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  • The Complete Chronicles of Narnia

  • The Classic BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: C. S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Maurice Denham, Full Cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed and universally loved novels spring to life in these spellbinding full-cast BBC dramatisations. Anyone who’s visited Narnia wants to go back again, and these radio dramas make for a hugely entertaining first-time or return journey, with a cast including Bernard Cribbins, Maurice Denham, Richard Griffiths, Martin Jarvis, Sylvester McCoy, John Sessions, Fiona Shaw and Timothy Spall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A worthy addition to any collection

  • By Darren on 05-12-15

An excellent production of the great stories

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

Brian Sibley's attachment to this book is a hallmark which guarantees its quality.

The cast is superb & the stories have been abridged with such detail that the scars remain invisible.

The production quality is first rate with an entertaining and appropriate score.

Fabulous.

  • The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771

Hear the story of what happened when the tech industry gave the world what it wanted: free porn. Lives were mangled. Fortunes were made. All for your pleasure. Follow writer and narrator Jon Ronson as he uncovers our web of desire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something Literally From Out of the Blue!

  • By Simon on 28-07-17

Engaging, frightening and revealing..

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Jon Ronson tackles the subject calmly and thoroughly. If you're interested on how the internet works...I mean really works...then this is for you.

Jon speaks to a diverse cast of characters who are all linked by a common thread and their lives and fortunes differ greatly.

It's episodic so can be broken into nice listening sections.

Really, really good.

  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,928
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8,116

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know - and more than a few things you didn't - about life on and off the hospital ward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Warning - you are going to laugh loudly!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-17

However, once you've finished laughing, you may not know how you're going to explain why.

This book is everything you'd expect - hilarity, sadness and lots of things inserted into orifices.

It's a very easy listen, Adam keeps the pace and you'll be at the end and wanting more in no time.

The subtext of Adam's memory is the sad state of affairs that the NHS has been turned into by successive governments. If we all buy a copy of this book and throw it over the railings into Downing Street then someone may ask why - and perhaps a conversation could start.

Just think about Adam's words the next time you need care - actually don't do that. Pretend that you're absolutely certain that the person who is about to save your life may know what they're doing.

See one. Do One. Teach One.



  • Fathomless Riches

  • Or How I Went from Pop to Pulpit
  • By: Richard Coles
  • Narrated by: Richard Coles
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199

A parish priest in Northamptonshire; a former rock-star whose number-one hit with The Communards was the biggest-selling single of 1986; the regular host of BBC Radio 4's SATURDAY LIVE - these three people are not usually embodied in one person. The Reverend Richard Coles' memoir offers his rich and personal insights into one of the most diverse of lives, encompassed with the wit and humour he brings to his popular radio show. Richard Coles gives the phrase 'time management' a new emphasis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT STORY - ENTERTAINING THROUGHOUT

  • By European Reader on 20-10-14

One of the best...

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I knew Richard Coles was in the Communards and I know he's a Vicar.

I didn't know the rest...blimey!

This is extremely revealing and honest look into Richard's extraordinary life which he (and others) have plucked from oblivion more than once.

His social commentary on the 80's, particulayly his experiences as a gay man really enforce what a wild and even dangerous period it was. Very moving.

An excellent audiobook - one of the best.

  • Bringing in the Sheaves

  • Wheat and Chaff from My Years as a Priest
  • By: Reverend Richard Coles
  • Narrated by: Reverend Richard Coles
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Richard Coles narrates this witty account of life as a parish priest and Radio 4 broadcaster. After a life of sex and drugs and the Communards - brilliantly recounted in the highly acclaimed first volume of his memoirs Fathomless Riches - the Reverend Richard Coles went on to devote his life to God and Christianity. He is also a much-loved broadcaster, presenting Saturday Live on Radio 4 and giving us regular reason to Pause for Thought on Radio 2.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not nearly as good as his first book

  • By Shetland gal on 27-01-18

The difficult second volume...

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

I'm a Richard Coles fan and the high-bar set by his first volume meant it's successor needed to be brilliant. It's very good but it's knocked the bar off on its way over.

Richard is breathtakingly honest and one feels that if the Church listened to him, it may not die out by the end of the century.

Only three stars for performance as the first half of the book seems to have been recorded during a bout of cold.

Worth a listen.

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,082

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Comedy & Tragedy

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Had a few ideas about what to expect from this book and they were all flicked away by the end of chapter 2.

It goes without saying that if you like Robert's work then you'll enjoy this very revealing peek into parts of his life but the book is much more than that - his position on gender and equality are underlined, with an extra audiobook chapter of their own at the end.

Robert is funny, clever and successful but there is a painfully raw trauma in his past which has repeatedly attempted to vanquished him. I don't think it is possible to listen to this book without feeling the urge to track him down immediately and give him a cuddle.

As always, the beauty of an Audible auto-biography is listening to the writer say the words with the strength and meaning they intended, sometimes with a little audio treat thrown in. Robert scores full marks here too.

From one East Lincolnshire lad to another - thank you.

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  • Ed Reardon's Week: Series 11

  • The BBC Radio 4 sitcom
  • By: Christopher Douglas
  • Narrated by: Christopher Douglas, full cast, Stephanie Cole
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

Christopher Douglas stars as Ed Reardon in the complete series 11 of the award-winning BBC Radio 4 comedy series. Ed Reardon - hack writer, pipe smoker, fare dodger and master of the abusive email - returns in the radio sitcom, written by Christopher Douglas and Andrew Nickolds. Starring Christopher Douglas as Ed, with a supporting cast. Duration: three hours approx.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's Ed Captain, but not as we knew him...

  • By Lee Grant on 08-03-17

It's Ed Captain, but not as we knew him...

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Ed Reardon deserves to be remembered as one of the greatest pieces of comedy radio.

It's clever, funny, acerbic and heart-crunchingly tragic while the vast array of regular characters remain punchy, distinct and fully formed.

It’s brilliant.

This is series eleven and if you’re new to Ed then DO NOT START HERE! Go back to the beginning and enjoy Ed’s development as he battles his agent, best friend, kids and life itself. Thank heavens for Elgar.

I’ve had to listen to this series a few times for it to soak into me. Without giving away the reason, we’re seeing Ed in a different environment and naturally the stories are not quite what I’ve come to expect. Naturally they stand up to re-listening and by the third circuit I’d managed to grab hold of the tale and pull more enjoyment out of it. The is not a case of poor writing, production or performance – it’s down to me – I’d love to know if other Ed afficianardos feel the same way.

The usual star-studded cast are fantastic though I must say we could have done with more Geoff McGivern - my ‘Spot Ford Prefect’ score for this series barely reaches double figures – maybe Geoff is better at hiding these days.

Thank you and I hope series twelve is coming…

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  • Cabin Pressure: Molokai (Christmas Special 2010)

  • By: John Finnemore
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 544

In this Christmas special 'Molokai' - It's Christmas morning, but when Carolyn schedules an extra stop-off to the Hawaiian island of Molokai, Arthur has just seven minutes to celebrate Christmas. Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the second series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The pressure keepps on building till you burst out

  • By Howard on 17-05-11

Cabin Pressure & Christmas - perfect

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

I don't need to write too much here - if you've got this far then you'll know what pure delight can be had by letting Cabin Pressure into your life.

Forget religion, exercise, meat-free diets and colonic irrigation - their effects are semi-permanent. For true, stress free living, grab a comfy chair, a mug of something warm and listen to comedy perfection.

If by some miracle you're still reading this and you have no idea what I'm talking about then search Audible for the four series of Cabin Pressure and start there.

Welcome to a better life.

Yellow car...

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 490
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

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

One of the best...

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

Reviewed: 22-02-17

I've grown up with Tony's work and was very excited that his AB was on Audible.

It's funny, dramatic, incredibly revealing and, it seems, damn honest. You really can't ask for this type of book.

Tony's life has been extremely interesting and if you think for a second that he's only been Baldrick and 'that guy off Time Team' then you're in for a very pleasant surprise.

Whilst listening to Tony read, I began to realise he was the theatrical version of the Welsh singing legend Tom Jones - Tom has worked with everyone in the music business and likewise, so has Tony Robinson. I'm sure the '5 steps to Kevin Bacon' game could easily become '3 steps to Tony Robinson'.

This book made me laugh out loud many, many times and whilst there are very sad parts, Tony keeps the pace of the read and brings the light back as quickly as possible.

A thoroughly interesting book - I had high hopes for it which were surpassed.

Thank you Tony.

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  • Greenmantle: A Richard Hannay Thriller, Book 2

  • By: John Buchan
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

The second of Richard Hannays’ adventures takes him from the trenches of the First World War on a mission of vital importance to the British campaign in the East. In an attempt to manipulate their Turkish allies the Germans have created a religious figurehead, a prophet of a new order to unify the disparate tribes of Asia and crush the allied offensive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Peter Joyce brings Buchan to life...

  • By Lee Grant on 09-02-17

Peter Joyce brings Buchan to life...

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

Reviewed: 09-02-17

I was really unsure about this one.

I love John Buchan and particularly the BBC Drama production of The Thirty-Nine Steps starring Tom Baker (available on Audible) but having it read to me by one person seemed to be a second-rate affair.

Wrong.

Peter Joyce portrays the cast well and his range of accents are convincing and different enough to avoid confusion.

The sound quality is good - at the beginning of the book, 'side 1' is announced so I can only assume that this production has been remastered from tape.

The story is typical Buchan - wild and fanciful and very much using language and terms that shouldn't be used today, but as this was published in 1916, we can forgive the author.

The plot has winds and twists and gets a little odd towards the end. It's not as clean as the Thirty-Nine Steps but is thoroughly enjoyable and the next step along the road for our here, Richard Hannay.

Will try Mr Standfast next....

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