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  • An Utterly Impartial History of Britain

  • By: John O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: John O'Farrell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

From 55 BC to AD 1945, An Utterly Impartial History of Britain informs, explains, but most of all laughs at the seemingly incomprehensible rollercoaster of events that make up the story of Great Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bordering on seditious; very enjoyable.

  • By Matt on 12-04-08

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-09-16

This book kept me entertained all the way through, a pleasure. I recommend to all.

  • An Utterly Exasperated History of Modern Britain

  • Or Sixty Years of Making the Same Stupid Mistakes as Always
  • By: John O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: John O'Farrell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Following his hugely popular account of the previous 2000 years, John O'Farrell now comes bang up to date with a hilarious modern history asking 'How the hell did we end up here?' He informs, elucidates, and laughs at all the bizarre events, ridiculous characters, and stupid decisions that have shaped Britain's story since 1945 - leaving the 21st-century reader feeling fantastically smug for having the benefit of hindsight.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too focused on politics

  • By M on 19-02-10

entertaining look at 60 years of politics and politicians

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-16

a very good listen with amusing content using key events and protagonists to lay out recent political history read by the author.

  • A Briefer History of Time

  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: Erik Davies
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Stephen Hawking's worldwide best seller, A Brief History of Time, has been a landmark volume in scientific writing. Its author's engaging voice is one reason, and the compelling subjects he addresses is another: the nature of space and time, the role of God in creation, and the history and future of the universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • clarifying ideas

  • By Tony on 11-03-16

clarifying ideas

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-16

I enjoyed this book. The world of modern physics is plotted with thumbnails of key protagonists. At times I had to re-listen to sections as it crunched though ideas quickly, these are big ideas. I believe I shall return to hear this many times

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Paranormality

  • The Science of the Supernatural
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81

Professor Richard Wiseman is clear about one thing: paranormal phenomena don't exist. But in the same way that the science of space travel transforms our everyday lives, so research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out of body experiences produces remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and beliefs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, easy listen

  • By Michelle Moore on 02-12-15

easy listening

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-16

The narrator seems intense as though something vital is about to be imparted, it isn't. I found I could have this book on whilst I tidied around the house, clear enunciation and steady volume. I suspect the book to be very good for those it can engage. I wonder if there exists any ology in this collection of quite engaging talks.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,345

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Fact Pact Bryson

  • By Stewart Webb on 06-06-10

potted history

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

an interesting and varied book of stories and histories read in a relaxed and engaging way.

  • Mort

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,452

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good but poor quality recording

  • By Sam on 19-04-15

Great fun

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

From the start the story, and the narrator (pleased to get Mr Planer back) carried me through a wonderful tail of trials and tests of boundary. I think I liked this story best so far... only number four.

  • Sourcery

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

A "sourcerer" is born in Discworld - a wizard so powerful that he makes all other magicians look like a bunch of fools in pointy hats. Now, suddenly, Discworld is brought to the brink of an all-out thaumaturgical war. The only hope for peace is Rincewind, the failed magician who has a risky plan to save the world. He enlists the help of several odd new characters, including Conina the barbarian hairdresser, Nijel the Destroyer, and a yuppie genie who sees lamps as a growth industry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen but had to strain

  • By Jim on 19-05-08

The fifth book 'Sourcery'

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

Reviewed: 03-01-16

I really like the new characters. Though the story seems to jump about a little and appeared... fleshed out...a bit in places, more than the prior titles. I note I felt at the end....what about the luggage? Perhaps it's me I missed bits of this story, though when engaging it is a good yarn. I have enjoyed Nigel Planer as narrator

  • The Light Fantastic

  • Discworld 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,337

The Great A'Tuin, the heroic turtle who supports the weight of the entire Discworld, not to mention four giant elephants, swims through the galaxy day and night with the burden of being the only creature who knows exactly where the universe is going. Philosophers have long debated where this is, and are due to find out in about 2 months. Shall they worry?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The start of the legendary series...

  • By J Whitney on 05-10-07

building all the way

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

I really enjoyed the clear links to the prior work and the progress through a variety of lands among a range of beings. But the end-game as-it-were I was on the proverbial edge of my seat. I had not previously listed to this story so it filled in bits of disc-lore and all the more positive for it.

  • The Colour of Magic

  • Discworld 1
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,135

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio - white noise

  • By Frank on 29-07-14

Bounding in

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

This is the start of the discworld.... I have began at the beginning, as a certain Mr Thomas may have put it, I enjoyed every second... A slight question a unintended humour maybe?... the ostensibly eerie reverberation of Death... once sorted in my mind was acceptable. I can wait for the next.

  • Equal Rites

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,276

Right before the wise old wizard Drum Billet died, he passed on his magical staff of power to the newborn eighth son of an eighth son. Unfortunately, Drum Billet never bothered to check the gender of the newborn baby, and it turns out it was a girl. Now his chauvinistic colleagues are forced to deal with a young girl who has all the qualifications to join their all-male profession.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad quality!

  • By Margit on 19-03-12

E-kwal writes

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

Reviewed: 10-12-15

I have listened to a few books and wished to 'do it in order' this time. So I've just completed the third in this wonderful series; great story but, the narration drags a bit for a while after Esk leaves the boat. I re-listened to this part and found indeed it falls until Esk arrives in the City. In addition to this anomaly at times the narration falls on a 'kindergarten' note.