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  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,043

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • balanced and the text is served well by narration.

  • By David W. on 12-09-18

Riveting story absolutely RUINED by the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 13-09-18

Downloaded 'Fear' but VERY disappointed as the person reading it sounds like someone on helium. Shame, as this book needed the gravitas of James Earl Jones and got Elmer Fudd. Asking for a refund.

5 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Strangled Queen

  • The Accursed Kings 2
  • By: Maurice Druon
  • Narrated by: Peter Joyce
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

With King Philip IV dead, and the Kingdom left in disarray, as the fatal curse of the Templars plagues the royal house of France.Imprisoned in Chateau Gaillard, Marguerite of Burgundy has fallen into disgrace. Her infidelity has left her estranged husband, Louis X King of France, with neither heir nor wife.The web of scandal, murder and intrigue that once wove itself around the Iron King continues to afflict his descendants, as the destruction of his dynasty continues at the hands of fate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Factual and entertaining

  • By Rebecca on 07-07-14

Lost in translation

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

Reviewed: 09-09-13

The original books by Druon were published in the 1950s, which gives them a certain style which omits most of the standard bodice-rippery that became an epidemic of saucy and dodgy sex. This is a great thing, as it allowed Druon to concentrate on the stories and characters, without trying to sandwich in as much sex as possible to sell it to the masses.

Instead, the series which starts with The Iron King (available happily as an Audible Book), covers history and the people who made it happen at the highest levels with an eye to detail and attention to the nuances that could move a country to war or a person to murder.

There's greed, revenge (always fun), power and its abuse. Love, of course, as well as the depths of hate. Sometimes these are combined in one person, which makes for entertaining reading.

The translations are not always as smooth as I'd like, probably because there is such a gap in idiom between the 50s and now, as well as cultural differences between the original French and modern English. None of it is damaging to the story, which is performed with a steady and smooth performance by Peter Joyce.

All in all, it's well worth a listen, it's faithful to the original and is a pleasant change from unrelenting gore and sex.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Small Gods

  • Discworld, Book 13
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861

Brutha is the Chosen One. His god has spoken to him, admittedly while currently in the shape of a tortoise. Brutha is a simple lad. He can't read. He can't write. He's pretty good at growing melons. And his wants are few. He wants to overthrow a huge and corrupt church. He wants to prevent a horribly holy war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • terrible recording quality

  • By Franny T on 25-04-16

Spatulas and corkscrews

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-13

Every time I open a kitchen drawer, I am reminded of this book. As in every story by Pterry, there are places where you can hang your past memories or pick up a few more, hooks for things you forgot you knew and occasionally a push pin trapping a small, dead thing that is more than a memory but not always a good one. There's wit, there's warmth and as typical with his work, there are questions and answers. Not always the right ones and not always matching what you expect. Of course, if you want to be entertained and not stretched, you can do that too. Only read every other word, if that's the case. It's much simpler.

  • Unseen Academicals

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,616
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,097

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always so much more than fantasy

  • By Mary on 27-12-09

Read this, if you're hard enough!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-13

As usual, Pratchett's work is laced with wit and a occasional moments of emotional thuggery, catching you unaware and then casually rifling through your heart for memories that you thought were only for you. If you understand the Beautiful Game, and it's not the one where people kick a ball around, then this story will give you some joy as well as sadness, tinged with an uneasy moment or two when you have to ask yourself if you're a bigot.



That's good. Because, if you can say no, you can read the rest of the story.

  • The Elephant to Hollywood

  • By: Sir Michael Caine
  • Narrated by: Sir Michael Caine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798

Sir Michael Caine is loved not just for his many films, but for his warmth, honesty, and humour in describing every aspect of his life from his humble South London beginnings to performing alongside the greatest Hollywood actors of the day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audiobook beats Hardback!!!

  • By Justin on 15-10-10

A lot of people know it now

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Knowing very little of Caine's background, I purchased this out of curiousity. It was more than a biography, it was a story spoken personally to every listener, The warmth and humour come through with Caine's natural and generous narration of the story of his life. There are moments that make you laugh out loud and some that reach your heart. His simple narration brings out the wit and sparkle that is purely Michael Caine. Don't deny yourself the pleasure of his company.

  • Wyrd Sisters

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Celia Imrie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002

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

Wicked Ear Candy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I listen to audio books while working and require only two things. A good story and a good narrator. Celia Imrie is the perfect match for this story, she brings life and depth to the very wyrd sisters of the book, allowing each one a voice that is not simply a creaking, crackling aberration but a person whose personality shines through. Pratchett's ladies are in safe hands here, you will not find a better interpretation of the wit and humour he presents in this story.

  • Witches Abroad

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,141
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,145

What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for three clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a secondhand magic wand that works only on pumpkins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best of the Witches series

  • By Katharin on 14-02-08

Who could doubt the presence of witches?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

Not if you get a stern look from one of the witches created by Pratchett. There's something about these ladies that draws you into a world where tomcats are pinups and grannies are never what they seem. Every joke's a good one, every moment of drama or danger or simple fun is one that can't be ignored or avoided. You know you want to jump in, it makes sense. Go on, try it. You won't be disappointed.

  • The Fellowship of the Ring

  • The Lord of the Rings, Book 1
  • By: J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Rob Inglis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,901
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,019
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,011

Continuing the story begun in The Hobbit, this is the first part of Tolkien’s epic masterpiece, The Lord of the Rings, available as a complete and unabridged audiobook. Sauron, the Dark Lord, has gathered to him all the Rings of Power - the means by which he intends to rule Middle-earth. All he lacks in his plans for dominion is the One Ring - the ring that rules them all - which has fallen into the hands of the hobbit, Bilbo Baggins.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Nat on 20-02-11

The joy never fades

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-12-12

I first read the LOTR when I was 13, and on occasion I wish I had never read it. Not because it's a bad story, but because it's a world of wonder that I wish I could enter anew again. The depth of the tale, the breadth of the world created by Tolkien exists as a beautiful overlay for our own, creating a window into what the past might have been like as well as understanding how the present could be changed by the action of those with courage they were unaware they possessed. On top of that, it's a great story for anyone at any time. I read it regularly, with no expectations of seeing anything new but it's always there, waiting to be discovered. Take the time to listen to a tale of courage, betrayal, evil and triumph. And love.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Mapp and Lucia

  • By: E. F. Benson
  • Narrated by: Miriam Margolyes
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Mapp and Lucia is the centrepiece of E.F. Benson's series of Lucia novels - bringing together for the first time the eponymous middle-aged doyennes of polite 1930s society Miss Elizabeth Mapp and Emmeline Luca (Lucia to her friends). Lucia, recently widowed, is the newcomer to the village of Tilling and eager to wrest the reins of social supremacy from the incumbant Miss Mapp and install herself as its benevolent dictator.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • all too short

  • By Philip on 14-06-10

Perfectamundo!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-11

It's impossible to not be drawn into the world of Mapp and Lucia, as well as the superb Georgie. The struggles for power, the subtle ploys and the overt manipulation. Politicians could take lessons from the ladies of Riseholme and Tilling. The stories are read with verve and a full appreciation of Benson's style. My only complaint is that this is an abridged version, there's just not enough!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
    22 ratings
    Overall 3.6
  • Claudius the God

  • By: Robert Graves
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

In the continuation of his fictional autobiography begun in I, Claudius, Robert Graves tells the dramatic story of Claudius' thirteen-year reign as Emperor of Rome. A must listen before running out to see the new film Gladiator!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, but very, very bad sound quality!

  • By Annemieke on 24-11-11

Claudius the God

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-06-11

Although the story is excellent, Mr Davidson's narrative made it extremely difficult for me to listen to it as his breathing overshadowed his voice and every time he drew a gasping breath I simply could not concentrate on the story itself.

I would be put off from buying any more stories he narrates.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful