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  • What Fresh Lunacy Is This?

  • The Authorised Biography of Oliver Reed
  • By: Robert Sellers
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212

Oliver Reed may not have been Britain's biggest film star - for a period in the early 70s he came within a hairsbreadth of replacing Sean Connery as James Bond - but he is an august member of that small band of people, like George Best and Eric Morecambe, who transcended their chosen medium, became too big for it even, and grew into cultural icons. For the first time Reed's close family has agreed to collaborate on a project about the man himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly enjoyable!!

  • By Jay on 14-11-13

Boring reader and rubbish content

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

A totally boring, montoyone and useless reader. Content a complete load of nonsense and rubbish.

  • Widows

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Ann Mitchell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Facing life alone, they turned to crime together. Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller are left devastated when their husbands are killed in a security van heist that goes disastrously wrong. When Dolly discovers her husband's bank deposit box containing a gun, money and detailed plans for the hijack, she has three options. She could hand over the ledgers to the Detective. She could hand them over to the thugs who want to take over Harry's turf. Or, she and the other widows could finish the job their husbands started....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Peter on 02-07-18

5 stars for story,-1000 stars for bad reader

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

Reviewed: 24-11-18

If the person booked to make the recording turns up ill, with a sore throat, or drunk, or unable to make the recording, why continue?At normal speed, there are gravelly pauses, whispering and croaky bits, that make the recording horrible and grating to listen to. Changing the speed to 1.2 makes things work and overcomes the diabolical reading performance to an extent that its is listenable and enjoyable . This is the biggest complaint on here from reviewers. Obviously the techie guys were too scared to say anythjng and management just rubber stamped the decision without listening. An excellent, gripping story spoilt by an appauling reader performance.

  • Humble Pie

  • By: Gordon Ramsay
  • Narrated by: Gordon Ramsay
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards, Biography of the Year, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

This is Gordon Ramsay's autobiography, the first time he has told the full story of how he became the world's most famous and infamous chef. He also discusses his difficult childhood, his brother's heroin addiction, and his failed first career as a footballer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Humble Pie - Wow!

  • By Sonia on 19-11-06

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-10-18

Enjoyable and well read by Gordon Ramsey. It's a bit short though and some more in depth background would be nice.

  • Michael Palin: Full Circle

  • By: Michael Palin
  • Narrated by: Michael Palin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268

The third and most ambitious of Michael Palin's adventures is a voyage of epic proportions - the circumnavigation of the Pacific Rim. He travels for almost a year through the 18 countries that border the world's largest ocean, and is forced to negotiate mountains, plunging gorges, cross glaciers and dodge icebergs. Volcanoes also mark Palin's journey. He climbs one which has freshly erupted and follows great rivers like the Yangtze and the Amazon to some of the most remote places on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Palin Power!

  • By Fatboypoole on 08-04-13

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-09-18

As usual, Michael Palin tells a lovely story in his own way, and also reads it very well.

  • On Leopard Rock

  • A Life of Adventures
  • By: Wilbur Smith
  • Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Wilbur Smith has lived an incredible life of adventure, and now he shares the extraordinary true stories that have inspired his fiction. From being attacked by lions to close encounters with deadly reef sharks, from getting lost in the African bush without water to crawling the precarious tunnels of gold mines, from marlin fishing with Lee Marvin to near death from crash-landing a Cessna airplane, from brutal school days to redemption through writing and falling in love, Wilbur Smith tells us the intimate stories of his life that have been the raw material for his fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic.........

  • By Cal777 on 18-07-18

Very interesting

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

Reviewed: 20-09-18

A nice book about Wilbur Smith and where he came from and how he got the inspiration for his stories. Well written and well read.

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  • Long Way Round

  • Chasing Shadows Across the World
  • By: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bonnar, Rupert Degas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

From London to New York, Ewan and Charley chased their shadows through Europe, the Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and Russia, across the Pacific to Alaska, then down through Canada and America. But as the miles slipped beneath the tyres of their big BMWs, their troubles started. Exhaustion, injury and accidents tested their strength. Treacherous roads, unpredictable weather and turbulent politics challenged their stamina. They were chased by paparazzi in Kazakhstan, courted by men with very large guns in the Ukraine, hassled by the police, and given bulls' testicles for supper by Mongolian nomads.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-17

Nice story

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Very enjoyable and well read. Nothing more needs saying but have to have 15 words minimum... odd so just waffling.

  • Long Way Down

  • By: Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bonnar, Rupert Degas
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

After their fantastic trip round the world in 2004, fellow actors and bike fanatics Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman couldn't shake the travel bug. Inspired by their UNICEF visits to Africa, they knew they had to go back and experience this extraordinary continent in more depth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A light boys book - but an annoying voice

  • By Stephen on 06-06-08

Very enjoyable.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-18

A nice story and well read. I wish this had been thd fill version and not the abridged one... there's obviously bits missing, but it didn't spoil the book.

  • If Only They Didn't Speak English

  • Notes From Trump's America
  • By: Jon Sopel
  • Narrated by: Jon Sopel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584

As the BBC's North America Editor, Jon Sopel has had a pretty busy time of it lately. In the 18 months it's taken for a reality star to go from laughingstock to leader of the free world, Jon has travelled the length and breadth of the United States, experiencing it from a perspective that most of us could only dream of: he has flown aboard Air Force One, interviewed President Obama and has even been described as 'a beauty' by none other than Donald Trump.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, entertaining and superb

  • By Chris Thomas on 21-09-17

Very good book. Well written and interesting.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-18

It's nice Jon isn't constrained by BBC correcyness and can express real views and reality without censorship. This book enhances Jon's great reporting with real insights. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Breakfast in Burgundy

  • A Hungry Irishman in the Belly of France
  • By: Raymond Blake
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Laced with compelling writing about French food and its ways, Breakfast in Burgundy is part travel memoir, part foodie detective story, and part love song to Raymond's adopted home. This audiobook tells the story of the Blake's decision to buy a house in Burgundy. Raymond describes the moments of despair such as the water leak that cost a fortune and the fantastic times too. Blake has admitted to being fascinated by flavor and how it is created."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By Peter on 01-04-18

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

A very enjoyable book. Week with charm and atmosphere. We'll read too and I was immersed in the story, the region and the events beautifully described.

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,515
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,514

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

Excellent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-03-18

An excellent, well written, truly amazing story. Brilliantly read.

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