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  • Unrepeatable

  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

A 50-date tour is not unusal for this award-winning comedian, who has delighted audiences since he appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989. This program was recorded during Eddie's record-breaking run at London's Albery Theatre in 1994.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • izzard <3

  • By rtetrtew on 21-02-17

Just what you expect from Izzard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

What can I say? It's a well-crafted, hilarious Eddie Izzard show! It's the newest one I've listened to, and gladly did not disappoint. Full of random topics such as bees and television ('so...television! no link. er... bees are sometimes.. on television').. 'Unrepeatable' is highly entertaining, I've already listened to it twice. The only downside of any of these shows is that they are much shorter than a full-length stand up show should be. We demand more of this!

  • Night Watch

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,439
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,020

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Serious fun.

  • By Will on 15-11-11

One of Pratchett's best

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

'Night Watch' is my favourite Pratchett book. It really WORKS. Its biggest point of interest is that we get to see characters we love in a totally new way - because Sam Vimes travels back in time, and meets not only himself, but other characters such as Nobby & Colon. Even a young Vetinari makes an appearance...



Having said that, this was the first Pratchett I ever read (listened to, I should say), and coming to it fresh with no knowledge of the characters, I loved it. It's perfect for new readers. Crazy Pratchett story, but with a cohesion which some of his stories do occasionally lack.



I enjoyed this rendition very much. It reminded me just how much is missing from the abridged version I listened to when I was younger, read by Tony Robinson. The unadbridged version is packed with more detail, and there are some very amusing moments which are missed in the abridged one. More 'Night Watch' is always worth it. However... I actually prefer Robinson's reading style to Briggs's, a fact which leaves me so frustrated. Why could not Robinson read the unadbridged version? Then life would be perfect!

  • Definite Article

  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

This album was recorded on 16 December '95 at the Shaftesbury Theatre London, on the last night of the 11-week run of Eddie's Definite Article show, and demonstrates definitively, the genius that is Eddie Izzard.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Eddie Izzard, but...

  • By Nina on 27-07-17

The best Izzard show

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This probably the best Eddie Izzard show out there on audible. Having said that, next time I listen to "Glorious" or "Dress to Kill" I will probably change my mind.

"Definite Article" feels more polished and ingeniously structured than the other shows, while still managing the odd non-link Izzard is famous for - i.e. randomly changing subject matter in a hilarious way. If you're a fan of Izzard and haven't heard this show, where have you been?! If you're not a fan and fancy trying it out, then this is certainly a gd'un to go for.

Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
    58 ratings
    Overall 4.2
  • Mark Watson Makes the World Substantially Better

  • By: Mark Watson
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

As a starting point in making the world a better place, Mark will free you from sin. It's a big task, but he thinks it's going to go really well. Mark Watson is not only a fantastic stand-up comedian, but he may also be the best chance we have to overcome sin. He's got a plan to teach us everything we need to know about the Six Deadly Sins (he knows it's usually seven, but he's doing Greed and Gluttony together as a special offer).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Making the world substantially funnier

  • By Tracey on 31-10-08

Amusingly whimsical

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

I listen to this over and over again because it is amusing, harmless, and has enough variety to keep me entertained (even if I do listen as I am falling asleep in bed.)

The biggest criticism I could have is that it does waste a lot of time repeating things, and half the show seems to be taken up with explaining what the show is. But once you accept that, it doesn't really matter! It's worth it to hear Mark's hilarious and almost exclusively train-related anecdotes, interspersed with witty comments by Tim Key and musical offerings by Tim Minchin. A favourite is Minchin's "Sloth" song.

  • Winter of the World

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 31 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307

Five linked families live out their destinies as the world is shaken by tyranny and war in the mid-20th century. Berlin in 1933 is in upheaval. Eleven-year-old Carla von Ulrich struggles to understand the tensions disrupting her family as Hitler strengthens his grip on Germany. Into this turmoil step her mother’s formidable friend and former British MP, Ethel Leckwith, and her student son, Lloyd, who soon learns for himself the brutal reality of Nazism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winter of the World

  • By Rachel on 06-10-12

Another epic to occupy yourself with for hours

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

'Winter of the World' opens some years after the conclusion of 'Fall of Giants', and continues to tell the stories of the families which feature in the first book. The characterisation continues to be a major strength, as is the way in which Follett deals with the momentuous events of the twentieth century. The rise of Nazism and the oppression of the German people is the crucial and most effectively narrated part of this novel, as are the intricacies of international spy networks, which set the stage nicely for the third book, which will see the families struggling through the Cold War.

It was interesting to see how Follett developed the families' stories from the first book, but I have the same reservations about this book as I did the first – the situations the characters find themselves in are astoundingly coincidential (but again it is difficult to narrate the story of the second world war without the characters being present for key events!) However it does stretch belief when key international decisions are attributed to the characters, no matter how fond we may be of them. Overall a gripping read, perhaps slightly less cohesive than 'Fall of Giants', but still certainly an amazing epic and it has inspired me to read more around the subject. I look forward to part three, which should be published near the end of 2014. (Needless to say John Lee continues his stirling narration - especially with the accents! One can only hope that he is secured to read the third part of this trilogy, nobody else will do now.)

  • Fall of Giants

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,660

A huge novel that follows five families through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for votes for women. It is 1911. The Coronation Day of King George V. The Williams, a Welsh coal-mining family, is linked by romance and enmity to the Fitzherberts, aristocratic coal-mine owners. Lady Maud Fitzherbert falls in love with Walter von Ulrich, a spy at the German Embassy in London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a discovery

  • By Amazon Customer on 14-09-11

Hours and hours of engrossing listening.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The first of Follett’s 'Century' trilogy, 'Fall of Giants' is a saga which covers the years 1914-1924. It follows the lives of five families, all inter-connected either through close ties, chance encounters, or events. The novel follows these families and characters through the momentous events of this decade, telling their individual stories, and the world-changing events which they witness.

Follett’s task is a massive one, and he manages it with more success in some places than others. The Russian scenes are perhaps those which stand out the most. His depiction of life in Tsarist Russia, the experiences of the Russians on Germany’s Eastern Front, the turbulent events which led up to the Revolution in 1917, and the complicated mess facing the Bolsheviks following the revolution were all excellently told through the eyes of Grigori Peshkov, and put into context by the opinions of other characters in other countries. For example Earl Fitzherbert, an English aristocrat, is appalled by the socialism which he sees as having destroyed a nation and denied his own half-Russian son his inheritance. Conversely the Welsh mining families cheer the revolution as an example of oppressed workers overthrowing those who had no right to rule over them.



The ‘fall of giants’ is obviously the biggest theme of the novel, and signifies many things – not only the fall of great countries such as Germany and Tsarist Russia but also smaller things, such as the superiority of individuals. The final scene in the novel is the most powerful, and sums up this entire theme.



The book is excellently narrated by John Lee, who does incredible work with the huge variety of accents demanded by the international array of characters! This audiobook is certainly a great listen, especially if you like the longer story!

  • Circle

  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Covering the Greeks, Sharks, World War II, and Star Wars, this performance was recorded in New York City during an American tour.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Micky Kayla on 09-01-19

Not my favourite offering

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

"Circle" doesn't seem to live up to Eddie Izzard's hilarious other shows. If you're new to Izzard then I would certainly choose one of his other shows to start with, either "Definite Article" or "Dress to Kill", which are much more funny. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with "Circle"... it's just not as funny. You'll spend the whole time waiting for the infamous 'Death Star Canteen' sketch only to find it right at the end, when even its genius cannot redeem the entire show.

  • Poseidon's Gold

  • Marcus Didius Falco, Book 5 (Dramatised)
  • By: Lyndsey Davis
  • Narrated by: Anton Lesser, Anna Madeley, Trevor Peacock
  • Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

Returning to Rome after his mission to Germania, Falco finds that his mother is being harassed by a centurion named Censorinus, who says he is chasing a debt owed to him by Falco's brother Festus. Censorinus claims that Festus was involved in a syndicate, shipping valuable statues from Greece - and that even when his ship sunk; Festus had guaranteed that everyone in the group would get their money back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rome brought to life

  • By Laura on 05-05-11

Leaves us wanting more...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This is the 5th instalment of the excellent dramatisation of Lindsey Davis' much loved Falco series. And much to my distress, the last! Rest assured the others seem to be available as narrated audiobooks but once you've fallen in love with a cast's dramatisation then it's not the same (even if it is truer to the original book).



"Poseidon's Gold" was very enjoyable, with a well-written plot which gives further insight into Falco's family, especially his deceased and, perhaps incorrectly, revered brother, and also his estranged father. It feels more of a return to form after the "Iron Hand of Mars", which I felt lacked interest and seemed quite contrived when compared to the other offerings of the series.



While I will miss Lesser and Madeley, I will probably continue the series in the old fashioned way, by reading the books. I need to know what happens to these improbable yet lovable characters.

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  • My Cousin Rachel: Film Tie-In Edition

  • By: Daphne du Maurier
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce, Roger Michell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861

Ambrose Ashley, Philip's cousin, guardian, and god, married Rachel in Italy and died there. Jealous of his marriage and grief-stricken by his death, Philip prepares to meet his cousin's widow with hatred in his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing, atmospheric mystery

  • By S. Dempsey on 23-06-13

Absolutely enthralling.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

An atmospheric story of romance and destruction, My Cousin Rachel is arguably just as good as the more famous Rebecca. The plot is centred around the mysterious woman who unexpectedly comes into the life of Philip Ashley, when his idolised cousin Ambrose marries her in Italy, and subsequently dies. Philip, who was raised by Ambrose, is heartbroken by his cousin’s marriage, and devastated by his death, and harbours a strong resentment towards the woman who stole Ambrose’s affection and kept him away from Philip. His anger is driven by the troubling letters he received from Ambrose not long before his death, letters which seem to suggest that Rachel was the cause of his untimely demise… When Rachel turns up at Philip’s Cornish home, high emotions come to the fore, and fate has more cards to play.



Du Maurier’s work is spell-binding because of her admirable skill in characterisation. She manages to portray the moods of the young and immature Philip Ashley so convincingly that the reader at once understands his narration from his point of view, but is also able to see further than he can himself, and interpret his behaviour – and that of the other characters – more than he does himself. The book’s plot is tantalising and engaging, the characters well-rounded, interesting and sympathetic. The prose is beautifully executed, and the structure of the book is magnificent.



The narration by Jonathan Pryce is excellent. He is a fantastic actor and does justice to this incredible book, reading very convincingly and engagingly.

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