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  • The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers

  • By: Richard Aldrich, Rory Cormac
  • Narrated by: Tom Clegg
  • Length: 25 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

The Black Door explores the evolving relationship between successive British Prime Ministers and the intelligence agencies, from Asquith's Secret Service Bureau to Cameron's National Security Council. At the beginning of the 20th Century the British intelligence system was underfunded and lacked influence in government. But as the new millennium dawned, intelligence had become so integral to policy that it was used to make the case for war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly fabulous

  • By NickNoodles on 20-09-16

Fascinating but poor narration

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

Reviewed: 17-06-17

The story of British intelligence is engaging throughout despite the robotic delivery of the narrator.

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 947
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

  • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

Not a credible story

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Heard much that was good of the book, but it didn't live up to its reviews. Far too many incredible coincidences to stomach. The final one made me groan with disappointment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tower of Basel

  • The Shadowy History of the Secret Bank that Runs the World
  • By: Adam LeBor
  • Narrated by: John Mawson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Tower of Basel is the first investigative history of the world’s most secretive global financial institution. Based on extensive archival research in Switzerland, Britain, and the United States, and in-depth interviews with key decision-makers including Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve; Sir Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England; and former senior Bank for International Settlements managers and officials.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible story about the Bank no-one knows

  • By F. I. Nance on 28-06-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

If you're interested in modern history, politics and economics, this is an invaluable key to understanding the making of modern Europe.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • Book 4 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,534
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Feast for Crows. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Feast for Crows is the fourth volume in the series. The Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Whats going on with the accents?

  • By Karen on 29-12-11

Fantastic story and storytelling

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

Reviewed: 31-01-15

I absolutely love the complex plots and characters. All the books in the series are as satisfying as any novel I've read in any genre.

  • Stein on Writing

  • A Master Editor Shares His Craft, Techniques, and Strategies
  • By: Sol Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, "This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Michael on 11-08-10

Extremely useful

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

Reviewed: 28-01-15

Addresses every aspect of writing with a structured and practical manner. Sol Stein writes with insight derived from his personal experience as a successful writer, editor and publisher. The narrator is a little dry at times, but the writing has clarity and humour.

  • Treasure Islands

  • Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World
  • By: Nicholas Shaxson
  • Narrated by: Tim Bentinck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

Most people regard tax havens as being relevant only to celebrities, crooks and spivs, and mistakenly believe that the main offshore problems are money laundering and terrorist financing. These are only small parts of the whole picture. The offshore system has been (discreetly) responsible for the greatest ever shift of wealth from poor to rich. It also undermines our democracies by offering the wealthiest members of society escape routes from normal democratic controls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To pay, or not to pay tax ...?

  • By M on 25-05-14

As gripping as a thriller, and a call to action.

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

Reviewed: 30-06-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Treasure Islands to be better than the print version?

As much as I love reading, I can find more time to listen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Not applicable

Which character – as performed by Tim Bentinck – was your favourite?

Just the straight narration, which is very good. His 'character' voices are one the very the few weakness in an otherwise very good performance as narrator.

Any additional comments?

May change your perception of how our society is run, and of international politics too.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Family Portrait: Four Short Stories about Domestic Life

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

Exclusive bonus stories from the best-selling author of Lost at Sea, Them, The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare at Goats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good laugh

  • By christine on 11-11-12

Delicious

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

The family member Jon Ronson most mercilessly portrays as pompous, delusional and subject to strange obsessions is himself. By comparison the subjects of his other articles, books and documentaries seem to have got off lightly.

  • The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty

  • How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves
  • By: Dan Ariely
  • Narrated by: Simon Jones
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Fascinating and provocative, Dan Ariely’s The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty is an insightful and brilliantly researched take on cheating, deception, and willpower. The internationally best-selling author pulls no punches when it comes to home truths. His previous titles Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality have become classics in their field, revealing astonishing traits that run through modern humankind. Now acclaimed behavioural economist Dan Ariely delves deeper into psychology.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's yourself you have to fool!

  • By Jim Vaughan on 15-05-13

It's (honestly) great!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

A fascinating study of human behaviour, that is also enjoyable for the humour with which Ariely delivers his insights: thoroughly accessible and well-narrated.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mortality

  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

During the US book tour for his memoir, Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens awoke in his New York hotel room to excruciating pain in his chest. As he would later write in the first of a series of pieces for Vanity Fair, he was being deported "from the country of the well across the stark frontier that marks off the land of malady." Over the next year he underwent the brutal gamut of modern cancer treatment, enduring catastrophic levels of suffering and eventually losing the faculty of speech.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As eloquent at the end as he ever was

  • By Richard on 10-09-12

Lucid and deeply moving

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Christopher Hitchens considers his life and his impeding death with an intelligence and humour that is admirable and inspiring. Simon Prebble is an excellent narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bad Pharma

  • How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

'Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every medical doctor should read this!

  • By Lut on 23-12-12

Extremely interesting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

Fascinating research into the malpractices of pharmaceutical companies. Its very accessibly written, well narrated, and a great companion to Goldacre's 'Bad Science'.