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  • The Constant Gardener

  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 17 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 277

The beautiful Tessa Quayle is murdered near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, the birthplace of mankind. And her putative African lover and travelling companion has vanished from the scene of the crime. Tessa’s husband, a career diplomat and amateur gardener at the British High Commission in Nairobi, sets out on a personal odyssey in pursuit of the killers and their motive. On his way he meets terror, violence, and conspiracy, but his greatest discovery is the woman he barely had time to love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Emotional, addictive and typical Le Carre

  • By joanna green on 30-11-14

angry but beautiful

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

The beautiful literary style is displayed to perfection by the superb narration. The story itself is as complex and thoroughly thought out as one expects from Le Carré. There are some thin parts of the plot, where is possible that political subject, or psychological prurience has taken over story, but on the whole still vintage Le Carré.

  • Why We Sleep

  • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
  • By: Matthew Walker
  • Narrated by: John Sackville
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,991

Why can some birds sleep with only half of their brain? What really happens during REM sleep? Why do our sleep patterns change across a lifetime? Sleep is one of the most important but least understood aspects of our life, health and longevity. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep or what good it serves or why we suffer such devastating health consequences when it is absent. In this book, neuroscientist and sleep expert Matthew Walker charts 20 years of cutting-edge research.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is Sleep just for the Weak?

  • By R Blades on 15-01-18

Game Changer

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-09-18

So much information! But very well presented and completely absorbing to listen to. This will change my whole view of sleeping - no longer a waste of my life, but a life-saver.

  • The Wisdom of Psychopaths

  • By: Kevin Dutton
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Psychopath. No sooner is the word out than images of murderers, suicide bombers and gangsters flash across our minds. But unlike their box-office counterparts, not all psychopaths are violent or even criminal. In fact they are fearless, confident, ruthless and focused - qualities tailor-made for success in twenty-first-century society. In this groundbreaking adventure into the world of psychopaths, renowned psychologist Kevin Dutton reveals a shocking truth: psychopaths have something to teach us.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Route to the psychopath’s mind

  • By Darius on 24-03-18

disturbing..

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-06-18

really interesting study- disturbing at times. very well narrated. some passages quite technical but peppered with enough anecdotes for the layman to grasp the theories behind the narrative.

  • North and South

  • By: Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973

Written at the request of Charles Dickens, North and South is a book about rebellion that poses fundamental questions about the nature of social authority and obedience. Gaskell expertly blends individual feeling with social concern and her heroine, Margaret Hale, is one of the most original creations of Victorian literature. When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience she is forced to leave her comfortable home in the tranquil countryside of Hampshire....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an interesting novel made special by the reading

  • By Margaret on 27-12-10

brilliantly written, brilliantly read.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-04-18

Juliet Stephenson's expert rendition of characters and their voices makes this audio book read like a play. Mrs Gaskill's haunting and romantic story is given its full voice and meaning through this superb recording of it.

  • Wolf Hall

  • By: Hilary Mantel
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 24 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,698

Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell - a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lose yourself in 16th century England

  • By Phil on 22-01-10

gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

Totally convincing both in writing and in narration. Although a long book, it never drags, and draws the listener in to the world and the events it describes. It reveals an England totally foreign to a modern reader, and yet easily accessible through the careful balance of description and narrative.

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin

  • Life Among the Lowly
  • By: Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Uncle Tom's Cabin was the best-selling novel of the 19th century and the second best-selling book of that century, following the Bible. It is credited with helping fuel the abolitionist cause in the 1850s. In 1855, three years after it was published, it was called "the most popular novel of our day." A thrilling and important piece of American literature!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, poor narration

  • By Bookthrower on 22-02-14

amazing book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-01-18

This should be on everyone's reading list. Narration perfectly suited to era and subject matter.

  • Abraham Lincoln

  • By: Lord Charnwood
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

For nearly 90 years, Lord Charnwood’s Abraham Lincoln has been the standard life history of the Great Emancipator. It has become one of the great classics of modern biography and has been read by millions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant and detailed.

  • By Catherine on 14-01-18

Elegant and detailed.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-01-18

Very interesting and wide ranging. A lot of detail that perhaps slows up the narration of events but is all interesting and not superfluous. the English is very dated but elegant and the historical proximity of writer to his subject makes it a fascinating view.

  • Hornblower and the "Atropos"

  • By: C. S. Forester
  • Narrated by: Nicolas Coster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

In the wake of a humbling incident aboard a canal boat in the Cotswolds, young Captain Horatio Hornblower arrives in London to take command of the Atropos, a 22-gun sloop barely large enough to require a captain. Her first assignment under Hornblower's command is as flagship for the funeral procession of Lord Nelson. Soon Atropos is part of the Mediterranean Fleet's harassment of Napoleon, recovering treasure that lies deep in Turkish waters

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bring back Christian Rodska

  • By Stefan on 20-10-18

Exciting story poorly narrated

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-12

All the books bar two that I have had from Audible have had superb narrators, who have enlivened the text. This one kills it dead. The narrator sounds like he is having difficulty reading, and has no variety of tone at all. Could not finish the book.

  • A Sand County Almanac

  • By: Aldo Leopold
  • Narrated by: Stewart L. Udall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Not since Thoreau took us to Walden Pond has there been such an important work on the natural world. A Sand County Almanac is Aldo Leopold's simple expression of feeling for the environment at his weekend farm along the Wisconsin River. It is an inviting, gentle world - one that is rapidly disappearing.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nice text shame about the narration

  • By Catherine on 27-01-12

Nice text shame about the narration

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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-01-12

The pace of this book is quite slow and gentle - however it is rendered turgid by the narration unfortunately. Difficult to finish.