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Michael Hirst

Wakefield, UK
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  • On the Origin of Species

  • By: Charles Darwin
  • Narrated by: Peter Wickham
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Perhaps the most influential science book ever written, On the Origin of Species has continued to fascinate for more than a century after its initial publication. Its controversial theory that populations evolve and adapt through a process known as natural selection led to heated scientific, philosophical, and religious debate, revolutionizing every discipline in its wake. With its clear, concise, and surprisingly enjoyable prose, On the Origin of Species is both captivating and edifying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellently read

  • By G Douglas Whistler on 14-02-17

A great work delivered beautifully

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

Wonderfully read great book of the last century covering Darwin's theories of evolution and survival of the fittest.

  • The Complete Stories of Sherlock Holmes

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 70 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 275
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Here in one recording is every Sherlock Holmes story ever written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Originally appearing in serial form, these famous stories are here presented in the order in which they were first published beginning in 1887. Included in this definitive, award-winning collection are four novels and 56 short stories, a total of 60 titles. The 56 short stories are aggregated into five named collections, just as they were originally published in book form.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed.

  • By SARAH on 18-01-14

Great familiar stories, abysmal delivery

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

The familiarity of the stories, their pace and content are the good things, the dreadful thing is Charlton Griffin's reading - just started Plutarch's Parallel Lives of the Romans and Greeks and thought I recognised the bizarre pace and pronunciation.

  • Parallel Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans

  • By: Plutarch
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 83 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Plutarch (c. AD 46-AD 120) was born to a prominent family in the small Greek town of Chaeronea, about 20 miles east of Delphi in the region known as Boeotia. His best known work is the Parallel Lives, a series of biographies of famous Greeks and Romans, arranged in pairs to illuminate their common moral virtues and vices. The surviving lives contain 23 pairs, each with one Greek life and one Roman life as well as four unpaired single lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • must read for history buffs

  • By Andrew on 28-06-16

Fairly difficult text dreadful performance

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

Charlton Griffin has an appalling reading style, this already rather dense and abstruse text is made more difficult to listen to by his delivery and idiosyncratic pronunciation which reminds me of the performance I have of the Sherlock Holmes stories which is only bearable because the subject matter is simpler, more exciting and familiar.

  • Titus Groan

  • Gormenghast Trilogy
  • By: Mervyn Peake
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

As the first novel opens, Titus, heir to Lord Sepulchrave, has just been born: he stands to inherit the miles of rambling stone and mortar that stand for Gormenghast Castle. Inside, all events are predetermined by a complex ritual, lost in history, understood only by Sourdust, Lord of the Library. There are tears and strange laughter; fierce births and deaths beneath umbrageous ceilings; dreams and violence and disenchantment contained within a labyrinth of stone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique

  • By K on 28-09-16

Overblown

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Narration was fine, I probably would have enjoyed the book more if there wasn't a forward which blows the books trumpet and goes on and on about what it is and isn't, very imaginative, not that entertaining, definitely has not enthused me to look out any other Mervyn Peake

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  • Tehanu

  • The Earthsea Cycle, Book Four
  • By: Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Years before, they had escaped together from the sinister Tombs of Atuan - she an isolated young priestess, he a powerful wizard. Now she is a farmer's widow, having chosen for herself the simple pleasures of an ordinary life. And he is a broken old man, mourning the powers lost to him not by choice. A lifetime ago they helped each other at a time of darkness and danger. Now they must join forces again to help another - the physically and emotionally scarred child whose own destiny remains to be revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A story all it's own, tying up loose threads

  • By Michael Hirst on 28-07-16

A story all it's own, tying up loose threads

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

Reviewed: 28-07-16

Loved it, an original story woven around familiar characters well told and read. Total contrast to the 'trilogy' it now concludes.

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  • A History of the World

  • By: Andrew Marr
  • Narrated by: Andrew Marr, David Timson
  • Length: 26 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,150

From the earliest civilizations to the 21st century: a global journey through human history, published alongside a landmark BBC One television series. Our understanding of world history is changing, as new discoveries are made on all the continents and old prejudices are being challenged. In this truly global journey, Andrew Marr revisits some of the traditional epic stories, from classical Greece and Rome to the rise of Napoleon, but surrounds them with less familiar material, from Peru to the Ukraine, China to the Caribbean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome, educational and epic work

  • By Adisha on 30-10-12

Great broad overview, well presented

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

Reviewed: 26-06-16

Not too shallow, doesn't make exaggerated claims of detail and/or balance, and lives up to the claims it makes

  • Lord Emsworth and Others

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Nigel Lambert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Contained here are nine glorious episodes from the idyllic world of Wodehouse. There's a crime wave that was to rock Blandings Castle to its foundations which broke out towards the middle of a fine summer afternoon; Ukridge appears on Corky's doorstep at three in the morning, wearing his yellow mackintosh and requesting a whisky and soda; while the Oldest Member warns of the folly of driving into the father of the girl you love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Treat

  • By T J on 18-10-06

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 05-06-16

Gently humorous, enjoyable, though not Wodehouse at his best. Beautifully narrated by Nigel Lambert.

  • Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack

  • By: Napolean Hill, Jamie McIntyre
  • Narrated by: Jai Hutcherson, Bob Hennesy, Jamie Nesvold
  • Length: 44 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Love Think & Grow Rich? Then get this Mega Audio Pack! It is simply the #1 Think & Grow Rich audio pack available in the world today. You get: > Think & Grow Rich, Think & Grow Rich updated for the 21st Century, What I Didn’t Learn At School But Wish I Had, Time Rich, What I Didn’t Learn From Google But Wish I Had; all these audio books for one low price!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Take a chill pill!

  • By Simon on 11-04-11

Sexist, wide-eyed capitalist, probably dangerous

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

Reviewed: 12-06-14

Would you try another book written by Napolean Hill and Jamie McIntyre or narrated by the narrators?

No

What will your next listen be?

Making friends and influencing people

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

Was Think & Grow Rich - Mega Audio Pack worth the listening time?

It may be worth picking the bones out of, audio is the wrong format unless you have a photographic memory. I will certainly have to listen where I have opportunity to take notes in order to attempt to get anything out of it.

Any additional comments?

There may be something worthwhile lurking within this book,but it is heavy on you buying into the authors somewhat sexist and extremely credulous hero worship of the successful he has mined for his theories. It's a preachy book from a salesman, selling, mostly cash with only the occasional nod to quality of life - to this man the American Dream is all, and faultless.