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Mr. J. Cole

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  • Star Carrier

  • Lost Colonies, Book 3
  • By: B. V. Larson
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Earth builds her first war fleet! The greatest warships ever constructed in known space rise up one by one, soon dominating our skies. They strike fear into the hearts of every citizen and rebel colonist alike. Captain William Sparhawk, the very man who convinced the secretive Council to build this terrifying fleet, now has doubts about the project. What is their exact mission? How could anyone have built these huge ships so quickly? And, most puzzling of all, what's happening out at the isolated laboratory complex on Phobos, Mars' lopsided moon?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Short Series

  • By S. Morris on 15-10-16

Wish there was more...

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Really enjoyed all of the Lost Colonies stories.
Wish there was more adventures of Sparhawk and his crew.
Brilliant narration.

  • Raise the Titanic

  • By: Clive Cussler
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Two and a half miles beneath the icy North Atlantic, the mighty Titanic holds the key to the safety of the free world. The Americans want it. So do the Russians. Ace maritime troubleshooter Dirk Pitt faces one of the most stupendous tests of courage and ingenuity ever. Raise the Titanic is a spellbinding blockbuster of action and suspense.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Raise the titanic (Dirk |Piit )

  • By noel on 06-03-18

More going on than the film

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

Brilliant story idea. Lots of twists and turns and more going on than the film version.
After hearing this I have a new found respect for Dirk Pitt adventures.
Obviously since James Cameron and others have found the actual Titanic and photographed it, we know it can never be salvaged, but never the less, this book makes it sound plausible had it not broken in two.
The film is flawed and dated, the book is a lot better, and let's be honest... That's usually the case.

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, if a little short

  • By ian on 23-06-17

Easy to follow and understand.

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

Reviewed: 28-09-18

Got to love Mr Degrasse Tyson. He has such a great voice and presentation style.
I've read and listened to other books by him, not all narrated by him, but this is by far the easiest one to listen to over a few days.
Highly recommended.

  • If Only They Didn't Speak English

  • Notes From Trump's America
  • By: Jon Sopel
  • Narrated by: Jon Sopel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

As the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately. In the 18 months it's taken for a reality star to go from laughingstock to leader of the free world, Jon has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as 'a beauty' by none other than Donald Trump.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, entertaining and superb

  • By Chris Thomas on 21-09-17

Both fascinating and funny.

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

Reviewed: 14-09-18

Really enjoyed this audio book read by its author Jon Sopel. I'm used to hearing and seeing him report for the BBC, so to hear him talk for so long was a bit strange (in a good way). His delivery is professional and engaging, but you'd expect nothing less from a professional journalist.
Some interesting insights into his take on America, Americans and the enigma of Trump.

  • Einstein's Relativity and the Quantum Revolution: Modern Physics for Non-Scientists, 2nd Edition

  • By: Richard Wolfson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Richard Wolfson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

"It doesn't take an Einstein to understand modern physics," says Professor Wolfson at the outset of these 24 lectures on what may be the most important subjects in the universe: relativity and quantum physics. Both have reputations for complexity. But the basic ideas behind them are, in fact, simple and comprehensible by anyone. These dynamic and illuminating lectures begin with a brief overview of theories of physical reality starting with Aristotle and culminating in Newtonian or "classical" physics. After that, you'll follow along as Professor Wolfson outlines the logic that led to Einstein's profound theory of special relativity and the simple yet far-reaching insight on which it rests. With that insight in mind, you'll move on to consider Einstein's theory of general relativity and its interpretation of gravitation in terms of the curvature of space and time.From there, you'll embark on a dazzling exploration of how inquiry into matter at the atomic and subatomic scales led to quandaries that are resolved-or at least clarified-by quantum mechanics, a vision of physical reality so profound and so at odds with our experience that it nearly defies language.By bringing relativity and quantum mechanics into the same picture, you'll chart the development of fascinating hypotheses about the origin, development, and possible futures of the entire universe, as well as the possibility that physics can produce a "theory of everything" to account for all aspects of the physical world. But the goal throughout these lectures remains the same: to present the key ideas of modern physics in a way that makes them clear to the interested layperson.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitched at just the right level, very engaging.

