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  • Vivienne Westwood

  • By: Vivienne Westwood, Ian Kelly
  • Narrated by: Paula Wilcox
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Vivienne Westwood is one of the icons of our age. Fashion designer, activist, cocreator of punk, global brand, and grandmother--a true living legend. Her career has successfully spanned five decades, and her work has influenced millions of people across the world. For the first and only time, Vivienne Westwood has written a personal memoir, collaborating with award-winning biographer Ian Kelly, to describe the events, people, and ideas that have shaped her extraordinary life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and inspiring

  • By Miss E J Bertenshaw on 21-10-14

Needs two narrators

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

Reviewed: 04-12-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was ok, but I would probably not be top of my recommendations list

Would you recommend Vivienne Westwood to your friends? Why or why not?

It gives an insight into the colourful life of a talented designer and if you are interested in fashion, then this is worth giving a go. However, as with many autobiographies, it only provides the views of its subject. Vivienne Westwood is a very headstrong woman who is so convinced that her views are the only valid one, that is can put you off.

Did Paula Wilcox do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Paula Wilcox does a good job but as the narration switches between Westwood talking about herself in the first person and Ian Kelly talking about her in the third person, I think it would have been better served with two different narrators.

Was Vivienne Westwood worth the listening time?

It's well narrated but the content can sometimes be quite annoying.

  • Monuments Men

  • Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
  • By: Robert M. Edsel
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

As Hitler was attempting to conquer the western world, his armies were methodically pillaging the finest art in Europe, from Michelangelos to Vermeers, all stolen for the Führer. The Monuments Men had a mandate from President Roosevelt to find these artworks, but no vehicles, typewriters, or authority. In a race against time to save the world’s greatest cultural treasures from destruction at the hands of Nazi fanatics, each man constructed his own treasure map....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Informative

  • By Joe on 16-04-14

Soon to be a movie

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-13

This is the story that is currently being made into a movie with George Clooney, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett. I actually loved that it was history that was presented like fiction, which for me made it easier to follow and more entertaining.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Run Fat Bitch Run

  • By: Ruth Field
  • Narrated by: Ruth Field
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 71

Is there a large arse-shaped dent in your sofa? Unwatched workout DVDs gathering dust on your shelves? An eye-wateringly expensive (and rarely used) gym membership burning a hole in your bank account? Does the sight of your wobbly thighs leave you cowering under the duvet? Then it's time you faced the truth: the only option is to lace up and hit the ground running. Straight-talking, funny, and brutally honest, Run Fat Bitch Run will give you - yes, you - the push you need to get out of the door, pounding the pavements and shedding pounds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I said you'd never see me run.

  • By Mrs on 15-08-12

All show but no substance

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-03-13

I am a runner and I have lost a significant amount of weight through running, so this book should have been very much like preaching to the converted. However, from the very start it became apparent that “Run Fat Bitch Run” is all show but no substance. Just like the title already suggest, the language is used to get your heckles up, which in return is supposed to motivate you: Negative affirmations? Thinspiration? Running in the dark? Ignoring pain? Don’t bother with stretching – you probably don’t know how to do it and you’ll look like an idiot. As other people have mentioned before, Ruth Field jumps back-and-forth and repeats herself. She is also contradicting herself: you don’t need to diet, but you must not eat sweets or pastries . Anyone who still advises “no pain no gain” or recommends buying a juicer is seriously outdated. The only part that appeared in any way genuine was about her struggles to get back into running after pregnancy and birth and post-natal depression. If this gets you motivated, all the better. But once you start running, pick up a properly researched running book for solid technique, plans and advice. Unlike the books suggests, running is not for everyone and there is no one fits all solution.

15 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Manufactured Identity

  • By: Heath Sommer
  • Narrated by: Rachael Jamison
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

Months after his mysterious disappearance from a routine fishing trip, no one really expects over-the-hill Texas housewife Lory Latchley to find her missing husband - especially her husband. The Manufactured Identity is clinical psychologist Heath Sommer's ever-escalating immersion into the world of unlikely friends who each awaken to find their faithful companions missing without warning or reason.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic novel - awful narration

  • By Ramona on 29-05-11

Fantastic novel - awful narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-05-11

Sommer's novel is a fantastic psychological thriller but Rachael Jamison's narration is absolutely awful and really takes away your enjoyment of this book. Additionally, the quality of the recording is so poor - you can hear edits and even people talking in the background - never ever had this on any audiobook before!
The book would get 5 stars, but this audiobook version is hardly worth 1.

  • How to Train Your Dragon

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Hiccup was a truly extraordinary Viking Hero, Warrior chieftain,awesome sword-fighter and amateur naturalist. He was known throughout Vikingdom as 'the Dragon Whisperer' on account of his power over these terrifying beasts. But it wasn't always like that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family

  • By Alexina on 20-01-14

Not just for kids

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-10

David Tennant does a stellar job bringing the story to life. Even if you are not a kid anymore, Cressida Cowell's tales of Hiccup are so much fun to listen to that it is seriously addictive. Shame though that this is an abridged version.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • How to Cheat a Dragon's Curse

  • How to Train Your Dragon, Book 4
  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 211

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was a Viking hero - dashing, brave, and ever so clever. But even Viking heroes have to begin somewhere.... Can Hiccup find the antidote to deadly Vorpentitis and fight the Doomfang? Can he brave the axe of Norbert the Nutjob and be the Hero yet again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dragontastic!

  • By R B. on 12-12-14

So much fun :-)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-10

David Tennant does a stellar job bringing the story to life. Even if you are not a kid anymore, Cressida Cowell's tales of Hiccup are so much fun to listen to that it is seriously addictive. Shame though that this is an abridged version.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a Pirate

  • How to Train Your Dragon, Book 2
  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 285

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. Hiccup's memoirs look back to when Hiccup was just an ordinary boy, and finding it very hard to be a Hero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic audio book

  • By Ramona on 22-04-10

Fantastic audio book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-04-10

David Tennant does a stellar job bringing the story to life. Even if you are not a kid anymore, Cressida Cowell's tales of Hiccup are so much fun to listen to that it is seriously addictive. Shame though that this is an abridged version.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful