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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,410
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,254
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,240

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

Not quite what I expected.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The cast were superb. Their performances were great. The soundscape was good. Somehow I found it slightly disappointing and I am not sure why. Perhaps it was the lack of the songs from Jeff Wayne's musical version, familiar to me these 40 years. Perhaps the divergence from the original novel, though I quite liked hearing the escape from London through Carrie's telling rather than the narrator's brother as in the original book.

Slightly disappointed but I am sure I will be playing this again. First I have a radio broadcast from Orson Welles to listen to, having also read the book and played the 30th anniversary version of Jeff Wayne's musical version in the last few days.

  • Carry On, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Cecil
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568

Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: 'Jeeves Takes Charge 'Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest', 'The Artistic Career of Corky', 'The Aunt and the Sluggard', 'Clustering Round Young Bingo', 'Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg' and 'The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Danger to other motorway users

  • By C.J. Martin on 30-10-17

The original and best.

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

This is the book where Bertie Wooster, in need of a new gentleman's gentleman, engages one Reginald Jeeves who definitively fills the role.

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Makes you think about what you knew about Rome

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Mary Beard covers the first millennium of Roman history, from the two foundation myths to Caracalla's grant of Roman citizenship to all the inhabitants of the empire. This book can challenge any preconceived ideas you may have of Roman history.

  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

  • By: Jonathan Swift
  • Narrated by: David Hyde Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lively and unusual

  • By Ruth on 13-02-11

The Whole Story

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

For all those who think there are just one or two parts to Gulliver's Travels this reading includes the lesser known third and fourth voyages, including the reason I was never really happy using Yahoo email.

  • Selected Just So Stories

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Johnny Morris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Have you ever wondered how and why the animals came to be as they are? In these magical tales, drawn from stories he heard as a child in India as well as on folk traditions he later collected all over the world, Rudyard Kipling gives some wonderfully imaginative explanations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Where are the verses?

  • By Anna on 19-08-11

Not quite complete

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

Reviewed: 27-10-18

Kipling's stories are marvellous and the performance by the legendary Johnny Morris is superb. But one of the stories is missing because it has too many pictures. This is understandable but it also omits the little poems between the stories, echoes of which are stirring in my mind from about forty years since I last read them.

  • Nation

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Finding himself alone on a desert island when everything and everyone he knows and loved has been washed away in a huge storm, Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He's also completely alone - or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird and gives him a stick which can make fire. Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing

  • By Robyn on 09-11-16

Building Nations

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

Reviewed: 26-10-18

When the tsunami hits the island Mau must survive and then rebuild. with the aid of the ghostgirl Daphne. With a growing group of survivors from other islands he learns to find milk to feed babies, to face down the trousermen and to negotiate with King Henry the 9th for his nation's relationship with the British Empire.

  • More Fool Me

  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,909
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735

Following on from his hugely successful books, Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles, comes the third chapter in Stephen Fry's life. This unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of More Fool Me is performed by Stephen Fry himself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A defense of More Fool Me

  • By Ben on 10-10-14

More Fry

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

Reviewed: 23-10-18

The 3rd volume of Stephen Fry's autobiographical meanderings. I read Moab is my Washpot many years ago but think I may have missed The Fry Chronicles. This is an amazing story and makes me realise how lucky we are still to have this talent amongst us.

  • Swallows and Amazons

  • Swallows and Amazons Series, Book 1
  • By: Arthur Ransome
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike – by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome’s unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nostalgic children's adventures

  • By Lou on 27-01-14

The great adventure novels of my childhood

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

Reviewed: 22-10-18

In the mid 60s the BBC produced a TV series of Swallows and Amazons. I was hooked from episode one and immediately besieged our local library for the twelve books of the series. I read them all. Many times. Now after 50 years this book is still as entertaining as ever.

Swallows and Amazons for ever!

  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

  • The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman
  • By: Richard P. Feynman
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out is a magnificent treasury of the best short works of Richard P. Feynman, from interviews and speeches to lectures and printed articles. A sweeping, wide-ranging collection, it presents an intimate and fascinating view of a life in science - a life like no other. From his ruminations on science in our culture to his Nobel Prize acceptance speech, this book will delight anyone interested in the world of ideas.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • All you want to hear is already in the first book.

  • By Fritz on 07-01-17

Classic short works by Feynman

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

The great physicist Richard Feynman tells many stories here including the legendary battle with the censors of Los Alamos, his research into safebreaking and many others.

  • A Brief History of Time

  • From Big Bang to Black Holes
  • By: Stephen Hawking
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,130

Was there a beginning of time? Could time run backwards? Is the universe infinite, or does it have boundaries? These are just some of the questions considered in an internationally acclaimed masterpiece by one of the world's greatest thinkers. It begins by reviewing the great theories of the cosmos, from Newton to Einstein, before delving into the secrets which still lie at the heart of space and time, from the big bang to black holes, via spiral galaxies and strong theory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and intelligible

  • By Anthony on 21-03-17

The classic account of the Universe.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-18

Somewhere I have an early edition of this book, not an unread copy I hasten to add. Following the recent sad news of the death of Stephen Hawking I took the opportunity to buy it again on Kindle and to add the Audible performance. I was pleased to find that the book had been updated with some of the recent developments in the field. What more could I ask?

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