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Kid Ooshi

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  • Strangeways

  • A Prison Officer's Story
  • By: Neil Samworth
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

A jaw-dropping account of life as a prison officer in one of the country's most notorious jails. Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth spent 11 years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all - gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out. Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high-security prison. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Honest and Brutal Truth. Loved It...

  • By M J North on 01-11-18

Gripping story fantastically read

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Loved this book and listened to it from start to finish in just two days.

I found it a compelling, gritty and informative memoir, but at the same time an easy listen with the author going into just the right amount of detail about his time in the prison service to keep the pace of the narrative moving along, thus keeping me interested.

Narration was also a big part of why I enjoyed this book and other that a few questionable Scally accents here and there, I can’t fault Keeble’s efforts into bringing this story alive.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Beastie Boys Book

  • By: Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 471

Formed as a New York City hardcore band in 1981, Beastie Boys struck an unlikely path to global hip-hop superstardom. Here is their story, told for the first time in the words of the band. Adam "AD-ROCK" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond offer revealing and very funny accounts of their transition from teenage punks to budding rappers; their early collaboration with Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin; the almost impossible to fathom overnight success of their debut studio album, Licensed to Ill; that album's messy fallout; and their break with Def Jam, move to Los Angeles, and rebirth as musicians and social activists, with the genre-defying masterpiece Paul's Boutique.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio book ill communication.<br />I loved it

  • By Claire on 01-11-18

The New Style

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

Reviewed: 22-11-18

Always ones to push the boundaries, the remaining B-Boys deliver a uniquiqe Audiobook. Instead of the usual narration featuring one or two voices, they’ve called upon a cast of thousands from Chuck D to Jarvis Cocker to help narrate this. There’s even a little background music on some chapters which all helps reshape the standard audiobook format.

The book itself is very insightful and answered a lot of questions for me and gave a really good insight into a band I’ve followed since 80’s. From new wave punks, to frat boys, to running Grand Royale and just about everything else it’s all told in this dope 12 hour tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Out of Time

  • By: Miranda Sawyer
  • Narrated by: Miranda Sawyer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Miranda Sawyer's midlife crisis began when she was 44. It wasn't a traditional one. She didn't run off with a Pilates teacher or blow thousands on a trip to find herself. From the outside, all remained the same. Work, kids, marriage, mortgage, blah. Days, weeks and months whizzed past as she struggled with feeling - knowing - that she was over halfway through her life. It seemed only yesterday that she was 29, out and about. Out of Time is not a self-help audiobook. It's an exploration of this sudden crisis, this jolt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So it’s not just me then

  • By Kid Ooshi on 06-11-18

So it’s not just me then

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Found out about this book quite by accident whilst listening to a Podcast.

Really enjoyed it and so much of it rings true but especially the optimism many of us felt about life and the future in the 90’s, the current pride we take in a nicely waxed table top
and also that nagging lost feeling that seems to have settled over me and many of my middle aged friends now.

Listen, laugh, nod and at the same time have your conscience pricked the more sobering topics this book discusses, the sort of stuff we would have just gone and got drunk about 20 years ago.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Pie

  • Off the Record
  • By: Jonathan Pie, Andrew Doyle, Tom Walker
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pie
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335

Want to know more about history and politics? Then you should probably go and listen to a proper audiobook. Fancy a laugh at some smutty jokes? Then go and read Viz. But if you fancy a combination of the two, this is the audiobook for you. In Off the Record, bitter and twisted leftie news reporter Jonathan Pie picks 10 of the world's worst wankers and tears them apart. Here you'll find the answers to some difficult questions. With extra swearing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ok but gets a bit tedious

  • By Kira Adams on 27-12-18

Devoured in a day...

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Having enjoyed the video work of Pie, I jumped on this title when it came up as a suggestion and wasn’t disappointed.

Whilst it’s not one to listen to while the kids are around due to the colourful language, the delivery is great and kept me interested whilst Pie destroyed a collection of the most reviled people of our age. Without swearing how else could you possibly describe Thatcher, Blair, Cameron et al?

Pie of course is only a fictional character and the subjects satirised, but in his own way he’s probably saying what most of us are thinking with scary accuracy.

  • Where We Are

  • By: Roger Scruton
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Following his highly acclaimed and best-selling book England: An Elegy (Bloomsbury Continuum), Roger Scruton now seeks to assess the basis of national sentiment and loyalty at a time when the United Kingdom must redefine its position in the world. To what are our duties owed and why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nicely read and well balanced arguments

  • By Kid Ooshi on 06-09-18

Nicely read and well balanced arguments

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Despite leaving me feeling at times gloomy about where we are and where we could be heading as a country, I found this a very illuminating book.

Whilst it could be hard listening for the more liberal elements of society, the arguments for and against certain points are balanced and well presented.

Great, unhurried narration also makes this title well worth a listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful