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  • Herbie Hancock: Possibilities

  • By: Herbie Hancock, Lisa Dickey
  • Narrated by: Herbie Hancock
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Hancock discusses his musical influences, colorful behind-the-scenes stories, his long and happy marriage, and how Buddhism inspires him creatively and personally. Honest, enlightening, and as electrifyingly vital as the man who wrote it, Herbie Hancock promises to be an invaluable contribution to jazz literature and a must-read for fans and music lovers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating peek into a musical brain

  • By Dez V on 20-03-19

Fascinating peek into a musical brain

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-03-19

Not just because I've always been into 1970s jazz rock fusion, but overall it's a great insight into the mind of a musical genius, a truly original musician.

  • The Girl Who Played With Fire

  • By: Stieg Larsson
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,775

Lisbeth Salander is a wanted woman. Two Millennium journalists about to expose the truth about sex trafficking in Sweden are murdered, and Salander's prints are on the weapon. Her history of unpredictable and vengeful behaviour makes her an official danger to society - but no-one can find her. Mikael Blomkvist, Millennium magazine's legendary star reporter, does not believe the police. Using all his magazine staff and resources to prove Salander's innocence, Blomkvist also uncovers her terrible past....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't disappoint

  • By Jill on 21-07-09

Thrilling tale in which nobody is innocent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-19

even the authorities can't be trusted. The protagonist therefore forges her own code of honour and retaliation

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 446

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visionary, violent, yet redemptive. A masterpiece.

  • By Peter Kettle on 07-04-13

A violent master piece, true side of the Western

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Good narration of a book I read twice before, ⚽ knew the text. But the pacing and delivery of this brutal modern classic depecting the human condition and the propensity towards war and violence, has a pleasant rhythm. This essential, as the book has a biblical feel at times, with descriptions of terrifying beauty on a continent seeped on bloodshed

  • Trainspotting

  • By: Irvine Welsh
  • Narrated by: Tam Dean Burn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

Choose us. Choose life. Choose mortgage payments; choose washing machines; choose cars; choose sitting oan a couch watching mind-numbing and spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f****n junk food intae yir mooth. Choose rotting away, pishing and shiteing yersel in a home, a total f***n embarrassment tae the selfish, f****d-up brats ye've produced. Choose life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing!

  • By andrew on 01-08-15

Brilliant narration, full of sarcasm and bile

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-09-18

Funny, dark, critical of society, a highly detailed account of characters and their personal tragedy

  • Journey to the End of the Night

  • By: Louis-Ferdinand Celine
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Louis-Ferdinand Celine's revulsion and anger at what he considered the idiocy and hypocrisy of society explodes from nearly every minute of this novel. Filled with slang and obscenities and written in raw, colloquial language, Journey to the End of the Night is a literary symphony of violence, cruelty, and obscene nihilism. This book shocked most critics when it was first published in France in 1932, but quickly became a success with the public in Europe, and later in America.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant sardonic novel

  • By Dez V on 18-08-18

Brilliant sardonic novel

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-08-18

A bleak view on humanity, written with great style and sarcasm. Have been a fan of this work for years anyway, particularly the version illustrated by Tardi

  • Against the Day

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Pynchon
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 53 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

This novel spans the period between the Chicago World's Fair of 1893 and the years just after World War I. With a worldwide disaster looming just a few years ahead, it is a time of unrestrained corporate greed, false religiosity, moronic fecklessness, and evil intent in high places. No reference to the present day is intended or should be inferred.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Work of genius well told

  • By P on 23-12-12

Interesting, but ponderous overwrought novel

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-05-18

One of the few audiobooks I struggled to finish. Narration was OK, but too many characters, with no clear story line (there are some great ideas of how industrialisation and capitalism at the early 1900s shaped our current world and geared up to WW I) and a lack of a proper suspense arc.

The Meta textual elements (playing with references to it all being fiction or one big illusion etc) doesn't help to build more involvement.

Perhaps it's the prose and parody style that limits empathy with any of the characters, and it's a shame, because there are some very good moody bits in it, so with some more editing could've been great.

  • Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian Barbarian

  • The Complete Weird Tales Omnibus
  • By: Robert E. Howard, Finn J. D. John
  • Narrated by: Finn J. D. John
  • Length: 35 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80

This collection contains all of Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian stories published during his lifetime, contextualized with biographical details of their author.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best narrator

  • By AndyJ on 28-05-18

Great adventure storytelling, brilliant prose

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-18

Enjoyed this tremendously. Although familiar with the character of Conan, I was pleasantly surprised at how good the prose is. Very mature writing for such a young author, moody gothic atmosphere at times, evocative, fluent and efficient storytelling.
The narration is great too (except the female voice imitations perhaps), nice rhythm and timbre, a relatively neutral accent, and love the subtle Schwarzenegger influence on Conan's voice.
Howard displays astute knowledge in the themes of power, politics, the coming and going of civilisations and tribes. At times the ethnocentric worldview shines through in his depiction of "dark" races, but overall it is about tribes in constant conflict with each other. Conan himself as a Barbarian versus the civilised pampered urban people is an embodiment of the "noble savage" and it is unfortunate that Howard's life ended so prematurely, because one can sense that his writing would have matured even further.

All in all an inspiring journey through epic imagination, of the days of sorcery and high adventure.

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  • The Stand

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 47 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,091

First came the days of the plague. Then came the dreams. Dark dreams that warned of the coming of the dark man. The apostate of death, his worn-down boot heels tramping the night roads. The warlord of the charnel house and Prince of Evil. His time is at hand. His empire grows in the west and the Apocalypse looms. For hundreds of thousands of fans who read The Stand in its original version and wanted more, this new edition is Stephen King's gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a key Stephen King title

  • By karen on 13-08-12

Interesting Apocalypse story,

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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: 10-01-18

Interesting premise, albeit the usual cliché biblical clash of evil vs good (reality is more complex). The voice somewhat nasal, but it fits with the American tale, very typical American characters and locations. Some parts I found a bit ponderous and th inner thoughts of some characters repetitive or not interesting enough, but overall it has become a quintessential end of civilisation story and dares to be cynical and critical enough to make it worthwhile.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Roughing It

  • A Personal Narrative
  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

"If there is any life that is happier than the life we led on our timber ranch, it must be the sort of life which I have not read of in books or experienced in person," wrote Mark Twain, and now you can share in that experience. The beloved American humorist spent seven years on a "pleasure trip" through the untamed wilderness of Nevada. Twain intended to spend three months touring silver mines, but the lure of rough terrain and comfortable clothes proved irresistible - as will this vibrant travelogue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Rowan on 03-07-10

An early pioneer of Gonzo journalism

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-12-17

Good fun, clever writing, and I could sense where people like Hunter S. Thompson got their inspiration from. Dynamic, witty language and humour to describe at times mundane events.

  • How Music Works

  • By: David Byrne
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

Best known as a founding member and principal songwriter of the iconic band Talking Heads, David Byrne has received Grammy, Oscar, and Golden Globe awards and has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the insightful How Music Works, Byrne offers his unique perspective on music - including how music is shaped by time, how recording technologies transform the listening experience, the evolution of the industry, and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen enthralled - music to your ears!

  • By Anthony on 05-07-14

Fascinating book about music

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-17

I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by this thorough study into the psychology, history and effect if music. Very dense,packed with information, well researched, rhe kind of book I actually will get a hard copy off as well rouse as reference.