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  • Brave New World

  • By: Aldous Huxley
  • Narrated by: Michael York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,031

On the 75th anniversary of its publication, this outstanding work of literature is more crucial and relevant today than ever before. Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A. F. (After Ford, the deity).

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Marred by narration

  • By George on 06-08-11

Can't get into it because of nonsensical narration

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

Reviewed: 16-07-19

I'm sure there is a classic novel hidden beneath the very poor, laughable and jarring narration. Weird use of random accents makes the characters more like caricatures, and the random shouts & whispers make this almost unlistenable.
I would urge Audible to re-record this with a more proficient narrator.

  • Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light

  • By: Stan Lee, Kat Rosenfield, Created by Stan Lee, and others
  • Narrated by: Yara Shahidi
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

What is more real? A world we are born into or one we create for ourselves? Legendary creator, master storyteller, and cultural icon Stan Lee sets off into a new universe in search of answers to some of the most pressing questions of our time! The only question left: Will you join him on this journey?  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A disappointing & predictable story

  • By RStreet on 11-07-19

A disappointing & predictable story

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

Reviewed: 11-07-19

I had high hopes for this book as it seemed like a really interesting concept, but the story is disappointing, predictable and bland.
The narration doesn’t help and is very monotonous. Not helped by jarring editing, in particular the words “Juaquo says” have been recorded once and pop in in a different tone of voice from the narration.

Overall, not a book I would listen to again, and it leaves me with no interest in following the story into subsequent books in the series.

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  • Keep the Aspidistra Flying

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unfairly neglected gem of a master novella!

  • By Raphael on 04-01-16

Classic Orwell.

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I enjoyed this story more than I expected. It is one of Orwell’s lesser known novels, but some of the passages are fantastic. The socialist commentary and the “war on money” is enlightening.
Well narrated by Richard E Grant too.
Some sound issues where “end of cd 3...cd4” parts happen, but otherwise a good production.

  • 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 5,910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,660

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

An intriguing book, slightly spoiled by mixed narration

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

Reviewed: 11-06-19

The story & the book are great. Better than I expected and I found myself really drawn into the story.
The main narrator is great, but when the the characters are randomly read by others it really breaks the story.

  • The Steep Approach to Garbadale

  • By: Iain Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

The Wopuld family built their fortune on a board game called Empire, now a wildly successful computer game. So successful, in fact, that the American Spraint Corp wants to buy the Wopulds out. Alban, who has been evading the family tentacles for the last few years, thinks Spraint should be treated with suspicion, but he also has other things on his mind. What, for example, drove his mother to take her own life?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Jane on 20-06-07

Not Banks’ best work.

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

Reviewed: 14-02-19

This is essentially a less interesting & poorer copy of The Crow Road. Similar protagonists, and not a lot really new or novel in this story. I love Iain Banks’ earlier novels, but this one doesn’t do it for me. I’d recommend The Crow Road or The Wasp Factory instead.

  • Pale Blue Dot

  • A Vision of the Human Future in Space
  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

In Cosmos, the late astronomer Carl Sagan cast his gaze over the magnificent mystery of the Universe and made it accessible to millions of people around the world. Now in this stunning sequel, Carl Sagan completes his revolutionary journey through space and time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First Time Read and Disappointed

  • By Sarah on 20-02-18

Great first few chapters, let down at the end.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

The first few chapters of this book are engaging, thought provoking and enlightening. The topics discussed across the early chapters are intriguing and I really enjoyed the history of astronomy and the developments & discoveries with the Voyager missions.
After that though, the book becomes abstract, political and repetitive. This isn’t helped by the change in narrator to someone who sounds as if she is trying to hard to impart gravitas into her reading but instead simply sounds like she is going to burst into tears at any minute.
It’s worth listening for the first half of the book, but don’t waste your time after around chapter 10.
Such a shame, as I was really excited about this book.

  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,377

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder - and that the killer is a member of his own family. He employs journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

  • By MrsFiddleback on 29-05-09

Not as good as I expected

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

I’d heard great things about this book, but sadly I found it boring and unengaging. The main issue is the pacing of the story and at times there’s an abundance of superfluous information yet at others it skips through key parts of the story and jumps ahead.
There are a number of plot issues too, which I won’t cover here in case I spoil it for anyone, but the choices made by Salander sometimes are completely at odds with what her apparent views or opinions are set up to be.
I had planned to listen to the whole series of these books but this one has put me off.

  • A Beautiful Constraint

  • How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It's Everyone's Business
  • By: Adam Morgan, Mark Barden
  • Narrated by: Mark Barden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

An inspiring yet practical guide for transforming limitations into opportunities, A Beautiful Constraint: How to Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages and Why It's Everyone's Business is a book about everyday, practical inventiveness, designed for the constrained times in which we live. It describes how to take the kinds of issues that all of us face today - lack of time, money, resources, attention, know-how - and see in them the opportunity for transformation of oneself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, Terrible reader

  • By C. Rodriguez on 10-01-19

An inspiring & enlightening book.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This book is one of my favourite 'business/self help' books I have read. It is inspiring and enlightening and the analysis of the various thoughts expanded throughout the book is very engaging and easy to follow. Can if thinking is my new mantra!
When I saw it available on audible I thought I'd give it a listen to refresh my memory of the book after having read it a couple of years ago.

Unfortunately, the narration & recording are challenging. The volume and pace of narration changes often and I found myself having to skip back to re-listen to sections again. The narrator (who is also a co-author) is often talking very loud, to then slip into a whisper. I can see this putting people off, but it is a great book nonetheless.

I would recommend reading it rather than the audible download.

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  • The Outcasts of Time

  • By: Ian Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 869

December 1348: With the country in the grip of the Black Death, brothers John and William fear that they will shortly die and go to Hell. But as the end draws near, they are given an unexpected choice: either to go home and spend their last six days in their familiar world or to search for salvation across the forthcoming centuries - living each one of their remaining days 99 years after the last. John and William choose the future and find themselves in 1447, ignorant of almost everything going on....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imaginative, thought-provoking historical fiction

  • By Kirstine on 13-10-17

Not what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 04-07-18

The premise of this story really interested me, and I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately, it is too full of religious overtones and discusses religious development through the time periods too much in my opinion.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paul McCartney: The Biography

  • By: Philip Norman
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 30 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Since the age of 20, Paul McCartney has lived one of the ultimate rock 'n' roll lives played out on the most public of stages. Now Paul's story is told by rock music's foremost biographer, with McCartney's consent and access to family members and close friends who have never spoken on the record before. Paul McCartney reveals the complex character behind the façade and sheds new light on his childhood - blighted by his mother's death but redeemed by the father who introduced him to music.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Detailed biography of a true genius

  • By James on 13-05-17

A thorough & mostly enjoyable biography of a living legend.

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

Reviewed: 18-06-18

This book tracks the life of Paul McCartney in a detailed & enlightening way. I learned a lot about one of my idols I hadn’t read or heard elsewhere.
The later sections about Heather Mills are overly detailed and boring though - it almost becomes a biography of hers for a few chapters so I’d skip those ones.