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  • Agent Jack: The True Story of MI5's Secret Nazi Hunter

  • By: Robert Hutton
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

This is the incredible tale of Operation Fifth Column, a Second World War MI5 operation so secret that its existence was revealed by the National Archives for the first time only in 2014. Throughout the war and even for a couple of years afterwards, 'Agent Jack' - in reality, a bank clerk named Eric Roberts - acted as a Gestapo agent to whom hundreds of British-based Nazi sympathisers and informers passed their secrets, thinking that he was sending them back to Germany.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By David Vincent on 27-09-18

event based unsatisfying essay.

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

Reviewed: 22-09-18

Well read, and interesting information, but it wasn't what one might call "gripping". In the end we are left to wonder if these events shaped the course of the war, but I think the whole point of this 15 hour audion book is these evenys might have stopped some spying. But we can't be sure....

  • Only Fools and Stories

  • From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost
  • By: David Jason
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

In his first book, David Jason told us about himself from his early years training as an electrician through to making it as one of Britain's actors. This autumn, in a follow-up autobiography, he tells us about the many other lives he has lived - his characters. From Del Boy to Granville, Pop Larkin to Frost, he takes us behind the scenes and under the skins of some of the best loved acts of his career. And in the process he reflects on how those characters changed his life, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mislead by the details

  • By Mark on 30-11-17

A must read

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

Reviewed: 20-10-17

Having read his first autobiography I thought Jason has said it all. Not so, this volume was just as good. Its a shame he went hollywood on us and got a stunt Jason to read it aloud, and that the editor was asleep and left repeated lines in the final version... but I still loved it!

  • Believe Me

  • A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens
  • By: Eddie Izzard
  • Narrated by: Eddie Izzard
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462

The stand-up comedian of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion icon. Human. There is no one quite like Eddie Izzard. This is the story of how a boy who wanted to become a professional footballer and win the lead in Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat found comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully funny, tragic, hopeful and inspiring

  • By MR on 17-06-17

Footnote

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

A most interesting book reading, as Eddie adds rambling footnotes of things that occur to him as he reads his own biography, which really adds substance and depth to the text.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Well of Ascension

  • Mistborn, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 28 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,725

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier, the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land. Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Blimey - it's longer than the first one!

  • By Lee Grant on 29-11-14

Goes on a bit.

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Simply too long, with large chunks of vapid, pointless text which spirals the story for no real reason. Would have been better without the churn. This is the first audible book I've ever needed to double the reading speed, just to get it over with.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stone Man

  • A Science Fiction Horror Novel
  • By: Luke Smitherd
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 14 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,758

Nobody knew where it came from. Nobody knew why it came. When an eight-foot-tall man made of stone appears in the middle of a busy city center one July afternoon, two-bit (and antisocial) reporter Andy Pointer assumes it's just a publicity stunt. Indeed, so does everyone else...until the Stone Man begins to walk, heading silently through the wall of the nearest building, flattening it, and killing several people inside as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original British SF...absolutely loved it!!

  • By Jude on 12-07-15

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-15

This book was hard going. It had shallow characters, a predictable plot and a deeply disappointing ending. I finished it, and this was because despite its dismal story arc, the actual words on each page were rather well crafted, and it was an easy read.
I actually enjoyed it until the final few chapters, which were just awful. Such a shame.
I now want to read more from this author, but
Might stop somewhere before the end because he's lost my trust.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,251

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Déjà vu all over again

  • By S. Kingston on 07-07-14

Best book I've read in years.

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

Reviewed: 21-08-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August to be better than the print version?

The initial concept of this book is clever, but after you get the idea you wonder "Where's this story going to go?". It does then appear to bumble along for a while, but then surprised me, by revealing that there was a purpose and a well constructed plot.
By the end of the book, I was riveted, and although you can see where it's heading, and expect the end well before it came, it was a satisfying read.

I enjoyed it immensely, and eagerly await reading more works by this author, or one of her other pseudonyms.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it certainly was. But with something like 80 chapters it really took some effort to read quickly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Blair Years

  • Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By David on 13-07-07

Good, but not great.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-08-07

A wise man once said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and this book proves this. It tries to explain why each decision, good or bad, was the lesser of two evils, but of course it would, wouldn't it.
My main criticism however, is not a political one, but that the author reads the whole book in a bored monotone, and by the sound of it, in desperate need of a glass of water.

The book itself however, gave a fascinating, if naturally one sided insight into how the British government was run for a decade.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Layer Cake

  • By: J.J. Connolly
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Smooth-talking and sophisticated drug dealer "X" has a plan. He wants to bank enough cash to retire early. Operating under the polished veneer of a legitimate businessman, his method is to keep a low profile and run a tight operation until it's time to get out. "X" sees his opportunity to make a final score when crime boss Jimmy Price asks him to find the wayward daughter of rival. He agrees to take the seemingly innocuous job as his opportunity to get out of the business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recomended

  • By Mike Liff on 01-12-06

Recomended

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-06

Fantastic! The story was great, naration excellent, and this is one of the few Audible titles I would be happy to re-listen to soon (rather than waiting until I have forgotten the plot).
Although I have not seen the film, I get the impression from talking to people who have that the book is far far better.
If you liked lock stock, snatch, or appreciate a book read really well - get it.

The story was well written, fast paced and unpredicatable.

Highly recommended.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Burglar Diaries

  • By: Danny King
  • Narrated by: Dave John
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Here's a first-person account of a petty thief, Bex. He's a bit of a geezer, who, with long-time partner-in-crime Ollie, just about gets by on the money he makes from house-breaking in small-time suburbia. Bex talks and walks us through a dozen note-worthy jobs and give us his thoughts on life, love and nicking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Brilliant listen

  • By S L. on 13-02-09

Fun but pointless

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-06

The naration was good, stories amusing, but there was no plot or story whatsoever. You could listen to the chapters in order and it wouldn't make a blind bit of difference.
It's fun for a light 'read' if you want to switch off, or are likely to fall asleep half way through, but that's all.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful