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  • Soldier Spy

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,269

In the boot were six homemade pipe bombs, all linked to detonate at the same time from a single call on a brand-new pay-as-you-go phone found on the target. Special Branch also found Chinese Type 56 assault rifles with eight full magazines of ammunition. His target was a local school. He planned to attack two coaches of teenagers returning home after a school trip to France. Approximately 60 children, their accompanying teachers and their waiting parents. He was going to kill them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic account, fantastically narrated.

  • By Gareth on 11-01-17

Fascinating Listen

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Reviewed: 14-04-19

I enjoyed this book. Well written and narrated. I found it a fascinating insight into working in surveillance for the security services and the lasting effect in can have on the individual and their family.

  • Leonardo Da Vinci

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An art history course in a book

  • By Nando Cuca on 14-11-17

Portrait of a genius

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Reviewed: 30-03-19

An in-depth account of this great man. A visionary and true genius.
Well narrated with a very useful PDF accompanying the narrative.
A great listen.

  • 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 1,465
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373

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

Brilliant and Funny

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-19

Enjoyed thus book, superbly narrated by John Cleese. Very interesting and funny. Radio extracts were also great.

  • We Were Warriors

  • One Soldier's Story of Brutal Combat
  • By: Johnny Mercer
  • Narrated by: Finlay Robertson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 506

A captain in 29 Commando, Johnny Mercer served in the army for 12 years. On his third tour of Afghanistan, he was a joint fires controller, with the pressurized job of bringing down artillery and air strikes in close proximity to his own troops. Based in an area of Northern Helmand that was riddled with Taliban leaders, he walked into danger with every patrol, determined to protect them. Then, one morning, in brutal close-quarter combat, everything changed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The reality of war..

  • By David MacLean on 26-09-17

Enjoyable and Inspiring Listen

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Reviewed: 07-12-18

A story of courage and trying to make a difference by becoming an MP.

Very well narrated.

Recommended

  • Ripper

  • The Secret Life of Walter Sickert
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Mary Stuart Masterson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 117

Vain and charismatic Walter Sickert made a name for himself as a painter in Victorian London. But the ghoulish nature of his art - as well as extensive evidence - points to another name, one that's left its bloody mark on the pages of history: Jack the Ripper. Cornwell has collected never-before-seen archival material - including a rare mortuary photo, personal correspondence and a will with a mysterious autopsy clause - and applied cutting-edge forensic science to open an old crime to new scrutiny.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sloppy performance, book lacked clear structure

  • By John on 25-03-17

Interesting Listen

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Reviewed: 19-10-18

This was an interesting update to the original title. It is well narrated and makes quite a compelling case against Walter Sickert being Jack the Ripper.

  • Alan Turing: The Enigma

  • By: Andrew Hodges
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 409
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades--all before his suicide at age forty-one. This classic biography of the founder of computer science, reissued on the centenary of his birth with a substantial new preface by the author, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Turing an enigma.

  • By Dennis G. on 14-02-15

Interesting and extremely detailed listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 03-09-18

This is a very interesting listen, which is extremely detailed. It is perhaps a little too detailed for the layman and needs a commited listener to see it through to the end. However if you can make it to the end it is clear that Alan Turing made a massive contribution to the world of computing and to the successful outcome of the second world war. The narration was excellent.

  • That Close

  • By: Suggs
  • Narrated by: Suggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

Suggs is one of pop music's most enduring and likeable figures. Read by the author himself with the assured style and wit of a natural raconteur, this hugely entertaining and insightful autobiography takes you from his colourful early life on a North London council estate, through the heady early days of Punk and 2-Tone, to the eighties, where Madness became the biggest selling singles band of the decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time spent with Suggs

  • By Marion Nash on 12-02-14

Entertaining Listen

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Reviewed: 24-12-17

I enjoyed this history of Suggs and Madness. It was enthusiastically read by Suggs himself and I found it to be an entertaining listen, which had me laughing on many occasions.
A must for any Suggs or Madness fans.

  • Not Dead Yet

  • By: Phil Collins
  • Narrated by: Phil Collins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

Phil Collins gained fame as both the drummer and the lead singer for Genesis and continues to enjoy worldwide success today. He's one of only three recording artists who have sold over 100 million albums both as solo artists and separately as principal members of bands - the other two being Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honest interesting amazing account

  • By Mrs W Cole on 27-10-16

Fascinating and Brutally Honest

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Reviewed: 13-11-17

I really enjoyed this autobiography, which was enhanced by Phil actually narrating it himself.
As a life long Genesis fan, I particularly enjoyed hearing about that part of his life.
Phil was brutally honest about himself and his relationships. Balancing his career with his relationships and family was clearly extremely challenging. Fame often seems to come at a price.
I highly recommend this autobiography.

  • The Astronaut Wives Club

  • By: Lily Koppel
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

The true story of the wives behind the American Space Race, the challenges they faced in the '50s and '60s, and the 40-year friendship that bound them together. As American astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from shy military spouses to American royalty. The Astronauts' Wives Club tells the real story behind some of the biggest heroes in American history, chronicling their romantic, domestic, and public dramas during the Mad Men era.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Mad Men fans

  • By Ruth on 26-07-15

A Different Perspective

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Reviewed: 05-11-17

Having read and seen so much about this exciting chapter of human history from the male perspective, whether it be the Astronauts themselves or other NASA employees, it was very interesting to hear this from the perspective of the Wives of the Astronauts. A good listen and well narrated by Lily Koppel.

  • David Jason: My Life

  • By: David Jason
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 870
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881

The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain’s best-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason spent his early life dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book so much

  • By Caroline on 26-10-13

Great Listen!

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Reviewed: 12-10-17

I enjoyed listening to David Jason's life story. He has had a very interesting career in acting . The book was also very well narrated.