LISTENER

K. Brunton

  • 8
  • reviews
  • 1
  • helpful vote
  • 22
  • ratings
  • Erebus: The Story of a Ship

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 410

In his major new work, Michael Palin - former Monty Python stalwart and much-loved television globe-trotter - brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross’s Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin’s ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic tale, written and narrated by Michael Palin.

  • By Heisenberg on 24-09-18

Superb. Page turner of a book!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

If this were on paper it would be a page turner. No idea what the equivalent is for an audio book. Read with the clear enthusiasm of someone who finds the subject fascinating and wants to impart that to the listener. Made me want to go off and learn more about the Erebus and its crew.

Loved it really

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Life

  • By: Keith Richards
  • Narrated by: Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley, Keith Richards
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403

With the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics and the songs that roused the world, and over four decades he lived the original rock-and-roll life: taking the chances he wanted, speaking his mind, and making it all work in a way that no one before him had ever done. Now, at last, the man himself tells us the story of life in the crossfire hurricane. And what a life....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed by the change of reader

  • By Sukhbir on 17-01-11

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 15-07-18

The change in narrator was odd as was Joe Hurley adding false laughter to sentences. Gave up after about 10 hours of Keith Richards telling us how only really he is able to take drugs and be so wonderful.

  • Don't Stop Me Now

  • 26.2 Tales of a Runner's Obsession
  • By: Vassos Alexander
  • Narrated by: Vassos Alexander
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Funny, inspiring, honest - the perfect listen for anyone with well-worn trainers by the door (or who's thinking of buying a pair...). Vassos Alexander shares the highs and lows of falling in love with running, from his first paltry efforts to reach the end of his street to completing ultra-marathons and triathlons in the same weekend. This is a celebration of running - and what lots of us think about when we run. Part escape, part self-discovery, part therapy, part weight loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened whilst running!

  • By Rachel Parnham on 14-09-16

Enjoyable escapism

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

I enjoyed the obvious enthusiasm Vassos Alexander brings to his running. It made me want to go out on a run which I suppose was what it was aimed to do.

  • Michael Palin: Pole to Pole

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

In Pole to Pole we join Michael Palin on the second of his epic challenges. Travelling from the North Pole to the South Pole, he experiences every extreme the globe has to offer. As he crosses 16 countries by train, truck, raft, Ski-Doo, barge, balloon and bicycle, he meets a diverse range of fascinating characters and landscapes while his own endurance is tested to the limit. With his customary aplomb, he plunges himself into the local cultures, starring in a crayfish documentary in Novgorod, attending a baby-rolling ceremony at a Cypriot wedding, and consulting an Mpulugu witch-doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting story with excellent narration

  • By DRMT on 24-02-15

Not up to the usual Michael Palin standard

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

Reviewed: 15-03-18

I have been working my way back through the Michael Palin travel books and diaries. The actual content is of course excellent. I enjoy his descriptions of his travels. However this specific book was poorer than say Around the world for two reasons. Firstly the sound quality is nowhere near as good as other books in the series. Don't know what the technical issue was but the sound was "grainy", less clear. The second issue is of course more subjective but Michael Palin just sounded a bit more jaded even a bit bored while narrating.

  • The Baltimore Boys

  • By: Joël Dicker, Alison Anderson - translator
  • Narrated by: Robert Slade
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 133

Fresh from the staggering success of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Marcus Goldman is struggling to write his third novel. A chance encounter in Florida throws him some inspiration from a surprising source: Alexandra Neville, the beautiful, phenomenally successful singer and Marcus' first love. All at once memories of his childhood come flooding back. Memories of a family torn apart by tragedy and a once glorious legacy reduced to shame and ruin.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dire!

  • By M A Bristow on 22-04-18

A page turner of an audible book

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Wonderful story. Found it to be very moving. Now need to go back to his previous work to read again. This time however I will let someone else do that reading for me

  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,340
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud!

  • By Rachel Redford on 29-11-16

Wonderful. So much added value listening

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

John Cleese laughing at his own book. The concept seems strange but is infectious. The book demands a sequel. We may have to wait for another divorce to get it though.

  • The Hospital: The FREE Short Story: The First Mountain man Story

  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,505
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,511

"Mountain Man" Augustus Berry is a survivor in undead suburbia. He scavenges what he can from what's left over. He is very careful in what he does and where he goes, taking no chances, no unnecessary risks, and weighing every choice... until he decides to visit the hospital at the edge of town, and experiences terror the likes he's never encountered before. A short story of approximately 9500 words. The first story of the "Mountain Man" series. Contains language and graphic violence. If you enjoy this, check out the rest of the series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely freebie!

  • By NC on 08-04-14

Aimed at teenage boys

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

This was free so I perhaps am being a bit ungrateful. However, it reminded me of the cheap horror stories from my teenage years. Filled with bad language and gore, aimed at an audience as far as I can tell that isn't me.

I am so far from its target audience that I can't tell if it would meet their needs. The performance was good, couldn't fault the narrator. However, the content, the story is aimed at someone else.

  • Fibber in the Heat

  • Following England in India - A Blagger's Tale
  • By: Miles Jupp
  • Narrated by: Miles Jupp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Fanatical about cricket since he was a boy, Miles Jupp would do anything to see his heroes play. But perhaps deciding to bluff his way into the press corps during England's Test series in India wasn't his best idea. By claiming to be the cricket correspondent for BBC Scotland and getting a job with the (Welsh) Western Mail, Miles lands the press pass that will surely be the ticket to his dreams. Soon, he finds himself in cricket heaven - drinking with David Gower and Beefy, and sharing bar room banter with Nasser Hussain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Just Not Cricket!

  • By Amazon Customer on 18-06-12

Laughed it loud

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

It’s not often I will laugh out loud st a book. To do it when driving and have other drivers stare oddly at you was a first