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  • Over the Top and Back

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Tom Jones
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 232

In a career that has spanned six decades, Sir Tom Jones has performed with almost every major recording artist, from Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Sinatra to Robbie Williams, Van Morrison and Jessie J, across every imaginable genre, from rock and pop to country, blues and soul. The one constant throughout has been his unique musical gift and unmistakable voice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Knickers Moment.

  • By Ian on 02-04-16

A Knickers Moment.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

I always suspected that Tom Jones would be the real deal, a true global 'Celebrity' who told us what we all suspect, that, becoming a star, is, if the talent is there in the 1st place, is a heady mix of : Determination, chance, being in the right place at the right time and having that one 'Fuel in the tank' moment that propels you to greatness within your craft!

His was most certainly having a 'Knickers hurled at you in a New York club' moment. An unplanned, serendipitous PR coup, which gave him the opportunity to win people over with his stage craft and wonderful singing voice. Maybe the many, many wannabe 'Celebrities' who, in these days, litter the TV looking to be are worshipped, should stop for a moment and pray to the god of serendipity for a 'Knickers' moment.

Your a true talent Tom! But I won't wish you good luck, you already had that!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Return of the King

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 3
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,582
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,214

Concluding the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the final part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. The armies of the Dark Lord Sauron are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider. Men, Dwarves, Elves and Ents unite forces to do battle agains the Dark. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam struggle further into Mordor in their heroic quest to destroy the One Ring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An epic saga

  • By Darren on 15-02-16

Read the book, saw the movie, loved the audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

I'll skip the review of the story, we all know it, its a 'Genius at work' moment. However, seeing the trilogy in the cinema, in advance of listening to this epic tale, I think improved the listen. Peter Jackson's characters almost fitted my imagining perfectly and this made listening, aided by a fantastic narration, a breeze. Oh, that there were more of it's kind out there.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Two Towers

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 2
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,800
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,316
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,317

Building on the story begun in The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring, this is the second part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How can I review this?

  • By KathrynS on 31-01-15

Read the book, saw the movie, loved the audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

I'll skip the review of the story, we all know it, its a 'Genius at work' moment. However, seeing the trilogy in the cinema, in advance of listening to this epic tale, I think improved the listen. Peter Jackson's characters almost fitted my imagining perfectly and this made listening, aided by a fantastic narration, a breeze. Oh, that there were more of it's kind out there.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,085
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,080

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Nat on 20-02-11

Read the book, saw the movie, loved the audiobook

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

I'll skip the review of the story, we all know it, its a 'Genius at work' moment. However, seeing the trilogy in the cinema, in advance of listening to this epic tale, I think improved the listen. Peter Jackson's characters almost fitted my imagining perfectly and this made listening, aided by a fantastic narration, a breeze. Oh, that there were more of it's kind out there.

  • Night Raid

  • The True Story of the First Victorious British Para Raid of WWII
  • By: Taylor Downing
  • Narrated by: Gordon Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The loss of British bombers over Occupied Europe began to reach alarming levels in 1941. Could it be that the Germans were using a sophisticated form of radar to direct their night fighters and anti-aircraft guns at the British bombers? British aerial reconnaissance discovered what seemed to be a rotating radar tower on a clifftop at Bruneval, near Le Havre. The truth must be revealed. The decision was taken to launch a daring raid on the Bruneval site to try and capture the technology for further examination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbinding !

  • By Nucleargaz on 02-03-18

Should be entitled 'Real Life Heroes'.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

This review is brief, but salient. This book clearly, and without melodrama, shows how wars, unfortunate as they are, are won. Its not the pseudo John Wayne hero who wins in the end. It's the ordinary guys who have guile in abundance and are unquestionably brave. They are the people who will eventually triumph.

Two different types of hero are featured here. Those real life characters who show patience and determination throughout the development stage and those who throw caution to the wind (Literally) in the execution phase. Thank god people like these guys existed, who knows! Their type may yet be called upon again.

  • The Talented Mr Ripley

  • By: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: David Menkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

Tom Ripley is struggling to stay one step ahead of his creditors and the law when an unexpected acquaintance offers him the chance to start over. Ripley wants money, success, and the good life and he's willing to kill for it. When his newfound happiness is threatened, his response is as swift as it is shocking.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real page turner

  • By darren on 12-02-15

Movies v Books

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

Reviewed: 25-09-14

This is a brief, salient, straight to the point review. I merely wish to say that this listen proves the assumption that the book is always better than the movie. Read the book, watch the movie. You judge.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Harry's Game

  • By: Gerald Seymour
  • Narrated by: John O'Mahony
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

A British cabinet minister is gunned down on a London street by an IRA assassin. In the wake of national outcry, the authorities must find the hitman. But the trail is long cold, the killer gone to ground in Belfast, and they must resort to more unorthodox methods to unearth him. Ill prepared and poorly briefed, undercover agent Harry Brown is sent into the heart of enemy territory to infiltrate the terrorists. But when it is a race against the clock, mistakes are made and corners cut. For Harry Brown, alone in a city of strangers, where an intruder is the subject of immediate gossip and rumour, one false move is enough to leave him fatally isolated....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good gripping tale

  • By Andy on 28-07-14

The underbelly of the spy game.

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

Reviewed: 25-09-14

A wonderfully written piece of literature. The story never never rages, it's more of a constant burn, a thorn in the side as opposed to a dagger in the heart. The characters are three dimensional and the plot is a thick broth of intrigue. It's has pathos in abundance and certainly deserves it's long held reputation as a classic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shantaram

  • By: Gregory David Roberts
  • Narrated by: Humphrey Bower
  • Length: 42 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033

A novel of high adventure, great storytelling and moral purpose, based on an extraordinary true story of eight years in the Bombay underworld. In the early 80s, Gregory David Roberts, an armed robber and heroin addict, escaped from an Australian prison to India, where he lived in a Bombay slum. There, he established a free health clinic and also joined the mafia, working as a money launderer, forger and street soldier. He found time to learn Hindi and Marathi, fall in love, and spend time being worked over in an Indian jail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible piece of art (written & narrated)

  • By PBM on 04-06-16

The only thing missing was Errol Flynn

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

Reviewed: 25-09-14

A swashbuckling adventure set in the cities, villages and neigbouring plains of India. There has been much said about Shantaram and its author Gregory David Roberts, however, for me, the man can pen a tale. As to its authenticity, who cares, its a great listen. Humphrey Bower does a fantastic job with the narration, I suspect he was an impersonator in another life! This book has it all packed within it's 40+ hours, the winter is on the way, just the book for those long, cold, dark nights!

  • Brighton Rock

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 662
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 538

An unabridged audio edition of Graham Greene's classic gang-war thriller. A gang war is raging through the dark underworld of Brighton. Pinkie, malign and ruthless, has killed a man. Believing he can escape retribution, he is unprepared for the courageous, life-embracing Ida Arnold, who is determined to avenge a death.... Read by Samuel West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent.

  • By Abi on 09-04-11

Reputations don't come easy!

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

Reviewed: 13-01-14

Just as in any industry, good reputations don't come easy, that's why Graham Greene has a deserved reputation as a true great.

What a book, what a story, what characters! All as thick, chunky and wholesome as my old mothers home made soup! Like her soup, this story sticks to the ribs, it draws you in, gives warmth and before you know it, your there, deep in the story running with the plot and living with the characters.

Well narrated by Samuel West. A true literary classic.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • True Colours

  • Dan Shepherd, Book 10
  • By: Stephen Leather
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

When a set of Russian oligarchs are assassinated in London, the Russian expat community become anxious. One man appeals to the British government for protection and MI5 assigns Spider Shepherd to the case. But he soon discovers that the killings aren't political - they're personal, and the assassin is much nearer than anyone could conceive. And that's not the only score Spider must settle. Asked by a group of ex-colleagues to hunt down a former Taliban tyrant who has claimed UK asylum by assisting the British government, Spider is forced to decide between his sense of justice and his job.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Russians Guns and Bristish heroes...

  • By Mr. M. Curtis on 17-03-14

Its the modern references that grab you

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

Reviewed: 12-01-14

I'd like to meet Stephen Leather, he has a handle on modern issues and slips them in continuously throughout his novels. The protagonist is what you want in an audiobook. Predictable but comfortable. Who wants to read/listen to a hero who loses, save that for the intelligentsia among us. A good listen, well narrated and an author with a good imagination. Whats not to like?