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  • How to Be a Footballer

  • By: Peter Crouch
  • Narrated by: Peter Crouch
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

Towering at six feet seven inches, Crouch is prized for his self-deprecating humour, having famously answered the question “what would you be if you weren’t a footballer?” with the one liner “a virgin”. At the same time, he has had an incredible career, from World Cups to Champions League finals. He has scored more headed goals than anyone else in Premiership history and has a better goals-to-minute on the pitch ratio for England than even Michael Owen. A humble professional with a great sense of humour, Crouch is one of the few players that is liked by fans of all clubs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best footy book I’ve read in ages

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-12-18

Great Football Book

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

Reviewed: 19-11-18

Love listening to Pete tell his stories. Loved the way he was laughing whilst remembering stories and antics he got up to and he provided a great insight into elements of football we mere mortals can get nowhere near.

I genuinely didn’t want it to end.

  • Rogue Trader

  • By: Nick Leeson
  • Narrated by: Andy Cresswell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

This account describes how a 28-year-old from Watford, Nick Leeson, plunged Barings Bank into ruin. In 1994, Leeson seemed to be making the company millions of pounds a week, but he explains how the cover-up of a colleague's small error led to the crash of Britain's oldest merchant bank.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Only half the story

  • By Preston Technical Ltd on 01-03-19

At best it’s a good story

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

Reviewed: 13-10-18

The best I can say is it is a good story. I found it to be a bit “not my fault” when in reality a crime of this magnitude can only be driven by greed and a sense of inferiority.
No matter how you look at it people lost investments through this crime in fact I’d imagine many lost everything but I don’t believe I ever heard an apology for his actions.

  • Capture or Kill

  • By: Tom Marcus
  • Narrated by: Jason Langley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401

Matt Logan is an MI5 agent for the British government. Working on the front line of counterterrorism in the UK, he's trained to protect its citizens against all threats. When two brothers known operationally as 'Iron Sword' and 'Stone Fist' are suspected of plotting a major terrorist event, Logan and his team work undercover to track them down. If they fail, an attack will be unleashed that will rock the country to its very core.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast Paced Fun Spy Story!

  • By Simon on 03-08-18

Better than expected.

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

Reviewed: 16-06-18

I really enjoyed this first person audio despite expecting it to be just another spy story. Narration was good but I did feel some elements were over described.

  • Writing My Wrongs

  • Life, Death, and One Man's Story of Redemption in an American Prison
  • By: Shaka Senghor
  • Narrated by: Shaka Senghor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

In 1991, Shaka Senghor was sent to prison for second-degree murder. Today he is a lecturer at universities, a leading voice on criminal justice reform, and an inspiration to thousands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very inspirational, up there with the greats.

  • By Darren Jackson on 21-01-17

Raw and insightful

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

Reviewed: 13-07-16

Written with honesty with a feeling of true regret. Really pushes the issue on rehabilitation and the prison system in general. Could I forgive and support 2nd chances if my child was murdered? I can only hope I never find out.

  • Good Girls Don't Die

  • By: Isabelle Grey
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 869
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 862

Accused of grassing up a fellow officer and driven brutally out of home and job, DI Grace Fisher is thankful to survive some dark times and find haven with the Major Investigation Team in Essex. Any hopes of a quiet start to her new life are dashed by the discovery of the body of a female student, last seen at a popular bar in Colchester. Grace has her first case. When a second student, also out drinking, is murdered and left grotesquely posed, the case becomes headline news. Someone is leaking disturbing details to a tabloid crime reporter. Is it the killer? Or a detective close to the case?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Victoria Burton on 17-01-15

It's ok

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

Reviewed: 18-04-16

The outcome was very predictable from early on. Well read and interesting enough to keep me interested to the end.

  • Ricky Hatton's Vegas Tales

  • By: Ricky Hatton
  • Narrated by: Dean Williamson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas...what could possibly go wrong? Ricky Hatton's brilliance as a boxer, his down-to-earth demeanour and his live-wire sense of humour have made him a national treasure. Five of Ricky's biggest and most explosive fights took place in the boxing Mecca of Las Vegas. Tens of thousands of British fans followed him there to watch these monumental bouts and to soak up the unique atmosphere in Sin City.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant insight. You don't t have to be a boxing fan to enjoy this book.

  • By Paul on 13-07-15

Brilliant insight. You don't t have to be a boxing fan to enjoy this book.

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

Reviewed: 13-07-15

This is not a round by round analysis of Ricky's life or boxing career. It is simply the story of his time in Vegas and the appreciation he has of the opportunities boxing has given him. It is funny, humbling and very down to earth.

I enjoyed it from start to finish and could listen to it again.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Defence

  • By: Steve Cavanagh
  • Narrated by: Adam Sims
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

The truth has no place in a courtroom. The truth doesn't matter in a trial. The only thing that matters is what the prosecution can prove. Eddie Flynn used to be a con artist. Then he became a lawyer. Turned out the two weren't that different. It's been more than a year since Eddie vowed never to set foot in a courtroom again. But now he doesn't have a choice. Olek Volchek, the infamous head of the Russian mafia in New York, has strapped a bomb to Eddie's back and kidnapped his ten-year-old daughter, Amy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fast and furious.

  • By anne on 25-02-16

Fast paced thriller

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

Reviewed: 15-06-15

I enjoyed the story. Far fetched Russia / New York Mafia tale. Well read and lots of different twists and turns.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Prayer Before Dawn

  • A Nightmare in Thailand
  • By: Billy Moore
  • Narrated by: Rupert Farley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62

A Prayer Before Dawn is the true story of one man's fight to survive inside Klong Prem prison, the notorious Bangkok Hilton. Billy Moore traveled to Thailand to escape a life of drug addiction and alcoholism. He managed to overcome his inner demons for a time but relapsed after trying ya ba, a highly addictive form of methamphetamine.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Finish your stories and chaptors

  • By Anonymous User on 28-07-18

Honest and gripping story excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 14-05-15

I love Thailand prison books and this didn't disappoint. More open and honest than many and the narrator makes you feel as if you in bar and he's telling you about his ordeal.

I'd love a second book to see what life after the horrors of Thailand is like.

Overall great writing and great narration.

  • Among You

  • By: Jake Wood
  • Narrated by: Joe Coen
  • Length: 17 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Among You is the gripping real-life story of a soldier serving on the front line in Iraq and Afghanistan, and an unforgettable, unflinching account of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. Jake Wood lives parallel lives: encased in the glass tower of an international investment bank by day, he is also a dedicated TA soldier who serves on the front line during the invasion of Iraq, later returning to the war zone to conduct surveillance on insurgents.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not the book I was expecting !

  • By S on 14-01-16

Heartfelt, well written and well read

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

Reviewed: 30-11-14

This book really brings home not just the horrors of war these people face but also how this effects their personal lives and the lack of support they face from those who are not on the front line.

The author has written this in a captivating way taking you on a personal journey through his life and the part being a soldier and war has taken on it. The narrator helps bring this to reality.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Twelve Years a Slave

  • By: Solomon Northup
  • Narrated by: Hugh Quarshie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

Hugh Quarshie reads the extraordinary autobiography of Solomon Northup. His harrowing true story, first published in 1853, was a key factor in the national debate over slavery prior to the American Civil War, significantly changing public opinion on the topic of abolition. It tells the horrifying tale of Solomon Northup, an educated, free black man living with his wife and children in New York State, whose life takes an appalling turn when he is kidnapped, drugged and sold into slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Character

  • By BillyBlackBear on 21-03-14

Compelling, informative and humbling

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Twelve Years a Slave to be better than the print version?

Once i started listening i simply could non stop. At home, in bed,in the car, every spare 5 mins i tuned in. If ever you wanted to try to imagine the hurt, pain and persecution suffered during the slave trade then listen to this book. Solomon gives it to you as it needs to be said and it is not glamorised for the book,in fact you get the feeling he held back on some detail to prevent "sensationalising" the story. One reviewer mention this should form part of the national curriculum and i couldn't agree more.

What about Hugh Quarshie’s performance did you like?

I could listen to Hugh Quarshie all day. He is epic in this performance. Its read and the right speed and the right temperament to engross you and take you on a journey. The biggest praise i can deliver is all books i have listened too since fall short of the mark due to the lack of Hughs voice.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

You WILL have an emotional reaction to this book.