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  • Marx: Philosophy in an Hour

  • By: Paul Strathern
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

Karl Marx's philosophical critique of capitalism and his solution of communism directly led to the formation of the communist state in the Soviet Union. Whilst this great venture has now all but completely failed, Marx’s philosophy has proved to be arguably the most influential of the 20th century; the influence of Marxism can be seen in subjects as diverse as the infamous policies of Joseph Stalin to many of the progressive humanitarian reforms of the 20th century. The audiobook is an expert account of Marx’s life and philosophical ideas - entertainingly written and above all easy listening.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Marx in an hour

  • By tim on 26-07-16

Fascinating

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-19

I wonder what Marx would have thought about everything done in his name? Although I know a little about Marxism, I knew virtually nothing about KM and I was surprised to learn that he had such a lackadaisical attitude to life. Despite what followed, he was far from being a great revolutionary himself!

  • The Parfit Knight

  • Rockliffe Book 1
  • By: Stella Riley
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

When the Marquis of Amberley's coach is waylaid by highwaymen and his coachman shot, he is forced to take shelter at the first house he finds and is subsequently trapped there for a week by a severe snowstorm. Oakleigh Manor is the home of Rosalind Vernon who lives alone but for her devoted servants and an ill-natured parrot, cut off from the outside world by the tragic result of a childhood accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!

  • By Caz on 17-03-16

Sweet, gentle and thoroughly enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-03-19

AW's narration is excellent and the story is filled with endearing characters. You can't help caring what happens to them; from Amberley and Rosalind to Broody the parrot and (almost) everyone in between. They're so well drawn that I felt I was saying goodbye to dear friends when the book ended.

  • Hitler: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

History for busy people. Hitler in an Hour is the concise biography of Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler.Covering Hitler’s early life, military service in World War I and eventual rise to power, first as the leader of the Nazi party and then to head of state, Hitler in an Hour covers all the key events the life of the 20th century’s most infamous dictator.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Incomprehensible

  • By TheNameless on 19-03-19

Incomprehensible

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-19

There's nothing in Hitler's life that explains the monster he became. How did he go from a mediocre artist to the embodiment of 'man's inhumanity to man'? Despite the huge number of words that have been written, I suspect we'll never know. There's certainly no attempt to answet that question here. Just a very basic description of his life that leaves you wandering about the nature of evil in the aftermath.

  • Nazi Germany: History in an Hour

  • By: Rupert Colley
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

History for busy people. Nazi Germany, or the Third Reich, was a totalitarian dictatorship ruled by Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Hitler was intent on the supremacy of the Aryan race and persecution of the Jews, which affected every citizen living in Germany at the time. Learn just how and why the Nazi’s rose to power in just one hour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By TheNameless on 19-03-19

Disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-03-19

I usually like the HiaH series and the overview it gives of events, as it makes an excellent launch pad for further research. However, this one was too vague, with important events getting little more than a single line (or left out entirely). It simply isn't possible to cover Nazi Germany in 77 minutes. It would have been better if the subject had just been the rise of the Nazi party.

JK narrates well, as always.

  • An Inconvenient Courtship

  • By: Dana R. Lynn
  • Narrated by: Amy Soakes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
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    0 out of 5 stars 0
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    0 out of 5 stars 0

Mr. Darcy is determined to find a wife he can love and respect. He is fascinated by the lively Miss Elizabeth Bennet, but is determined to forget her due to her low connections. Until an act of jealously puts her life at risk. Faced with the bleak reality of living without her forever, Mr. Darcy must examine what he really wants. With the assistance of Colonel Fitzwilliam, his sister, and Elizabeth's father, Mr. Darcy works to save Elizabeth's life. If he is lucky, he will then be able to win her heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short and sweet

  • By TheNameless on 18-03-19

Short and sweet

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-19

This is a low angst variation and, while not great literature, it's an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Darcy realises his love for Elizabeth is more important than his pride when she has a bad fall as she and Jane are leaving Netherfield. Caroline behaves very badly in a moment of anger, but she recognises her mistake and attains a reasonably happy ending. Wickham, on the other hand, remains vicious and spiteful and his final defeat comes at the hands of someone unexpected...

