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  • The Path of the Storm

  • The Evermen Saga, Book 3
  • By: James Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255

Two years have passed since the war. The Primate is dead, the machines at Stonewater have been destroyed, yet without essence the Empire's economy has collapsed. Trade is at a standstill, famine sets in, and, with no food and no essence, the people begin to riot. In the midst of the growing unrest, Miro struggles to balance his life with Amber against his resolve to keep threats to the Empire at bay. His sister Ella helps to build the machinery the Empire desperately needs, but she longs to find Killian and believes his powers will be needed in the conflict to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Probably the best so far

  • By Swords and Spectres on 30-11-14

Borderline refund jobby! Glad I’m done with it.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

You know when you’re listening to a book and you feel no empathy to the main protagonists and, frankly, you wouldn’t care whether they all lived or died, you know you’re onto a loser! This book falls into this category for me.
The orator is OK, except for a couple of his characters that irritated me a bit e.g. Amir (sp?).
One to forget and certainly cannot recommend.

  • And the Weak Suffer What They Must?

  • Europe, Austerity and the Threat to Global Stability
  • By: Yanis Varoufakis
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh, Yanis Varoufakis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

In 2008, the universe of Western finance outgrew planet Earth. When Wall Street imploded, a death embrace between insolvent banks and bankrupt states consumed Europe. Half a dozen national economies imploded, and several more came close. But the storm is far from over.... From the aftermath of the Second World War to the present, Varoufakis recounts how the eurozone emerged not as a route to shared prosperity but as a pyramid scheme of debt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book should be read or heard by everyone.

  • By Amazon Customer on 16-05-16

Dispels the myth of European harmony

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

Reviewed: 28-08-18

A different take on the financial crash that hit Europe in 2010, as told by the Greek Finance Minister.

He pulls no punches and lays bare How Greece was used as a sacrificial lamb as a lesson to others in the Eurozone.

Not always easy to follow, but still interesting nonetheless.

  • The Complete Barchester Chronicles (Dramatisation)

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Anna Massey, Alex Jennings
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

Here is a new audio edition of the acclaimed BBC Radio 4 dramatisations of Anthony Trollope's gently satirical tales of provincial life, available together in one download. Nearly 20 hours of ironic, witty, and wonderfully written drama is contained in this audiobook. The cast includes Anna Massey, Alex Jennings, David Haig, Rosemary Leach, Kenneth Cranham, Emma Fielding, and Brenda Blethyn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Barchester comes alive!

  • By Ian Henderson on 05-06-08

Not my kind of thing

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

Much of the storylines revolve around church life and the lives of the gentry that frequent the establishment. Not really my kind of thing, but didn't realise at the time of purchasing, so that's my own fault.
Whilst the majority of the stories are OK, they are frequently overly sentimental, to the point of nearly making me physically sick! Also, much of the oration is very wooden and sounds like it has been read from a script.
The story of 'The small house of Arlington' just went on and on and the voice of Amelia was so squeaky and scratchy, that I almost ripped the headphones off to protect my hearing!
Perhaps this is a book that would appeal more to the slightly more to the ladies, as there is much talk throughout of love and devotion.

  • Scary Monsters and Supercreeps

  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

Dom Joly sets off round the world again, but this time he's not looking to holiday in a danger zone - he's monster hunting. In Scary Monsters and Super Creeps he heads to six completely different destinations to investigate local monster sightings.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull, pompous and repetitive

  • By Matthew on 25-01-15

Always a good laugh!

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

Reviewed: 25-07-18

I have now listened to most of his audiobooks and they all make me laugh out loud, which is a good sign as there is not much that makes me laugh.

Okay, I don’t believe in the monsters but it’s still a bit of fun and should be treated as such.

  • The Sisters Brothers

  • By: Patrick deWitt
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Oregon, 1851. Eli and Charlie Sisters, notorious professional killers, are on their way to California to kill a man named Hermann Kermit Warm. On the way, the brothers have a series of unsettling experiences in the landscape of Gold Rush America. And they bicker a lot. Arriving in California, and discover that Warm has invented a magical formula, which could make all of them very rich. What happens next is utterly gripping, strange and sad....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite books list

  • By Buster on 26-07-12

Surprisingly good

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

When this book 1st started I considered getting a refund. But I have to say that very quickly I started to like the book and ultimately found it to be very enjoyable. Recommended.

  • Dark Matter

  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532

'Are you happy in your life?' Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he wakes to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before the man he's never met smiles down at him and says, 'Welcome back, my friend.' In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW - This was a weird one

  • By Jules on 26-10-16

Interesting concept for a book

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

Reviewed: 19-06-18

The storyline for this book is something a little different and it was probably quite a difficult concept to make a book out of.
The story starts slowly, but improves in the middle. The ending is okay, but dragged a bit,
This book goes on the OK pile.

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  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story, worth getting into...

  • By Mr on 27-02-17

Mmm!

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

Reviewed: 27-05-18

Starts off weird, but decided to stick with it. Just when the story gets going, it ends! Can’t recommend I am afraid.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,069

Winner of the British Book Awards, Newcomer of the Year, 2005.

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harry Potter for Grown Ups

  • By Cosima on 18-11-10

A long slow burner, but stick with it!

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

This is a very long story that takes time to get going. The orator is very good and holds the story together, but you will need to be patient with it as it is only in the final third when things start to pull together all starts to make sense.

I really enjoyed it in the end, if you have asked me halfway through you would have got a different answer.

  • Michael Palin: Around the World in 80 Days

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732

In the autumn of 1988, Michael Palin set out from the Reform Club with an ambitious plan: to circumnavigate the world, following the route taken by Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg 115 years earlier. The rules were simple. He had to make the journey in 80 days using only forms of transport that would have been available to Fogg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting indeed

  • By D. Wilkins on 13-03-15

It is okay

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

This one goes on the okay pile. Not bad, but not brilliant either.
I recently listened to John Cleese’s autobiography recently and that was much better and had me laughing out loud at times.

  • Toast on Toast

  • Cautionary tales and candid advice
  • By: Steven Toast
  • Narrated by: Matt Berry - as Steven Toast
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 994

In Toast on Toast - part memoir, part "how to act" manual - Steven Toast draws on his vast and varied experiences, providing the reader with an invaluable insight into his journey from school plays to RADA and from "It's a Right Royal Knockout" to the Colony Club. Along the way he reveals the secrets of his success. He discloses how to brush up on and expand your technical and vocal skills, how to nail a professional voiceover, and how to deal with difficult work experience staff in a recording studio....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpless with laughter!

  • By Wayne on 11-11-15

Different and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

Not heard this guys stuff before, but I have to say that I really enjoyed it. His delivery is perfect and it remains fast track and entertaining all the way through. Recommended.