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  • The Female Eunuch

  • By: Germaine Greer
  • Narrated by: Germaine Greer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

A worldwide best seller, The Female Eunuch is a landmark book in the history of the women's movement and a ground-breaking feminist tract. Drawing from history, literature, and popular culture - past and present - Germaine Greer's searing examination of women's oppression is both an important social commentary and a passionately argued polemical masterpiece. This is one of the most famous, most widely read books on feminism ever written.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great reading

  • By Philip on 09-03-13

A terrible bore

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Externalised self loathing bourgouise feminism. An extended opinion piece juggling perfectly picked cherries to suit the needs of a pre-judged argument.

  • My Wife's Brat Boxed Set

  • First Time Erotic Step Romance
  • By: Rachel Fiore
  • Narrated by: Jim Masters
  • Length: 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

This set includes three hot, taboo stories. Volume one: The lady of the house's brat had suddenly caught my attention. She had grown into a sexy young woman, and I was determined to make her mine. Volume two: I finally had the lady of the house's brat. And she was too good to resist. The problem now? She's leaving for college in three weeks, but I'm determined to make the most of the time. Volume three: The lady of the house's brat was finally home from college for a break, and you know what they say: Absence makes the d--k grow harder.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Simply awful

  • By Zoot on 15-01-19

Simply awful

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

Reviewed: 15-01-19

Very clumsily written with a horribly inappropriate narrator for the genre. About as sexy as venereal disease statistics.

  • Cibola Burn

  • Book 4 of the Expanse
  • By: James S. A. Corey
  • Narrated by: Jefferson Mays
  • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,196

The gates have opened the way to a thousand new worlds, and the rush to colonise has begun. Settlers looking for a new life stream out from humanity's home planets. Illus, the first human colony on this vast new frontier, is being born in blood and fire. Independent settlers stand against the overwhelming power of a corporate colony ship with only their determination, courage, and the skills learned in the long wars of home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • They replaced the "bad" narrator with the good one

  • By Finlay on 22-06-18

Freaking awesome but weakest so far

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

Exactly what's said in the title. The story is great but compared to the others it's not quite as strong.

  • The Korean War

  • By: Max Hastings
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 19 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

On 25 June, 1950, the invasion of South Korea by the Communist North launched one of the bloodiest conflicts of the last century. The seemingly limitless power of the Chinese-backed North was thrown against the ferocious firepower of the UN-backed South in a war that can be seen today as the stark prelude to Vietnam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MASH It Isn't

  • By S. Morris on 07-03-18

Btilliant writer, fantastic performer.

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

Reviewed: 25-08-18

A very western focused view of the Korean war with the inherent bias of that perspective but it doesn't pretend to be anything else. Hastings is an excellent writter, very easy to listen to and explores very human elements of the war, and with it the variety of moods and emotions.

Stewart's delivery and narration is, as always, simply fantastic.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,524

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jazzed Up Sci-Fi Crime Caper

  • By Simon on 15-11-17

Ace addition to Weir's collection - keep 'em comin

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I got this book because I enjoyed Andy Weir’s – The Martian so much and it did not disappoint. Rosario Dawson was a wonderful narrator, providing a variety of voices for different characters and really presenting the story in a way you can just get properly engrossed in it.
The main character was great. Story was exciting with some nice twists and turns but not in a forced or convoluted way. Lots of tension but also humor, making it somewhat easy-listening. But that’s not to say you’ll take a half-assed attitude to it – chances are you’ll get through this book pretty quickly. Me and my partner did.

  • Mahabharata: The Greatest Spiritual Epic of All Time

  • By: Krishna Dharma
  • Narrated by: Sarvabhavana Das
  • Length: 45 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Said to be the world's longest poem, Mahabharata was originally composed in 100,000 Sanskrit verses by the ancient Indian sage Vyasa. Revered as a sacred text within Hinduism, it contains the great spiritual teaching Bhagavad-gita. Krishna Dharma has condensed the epic into a fast paced novel that fully retains the majestic mood of the original. A powerful and moving tale, it recounts the history of the five heroic Pandava brothers, sons of the Emperor Pandu.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I could give it 10 stars

  • By Vraja on 15-09-15

A very long average story.

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

Viewed in the light of fantasy, I found the immense amount of virtue signaling a little less obnoxious, being a somewhat interesting story. But that’s all it is. If considered in its religious context – there is the obvious lack of reasoning or explanations to its advice, logical inconsistencies, and the clear manipulation tactics found in any religious text.
The narrator was quite monotonous which made it quite difficult to interpret what was going on. Many other books on Audible have either a variety of voices for different characters or a narrator performing distinctively different voices, something absent in this recording. It would have added a lot to the story, especially considering the immense amount of different characters in it.

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  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623

'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times'; so the recording begins and ends with some of Dickens's best-known words, and between those lines is every Briton's view of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution, the audiobook tells the story of a French doctor who is imprisoned for 18 years in the Bastille in Paris. Upon his release, he moves to London with his daughter, Lucie, whom he had never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of books, the best of readers

  • By Mr David Newton on 17-11-07

Bland

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

Not my favorite Charles Dickens book. Martin Jarvis was a great narrator, as expects, but I found the story quite convoluted and uninteresting. It was all just a bit flat with quite two dimensional characters and a climax that felt like a dud party-popper.

  • Lost Gods

  • A Novel
  • By: Brom
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears. Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By Jonrjfr @yahoo.co.uk on 04-05-17

Ominous yet moreish.

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

Reviewed: 30-09-17

I approached this assuming it was some modern rendition of Dante’s Inferno or something. It wasn’t at all and that was really a good thing. R. C. Bray, the great performer that he is, brings this well written, very descriptive and visual book to life. Even so, there were a couple of inconsistencies/clumsy mistakes in the story itself, especially towards the end (which felt quite rushed) – characters knowing things without being told, characters making unnatural assumptions to other character’s knowledge, “rules” applying to some but not others, that sort of thing. But overall this was a highly enjoyable and well thought out fantasy, solemnly dark but at the same time strangely palatable. I’d recommend checking out Brom’s awesome artwork on his website too.

  • Gilded Needles

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Welcome to the Black Triangle, New York's decadent district of opium dens, gambling casinos, and back-room abortions. The queen of this unsavory neighborhood is Black Lena Shanks, whose family leads a ring of female criminals - women skilled in the art of cruelty. Only a few blocks away, amidst the elegant mansions and lily-white reputations of Gramercy Park and Washington Square, lives Judge James Stallworth. On a crusade to crush Lena's evil empire, the judge has sentenced three of her family members to death. And now she wants revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The story is in the blurb

  • By Zoot on 28-08-17

The story is in the blurb

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

Reviewed: 28-08-17

I was a little disappointed that the blurb basically tells the entire story of the book – it’s not a prelude, it’s literally a full summary of the entire story. This kind of ruined the book for me, making it seem predictable and hollow. This is a real shame because the story itself was really good and well written. I’m sure it would have been much more enjoyable without the pre-expectations, adding a bit of suspense. Thankfully, R. C. Bray’s excellent narration is always a wonder to listen to and that really helped a lot, saving the experience from total disappointment.

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  • Magnus Powermouse

  • By: Dick King-Smith
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

His mother was amazed when she saw the size of her newborn infant and realised that feeding him was going to cause problems. She turned to a box of patent Porker Pills, used for fattening pigs. But the bigger Magnus grew, the more problems he caused.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something for everyone

  • By Zoot on 25-08-17

Something for everyone

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

Reviewed: 25-08-17

I owned this audiobook on cassette tape when I was a kid and hadn’t heard it for probably 20 years. To find Audible had the very same recording that I had on cassette was quite a joy for me (yes it really is that old – note the outro at the end that declares the publishing company can “forward on any LETTERS to the authors or narrators”). It’s no exaggeration to say then that listening to Magnus Powermouse again was deeply nostalgic. It is a wonderful short story that is fantastically performed by Nigel Anthony. It brought a lot of memories back while at the same time uncovering humour and detail I was naïve to as a child. Something for everyone.