J. Singfield

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  • On the Road Bike

  • By: Ned Boulting
  • Narrated by: Ned Boulting
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Ned Boulting has noticed something. It's to do with bikes. They're everywhere. And so are their riders. Some of these riders seem to be sporting sideburns and a few of them are winning things. Big things. Now Ned wants to know how on earth it came to this. And what, exactly is 'this'. In On the Road Bike, Ned Boulting asks how Britain became so obsessed with cycling. Ned’s search puts him in contact with some of the wonderful and wonderfully idiosyncratic people who have contributed to this nation’s two-wheeled history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting & entertaining take on British Cycling

  • By J. Singfield on 23-06-13

Interesting & entertaining take on British Cycling

5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 23-06-13

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Ned's obvious interest in the subject, open personality and self deprecating humour make for a very enjoyable read. Of particular interest to cycling fans, especially those who've been involved in the Britain's less glamorous but charming past, but as it's more about people and their fascinating stories, there's enough to keep non cycling folk interested too.

I listened to it across a few longish Sunday rides (using bone conduction headphones so I could still hear the traffic). Most chapters stand up fine as individual pieces, but with a thread that links them together.

Some really interesting stories coupled with great writing and good narration made for a really good audiobook.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood River

  • By: Tim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Tim Butcher
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to cover Africa in 2000, he quickly became obsessed with the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous expedition - and travelling alone. Despite warnings that his plan was suicidal, Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with just a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic and addictive

  • By R on 08-09-08

Excellent book, poorly narrated

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-03-11

I really enjoyed this book but it's a testimony to the writing that I persevered to the end because I found his narration rather annoying and difficult to listen to. There was a lot of misplaced emphasis, a strange cadence and rhythym to the reading and it sounded as though he was bored and just wanted to get the reading over and done with as quickly as possible.

That said, the actual account was really fascinating and well written. It was quite shocking to hear how the Congo appears to be moving backwards in terms of its development and structure and the impact that has on the lives of the people that live there. I was able to conjure up strong images of what it must be like from the author's description.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • We Are All Made of Glue

  • By: Marina Lewycka
  • Narrated by: Sian Thomas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 66

Georgie Sinclair’s husband has walked out and work is getting her down. So when she spots Mrs Shapiro, an eccentric old neighbour, rummaging through her skip in the middle of the night, it’s just the distraction she needs. And although they mistrust each other at first a firm friendship is formed. Then Mrs Shapiro is admitted to hospital and, to Georgie’s surprise, she is named as her next of kin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best in a long time

  • By Lauren on 14-04-11


5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-08-10

My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed this. I've previously read A Short History... and Two Caravans, but this was the first audio book of hers that I've listened to and it worked very well. It was well read, especially for a book with quite a lot of (brilliantly written) dialogue which some narrators don't manage to pull off.

I found the book more similar to A Short History... than Two Caravans, but as with her all work the main thread of the story happens almost in the background, hanging off the very three-dimensional characterisation of the protagonists.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful