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  • 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 675
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

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

Surprisingly unputdownable

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I was really surprised at how much this book gripped me. I had it in my library for ages before I started listening to it but once I did I listened at every opportunity.

It's a fascinating if infuriating story and the narrator is absolutely spectacular. He has an amazing manor and speaks with a variety of accents as needed.

The text is written in an engaging manor and the events laid out in a cohesive and easy to follow way.

I would have appreciated a chapter at the end explaining how the author knows / researched the story. There are many events given as facts and I would have liked an explanation about whether they are definate facts or possible facts.

  • The Road to Little Dribbling

  • More Notes From a Small Island
  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Nathan Osgood
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,480

Twenty years ago Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his adopted country. The hilarious book that resulted, Notes from a Small Island, was taken to the nation’s heart and became the best-selling travel book ever and was voted in a BBC poll the book that best represents Britain. Now, to mark the 20th anniversary of that modern classic, Bryson makes a brand-new journey around Britain to see what has changed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • funny, perceptive and grumpy

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-10-15

very good as always

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

Reviewed: 24-11-17

I've read all of Bill Bryson's books over the years. I've listened to most of them as audio books too and I think they always work well. This one is particularly good because it is modern. very easy to pick up and put down. Interesting enough to be entertaining but easy enough to listen to that you can do other things at the same time.

  • If Only They Didn't Speak English

  • Notes From Trump's America
  • By: Jon Sopel
  • Narrated by: Jon Sopel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610

As the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately. In the 18 months it's taken for a reality star to go from laughingstock to leader of the free world, Jon has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as 'a beauty' by none other than Donald Trump.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, entertaining and superb

  • By Chris Thomas on 21-09-17

Really good

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

Reviewed: 28-09-17

I really liked this book and listened to it all in just a few days. I usually dip in and out of different books but this one really held my attention. Lots of interesting information and ideas. It gave me a much deeper understanding of familiar issues. Although I already knew America was very differen to Britain it was amazing to get an insiders perspective of just how different it is. I definitely recommend this book.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Red Dwarf: Better Than Life

  • By: Grant Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350

Better Than Life finds the crew trapped in a mind-boggling computer game that is threatening their lives and safety of the ship. One by one, they enter the game to rescue each other - and one by one, they become trapped! Holly will have to use his mega brain to solve this one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Sci-Fi, but...

  • By Christopher Wilton on 05-01-11

Brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I absolutely love this book although really you need to listen to the original first. I've just finished them both for the second time and I enjoyed them both as much as the first. Chris Barrie is absolutely amazing! best audible reader I've come across.

  • Star Trek, The Next Generation

  • Imzadi
  • By: Peter David
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Frakes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Ship's counsellor Deanna Troi mysteriously falls ill...and dies. But her death marks the start of an incredible adventure for Commander Riker - an adventure that takes him across time, pits him against one of his closest friends, and forces him to choose between Starfleet's strictest rule and the one he calls Imzadi. Read by Jonathan Frakes, and enhanced with sound effects!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Star Trek

  • By Deborah Cannard on 16-03-19

Really great book if you like star trek.

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

I loved this book. The sound recording is a bit fuzzy and it's obviously an old book but if you like the Deanna and Riker story in the TV series you'll love this. It fills in lots of the gaps. There is a big sci fi element to the book but it is fundamentally a love story so some people might not like it for that. Personally I thought it was brilliant and listened to it pretty much in one go.

  • The Brain

  • The Story of You
  • By: David Eagleman
  • Narrated by: David Eagleman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302

This is the story of how your life shapes your brain and how your brain shapes your life. Locked in the silence and darkness of your skull, the brain fashions the rich narratives of your reality and your identity. Join renowned neuroscientist David Eagleman for a journey into the questions at the heart of our existence. What is reality? Who are 'you'? How do you make decisions? Why does your brain need other people? How is technology poised to change what it means to be human?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening

  • By Dom on 14-01-16

brilliant book

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

Really enjoyed this book, full of fascinating insights and interesting facts. Very easy to listen to.

  • A Boy Called Christmas

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

You are about to listen to the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible. If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you. Because this audiobook is full of impossible things. Are you still reading? Good. Then let us begin....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely Christmas story

  • By DianeF on 16-12-16

Amazingly depressing!

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

Reviewed: 28-03-17

What would have made A Boy Called Christmas better?

The story is really, really nasty. From the cover picture and some of the reviews i expected a nice fun Christmasey story but it's not at all. The whole thing is a series of really, REALLY depressing and actually upsetting events. Once I started listening I thought it might be like a fairy story which starts off sad but then gets happy as the protagonist meets new people but if anything it gets worse. I struggled through two thirds until I gave up.

What could Matt Haig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Completely changed the story into what it looks like on the front cover and from the blurb. Obviously lots of reviewers liked the book and I can see that it's pretty well written but it should be better reflected in the cover and description. I definitely wouldn't have bought it if I had realised it was full of really horrible stuff.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I didn't enjoy it at all.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Thomas on 14-04-15

Not a book for feminists!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

This is a really unusual and imaginative book which is very well read by Jeremy Irons. I enjoyed a lot of the story and the overall idea, but I found the story horribly sexist.

The whole story is based around a boy who goes in search of his personal legend (basically his life purpose) this involves many adventures, exciting discoveries, meeting new people (almost exclusively men) who help him discover new aspects of himself and life.

Meanwhile he meets a grand total of two women. We aren't told anything about the life purpose of the first woman but the second does have a life purpose. It is to sit at home and wait until a man comes along to complete her and then to wait (at home) while he goes and pursues his dreams!!!!!!! The very fact that she has met him means her life is complete, even if he doesn't bother to come back.

On top of that the whole story is filled with lines like "when a man goes in search of his dreams . . ." "a man must follow his destiny . . ." I'm really not sure if the author actually meant this only applies to men or if he was using "men" when he should have said people. Either way I was getting angrier and angrier listening.

13 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Julian Fellowes's Belgravia

  • By: Julian Fellowes
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,507

Julian Fellowes's Belgravia is the story of a secret. A secret that unravels behind the porticoed doors of London's grandest postcode. Set in the 1840s, when the upper echelons of society began to rub shoulders with the emerging industrial nouveau riche, Belgravia is peopled by a rich cast of characters. But the story begins on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. At the Duchess of Richmond's now legendary ball, one family's life will change forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reminiscent of Georgette Heyer

  • By Lorna on 17-07-16

really lovely book

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

Reviewed: 29-11-16

I really enjoyed this book. It's the first long fiction book I've listened to and I was a bit unsure before I started but I'm really glad I bought it.

It's amazing how the author keeps adding to the story, there were several times when it all seemed to be getting resolved and then there was another twist.

Really brilliant narration. I don't know how the narrator was able to come up with so many different accents etc and make all the characters, even minor ones, sound unique. Really recommend.

  • Red Dwarf

  • Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
  • By: Rob Grant, Doug Naylor
  • Narrated by: Chris Barrie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,074
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445

When Lister got drunk, he really got drunk! After celebrating his birthday with a Monopoly-board pub crawl around London, he came to in a burger bar on one of Saturns moons, wearing a lady's pink crimplene hat and a pair of yellow fishing waders, with no money and a passport in the name of "Emily Berkenstein". Joining the Space Corps seemed a good idea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration and fun to listen too

  • By Leon on 22-08-08

A really, really good audio book.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

I really loved this book. I read it years ago and enjoyed it but it's even better as an audio book. I usually listen to audio books while I'm driving , this is the first one I've carried on listening to at home because I was enjoying it so much.

Chris Barrie is an amazing narrator and does a brilliant job with all the different character voices.