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  • Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds: The Musical Drama

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: H. G. Wells, Jeff Wayne
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen, Taron Egerton, Theo James, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 671

One of the world’s most recognisable sci-fi stories, H. G. Wells’ The War of The Worlds established numerous conventions for the genre, including the threat of an invasive extraterrestrial species, space travel and intergalactic conflict, inspiring directors, gamers, producers and writers alike with its sobering story of struggle and survival. Marrying the suspense, drama and urgency of Wells’ original novel with Jeff Wayne’s rousing and flamboyant score, Audible’s new and exclusive dramatisation uses action, narration, original music and evocative sound design to immerse listeners in a world that’s as thrilling as it is desolate. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning Interpretation of Jeff Wayne's Classic!

  • By Simon on 29-11-18

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 30-11-18

I grew up listening to Jeff Wayne's original musical and this has so much from the original and so much of its own! Micheal Sheen is superb as the Narrator. I highly recommend this!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Unseen Academicals

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: David Jason, Jon Culshaw, Mathew Horne, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 604

Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else. The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible adaptation of a wonderful book

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-07-18

Absolutely superb!

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

Reviewed: 23-07-18

Absolutely superb! Terry Pratchett and Dirk Maggs at their best! I have been a fan of both for many years and Its a real treat hear them together!

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,523
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,500

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Best value for money, simply brilliant

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

Reviewed: 02-01-18

Stephen Fry is fantastic and at 71 hours for one credit it is amazing value. I have listened to all the BBC Sherlock Holmes plays for years, it's great to have them unabridged.

  • Dragonfly In Amber

  • Outlander, Book 2
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A brilliant follow up

  • By Rachel on 17-08-08

Totally captivating!

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

Reviewed: 20-11-16

I had already seen the TV series and loved it when I bought these books. I'll be going straight onto the next one- can't wait!

  • The Earth

  • A Very Short Introduction
  • By: Martin Redfern
  • Narrated by: Diane Cardea
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Around 30 years ago, two things happened that were to revolutionize the understanding of our home planet. First, geologists realized that the continents themselves were drifting across the surface of the globe and that oceans were being created and destroyed. Secondly, pictures of the entire planet were returned from space. Suddenly, the Earth began to be viewed as a single entity; a dynamic, interacting whole, controlled by complex processes we scarcely understood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant introduction

  • By james palmer on 12-11-15

Brilliant introduction

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

Reviewed: 12-11-15

I really enjoyed this fast paced introduction to geology of the earth. Well written and read

  • Travelling to Work

  • Diaries 1988-1998
  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

Travelling to Work is the third volume of Michael Palin's widely acclaimed diaries. After the Python years and a decade of filming, writing and acting, Palin's career takes an unexpected direction into travel, which will shape his working life for the next 25 years. Yet, as the diaries reveal, he remained ferociously busy on a host of other projects throughout this whirlwind period.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wounderfull

  • By james palmer on 20-07-15

Wounderfull

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

I have really enjoyed listening to all of Micheal Palin's diaries, the way he reads makes me feels he reading just for me and that we are good friends (sadly we are not). I would recommend all 3 volumes to any one with a passing interest in British comedy, TV and Film.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Churchill Factor

  • How One Man Made History
  • By: Boris Johnson
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124

The point of The Churchill Factor is that one man can make all the difference. On the eve of the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, Boris Johnson explores what makes up the 'Churchill Factor' - the singular brilliance of one of the most important leaders of the 20th century.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood, toil, tears and sweat...

  • By FictionFan on 19-11-14

Says more about the author that churchill

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Any additional comments?

I am a huge Churchill fan, but i find this book terrible for its bias. Its like reading an article for the news papers but with longer words.

Some of the metaphors that Boris uses are simply horrible, for example he repeatedly uses the term Nazi EU when talking about the second world war. This is News of the world stuff, again with words that have more syllables than usual.

I did enjoy this book but not for the reasons the author intended, I was more hopeful of a work by a clearly very clever man.

Conclusion, this is a book about Boris Johnson, his prejudices and politics

  • England's Culture Wars

  • Puritan Reformation and It's Enemies in the Interregnum, 1649-1660 
  • By: Bernard Capp 
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

Following the execution of the king in 1649, the new Commonwealth and then Oliver Cromwell set out to drive forward a puritan reformation of manners. They wanted to reform the church and its services, enforce the Sabbath, suppress Christmas, and spread the gospel. They sought to impose a stern moral discipline to regulate and reform sexual behaviour, drinking practices, language, dress, and leisure activities ranging from music and plays to football.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fascinating

  • By james palmer on 08-09-14

fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-09-14

This is a well written book that I found both fascinating and horrifying at the same time. I personally found the narrator very fitting to the material.
This book could be used as a warning against allowing a minority in any society with extremely held views from being allowed to impose them on the whole

Enjoyed this very much

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks

  • By: Trevor Baxendale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

The Daleks are advancing, their empire expanding into Earth's space. The Earth forces are resisting in every way they can. But the battles rage on across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance.... The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping from start to finish

  • By James Brooker on 13-06-13

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 07-08-14

I cant speak more highly of this book or Nic Brigs' narration, simply brilliant

The only negative is that the author seems to ignore completely that the Daleks have been time traveling since the William Hartnell 1965 story the Chase and in the 1986 story.....oh now i sound like a spotter.

Still highly recomended

  • Not For Turning

  • By: Robin Harris
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Margaret Thatcher is one of the most iconic politicians of the 20th century. With the possible exception of Winston Churchill, no other Prime Minister has had such an impact on modern British history. Like it or not, her radical social and economic policies have made Britain the country it is today. Without Margaret Thatcher there could have been no New Labour, no Tony Blair and no David Cameron. Now Robin Harris, for many years Thatcher's speechwriter, trusted adviser, and the draftsman of two volumes of her autobiography, has written the defining book about this indomitable woman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very good but unbalanced account

  • By james palmer on 06-08-13

Very good but unbalanced account

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

Reviewed: 06-08-13

I really enjoyed this account of Mrs Thatchers life. This book is most certainly not written as a unbiased account, one example would be the description of the Westland affair which had me reaching for other accounts just to try and balance things back up.

Interestingly the lack of any mention of Northern Ireland or interment is a serious error, missing on a hugely controversial decision taken by the Prime Minister. The author also has a habit of offering relevant personal criticisms of ministers and advisor's that seem to have no bearing on the narrative.

Nigel Anthony's narration is excellent, I felt as though the author was telling this story.

This a biased account, that in it self isn't a problem as long as the reader is aware, that
I thoroughly enjoyed.

Please note that I am neither a supporter nor critic of Mrs thatcher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful