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  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, perceptive and grumpy

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-15

No-one reads Bryson like Bryson

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

Where does The Road to Little Dribbling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty high

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bill Bryson: it is his observation, after all

What three words best describe Nathan Osgood’s voice?

Anodyne American

Any additional comments?

The book is good. Many people have observed that BB has got "grumpy", but I am not entirely sure that this is the case. It is Osgood's narration that fails to convey the subtleties of the manuscript. No-one reads Bryson like Bryson and it is a huge shame that he isn't reading this.

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More knowledge gained .

  • By Meb on 02-05-15

Absolutely Riveting

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

Reviewed: 27-11-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. This contains so many surprises when one understands the influence of the Vikings on England and the rest of the British Isles, and just how far flung their influence and contacts were in other parts of the world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition

  • By: Robert Greenberg, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Greenberg
  • Length: 36 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Great music is a language unto its own, a means of communication of unmatched beauty and genius. And it has an undeniable power to move us in ways that enrich our lives-provided it is understood.If you have ever longed to appreciate great concert music, to learn its glorious language and share in its sublime pleasures, the way is now open to you, through this series of 48 wonderful lectures designed to make music accessible to everyone who yearns to know it, regardless of prior training or knowledge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A treat for ears and heart

  • By S. Mercer on 13-12-13

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 24-08-14

Where does How to Listen to and Understand Great Music, 3rd Edition rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the most interesting, engaging and compelling listens that I've had.

What did you like best about this story?

The mixture of historical context and musical theory together with audible examples.

What about Professor Robert Greenberg’s performance did you like?

Greenberg's enthusiasm for his subject together with his humour.

Any additional comments?

Audible considers the additional course literature as "unnecessary" to listening to the course. I disagree. Certainly the word scores referred to would be invaluable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Wyrd Sisters

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 985

In Wyrd Sisters, the enchanting world of Discworld is turned upside down by 3 meddling witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick. Their interference in royal politics causes kingdoms to wobble, crowns to topple, knives to flash, and citizens to shudder in fear.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Hard work

  • By Linda on 05-05-09

Tortuous

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

Reviewed: 25-01-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Celia Imrie is a superb actress, however her narration of this book is a severe disappointment. Add to this the poor sound quality and the whole thing is a let down.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a wonderful skit on Macbeth and Hamlet, written with Pratchett's typically wicked sense of humour. As the first of the full blown "Witches" books, it sets up the characters well for their appearances throughout the Discworld series.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration is badly paced and the characterisations are, on the whole, poor. Add to this that, at times, she sounds like she's reading the television news and this makes for a very boring listen.

Any additional comments?

A good story ruined by a poor narration.

  • Fibber in the Heat

  • Following England in India - A Blagger's Tale
  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, and sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Just Not Cricket!

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-06-12

Superb

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This started life as a stage show that was hugely enjoyable and has now been extended to full length book. A must for both fans of cricket and for those who are ambivalent, it mixes humour and pathos as it follows Miles Jupp's attempts to pass himself off as a cricket journalist on England's tour of India through to his final realisation of the reality of his love for the game. I saw the show three times; this is a permanent and extended reminder of those, one one that can be listened to again and again.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Christianity

  • The First Three Thousand Years
  • By: Diarmaid MacCulloch
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 46 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104

Once in a generation, a historian will redefine his field, producing a book that demands to be read or heard - a product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill. Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity is such a book. Breathtaking in ambition, it ranges back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and covers the world, following the three main strands of the Christian faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jesus, this is interesting

  • By Mr on 15-02-15

Thought provoking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Whether you are a Christian or not, this book is well worth investigating for it's historical content alone. There are a number of surprises and much thought provoking material contained within. My friend and I listened to this while driving around Europe for two weeks, and it was great to provoke discussion. My only quibble is the reader and the appalling American pronunciations which are irritating and detract from the flow.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Ring of the Nibelung: Opera Explained

  • By: Stephen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Stephen Johnson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Wagner’s Ring cycle is the most ambitious work in the history of music: four operas that combine to tell a single epic story. Based in legend, it has become a legend in its own right: a supreme challenge for conductors, singers, opera producers, and indeed for audiences. But for all its grandeur and complexity, The Ring is far more accessible than many music lovers think.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I should have listened to this thirty years ago.

  • By Kindle Customer on 25-08-18

Clearing Up The Legend

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

A well read and well presented piece that not only covers the stories of the four operas, but gives useful insights into the structure of the music, the recurring musical themes and the innovations that Wagner introduced. I listened to this in conjunction with a DVD set of the complete cycle and it increased my understanding and enjoyment of the works greatly.