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David

London, UK
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  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • By: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,627

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant Documentary of the Cold War

  • By Paul on 03-10-18

Truly Captivating Spy Epic

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

This has to be one of the best audiobooks I have listened to in a long time - it is one of those audiobooks that keeps you sat outside your house in the car because you want to finish off the chapter or know what happens next!

Truly gripping and all true - what a hero this guy was.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Christmas Carol

  • By: Charles Dickens, R. D. Carstairs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Sir Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Cranham, Miriam Margolyes, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037

'If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!' Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale of sour and stingy miser Ebenezer Scrooge has captivated readers, listeners and audiences for over 150 years. This Christmas, Audible Studios brings this story to life in an audio drama featuring an all-star cast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU 🎄🤶🏻🎄& Merry Christmas

  • By Highlight on 14-12-16

Not the best version

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

I wouldn't recommend this version - there are far better versions out there that keep to the original words of Dickens.

A few things irritated me about this version:
- Why was a female cast for the voice of the Ghost of Christmas Present?
- The Ghost of 'Christmas Future' ('Yet to Come' in the original) speaks in this version. Never talks in the original or any other version I have read, watched or listened to before.
- Should have stuck to the original Dickens words and not used improvised dialogue.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bumfuzzle

  • Just Out Looking for Pirates
  • By: Patrick Schulte
  • Narrated by: Nick O'Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

The story of a young couple who, without any prior sailing experience, decide one night over too many drinks that they are going to sail around the world. One year later they are bobbing around in the Bahamas on a 35 foot catamaran teaching themselves how to cross oceans in a small boat. Along their way they meet amazing people, visit locations only accessible by those on their own yachts, become television actors in Australia, minor celebrities in Puerto Rico, and generally have a great time of it all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Ego Has Landed....

  • By David on 15-07-16

The Ego Has Landed....

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

Reviewed: 15-07-16

Although I am not a sailor myself, I am fascinated by travel books and do enjoy listening to 'escapism' of these travelogue journals. I was a bit disappointed with this one however.

I found the author quite a frustrating character. His sheer arrogance and condescending nature to anybody and anything was annoying and wore a little the quite early on in the book.

In terms of the story itself - I really wanted to hear more stories about some of the fabulous places they visited, but instead we seemed to rush from place to place and heard more about their boredom and contempt for other sailors, again and again.

If you are looking for a sailing travelogue about circumnavigation I would recommend Islands, Oceans, and Dreams: The True Story of a Sailor's Seven Year Solo Voyage Around the World by Michael Salvaneschi, not this one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Escape from Sobibor

  • By: Richard Rashke
  • Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

On October 14, 1943, 600 Jews imprisoned in Sobibor, a secret Nazi death camp in eastern Poland, revolted. They killed a dozen SS officers and guards, trampled the barbed wire fences, and raced across an open field filled with anti-tank mines. Against all odds, more than three hundred made it safely into the woods. Fifty of those men and women managed to survive the rest of the war. In this edition of Escape from Sobibor, fully updated in 2012, Richard Rashke tells their stories

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Let down by the narration.

  • By John Burns on 26-01-17

Harrowing But Gripping

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

Reviewed: 31-03-15

I have seen many TV programmes and films and read a few books that feature The Holocaust but this audiobook was one of the best I have listened to in terms of bringing the horrors of this period of history to life. Despite the brutality and cruelty of the subject matter, this book has a very real story to tell and one of the unquestionable bravery and heroism of the very few who survived and were able to tell their story. Very well read and a gripping storyline.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Into Africa

  • Africa by Motorcycle - Every Day an Adventure
  • By: Sam Manicom
  • Narrated by: Sam Manicom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

A liberating motorcycle journey through Africa with descriptions of the amazing people and places, the joy of big skies and the open road, and the sometimes harrowing events that would shape destiny. Into Africa tells the story of a novice motorcyclist who takes on the challenge of riding the length of the continent just because, 'it seemed like a great idea’.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A mad choice leads to a brilliant adventure!

  • By Roger Spackman on 21-08-14

Inspiring Escapism

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

Reviewed: 31-03-15

I bought this audiobook as I was looking for something that gave the sense of escapism that a good travel book can provide whilst sat in traffic in the dreary rain. I wasn't disappointed. The book is well read and provides a great adventure story... I only wish I had a motorcycle and the guts (and ability) to do it myself! I have already downloaded the second book to see what happens next.

  • The Bundy Murders: A Comprehensive History

  • By: Kevin M. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 11 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Theodore Bundy was one of the more infamous, and flamboyant, American serial killers on record, and his story is a complex mix of psychopathology, criminal investigation, and the U.S. legal system. This in-depth examination of Bundy's life and his killing spree that totaled dozens of victims is drawn from legal transcripts, correspondence and interviews with detectives and prosecutors. Using these sources, new information on several murders is unveiled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book on Bundy!

  • By Dan Hopton on 03-06-15

Shock and Awe

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

Reviewed: 28-01-15

A fairly detailed and well documented account of one of the world's most notorious serial killers. On the surface he was a flamboyant, successful and a likeable character but this was all a mask. Be prepared to be shocked by the deeds of this evil killer, how the justice system failed to identify him for so long as the cold blooded murderer he was and how his luck finally runs out as the law finally catches up with him. A good book, well read and just about the right length of time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful