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Mr. Henry Gray

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  • The Tailor of Panama

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Harry Pendel is the charismatic proprietor of Pendel and Braithwaite Limitada of Panama, through whose doors everyone who is anyone in Central America passes. Andrew Osnard, mysterious and fleshy, is a spy. His secret mission is two-pronged: to keep a watchful eye on the political manoeuvrings leading up to the American handover of the Panama Canal on 31st December 1999; and to secure for himself the immense private fortune that has until now churlishly eluded him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great start but got bored in the middle

  • By Alex on 31-07-18

Another great story, another great narration!

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

Reviewed: 19-03-18

I cannot get enough of le Carré at the moment, we probably all know some of those that have been made into films and the Tailor of Panama is one of those great films but I would urge anyone who knows the films to listen to the books. Great story as usual, twists and turns, characters are excellent and Michael Jayston was made to narrate these stories, faultless and keeps you listening.

  • The Society of Blood

  • Obsidian Heart, Book 2
  • By: Mark Morris
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

Transported through time to the dank streets of Victorian London, Alex Locke seeks to unravel the mysteries of the Obsidian Heart, the enigmatic object to which his fate is inextricably bound. When a string of grisly murders takes place across the capital, Alex follows a trail that will lead him through the opium dens of Limehouse, into the dark and twisted world of the Society of Blood and ever closer to unlocking the secret of the Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time... to un(t)ravel some threads

  • By petitbilbo on 25-01-16

Another dissatisfied ending

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

Poor narration and again the bloody book ends abruptly. Does the author think he is creating suspense, he is actually creating frustration with these shoddy cliffhangers! I came back for the second book but I am done now!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • My Time

  • By: Bradley Wiggins
  • Narrated by: Tom Watt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

On 22 July 2012 Bradley Wiggins became the first British man ever to win the Tour de France. In an instant, 'Wiggo' became a national hero. Ten days later, having swapped his yellow jersey for the colours of Team GB, he won Olympic gold in the time trial, adding to his previous six medals to become the nation's most decorated Olympian of all time. Outspoken, honest, intelligent and fearless, Wiggins has been hailed as the people’s champion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than I Expected

  • By Oliver Dayman on 14-12-12

Enjoyable insight

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-13

Really enjoyed this insight into Bradley's build up to winning the Tour and the Olympic gold medal. Let's you see just how difficult this feat was and what fantastic athletes he and his cycling colleagues are. Even now the memories of these wins still bring a warm glow.

  • Pete Townshend: Who I Am

  • By: Pete Townshend
  • Narrated by: Pete Townshend
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

He is one of the greatest musical talents Britain has ever produced. But even as the principle songwriter and lead guitarist for The Who, it would be unjust to define Pete Townshend’s life simply through his achievements with bandmates Daltrey, Moon, and Entwistle. Noting that he has sold over 100 million records over a 50-year period goes some way to quantifying his accomplishments, but numbers only scratch the surface of his contribution to popular culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • pete townshend who am i

  • By sarah on 13-04-13

Disappointed

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-13

I am a massive Who fan and of the work that Pete does. I couldn't wait to listen to this book and was gutted when after 45 minutes of badly read audio from the man himself I could listen no more. He comes across as a poor and deprived little boy, which I'm sure he was but both my parents were born in the same period and everyone struggled in the post war years. Despite his obvious talent he should not have narrated this book and I would advise anyone wishing to know the story buy the paper or electronic copy and physically read it.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • My Dear I Wanted to Tell You

  • By: Louisa Young
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Set on the Western Front, in London and in Paris, My Dear I Wanted to Tell You is a moving and brilliant novel of love, class, and sex in wartime, and how war affects those left behind as well as those who fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful,moving and engrossing

  • By helen on 20-06-11

This book made me weep on a plane!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-12-11

What a fantastic audio book narrated brilliantly.

Story leads upto and during WW1, the whole story is fantastic and at one point in particular it was so moving that it made me weep on a long haul flight. Just to note I am a rufty tufty construction worker not prone to weeping openly but in parts it is so heart wrenching your emotions overtake you. I would recommend this book to anyone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Catch 22

  • By: Joseph Heller
  • Narrated by: Trevor White
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279

At the heart of Joseph Heller's best-selling novel, first published in 1961, is a satirical indictment of military madness and stupidity, and the desire of the ordinary man to survive it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very well read

  • By A G R on 03-02-13

Brilliant.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-11

Great book that was even better as an audio book, dare you not to! Trevor White is great and the book should be on everyone's to read/listen list!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Books: The Radical Impact of the King James Bible, 1611-2011

  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

The King James Bible has often been called ‘the Book of Books’ both in itself and in what it stands for. Since its publication in 1611 it has been the best-selling book in the world, and many believe it has had the greatest impact.The King James Bible has spread the Protestant faith. It has also been the greatest influence on the enrichment of the English language and its literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting

  • By Mr. Henry Gray on 08-07-11

Interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-11

This type of book is why I started listening to audio books as although I have a great interest in history it can sometimes be hard slog reading through. As an atheist but brought up a Presbyterian in Scotland I am acutely aware of religious differences in the UK. Too many people dismiss the role that religion has and still continues to play in our lives, the King James bible changed the face of history and played a massive part in freeing the peasants and opening up education to the masses.
I don't believe in God and the bible is full of stories written by men but there is no mistaking the profound affect on history.

Read this book regardless of your religious beliefs to discover how it changed the face of Britain, Europe and the Americas.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Papillon

  • By: Henri Charriere
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Henri Charriere, called "Papillon" for the butterfly tattoo on his chest, was convicted in Paris in 1931 of a murder he did not commit. Sentenced to life imprisonment in the penal colony of French Guiana, he became obsessed with one goal: escape. After planning and executing a series of treacherous yet failed attempts over many years, he was eventually sent to the notorious Devil's Island prison, a place from which no one had ever escaped...until Papillon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic memories

  • By Mr. Henry Gray on 08-07-11

Fantastic memories

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-07-11

Last read this book when I was 14 and I'm 40+ now. Loved it then but was still surprised how much I still enjoyed it now. The narrater was a struggle at first but once you went with it it really made sense! Buy this and you will enjoy it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Wallace

  • Scotland's Greatest Hero
  • By: Nigel Tranter
  • Narrated by: Michael Elder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

William Wallace is accepted as an even greater hero than King Robert the Bruce; he is Scotland's most honoured son, a patriot unrivalled. Bruce fought for a throne; Wallace fought for the nation's freedom with nothing wanted for himself. Terribly, Wallace paid the price, as this story relates.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Wallace: Scotland's Greatest Hero

  • By Lavina on 18-10-10

Bloody embarrassing dirge

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-11

DO NOT BUY THIS AUDIOBOOK! There is a real lack of Scots history available in audiobook format but please do not waste a penny of your money on this 'braveheart' sentimental, nationalist crap.
Just for clarification I am Scottish and proud to be so but I am embarrassed by this book!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Company of Liars

  • By: Karen Maitland
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,288

On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Medieval Road Movie - Well worth a listen

  • By I. Jamie on 02-02-09

Well worth buying this book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-10

I bought this not expecting much but just to try something different and really enjoyed the story and the narrator.