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  • I Talk Too Much

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Francis Rossi, Mick Wall
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

In Francis Rossi's explosive new memoir, I Talk Too Much, the Status Quo main man reveals for the first time the true-life stories behind the life and times of one of the best-selling rock singers in the world. With over 100 million records sold worldwide in a career that mirrors the evolution of rock music, from the flower power '60s, with hits like 'Pictures of Matchstick Men', through the denim-clad '70s and classic Quo-tastic anthems such as 'Down Down', 'Rocking All over the World' and 'Whatever You Want', through the turbulent '80s, when they famously opened Live Aid....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Repetitive

  • By Capt.Kremen on 02-04-19

Rossi Rossi Rossi !

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

Reviewed: 09-05-19

Enjoyed the book. An interesting mix of Rossi's upbringing and band life. I've learnt much more from this listen !

  • A History of Heavy Metal

  • By: Andrew O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Andrew O'Neill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

The history of heavy metal brings us extraordinary stories of larger-than-life characters living to excess, from the household names of Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Iron Maiden and Metallica to the brutal notoriety of the underground Norwegian black metal scene and the New Wave of British heavy metal. It is the story of a worldwide network of rabid fans escaping everyday mundanity through music, of cutthroat corporate arseholes ripping off those fans and the bands they worship to line their pockets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes.

  • By Sean Barnham on 03-08-17

All hail to Metal 🤘

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

Reviewed: 09-05-19

Really enjoyed it. Narration is great. The history goes way back to the roots of it all & it was super how he described the different styles of Metal through the years. Audiobook was of decent length & I still wanted more.

  • Dream. Believe. Achieve

  • My Autobiography
  • By: Jonathan Rea
  • Narrated by: Conor MacNeill
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

Within the staggeringly dangerous and high-pressure sport of professional motorcycling, Jonathan Rea’s achievements are unprecedented. A legendary World Superbike Champion with more race wins than any rider in history, Rea’s trailblazing success shows no sign of slowing down. Now, for the first time, this remarkable sportsman tracks his life and career. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed.

  • By steeledarren1973 on 11-01-19

Enjoyed.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-19

Enjoyed this book & glad I got round to eventually listening to it. Narration is good. Jonathan Rea is another Local hero in these parts (Northern Ireland) and others down to his super talent.

  • Made in Scotland

  • My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country
  • By: Billy Connolly
  • Narrated by: Gordon Kennedy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Billy Connolly may be a citizen of the world, but in his heart he's never been far from his homeland. Made in Scotland is Billy's unique and intimate portrait of his native Scotland, a love letter to the places and people that made him. It's an adventure inspired by a single incident: the moment Billy received his Knighthood and was asked, 'How does it feel to have achieved all this when you came from nothing?' His response was, 'But I did come from something!'

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It’s great

  • By jdg on 23-10-18

Enjoyed !

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

Reviewed: 25-12-18

Loved Billy and his humour since I was a wee boy & even more into my adult years. Billy has a great outlook on life and I really enjoyed this book. The narrator was great sounding and spoke just like Billy.
I would have given the Overall a 5 star rating but in my opinion I thought it was over too quickly...to be honest...I didn't want it to end.

  • Fred

  • The Definitive Biography of Fred Dibnah
  • By: David Hall
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 74

Fred Dibnah's World celebrates the life and work of Britain's best known steeplejack and national treasure, Fred Dibnah. Before his death in 2004, Fred presented many popular series, including Magnificent Monuments, The Age of Steam and Made in Britain, all of which attracted viewers in their millions.Fred is the companion to the 12-part BBC2 series celebrating the life of this great man, which combines highlights from some of Dibnah's classic programmes with previously unseen footage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen, wonderful

  • By T. Fulford on 06-04-11

Superb

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Like a lot of others I love and appreciate the work and knowledge of Dr Fred Dibnah. Having watched all of his released TV programmes I was impressed and loved the passion Fred had about the industrial age amongst others. The way Fred explained things made it easy to understand. I loved this book and the narrator almost perfectly voiced Fred's tone of accent , loved that !
The reason I have the book 4 stars instead of 5 is that I thought it was all too short , not a negative really as I just didn't want it to end. Great story of a wonderful gentleman Fred Dibnah.

  • Let Me Be Frank

  • Tough, Honest and Straight from the Heart
  • By: Frank Bruno, Nick Owens
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Let Me Be Frank is the new book from one of the world's sporting greats. A deeply personal story, Bruno talks about his battle with mental illness, his time inside a mental facility, the impact his illness has had on his family and his career - and his long road back to stability. Now ready to talk about the condition that devastated his world, Frank's story offers his own unique perspective on living with bipolar disorder. His fears, his triumphs and the great affection he feels for the legion of fans he has to this day. His aim is to give others hope and inspiration.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Story - Awful Narration

  • By Mr C. J. T. Roberts on 05-10-18

I waited a long while for this.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

Loved it.
I waited quite a while for this to be released on Audible.
So interesting to hear Frank's harrowing experience of his illness and the ups and downs of his super career.
Narrator was good , sounding a lot like Frank himself.

  • Confessions of a GP

  • By: Benjamin Daniels
  • Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

Benjamin Daniels is angry. He is frustrated, confused, baffled and, quite frequently, very funny. He is also a GP. These are his confessions.A woman troubled by pornographic dreams about Tom Jones. An 80-year-old man who can't remember why he's come to see the doctor.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste either your credit or your money

  • By Sally on 29-01-12

An Interesting View.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I liked it.
The experiences of patient situations of a doctor working within one of the UK's busiest airports.

  • The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: The History and Legacy of NASA's Most Notorious Tragedy

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Colin Fluxman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

In the decades after the Apollo program, American space shuttles flew over 130 missions and successfully completed over 98 percent of them, but unfortunately, the two most famous missions were the ones that ended tragically aboard the Challenger and Columbia. The Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster: The History and Legacy of NASA’s Most Notorious Tragedy chronicles the disaster from the origins of the Challenger mission to what went so terribly wrong.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad

  • By Ruth on 12-06-18

Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Liked it.
What a horrible disaster. This book covers all angles of why the disaster happened.

  • I Let Him Go

  • By: Denise Fergus
  • Narrated by: Siân Polhill-Thomas
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 425

A truly inspiring and heartbreaking book from the mother of little James Bulger - whose murder by two young boys shocked the world. On 12th February 1993, Denise's life changed forever. As she was running errands at New Strand Shopping Centre, she let go of her two-year-old son's hand to take out her purse. Denise never saw her son again. In this extraordinary and heart-wrenching audiobook comes the unflinching account of that terrible day from James Bulger's mother, Denise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • extremely well told.

  • By floatyman2 on 07-02-18

Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Such a tragedy told very warmly.
Very emotional listening especially if you have your own kids and put yourself in her shoes.

  • The Men Who Stare at Goats

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 619

In 1979, a secret unit was established by the most gifted minds within the US Army. Defying all known accepted military practice - and indeed, the laws of physics - they believed that a soldier could adopt the cloak of invisibility, pass cleanly through walls and, perhaps most chillingly, kill goats just by staring at them. Entrusted with defending America from all known adversaries, they were the First Earth Battalion. And they really weren't joking. What's more, they're back and fighting the War on Terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Ronson at his best

  • By David Grogan on 04-09-16

Interesting.

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

Reviewed: 26-03-18

Liked it.
I like Jon Robson books, this one made be want to listen more & more. Some bits are worthy of a chuckle.