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J. R. Marriott

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  • The Uninhabitable Earth

  • A Story of the Future
  • By: David Wallace-Wells
  • Narrated by: David Wallace-Wells
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

It is worse, much worse, than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale, perhaps as pernicious as the one that says it isn't happening at all, and if your anxiety about it is dominated by fears of sea-level rise, you are barely scratching the surface of what terrors are possible, even within the lifetime of a teenager today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most important book you'll listen to this year

  • By Josh W. on 13-03-19

awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-03-19

had to stop as couldn't really listen to it. the guy had this voice that sounded like he had a bad cold and his voice cracked all the time like he was always starting to cry. serious subject deserved a good narrator. a pity.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Hod King

  • The Books of Babel, Book 3
  • By: Josiah Bancroft
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 20 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

The third novel in the highly acclaimed Books of Babel series, set in a labyrinthine world of menace and wonder. On the orders of the mysterious Sphinx, Thomas Senlin and his crew are dragged ever further into the Tower's conspiracies. Meanwhile, the hods climb the Black Trail in darkness and whisper of their king.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Join the epic adventure ascending the tower!

  • By Nicholaspoiuy on 05-03-19

wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-19

loved it! cant believe I will have to wait another 2 years from the next one !

  • The Unseen

  • By: Roy Jacobsen, Don Bartlett - translator, Don Shaw - translator
  • Narrated by: Rachael Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16

Ingrid Barrøy is born on an island that bears her name - a holdfast for a single family, their livestock, their crops, their hopes and dreams. Her father dreams of building a quay that will connect them to the mainland, but closer ties to the wider world come at a price. Her mother has her own dreams - more children, a smaller island, a different life - and there is one question Ingrid must never ask her. Island life is hard, a living scratched from the dirt or trawled from the sea, so when Ingrid comes of age, she is sent to the mainland to work for one of the wealthy families on the coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book, dreadful rendition

  • By Kremer on 16-01-18

The worst narration I have ever heard

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

Reviewed: 24-06-18

The narration on this is so bad I almost stopped immediately. It sounds like one of those amateur audiobook recordings. Really peculiar and jarring narration.

This narrator has terrible pacing, and often doesn't seem to understand the words she is reading. Its almost as if she doesn't realise that you need to read ahead of the words you are speaking so you'll use the correct intonation.

She has this weird cloying lilt to her voice, using these rolled 'r's (the way she said 'Maria' is really grating). She also puts her own odd emphasis on words that don't require them.

She mispronounces all the Norwegian names and for some bizarre reason has decided that Norwegians sounds like Yorkshire from that Monty Python sketch. One character has a mysterious Spanish accent. If you can't do accents, don't do accents.

Why could they not have found a Norwegian speaker to read this? Or an actor. Or just almost any other person with a mouth.

  • Seasons in the Sun

  • The Battle for Britain, 1974-1979
  • By: Dominic Sandbrook
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 41 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156

In the early 1970s, Britain seemed to be tottering on the brink of the abyss. Under Edward Heath, the optimism of the '60s had become a distant memory. Now the headlines were dominated by strikes and blackouts, unemployment and inflation. As the world looked on in horrified fascination, Britain seemed to be tearing itself apart. And yet, amid the gloom, glittered a creativity and cultural dynamism that would influence our lives long after the nightmarish '70s had been forgotten.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seventies in detail

  • By Francis on 12-01-13

Really brings the 74-79 period to life

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

Reviewed: 08-07-13

What made the experience of listening to Seasons in the Sun the most enjoyable?

Excellent narration, including very passable imitations of the late 1970s main protagonists such as Thatcher and Callaghan. The writing is first rate. He covers politics of course, but also the major trends in music, film, drama and so on.

Its a huge book - 40 hours in total, so also excellent value for money.

Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No. However I will on the basis on this.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful