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  • Right Ho, Jeeves (Dramatised)

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern, Richard Briers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Michael Hordern stars as Jeeves with Richard Briers as Bertie in a BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation. Mayhem has broken out at Brinkley Court and there would seem to be a desperate need for Jeeves. But Bertie is fed up with the assumption that he is merely an addendum to his personal attendant. There are more brains in the Wooster household than just Jeeves, you know! Stand back, Bertram Wooster is on the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Briers' performance brings Bertie Wooster to life.

  • By S. F. Bond on 16-02-15

Wonderful voices in very special dramatisations.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

Would you listen to Right Ho, Jeeves (Dramatised) again? Why?

I have, many times! It brings a smile to my face every time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Right Ho, Jeeves (Dramatised)?

Bertie imagining he can solve everyone's problems without Jeeves.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh a lot each time.

Any additional comments?

These BBC dramatisations were gems; I don't think anyone has come close to the sheer joy of Richard Briers speaking the words of Wodehouse.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Mark Steel's in Town: Series 1
    
    
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    Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
    87 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Mark Steel's in Town: Series 1

  • By: Mark Steel, Pete Sinclair
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 52

In his first show, Mark finds himself in a livestock auction hall in Skipton, Yorkshire, celebrating canals, castles and cows, while in Boston, Lincolnshire, Mark talks about sprouts, chavs, Puritans and the Boston Stump. Lewes, East Sussex, provides Mark with material about fires, pub fights and stroppiness, and in Walsall, Mark celebrates the accent, the concrete hippo, and how the town has absolutely nothing to do with Birmingham.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn through laughter

  • By Marc on 25-02-15

Mark Steel has a unique style

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

What made the experience of listening to Mark Steel's in Town: Series 1 the most enjoyable?

The great mixture of historical facts and gentle teasing of the locals!

What did you like best about this story?

Mark's very special interpretation of a town's history.

Any additional comments?

Listen to all of Mark Steel's radio series; one of the most enjoyable ways of learning some history and biography.

  • The Toll-Gate

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Daniel Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain. But when he finds himself lost at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering days suddenly pale away beside an adventure - and romance - of a lifetime.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More action, less manners - but vintage Heyer

  • By Maggie on 19-06-14

Georgette Heyer readers will enjoy this.

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

If you could sum up The Toll-Gate in three words, what would they be?

Good story telling.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main male character.

Have you listened to any of Daniel Hill’s other performances? How does this one compare?

He is a reliable reader.

Any additional comments?

Not the best of Georgette Heyer, but her average is still better than most writers of Regency romantic fiction.

  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Fact Pact Bryson

  • By Stewart Webb on 06-06-10

Another fascinating book!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

What made the experience of listening to At Home: A Short History of Private Life the most enjoyable?

I always enjoy Bill Brysons books most when he is reading them. I share his fascination with history, and a love of meaningful statistics about everything!

What other book might you compare At Home: A Short History of Private Life to, and why?

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

Have you listened to any of Bill Bryson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I enjoy Bill Bryson's reading of his own work.

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

This is a long book, and there is so much information to take in, I really would not attempt it!

  • America Alone

  • The End of the World as We Know It
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Brian Emerson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Talibanic enforcers burning books? The Supreme Court deciding that sharia law doesn't violate the "separation of church and state"? The Hollywood Left embracing polygamy? If you think these things can't happen, you haven't been paying attention, as the hilarious and provocative columnist Mark Steyn shows to devastating effect in this, his first book on American and global politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Essential

  • By Marlow on 24-01-14

Interesting and concerning.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

What made the experience of listening to America Alone the most enjoyable?

Steyn's writing is always interesting.

What did you like best about this story?

Plenty of facts to ponder.

Have you listened to any of Brian Emerson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. To be honest, I would have preferred Steyn to read his own book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was left feeling somewhat uneasy about the political future of the USA, and Europe. Any one who likes their ideas to be challenged would find this an interesting read. Perhaps not the very best of Steyn, but superior to many political writers today.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Undocumented Mark Steyn

  • Don't Say You Weren't Warned
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Mark Steyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

He's brash, brilliant, and drawn to controversy like a moth to a flame. For decades, Mark Steyn has dazzled audiences around the world with his raucous wit and brutal honesty. Whether he's sounding off on the tyranny of political correctness, the existential threat of Islamic extremism, the "nationalization" of the family, or the "near suicidal stupidity" of America's immigration regime, Steyn is always provocative - and often laugh-out-loud hilarious.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected.

  • By Theresa McMeekin on 14-12-18

Unrepentently opinionated!

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Would you listen to The Undocumented Mark Steyn again? Why?

Yes, because I enjoy his writing. It is refreshing now and then to listen to someone who is so gleefully politically incorrect!

What did you like best about this story?

Sharp and funny.

What about Mark Steyn’s performance did you like?

Steyn enjoys being provocative, and he sounds like he is enjoying reading his book.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed out loud several times!

  • After America

  • Get Ready for Armageddon
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Mark Steyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 28

In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • News from the Future

  • By Marlow on 29-05-14

Alarming and thought provoking.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

What did you like most about After America?

Mark Steyn is an accomplished writer, with an approach that makes his arguments and ideas accessible. Even if you don't agree with him, he makes you examine your own views and beliefs, which is what a good polemic should do!

What other book might you compare After America to, and why?

America Alone also by Mark Stein.

Have you listened to any of Mark Steyn’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes. I think his books are best performed by Steyn himself.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Another Inconvenient Truth?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No One Left to Lie To

  • The Triangulations of William Jefferson Clinton
  • By: Christopher Hitchens, Douglas Brinkley (foreword)
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

In No One Left to Lie to, a New York Times best seller, Christopher Hitchens casts an unflinching eye on the Clinton political machine and offers a searing indictment of a president who sought to hold power at any cost. With blistering wit and meticulous documentation, Hitchens masterfully deconstructs Clinton's abject propensity for pandering to the Left while delivering to the Right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was there a rapist in the Whitehouse?

  • By Product user on 09-01-13

A very interesting book and relevant now.

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Would you listen to No One Left to Lie To again? Why?

Yes, because I would need to hear the details again in order to understand the argument.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Not applicable

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I found some aspects of these events made me angry, and sorry that justice was probably never done. Also it made me re-appraise my views on BOTH the Clintons, and their entourage.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Infected

  • A Novel
  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Scott Sigler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Started well but became... tiresome.

  • By P. Mckenny on 04-07-14

Some good ideas, but felt a little disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 28-04-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not, because I only recommend books I love.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A bit disappointed. I know it is the first in a series but I felt I wanted to know more at this point.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was fine, but one or two voices a bit annoying.

Do you think Infected needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There is plenty more to tell, I would imagine.

Any additional comments?

Not a bad book but not a great one. The following one may be worth a listen.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful