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  • A Game of Thrones

  • Book 1 of A Song of Ice and Fire
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,799
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,812

The complete, unabridged audiobook of A Game of Thrones. HBO’s hit series A Game of Thrones is based on George R. R. Martin’s internationally best-selling series A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. A Game of Thrones is the first volume in the series. Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truly brilliant fantasy novel

  • By Qasim on 16-09-11

Audiobook > TV Show

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

Reviewed: 13-02-19

Anyone who reads knows that a book is always better than a TV Show or Movie adaptation. Roy Dotrice's voice performance puts this Audiobook on par with reading the book itself.

The story, well-known as it is these days, comes alive in a new and fresh way, encompassing the detail of the book and the dramatics of the show. Pick your side all over again in this Game of Thrones.

I am looking forward to hearing the rest of this saga with such a strong performing voice.

  • Heroes

  • Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures
  • By: Stephen Fry
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,941
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,935

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Heroes, written and read by Stephen Fry. There are heroes - and then there are Greek heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils or outwitted scheming vengeful gods quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his best-selling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ancient Myths from a Modern Legend!

  • By Simon on 02-11-18

Just Heroic..

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

Reviewed: 18-12-18

Stephen Fry has always been a favourite of mine and this book does not disappoint. If you have ever wondered what the Greek Heroes would sound like with Welsh, Scottish and English accents, then this is a must.

A phenomenal retelling of some of the world's most famous stories, with wit, humour and a dash of Fry.

  • Pet Sematary

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 939
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 876
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 872

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle, the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The One Where King Crossed A Line

  • By Simon on 29-03-18

A Chilling Tale

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

Reviewed: 13-11-18

It was hard to stop listening, even during the darkest times!

King's ability to write real characters in the most fantastic and nightmarish environments is the reason his work, no matter how old, resonates with every generation.

Michael C Hall's voice talent adds that extra layer of depth on to a perfect performance.

  • Gut

  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

The key to living a happier, healthier life is inside us. Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain or our heart, yet we know very little about how it works. In Gut, Giulia Enders shows that rather than the utilitarian and - let's be honest - somewhat embarrassing body part we imagine it to be, it is one of the most complex, important, and even miraculous parts of our anatomy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have to redress the balance

  • By David J James on 13-03-16

A Great Insight in to the Inside!

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

Reviewed: 19-09-18

A simple to understand, insightful and funny account of how our insides work. Books like this remind me how little we know about ourselves.

The narration works perfectly with the text, making it easier to picture the complexity of our gut. Absolutely loved it and could not recommend it more. If you love been blown away by something you take for granted everyday, this books for you!

  • 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 2,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,447
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,398

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discouraging for insomniacs

  • By Aviation buff on 11-08-18

Revolution for sleep

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I can honestly say I did not know of the importance of sleep until I listened to this book! An amazing, eye opening and inspiring listen for anyone who wants to know more about sleep. It has definitely changed my opinion on sleep!

  • Outnumbered

  • Exploring the Algorithms That Control Our Lives
  • By: David Sumpter
  • Narrated by: David West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Our increasing reliance on technology and the Internet has opened a window for mathematicians and data researchers to gaze through into our lives. Using the data they are constantly collecting about where we travel, where we shop, what we buy, what interests us, they can begin to predict our daily habits, and increasingly we are relinquishing our decision making to algorithms - are we giving up this up too easily?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rigourous but exceedingly readable analysis

  • By P W. on 14-08-18

Did I choose this book or did the algorithms?

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Either way, I'm happy I (or the algorithm) chose this book. It was great to get a more scientific and fact check version of the world around us outside of main stream media.

I absolutely loved the enthusiasm the author has for the online world and it's ability to make our lives easier and help us build a global network of connections. A great balance of personal and fact, a book that can open your eyes to the fact that Alexa/Siri may tell you what to buy next but they are a long way away from loading the dishwasher.

I wonder if the AI version of the book will be released?

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story & brilliantly narrated

  • By Tom on 14-08-09

Simple story performed extremely well.

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

Reviewed: 21-05-18

A film noir type detective story with magic at its heart. A great protagonist with not too many obstacles to face, hopefully sequels will show more character development and challenges for Harry.

James Marsters performance is great, gritty in all the right places and a voice that can transport you to the dark shadows of this book. An entertaining listen at the least.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,031

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

Is it still a page turner if you listen to It?

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Absolutely loved this audio book. Questioning everything from our genetic makeup to our religious beliefs to the future and our ethical direction.

Simple to listen to with well known analogies and examples. You do not need to be in any way scientific to understand, although it gets a little bleak and scary just past the half point and will make you question your belief- so an open mind is probably needed.

  • A Tale of Two Cities

  • The Dickens Collection: An Audible Exclusive Series
  • By: Charles Dickens, Simon Callow - introduction
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Exclusively from Audible. 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.' So begins Charles Dickens' most famous historical drama: a gripping tale of war, social injustice and the choice between darkness and light. After being unjustly imprisoned for 18 years, French doctor Manette is released from the Bastille jail in Paris and embarks upon a journey to London in the hope of finding the daughter he never met.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic story, by a master storyteller

  • By Phil Culmer on 07-03-18

Callow brings Dickens to life

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

Reviewed: 20-04-18

I've never had much time for the classics authors like Dickens, often finding them boring and drool but Simon Callow' s performance breathes real life in to this story.
The story of faith, rebellion and the contrast between the privileged few and downtrodden majority is as poignant today as it was then. I think I'll need more of both!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • How to Stop Time

  • By: Matt Haig
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,950

Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them firsthand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb as I expected from Matt Haig

  • By Kaggy on 17-07-17

Intriguing from the start

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

Reviewed: 14-02-18

An extremely thought provoking story that ends too early for my liking. I longed to see more development in the characters, more interaction with the world. A great author leaves you wanting more they say.

Performance was great but I would have loved to hear a more varied voice, more emphasis on different characters.

All in still a stellar story telling.