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Harold Hughes

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  • Grumpy Old Rockstar and Other Wonderous Stories

  • By: Rick Wakeman
  • Narrated by: Rick Wakeman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Around about September of 1948, Mr and Mrs Cyril Wakeman had an early night. And some time later, at Perivale in Middlesex, Mrs Wakeman produced a bonny baby son. They named him Richard, but he quickly became known as Rick.

Rick was a likable little fellow who had a talent for the piano (and for making trouble), and music became his life. Later, he joined a popular music group called Yes and became a legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow car trips to hear more of this

  • By Donald on 30-05-09

Wanted to like it more than I did

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I like Rick Wakeman and I have enjoyed seeing him on occasion tell a funny story or two so when I had the chance to get his book read by himself I thought I'd enjoy it. Sadly, apart from a couple of genuinely funny stories and a couple of interesting situations he describes getting into, the majority of it is fairly juvenile. Lots about drinking to excess and farting and one or two questionable stories that border on cringingly inappropriate. As I say in my title of this review - I so wanted to like it more than I was able to - maybe a second volume might have more substance.

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris' cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rrpeat repeat

  • By P. Lee on 08-06-18

Always A Five Star Experience

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

Reviewed: 20-07-18

It’s David Sedaris, what more do you need to know. Brilliant observational comedic writing read as always wonderfully by the man himself.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Room to Dream

  • A Life
  • By: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
  • Narrated by: David Lynch, Kristine McKenna
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 109

In this memoir, David Lynch - cocreator of Twin Peaks and writer and director of groundbreaking films like Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive - opens up about a lifetime of extraordinary creativity, the friendships he has made along the way and the struggles he has faced - sometimes successful, sometimes not - to bring his projects to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Essential Listening

  • By Kevin on 21-06-18

What A Life

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

Reviewed: 07-07-18

As he says in the book - tip of the iceberg. Most frequently used word ‘Beautiful’ it’s David Lynch - say no more .....

  • Wonder

  • By: R J Palacio
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd, Nick Podehl, Diana Steele
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466

Wonder is the funny, sweet and incredibly moving story of Auggie Pullman. Born with a terrible facial abnormality, this shy, bright ten-year-old has been home-schooled by his parents for his whole life, in an attempt to protect him from the stares and cruelty of the outside world. Now, for the first time, Auggie is being sent to a real school - and he's dreading it. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel good

  • By Miss G L Salmon on 24-10-17

Heart warming

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is a heart warming book even if just a little predictable. The writer evokes emotions with great sensitivity and the performances are convincing. August’s voice takes a little getting used to but soon evokes the character. Everyone should read a book like this at least once in their life (my precept - get the book to get the reference) 5 stars

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 963
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best I've purchased.

  • By "tenerife1" on 13-02-15

Practical Mysticism

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

Reviewed: 29-11-17

I enjoyed this book for its reassuring practical mysticism. It didn’t tell me much more than I have already understood about the nature of self, mind, spirit and love but it did present them in fresh ways to remind me of what I know. His delivery is warm and clear using metaphors everyone can relate to. Recommended.

  • I Am Brian Wilson

  • The genius behind the Beach Boys
  • By: Brian Wilson, Ben Greenman - contributor
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

They say there are no second acts in American lives, and third acts are almost unheard of. That's part of what makes Brian Wilson's story so astonishing. As cofounder of the Beach Boys in the 1960s, Wilson created some of the most groundbreaking and timeless popular music ever recorded. With intricate harmonies, symphonic structures, and wide-eyed lyrics that explored life's most transcendent joys and deepest sorrows, songs like 'In My Room', 'God Only Knows' and 'Good Vibrations' forever expanded the possibilities of pop songwriting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Extraordinary and Compelling Book...

  • By Colin on 15-12-16

Beautifully Honest

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

This book is as close as anyone could get to sitting in a room with Brian Wilson talking openly about his incredible life. There is a naivety about his story, the way he tells it, that is simple yet profoundly honest. He addresses his life long struggle with ‘the voices in his head’ and mental illness. His relationship with a loving yet abusive father mirrored by his relationship with his unloving and abusive therapist. He describes his creative process and talks about the great songs and albums. The narrator is easy to listen to and overall this is a must listen or read for any Brian Wilson fan or music fan. Five stars.

