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  • The Age of Revolution

  • A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume III
  • By: Sir Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

This is the third volume in Churchill's famous account. During the long period of 1688 to 1815, three revolutions took place, and all led to war between the British and the French.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Audio Problems

  • By tom dixon humphreys on 30-10-17

Audio Problems

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

Although this is a fundamentally interesting book, it has a jarring and crackling audio which ruins the experience. Churchill also seems to have written in a far too politically biased manner which damages the educational reliability of this book. He constantly condemns the Whig party whilst praising the Tories and seems to have some particular favourite politicians who he is unbalanced in portraying. If taken with a pinch of salt it is a decent sweeping History but it is let down by the quality of the recording.

  • The Barchester Chronicles

  • Six BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations
  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle, David Bamber, Iain Glen, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Six lavish BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's much-loved novels. Anthony Trollope's series of witty and gently satirical stories of provincial life are set in the fictional town of Barchester and its surrounding county of Barsetshire. The canvas is broad and colourful, with a set of iconic characters in whose lives we become intimately involved as they grow up, grow old, and fall in or out of love and friendship across the years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Part Missing!!!

  • By Lee on 20-10-17

A work of Art

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

Reviewed: 25-10-17

This is one of the most enchanting performances on the entire platform. The hauntingly beautiful music combined with the dulcet tones of the narrator make it an excellent production. The stories are exciting in their mundane nature which is part of the experience. I would highly recommend this Audiobook and would say this is the best version of the Chronicles of Barchester.

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  • What Happened

  • By: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Narrated by: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 748

For the first time, Hillary Rodham Clinton reveals what she was thinking and feeling during one of the most controversial and unpredictable presidential elections in history. Now free from the constraints of running, Hillary takes you inside the intense personal experience of becoming the first woman nominated for president by a major party in an election marked by rage, sexism, exhilarating highs and infuriating lows, stranger-than-fiction twists, Russian interference, and an opponent who broke all the rules. This is her most personal memoir yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exactly that I wanted

  • By Lauren Bateman on 09-09-18

a very insightful listen

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

It is always refreshing to have the author narrating and Hilary did a good job of that. This book made me realise that Hilary is very similar to Trump in her world outlook; she seems to believe, like Trump does, that everyone is to blame except for herself. On the one hand it is good that she can use this as an opportunity to express her frustrations but her attacks on everybody from Obama and Sanders to News outlooks and even the FBI seem very vindictive and hyperbolic in their lack of substance. There is also an extreme sense of entitlement that she should be President because she has experience and was the Democratic nominee. She seems to think that the green parties voters belong to her because she is 'progressive'. She failed to address her abhorrent foreign policy record or her infamous 'We came, we saw, he died' remarks about the brutal rape and murder of the leader of a sovereign foreign state. I think this book reinforces the idea that she was a lesser of two evils but that was not enough to win.

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  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,332
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,027

A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend. The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny, adventurous and youthful

  • By Ryan on 07-10-09

A real listen

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

the old school sound effects and backing tracks make this one of the few audio books which uses the full audio opportunities. A real pleasure to listen to.

  • Jane Eyre

  • By: Charlotte Bronte
  • Narrated by: Thandie Newton
  • Length: 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,026
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947

Following Jane from her childhood as an orphan in Northern England through her experience as a governess at Thornfield Hall, Charlotte Brontë's Gothic classic is an early exploration of women's independence in the mid-19th century and the pervasive societal challenges women had to endure. At Thornfield, Jane meets the complex and mysterious Mr. Rochester, with whom she shares a complicated relationship that ultimately forces her to reconcile the conflicting passions of romantic love and religious piety.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful audiobook!!

  • By Philip on 13-02-17

emotive narrative

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

Reviewed: 01-07-17

An excellent audio book. Well narrated and well fitted to a narrator. highly emotive at times. Although it is somewhat too lengthy it is filled with so many golden seams that are all essential in tying this work together.

  • Poirot's Finest Cases

  • Eight Full-Cast BBC Radio Dramatisations
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Full Cast, John Moffat
  • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,121

John Moffatt stars as the Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. The ABC Murders: A chilling letter sets the sleuth on the trail of an enigmatic killer. After the Funeral: A wealthy businessman is dead, and his sister thinks it was murder. Death on the Nile: Poirot is in Egypt when a chilling murder takes place. Peril at End House: Whilst on holiday, the sleuth encounters a young woman, a hat and a bullet. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Mrs Farrars is found dead, one year after the death of her husband.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As good as David Suchet is on the TV

  • By David T-Rex on 22-11-14

Crème de la Crème

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

excellent full cast performance of the very best of poirot's cases. A fine adaptation indeed.

  • A Darker Domain

  • By: Val McDermid
  • Narrated by: Eilidh Fraser
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 585

It's 1984. The miners' strike is dividing the country. In a struggling coal-mining town, the miners and their families are living at the edge of their resources. On the 14th of December, five miners break ranks to travel to Nottingham and work. For those who stay behind, this is an unforgivable betrayal. Twenty-three years later, a young woman is asking the police to trace her missing father. Miner Mick Prentice vanished, never to be seen again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cleverly constructed story

  • By Kirstine on 17-10-12

Won't blow you out of the water

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

Reviewed: 27-06-17

well narrated but the story goes on and on, would recommended only as a story to put you to sleep at night.

  • The Merchant of Venice: CliffsNotes

  • By: Waldo F. McNeir Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

This CliffsNotes study guide on William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice supplements the original literary work, giving you background information about the author, an introduction to the work, and critical commentaries, all for you to use as an educational tool that will allow you to better understand the work.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad

  • By tom dixon humphreys on 27-06-17

Bad

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

Reviewed: 27-06-17

I struggled to finish the first chapter. Very vague and unhelpful audio book. For revision or learning purposes it is not helpful as it provides very little detail. For recreational purposes the droning narration will ruin any experience.

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  • The Russian Revolution

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: S. A. Smith
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

This concise, accessible introduction provides an analytical narrative of the main events and developments in Soviet Russia between 1917 and 1936. It examines the impact of the revolution on society as a whole--on different classes, ethnic groups, the army, men and women, youth. Its central concern is to understand how one structure of domination was replaced by another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written and narrated

  • By Anastasia Nahtepa on 13-08-09

good depth but deadly boring

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

this is a very well written book however it is read in a monotone which makes an interesting subject dull.

  • Politics

  • Between the Extremes
  • By: Nick Clegg
  • Narrated by: Nick Clegg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328

Politics has changed. Five years ago Britain had a coalition government built on compromise. Now the Conservatives rule unchallenged, a chasm has opened up between Left and Right and the centre ground is deserted. Nick Clegg knows the volatile state of modern politics better than anyone else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A loss to British politics.

  • By KEN HUMES on 23-09-16

interesting but light

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

Reviewed: 01-05-17

it is very good that he narrates it and he does so in an engaging manner. it lacks somewhat in personal anecdotes about his time in the cabinet which is somewhat disappointing as we get little insight into the personal nature of those characters. it does however explain much of the good he managed to implement in government and explains somewhat the collapse of his party.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful