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Marvin Angel

Manchester, UK
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  • Can't Hurt Me

  • Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
  • By: David Goggins
  • Narrated by: David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,724
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,095
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,077

For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare - poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a US Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. The only man in history to complete elite training as a Navy SEAL, Army Ranger, and Air Force Tactical Air Controller, he went on to set records in numerous endurance events.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible stuff ...

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-12-18

Because “What if…”

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

Reviewed: 12-03-19

The material is well ghostwritten, the story is exciting and keeps on coming with success and failure. Goggins has led an interesting life, is honest about what he’s done and the lessons he’s learnt. It’s as relevant today as any other time, with people sitting for prolonged periods on their phone, addicted to the quick dopamine hit of a like.

Books, however, like running or swimming have a natural cadence. And given how well written and narrated the material is, it was strong enough to carry through without any whacky formats.

Instead, we're told there is a new approach with the book being mixed in with a podcast. This doesn't work — each break from the story a jarring interruption to a ripping yarn.

It's exhausting to listen to especially if, like me, you travel which an audiobook with a days work in between. Yes, the podcast element does add more detail, but it does at times feel a little false and doesn’t add enough compared to what it takes away.

Squeezed between the narration and podcasts are the challenges. The editor would have been better to drop the challenges completely (a relatively weak attempt to bolster up a social media following with a variety of hashtags), shift the “Five Live”, style podcasts to the end and let the narrator (who is good) talk you through the incredible story.

Essentially this audio edition doesn't know what it is, but if you can put up with the odd format and get to the end you’ll realise you should be getting off your backside and signing up to that open water swim, because “What if…”.

  • Muddy Waters

  • By: Judy Astley
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gillmore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Stella works as an agony aunt for a teenage magazine. She lives on Pansy Island, a self-consciously arty community on the Thames, where her husband Adrian writes erotic novels in a summerhouse by the river, while her two teenage children prepare themselves for adult life in various ways not necessarily recommended in the pages of their mother's advice columns.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bang on summer listen

  • By Marvin Angel on 22-06-18

Bang on summer listen

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

Perfect for summer, Judy's earlier books show a real passion for writing and the characters which her later books lack. As always having a woman do the men's voices is comic but it doesn't detract from a good overall performance. Sit back and enjoy in the sun. I did 24 years after reading the original book.

  • The Bourne Identity: Jason Bourne Series, Book 1

  • By: Robert Ludlum
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

He was dragged from the sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues: a frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the skin of his hip; evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face; strange things he says in his delirium, which could be code words. And a number on the film negative that leads to a bank account in Zurich, four million dollars, and a name for the amnesiac: Jason Bourne. Now he is running for his life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get past the accents

  • By Chris on 10-12-12

Overly converluted

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Production high, narrator not so great. Story far too twisting and turning, in the end frankly I didn't care what was going to happen. One of the few cases where the film is better than the film. They've simplified it and made the focus on the action.

  • Domain

  • The Rats Series, Book 3
  • By: James Herbert
  • Narrated by: David Rintoul
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Book Three in Herbert’s classic ‘rats’ series. The final countdown. The long-dreaded nuclear conflict. The city torn apart, shattered, its people destroyed or mutilated beyond hope. For just a few, survival is possible only beneath the wrecked streets - if there is time to avoid the slow-descending poisonous ashes. But below, the rats, demonic offspring of irradiated forebears, are waiting. They know that Man is weakened, become frail. Man has become their prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping

  • By klaserie on 07-11-13

As Brilliant as I Remember it

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

Reviewed: 28-04-18

This is another book I read as a teen and decided to get as an audiobook. It's excellent value for money given the length of the reading - I've been listening to it for weeks while travelling and only just got through it. My lasting memory of the book wasn't that it was particularly gruesome, but 20 years on and approaching it again, it is pretty grim.

Herbert has made the grimness all the more real by bringing nuclear holocaust and its very real effects in parallel with his fictional ratties. Given the current tensions on the Korean peninsula and some of the rhetoric coming from the States, at least half of this book is pertinent to current times.

Some of the language and settings may feel a little dated, but it's true to the time it was written. I've found not only does mood, age and actual story affect how a book is perceived but the narration. Here, I wasn't sure initially, it felt like Rintoul was hamming it up a little, but as he got into the story and I got used to his style it worked well. He hammed it up again at the end, but I'll let him off; I'd probably do the same after 19 hours of edited reading and Herbert's closing paragraph.

In summary, not one for this school run, but a great and chilling classic to spend some quality "me" time with.

  • Long Time Lost

  • By: Chris Ewan
  • Narrated by: Mike Rogers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Nick Miller and his team provide a unique and highly illegal service, relocating at-risk individuals across Europe with new identities and new lives. Nick excels at what he does for a reason: he's spent years living in the shadows under an assumed name. But when Nick steps in to prevent the attempted murder of witness-in-hiding Kate Sutherland on the Isle of Man, he triggers a chain of events with devastating consequences for everyone he protects.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Long Time To Review

  • By Marvin Angel on 08-04-18

Long Time To Review

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

This is a nicely put together storyline. It has plenty of twists and turns and the jeopardy of the characters keeps you wanting to listen more. The narrator doesn't over egg any of the characters and manages both male and female roles with skill.

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  • Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back

  • BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisation
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Paterson Joseph, Bernard Cribbins, Samantha Beart, and others
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

Paterson Joseph stars as the Marquis de Carabas in this brand-new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Neil Gaiman's spin-off short story, set in the magical world of Neverwhere. Returning us to London Below, this enchanting tale continues the story of one of the most colourful characters from Neverwhere - the cool, charming, resourceful Marquis de Carabas, who trades in favours and always has a plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Little Red on 27-12-16

The Elephant in the Room...

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Spoiler: Neil Gaiman has produced some fantastic and creative pieces of work. Neverwhere was firmly on this list. Having waited for a sequel since the late 90's when I read the book I eagerly downloaded, "How The Marquis Got His Coat Back". It was okay but was never going to replace the original. Laura Fraser in the original TV series and Natalie Dormer in later version were so intrinsic to the story not having Door felt like going to a party expecting to see an old friend, only to find she couldn't make it.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

There was far too much trumpet noises for the Elephant. Even the Bang Olufsen didn't like it.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Mitch Benn overcooked the Elephant.

Did Neil Gaiman's How the Marquis Got His Coat Back inspire you to do anything?

I went back to my massive box of books and found American Gods, and downloaded that.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just For The Summer

  • By: Judy Astley
  • Narrated by: Rachel Atkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Every July, the lucky owners of Cornish holiday homes set off for their annual break. Loading their estate cars with dogs, cats, casefuls of wine, difficult adolescents and rebellious toddlers, they close up their desirable semis in smartish London suburbs - having turned off the Aga and turned on the burglar alarm - and look forward to a carefree, restful, somehow more fulfilling summer.Clare is, this year, more than usually ready for her holiday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Warm Glow of Cornwall

  • By Marvin Angel on 23-03-18

The Warm Glow of Cornwall

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

Reviewed: 23-03-18

I read the book aged 16... So about 20 years ago. There's elements which are endearing. Astley captures holiday life nicely along with the foibles of family holidays which I'd not appreciated as a teenager. On the downside it's hard to feel sorry for people with two houses and modern teenagers are simply too glued to their phones nowadays to take notice of anyone, let alone actually talk to anyone in person. Rachel Atkins performance is great, I have it four stars simply because her interpretation of Elliott made him sound like he had speech aphasia. Until I realised she was doing an Irish accent. You'll get over this pretty quickly.

  • A Song of Stone

  • By: Iain Banks
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

The war is ending, perhaps ended. For the castle and its occupants the troubles are just beginning. Armed gangs roam a lawless land where each farm and house supports a column of dark smoke. Taking to the roads with the other refugees, anonymous in their raggedness, seems safer than remaining in the ancient keep. However, the lieutenant of an outlaw band has other ideas and the castle becomes the focus for a dangerous game of desire, deceit and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • iain banks can do no wrong, apart from dying ...

  • By angels on 28-04-18

Great book but orator didn't work for me

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

Reviewed: 19-02-18

The book itself is awesome, but the oration wasn't for me. He didn't do anything wrong, I just didn't like his voice as much as other artists.

  • Childhood's End

  • By: Arthur C. Clarke
  • Narrated by: Greg Wagland
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

When the silent spacecraft arrived and took the light from the world, no one knew what to expect. When the Overlords finally showed themselves it was a shock but one that humankind could now cope with, and an era of peace, prosperity and endless leisure began. But the children of this utopia dream strange dreams of distant suns and alien planets, and soon they will be ready to join the Overmind...and, in a grand and thrilling metaphysical climax, leave Earth behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Story

  • By Darren on 05-08-16

Out of this world...

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Childhoods end so full of smart ideas, each new reveal is a pleasure. Having read the physical book 23 years ago, returning to it again while driving or commuting is an absolute pleasure.