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  • Fire and Blood

  • 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  • By: George R.R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 26 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 568
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

Set 300 years before the events in A Song of Ice and Fire, Fire and Blood is the definitive history of the Targaryens in Westeros as told by Archmaester Gyldayn, and chronicles the conquest that united the Seven Kingdoms under Targaryen rule through to the Dance of the Dragons: the Targaryen civil war that nearly ended their dynasty forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History in George RR Martins own style

  • By D. J. Mole on 27-11-18

Great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-01-19

Very enjoyable for all fans of a song of ice and fire. Looking forward to part 2

  • Everywoman

  • One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth
  • By: Jess Phillips
  • Narrated by: Jess Phillips
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

If you're thinking, 'Jess, who?' then I'm glad that there was something about 'everywoman' and 'truth' that caught your eye. Or you might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I'm a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch and a murderer and threatened with rape. The Internet attracts a classy crowd. So, speaking the truth isn't always easy, but I believe it's worth it. And I want you to believe it, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you! You are a real inspiration!

  • By VB on 28-08-18

Brilliant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-18

I've listened to Everywoman twice now and I enjoyed it both times, jess us a super star and I highly recommend this book.

  • The Actual One

  • How I Tried, and Failed, to Remain Twenty-Something for Ever
  • By: Isy Suttie
  • Narrated by: Isy Suttie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

Isy woke up one day in her late 20s to discover that the invisible deal she'd done with her best mates - that they'd prolong growing up for as long as possible - had all been in her head. Everyone around her is suddenly into mortgages, farmers' markets and nappies rather than the idea of running naked into the sea or getting hammered in Plymouth with 80-year-old men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well worth a listen

  • By Lee on 12-02-16

Really good

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-09-17

Honest, well written and well told. A great third to thqt mitchell and webb audio book collection

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How Not to Be a Boy

  • By: Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: Robert Webb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,296
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,011
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,984

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating charming sad redemptive

  • By sarah on 02-09-17

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-17

I am a big fan of Mitchell and Webb and pre ordered this title. I was very enjoyable.

5 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • This Boy

  • By: Alan Johnson
  • Narrated by: Alan Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Alan Johnson's childhood was not so much difficult as unusual, particularly for a man who was destined to become Home Secretary. Not in respect of the poverty, which was shared with many of those living in the slums of postwar Britain, but in its transition from two-parent family to single mother and then to no parents at all.... This is essentially the story of two incredible women: Alan's mother, Lily, who battled against poor health, poverty, domestic violence and loneliness to try to ensure a better life for her children; and his sister, Linda, who had to assume an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age and who fought to keep the family together.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A warm, candid, moving memoir

  • By Saffy on 28-05-13

All 3 are great

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-07-17

Just finished this as the third of Alan Johnsons books having read his second first. A great trilogy that can be enjoyed by anyone.

  • A Woman's Work

  • By: Harriet Harman
  • Narrated by: Harriet Harman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Why does the political representation of women matter? And which hurdles - personal, political and societal - have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past 30 years? From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no consideration for family life, this frank, inspiring and politically charged audiobook is a crucial account of the progress (and occasional setbacks) made.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Became irritating - couldn’t finish!

  • By S. B. Hall on 27-11-18

Great book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-17

Great insight into the womens movements and the labour party from someone at the very core of it

  • Dave Gorman Vs The Rest of the World

  • By: Dave Gorman
  • Narrated by: Dave Gorman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 257

Remember when you were a kid, and you used to go round to a friend's house to see if they were playing? Well, as adults we're not supposed to do that. Which is a shame... because Dave Gorman likes playing. He REALLY likes games. So he knocked on the biggest door you could ever imagine - the internet - and asked 76,000 people if they fancied a game. This is the story of what happened next.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story with a revealing finish

  • By Lee Grant on 06-10-11

Fun book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-17

Enjoyable read, read well and fun story about an adventure. I'm going to buy another book

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Cope with Mitchell and Webb

  • By: David Mitchell, Robert Webb
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell, Robert Webb
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

David Mitchell and Robert Webb tackle various subject matters in a How to Cope with... guide, talking you through every day scenarios and situations. The subject matters discussed are How to Cope with... Being Normal; Pubs; Being Dumped, Parts 1 and 2; Coffee; Malmaison Hotels; Nudists; The Smoking Ban; Actors; Servants; and Getting Older.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Nick Evans on 23-10-09

Nice little book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-17

Really funny, bit short but understandable as the actual book is very visual. Still good

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Utopia

  • By: Thomas More
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Thomas More's Utopia stands out as one of the most striking political works ever written. Composed specifically as a response to Henry VIII's break with Rome, the book meditates on the perfect society while indirectly critiquing the political and social ills of Tudor England. Containing thoughts on religious pluralism, a welfare state, and women's rights, More's book was well ahead of its time, already hinting at later theories on communism and capitalism centuries before Marx, Engels, and Smith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well worth your time 😊

  • By SimonX on 23-03-17

A classic

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-17

A classic work, well performed. An interesting hisctoric work that is interesting to examine in relation to the modern world.

  • David Mitchell: Back Story

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: David Mitchell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,563
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,003
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,991

David Mitchell, who you may know for his inappropriate anger on every TV panel show except Never Mind the Buzzcocks, his look of permanent discomfort on C4 sex comedy Peep Show, his online commenter-baiting in The Observer or just for wearing a stick-on moustache in That Mitchell and Webb Look, has written a book about his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Joy

  • By Stan on 17-10-12

Well written and read well

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-01-17

Very nice, I have read this twice and enjoyed it very much both times. I'm very happy the author wrote this and was willing to share