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  • Lamentation

  • Shardlake, Book 6
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

Summer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's successor, eight-year-old Prince Edward. As heretics are hunted across London, and the radical Protestant Anne Askew is burned at the stake, the Catholic party focus their attack on Henry's sixth wife, Matthew Shardlake's old mentor, Queen Catherine Parr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like listening to a play

  • By Brodie on 06-11-14

Undoubtedly the best to date

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

Reviewed: 14-01-19

The Lamentation is a story of plot and counter plot intrigue and life under Henry and post Thomas Cromwell with the country in religious turmoil. Master Shardlake continues to work on so many different fronts it’s a great story for those that enjoy solving puzzles , the nature of people and the aphrodisiac of power, status and position.Steven Crossley is without doubt the master narrator of this excellent work from C J Sansom.



  • Heartstone

  • Shardlake, Book 5
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 22 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

Summer, 1545. England is at war. Henry VIII's invasion of France has gone badly wrong, and a massive French fleet is preparing to sail across the Channel . . .Meanwhile, Matthew Shardlake is given an intriguing legal case by an old servant of Queen Catherine Parr. Asked to investigate claims of ‘monstrous wrongs' committed against his young ward, Hugh Curteys, by Sir Nicholas Hobbey, Shardlake and his assistant Barak journey to Portsmouth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Dark and Enthralling blend of fact and fiction

  • By Mrs on 01-12-15

Heartstone,heartfelt,superb.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-19

Master Shardlake continues to provide a glimpse into the past the story is brought to life by Steven Crossley in magnificent fashion, each of the Shardlake stories leaves you wanting to know more to date this is my favourite and it helps to put a perspective on this period of history.

  • Revelation

  • Shardlake, Book 4
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

Spring, 1543. King Henry VIII is wooing Lady Catherine Parr, whom he wants for his sixth wife. Archbishop Cranmer and the embattled Protestant faction at court are watching keenly, for Lady Catherine is known to have reformist sympathies. Matthew Shardlake, meanwhile, is working on the case of a teenage boy who has been placed in the Bedlam insane asylum, before his terrifying religious mania leads to him being burned as a heretic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By A. Arthur on 01-10-15

Matthew Shardlake continues....

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Steven Crossley narration continues to bring these epic stories to life,CJ Samson weaves an excellent story mixing fact and fiction in his own impeccable manner that provides an excellent listen , I enjoyed the experience tremendously.

  • Dissolution

  • Shardlake, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Sansom
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066

It is 1537, a time of revolution that sees the greatest changes in England since 1066. Henry VIII has proclaimed himself Supreme Head of the Church. The country is waking up to savage new laws, rigged trials and the greatest network of informers ever seen. And under the orders of Thomas Cromwell, a team of commissioners is sent throughout the country to investigate the monasteries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time Travellers Beware.....

  • By Hannah on 01-12-14

Another view of Thomas Cromwell and his deeds.

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

A great story that that shows how the Dissolution may have been enacted. During a time of great upheaval and change this is a marvellous story of plot and counter plot that keeps the reader or listener intrigued through until the end.
Narrated by Steven Crossley bringing the story to life in a believable way using language that underlines the period. An excellent listen.

  • Charles Darwin

  • Victorian Mythmaker
  • By: A. N. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 18 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Darwin was described by his friend and champion, Thomas Huxley, as a 'symbol'. But what did he symbolize? In Wilson's portrait, both sympathetic and critical, Darwin was two men. On the one hand, he was a naturalist of genius, a patient and precise collector and curator who greatly expanded the possibilities of taxonomy and geology. On the other hand, Darwin, a seemingly diffident man who appeared gentle and even lazy, hid a burning ambition to be a universal genius. He longed to have a theory which explained everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaking the myth....

  • By C I H on 27-11-18

Breaking the myth....

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

Reviewed: 27-11-18

A book that I know I will return to. A philosophy that has underpinned much of our thinking and I’m sure will continue, nothing can be ignored. The story is enhanced by the narrator Richard Burnip who does great justice in bringing together and delivering a great masterpiece.

  • Churchill

  • Walking with Destiny
  • By: Andrew Roberts
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 50 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Churchill by Andrew Roberts, read by Stephen Thorne. Winston Churchill towers over every other figure in 20th-century British history. By the time of his death at the age of 90 in 1965, many thought him to be the greatest man in the world. There have been over a thousand previous biographies of Churchill. Andrew Roberts now draws on over 40 new sources, including the private diaries of King George VI, used in no previous Churchill biography, to depict him more intimately and persuasively than any of its predecessors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GLORIOUS! ROBERT'S SPECTACULAR LIFE OF CHURCHILL

  • By Leonie F on 16-11-18

Probably the most complete biography of our greatest Statesman.

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

Reviewed: 25-11-18

Accolades to Andrew Roberts for researching and compiling this massive undertaking Stephen Thorne delivers the narrative in true Churchillian fashion. It appears a finely balanced record of one of history’s greats. A great story for those interested in our history.

  • Up

  • My Life Journey to the Top of Everest
  • By: Ben Fogle
  • Narrated by: Ben Fogle, Marina Fogle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

In April 2018, seasoned adventurer Ben Fogle and Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton, along with mountaineer Kenton Cool, took on their most exhausting challenge yet - climbing Everest for the British Red Cross in an attempt to highlight the environmental challenges mountains face. The expedition was to become the adventure of a lifetime, the culmination of a journey that started with a moment of tragedy years before. For Ben was inspired to take on this challenge by the memory of his son, Willem, who was stillborn in 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly inspiring listen.

  • By Emma De Casse Weinman on 20-01-19

Up,up,up a true reflection of Everest...

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

Reviewed: 18-11-18

There have been many accounts of ascending Everest, this account is unique. Ben and Marina provide a heart felt story that should be read by every parent and Grandparent one of the best motivational accounts that brings to life the positive attitude that can help to achieve whatever one puts one mind to. Most enjoyable a great read or listen.

  • The Fox

  • By: Frederick Forsyth
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Fox by Frederick Forsyth. The 18th novel from best-selling thriller writer Frederick Forsyth, the man who defined the genre. The Fox is based on the stories of British hackers Gary McKinnon and Lauri Love and centres around an 18-year-old schoolboy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is able to penetrate intricate firewalls to access the secrets at the highest level of foreign governments and other major organisations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite Such a Cunning Fox!

  • By Simon on 21-09-18

Frederick Forsyth delivers!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Remember Day of the Jackal,well this brings it up to date and beyond get prepared for an adventure because you will need to put everything on hold as this storyline will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the end, superb Forsyth at his best delivered by David Rintoul in excellent form.

  • Next Stop Execution

  • The Autobiography of Oleg Gordievsky
  • By: Oleg Gordievsky
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Oleg Gordievsky was the highest ranking KGB officer ever to work for Britain. For 11 years, he acted as a secret agent, reporting to the British Secret Intelligence Service while continuing to work as a KGB officer. He gave such a clear insight into the mind and methods of the KGB and the whole system of Soviet government that he has been credited with doing more than any other individual in the West to accelerate the collapse of Communism. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Autobiography of Gordievsky

  • By Lucy on 05-11-18

Outstanding,heartfelt and sincere.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Want to know what actually goes on with the craft of spies, then look no further this epic story delivered by Saul Reichlin will provide the listener with a balanced view from an honest no frills forthright account of east west relationships, excellent portrayal.

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  • The Blair Years

  • Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By David on 13-07-07

Outstanding straight from the hip, no nonsense.....

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

Like him or not, these diaries provide an insiders view of what went on close to the seat of power; big issues and events that will and have made history. Alistair Campbell delivers this reflection in a forthright and tempered tone that provides the listener a period of intimacy uniquely this type of format, an excellent listen fro which you can’t help but like the guy for his forthright honesty and complete understanding of communication.