My initial thoughts on the narration were that it was going to ruin the story, but it either improved or I grew accustomed to it. I'd think twice before getting anything else narrated by AS, but it wouldn't stop me with something I really wanted!

  • Abraham Lincoln: History in an Hour

  • By: Kat Smutz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth president of the United States, is an American icon. To many, he is a symbol of values, sacrifice and determination. Modern notions of nationalism, liberty, and constitution all owe their debt to Lincoln, as does the unity of the American states. And yet, in his own day, Lincoln was also reviled by many as a traitor, tarnished by his associations with the wrong kind of race and the wrong end of society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fascinating overview of the life of a remarkable man

  • By TheNameless on 16-03-19

A fascinating overview of the life of a remarkable man

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-19

I was left wandering what US history would look like if he'd lived. Lincoln was that rare person who becomes more extraordinary the more you learn and this only skims the surface. However, it makes an excellent launch pad to find out more.

  • The Holocaust: History in an Hour

  • By: Jemma J. Saunders
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. The Holocaust, in which 11 million people died, was the largest atrocity of the 20th century and perhaps the hardest to understand. Approximately 6 million Jews and 5 million others including Roma people, Poles, Russian prisoners of war, political prisoners, homosexuals, people of colour, Jehovah's Witnesses, and various other minorities were first persecuted and then murdered. How, both morally and logistically, had this came to happen?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Series!

  • By Felixcat on 08-11-15

Not enjoyable...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-03-19

...despite the "Audible hopes you have enjoyed the programme" which seems singularly inappropriate after the horrors that have just been summarised. However, it is interesting and important and gives a good overview of the scale, brutality and monstrous organisation of the Holocaust. There are many books and websites that go into every element mentioned here in far greater detail, but the wider view given here is well worth listening to and also gives a starting point for further research into on of history's darkest periods.

  • The Korean War: History in an Hour

  • By: Andrew Mulholland
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. Bringing together the military mights of the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United Nations States, the Korean War raged for three years from 1950 to 1953.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • History in 2.25 hours!

  • By TheNameless on 21-02-19

History in 2.25 hours!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-02-19

This was an interesting overview of a period in history that I knew very little about. In many ways, it's main benefit was to make me aware of the things I still don't know and to give me a starting point to learn more.

  • Death at the Netherfield Park Ball

  • A Sherlock Holmes and Elizabeth Bennet Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Amelia Littlewood
  • Narrated by: Emily Wylie
  • Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Elizabeth Bennet first encounters Sherlock Holmes at a public ball, where both are intrigued by the other. Although she finds him to be abrasive and uncouth, she cannot help but admire his ability to discover secrets and scandals with nothing more than a glance. At a private ball, an officer is mysteriously murdered, his killer leaving little evidence behind. Holmes and Bennet join forces to solve the case, and as they dive deeper into the murder victim’s sordid past, they discover truths about those closest to them that they may have preferred to have kept hidden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't compare with either of the originals...

  • By TheNameless on 13-02-19

Can't compare with either of the originals...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-19

...but this is still a quick and enjoyable listen. Lizzy takes the place of Dr Watson and narrates the story of her first meeting (and first case) with Sherlock Holmes. EWs narration is okay, but nothing special. Overall, I'd give it 3.5 stars if I could.

  • Churchill: History in an Hour

  • By: Andrew Mulholland
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Sir Winston Churchill was a soldier, journalist, writer, Nobel Prize winner and, above all, a leader. Conservative then Liberal then Conservative again, his political instincts won him a sustained career at the summit of British government, while his resolve and politics of personality made him broadly regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting overview

  • By TheNameless on 13-02-19

Interesting overview

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-02-19

You can't cover even a fraction of Churchill's life in 115 minutes, but this is an interesting top-level view and a good launch point to help decide you want to know more!