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Ben Cole

U.K.
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  • The Battle

  • By: Paul O'Connell
  • Narrated by: John Cormack
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

There has never been a rugby player quite like Paul O'Connell. His name is synonymous with passion, heart and determination. But he is also the thinking man's rugby player, a legendary student of the game. As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009 and captain of the first Ireland team to retain the Six Nations championship, O'Connell became the most beloved and respected of the golden generation of Irish rugby players - and was widely regarded as one of the very best players in the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rugby autobiographies

  • By Anonymous User on 14-04-18

A great character of the game gives a typically honest appraisal of his career.

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

Performance ok but I would rather have felt it was Paul talking to me a bit more. Those audio performances always work the best I feel.

Besides that, a great insight into what kind of a man he is and what made him tick.

  • Into Thin Air

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Philip Franklin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 710
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

One of the inspirations for the major motion picture Everest, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Keira Knightley. This is the true story of a 24-hour period on Everest when members of three separate expeditions were caught in a storm and faced a battle against hurricane-force winds, exposure, and the effects of altitude, which ended the worst single-season death toll in the peak's history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Michael on 22-04-16

Toe curling, blow by blow account of "Everest".

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Quite matter of fact on times but the subject matter is so compelling it's a riveting listen.

  • The Revenant

  • By: Michael Punke
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443

The book that inspired the award-winning movie. Nominated for 12 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor. Winner of 5 BAFTAS including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film. Winner of the 2016 Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actor - Drama, and Best Director. The novel that inspired the epic new movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy. Hugh Glass isn’t afraid to die. He’s done it once already.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Movie could outshine the book

  • By Mr on 02-03-16

Very different from the film.

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

Reviewed: 13-05-17

Very different from the film, enough to make it completely independently enjoyable. The book itself mostly fictional, using Hugh Glass's life as a framework.

  • Over the Top and Back

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Tom Jones
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Pryce
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 243

In a career that has spanned six decades, Sir Tom Jones has performed with almost every major recording artist, from Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Sinatra to Robbie Williams, Van Morrison and Jessie J, across every imaginable genre, from rock and pop to country, blues and soul. The one constant throughout has been his unique musical gift and unmistakable voice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Knickers Moment.

  • By Ian on 02-04-16

Great character, great story, great performance.

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

Reviewed: 22-04-17

You'd think with the life he's lived one wouldn't be able to relate to Sir Tom Jones. This isn't the case. This is the story of his life as told by him and it sounds like "one of the boys" telling it.

It has plenty of anecdotes, plenty of touching moments and is really easy to listen to. I couldn't wait for my next drive to get my next fix.

Finally I have to mention Jonathan Pryce's performance. With such a famous actor I thought I would just hear his voice. However, Pryce leaves his well spoken, slightly Welsh accent behind and brings an earthier, South Wales lilt to proceedings. This works a treat and only occasionally does the feeling of being spoken to by Sir Tom subside.

A great performance for a great book.

  • My Outdoor Life

  • By: Ray Mears
  • Narrated by: Ray Mears, Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

Ray Mears is a household name through his television series Tracks, World of Survival, Bushcraft Survival, The Real Heroes of Telemark, and many more.

He is a private individual who shuns publicity whenever possible and would prefer to let his many skills tell their own tale - until now. In My Outdoor Life, Ray tells of his childhood and the formative years when he first developed a passion for both bushcraft and the martial arts skills that are central to his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book ... But

  • By Matthew on 29-09-16

interesting and illuminating but not very warm.

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

Some genuinely interesting stories and a truly revealing insight into the life of Ray Mears. However, there's quite often a patronising tone and the occasional whiff of BS.

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 869

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • If you've seen the Amazon version, read this also

  • By Mark Brandon on 20-03-16

An interesting idea with virtually no story.

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

Reviewed: 26-08-16

Ok performance but after watching many films inspired by his books I thought I'd give Dick a try. Extremely disappointed. Lots of subplots but very little main story arc. A good idea wasted.

  • An Optimist's Tour of the Future

  • By: Mark Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Mark Stevenson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Mark Stevenson has been to the future a few years ahead of the rest of us - and reckons it has a lot going for it. His voyage of discovery takes him to Oxford to meet Transhumanists (they intend to live forever), to Boston where he confronts a robot with mood swings, to an underwater cabinet meeting in the Indian Ocean, and Australia to question the Outback's smartest farmer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening and enjoyable book - loved it

  • By D. P. Archer on 24-01-19

As the name suggests

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

Reviewed: 13-07-16

As you might expect, refreshingly optimistic on a world where foretelling doom sells more books.

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  • The Secret of Crickley Hall

  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 510

There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family. But all is not well with the house....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Proper thriller!

  • By Mrs. D. I. Reynolds-hale on 25-10-12

Decent book, great performance.<br />

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-06-16

This was a pretty decent book, classic ghost story elevated to a very enjoyable experience by a superb audio performance.

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • By: Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone, Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, great explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies, Beatles memorabilia, miniature cacti and coral. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks, his inward journey towards some kind of peace takes him on an odyssey through the five boroughs of New York, as he attempts to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father's closet....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • breaks your heart and strengthens your soul

  • By Cheryl on 20-07-12

Intriguing idea, well written, weak story.

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

Reviewed: 16-05-16

Nice idea but a bit rambling and ultimately unsatisfying. Oscar the protagonist is an interesting character and you certainly feel his loss but his mission comes to a end in a bit of a whimper.

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