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  • Children of the Revolution

  • The 21st DCI Banks Mystery
  • By: Peter Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

A disgraced college lecturer is found murdered with £5,000 in his pocket on a disused railway line near his home. Since being dismissed from his job for sexual misconduct four years previously, he has been living a poverty-stricken and hermit-like existence in this isolated spot. The suspects range from several individuals at the college where he used to teach to a woman who knew the victim back in the early '70s at Essex University, then a hotbed of political activism.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A slow burner but gets you in the end!

  • By Gill in Gloucs on 18-07-14

Robinson is a genius

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

Reviewed: 16-11-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes, great crime writer giving you hints but keeping suspense until the end

What other book might you compare Children of the Revolution to, and why?

JK Rowling's new novel

What about Simon Slater’s performance did you like?

very good

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, gripping

Any additional comments?

Peter Robinson is totally underestimated, great writer

  • Always Managing

  • By: Harry Redknapp
  • Narrated by: David John
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433

"From kicking a ball as a kid under the street lamps of Poplar and standing on Highbury's North Bank with my dad, to my first game at West Ham, I was born head over heels in love with football. It saved me, and 50 years on that hasn't changed one bit - I'd be lost without it…" Harry is the manager who has seen it all - from from a dismal 70s Portakabin at Oxford City and training pitches with trees in the middle to the unbeatable highs of the Premiership, lifting the FA Cup and taking on Real Madrid in the Champions League.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasticly written & narrated

  • By abdulaziz on 14-10-13

Harry in'it

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

Reviewed: 16-11-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Always Managing to be better than the print version?

yes, the narrator with the right accent captures Harry pretty well

What other book might you compare Always Managing to, and why?

Neil Warnock's book - worked his wap, but 'oop north at the beginning before finishing down in Devon

What does David John bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

definitely

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laugh at the goings on

Any additional comments?

worth a read for anyone who likes sport

  • The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager

  • By: Neil Warnock
  • Narrated by: Neil Warnock
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

For the very first time, and straight from the horse's mouth, a top manager's intriguing insights into the daily trials and tribulations, the joyous peaks and soul-destroying troughs of life as a football 'gaffer'. Ever wondered how a transfer deal is done? What a manager says during his pre-match team-talk? What he screams from the technical area? What goes on in training sessions, and on those long away trips? How a manager carefully builds a team, and what he does when the planning is disrupted by injuries?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very pleasant surprise

  • By Steven on 22-07-13

inside story - well written

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

Reviewed: 13-09-13

What made the experience of listening to The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager the most enjoyable?

you get the full story

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gaffer: The Trials and Tribulations of a Football Manager?

the story of being a Scunthorpe player in the cup at Newcastle and how this experience contributed to his time in management

Have you listened to any of Neil Warnock’s other performances? How does this one compare?

n/a

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

listen to it - it's good

Any additional comments?

Neil's teams aren't always pretty but they're effective

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  • In the Pleasure Groove

  • Love, Death, and Duran Duran
  • By: John Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

A shy only child, Nigel John Taylor wasn't an obvious candidate for pop stardom and frenzied girl panic. But when he ditched his first name and picked up a bass guitar, everything changed. John formed Duran Duran with his friend Nick Rhodes in the spring of 1978, and they were soon joined by Roger Taylor, then Andy Taylor and finally Simon Le Bon. Together they were an immediate, massive global success story, their pictures on millions of walls, every single a worldwide hit. In his frank, compelling autobiography, John recounts the highs and the lows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Amazon Customer on 22-10-12

good account of a glam group - 80-90's style

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

Reviewed: 25-08-13

If you could sum up In the Pleasure Groove in three words, what would they be?

engaging warm cool

What was one of the most memorable moments of In the Pleasure Groove?

breakthrough to stardom

Have you listened to any of John Taylor’s other performances? How does this one compare?

never heard anything else

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not really

Any additional comments?

was never a fan of Duran Duran, but enjoyed the account of their success and failures. Perhaps a bit more from their recent past would make it even better

  • Rod

  • The Autobiography
  • By: Rod Stewart
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

The long-awaited autobiography of one of rock's true megastars. Rod Stewart (aka Rod The Mod and to a very select few, Dad) was born the working-class son of a Scottish plumber in North London. He was never, as some stories later had it, a professional footballer or a gravedigger, though he did become a bit of a singer - and a fairly good one at that.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A candid insight into a charmed life

  • By Mark H on 27-10-13

interesting and honest

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

Reviewed: 25-08-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

if you like autobiographies then read this - interesting account of development from childhood, to singing, stardom and onwards

What did you like best about this story?

early life well handled

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

good narration

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no

Any additional comments?

good read

  • Going to Sea in a Sieve

  • By: Danny Baker
  • Narrated by: Danny Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,122
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898

Born in 1957 in Deptford, south London, Danny's first job after dropping out of school at the age of 15 was in One Stop Records, a small record shop in London's West End, frequented by Elton John and Mick Jagger, a store rather like the one in High Fidelity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insight into living through the 60s and 70s.

  • By Alison St Pierre on 14-09-14

I wanted more of his later life

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

Reviewed: 18-08-13

Would you try another book written by Danny Baker or narrated by Danny Baker?

yes the follow up!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

too early

Have you listened to any of Danny Baker’s other performances? How does this one compare?

he's is good

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Going to Sea in a Sieve?

none , just called it part 1

Any additional comments?

I await the sequel

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Oh Dear Silvia

  • By: Dawn French
  • Narrated by: Dawn French, James Fleet, Llewella Gideon, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

Who is in Coma Suite Number 5? A matchless lover? A supreme egotist? A selfless martyr? A bad mother? A cherished sister? A selfish wife? All of these. For this is Silvia Shute, who has always done exactly what she wants. Until now, when her life suddenly, shockingly stops. Her past holds a terrible secret, and now that she is unconscious in a hospital bed, her constant stream of visitors are set to uncover the mystery of her broken life. Meanwhile she must lie there, victim of the beloveds, the borings, the babblings and the plain bonkers. Like it or not, the truth is about to pay Silvia a visit. Again, and again and again...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious!!!!

  • By Indigoleopard on 01-11-12

get the audio book

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

Reviewed: 18-08-13

If you could sum up Oh Dear Silvia in three words, what would they be?

great twist conclusion

What other book might you compare Oh Dear Silvia to, and why?

one day

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I think the book would take too long to get there

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no too long

Any additional comments?

stick with it - the end is great

  • What Fresh Lunacy Is This?

  • The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed
  • By: Robert Sellers
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Oliver Reed may not have been Britain's biggest film star - for a period in the early 70s he came within a hairsbreadth of replacing Sean Connery as James Bond - but he is an august member of that small band of people, like George Best and Eric Morecambe, who transcended their chosen medium, became too big for it even, and grew into cultural icons. For the first time Reed's close family has agreed to collaborate on a project about the man himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable!!

  • By Jay on 14-11-13

all a bit shallow

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

Reviewed: 18-08-13

Would you try another book written by Robert Sellers or narrated by Sean Barrett?

yes

Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Sellers again?

yes

What three words best describe Sean Barrett’s voice?

good, the story is a bit teenage boy level though

What character would you cut from What Fresh Lunacy Is This??

none, just the story is one episode after another of almost bragging about how much, how many, how long etc .

Any additional comments?

I've read for instance autobiographies / biographies from larger than life characters which had more high and lows, strengths and instabilities, extremes and the average shown, and written frankly better

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,852

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and likeable

  • By Dragon on 06-05-13

fascinating plot

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

Reviewed: 18-08-13

What made the experience of listening to The Cuckoo's Calling the most enjoyable?

the plot was good

What did you like best about this story?

the characters developed well

Have you listened to any of Robert Glenister’s other performances? How does this one compare?

excellent

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

funny and kept you hooked

Any additional comments?

when I finished the book I wanted to get another book with the same 'detective' from the author and only then caught on there was a JKR link - a great start