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Chris Underhill

Warwickshire, UK
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  • The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

On 14th June, 2007, the King of Sweden disappears. In 1994 South Africa dismantles six missiles developed during its brief nuclear weapons programme. In 1961 Nombeko Mayeki is born in a Soweto shack. Seemingly destined for a life nasty, brutish and short, her path takes an entirely unpredictable turn. Because really this story is all about the seventh South African missile - the one that was never supposed to have existed. The one that Nombeko knows far too much about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Intellectual Laugh-out-loud Read!!

  • By Lulu on 03-12-15

All's well that ends well

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

A delightful book that rolls effortlessly along the highways and byways of Apartheid South Africa and Sweden. Everyone who is anyone gets a part in the story along with the wonderfully conceived Nambeko and beloved Holger #2. Our trusty author likes to get all the loose ends tied up which is quite satisfying but does at times mean that he has under-edited. This minor quibble is what it is: minor. Peter Kenny does a brilliant job as the reader/performer of the work and the alliance between Jonasson and Kenny is a great part of the enjoyment.

  • The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred-Year-Old Man

  • By: Jonas Jonasson, Rachel Willson-Broyles - translator
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

The sequel to Jonas Jonasson’s international best seller The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. It all begins with a hot air balloon trip and three bottles of champagne. Allan and Julius are ready for some spectacular views, but they’re not expecting to land in the sea and be rescued by a North Korean ship, and they could never have imagined that the captain of the ship would be harbouring a suitcase full of contraband uranium on a nuclear weapons mission for Kim Jong-un....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It Got a Little Bit Old Fairly Quickly For Me.

  • By Simon on 09-08-18

A lovely story in need of editing

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

The story follows on the first and delightful story about our 100 year old who has many adventures. Slightly disappointing to allot three stars to the story since some of the events are laugh out loud funny such as the argument between our centenegarian and Donald J Trump. There are many other lovely passengers. Basically, the linking passages and rather long explanations about world politics which call out for sterner editing get in the way of the pacing of the story...something that was adroitly avoided in the first book. Still, all that said very enjoyable and I really hope the asparagus farm works out!!

  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared

  • By: Jonas Jonasson
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,244

Sitting quietly in his room in an old people's home, Allan Karlsson is waiting for a party he doesn't want to begin: his one-hundredth birthday party. Escaping through his bedroom window, into the flowerbed, Allan makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several deaths, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent but very human police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastically Odd

  • By Oliver Dayman on 29-05-13

Lovely book

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

Reviewed: 28-03-19

Such a witty book. I have only 30 years to go before I reach Allan's age and am looking forwards immensely to this period of my life. Meanwhile this book, beautifully read, and wonderfully conceived and written is an excellent manual for all of us training to become 100 years old!!

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,936
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,722
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,692

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audio better than print

  • By Fersh on 03-12-18

A tour dear force

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

A real treat to both consume the book and have it read by Mrs Obama. A woman's eye view / a black person's eye view and much more besides. An honest and open book about growing up on Chicago's S Side ...the epic fight to get to the top ...the lovely natural description of falling in love. We are left in no doubt where MO stands on many issues. America was lucky to have her as First Lady...very lucky.

  • Agincourt

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Charles Keating
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A battle royal!<br />

  • By Chris Underhill on 23-02-19

A battle royal!<br />

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

Reviewed: 23-02-19

The story of Nicholas Hook is in many ways similar to that of Thomas of Hookton....in this case carrying both a powerful story of love across the barriers of English and French. It is also an interesting story of medival patronage...both at village and battle troop level. Ultimately it is a beautifully described battle scene which takes its time building slowly and carefully to the extraordinary end. Agincourt is a fine well told story.

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  • 1356

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Jack Hawkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

Thomas of Hookton, a veteran of Crecy and many other battles, is the leader of a mercenary company of bowmen and men-at-arms who ravage the countryside east of Gascony. Edward, Prince of Wales, later to be known as the Black Prince, is assembling an army to fight the French once more, but before Thomas can join, he must fulfil an urgent task.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Michelin Starred Military Fiction

  • By Simon on 21-03-18

Great daring do<br />

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

Reviewed: 11-02-19

Wonderful story taking us to the end of Thomas's story...at least for now. Very well read and beautifully written

  • Heretic

  • The Grail Quest, Book 3
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to the number one best seller Vagabond, this is the third instalment in Bernard Cornwell's Grail Quest series, in a bright and bold repackage. It is 1347. The Hundred Years War has been suspended. The truce releases English archer Thomas of Hookton to pursue his arch enemy and resume his quest for the most prized relic in Christendom: the Holy Grail. Heading south, Thomas and his men-at-arms begin lightning raids to draw out his enemy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Decent Ending

  • By Simon on 31-08-15

A great read

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

The difficulties faced by the archer Thomas of Hookton are beautifully recorded by Cornwell...the final passages and the epilogue are satisfying and bring the story to great conclusion

  • Harlequin

  • The Grail Quest, Book 1
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Andrew Cullum
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374

The year is 1342. The English, led by Edward III, are laying waste to the French countryside. The army may be led by the King, but it is the archers, the common men, who are England's secret weapon. The French know them as Harlequins. Thomas of Hookton is one of these archers. But he is also on a personal mission: To avenge his father's death and retrieve a stolen relic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story.

  • By Audible customer on 16-02-15

A complex weave

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

Reviewed: 19-01-19

The story is quite complex but incredibly adroit in it's handling of many story lines. The way in which the characters cross the lines between the French and the English is particularly engrossing.

  • War of the Wolf

  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

Uhtred of Bebbanburg has won back his ancestral home, but, threatened from all sides by enemies both old and new, he doesn’t have long to enjoy the victory. In Mercia, rebellion is in the air as King Edward tries to seize control. In Wessex, rival parties scramble to settle on the identity of the next king. And across the country, invading Norsemen continue their relentless incursion, ever hungry for land.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Audible got this very wrong

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-10-18

Snatching victory from the jaws of defeat

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

Reviewed: 05-01-19

Historically the period is very realistic with a great deal of confusion yet the slow inexorable rise of "England". Our hero Uhtred is a bit inclined to "purple patches" in this book and this slows us downs a little. Perhaps this relates to the reader needing to slow down in tandem with Uhtred as he grows older and does in character reflect on his long battle scarred life? Mr Cornwell throws everything at the last battle scene: sorcery, massive fortifications, betrayal and redemption, spells and the release from spells....and so on....a great read ....read well by Matt Bates

  • The Flame Bearer

  • The Last Kingdom Series, Book 10
  • By: Bernard Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Matt Bates
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

The brand-new novel in Bernard Cornwell's number one best-selling series on the making of England and the fate of his great hero, Uhtred of Bebbanburg. BBC2's major TV show The Last Kingdom is based on the first two novels in the series. From the day it was stolen from me, I had dreamed of recapturing Bebbanburg. The great fort was built on a rock that was almost an island; it was massive, it could be approached only on land by a single narrow track - and it was mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another brilliant story

  • By Judy on 02-01-17

Finally we get Uhtred home

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

Reviewed: 29-12-18

With Mr Cornwell in the front rank and all the readers of the Last Kingdom series we make a concerted effort and get our hero back to home...back to Babbanburg. Of course it is the fallible Uhtred who wins the day but having read with enjoyment right up to the end of this book you cannot but feel that you have also made your contribution! I like my adventure books read aloud so audible is a great way to experience the terror of the shield wall and much more besides.