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  • The English and Their History

  • By: Robert Tombs
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 45 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424

In The English and their History, the first full-length account to appear in one volume for many decades, Robert Tombs gives us the history of the English people and of how the stories they have told about themselves have shaped them, from the prehistoric 'dreamtime' through to the present day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a masterpiece.

  • By D. D. Paxton on 26-10-16

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

When Tombs writes that this book is a brick in our history, he is not wrong. At 45.5 hours long, it is a heck of a read.

I actually really enjoyed it. Parts of it, like the bits about the Middle Ages and the post Second World War sections were a bit of a slog. The post WW2 section basically consisted of Thatcher, bits of Major, Blair and the Scottish Referendum, and it’s like... yeah, but that’s not everything? So parts could have stood to be a bit longer, a bit more in depth, though with the way the book was written, it flowed and it made sense.

I really was not a fan of the narrator. I liked him for parts of this book, because he had quite a nice speaking method and he was enjoyable to listen to, but he lisped on words ending with s, and I never realised how many words ended with that letter until it was 45.5 hours of semi-hell. I had to speed the book up to 2x and 2.5x at time to overcome this.

  • The Korean War Trivia Book: Interesting Stories and Random Facts from the Korean War

  • Trivia War Books Series, Book 4
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1

You may not have heard as much about the Korean War as you have about the American Civil War, World War II, or the Vietnam War. It’s not the topic of dozens of movies every year, and many Americans never learned about it, even once, in school. The Korean War was part of the Cold War - a more familiar subject - but while Sputnik, the Berlin Wall, and MAD have faded from our collective memory of what the Cold War was, the Korean War remains the one part of the Cold War that’s still active. With this audiobook, you’ll finally learn the ins and outs of the Korean War.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good

  • By Emily on 19-07-18

Really Good

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was really interesting. I don’t know much about Korea, and it was really interesting to hear all of these different little facts. I loved how there were specific chapters dedicated to the USSR and China’s influence over Korea’s development.

I like how the books are pretty topical as well, how the book opens talking about Trump and ends talking about Obama. The final chapter which talks about the legacy of the Korean War was really interesting.

This was a really good trivia book, a good addition to O’Niell’s series.

  • Richard's Story

  • A Numbers Game Short
  • By: Rebecca Rode
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
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    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Richard just wanted a girlfriend - not the apocalypse. Richard Peak's senior year is looking painfully ordinary - fighting for position on the soccer team, his parents' constant arguing, a glaring lack of a girlfriend. He can't wait to graduate and join a soccer team overseas, preferably as far from home as possible. Then the president is assassinated and his life changes forever. As an alarming chain of nationwide terrorist attacks trigger a civil war, Richard finds himself on a dangerous journey for survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Emily on 19-07-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really enjoyed this book! I’ve never read the Numbers Game series, so this was my introduction to the series, and it really makes me want to read the main series because it was a well written, really believable and all the characters fell like real people.

The narrator, Stacey Glemboski, was brilliant. I don’t normally like narrator that are a different gender to the main character, but she was so good that I forgot about it. She voiced Richard and Beyu brilliantly, and it was so easy to tell which characters were speaking.

  • Dawn of Chrysalis

  • The Origin of F.O.R.C.E., Book 2
  • By: Sam B. Miller II
  • Narrated by: John Pirhalla
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

The human race is in trouble. After narrowly claiming victory in the first invasion, an assault by advanced militaristic aliens armed with light speed capable spacecraft is a continuing threat. Even so, Chrysalis is in danger, and Whatsit is determined to rescue his fellow Chrysallamans. It's a task he knows he cannot accomplish without the help of his human brethren. With the threat of future attacks looming, the humans will have to decide whether it's best to go on the defensive at home on Earth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By Emily on 19-07-18

Good

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a good novel. I enjoyed the story and the writing was really good. I did feel like I suffered for not having read book one in this series, and I didn’t feel massively connected to the characters.

  • Michael's Soul Mate

  • Vampires of London, Book 2
  • By: Lorelei Moone
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Some vampires have trouble figuring out how they want to spend eternity, but playboy Michael Odell isn't one of them. He knows exactly what he wants: fine wines and beautiful women fuel his passion and he's made it his mission to sample as many of either as he can. Fate has other ideas. One night, on his way home, Michael discovers a woman lying face-down in an alley, who is losing the fight to live. There's only one way of saving her: The Ritual.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun

  • By Emily on 19-07-18

Fun

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a pretty fun read. I haven’t read the previous book in the series, but I didn’t feel like I was missing out by not having read it. Worth a listen, if you like vampires.

  • Plagued - The Midamerica Zombie Half-Breed Experiment

  • Plagued States of America, Book 1
  • By: Better Hero Army
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When Tom, the son of a powerful senator, becomes stranded in the Plagued States while searching for his lost sister, his only hope of survival rests in the hands of a few grizzled veteran zombie hunters and a mysterious half-breed zombie woman he thinks may know where to find his sister....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Emily on 19-07-18

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 19-07-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a really interesting take on a zombie apocalypse. The book itself had a lot of interesting ideas, and it really appealed to me, but I wasn’t a massive fan of the book itself. It didn’t keep my attention, and I often found myself having to rewind and relisten to chapters.

Andrew B. Wehrlen was a pretty good narrator. He made each character feel different, and he really embodied each character so they felt real.

  • Ghosting

  • By: Marc Johnson
  • Narrated by: Megan Mackie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

As a stay-at-home programmer living with her loving boyfriend, Mia lives a simple but good life. Like most people, she dreams, but unlike most, she has vivid dreams about her neighbors' lives. One day, she realizes that they aren't dreams - what she's been experiencing is real. Mia's able to "ghost" into anyone she chooses, take control of their body, and make them do what she wants. Frustrated by the injustice and abuse she sees around her, Mia begins using her power to try to right the wrongs she sees. But the power begins to affect Mia in ways she didn't expect.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There are predictor and prey.I will never be prey

  • By Amy on 07-06-17

Good Concept

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

Reviewed: 16-07-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I really liked this story. The idea of being able to “ghost” is really cool, though not original, and I love the moral and ethical problems that arose from Mia’s ability and the idea of power corrupting.

I really liked Amir, and how he’s a guiding influence to Mia. I thought that his personality was really interesting.

I did find the climax of the book quite confusing, which made the ending of the book a bit weird. I wasn’t a massive fan of the tiny plot regarding Kisnia at the end, which I found a bit distasteful. I also found the bells that rang periodically through the audiobook a bit distracting.

  • The Keto Meal Prep Manual: Quick & Easy Meal Prep Recipes That Are Ketogenic, Low Carb, High Fat for Rapid Weight Loss

  • Make Ahead Lunch, Breakfast & Dinner Planning & Prepping Cookbook for Beginners
  • By: Andrea Adams
  • Narrated by: Andrea Jones-Pierre
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

One of the biggest reasons most diets fail is that they're too time-consuming to follow. Let’s face it, we’re all busy, and most nights we don’t have the energy to prepare an elaborate meal that’s both healthy and delicious. Meal prepping is the answer! Finally, you can take back control of your diet. In this audiobook, you will learn how to prep your meals, all of my secrets and tips, and best practices for saving time, maximizing freshness, and most of all, sticking to your diet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Advice

  • By Emily on 15-07-18

Good Advice

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a really good book. It gave some really good advice on prepping food, dealing with the fridge and freezer, types of meals to have at breakfast, dinner and tea. I really liked the portion of the book dedicated to the length of time that certain foods can last in a fridge or freezer, which I found quite informative.

  • The Worst Witch

  • By: Jill Murphy
  • Narrated by: Gemma Arterton
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Hold on to your broom for magical mayhem! Lovable but disaster-prone Mildred Hubble is a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, but she's making an awful mess of it. She keeps getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick. Yet she manages to get by until she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy and chaos ensues....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My daughter and I loved it

  • By Muminmeltdown on 26-03-17

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

I can’t believe I didn’t read this as a child. Surprisingly, I actually only knew this series existed because of the recent TV series.

That being said, I did really enjoy it, despite it being a children’s book. This book follows Mildred, a young witch in training who basically can’t do anything right, and is subsequently bullied by the perfect Ethel. She is joined in her adventures by her best friend Maud. I really like the friendship between Mildred and Maud, though parts felt a bit choppy and a bit out of character.

I also really liked the narration by Gemma Arterton. She made it feel like each character was different, and I particularly liked her narration regarding Miss Hardbroom.

  • The Great Book of New York: The Crazy History of New York with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia

  • A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States Series, Book 2
  • By: Bill O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Derek Newman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    4 out of 5 stars 1

Want to learn more about New York? Sure, you've heard about the Statue of Liberty, but how much do you really know about the Empire State? Do you know why it's even called the Empire State? There's so much about New York that even state natives don't know. In this trivia audiobook, you'll learn more about New York's history, pop culture, folklore, sports, and so much more! It doesn't matter if you consider yourself a New York state expert or if you know nothing about the Empire State. You're bound to learn something new as you journey through each chapter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun

  • By Emily on 14-07-18

Fun

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

Reviewed: 14-07-18

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was actually a pretty fun read. It was really interesting to learn new things about New York, from theatre to historical battles to the Statue of Liberty to sports. I really enjoyed it, and I loved the test yourself section at the end of each chapter.