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  • Pirate Trials

  • Dastardly Deeds & Last Words
  • By: Ken Rossignol
  • Narrated by: Jack Chekijian
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

Pirates plundered other ships on the high seas while on the brig Crawford a cunning act of piracy was perpetrated by a veteran pirate leader. He slit his own throat to escape justice while three Spaniards he recruited stood trial with the esteemed Chief Justice John Marshall presiding over the federal court in Richmond, Virginia, in 1827, a rare trial. Follow the action in a blow-by blow description of the murder and mayhem right into the courtroom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pathetic reading.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-05-17

Pathetic reading.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jack Chekijian?

Just about anyone.

Any additional comments?

Listening to this narrator made me stop listening fairly quickly. I have about 300 audible books, and the narration on this is by far the worst. It's just so slow, and every syllable is over-pronounced. It is absolutely unnatural.
Zero stars.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nuremberg Trial

  • By: John Tusa, Ann Tusa
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 25 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Here is a gripping account of the major postwar trial of the Nazi hierarchy in World War II. The Nuremberg Trial brilliantly recreates the trial proceedings and offers a reasoned, often profound examination of the processes that created international law. From the whimpering of Kaltenbrunner and Ribbentrop on the stand to the icy coolness of Goering, each participant is vividly drawn.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brings horrible history alive

  • By Tim Conway on 18-04-14

I appreciated the attention to detail.

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

Reviewed: 21-12-14

Any additional comments?

A kangaroo court or a genuine expression of the fair judicial process. You decide. I don't know.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Middle Parts of Fortune

  • By: Frederic Manning
  • Narrated by: Stanley McGeagh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

First published anonymously in 1929 because its language was considered far too frank for the public circulation, The Middle Parts of Fortune was hailed by T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, by Lawrence of Arabia and Ernest Hemingway, as an extraordinary novel. Its author was in fact Frederic Manning, an Australian writer who fought in the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and who told his story of men at war from the perspective of an ordinary soldier.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Difficult Read - I Liked it by the End

  • By Chrissie on 12-08-17

Great read - uncensored

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

Reviewed: 21-12-14

Any additional comments?

Why weren't more books like this written? First hand accounts with genuine language and real (often gruesome) details.
In the book, the average soldier is concerned with small, petty things when not fighting, and then can be suddenly - matter-of-factly - ended when in the front line.
The writer - though the book is autobiographical - seems as detached as his main character is. There no sentimentality in the book - which came as quite a shock to me. I kept waiting for it, but it didn't come.
Excellent book.

  • Cold Case Reopened

  • The Princes in the Tower
  • By: Mark Garber
  • Narrated by: Guy Bethell
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In this short audiobook, a retired detective reopens this cold case and attempts to piece together the evidence and answer the great mystery about what really happened to the young Princes. Were they really murdered? If so, what happened to the bodies and who did the evil deed? Or were they left unharmed and left to live out their days in peace? Was a challenging offered up in place of Richard, Duke of York by Elizabeth Woodville and was that why Henry VII was so concerned by Perkin Warbeck?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing

  • By judith on 28-07-18

Too many hypotheses discussed and discarded.

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

Reviewed: 21-12-14

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Garber again?

No. However, he himself says this is the only book he will ever write.

Any additional comments?

I got totally lost after a while. I am quite willing to believe that the author is going about this in the same way he would with any murder case. The result, however, is that he takes each character, says why they are suspects, then says why they are not suspects. He does this over and over again, and I just got lost. I just wasn't ready for the mental agility required to follow this audiobook.

  • Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia

  • By: Alexis Q. Castor, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Alexis Q. Castor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

All cultures lie in the shadow of ancient Mesopotamia-the land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers that is now mostly encompassed by the borders of modern Iraq. In this fascinating series of 36 lectures, an award-winning teacher leads you on a vivid journey through Mesopotamian history-from Neolithic times to the age of Alexander the Great.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Comprehensive, Intelligent but incomplete

  • By Alex on 15-07-14

Terrible performance.

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

Reviewed: 21-12-14

Any additional comments?

Well, I was really looking forward to listening to this. I have listened to several of the Great Courses lectures, and enjoyed them immensely. However, the performance here made it quite difficult for me to follow.
I know that with Great Courses, speakers are reading from notes, not from a completed text. Of course, one makes allowances for this, and most lecturers in the series lack fluidity to some extent. It isn't usually a big problem. However, Professor Castor is just too jarring for me. She too frequently starts sentences that she struggles to finish.
I have tried listening again, but the performance gets in the way.
I've given three stars for story. That is very arbitrary. I haven't listened to most of it. It's almost certainly a five-star story.

2 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Old Days

  • By: Gilda O'Neill
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Were things really better in the good old days? Gilda O'Neill's powerful exploration of the teeming underbelly that was to be found in the fog-bound streets, rat-infested slums, common lodging houses, boozers, penny gaffs, and brothels in the heart of the greatest empire that the world has ever seen brings to life the real working-class London of Victoria's reign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is excellent

  • By Kathcolours33 on 05-05-14

Good

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

Reviewed: 21-12-14

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

Yes. It's interesting.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book, but the the author rather labours the point that the Victorian age was not the time of high morality and social harmony we all, she thinks, think it was. I think Dickens, as well as our communal knowledge of Whitechapel at the time of Jack the Ripper had already made that more than clear.
The book would have been better had the author not wished to make that point. She's very unoriginal in that.
When are Audible going to put Henry Mayhew on audiobook?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bible

  • A Biography: Books That Changed the World
  • By: Karen Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

As the work at the heart of Christianity, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world's most widely distributed book, having been translated into over 2,000 languages, as well as the world's best-selling book, year after year. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Are the Ten Commandments Written in Stone?

  • By Maolsheachlann on 11-12-08

Clear and no-nonsense history.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would certainly recommend it to a friend who was interested in Biblical studies, or who just enjoys reading the Bible.

Any additional comments?

I learned so much from this book about how the Bible was made. It shows it as clearly a man-made work, written over several hundred years, written many years - often hundreds of years - after the events they narrate, and containing a lot that is simply invention. A great eye-opener.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Undeniable

  • Evolution and the Science of Creation
  • By: Bill Nye
  • Narrated by: Bill Nye
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

Sparked by a provocative comment to BigThink.com last fall, and fueled by a highly controversial debate with Creation Museum curator Ken Ham, Bill Nye's campaign to confront the scientific shortcoming of creationism has exploded in just a few months into a national crusade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My kind of booked

  • By J Morris on 21-12-15

Very funny.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-14

What made the experience of listening to Undeniable the most enjoyable?

Bill Nye himself.

What about Bill Nye’s performance did you like?

Although the topic is very serious, his performance is very entertaining, and often funny. I have read the book, but I find the audio version much more enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the book immensely. It's clear, it's simple, and it's undeniable. I just have one misgiving - Bill seems to be saying that the only people with qualms about stem cell research are automatically creationists. I hold creationism in utter contempt, and yet I still have qualms about stem cell research.

  • The Thirty Years War

  • By: C. V. Wedgwood
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Initially, the Thirty Years War was precipitated in 1618 by religious conflicts between Protestants and Catholics in the Holy Roman Empire. But the conflict soon spread beyond religion to encompass the internal politics and balance of power within the Empire, and then later to the other European powers. By the end, it became simply a dynastic struggle between Bourbon France and Habsburg Spain. And almost all of it was fought out in Germany. Entire regions were depopulated and destroyed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More poetry than history

  • By Lord Peridot on 07-05-18

Too much detail presented too quickly.

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

Reviewed: 16-12-14

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

No.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Charlton Griffin?

Anyone who doesn't pronounce 'often' as 'orfen'. There were several other instances of pronunciation I found rather strange. The reading was far too lackadaisical, as if he could only just be bothered to read it.

Any additional comments?

It was just too hard to follow in audio format. Too many names and too much information thrown at the listener. It would be far better as a book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Scarifyers: The Curse of the Black Comet

  • By: Simon Barnard, Paul Morris
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Courtney, Terry Molloy, Brian Blessed
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52

The Scarifyers is a series of rip-roaring tales of comedic supernatural intrigue set in 1930s Britain, distilling the likes of Dick Barton, the Avengers, The Devil Rides Out and Quatermass into cracking new audio adventures. The Scarifyers is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, and has been described in the national press as 'rollicking good fun', 'a slice of audio perfection', 'the smartest and most enjoyable thing on British radio' and 'like Tintin but with the lights out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rip roaring adventure

  • By UncleSi on 06-04-17

Brilliant!

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

Reviewed: 16-12-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Scarifyers: The Curse of the Black Comet to be better than the print version?

Well, that rather goes without saying.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed all of it. It's a great yarn in the style of the times it is set in.

Any additional comments?

I am always wary of downloading BBC comedy. Sometimes, it can be pretty dire. However, this series is extremely well-written and well-acted (well over-acted at times). What other series can boast a guest star of the likes of Brian Blessed? I enjoy Nicholas Courtney, though I do prefer David Warner. Again, I am impressed by the quality of the actors taking part in this series.
It is not laugh-out-loud funny, but it isn't meant to be. I just smiled all the way through, and thoroughly enjoyed it.