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  • A History of the World in 21 Women

  • By: Jenni Murray
  • Narrated by: Jenni Murray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

Britain has traditionally been defined by its conflicts, its conquests, its men and its monarchs. It’s high time that it was defined by its women. In this unique history, Jenni Murray tells the stories of 21 women who refused to succumb to the established laws of society, whose lives embodied hope and change. Famous queens, forgotten visionaries, great artists and trailblazing politicians - all pushed back boundaries and revolutionised our world. In Murray’s hands their stories are enthralling and beguiling; they have the power to inspire us once again. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • so disappointing

  • By Jennifer Chennell on 16-09-18

An inspiring listen

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

Reviewed: 29-10-18

I would strongly recommend everyone on the planet listens to this book. There are certain individuals who should most definitely have a read (namely a couple of blokes in arguably the highest offices of power in the world, messers Trump and Putin!), but who I doubt they will ever hear of the work (sorry Jenni), and even if they did they would immediately dismiss it out of hand. However they would be missing an excellent reflection on some amazing people.

The selection is varied and covers all walks of life and all corners of the globe, but in each Jenni sees a woman who has stood out in whatever time / area she lived in. Someone who have stood up against a variety of oppressions and said no, that's not who I am, that's not what I want to do, that's not who I want to be. Not only that, but they also frequently affected change, or certainly inspired others to do so.

I watched the third episode of the latest series of Doctor Who yesterday, which in itself has caused some controversy, now having a female lead. The theme was Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on the bus and, as a result, kick starting the civil rights movement. Looking at life now, along with so many chapters in the book, we have come a long way in our society. Race, sex, religion are all more accepted than they were 10, 50, 100, 1000 years ago. Watch the news on a daily basis though, and you will see we still have a long way to go. However, there is hope ...

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  • Lethal White

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 4
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 22 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,011
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,602
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,567

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most epic Galbraith/Rowling novel yet

  • By Mikey on 19-09-18

Another great read

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Robert Glennister did another fantastic job reading a really good story. The characters developed well and the plot was another brilliant one. My only quarm is the length of the book and lack of editing. It feels like it could have been as long as the others, but literally just had too many words at points. That meant it felt like it dragged a bit in places, with unnecessary explanations.
Overall I would recommend though 😁

  • A Trail Through Time

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 4
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227

"St Mary's is back and is facing a battle to survive in this, the fourth installment of the Chronicles. Max and Leon are re-united and looking forward to a peaceful lifetime together. But, sadly, they don't even make it to lunchtime. The action races from 17th century London to Ancient Egypt and from Pompeii to 14th century Southwark as they're pursued up and down the timeline.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's still St Mary's

  • By Sheryl Mason on 12-11-14

Another excellent story

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

Reviewed: 15-01-18

Another great story from Jodi, superbly read by Zara. The plot is gripping, as usual, with twists and turns, unexpected events and weird happenings. A brilliant read!

  • David Attenborough - Life on Air: Memoirs of a Broadcaster

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 19 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681

His career as a naturalist and broadcaster has spanned nearly five decades and there are very few places on the globe that he has not visited. In this volume of memoirs David tells stories of the people and animals he has met and the places that he has visited. Over the last 25 years he has established himself as the world's leading Natural History programme maker with several landmark BBC series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable David

  • By Mark on 20-11-10

A brilliant listen

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

Reviewed: 26-10-17

A fantastic autobiography, read by an amazing man.

To get the perspective he has across an era that has seen such change and to deliver both hilarious and tear jerking stories along the way is brilliant.

His voice compliments the whole thing, his dignity is vast, his humility is admirable and I don't think you would ever get him to admit the amount he has influenced both the natural history we see on our televisions, but also how the BBC has evolved.

A man like no other, a priveledge to listen to.

  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169

Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stone’s throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumours of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fab!!!

  • By Shopoholic on 22-04-12

A very enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 11-10-17

This was a bit of a guess, as I wasn't 100% sure it was my kind of read, but I was pleasantly surprised with is book. The narrator was great, which is always good, the book was well written and towards the end you really wanted to keep listening!

  • Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection

  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry - introductions
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 71 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,923
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,491
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,464

Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle's detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes - four novels and five collections of short stories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant audio book, shame about the navigation.

  • By Mr. P. J. Marsh on 10-03-17

Excellent!!!

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

Reviewed: 24-05-17

A most excellent listen. I was overjoyed to hear that Stephen Fry had undertaken this task and I wasn't disappointed with the outcome. Although I'm always concerned about males impersonating females, and vice versa, in an audio book, Sir Stephen (as he most definitely should be, for his contribution to a variety of areas of entertainment) did a splendid job across the board. The Holmes and Watson were fantastic and all other characters, whether one time or recurring, always sounded as imagined they would.

I would highly recommend this series 😃

  • Catalyst (Star Wars)

  • A Rogue One Novel
  • By: James Luceno
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207

The must-have prequel novel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - the upcoming film, set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, that reveals the untold story of the rebel effort to steal the plans to the Death Star!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Scene setter

  • By Tad on 12-12-16

A great read

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

Reviewed: 22-01-17

I'm a big Star Wars fan and this sounded like a really good idea, a book that sets the scene leading up to the latest film. It didn't disappoint, the story was great, it really worked well as a plot, leading directly into where Rogue One starts. The narrator was also great, using a variety of different tones, without using different accents, which os unusual I'm the books I tend to listen to. Overall a really great read 😁

  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes) This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of state. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven feet two inches tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so much better than I expected

  • By J on 03-11-15

A really great listen

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

I liked the story, it flowed well. I do think there were similarities between this and Sherlock Holmes stories, but different enough to be distinct. The interplay between the two main characters, the forced relationship due to the difference in the colour of their skin, but their true friendship despite that, were intriguing. I'd definitely recommend this.

  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules

  • By: Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
  • Narrated by: Patience Tomlinson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 415
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 376

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules is an incredibly quirky, humorous, and warm-hearted story about growing old disgracefully - and breaking all the rules along the way! 79-year-old Martha Andersson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. She has no intention of spending the rest of her days in an armchair and is determined to fund her way to a much more exciting lifestyle. Along with her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - Martha decides to rebel against all of the rules imposed upon them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great for the first two hours...

  • By ElizabethLovick on 31-12-14

Not too bad a listen

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

Reviewed: 05-09-15

A bit forced and clichéd at times, although that's partly due to the translation I think. I nice feel good story, with good characters, but I struggled with the writing at points.

  • Rivers of London

  • Rivers of London, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,806
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,452

My name is Peter Grant, and until January, I was just probationary constable in that mighty army for justice known to all right-thinking people as the Metropolitan Police Service (and as the Filth to everybody else). My only concerns in life were how to avoid a transfer to the Case Progression Unit - we do paperwork so real coppers don't have to - and finding a way to climb into the panties of the outrageously perky WPC Leslie May. Then one night, in pursuance of a murder inquiry, I tried to take a witness statement from someone who was dead but disturbingly voluble....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • brilliant original story great narrator

  • By valb on 05-08-11

A really great listen

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

Reviewed: 13-08-15

I really enjoyed this book. It started with a good intro to the main characters, the plot developed well and I thought the narrator added a real gravitas to the whole thing. Really pleased I chose this as our book clubs dive into audio listening :o) Personally I'll be getting the next one straight away!