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  • The Lost Continent

  • Travels In Small Town America
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: William Roberts
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 834

Hardly anyone ever leaves Des Moines, Iowa. But Bill Bryson did, and after 10 years in England he decided to go home, to a foreign country. In an ageing Chevrolet Chevette, he drove nearly 14,000 miles through 38 states to compile this hilarious and perceptive state-of-the-nation report on small-town America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The road trip you're dying to take

  • By Miss on 13-04-13

Very poor narration.

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

Roberts comes across as rude,sarcastic and unpleasant whereas the books narrated by the Author himself reflect the genuine intentions behind the narrative. Disappointing. I was about to purchase a previous book by Bill Bryson but this narrator has made me change my mind.

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,663
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG the best book EVER!!!

  • By Teri on 15-01-18

Simply excellent

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This quite simply an excellent and well constructed book. Very very good. I thoroughly recommend it.

  • Take No Farewell

  • By: Robert Goddard
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Geoffrey Staddon turned his back on the best things in his life. He turned his back on the beautiful house Clouds Frome, his finest achievement as an architect. He turned his back on the woman he loved, Consuela Caswell, and who loved him in return. Twelve years later, amidst the tatters of his career and marriage, he is forced to contemplate the remorse and shame of his betrayal. But when he reads that Consuela has been charged with murder, he knows instinctively that she cannot be guilty....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Ultimate Robert Goddard

  • By Pam on 31-01-18

Not his best

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Having looked forward to this I was very disappointed, Without giving any of the plot away the protagonist is clearly odd. Self pitying and altogether a character that does not allow the ''reader'' to be on his side.
After so many excellent books this one was a let down all round.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Last Seen Wearing

  • Inspector Morse Mysteries, Book 2
  • By: Colin Dexter
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

The statements before Inspector Morse appeared to confirm the bald, simple truth. After leaving home to return to school, teenager Valerie Taylor had completely vanished, and the trail had gone cold. Until two years, three months and two days after Valerie's disappearance, somebody decides to supply some surprising new evidence for the case....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration

  • By Nick on 23-03-18

Excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

Would you listen to Last Seen Wearing again? Why?

The plot is good and the reader is first class

What did you like best about this story?

A very good audio book experience

Have you listened to any of Samuel West’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Lots and yes

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No! Far too long, stupid question

Any additional comments?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mystery at Stowe

  • The Detective Club
  • By: Vernon Loder
  • Narrated by: Joseph Balderrama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

First published by Collins in 1928, this was the first of 22 mystery novels by Vernon Loder, one of the most popular British mystery-thriller writers of his generation. When a guest at Stowe House is found dead, killed by a lethal dart, suspicion naturally falls on the resident collector of poisoned weapons from tribes in South America.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average story made worse by narrator

  • By Fes on 06-11-17

Dreadful narrator

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

Reviewed: 29-01-18

Would you try another book written by Vernon Loder or narrated by Joseph Balderrama?

Vernon Loder excellent. Joseph Balderrama awful

What other book might you compare The Mystery at Stowe to, and why?

This is a very good plot /story line comparable to Agatha Christie or similar from the golden age of crime fiction.

What didn’t you like about Joseph Balderrama’s performance?

All the characters sounded the same. Very clumsy reading. The book would have been excellent with a competent narrator.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The plot and the storyline is good. Ruined by an incompetent narrator

Any additional comments?

No

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Walter Covell, Walter Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 12 stories by Arthur Conan Doyle that were originally published in Strand magazine from July 1891 to June 1892. This collection includes some of Holmes' most famous cases.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shockingly inept

  • By Nick on 12-01-09

Shockingly inept

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-09

Great stories but what is the 'narrator' Dr Watson doing ? Shouting out his lines like this is farcical. Why do Americans ( Actor) think that to be an Upper Middle Class Englishman you have to shout? This recording ruins a good set of stories.
Very disappointing given that people will spend good money buying this dreadfully narrated rubbish.
Sad really, please take note!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Firstborn

  • Time Odyssey, Book 3
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very good tale!

  • By Nick on 17-09-08

A very good tale!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-09-08

Referring to Stuart's comments above I concur entirely. Excellent storyline following on from the first two books. The death of Clarke recently should not have any bearing on the next (hopefully) installment. These books are very much Stephen Baxter, with all his softscreens and nano engineering. His is a very distinctive style also including his odd names for the main characters. Others include an astronaught called Malenfant, and a Morlock (Time Ships) called Nebogopfil ! Bisesa Dutt is another funny name.
The ending of this third book very much leaves the door open for another one with lots of softscreens ,funny names and Kensington (London) locations!!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Sunstorm

  • Time Odyssey, Book 2
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Returned to the Earth of 2037 by the Firstborn, mysterious beings of almost limitless technological prowess, Bisesa Dutt is haunted by the memories of her five years spent on the strange alternate Earth called Mir, a jigsaw-puzzle world made up of lands and people cut out of different eras of Earth's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top stuff

  • By Nick on 09-09-08

Top stuff

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-08

A very fine story but the first book is required reading albeit there is no direct connection and they can stand alone.This is very Stephen Baxter ! Everywhere there are references to 'soft screens'a device that populates many of his previous books. It almost borders on an obsession and can get quite tedious with ''soft screen this and soft screen that'' but the book is nonetheless a first class tale. The dome referred to in the latter stages is a variation of a dome referred to in Time Ships, perhaps his best work to date and one that Audible Books should look to include.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Journey into Space

  • By: Charles Chilton
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Destination - the Moon! No other adventurers had ever faced greater hazards than the crew of the rocket-ship Luna when she hurtled into space. Jet Morgan, ace pilot, was her captain. With him were her Australian designer, Mitch; Lemmy, the Cockney radio operator: and Doc, whose diary astonished everyone...Charles Chilton's classic science fiction radio serial stormed the BBC airwaves between 1953 and 1958.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This is not dramatised

  • By Laura on 08-12-08

Terrible narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-08

An English book of an English 1950's classic radio series. Jet Morgan is English yet the narrator has a ghastly American drawl. A shocker.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Seizing the Enigma

  • By: David Kahn
  • Narrated by: Bernard Mayes
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

For almost four desperate years, from 1939 to mid-1943, the British and American navies fought a savage, losing battle against German submarine wolfpacks. The Allies might never have turned the tide of that historic battle without an intelligence coup, and the race to break the German U-boat codes is one of the last great untold stories of World War II. David Kahn, the world's leading historian of cryptology, brings to life this tense, behind-the-scenes drama for the first time.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • emotionless enigma

  • By Rob on 03-06-06

A great work

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-07

What is the first reviewer on about? This is an excellent book and Bernard Mayes does a fine job. In truth the sound quality is not perfect but the book is read very well. 'Emotionless'? What does he want ,a couple of gags thrown in?
I hope you do not attach too much creedence to this first reviewer and purchase this fascinating book that gives a full insight into the work of Bletchley Park during World War Two.