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Dr Richard L Peacocke

Poole, Dorset, UK
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  • Passenger 23

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Sebastian Fitzek
  • Narrated by: Max Beesley, Rebecca Hall, Anthony Head, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,258

With no police to investigate and no escape, could it be the perfect setting for a crime? Martin Schwartz (Beesley) is an undercover detective who is recovering from his wife and sons' bizarre disappearance from a cruise ship 5 years ago. He is a desperate man willing to take big risks. Martin never wanted to step onto a cruise ship again until he receives a call which can't be ignored. On average, 23 people per year disappear without a trace from cruise ships. Never before has someone come back... until now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really Interesting stuff!!!

  • By lynsey on 22-12-15

Odd murder mystery

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-05-18

Strangely satisfying murder mystery that keeps you guessing on the edge of your seat, shouting at the 'idiots' and crying for the victims.

  • Raymond Chandler: The BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • By: Raymond Chandler
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

The complete collection of landmark BBC Radio dramas of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe mysteries. Philip Marlowe is the archetypal noir detective: wisecracking and world weary, hard boiled yet honourable. This volume includes all eight dramatisations of Raymond Chandler's groundbreaking crime novels featuring his iconic hero.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So would chapter headings have killed them?

  • By S. Kennedy on 01-05-17

Chandler heard at his best

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

Chandler's Marlow is rendered with just the right degree of phlegmatic cynicism that shines from his written pages. Masterful, and the stories - long-beloved - stir as they always have.

  • The Truth About Lies

  • By: Andy Shea, Steve Van Aperen
  • Narrated by: James Wright
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

This compelling audiobook will change the way you look at people forever. Two well-respected experts examine how to distinguish fact from fiction in a wide range of contexts. Who lies more easily: men or women? Why does anyone lie in the first place? How can you tell? What do you look for? The Truth About Lies will help you separate fact from fiction. It will help you tell who's lying and who's telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'd be a liar if I said ...

  • By Dr Richard L Peacocke on 24-10-17

I'd be a liar if I said ...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-10-17

I'd be a liar if I said that I disliked this book - but after listening to it, I wouldn't get that past you! Excellent stuff.

  • The End of the Affair

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Colin Firth
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,371

Audie Award Winner, Audiobook of the Year, 2013. Audie Award Nominee, Best Solo Narration, 2013. Graham Greene’s evocative analysis of the love of self, the love of another, and the love of God is an English classic that has been translated for the stage, the screen, and even the opera house. Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth (The King's Speech, A Single Man) turns in an authentic and stirring performance for this distinguished audio release.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful words; beautifully read

  • By Spa2004 on 14-02-16

Obviously excellent!

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Reviewed: 14-04-17

You've heard of the author. Now read the book! Enjoy a master of his craft.

  • A Very English Scandal

  • Sex, Lies and a Murder Plot at the Heart of the Establishment
  • By: John Preston
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563

It's the late 1960s, and homosexuality has only just been legalised, and Jeremy Thorpe, the leader of the Liberal party, has a secret he's desperate to hide. As long as Norman Scott, his beautiful, unstable lover is around, Thorpe's brilliant career is at risk. With the help of his fellow politicians, Thorpe schemes, deceives and embezzles - until he can see only one way to silence Scott for good. The trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society forever: it was the moment the British public discovered the truth about its political class.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By C Hall on 13-08-16

An interesting expose

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Reviewed: 09-08-16

An interesting and important study.

We are taken and forced to look at an example of the power on citizens' perceptions of members of The Establishment as sacrosanct, as their being situated in a social milieu beyond or above the common ground, where usual societal concepts of 'badness' either do not exist or are accepted and forgiven by one's peers.

This story of political manipulation and intrigue, seen under the weight of misguided anti-homosexual legislation, needs to be taken with the later exposes of leading community figures of their involvement in child sexual exploitation (and even, allegedly, child murder and pseudo-Satanic rituals).

Although such tales are now commonplace and shockingly un-shocking, these very dangerous self-protecting people - found both in positions of authority and social leadership, as well as those quietly hidden in the folds of inherited wealth - damage the fabric of society and further blacken our already murky name internationally.

Accordingly, this story needs to be trumpeted across wider society to help more 'normal' people to root out these dangerous folk and expose them to the sanitising light of public opinion.

Dr Richard L Peacocke BSc Hons MSc

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Heresy

  • By: S. J. Parris
  • Narrated by: Laurence Kennedy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

Oxford, 1583. Giordano Bruno, a radical thinker fleeing the Inquisition, is sent undercover to Oxford to expose a Catholic conspiracy against Queen Elizabeth. But he has his own secret mission at the University, which must remain hidden at all costs. When a series of hideous murders are committed, Bruno is compelled to investigate. What he finds makes it brutally clear that the Tudor throne itself is at stake....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good enjoyable lightweight read

  • By S Price Sinclair on 08-02-15

Lovely detail.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-16

I listened as hard as I could. It is a luscious story with the usual unguessable and satisfying ending.

Buy it.

Now.

  • The Mammoth Book of Cover-Ups

  • The Most Disturbing Conspiracies of All Time
  • By: Jon E. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Peter Marinker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Uncover why the Titanic sank, ponder the sinister Vatican/Mafia network that plotted the assassination of liberal John Paul, find out why NASA 'lost' its files on Mars, read why no-one enters Area 51, and consider why medical supplies were already on site at Edgware Road before the 7/7 bombs detonated. Just because you are paranoid, it doesn't mean that they aren't out to conspire against you.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Summary of every conspiracy you can think of

  • By Daniel on 10-01-17

Fascinating

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-05-16

An easy-to-listen-to audio book which steps from one chapter to the next each time addressing a new conspiracy and weighing the evidence with a conclusion at the end of each.

Lots of new stuff here to get you teeth into.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Demonologist

  • The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'
  • By: Gerald Brittle
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Bedtime

  • By Andy on 20-10-13

Gritty stuff, not for the faint-hearted

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 11-04-16

Narrated in a gruff, no nonsense masculine, North American voice, the stories leap out and dance around the room every time you close your eyes. As an example, the narrator gravels on about bringing spirits or something home with you, and he had me checking my memory of the day's doings to check that I had not inadvertently carried a spiritual infection back with me from some hell hole. And then I reflect, well Tesco isn't that bad, is it?

This book suffers from being non-fiction. If it were merely fictional it would not be able to send shivers up my spine,mor have me staring into dark corners of the room, or thinking that a something is lurking and waiting just around the next corner. But then, I have always suffered with a vivid imagination, and maybe you will be different .....

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Learn German in 7 Days!

  • The Ultimate Crash Course to Learning the Basics of the German Language in No Time
  • By: Dagny Taggart
  • Narrated by: Markus Meuter
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Do you want to learn German? Great! You've come to the right place. Maybe you have already formed a vague idea of what the learning process will entail, and maybe it scares you off a bit. You see, when it comes to learning a new language we are all in the same game. Yet most people don't realize it. Most people don't even take the time to think about how they can speed up the entire process. Instead, they just dive into it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clear and easy to understand.

  • By Dr Richard L Peacocke on 15-01-16

Clear and easy to understand.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-01-16

I'm not a great speaker of other languages but this short narrative is so chock full of information, words and tips that I feel I can get stuck in immediately.

Recommended.

  • Aliens in the Backyard

  • UFOs, Abductions, and Synchronicity
  • By: Rob MacGregor, Trish MacGregor
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

In 2003, a Roper Organization survey revealed that 33 million Americans may be abductees. Aliens in the Backyard is their story. One evening in 1981, Connie J Cannon was on I-75 with her young son, en route to their new home in Florida, when they suddenly found themselves on a military base, with a man in uniform holding a gun to her head as three Grays stood nearby. In 1979, Diane Fine was on her way from upstate New York to Vermont to see an obstetrics specialist for her high risk pregnancy, and experienced two hours of missing time. When she was finally examined at the clinic, she was told wasn't pregnant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Factual and interesting read

  • By Laura on 13-01-14

Interesting concepts

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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: 13-01-16

I found this an interesting and informative read/listen. It offers sev real channels for further investigation alongside historical facts and stories from many places.

Recommended.