  • By C. Mccartney on 07-08-13

Amazed at how much I knew

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

I'm not about to change career and become a physicist.. But I surprised how much I basically knew and at this level how easy this lecture was to follow and understand. It filled in some gaps in my basic understanding.
Very well presented set of lectures.

  • The Official Chuck Norris Fact Book

  • 101 of Chuck's Favorite Facts and Stories
  • By: Chuck Norris
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Hundreds of thousands of humorous Chuck Norris facts have been published, traveled around the globe via internet, and gained an international audience of millions. "Chuck Norris facts" is a quirky, but extremely popular internet phenomenon that has entertained fans from all over the globe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny and poignant.

  • By Mr. J. Cole on 05-01-18

So funny and poignant.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I've listened and re-listened over and over again. The performance is great, although its a shame Chuck didnt read it himself, I'm sure his beard would help.... Chuck's recounts of events spurred on my his "facts" gives you an insight to his life and values. It's almost an autobiography of sorts. I've also got the actual physical book. It just makes me smile after a tough day. And what more could you want?

  • Killing Floor

  • Jack Reacher, Book 1
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Killing Floor by Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding. Killing Floor is the first book in the internationally popular Jack Reacher series. It presents Reacher for the first time, as the tough ex-military cop of no fixed abode: a righter of wrongs, the perfect action hero. Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks 14 miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lucy T. on 15-11-17

What a debut

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

Reviewed: 20-12-17

Amazing to think this was the debut, the first performance of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Such a well done and detailed story. Realistic, gruesome and gritty, so much so you almost want to go find Margrave just to see the sights!

  • What Does This Button Do?

  • By: Bruce Dickinson
  • Narrated by: Bruce Dickinson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,112
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031

Pioneers of Britain's nascent rock and metal scene back in the late 1970s, Iron Maiden smashed its way to the top, thanks in no small part to the high-octane performances, operatic singing style and stage presence of its second but twice-longest-serving lead singer, Bruce Dickinson. As Iron Maiden's front man - first from 1981 to 1993, and then from 1999 to the present - Dickinson has been, and remains, a man of legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scream for me Audible

  • By Neil Pardoe on 19-10-17

Amazing life so far...

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

Reviewed: 14-11-17

What an amazing book.
So enjoyable to listen to an enthusiastic narrator in Bruce.
Fascinating insight to living the rock and roll dream and still seeming like a normal, nice bloke to boot.

He says he left out lots of anecdotes by choice.... But wow what a book that'll make one day if this is anything to go by. Bravo Bruce!

  • Where Eagles Dare

  • By: Alistair MacLean
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Oliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

The classic World War II thriller from the acclaimed master of action and suspense. One winter night, seven men and a woman are parachuted onto a mountainside in wartime Germany. Their objective: an apparently inaccessible castle, headquarters of the Gestapo. Their mission: to rescue a crashed American general before the Nazi interrogators can force him to reveal secret D-day plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great story, not dealt justice

  • By Mark on 07-09-17

Classic film, classic book

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

If memory serves, the book was kind of written as the film was in production. It wasn't a book first, but written as a film.
The film is an institution, a must watch. This book has all the key elements of the film but is expanded to make it more book-like. But nothing detracts from a cracking piece of adventure and espionage.
The book does make Smith younger than the version we see in Richard Burton, but all the classic plot points and lines still work.

The performance of the narrator is perfectly suited to the story and delivers everything almost as you remember in the film. Not sure how much the film influenced the narrator or if its just me memories of the film filling in gaps. But its such a classic film you can't help but be affected by it.

  • Cosmos

  • By: Carl Sagan
  • Narrated by: LeVar Burton, Seth MacFarlane, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,084
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077

Cosmos is one of the best-selling science books of all time. In clear-eyed prose, Sagan reveals a jewel-like blue world inhabited by a life form that is just beginning to discover its own identity and to venture into the vast ocean of space.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Astronomy and so much more

  • By Andrei S. on 23-01-18

Sheer genius.

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

Reviewed: 30-08-17

One of my all time favorite books and tv shows. Just make you realize how"small" we are in the universe and lots of food for thought.

Levar Burton's narration is sublime and easy to listen to.

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