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  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Retold with Gripping Narrative

  • By Avril Sawers on 14-10-14

Entertaining, informative and shocking

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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: 01-07-17

The real story of Kim Philby and his spying activities and the reality of how he got away with so much for so long.

A searing indictment of the British establishment told in an accessible and well researched way.

Highly recommended

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume One

  • The Early Years (1938-1950)
  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: Carl Bernard, full cast, Hugh Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

Three complete radio dramas featuring writer-cum-amateur detective Paul Temple, plus bonus archive material. When it comes to classic crime partnerships, Paul Temple and his wife, Steve, are the crème de la crème. Between 1938 and 1968, their glamorous exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are some of the amateur detective's earliest adventures.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Generally Enjoyable But Rather Erratic

  • By foxymoron on 04-01-17

Wonderful Paul Temple

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

Reviewed: 27-06-17

Love these recordings. They are like travelling back in time.
A little dated and sexist but still ripping yarns well produced by Auntie BBC.

YOU will love them too!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Night School

  • Wake Up to the Power of Sleep
  • By: Richard Wiseman
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Night School uncovers the scientific truth about the sleeping brain - and gives powerful tips on how those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time in the dark can transform your waking life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative with a quirky sense of humour

  • By Laura on 19-05-14

Thought provoking and helpful

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

Reviewed: 25-06-17

This is a very insightful and illuminating book about sleep and especially so for those of us who have had some problems in that area.

Loads of helpful and easy to understand information and advice presented in a succinct and truly helpful way.

Well worth the time and expense

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paul Temple: The Complete Radio Collection: Volume Three

  • The Sixties (1960-1968)
  • By: Francis Durbridge
  • Narrated by: full cast, Marjorie Westbury, Peter Coke
  • Length: 17 hrs and 37 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Paul Temple swings into the '60s with five complete radio dramas featuring the writer-cum-amateur detective and his wife, Steve, plus bonus archive material. Between 1938 and 1968, Paul and Steve's exploits enthralled generations of radio listeners around the world. Here, presented in chronological order, are 'The Gilbert Case' (1960 remake), 'The Margo Mystery' (1961), 'The Jonathan Mystery' (1963 remake), 'The Geneva Mystery' (1965) and 'The Alex Affair' (1968). This set also includes the bonus radio feature 'Peter Coke and the Paul Temple Affair'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Sojourneruk on 09-07-17

Hugely Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 23-06-17

A series of mysteries well crafted and dramatised by the BBC into an audio feast.

Well worth the time and expense despite being very much of its time.

Hugely enjoyable escapism

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • From Russia with Love (with interview)

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 456

James Bond is targeted for elimination by SMERSH, and the malevolent Colonel Rosa Klebb has set a trap in Istanbul. The bait is the Spektor decoding machine, which is to be delivered by the irresistible Tatiana Romanova. The assassin is Red Grant, a psychopath who has defected from the West. Bond and Tatiana become pawns in a game of cross and double-cross that reaches its deadly finale on the Orient Express.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truest Of Bonds. Bravo Mr Fleming

  • By Alistair on 23-12-12

Bond .......... James Bond

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

Reviewed: 09-05-17

Classic Fleming and James Bond.
Good story line and characterisation. Good narration.

Well worth it even if you are over familiar with the film version.

  • The War that Ended Peace

  • By: Margaret MacMillan
  • Narrated by: Richard Burnip
  • Length: 31 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

The First World War followed a period of sustained peace in Europe during which people talked with confidence of prosperity, progress and hope. But in 1914, Europe walked into a catastrophic conflict which killed millions of its men, bled its economies dry, shook empires and societies to pieces, and fatally undermined Europe's dominance of the world. It was a war which could have been avoided up to the last moment - so why did it happen?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Real Marathon!

  • By Tom on 06-02-14

Magisterial Historical Narrative

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-05-17

This is an astonishing achievement addressing the mist complex of historical puzzles. It explains the how's the why's and the who's of the causes of the First World War.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough if you are interested in this subject or if you like detail in your history or if you just like good writing (and narration) then this will no dusappoint

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  • Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

  • By: Tony Judt
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 43 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

Almost a decade in the making, this much-anticipated grand history of postwar Europe from one of the world’s most esteemed historians and intellectuals is a singular achievement. Postwar is the first modern history that covers all of Europe, both east and west, drawing on research in six languages to sweep readers through 34 nations and 60 years of political and cultural change—all in one integrated, enthralling narrative.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning piece of synthesis

  • By Judy Corstjens on 19-08-14

History at its best

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

Reviewed: 18-02-16

Well written and narrated this is history of a high quality.

Insightful, interesting and comprehensive in its coverage and intellectually edifying.

Thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who wants a definitive view of this time and place.

  • The Conservatives

  • By: Robin Harris
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

The history of the Conservative party has, extraordinarily, rarely been written in a single volume for the general reader. There are academic multi-volume accounts and a multitude of smaller books with limited historical scope. But now, Robin Harris, Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter and party insider, has produced this authoritative but lively history book which tells the whole story and fills a gaping hole in Britain's historiographical record.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conservative Party Unwrapped

  • By Kevin Viney on 21-11-15

Conservative Party Unwrapped

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

Reviewed: 21-11-15

A comprehensive, insightful and informative history of the Conservatives.

It provides interesting and edifying detail to the trials and triumphs of British Conservatism.
It dispels the myths surrounding the leaders, movers and shakers of Conservatism and lays bare the party's inherent pragmatism.

The authors clear loyalty and commitment to all things Thatcher is understandable given his background and forgivable given the huge impact she undoubtedly had on the Party and the country.

If you want to understand the a conservative Party better this is a very good starting point.

The narrator is also excellent and brings what is a very dry subject as much to life as I think is possible.

Well worth the effort all round.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Victoria

  • A Life
  • By: A N Wilson
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

To many Queen Victoria was a ruler shrouded in myth and mystique, portrayed as an aging, stiff widow. But in truth Britain’s longest-reigning monarch was passionate, expressive, humorous, and unconventional. A. N. Wilson’s exhaustively researched and definitive biography includes a wealth of new material from previously unseen sources, showing us Queen Victoria as she’s never been seen before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring and edifying

  • By Kevin Viney on 07-10-15

Inspiring and edifying

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

Reviewed: 07-10-15

An excellent biography and reading of Queen Victoria addressing the many aspects of her life and reign.

Well read throughout.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Primary Phase (Dramatised)

  • By: Douglas Adams
  • Narrated by: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, Geoffrey McGivern, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,070

A dynamic remastering of the original BBC Radio 4 full-cast serial - Fit the First to Fit the Sixth - which spawned a phenomenal hitchhiking legend. The original series of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, remastered by Dirk Maggs (director of the Tertiary, Quandary and Quintessential Phases) to give a full, vibrant sound, now with Philip Pope’s version of the familiar theme tune and specially re-recorded announcements by John Marsh. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny, adventurous and youthful

  • By Ryan on 07-10-09

Superb

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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: 05-09-15

This is such a fabulous piece of writing, storytelling and imaginative creativity it's an absolute classic.
I so envy anyone who still has to listen to it for the first time, they are in for such a treat.
This is also the classic cast from the original radio broadcasts and that has never been bettered in terms of conveying Douglas Adams wonderful universe.

A true must listen. Buy, enjoy and you'll have no regrets!