert planet Arrakis, called Dune, has been destroyed. Now, the Bene Gesserit, heirs to Dune's power, have colonized a green world - and are tuning it into a desert, mile by scorched mile. Chapterhouse Dune is the last book Frank Herbert wrote before his death and stunning climax to the epic Dune legend that will live on forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Socio-Political fantasy drama

  • By Adrian on 17-02-09

Great finish

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

Reviewed: 24-08-16

Really great story that kept me interested throughout. My only gripe is that the narrators pronounce things so differently. At times I thought they were introducing a new character but then realised that it was Morton and Kellgren interpreting the names entirely differently. I have to say the ending 2 chapters left so many questions. I'm happy though

  • Heretics of Dune

  • Dune Chronicles, Book 5
  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281

On Arrakis, now called Rakis, known to legend as Dune, 10 times 10 centuries have passed. The planet is becoming desert again. The Lost Ones are returning home from the far reaches of space. The great sandworms are dying, and the Bene Gesserit and the Bene Tleilax struggle to direct the future of Dune. The children of Dune's children awaken as from a dream, wielding the new power of a heresy called love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed that so little actually happened...

  • By Aa Kondeatis on 12-05-15

Back to its best

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

Reviewed: 23-07-16

Found it much better than God Emperor. More happens and the story develops mire interestingly.

  • God Emperor of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380

More than 3,000 years have passed since the first events recorded in Dune. Only one link survives with those tumultuous times: the grotesque figure of Leto Atreides, son of the prophet Paul Muad'Dib, and now the virtually immortal God Emperor of Dune. He alone understands the future, and he knows with a terrible certainty that the evolution of his race is at an end unless he can breed new qualities into his species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this book.

  • By Zplintz on 19-01-17

Sorry, not for me

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

Reviewed: 28-06-16

At times I really had to persevere with this book. The long speeches by Leto came across at its lowest points as drivel. First time in the series when I've been bored. The last two or three chapters pulled the book up, but they can't compensate for the other 10 chapters. Narration was excellent as usual.

  • Children of Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571

The sand-blasted world of Arrakis has become green, watered, and fertile. Old Paul Atreides, who led the desert Fremen to political and religious domination of the galaxy, is gone. But for the children of Dune, the very blossoming of their land contains the seeds of its own destruction. The altered climate is destroying the giant sandworms, and this in turn is disastrous for the planet's economy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different experience

  • By Richard on 19-06-12

Rambling at times but a worthwhile listen

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

The series continues its downward trend with this book. Definitely interesting, with some fascinating chapters but the narrative is rambling at times and hard to follow. Not as engrossing as the first two books and I'm not happy with all the character paths. Feels like all the characters are only capable of two emotions: fear and anger. Strangely, though I would definitely recommend it as a read as it closes off the story. Good that it has the same narrater as the first two books too.

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  • Dune Messiah

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 999

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much melange by the author?

  • By Stuart on 30-07-12

Worthy sequel

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

Good narration. story continues and still excites. Need to read Dune first if course otherwise this will make no sense

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,681

Shortlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A superb production of a sci fi classic!

  • By Peter on 21-07-07

Amazing classic

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

Reviewed: 29-04-16

I never would have found time to finish this book without the narrated version. This incredible story would have been lost to me in reading it in dribs and drabs. The narration was excellent and I'll in a weird way miss their voices as the audio book has been with me everywhere, from trips to the shops to 6 hour journeys. loved it