  • Cure

  • A Journey into the Science of Mind over Body
  • By: Jo Marchant
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Swallow
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

The field of mind-body medicine is plagued by wild claims that mislead patients and instil false hope. But as scientists in a range of fields uncover solid evidence that our minds influence our bodies quite profoundly, there is now great promise, too. Jo Marchant attempts to use scientific research to find out if alternative medicines work; if our thoughts, beliefs and emotions influence our physical health; and if we can train our brains to heal our bodies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content, terrible narration

  • By Gemma on 12-03-17

Good Book - Questionable Narration

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

The premise of this book is fascinating and very well researched and written. It is a thorough study of the mind/body connection with specific reference to the power of the placebo effect. It took me a while to listen to it because of the narration. Genevieve Swallow reads the text well and has a nice enough voice - until - and it is a big until - she reads dialogue. For some reason rather than just reading what any given character has to say, she reads it in an accent. For example, if she is quoting something a Doctor from Germany has said, she says it in a ridiculous German accent. There are characters from all over the world in this book from Manchester to Milan and she insists on reading what they have to say in terrible accents which becomes really off-putting at least for me as a listener. This is not a novel in need of dramatic interpretation, it is a technical book relaying information - I don't appreciate the accents. I almost returned the book as I have it in eBook format also, but I wanted to get through it while I walked to work rather than sit down and read it - that's the beauty of the audio book format. So, whether this is a production issue or just the narrators style - please, in future, just read the text.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

  • By: The Great Courses, Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
  • Narrated by: Kathleen M. Higgins, Robert C. Solomon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Who was Friedrich Nietzsche? This lonely and chronically ill, yet passionate, daring, and complex man is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood of all contemporary philosophers. Why are his brilliant insights so relevant for today? How did he become the most misinterpreted and unfairly maligned intellectual figure of the last two centuries?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A sanitised one-sided diet of opinion

  • By Toby B on 26-03-15

Excellent Overview

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

Enjoyed the passion and enthusiasm of both lecturers. Also helpful was the fact that they sought to give the lectures a practical application.

  • God Is Disappointed in You

  • By: Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler
  • Narrated by: James Urbaniak
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible...if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and interminable passages, every book of the Bible is condensed down to its core message, in no more than a few pages each. Written by Mark Russell with cartoons by New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler, God Is Disappointed in You is a frequently hilarious, often shocking, but always accurate retelling of the Bible, including the parts selectively left out by Sunday School teachers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings about this audio book

  • By J. Farmer on 10-03-16

Cried Laughing Out Loud

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

Reviewed: 04-07-17

Where does God Is Disappointed in You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is in my top five all time favourites and I have listened to a lot of audio books.

What did you like best about this story?

Well, the story is basically a distillation of some of the greatest stories ever told, since it is a humorous break down of the entire Bible Old and New Testaments. But as the author says there are many stories most people will not be aware of since they are not usually told due to the violent or sexual nature of the content.

Which character – as performed by James Urbaniak – was your favourite?

James reads the whole thing and plays all the characters - often with such hilarity and perfect characterisation and timing that I almost choked laughing. He reminds me of David Sedaris in his tone and delivery and he interprets the author skilfully.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Indeed I did - some may be put off thinking this to be a religious book, which it is not. The hilarious thing about the writing is that it proves that the Bible itself is not really a 'religious' book - more of a comedy of errors and human foibles. I have been a Vicar in a previous life and have a degree in Theology so I am very familiar with the Bible. This book should be compulsory reading for all seminarians and congregational members of church or synagog.

Any additional comments?

You don't have to know anything at all about the Bible to appreciate and indeed enjoy this book - it is truly hilarious and James Urbaniak is amazing in his delivery. uiy this audio book BUT do not listen while driving!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,607
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592

The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny, tragic, hopeful and inspiring

  • By MR on 17-06-17

I Believe

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

Reviewed: 28-06-17

Pure Eddie. It's just like he says in his final chapter- like having an extended intimate chat in which you can't get a word in edge ways. It's full of ridiculous but wonderful rambling footnotes (that you don't get in the print version) which add to the bonkers tone of he whole thing. He is one determined son of a gun and has worked hard for his place in the hall of fame. Thanks Eddie for keeping me company for the past week. Love it x

1 of 2 people found this review helpful