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  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 365

Go the F--k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest verses perfectly capture the familiar - and unspoken - tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ideal Parenting Tool

  • By Oliver Dayman on 31-05-13

Not for me

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-11

I'm sorry, but as much as I think Samuel L Jackson is a great Actor, with a wonderful voice, this didn't do it for me. I am not a non-swearing, humourless prude, but I didn't really get this. It was funny to a point - but it certainly didn't have me laughing until my sides hurt and tears rolled down my cheeks.

In agreement to a previous reviewer - I didn't like the idea that the words were directed to a child. And in agreement to another comment - I'm glad I got it free! I've listened to it once - and that is all it will be listened to by myself.

One star for the narrator.

Sorry Mr Jackson - you're fab, but the quality of the script let the whole thing down.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • 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 2,249
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

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

Unforgettable David

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 20-11-10

This was the second David Attenborough book I have listened to (the first being Life Stories) and I was yet again totally enthralled. Informative, witty, well-paced and read with the wonderful soothing voice of David himself, this audible book is a pleasure to listen to.
To be honest, I wasn't overly sure I would be as interested in his broadcasting memoirs, as I was in his adventures in the natural world, but I was certainly wrong - these are, after all, the memoirs of a marvelous man and not of the BBC. And anyway, there were plenty of natural world tales to keep me satisfied. There were a few small overlaps of recounts from the Life Stories book - but these were enjoyable as the re-telling differed, expanded and added to the previous listening. Also, it felt like I was re-visiting an old friend as I listened to a part-recognised tale.
David's memories of the early days of broadcasting and of the BBC are a wonderful window into long-gone days, of the people, the trial and error learning and of the adventures that were encountered. David manages to recount these with such warmth and feeling that you can almost imagine yourself there, alongside him. Through highs and lows, this book takes you along. I found the background to the making of the various television series very interesting, bringing a new perspective to when I now watch them. The hardest part to listen to was when David recounted the loss of his Wife - I freely admit to moist eyes and a tight throat at his words.
Broken down into 3 downloads, this book was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish, I hastened from the end of one part to the start of the next. If you are wondering if it is worth downloading - it is. If you are asking yourself 'Will I find it interesting?'- you will. If you are thinking there are better books to listen to - there are few. Download this book and enjoy.

62 of 63 people found this review helpful

  • David Attenborough's Life Stories

  • By: David Attenborough
  • Narrated by: David Attenborough
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 144

One of the nation's most popular presenters examines twenty marvels of the natural world from his extraordinary and pioneering experiences. What was Sir David's first pet? Which animal would he most like to be? What creature lays 'the biggest egg in the world'? How do you communicate with an ancient nomadic community in Fiji? And what did Sir David do when confronted by a ten-foot-long reptile?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Attenborough's a hit once again...

  • By Wil on 14-12-09

Magical

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-10

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book - David has the most wonderful, listen-able voice. You can hear the enthusiasm he has in every sentence, beautifully delivered to draw your mind into his world. I have listened to this book around 6 or 7 times now and it hasn't yet grown tired or old for me. My only complaint? I want more life stories!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Second World War: Milestones to Disaster

  • By: Winston Churchill
  • Narrated by: Christian Rodska
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 195

Churchill's history of the Second World War is, and will remain, the definitive work. Lucid, dramatic, remarkable for its breadth and sweep and for its sense of personal involvement, it is universally acknowledged as a magnificent reconstruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely good listening

  • By William on 18-08-09

Brilliance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-06-10

Having finished listening to the whole four volumes of Churchill's WWII work, I can say that it was time extremely well spent. The narration was superb, with just enough Churchillism in the voice to bring images of the great man to mind. Churchill's writings are wonderful. If you are concerned that this work will be dull and tedious, don't worry, it is certainly not (I especially enjoyed the remark made by the Naval chap to the Russian official, after being offered a cigarette - find it in the fourth book!). Chances are, you'll be listening for a second or third time - I will. My only regret is that I listened to this work first - whereas, it may have been better to listen, initially, to the work on the first world war, then this work - but thats just me, there is no real reason why you cannot listen and enjoy this one first. Download this and enjoy. It will give you a better understanding of how the world managed to tumble into another war and of the great man himself. I don't really care much for celebrities, actors/actresses, singers and such, but of the very few people I admire, Churchill is one. And he would definitely be invited to my dining table- if only I could get the time machine to work!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful