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  • The Great St. Mary's Day Out

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 407

Everyone deserves to get away for a bit. Even the miscreants at St Mary's. Astonishingly, Dr. Bairstow has declared a holiday. Even more astonishingly - he's paying for it. Needless to say, there are strings attached. They have to record the 1601 performance of Hamlet, with Shakespeare himself in the role of the Ghost. It doesn't go well, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic St Marys featuring Bill the flaming Bard

  • By English Country Life on 01-08-16

Verily, nay, heartily enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

I'm all shook up. Thank you very much for this wondrous theatrical offering. Having done said roll and pat down with bare hands in the real world my burns were strikingly more prominent than those Mr Markham appeared to have but I enjoyed the story, as ever, despite the flash backs. Wonderful story and telling as usual.

  • My Name is Markham

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Piers Wehner
  • Length: 1 hr and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 582
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575

Like a smaller and much scruffier Greta Garbo - finally - Markham speaks! It's Christmas and time for the first (and almost certainly last) St Mary's Annual Children's Christmas Party - attendance compulsory, by order of Dr Bairstow. Discovered practising his illegal reindeer dance and poo-dropping routine, our hero, along with fellow disaster magnets Peterson and Maxwell, is dispatched to Anglo-Saxon England to discover the truth about Alfred and the cakes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas isn't Christmas without St Mary's

  • By Nicole P on 22-12-16

Ho ho horrifyingly believable again

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

The usual offering of fun, overcoming personal problems and a refreshing look at historical tropes covered in excellent writing and wrapped in ripping yarn bow.

  • The Steam-Pump Jump

  • A Chronicles of St Mary’s Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191

Not one to let being banged up in Sick Bay stop her, Max has had a brilliant idea. But she needs Markham to execute it on her behalf. The subject of this cunning plan is Peterson, struggling with another bereavement and not doing very well. What’s needed to get him through it is sympathy, sensitivity, tact and understanding. Step forward Mr Markham, for whom sympathy, sensitivity, etc., are things that happen to other people. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous series

  • By sophiesticate on 13-07-18

Cannot get enough

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

Reviewed: 16-02-19

The usual... that is, riveting, unexpected, exciting and like the perfect chocolate. You just want more. perfectly read...as usual.

  • The War in the West

  • A New History: Volume 2: The Allies Fight Back 1941-43
  • By: James Holland
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 24 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 137

In the second volume of his acclaimed new history of the Second World War, James Holland examines the momentous turning points of 1941-1943: Hitler's invasion of Russia, America's entry into the conflict, the devastating Thousand Bomber Raids over Germany, the long struggle in the deserts of North Africa and the defeat of the U-boats in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic. As in his first volume, Germany Ascendant, he interweaves his account of the well-known events of the period with the personal stories of individuals caught up in them - on all sides.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WW2 history at its best

  • By David Benjamin on 04-01-18

Bold and balanced telling

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Loved every minute. Could have been much longer and in even more detailed and I would have been even happier. I suppose you have to put a limit on how long book is but I could have listened on and on. The reader was excellent.

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Did I Enjoy it or Experience it?

  • By Simon on 05-06-17

Found in an open brain

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

Almost as if by accident a broken mind formed a stream of consciousness and then edited it into a kaleidescope of linked story's. Languidly read in a way which enhances this effect. Well worth the listen.

  • The Sirens of Titan

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

The richest, most depraved man on Earth, Malachi Constant, is offered a chance to take a space journey to distant worlds with a beautiful woman at his side. Of course, there's a catch to the invitation...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost unbounded

  • By qwerty on 21-11-18

Almost unbounded

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

Reviewed: 21-11-18

Very interesting thought processes. The story could almost be too far out there to be coherent but it isn't. It was a real pleasure to listen to and to co- imagine along with. The American give always were displayed openly. It wasn't a universal type story, even though the universe was the backdrop, but I felt able to emerse myself sufficiently not to be overwhelmed by the suffocatingly US centric cultural references. I'm looking forward to more Vonnegut. He was, I feel, built by his times and wove it into his prose.

  • Dunkirk

  • Fight to the Last Man
  • By: Hugh Sebag-Montefiore
  • Narrated by: Roy McMillan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

Hugh Sebag-Montefiore's Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man tells the story of the rescue in May 1940 of British soldiers fleeing capture and defeat by the Nazis at Dunkirk. Dunkirk was not just about what happened at sea and on the beaches. The evacuation would never have succeeded had it not been for the tenacity of the British soldiers who stayed behind to ensure they got away. Men like Sergeant Major Gus Jennings, who died smothering a German stick bomb in the church at Esquelbecq in an effort to save his comrades.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent. Only one issue

  • By S. Cooke on 24-09-17

Beats the film hands down

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

Reviewed: 14-11-18

Fascinating, informative, well written and read. I would say essential reading, or listening, for anyone even remotely interested in the period.
Clearly, war can bring out the worst and the best in people but this story of so concentrated and violent turns of fortune brings it all into sharp focus.
Highly recommended.

  • What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 6
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020

Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail - to go wrong! Take one interim chief training officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous father of history, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd. Stir well, bring to the boil – and wait for the bang! Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall Chronicles of St Mary’s series."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story

  • By Christopher on 30-07-16

What could possibly be better?

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

Great story, very well read. Looking forward to the next thrilling installment. Beats a path of excitement through the genre it's hard to avoid following.

  • Cakes and Ale

  • By: W. Somerset Maugham
  • Narrated by: James Saxon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

When Cakes and Ale was first published in 1930 it roused a storm of controversy, since many people imagined they recognised portraits of literary figures now no more. It is the novel for which Maugham wished to be remembered.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not one to fall asleep to.

  • By Shaun on 09-07-13

Golden Oldy

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

Reviewed: 29-09-18

It stands the test of time. Beautifully written and very well performed. I would certainly recommend this work even if only as a record of the time in which it was written. I'll be listening to more.

  • The Last Panther

  • Slaughter of the Reich - The Halbe Kessel 1945
  • By: Wolfgang Faust
  • Narrated by: George Backman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

While the Battle of Berlin in 1945 is widely known, the horrific story of the Halbe Kessel remains largely untold. In April 1945, victorious Soviet forces encircled 80,000 men of the German 9th Army in the Halbe area, South of Berlin, together with many thousands of German women and children. The German troops, desperate to avoid Soviet capture, battled furiously to break out toward the West, where they could surrender to the comparative safety of the Americans.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent account of life on the frontline

  • By Russell Tomlinson on 27-07-17

A Credulity Stretcher

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

Reviewed: 17-09-18

Suddenly, my credulity took a direct hit. It flew spinning into the air in a shower of flame and smoke, rising to 100 metres. Thirty or forty red Panzers fired from the woods and sparks flew off my belief in this tripe. I passed by the decapitated corpses of the chapters as red aircraft fell and over end in great balls....of fire smashing onto the yawning chasm of utter tosh below.
Ripping yarn for the seriously fetishistic blood bather.

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