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  • The Temp

  • By: Steve Nelson
  • Narrated by: Marek Larwood, Vicki Pepperdine
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

How far would you go to get your dream job? In The Temp, Warren (Marek Larwood) is sent to a variety of temp jobs by his recruitment officer Aimee (Vicki Pepperdine) on the promise that if he does a good job, it might become permanent. And each time, the job turns out to be more dangerous and ludicrous than advertised. Open-minded to the point of mindless, Warren never seems to notice that the job is very different to the job description - he just wants to do a good job, and get made permanent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By IYA on 07-02-19

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 15-03-19

The protagonist is a less endearing version of the guy from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. I've smiled once each episode but never laughed or chuckled. It's just not funny.

There is potential for some good jokes but never explored, like Chekov's Jokes that assumedly hit a cutting floor somewhere.

The audio is of good quality at least and the actors have done well enough with the script. Warren, the main character, has an annoying voice that may be intentional.

Some people lived this though so maybe I'm missing something. Can't really complain becuase it was free so yeah, you might as well give it a go.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Command and Control

  • By: Eric Schlosser
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 20 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470

A ground-breaking account of accidents, near-misses, extraordinary heroism, and technological breakthroughs, Command and Control explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? Schlosser reveals that this question has never been resolved, and while other headlines dominate the news, nuclear weapons still pose a grave risk to mankind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and insightful

  • By Kate on 13-11-13

Absolutely fascinating and gripping throughout.

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

Reviewed: 09-03-19

This is one of the best books I've read in the last few years. It offers a brilliant insight into nuclear weaponry and the history thereof. It is much more than described covering almost every US based major nuclear incident (that we know of) since the 1940s (and some soviet ones too!)

I laughed so many times at how ridiculous some of these nuclear incidents were; who leaves an Allen key inside a nuke?! or tries to jimmy one open with a screwdriver to show off?! Sometimes these have horrific consequences, often they don't, but it seems we've avoided major nuclear disaster more by luck than judgement.

I got a little annoyed with the Air Force and their confidentiality or convenience being placed above the lives of their men. Equally their cover ups were disheartening (but I suppose it was the Cold War) however I can't criticise the book for accurately portraying what happened.

I've heard this book described as a bit too political but I didn't get that impression at all. If budget cuts lead to cheap computers that accidently warned of 2 nukes incoming because they couldn't tell 2s from 0s then that budget cut is part of the story, in my opinion anyway.

My only criticism is the phrase 'Command and Control' gets used A LOT but apparently it is an important technical military term so I can see why.

The narration was really great too. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone and everyone (and I will do shortly).

P.S. Note for the author (if he ever reads these reviews): You said than the 'Demon Core' was detonated after the end of its service life but the net says it was scheduled for detonation but instead melted down. That's the only part of your book's facts that I have found any issue with upon further research.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Elvenquest

  • The Journey So Far: Series 1,2,3 and 4
  • By: Anil Gupta, Richard Pinto
  • Narrated by: Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Darren Boyd, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386

Stephen Mangan and Alistair McGowan star in the fantastical BBC Radio 4 comedy by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto. When fantasy novelist Sam is whisked off to Lower Earth by a band of noble warriors, his dog Amis goes with them. Transformed into human form, Amis turns out to be The Chosen One, whom the warriors need to help find the Sword of Asnagar. Only with the sword can they save Lower Earth from the evil rule of Lord Darkness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant.

  • By Coops on 19-07-17

Mixed feelings

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

I was going to write a mean review about how the jokes were obvious and unfunny but by the end of the series I realised that had there been a 5th series I'd probably be downloading it now. You don't do that with bad audiobooks.

The bad: The jokes aren't that good and are very, very obvious. The series starts with a woman playing a warrior role and Sam playing the sensible one which was interesting but by the end Sam was thick and Pentheselea becomes the sensible woman looking after the boys. Opportunity for trope subversion there was badly missed. The story, despite purposefully being pointless gets a bit tiring. I think they-ve got the MacGuffin like 3-4 times now.

The good: The humour is silly and this is the definition of easy listening. You don't have to engage brain at all. Almost none of the jokes have more than a one or two sentence set up and so you can get them even if you've been distracred for the last few minutes. The cast were good also.

Overall: Mediocre to bad writing. Disappointing use of setting (fantasy writer in a fantasy world was never really used). Good cast. Good for background noise.

  • Poirot and Me

  • By: David Suchet
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Actor David Suchet recalls his experience of playing Agatha Christie's world-famous detective, Hercule Poirot, for almost a quarter of a century. In the summer of 2013 David Suchet filmed his final scenes as Hercule Poirot. After 24 years in the role, he will have played the character in every story that Agatha Christie wrote about him (bar one, deemed unfilmable) and he will bid adieu to a role and a character that have changed his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful treat

  • By Danielle on 20-04-14

A few decent anecdotes but nothing spectacular

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

David Suchet has a very nice reading voice but that is the best part of this audiobook. He doesn't paint a very good picture of himself. he comes across as a diva who has people sticking their necks out for him but he never seems to return the favour.

The book goes through all of the episodes with an imdb style analysis: actors, locations, one bit of trivia. There are some mildly interesting anecdotes about the Christie's or The Duke of Edinburgh but nothing special.

I hadn't realised how big Poirot was as a series. That was interesting but I got fed up of Poirot being referred to in the third person. Unless you are a big fan I wouldn't bother with this book.

  • Differently Morphous

  • By: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389

A magical serial killer is on the loose, and gelatinous, otherworldly creatures are infesting the English countryside. Which is making life for the Ministry of Occultism difficult, because magic is supposed to be their best kept secret. After centuries in the shadows, the Ministry is forced to unmask, exposing the country's magical history - and magical citizens - to a brave new world of social media, government scrutiny, and public relations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Half Supernatural thriller, half Yes Minister

  • By Anonymous User on 16-03-18

Easily the best book of the year!!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

Right, first things first: The description for this book was crap IIRC and combined with the first 20 minutes they put me off listening to this one for a while. I was under the impression that there would be a handful of people on a zany adventure like The Jam (my least favourite work by this author).

Please give this book at least 30 minutes to an hour to get going. Once you're hooked it is enthralling, exciting and incredibly funny. The satire is biting and brilliant, the characters are so fleshed out you can almost picture them and the plot is gripping and crafty.

The author does a great job of reading this. For anyone who thought Mogworld was read in a slightly shouty way this is much more mediated but conveys the emotions and inflections perfectly. I think listening to this one is likely to be far superior to reading it on paper.

And it was so funny. I had to stop listening to it in the car because I was laughing so hard I was crying. I couldn't even listen in the office because my shoulders were shaking.

Loved this. Currently this is the latest book from Croshaw and he is clearly improving as this is superior to everything he has done so far. If I could give it 6 stars I would.

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  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,668
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,478

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

Not sure about this one. Goodish but far too long.

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

Right, first of all the narrator is great. A+ will listen to again. I may actually hunt down more of his work to go through.

The book though... well... it had been hyped. A lot. I may have come in with high expectations although I don't think I did. But for all its story it is 28 hours long. Brave New World was about 7. Dune was 21, I think? Dune. Major sci-fi book that built a whole other universe but was still much shorter than this. By then end of The Name of The Wind I was just clinging on waiting for it to finally end.

The story would be good but the author lingers on irrelevant crap for too long. The main character starts out as fairly likeable but spends whole second half of the book obsessed with a flibbertigibbet of a woman who has minimal redeeming features that I can see. He has other characters interested in him but he trails after her like a lovesick puppy which is just dull. (And it drags on forever.)

There isn't really a narrative arc or a climax to this either. It is the first book of a prequel trilogy apparently and so nothing really happens. The main character makes contacts and gets more powerful. The editor should have taken a hacksaw to this and trimmed it by at least a third if not half.

There are good bits though. Rothfuss is insanely quoteable and there are lots of little sayings that seem so plausible and really add magic to the universe. The worldbuilding is solid even if it is completely bog standard for fantasy (iron is strong, names have power, yada yada).

And the narrative is really, really good in parts especially when the tempo picks up and the character is fighting someone or challenged somehow. There are some great scenes scattered as well I just don't care what he had for dinner each meal (which is mentioned, every meal, in detail).

While I will never listen to another audiobook in this series as I only have a few decades left to live if the third book comes out I might get it and the second from a library on paper so I can skim them.

  • Ricky Gervais Show

  • The Complete Second Season
  • By: Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
  • Narrated by: Ricky Gervais, Steve Merchant, Karl Pilkington
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 687
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

It's the complete second season of The Ricky Gervais Show - six episodes in one tidy package. It's packed full of all-new drivel, as Ricky and Steve Merchant forage through the long grass of Karl Pilkington's brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five-star Drivel

  • By J. Shepherd on 30-04-06

Just great.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

If you liked the first series then you will definitely like this one too. :-)

  • The 99p Challenge: Series 1-5

  • The Complete BBC Radio 4 Collection
  • By: Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley
  • Narrated by: Simon Pegg, Sue Perkins, Miranda Hart, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Starring the cream of UK writer/performers and comedians over its lifetime, including Simon Pegg, Sue Perkins, Miranda Hart, Nick Frost, Bill Bailey and Armando Iannucci, this is the complete and utter award-winning silly panel game that's not about music, sport, advertising or hats.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I originially quite disliked this but it improved.

  • By WarwickStudent on 30-10-18

I originially quite disliked this but it improved.

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

Reviewed: 30-10-18

I like Sue Perkins, Armando Iannucci, Simon Pegg, and most of the others in other works but this started put badly. I stuck with it and the latter half of the audio recorded was actually funny. There were more risqué jokes about priests and such that they probably wouldn't get away with today.

The 'King Stupid show was dire though. It ends with Chapter 6, I would skip it.

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Eye: Pennies for the Ferryman

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

"My name is Mike Ross. I'm a Ferryman. I help people with ghost problems, or ghosts with people problems. Funny thing, no one ever helps me with my problems. Civil War ghosts bent on killing me, Skinwalkers who just want my body, and a vindictive spirit linked both to my bloodline and my destiny... It turns out the dead still hold a good deal of influence over the world, and they don't want to give it up. I'm in way over my head. Fortunately, I'm too stubborn to quit."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • more than a ghost story

  • By Mrs. K. I. Richards on 06-02-14

That was pretty bad.

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

I'm normally fairly generous with books but this wasn't very good. The main character's internal monologue gets old very fast and isn't particularly funny or clever.

None of the characters are very gripping as most are one dimensional and easily pigeon-holed. The premise is decent enough but I think the execution was less than ideal. I got a little bit lost with the who, what, wheres and I think a Pennyslvania native might enjoy this more.

The narrator is fine but nothing special. The plot is done in episodes and seems unusually discontinuous because of it.

I wouldn't recommend this to a new listener and if you have read other works by the author perhaps try some of his other books before this one.

  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,744
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,315

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Good but not as good as the others. Lot of angst.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Wow. That was a looong book. Probably longer than necessary but I don't know how much of the opening could have been trimmed.

If you liked Harry Potter 6 then you'll love this. There is angst upon angst. Star crossed lovers. Romeo and Juliet. All that BS that was thankfully absent from book 1 crops up in force. There is a lot of relationship drama in this one, possibly necessary but it could have been worked around.

The murder is a bit far fetched but that was good for a murder mystery. I think the crime made sense and was a nice yarn. I think the red herring was a bit of a stretch though.

The portrayal of posh people is a bit weird too. They're pushed well past the point of parody and the unbelievablility of ALL the posh characters ends up being annoying rather than realistic. I do recognised the characters that some of them are based on from the local news though.

Narration was good. Wish Robert Glenister did more of it.