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  • Dent's Modern Tribes

  • The Secret Languages of Britain
  • By: Susie Dent
  • Narrated by: Susie Dent
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Learn how to decode the private languages that are swapped around us every day - amongst cabbies and paramedics, soap stars and comedians, cricketers and barristers - in Susie Dent's unique and witty guide to Britain's modern tribes. Did you know that a soldier's biggest social blunder is called 'jack brew' - making yourself a cuppa without making one for anyone else? That twitchers have an expression for a bird that can't be identified - LBJ (the letters stand for little brown job)?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A flirt through social and professional groups

  • By debbie on 24-01-17

Sadly not as interesting as hoped.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

The English language is a very rich field to explore andMs Dent has chosen well in tribes. Full of interesting facts and fictions told with some humour and light touches.
However, she can get a bit monotonous, reading too quickly, that you suddenly realise the topic has changed.
I would recommend Bill Bryson's Mother Tongue for another amusing look at our language.

  • Trigger Mortis

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Anthony Horowitz
  • Narrated by: David Oyelowo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 775

James Bond is back where he belongs. Anthony Horowitz's new novel is a thrilling tour de force, sure to delight fans of the original 007 novels and new readers alike. It also features previously unseen material written by Bond's creator, Ian Fleming. The story begins in the lethal world of Grand Prix and an attempt by the Russians to sabotage a race at Nürburgring, the most dangerous track in Europe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid, rollicking Bond adventure

  • By Laura on 11-06-16

Inconsistent accents spoil great story

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

The narrator changes Bonds accent from almost British to almost American so often I almost gave up. Also he uses American pronunciation inappropriately.
I will not buy another book read by him.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Savage War of Peace

  • Ark Royal, Book 5
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

On her maiden voyage, HMS Warspite discovered Vesy, a world populated by primitive aliens, aliens whose culture had already been twisted and warped by human refugees from the First Interstellar War. Now, Captain John Naiser and his crew spearhead a diplomat mission to the alien homeworld, hoping to ease them into the galactic mainstream.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The usual boys own stuff from Nuttall

  • By Martyn. R. Winters on 29-06-16

Excellent series continues

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

Reviewed: 19-09-15

My only criticism is the narrator fails to indicate the end of one scene and the start of the next.
This gets very annoying just for the lack of taking a breath of air.
Looking forward to book six.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Working for the Big Man

  • This Is Your Pilot Speaking, An Audible Original Pilot
  • By: Rob Sears, Tom Sears
  • Narrated by: Kevin Eldon, Felicity Montagu, Mitch Benn
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 399

Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? If there is a God? And did he ever have a plan for the world? When committed rationalist and atheist, Ralph, dies on his honeymoon he discovers, much to his unhappy surprise, the answers to all of these questions. He finds himself on a cloud, working for a God who is very unhappy that his plan for the world has all gone horribly wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So funny!

  • By Angela C on 13-08-15

Working for the big man didn't work or me

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

Reviewed: 24-08-15

Strong cast of vocal actors are let down by poor story. For similar scenarios see the Old Harry's Game by Andy Hamilton which is Five Star from episode one.

  • The Nelson Touch

  • Ark Royal, Book 2
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Ark Royal - the Royal Navy’s outdated space carrier - has won a smashing victory against the enigmatic aliens, capturing one of their starships and returning to Earth. Now, Admiral Theodore Smith and his crew are assigned to command a fleet charged with making a deep-penetration raid into alien territory, a fleet made up of carriers from four different nations. But with a crewman who isn't what he seems, untested pilots and international friction - and a new and dangerous alien plan - can Ted and his crew survive their mission?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Clancy does Battlestar Galactica for the Brits

  • By Daniel on 26-10-15

Great space opera

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

Reviewed: 27-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Following on from Ark Royal, the adventure of the Royal Navy in space moves up several gear to deliver a fantastic vision of what the Earth might do faced with the circumstances.
As well as a developing plot, there are new characters to involve the listener and we learn more of our existing heros. This is looking to be a great series, ideal for a TV series.

Any additional comments?

I have preordered the third volume in the series

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Space Captain Smith

  • By: Toby Frost
  • Narrated by: Clive Catterall
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Space Captain Smith is the first book of the Chronicles of Isambard Smith. It’s the 25th Century and the British Space Empire faces the gathering menace of the evil ant-soldiers of the Ghast hive, hell bent on galactic domination and the extermination of all humanoid life forms. Captain Isambard Smith is the square-jawed, courageous and somewhat asinine new commander of the clapped out freighter John Pym, destined to take on the alien threat because nobody else is available.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Comedy gold.

  • By jason Chambers on 30-07-18

A great shame

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

Reviewed: 27-08-14

Would you try another book written by Toby Frost or narrated by Clive Catterall?

I read the whole Toby Frost series a few years ago and love the old fashioned Boys Own comic style of writing, applied to a space opera. The written voice of Capt. Smith was that of a 19th century adventurer, typical of those who built the British Empire.
However, the performance in the audio is flat, dull and insufficiently different for clear identification of the characters. It has turned a witty yarn into a yawn.

Would you recommend Space Captain Smith to your friends? Why or why not?

No. Go read the books.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Clive Catterall?

The late Rick Mayall would have been wonderfull.