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  • Hopeful

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Omid Djalili
  • Narrated by: Omid Djalili
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Omid Djalili's fascinating story begins with an unconventional childhood spent at his family's London guesthouse for visiting Iranians. At school he is kept busy with the beginnings of a passionate love affair with football but he hopes one day to live a more intellectually fulfilled life. For one wonderful summer in California it seems that maybe he will find his spiritual home at UCLA.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By tracy on 06-08-18

An Unexpected Gem

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Hopeful to be better than the print version?

Yes, Omid's character and wonderful delivery only add to the written text.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Undergraduate Omid was my favourite character because he was young and naive, and totally fearless of the ludicrous situations that he got himself into.

What does Omid Djalili bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Himself.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were too many moments that moved me to list them all, but what has remained with me having long finished reading the book is his account of his family's Baha'i faith and the related cost for them.

  • As the Crow Flies

  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 20 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

Charlie Trumper's earliest memory is of hearing his grandfather's sales patter from behind his costermonger's barrow. When Grandpa Charlie dies, young Charlie wants nothing more than to follow in his footsteps - his burning ambition is to own a shop that will sell everything: 'The Biggest Barrow in the World'. Charlie's progress from the teeming streets of Whitechapel to the elegance of Chelsea Terrace is only a few miles as the crow flies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • classic archer

  • By stephen iles on 20-04-16

Jeffrey Archer's delivery simply cannot be improve

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Where does As the Crow Flies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

As the Crow Flies in amongst the top 5% of my listens to date. One not only has an empathy with the writer, but also in this instance regard for the unexpected elements that make his works unique and demand that you hear them to their completion.

What other book might you compare As the Crow Flies to, and why?

The Clifton Chronicles

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

John Lee is my favourite performer. Simply unsurpassed.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but it was not possible.

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  • Be Careful What You Wish For

  • Clifton Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: Jeffrey Archer
  • Narrated by: Alex Jennings
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227

Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife, Emma, rushing to hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno?

When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-class story-telling

  • By Kirstine on 23-03-14

A Trilogy Would Have Sufficed

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

Reviewed: 07-07-14

What did you like most about Be Careful What You Wish For?

As always with Mr Archer, his storytelling is fresh and gripping and the characters are all interesting - likable or suitably detestable.

What other book might you compare Be Careful What You Wish For to, and why?

It is similar to the Fourth Estate in that it chronicles competing fortunes in lives and families over many years.

Which character – as performed by Alex Jennings – was your favourite?

Cedric Hardcastle

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, when it was determined that Bruno had died and not Sebastian. I had a negative reaction to Sebastian's parents' reaction regarding the loss of Bruno.

Any additional comments?

The series should have been a trilogy but in lieu seems only to have become an easy source of money for Mr. Archer whose fans will see it through to the bitter end.