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  • Chavs

  • The Demonization of the Working Class
  • By: Owen Jones
  • Narrated by: Leighton Pugh
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333

In this acclaimed investigation, Owen Jones explores how the working class has gone from 'salt of the earth' to 'scum of the earth.' Exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature, he portrays a far more complex reality. The chav stereotype, he argues, is used by governments as a convenient fig leaf to avoid genuine engagement with social and economic problems and to justify widening inequality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Valuable study of modern Britain

  • By Lord Peridot on 30-01-19

terrible sound level - way too low

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

terrible sound level - way too low.
terrible sound level - way too low.
terrible sound level - way too low

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Take Me Home

  • The Inspiring Stories of 20 Entrepreneurs from Small Town India with Big-Time Dreams
  • By: Rashmi Bansal
  • Narrated by: Shaheen Khan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Take Me Home is the story of 20 entrepreneurs who have built remarkable enterprises, while remaining true to their roots. From small towns across India, they run giant global companies with locally trained talent. The ability to run a professional business is no longer limited by location. What you need is a vision and a mission and a burning desire. To 'make it happen', wherever you are.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 20 puff pieces

  • By Ron on 25-11-17

20 puff pieces

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

Reviewed: 25-11-17

Like a cheap version of FT/Forbes glowing bios of executives and entrepreneurs. The protagonists have no flaws except that they are too intelligent, too kind or too committed. These glaring flaws are all evident in the first headline story. They made chips. It was a new market. There are existing competitors. Everyone treated each other poorly from suppliers to vendors - a common enough story when you are a small trader in all developing countries. So how did they make it? There is no talk of what they offered that was better except that they were kinder, more honest and fairer. How about telling us how they found good partners with whom this worked, that valued fairness and long term relationships. Listening to folks working in developing countries, finding people who thought in terms of long term mutually gainful business relationships was one of the biggest challenges. This is one example of the gaping holes in the stories. I stopped after the 4th story. Waste of time.

  • Algorithms to Live By

  • The Computer Science of Human Decisions
  • By: Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Narrated by: Brian Christian
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

All our lives are constrained by limited space and time, limits that give rise to a particular set of problems. What should we do, or leave undone, in a day or a lifetime? How much messiness should we accept? What balance of new activities and familiar favorites is the most fulfilling? These may seem like uniquely human quandaries, but they are not: computers, too, face the same constraints, so computer scientists have been grappling with their version of such problems for decades.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful insights into and from computer science

  • By Judy Corstjens on 21-02-17

audible keeps adding ads into book to share

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

audible keeps adding ads into book to share. audible keeps adding ads into book to share.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • War Factory

  • Transformation, Book 2
  • By: Neal Asher
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 18 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

One seeks judgment, another faces damnation and one man will have his revenge.... Thorvald Spear is losing his mind as he drowns in dark memories that aren't his own. Penny Royal, rogue artificial intelligence, has linked Spear with the stored personalities of those it's murdered. And whether the AI seeks redemption or has some more sinister motive, Spear needs to destroy it. He feels the anger of the dead and shares their pain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of first book

  • By Amazon Customer on 30-08-18

another great read marred by very low sound

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

very poor sound as many audible books of late (not the same for the audiobooks I have from the public library or other sellers). Had to turn the volume on max which made for some distorted narration.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Meridian

  • Or the Evening Redness in the West
  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 458

Author of the National Book Award-winning All the Pretty Horses, Cormac McCarthy is one of the most provocative American stylists to emerge in the last century. The striking novel Blood Meridian offers an unflinching narrative of the brutality that accompanied the push west on the 1850s Texas frontier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Visionary, violent, yet redemptive. A masterpiece.

  • By Peter Kettle on 07-04-13

sound too low.

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

sound too low.

for some reason a review needs 20 words in the app, really.

  • Sea of Poppies

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Kish Sharma
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 109

In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. As their old family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races and generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wonderful!

  • By alli on 26-08-15

Sound is poor and narration is mediocre

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

Reviewed: 29-04-15

What disappointed you about Sea of Poppies?

The sound is recorded way too low. I have the volume set to max on my phone and can barely hear it - and it is particularly jarring when I switch over to music which, at the same volume setting, is almost deafening.

Would you recommend Sea of Poppies to your friends? Why or why not?

Not the audible version. Poor sound

What didn’t you like about Kish Sharma’s performance?

Flat delivery. Most of the characters hardly sound different from the narration.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good story. Good ideas. But also too much narration and not enough well written dialogue.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

The ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan gets more than greasy corn dogs and flat soda when he visits a carnival in Kansas to which his apprentice, Granuaile, drags him. He runs across a barker with a strange power over the crowd: attractive women leave their men and disappear into an unmarked tent, never to be seen again, and the men wander away, forgetting that they ever had girlfriends or wives. When Granuaile falls under the barker’s influence and enters the tent, Atticus isn’t about to forget it and move on.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • still a great story from Kevin hearne but.....

  • By A. Legassick on 23-12-15

should have stuck with Ragland for narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-01-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

N/A

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

N/A

Could you see Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

N/A

Any additional comments?

For those who know the 'Iron Druid' series, Chris Ragland was better, especially his portrayal of Oberon - Oberon was hilarious with Ragland but sounds like a twit with the new narrator

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortal Prince

  • Tide Lords, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Fallon
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 19 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

He's insisting he's a Tide Lord and he's begging us to try again...to kill him, that is. When a routine hanging goes wrong, the survivor announces he is Cayal the immortal Prince, a Tide Lord. However, the only known record of the immortal beings of Amyrantha is the Tide Lord Tarot...and everyone knows it is only a parlour-game, an amusement. Arkady Desean, an expert on the legends of the Crasii - a part-animal, part-human race - is sent to interrogate Cayal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New concept - novelty character within the genre

  • By Sonja on 10-05-15

but horrible leading character

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

Reviewed: 18-10-14

Would you listen to The Immortal Prince again? Why?

No. This is not the type of novel you will read twice.

Any additional comments?

The protagonist is incredibly annoying, stubborn, holier than thou know-it-all who is full of herself from beginning to end, and an intellectual who is completely unsympathetic to other people.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Pimsleur Spanish Level 3 Lessons 26-30

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Spanish with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Spanish Level 3 Lessons 26-30 builds on material taught in prior lessons. Each lesson provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very painless way to learn a new language!

  • By sarah on 04-12-14

pdf does not work

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

Reviewed: 17-04-14

Any additional comments?

The pdf reading guide does not work. it is simply the cover of the reading guide.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shining

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic horror novel

  • By Steve on 03-10-13

poor monotone narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-13

I am about halfway through this novel and have read The Stand, the Dark Tower series and Under the Dome. All fantastic. This story is damn good but it is hard to get over how much better it could have been with a decent narrator. Otherwise, this would have been another 5 star Stephen King novel.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful