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  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

  • The Stories in Our Genes
  • By: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Exquisite story, of us.

  • By Wyn Ap Hefin on 30-10-16

Very good intro to genetics for the novice

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Dispells a lot of the nonsense around the topic of genetics. Informative and interesting.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,604

When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at the burial of her little brother, she steals a gravedigger's instruction manual, which she can't read. It is the beginning of her illustrious career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen

  • By Karen on 17-05-07

Terrible and beautiful a unique book

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

Reviewed: 15-04-17

this was a pleasant surprise, outstanding narration of a unique look into Germany during WW2. Most of all it was a story of humanity and how despite differences we are quite similar in that our humanity rings through the chaos of circumstance. I was initially jaded about the idea of yet another book about this period but was pleasantly surprised and have no hesitation in recommending this title. The narration is outstanding.

  • Holy Island

  • The DCI Ryan Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: LJ Ross
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,290

Detective Chief Inspector Ryan retreats to Holy Island seeking sanctuary when he is forced to take sabbatical leave from his duties as a homicide detective. A few days before Christmas, his peace is shattered, and he is thrust back into the murky world of murder when a young woman is found dead amongst the ancient ruins of the nearby priory. When former local girl Dr. Anna Taylor arrives back on the island as a police consultant, old memories swim to the surface, making her confront her difficult past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled to finish this one

  • By Colette on 06-01-16

neither one thing nor the other

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-03-17

Good attempt at a crime novel with a touch of old Hammer horror stories and nice pace but the ridiculous Mills and Boon romance spoiled it for me. Worked out the conclusion long before the end which is always bad.

  • Absolute Pandemonium: The Autobiography

  • By: Brian Blessed
  • Narrated by: Brian Blessed
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,536
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450

A memoir from national treasure Brian Blessed. There is no one quite like Brian Blessed. He's an actor, film star, trained undertaker, unlikely diplomat, secret romantic, martial artist and mountaineer. He's also a brilliant storyteller who will - and you must brace yourself - simply leap out of the story at you. Ready? Then listen to Absolute Pandemonium and you'll be taken on a riotous journey from his childhood, growing up the son of a miner in Goldthorpe, to finding fame in Z-Cars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A joyful, irreverent, nine hours of fun!

  • By Vernon Wright on 23-10-15

Wished there was more

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-16

Refreshing just like the author. Illuminating stories brilliantly told. He's ALIVE ! Go on have a read or listen you won't regret it.

  • Brooklyn

  • By: Colm Tóibín
  • Narrated by: Niamh Cusack
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home - and homesick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Irishwoman abroad

  • By Kate on 11-06-15

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 25-12-15

This is an exceptional book full of well draw characters and the intrigue and difficult choices that accompanies life.

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  • The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones

  • By: George R. R. Martin, Elio M. Garcia Jr., Linda Antonsson
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 21 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 703

The never-before-seen history of Westeros and the lands beyond. With hundreds of pages of all-new material from George R.R. Martin.If the past is prologue, then George R.R. Martin's masterwork - the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time - warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it has arrived with The World of Ice and Fire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Alex Goldsmith on 31-03-15

Does not really work as an audio book

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-10-15

Obviously a great deal of time and effort went into this book but I feel the printed version would be better. it's really a work to dip in and out of and the audio media format did nothing for it. I really struggled to finish it.

  • The Sun Also Rises

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: William Hurt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces and a classic example of his spare but powerful style. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the story introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. Follow the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of the 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain with a motley group of expatriates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book but not the best Hemingway

  • By Ariel on 14-02-19

Excellent crisp and concise

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-15

Wonderful book full of atmosphere and interesting characters. warning some may find Semitic references upsetting.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,026
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,997

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Quite simply brilliant

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

Reviewed: 20-10-15

Listen to this it is probably one of the most interesting and enjoyable audio books available this year.

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,203
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,211

Scout (Jean Louise Finch) has returned to Maycomb from New York to visit her father, Atticus. She is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father's attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good , but don't expect an actual plot

  • By Adrian & Andre's mum on 20-08-15

Performance rescues this work

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-15

Narrator is excellent and that rescues this book for me. The work itself lurches wildly from intriguing to juvenile. Interesting because of later work but without that it's hard to see how this book would ever
have been successful.

  • The Road to Wigan Pier

  • By: George Orwell
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Northam
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 581

A graphic and biting polemic that still holds a fierce political relevance and impact despite being written over half a century ago. First published in 1937 it charts George Orwell's observations of working-class life during the 1930s in the industrial heartlands of Yorkshire and Lancashire. His depictions of social injustice and rising unemployment, the dangerous working conditions in the mines amid general squalor and hunger also bring together many of the ideas explored in his later works and novels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Road to Wigan Pier

  • By M on 15-10-12

Much of the commentary still has relivance today

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

Reviewed: 19-04-15

Reading the first part is probably more a historical record of mining community of the 1930s. it is of great interest to anyone who saw the distruction of those communities in the eighties.
The themes in the commentary of the second part still have relevance today albeit different political and economic arguments have different names. the question remains home to create a fair and equitable society that respects all. Orwell 's comments on the society of machines has really relevance even today.