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  • Sherlock Holmes: The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Daisy McLean
  • Length: 1 hr
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

"The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" is one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and one of eight stories in the volume His Last Bow. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22, 1859-July 7, 1930) was a British author most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered a major innovation in the field of crime fiction.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • terrible

  • By A. H. John on 19-07-17

terrible

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-07-17

narrated in a hurry by a young lady playing the part of Watson. story is weaker than most Holmes yarns

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,398
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,104

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking but overconfident

  • By Jan W. H. Schnupp on 24-09-15

sociology story

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-07-16

relatively light on the prehistory of sapiens. heavy on the sociology of modern and early modern cultures

  • SPQR

  • A History of Ancient Rome
  • By: Mary Beard
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

Ancient Rome matters. Its history of empire, conquest, cruelty and excess is something against which we still judge ourselves. Its myths and stories - from Romulus and Remus to the rape of Lucretia - still strike a chord with us. And its debates about citizenship, security and the rights of the individual still influence our own debates on civil liberty today. SPQR is a new look at Roman history from one of the world's foremost classicists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting and erudite

  • By Mr. D on 01-12-15

Not very engaging

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

I found the structure of the early part of the book difficult to engage with as it centered around the exploits of the orator Cicero. I didn't grasp why the author had latched on to Cicero as an appropriate figure to start the narrative with. When the book later moved to an historical timeline structure I found the work easier to digest.
There is still much historical interest in the book and many details which I found fascinating, though I shan't be recommending it to friends.