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  • Speed of Sound

  • By: Thomas Dolby
  • Narrated by: Thomas Dolby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

Thomas Dolby's hit songs 'She Blinded Me with Science' and 'Hyperactive!' catapulted him to international fame in the early '80s. A pioneer of new wave and electronica, Thomas combined a love for invention with a passion for music, and the result was a new sound that defined an era of revolutionary music. But as record company politics overshadowed the joy of performing, Thomas found a surprising second act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome

  • By Andrew on 06-04-19

Very much at the speed of reality.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

Like the old lifeboat he works in, Dolby's career has been tossed around in the storm that was the first dot com boom. Does it come right? A very atypical rock autobiography. No boring tales of bachanalia here. Unless you are interested in a personal history of music and tech in the 80's and 90's it might not be for you. His homes keep collapsing. He reads very well.

  • Things Can Only Get Worse?

  • By: John O'Farrell
  • Narrated by: John O'Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Things Can Only Get Worse is the personal story of one political activist helping Labour progress from its 1997 landslide to the unassailable position it enjoys today. Along the way he stood for Parliament against Theresa May; he was dropped from Tony and Cherie's Christmas card list after he revealed he always sent their card on to a friend from the SWP; and he campaigned for a new nonselective inner-city state school, then realised this meant he had to send his kids to a nonselective inner-city state school.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Political Testament of a Lefty

  • By Judy Corstjens on 23-01-18

Oh! ye lefties

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

Reviewed: 30-10-17

Almost frightening in its succinct and wry progression from post Thatcherite optimism to what did we think we were doing? A refreshing lack of self justification. You tried, John, you tried.

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