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  • Grease Junkie

  • A Book of Moving Parts
  • By: Edd China
  • Narrated by: Edd China
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

As you'll discover in his incomparable memoir, inventor, mechanic, TV presenter and walking tall as the definition of the British eccentric, Edd China sees things differently. An unstoppable enthusiast from an early age, Edd had 35 ongoing car projects while he was at university, not counting the double-decker bus he was living in. Now he's a man with not only a runaround sofa, but also a road-legal office, shed, bed and bathroom. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The story Lofa of a Legend

  • By Kieran Edmonston on 16-05-19

Get to the point...

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

Reviewed: 29-05-19

I enjoyed this book.... but... I, like I imagine others, bought it to find out the reasons for Ed leaving the show. This is somewhat addressed at the start, but then in chapter 1 Ed starts at the beginning. Great. Of course you need the whole background story. But then you get to the end of the book and still no inside info on what happened!
If Ed would have maybe stated in the beginning that this is the first book of a two parter (or three), then I’d understand, but no mention was made. I did see Ed on TV the other day talking about future projects, and another book may be in the pipeline. I just hope it has the warts’n’all info. Ed was the backbone of Wheeler Dealers. I used to fast forward through the other guys stuff. Not really interested in the guff and full on 0-69 handshakes.
So Ed, if you read this. Warts’n’all next time.
Apart from this gripe I thought the book was great. Very easy to listen to.
Can’t wait for the next.

  • Guy Martin: Worms to Catch

  • By: Guy Martin
  • Narrated by: Dean Williamson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

In August 2015 Guy Martin crashed out of the lead of an Ulster Grand Prix superbike race held on the world’s fastest racetrack. He had invasive surgery to bolt his broken spine and hand back together, and within days he decided he needed some time away from road racing. But he wasn’t about to take it easy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • please read your own book guy!

  • By Egon on 15-01-17

Great character

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-17

I enjoy all of guys books. He's not your typical tv wanker. He a proper adventure seeker

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  • No Cunning Plan

  • By: Sir Tony Robinson
  • Narrated by: Tony Robinson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468

Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career lasting over 50 years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, a pint-size pickpocket desperately bleaching his incipient moustache, to comedy icon Baldrick, the loyal servant and turnip aficionado in Blackadder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen by a talented story-teller

  • By Kirstine on 27-03-17

Good listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-17

Good listen. Tony is very easy to listen to. Great reading voice. I enjoyed this book

  • How to Land an A330 Airbus

  • And Other Vital Skills for the Modern Man
  • By: James May
  • Narrated by: James May
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Being given yet another pointless 'man manual' that told him 50 ways to tie a bow tie in under 30 seconds made James May certain there was a need for another kind of book. This book, in fact. He reckons there are nine vital things that a chap should be able to do.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Captain Slow teaching us all we need to know.

  • By james on 31-03-11

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-17

Totally pointless information, but a great listen!!! I always enjoy James mays books. 5 stars

  • James May's 20th Century

  • By: James May, Phil Dolling
  • Narrated by: James May
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.
How much should you pay for a return trip to the moon? How are Winnie the Pooh and the artificial heart related? Did teenagers exist before 1950? If not, who invented them? James May's 20th Century answers all these questions and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Enjoyable & Informative Listen

  • By Anabella on 20-03-09

Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-17

I find James may very easy to listen to, great book, well read, 5 stars

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud!

  • By Rachel Redford on 29-11-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 17-03-17

I love fawlty towers, a fish called Wanda, all the monty python films, and even fierce creatures. So I was expecting to enjoy this story, and some of it it did. But I found the story quite disjointed, and johns voice quite hard to listen to. It's so gravely and screechy. Not relaxing to listen to at all.

  • Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia

  • By: Michael Korda
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Michael Korda's Hero is the story of an epic life on a grand scale: a revealing, in-depth, and gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile, including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes, made him an object of intense fascination, still famous the world over as "Lawrence of Arabia".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent book, a great listen, what a story.

  • By Brian on 14-04-13

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

Very interesting book. Although I did get a little lost as there were so many characters. I had to watch the film to help me place people. Very good though. An inspirational man.

  • Distant Suns

  • Every Day an Adventure, Book 3
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Sam Manicom's dynamic third book transports you to Southern Africa, South and Central America. Sam has a gift for describing the vibrancy of people and places, and you are led effortlessly through three very different parts of the world by his enthusiasm and his acute observations. Human behavior, drama, passion, disaster, humor, and the pure adrenaline buzz of overlanding such far-flung, wild and exotic places are all here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By Michal on 12-11-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 01-10-16

Another good one from Sam. Looking forward to the next one. These books inspire me to get on my bike and have an adventure.

  • Car Fever

  • The Car Bore's Essential Companion
  • By: James May
  • Narrated by: James May
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

As well as writing about his first love, cars, James has a go at political correctness, the endless rules and regulations of daily life, the internal combustion engine and traffic wardens. He discusses gastropubs, Jeremy Clarkson, and other trials of modern life. His highly entertaining observations from behind the wheel will have you laughing out loud, whether you share his opinions or not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed

  • By Anonymous User on 03-07-19

Always interesting

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-16

I like James May, obviously through TOP GEAR, but also his standalone programmes. This book is funny, informative and a damn good listen.

  • Mr Smiley

  • By: Howard Marks
  • Narrated by: Howard Marks, Larry Love
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

The last pill and testament from Britain's most famous and well-loved drug smuggler, Howard Marks. Howard Marks is the most famous drug smuggler of his age and a hero to a generation. On his release from one of America's toughest prisons, Howard made a promise to himself to go straight. No more drugs, no more smuggling, no more fake passports. He would retire to a quiet life with his family in the Balearic Islands of Spain. It didn't quite work out that way.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly narrated, better to read the hard copy

  • By jackie brown on 04-12-18

Local hero?

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

Reviewed: 25-05-16

A fellow Welshman, I enjoyed Mr Nice, and liked that Mr Marks stayed away from dealing hard drugs. This story though just shows that no matter your good intentions, the lust for easy money can alter someone's morals.