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  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,212

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome, educational and epic work

  • By Adisha on 30-10-12

Comprehensive and perfect for the history lover

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

Reviewed: 11-04-19

Andrew covers it all from Man's first tentative steps into the wider world, right up to the explosive events of 9/11, introducing us to the lives of the good, the bad, and the ugly including, in no particular order , the likes of Ghengis Khan, Leonardo Da Vince, Chairman Mao and others who have left a lasting legacy on Mankind.

  • The Land of Painted Caves

  • Earth's Children, Book 6
  • By: Jean M Auel
  • Narrated by: Rowena Cooper
  • Length: 29 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 190

The Land of Painted Caves concludes the story of Ayla, her mate Jondalar, and their little daughter, Jonayla, taking readers on a journey of discovery and adventure as Ayla struggles to find a balance between her duties as a new mother and her training to become a Zelandoni - one of the Ninth Cave community's spiritual leaders and healers.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • so so disappointing

  • By Odilon on 15-05-11

Slow to get going

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

Reviewed: 21-02-19

A disappointing 6th installment with very little happening. The only real interest is in the final few hours of the book. Furthermore the VOA is apparently incapable of producing any voices other than a very genteel English RP with the odd inappropriate attempt at Geordie. She should stick to reading the classics to be honest and let a more versatile artist cover the series.

  • The Sty's the Limit

  • When Middle Age Gets Mucky
  • By: Simon Dawson
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Following a drunken misunderstanding, Simon Dawson gave up his job in the city, moved to the wilds of Exmoor and became an accidental self-sufficient smallholder with an array of animals. But that was years ago now. Following up on his first book, Pigs in Clover, this is the story of what happens when he suddenly realises that his life is changing all over again. He's not quite the spring chicken that he used to be: he is, horror of horrors, getting older.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent 2nd book

  • By TJ on 15-05-17

The Continuing Saga of How Simon Cheats Death

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

Reviewed: 07-02-19

So following on from Pigs in Clover, Simon delights with his not so every day tale of farming folk. Guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, screech in horror, fight back the tears and come away smiling.

  • Pigs in Clover

  • Or How I Accidentally Fell in Love with the Good Life
  • By: Simon Dawson
  • Narrated by: Ben Allen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

This is the true story of a Londoner who gives up his job as an estate agent in the city, moves to the wilds of Exmoor, starts a smallholding and becomes self-sufficient, with a few bumps along the way. Simon's journey from urbanite to self-sufficient smallholder is brimming with incidents - some funny and some tragic - leading him to question Mother Nature, himself, the food he eats and his role in it all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Life?

  • By Mr William Dewar on 15-01-16

Beautifully touching story of a 180° turn f

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Simon and Debbie's story has it all. Money (or lack of), sex (especially for Red and The General), emotion (usually Simon's) and strange noises (again usually Simon's...) Be prepared to laugh and cry.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,389
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,768
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,722

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

Grace, resilience and compassion personified.

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

Reviewed: 23-01-19

A truly remarkable story of 2 humble people from lowly beginnings who made a difference to their neighbourhood, their city, their state, their nation and finally the world. Inspiring.

  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz

  • By: Heather Morris
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,405
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,386

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Claire on 21-02-18

a remarkable story of a lucky life despite it all.

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

Reviewed: 17-01-19

Beautifully and sympathetically recounted by Heather and read by Richard. I know it's slightly fictionalised for the purposes of the book, but it's mostly accurate and very touching.

  • Alan Partridge: Nomad

  • By: Alan Partridge
  • Narrated by: Alan Partridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,553
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,053
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,026

In Alan Partridge: Nomad, Alan dons his boots, windcheater and scarf and embarks on an odyssey through a place he once knew - it's called Britain - intent on completing a journey of immense personal significance. Diarising his ramble in the form of a 'journey journal', Alan details the people and places he encounters, ruminates on matters large and small and, on a final leg fraught with danger, becomes not a man (because he was one to start off with) but a better, more inspiring example of a man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every line has a joke.

  • By Dickie Armstrong on 24-10-16

Better the second time

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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: 11-01-19

Fabulous, very funny better than monkey tennis! worth listening to the other audio books. Aha

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,151
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scream for me Audible

  • By Neil Pardoe on 19-10-17

Charismatic and jaw dropping

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

Reviewed: 09-01-19

It's a fabulously rendered autobiography which I really enjoyed. It encouraged me to give some of the music a listen to too. I was disappointed that BD decided not to cover "births, marriages and divorce" in the book as it did come over as being a little 2 dimensional . Having said that, BD is the master of story telling and you will be fascinated.

  • 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 4,828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,464

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

Poignant, touching and soul searching.

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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: 13-11-18

You'll laugh. You'll cry. Robert Webb lays his soul bare. It will change you and make you question everything you think about gender.

  • Portuguese Parallel Audio - Learn Portuguese with 501 Random Phrases Using Parallel Audio - Volume 1

  • By: Lingo Jump
  • Narrated by: Lingo Jump
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

We will have you speaking Portuguese in no time! Lingo Jump's parallel audio language learning system makes it easy to learn languages at your leisure. Whether you're relaxing or on the go, our simple, clear, and fun audio lessons help you learn through imitation of our speakers. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Starts off well, but gets tedious very quickly.

  • By R AND H OB on 08-11-18

Starts off well, but gets tedious very quickly.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

I was initially impressed, but the book is full of pointless, unhelpful phrases which you are unlikely to ever use even in fluent conversation. "His emotional response was immature"
"I am a partner in a law firm"
That kind of irrelevant comment.
I want to learn how to count, ask questions, order from a menu, talk about the weather etc, not hold a conversation about politics or philosophise.

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