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  • From Source to Sea

  • Notes from a 215 Mile Walk Along the River Thames
  • By: Tom Chesshyre
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Over the years, authors, artists and amblers aplenty have felt the pull of the Thames, and now travel writer Tom Chesshyre is following in their footsteps. He's walking the length of the river from the Cotswolds to the North Sea - a winding journey of over 200 miles. Join him for an illuminating stroll past meadows, churches, palaces, country (and council) estates, factories and dockyards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable romp along The Thames

  • By John Hayes on 04-02-19

Very enjoyable romp along The Thames

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Very good listen, superbly read by David Thorpe who I have to say, having heard him several times now, is brilliant.
Takes into account the people, the places, with a good dose of humour, which by the sounds of it is essential for this journey.
The one thing that gets on your nerves is dear old Tom banging on about Brexit...why? Get over it Tom, we have had the vote,don't let it get to you...This aside it was still a good listen, but I have scored it 4 stars for the story as he let himself down with the politics.

I think Tom could become a name for the future, he has the attention to observe people and the places he visits spot on and I wish him well.

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  • Hatters, Railwaymen and Knitters

  • Travels through England’s Football Provinces
  • By: Daniel Gray
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Daniel Gray is about to turn thirty. Like any sane person, his response is to travel to Luton, Crewe, and Hinckley. After a decade's exile in Scotland, he sets out to reacquaint himself with England via what he considers its greatest asset: football. Watching teams from the Championship (or Division Two as any right-minded person calls it) to the South West Peninsula Premier, and aimlessly walking around towns from Carlisle to Newquay, Gray paints a curious landscape forgotten by many.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just a football book!

  • By Mr. David J. Deane on 20-10-14

Fed up with The Premiership League? Get this now!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

Great journey around the grounds of grass routes football. Very well written and a fascinating listen, interesting take on how the various towns and cities visited show you how the social make up has changed of the UK...
Attention to detail was excellent and the authors characters are brought to life by great narration.
I really enjoyed this listen and was able to put it down and pick it up and get straight back into the journey quickly...a must for all football lovers.

  • The Tour

  • A Trip Through Ireland
  • By: Jean Grainger
  • Narrated by: Patrick Moy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

A charming Irish bus driver. A group of disparate American tourists. One life changing week. Take a tour you'll never forget as you navigate the stunning vistas of gorgeous Ireland along with the hearts and minds of a cast of characters who will live with you long after you've finished this audiobook. During a routine tour of Ireland, tour guide Conor O'Shea finds himself on a journey of his own through the lives of his hilarious companions as together they navigate both the Irish countryside and the secrets of their individual lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable, brilliantly narrated.

  • By John Hayes on 01-01-18

Very enjoyable, brilliantly narrated.

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

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Loved this audio, from start to finish it entertained me, brought to life by Patrick Moy who’s breath of characters really was the heart of this story. I don’t normally do fiction, but I love Ireland and this hit the spot.
I can’t praise the narration enough...get it and you will not be disappointed, I certainly wasn’t!

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  • Mustn't Grumble

  • In Search of England and the English
  • By: Joe Bennett
  • Narrated by: Rupert Holliday Evans
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Eighteen years ago, Joe Bennett left England for a holiday. Now he’s come back. But how is the England of his memory different from the England of the motorway? Identikit high streets, New Labour, chicken tikka - things aren’t what they used to be. But the longer Joe travels, the more he wonders whether things were ever what they used to be. Even a century ago, H. V. Morton, the nation’s most celebrated eulogiser, was In Search of England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not grumbling...this was brilliant!

  • By John Hayes on 21-12-17

I'm not grumbling...this was brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 21-12-17

Really enjoyable romp through the UK, loved his rich descriptions of the people, places and observations...very clever humour and well narrated, captured the right tone and feelings of certain individuals...must get the printed version.

  • The Title

  • The Story of the First Division
  • By: Scott Murray
  • Narrated by: Piers Hampton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In The Title, Scott Murray delivers a lively, cherry-picked history of the country's football narrative through the prism of the old First Division. Rich with humour yet underpinned with solid research, this is a glorious ramble across English football's varied terrain. With as much about Preston, Burnley, Wolves, Portsmouth and West Brom as the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United, we learn the less well-known stories the sport has to tell, such as the plight of Glossop - the smallest club to ever play top-flight football.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst Auditory Performance in 70+ Books

  • By Luke Regan on 27-09-18

Nostalgia at its best, but....

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Took me back to when you could actually relate to the players in your team or the oppositions. Well researched and full of new facts that I was unaware of, BUT Piers Hampton, turns out he is one when it comes to pronouncing names of footballers and teams, in fact it's hilarious! Honestly, how hard is it to get the names of famous footballers and teams correct? Whoever oversees this, presumably a producer needs to do their homework...shame as the content is very good, just let down by Mr Hampton...obviously not into his football.

  • Playing Through

  • Modern Golf's Most Iconic Players and Moments
  • By: Jim Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Mark Mickelson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

The game of golf has been witness to dramatic change since the early 1980s. Technology has relegated polished wooden drivers and wound balls covered with balata to the dustbin of history. The world's great courses have been stretched unfathomable lengths to counter the game's modern champions and the distances they hit the ball.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Poor narration ruins this...how can it happen?

  • By John Hayes on 27-10-17

Poor narration ruins this...how can it happen?

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

Reviewed: 27-10-17

Great story, but I defy anyone to listen for more than 15 minutes to the monosyllabic tone of Mark Mickleson...how can someone so so poor be given this job? Seriously...listen to the sample and make up your own mind, it's crap with a capital C.
Such a shame as the story and content is very strong, but how the hell did MM get this gig? Unbelievable!
I think that he is caddie to brother Phil...that says it all, don't give up your day job.

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  • A Life in the Day

  • By: Hunter Davies
  • Narrated by: Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

In this much-anticipated sequel, Hunter looks back across five decades of successful writing to reflect on his colourful memories of the living in London during the height of the Swinging '60s; becoming editor of Britain's first colour weekend supplement The Sunday Times magazine, where he befriended the Beatles; and reporting on (and partying with) some of the biggest names in television, film and theatre of the day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful tribute to Margaret Forster

  • By nigeyb on 19-03-18

Lifes rich tapastries, highs and lows...

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

I really enjoyed this autobiography, but I am bias as I have followed his writings for the past 20 years and enjoy his style, humour, but not always his politics, however such is life and Hunter has done good. He clearly was in love with his wife and always in awe of her books, maybe not reciprocated by her, but she was a strong and independent woman, which is just what he wanted, no doubt. The chapters of her passing away were very sad, but written with honesty and clarity.
Great stories and a good insight into his writings from a junior cub reporter...one of his first books I read was the A Wainwrights Biography where I wrote to him saying how much I enjoyed it. He sent me back a lovely postcard of his house in Loweswater saying that I now had my very own postcard of the Lakes...what a charming man and says much about the individual...I wish him all the very best as he embarks on life without his rock!

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  • A Life Well Played

  • My Stories
  • By: Arnold Palmer
  • Narrated by: Rich Lerner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

As a follow-up to his 1999 autobiography, Palmer takes stock of the many experiences of his life in A Life Well Played, bringing new details and insights to some familiar stories and sharing new ones. Palmer has had tremendous success but is most notable for going about it the right way and always giving back to the fans who made it all possible. Gracious, fair, and a true gentleman, Arnold Palmer is the gold standard of how to conduct yourself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too good to be true...you bet it is!

  • By John Hayes on 18-06-17

Too good to be true...you bet it is!

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

Reviewed: 18-06-17

Where does A Life Well Played rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top 5 at least

What did you like best about this story?

The honesty, sincerity & wisdom, all rolled into one and the excellent narration.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

There were too many to single out, he lived such a full life, from his golf, personal and business, this covers all aspects.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Teaches you about a life well played...

Any additional comments?

One of those audibles that you can come back to time and again and learn something new. A clever and talented man and full of good advice and honesty.

  • Bobby Moore

  • The Man in Full
  • By: Matt Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

'Immaculate footballer. Imperial defender. Immortal hero of 1966. Master of Wembley. Captain extraordinary. Gentleman of all time.' These are some of the words inscribed beneath the statue of England's World Cup-winning captain, Bobby Moore, at Wembley stadium. Since Moore's death, of bowel cancer at just 51, these accolades represent the accepted view of this national treasure. But what do we actually know about Bobby Moore as a person? What about the grit alongside the glory?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must for all Football Fans

  • By John on 29-12-14

Wow...what a story!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

If you could sum up Bobby Moore in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, compelling & informative!

What other book might you compare Bobby Moore to, and why?

As a biography it brought the man to light, but not sure if it compares to any other book.

What does Colin Mace bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Clever narration & accents were excellent, I've heard him before and he never disappoints!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

How he was so stoic towards his end!
Sad yet inspirational...lots of information that I was completely in the dark about!

Any additional comments?

Brilliantly written, lots of new informative material that I had never heard about and excellent delivery, this would make such a great film, the drama, the highs and the lows and the romance...Matt Dickenson should be really proud of this piece of literature!

  • A Life in Football

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Ian Wright
  • Narrated by: Paul Mendez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

Ian Wright, Arsenal legend, England striker and TV pundit extraordinaire, is one of the most interesting and relevant figures in modern football. His journey from a South London council estate to national treasure is everybody's dream. From Sunday morning football directly to Crystal Palace; from 'boring, boring Arsenal' to inside the Wenger Revolution; from Saturday afternoons on the pitch to Saturday evenings on primetime television; from a week in prison to inspiring youth offenders, Ian will reveal all about his extraordinary life and career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story

  • By Amazon Customer on 27-09-16

I really like Ian Wright, Wright Wright!

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

Reviewed: 28-09-16

What did you like most about A Life in Football?

Interesting, honest & informative!

What did you like best about this story?

Was very interesting, not just the footy & behind the scene action, but how he made the most of his talents. Great thoughts on a range of related subjects about the soccer world, explained in an articulate manner. The PFA feature high on his list of could do better, in addition to football agents & hanger ons, plus the average TV executive after the football had finished.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

His reflections on his time at Arsenal, from the manager to the rest of the players and the way they trained, played, ate & prepared for games!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

His childhood & how he survived and made the most of his attributes. This was no easy ride for him & he should feel proud of how he has come through to where he is today...well done IW!

Any additional comments?

I like him & would love to play a round of golf with him, have lunch, dinner or a few beers, just a very down to earth bloke who would make you laugh & cry, either with his humour or humility - this book is up there with the best of them.