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  • First Man In

  • Leading from the Front
  • By: Ant Middleton
  • Narrated by: Ant Middleton
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184

No one is born a leader. But through sheer determination and by confronting life’s challenges, Ant Middleton has come to know the meaning of true leadership. In First Man In, he shares the core lessons he’s learned over the course of his fascinating, exhilarating life. Special forces training is no walk in the park. The rules are strict, and they make sure you learn the hard way, pushing you beyond the limits of what is physically possible. There is no mercy. Even when you are bleeding and broken, to admit defeat is failure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible book. Strong, powerful and inspiring

  • By Amazon Customer on 13-07-18

Excellent story with great pieces of advice

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

Reviewed: 23-09-18

Ant Middleton tells basically the story of his life including pieces of advice based on his experiences in the armed forces and his brief time in prison.

It is well worth the cost either in money or a credit.

  • 2001

  • A Space Odyssey: Space Odyssey, Book 1
  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730

It has been 40 years since the publication of this classic science-fiction novel that changed the way we look at the stars and ourselves. From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent... but why no 2010 on Audible yet?

  • By Martin on 31-07-14

I want to rate this book ZERO

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

I want to rate this book ZERO stats because it is without doubt the WORST SCI-FI themed book I have ever listened to and I wish I could send it back to Audible and get my credit back that it cost me.

I would not advise anybody to waste their time listening to it, not even my wx girlfriend who stole £3500 from me!

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  • Dad's Army: Complete Radio Series 3

  • By: David Croft, Jimmy Perry
  • Narrated by: John Le Mesurier, Arthur Lowe, full cast
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 233

Twenty-six episodes from the third BBC Radio series starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Clive Dunn, plus the pilot episode of It Sticks Out Half a Mile. In 1973 the BBC adapted its hit wartime TV series for radio, featuring the original television cast and characters. Three series were broadcast between 1974 and 1976, with episodes adapted by Harold Snoad and Michael Knowles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A delight - as expected!

  • By Sue on 27-08-15

Classic entertainment

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

Original radio performances of the classic TV episodes. This set contains the classic "Don't tell him Pike" gag and the final chapter is one called "It sticks out half a mile" which is based in 'Frampton' in 1948. I didn't like that chapter / episode as much as all the others.

  • Star Trek, Voyager: Mosaic (Adapted)

  • By: Jeri Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 3 hrs
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Mosaic is the incredible life story of Captain Kathryn Janeway, commander of the Starship Voyager! Read by Kate Mulgrew and enhanced with sound effects and an original score.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • slightly confusing story

  • By David R on 27-09-17

slightly confusing story

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

Reviewed: 27-09-17

Whilst Kate Mulgrew gives a very good performance of the characters. The actual story let it down for me, the plot line seemed to jump from one theme to another.

One minute Janeway is the captain we all know and admire, the next she is a child laid in a field in the rain crying. then she is an adult again, then she is back on the bridge of Voyager, then she is a child again etc etc.

Very annoying to be honest. I found myself glad when the story was finished.

  • Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 3: The Krytos Trap

  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Anthony Heald
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

The Rebels have taken the Imperial headquarters world of Coruscant, but their problems are far from over. A killer virus called Krytos is spreading among the population and fomenting a counter-revolution at the same time as the treason trial of Rebel hero Tycho Celchu. As the X-wing fighters scramble to save the rebellion, pilot Corran Horn, given up for dead in an "inescapable" prison, discovers an extraordinary power in himself, the power of the Force!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent addition to the story of Rogue Squadron

  • By David R on 05-09-17

Excellent addition to the story of Rogue Squadron

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Now that the New Republic have taken the diseased planet Coroscant they must deal with the fact that Tycho Celchu has been arrested for the murder of Corran Horn and is on trial defended by Nawara Ven.

Meanwhile we discover that Corran Horn is actually alive and being held prisoner by the head of Imperial intelligence Ysanne Issard in Lusankya. He is determined to escape and with the help of other Rebel prisoners he eventually manages to do so. Whilst also discovering that Tycho was never an Imperial agent. And in fact has the same resistance grade as he himself was given 'resistance on primary phase.'

On his escape he discovers that Lusankya is actually an Imperial SSD hidden on Coroscant. He finds himself in a hidden part of a museum that contains a hoard of Jedi belongings. He takes a lightsaber to help in his escape. He then battles a few guards who have been sent to kill the escapee. Using a communication device he contacts his robot to ask for assistance.

Meanwhile, Issard orders the Lusankya to leave the planet, this is where all the parts of the story come together. Corran appears in the court as a witness for Tycho in the murder case, The rest of Rogue Squadron are battling the Lusankya which is firing at the planet's shields in an attempt to leave. And Wedge discovers that the true traitor in Rogue Squadron is Erisi Dlarit. Who joins the Lusankya on its escape from Coroscant.

At the end of this book there is a public announcement that Tycho's loyalty is beyond question as is his innocence. And it is revealed to all that part of the reason that this is known is the fact that Corran Horn is alive after all etc etc.

  • Famous Five: Five On A Treasure Island

  • Book 1
  • By: Enid Blyton
  • Narrated by: Jan Francis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Julian, Dick and Anne are spending the holidays with their tomboy cousin George and her dog, Timothy. One day, George takes them to explore nearby Kirrin Island, with its rocky little coast and old ruined castle on the top. Over on the island, they make a thrilling discovery, which leads them deep into the dungeons of Kirrin Castle on a dangerous adventure. Who - and what - will they find there?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great family listening

  • By Stormy on 01-12-13

A classic children's story.

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

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I read all these books as a child, they offered a little bit of adventure in a safe environment. The use of terms like "You're a real brick" etc show how old these stories are. The children In these stories talk in a way that children in contemporary times will not understand and may think is frankly stupid.

The narrator (Jan Francis) makes a valiant effort to convey they different characteristics of Julian, Dick, Anne and George and of course Timothy the dog. Jan does manage to give a good performance of the characters in the story, it is perhaps simply that these stories seem a little more ridiculous as an adult than they did as a child.

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 21 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,962
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,230
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,214

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter - but that doesn't stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe'en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons, and dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through - alive!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously Good Potter!

  • By Simon on 29-11-15

Well worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 26-04-17

Stephen Fry gives an excellent performance of each of the characters as they journey through their 4th adventure.

As with the other books in this series the story differs in places from the movie version but since these are the original version it is clear that this will be the case.

I highly recommend this book to anybody who is either new to Harry's story or are a long standing fan of the Harry Potter story.

This story tells us in more detail how Harry has to overcome a number of obstacles which have been put in front of him including taking part in the latest Tri-wizard cup as the 4th entry. He has to overcome the fact that until he completes the first task, the members of his own house (as well as the other houses) believe that he entered himself somehow. This includes his best friend Ron who does not talk to him (similar to the movie).

The story that contains the rest of the tasks and the aftermath of Cedrick's death is also in more detail which is a nice part of the story.

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  • Star Wars: The X-Wing Series, Volume 2: Wedge's Gamble

  • By: Michael A. Stackpole
  • Narrated by: Henry Thomas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

It is the evil heart of a battered and reeling Empire: Coruscant, the giant city-world from whose massive towers the Imperial High Command directs the war. The Rebels will invade this mighty citadel in a daring move to bring the Empire to its knees. But first Wedge Antilles and his X-wing pilots must infiltrate Coruscant to gain vital intelligence information. Capture means death or, worse, enslavement by the vicious leader known as "Iceheart": Ysanne Isard, now Emperor in all but name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story of how the Rebels took Imperial Centre

  • By David R on 06-03-17

Story of how the Rebels took Imperial Centre

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

This is the story of how the Rebels forces took over what was known as Imperial Centre, or Coruscant.

To do this Rogue Squadron must infiltrate themselves into Coruscant society under a variety of different cover identities and in small groups.

There are of course a number of Rebel intelligence operatives already on the planet which work with the separated sections if Rogue Squadron to achieve their objectives. Through the efforts of the Rebels a number of attempts to bring down the planetary shields are made so that the Rebel fleet will be able to take over the planet when they arrive.

However, the head of Imperial intelligence Ysanne Issard knows the Rebels are present on Imperial Centre and is planning to allow them to take over the planet, but not until the secret virus she is having General Dericote developing is ready.

Eventually the members of Rogue Squadron and the Rebel intelligence agents manage to cause a huge storm using an orbital mirror, this causes lightening that shirts out the planetary shields just as the Rebel fleet, led by Admiral Akbar arrive in orbit.

However during a dogfight whilst Rogue Squadron are attempting to cause the storm, Corran Horn finds that his fighter is seemingly under the control of somebody else and he is no longer able to control where it flys. It then crashes and Corran is seemingly killed.

However in the epilogue, this is shown to be not true and Corran is actually being held prisoner by Issard. But the epilogue is not part of the audio book.

  • Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,881

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Tad too violent for me

  • By Ligs on 06-04-12

An exciting end to the story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

In this final book in the trilogy we find Katnis in district 13 with a mentally unstable wristband on due to her experiences in the games and the fact that Peter was taken by the Capitol when she destroyed the arena in the 75th games.

President Coin of district 13 and Plutarch want Katnis to be the Mockingjay. However Katnis is not sure she wants to until she visits district 12 and sees the remains of her old district for herself including skulls laying on the ground. On her return to 13 she sees a broadcast from the Capitol showing Peter asking for a ceasefire, which angers everybody but Katnis and Prim. Katnis is now worried that if the rebels win the civil war Peter will be killed as a traitor. Prim tells Katnis that she can demand almost anything from Coin in agreement to be the Mockingjay. So Katnis makes Coin swear that Peter and the other victors will be granted immunity in front of the whole of district 13.

Katnis tours districts, Peter warns 13 of an impending attack, Coin rescues Peter who then tries to Kill Katnis because he believes she is a mutt. Katnis manages to get herself to the Capitol and joins Boggs, Gale, Finnick and others to battle their way to Snow's home.

At the gates of victory Katnis sees Prim working as a rebel medic, bombs go off, Prim is dead.

Katnis finds herself facing Snow who claims that Coin was responsible for dropping the bombs not him and assures Katnis that they promised never to lie to each other.

Katnis is given the task of killing Snow with an arrow but instead shoots Coin.

  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 2

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,019
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,033

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic series

  • By Renee on 09-04-12

Well read story

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

In this second installment of the Hunger Games story we follow Katnis and Peter as they once again are thrust into the Hunger Games which being the 3rd quarter quell is to be special in some way. This quell will be held with former victors of the games.

Katnis and Peter must once again battle for their lives, this time against experienced killers who all know each other. However they find that they have a number of allies in the games this time which turns out to be the saving grace for them all.

The arena this year is set out as a clock, with a new threat presenting itself in a different segment each hour. Eventually with the help of Beetee, Joanne and Finnick, Katnis manages to destroy the arena and is picked up by a hovercraft from the 'non existant' district 13, which actually still does exist after all.

Katnis then faces a hard truth... President Snow ordered her home of district 12 to be fire bombed when he saw that she destroyed the arena. Luckily though, Gale was able to lead some of the people from 12 into the woods and to district 13 so she still has her mother and sister.