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  • Erebus: The Story of a Ship

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

In his major new work, Michael Palin - former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter - brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic tale, written and narrated by Michael Palin.

  • By Heisenberg on 24-09-18

it's an icebreaker Tomkinson!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Fascinating account of an event that is now far ftom public consciousness. Palin should really write more. Everything he does is well judged and to a high standard.

  • Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

  • A Sortabiography
  • By: Eric Idle
  • Narrated by: Eric Idle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

We know him best for his unforgettable roles on Monty Python - from the Flying Circus to The Meaning of Life. Now, Eric Idle reflects on the meaning of his own life in this entertaining memoir that takes us on a remarkable journey from his childhood in an austere boarding school through his successful career in comedy, television, theatre and film.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pop Idle!

  • By Simon on 02-10-18

Nudge Nudge Say No More!

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Eric is Eric rather than Mike John either of the Terrys or the late Graham. Runs through his life at a swift tempo. All good stuff.

  • The Late Middle Ages

  • By: Philip Daileader, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Philip Daileader
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

The Late Middle Ages-the two centuries from c. 1300 to c. 1500 - might seem like a distant era, but students of history are still trying to reach a consensus about how it should be interpreted. Was it an era of calamity or rebirth? Was it still clearly medieval or the period in which humanity took its first decisive steps into modernity? These 24 provocative lectures introduce you to the age's major events, personalities, and developments, and arms you with the essentials you need to form your own ideas about this age of extremes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Daileader Nails It Again

  • By John on 14-09-18

Daileader Nails It Again

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

Punchy interesting witty stimulating and full of facts. Phil you keep putting it out and I'll keep listening!

  • The Midnight Line

  • Jack Reacher, Book 22
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,795

Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer, too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher's Fine Lines

  • By Simon on 07-11-17

He's lost that spark!

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

Reviewed: 25-05-18

Just lacks that modern day maverick gunslinger attribute of some of the previous novels. I think I've now retired from JR.

  • Das Reich

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Nigel Carrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

Within days of the D-Day landings, the 'Das Reich' 2nd SS Panzer Division marched north through France to reinforce the front-line defenders of Hitler's Fortress Europe. Veterans of the bloodiest fighting of the Russian Front, 15,000 men with their tanks and artillery, they were hounded for every mile of their march by saboteurs of the Resistance and agents of the Allied Special Forces. Along their route they took reprisals so savage they will live forever in the chronicles of the most appalling atrocities of war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, balanced, multifaceted

  • By Jim on 04-08-14

Damm Dad Reich

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

Reviewed: 25-02-18

Highly illuminating. I have visited Oradour and didn't know enough about the context. This story tells us how dangerous are fanaticsandhow they can arise even in the most supposedly advanced civilisations.

  • Panzer Commander

  • The Memoirs of Colonel Hans von Luck
  • By: Hans von Luck, Stephen E. Ambrose (introduction)
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

A stunning look at World War II from the other side.... From the turret of a German tank, Colonel Hans von Luck commanded Rommel's 7th and then 21st Panzer Division. El Alamein, Kasserine Pass, Poland, Belgium, Normandy on D-Day, the disastrous Russian front - von Luck fought there with some of the best soldiers in the world. German soldiers. Awarded the German Cross in Gold and the Knight's Cross, von Luck writes as an officer and a gentleman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Shame he was on the wrong side

  • By R on 27-08-14

Unique War and Post War Memoir

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

My only slight reservation is that the sound level was slightly quiet.

Otherwise Luck's account was revelatory to me particularly in terms of the professionalism and approach of the Wehrmacht and Luck himself through all of the arduous situations they went through. If only they had stood up to the Nazis!

  • Private Dancer

  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe, Jilly Bond
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

Thailand 1996. The Year of The Rat. Pete, a young travel writer, wanders into a Bangkok go-go bar and meets the love of his life. Joy is the girl of his dreams, young, stunningly pretty, and one of the Zombie Bar's top-earning pole dancers. What follows is a roller-coaster ride of sex, drugs, and deception, as Pete discovers that his very own private dancer is not all that she claims to be. And that far from being the girl of his dreams, Joy is his own personal nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Couldn't put it down.

  • By Ann D on 20-08-15

A deep insight into Thai prositution<br />

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

Reviewed: 14-01-18

It's an untypical novel in fact more of a play. Very well narrated and a fascinating insight into the world of prostitutes and bar patrons of Bangkok.

  • Fanny

  • Being the True History of the Adventures of Fanny Hackabout-Jones
  • By: Erica Jong
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Discovered on the doorstep of a country estate in Wiltshire, England, the infant Fanny is raised to womanhood by her adoptive parents, Lord and Lady Bellars. Fanny wants to become the epic poet of the age, but her plans are dashed when she is ravished by her libertine stepfather. Fleeing to London, Fanny falls in with idealistic witches and highwaymen who teach her of worlds she never knew existed. After toiling in a London brothel that caters to literati, Fanny embarks on a series of adventures that teach her what she must know to live and prosper as a woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By F on 03-02-16

Cunning? - Well, close!

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

Reviewed: 10-09-17

Some good moments but the story stuttered along. Quite a few rude parts but in a comical way. If you like that kind of thing. Well narrated.

  • Shogun

  • The Epic Novel of Japan
  • By: James Clavell
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 53 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

A bold English adventurer; an invincible Japanese warlord; a beautiful woman torn between two ways of life, two ways of love - all brought together in an extraordinary saga of a time and a place aflame with conflict, passion, ambition, lust, and the struggle for power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By Umashin on 26-09-16

Shogun Rocks (Even Though Yabu Sucks!)

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Think Hornblower goes on a Japanese odyssey. Plenty of sword play and throw in a few geishas.

Over 50 hours but it fairly rattles along. Very well narrated.

John Blackthorn could be the template for Jack Reacher.

How did Richard Chamberlain get that role in the 80's? Mind you how did Tom Cruise play Jack R on the big screen???

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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,650
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,307
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,287

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Many a Queer Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Simply excellent - well done Stephen! Great way to discover the whole of the Canon.

Fry's background explanations to the stories and Sir A C-D were also highly interesting.

71 hours what value!