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  • Don't Stop Me Now

  • 26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession
  • By: Vassos Alexander
  • Narrated by: Vassos Alexander
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435

Funny, inspiring, honest - the perfect listen for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or who's thinking of buying a pair...). Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra-marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part weight loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened whilst running!

  • By Rachel Parnham on 14-09-16

Neither informative nor entertaining

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

Reviewed: 24-10-18

Very little in this book that is informative, nor inspiring. Just Vassos describing how he got into running, many of the runs he has done, and describing how he continued a particular run until he permanently injured himself. This was the finale that the book builds up to; don’t do this at home folks!
The quips are awkward and don’t work for me, nor does the self-deprecation and the aggrandisement of others. It’s laid on just too thick to be believed.
I run most days and I guess I was looking for something informative and entertaining, neither of which I found in this book. Don’t get me wrong, the book is OK, but I can’t recommend it as a must-read.

  • 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 286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261

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 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

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 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

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 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 368

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 921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705

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 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,567

'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 1,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,454
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,451

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 3,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,134

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 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 768

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.