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  • The English

  • A Field Guide
  • By: Matt Rudd
  • Narrated by: Matt Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

A hilarious field guide to the world's most remarkable and unusual creatures: the English. Who are the English? What is this puzzling species? Where does it live? What are its habits? What does it eat? Why does it eat that? And why has it developed such unexotic mating rituals? Join us on a journey deep into the natural habitat of the English, a journey to rival anything David Attenborough did with gorillas, a journey that begins on a sofa (and continues, unflinchingly, into the kitchen, out into the garden, off to work, down to the pub and then on to the beach...and the bedroom).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very witty and entertaining.

  • By hOnesty on 09-02-18

This book is garbage!

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

Reviewed: 25-09-17

What would have made The English better?

This book is clearly just a piece of tosh, tossed off by the author without a thought.It's almost unlistenable and I nearly gave up after listening after just the introduction.Puerile observations read, apparently by a nursery school teacher addressing a room of toddlers...It attempts to be humorous, but the content is simply laughable, as is the patronising, infantile delivery. Don't waste your money.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Matt Rudd?

Anyone, he's rubbish.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Bass and Other Animals

  • By: Guy Pratt
  • Narrated by: Guy Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Guy Pratt came of age just as bass playing became sexy. Having dallied with punk legend Sylvain Sylvain, Pratt suddenly found himself on Top of the Pops and supporting David Bowie with smooth Australian outfit Icehouse. He became bass player to the stars, crawling from studio to bar and hotel to stadium Portakabin with the likes of Pink Floyd, Robert Palmer, Womack &Womack and Bryan Ferry. Guy has recorded with everyone from Madonna and Michael Jackson to McFly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just perfect

  • By Mr. R. Daniels on 28-09-18

A Great Listen!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I almost did!

Any additional comments?

I know someone who has worked with Guy Pratt who assures me he is every bit as entertaining in the flesh as he is in his book!. Packed with funny anecdotes of the highest order it's a great insight into the world of the jobbing musician and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone wether they have an interest in the behind the scenes world of the musician or not. I think anybody would find this book a great listen as I did.

  • Hope and Glory

  • The Days That Made Britain
  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

In Hope and Glory, Stuart goes in search of the places, people and events of the century we have just left behind that have shaped the look and character of modern Britain. From the death of Victoria to the demise of New Labour, he takes a single event from each decade of the 20th century that offers up a defining moment in our history and then goes in search of its legacy today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely brilliant

  • By Claire Mills on 30-10-11

Fascinating and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Any additional comments?

I'm sure I will be listening to this again very soon. Packed with engaging facts, well researched and Stuart's voice is easy to listen to.

  • Pies and Prejudice

  • By: Stuart Maconie
  • Narrated by: Stuart Maconie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

A Northerner in exile, Stuart Maconie goes on a journey in search of the North, attempting to discover where the clichés end and the truth begins. He travels from Wigan Pier to Blackpool Tower and Newcastle's Bigg Market to the Lake District to find his own Northern Soul, encountering along the way an exotic cast of chippy Scousers, pie-eating woollybacks, topless Geordies, mad-for-it Mancs, Yorkshire nationalists and brothers in southern exile.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best ever

  • By Adrian on 31-01-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Would you listen to Pies and Prejudice again? Why?

Yes, it's full of interesting information and comment that deserves another listen for it all to sink in.

What other book might you compare Pies and Prejudice to, and why?

Bill Bryson's Road To Little Dribbling

Any additional comments?

Entertaining and informative, a thoroughly enjoyable listen...more please!

  • Move Along, Please

  • By: Mark Mason
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

At 10.41am on a Tuesday morning in September, Mark Mason boards the number 1A bus at Land’s End in Cornwall. Forty-six buses and eleven days later he disembarks at John O’Groats in Scotland. Move Along Please is his account of that gruelling 1100-mile odyssey; a paint-by-bus-numbers portrait of Britain. Along the way he visits everywhere from the village where the internet enters Britain to the urban sprawl of Birmingham (inspiration for the Two Towers in Lord of the Rings).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Thin Stuff

  • By Mad Jeff on 03-08-16

Thin Stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

What would have made Move Along, Please better?

The book is dull, lacks any real humour and exposes the writers dislikes and prejudices.
It seriously needed a good editor to pick up on this. I'm amazed it found a publisher.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

At 41, the writer seems prematurely middle-aged whilst remarkably untraveled in his own country and lacking in common knowledge. Bill Bryson he is not so expect none of the humour or wry observations. His recollections are mundane and uninteresting; descriptions of places visited vague and littered with random facts that I imagine were gleaned from Wikipedia. I had high hopes for this book but have found it boring. He clearly has negative preconceptions about some people that he would have better kept to himself.
Having just recently listened to Stuart Maconie's excellent travelogue of his journey around the North, I found this a tiresome listen. Sorry.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Shadow World

  • Inside the Global Arms Trade
  • By: Andrew Feinstein
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 25 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

The downloadable audiobook edition of Andrew Feinstein's powerful exposé, The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade, complete and unabridged and read by the actor Gildart Jackson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An extremely important book

  • By S.MURPHY on 12-06-17

Crucial Listening

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

Reviewed: 12-10-15

The level of corruption in the arms industry is staggering; apparently with the complicity of our, so called,democratic governments. This is a long book and requires concentrated listening but it is authoritative and sure to raise the hackles of any decent human being. Thoroughly recommended.

  • The Shepherd's Life

  • By: James Rebanks
  • Narrated by: Bryan Dick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Ms J Randalls on 01-12-15

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 25-09-15

A superb book, beautifully and passionately written.A moving insight into the world of the Cumbrian hill farmer..Highly recommended..

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fascinating and bonkers

  • By melisa on 04-11-15

Very Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 21-09-15

What would have made The Year of Living Danishly better?

If it wasn't so lazily written!

Would you ever listen to anything by Helen Russell again?

No

Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Price-Lewis’s performances?

Probably not...

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Lazy journalism. Fifty percent statistical facts lifted straight from Google and fifty percent Chick-Lit, Yuppie tosh! Could have been so much more engaging and interesting. Poor and immature writing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Travelling to Work

  • Diaries 1988-1998
  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Travelling to Work is the third volume of Michael Palin's widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Palin's career takes an unexpected direction into travel, which will shape his working life for the next 25 years. Yet, as the diaries reveal, he remained ferociously busy on a host of other projects throughout this whirlwind period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wounderfull

  • By james palmer on 20-07-15

Rather Boring

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

Reviewed: 19-09-14

Would you try another book written by Michael Palin or narrated by Michael Palin?

Yes

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Palin again?

Yes

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I'm finding it all a bit boring and will probably give up...

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Michael Palin is an interesting and talented man. There are fragments that I have found interesting but this book is a rather dull list of uninteresting facts from his diary and a multitude of name dropping.

Any additional comments?

I'm sure Michael Palin has more interesting books.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Story of the Streets

  • By: Mike Skinner
  • Narrated by: Mike Skinner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

In this thoroughly modern memoir, the man the Guardian once dubbed "half Dostoevsky… half Samuel Pepys" tells a freewheeling, funny and fearlessly honest tale of Birmingham and London, ecstasy and epilepsy, Twitter-fear and Spectrum joysticks, spread betting and growing up. He writes of his musical inspirations, role models and rivals, the craft of song writing, and reflects on the successes and failures of the decade-long journey of The Streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A hard way to make an easy living

  • By Sara on 12-07-12

I listened so you don't have to!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different story read by somebody interesting.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mike Skinner again?

NO!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Mike Skinner?

Nobody..It doesn't deserve reading.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Story of the Streets?

All of it.

Any additional comments?

Desperately dull and made even more dull by Mike Skinner's reading. I had bought a couple of his albums and like them, in their own way.The book is tedious beyond words however.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful