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  • Down to Earth

  • Gardening Wisdom
  • By: Monty Don
  • Narrated by: Monty Don
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

Discover Monty's thoughts and garden ideas around nature, seasons, colour, design, pests, flowering shrubs, containers and much more. Hear about the month-by-month jobs he does in his own garden that he hopes are relevant to you. Monty's warm voice brings this most intimate book to life - an enriching listen for any gardener. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical, delightful and informative

  • By North Norfolk on 04-06-19

An evening with Monty Don.

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

Reviewed: 27-05-19

Down to Earth is a book of Monty Don's considerable experience presented in his usual relaxed yet enthusiastic style. if you're a fan of Gardner's World, or his many travelogues you are sure to enjoy this.

The book is split between advise and a monthly run through of his gardening year.

There's nothing here that hasn't been covered before, however it's delivered beautifully, with such charm, that you can't help but be enthused. Highly recommended.

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  • From Russia with Love (with interview)

  • By: Ian Fleming
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494

James Bond is targeted for elimination by SMERSH, and the malevolent Colonel Rosa Klebb has set a trap in Istanbul. The bait is the Spektor decoding machine, which is to be delivered by the irresistible Tatiana Romanova. The assassin is Red Grant, a psychopath who has defected from the West. Bond and Tatiana become pawns in a game of cross and double-cross that reaches its deadly finale on the Orient Express.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truest Of Bonds. Bravo Mr Fleming

  • By Alistair on 23-12-12

Bond at his best.

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

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Without doubt one of Fleming's best adventures with 007. A more grounded story than most of the Bond cannon, but all the better for it. Stephens does a fine good of narrating as well.

  • Janesville

  • An American Story
  • By: Amy Goldstein
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

A Washington Post reporter's intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin - Paul Ryan's hometown - and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class. This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its factory stills - but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent glimpse into a changing community.

  • By simon cooke on 17-03-18

Excellent glimpse into a changing community.

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

Reviewed: 17-03-18

fascination longform look at the devastation of a community following economic change. Essential reading for a better understanding of the challenges working class people face and the lack of control from major economic shocks. This is as relevant to many parts of the UK as it is to the US.

  • Oh Whistle and I'll Come to You, My Lad

  • By: M. R. James
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,501
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

The story tells the tale of an introverted academic who happens upon a strange whistle while exploring a cemetery on the East Anglian coast. When blown, the whistle unleashes a supernatural force that terrorises its discoverer. Montague Rhodes James was a noted British mediaeval scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–1918) and of Eton College (1918–1936). He is best remembered for his ghost stories which are widely regarded as among the finest in English literature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Short Story

  • By Lynn Worton on 29-03-14

Classic ghost storie

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

A short book with a very straightforward story, but brought to life by David Suchets excellent narration and the brilliant writing of MR James.

  • Ghostly Tales

  • Audible Christmas Gift 2017
  • By: Charles Dickens, E. F. Benson, J. H. Riddell, and others
  • Narrated by: Simon Callow, Sally Phillips, John Banks, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,881

The days are getting colder, the nights are getting longer, and as Christmas approaches the time is high for some ghostly tales. As an exclusive gift for Audible members, settle down, snuggle up and listen to four chilling ghost stories, read by Simon Callow. Four great stories, one master storyteller - what could be simpler than that?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good old-fashioned read

  • By Kindle Customer on 21-12-17

A Christmas Treat.

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

Reviewed: 19-01-18

wonderfully presented, invoking the best traditions of MR James and all those BBC Christmas Eve ghost stories. A delightful listen on a cold Mid Winter's day.