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  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visionary, violent, yet redemptive. A masterpiece.

  • By Peter Kettle on 07-04-13

“The freedom of birds is an insult to me."

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

Reviewed: 18-02-19

You’ll either love or hate this book.

Personally I struggled to reach the end and took two or three attempts.

The characterisations are seemingly vacuous with no clear indication of the characters desire, intent or motivation.

The result is a seemingly deliberate, car-crash of never ending violence, leaving the reader somewhat stupefied and gasping for narrative air. It’s like reading with a hangover.

It’s certainly well written and uses brilliant imagery - but aside the seemingly Gnostic ramblings if it’s lead character - the Judge - it didn't deliver anything satisfying.

The Judge justifies war not only as Man’s true nature, but as a divine act against the Universe itself.

Therefore to kill, maim and destroy is justified as a gnostic act, in the pursuit of a greater knowing

If this is true, then it is never fully revealed by McCarthy or his characters; but if pseudo apocalyptic torture-porn is your thing, then this a book will deliver it to you

  • Born to Run

  • The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  • By: Christopher McDougall
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396

Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure that began with one simple question: Why does my foot hurt? In search of an answer, Christopher McDougall sets off to find a tribe of the world's greatest distance runners and learn their secrets - and in the process shows us that everything we thought we knew about running is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Born to Run

  • By Gilmonkey on 23-05-12

A wonderful human story

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

Reviewed: 29-01-19

Truly one of the most enjoyable books about the human condition (and running) on the market today

Very well narrated and a classic Audible offering

A must listen

  • First Light

  • By: Geoffrey Wellum
  • Narrated by: Andrew Brooke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 198

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of First Light by Geoffrey Wellum, read by Andrew Brooke. Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, 18-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF. Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. But of the friends that take to the air alongside Wellum, many never return.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-08-18

Simply wonderful

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Powerful, Artful, Wonderful.

A must for anyone who’s interested in the strength and courage of the human condition.

  • Empire of Imagination

  • Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons
  • By: Michael Witwer
  • Narrated by: Sam Witwer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

The life story of Gary Gygax, godfather of all fantasy adventure games, has been told only in bits and pieces. Michael Witwer has written a dynamic, dramatized biography of Gygax from his childhood in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, to his untimely death in 2008. Gygax's magnum opus, Dungeons & Dragons, would explode in popularity throughout the 1970s and '80s and irreversibly alter the world of gaming. D&D is the best-known, best-selling role-playing game of all time, and it boasts an elite class of alumni.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • interesting and surprisingly touching

  • By Steel on 06-02-19

Suprisingly enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

A surprisingly enjoyable story, if tinged with a little tragedy & sadness.

The Witwer brothers write with some passion and authority about the man, following Gygax's journey from small town 'optimist' to big league 'cynic', as TSR rises &falls back into ashes.

A must book for any D&D fan and for those who following table top, RPG and computer games development.

  • The Name of the Wind

  • The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Patrick Rothfuss
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas
  • Length: 28 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 9,507
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,330

I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!

  • By Robyn on 31-01-13

What Audible was invented for...

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

Reviewed: 17-07-18

A brilliant narrative by Rothfuss and sublime delivery by Degas

Both writer and narrator come together to create a fully realised and deeply evocative story.



  • Waterloo

  • By: Tim Clayton
  • Narrated by: Phillip Franks
  • Length: 19 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

The bloodbath at Waterloo ended a war that had engulfed the world for over 20 years. It also finished the career of the charismatic Napoleon Bonaparte. It ensured the final liberation of Germany and the restoration of the old European monarchies, and it represented one of very few defeats for the glorious French army, most of whose soldiers remained devoted to their Emperor until the very end.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maps & diagrams needed to get the real effect

  • By Alexander Patterson on 25-07-15

Nuanced and intelligent

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

A very entertaining account of Waterloo, including thoughtful insights on friends and foes alike

Excellent narration and an enjoyable editorial style - meaning that the listener can listen for a long or as shorter periods as they prefer, without spoiling the overall impact effect.