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William Carse-Austen

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  • The Wit of Cricket

  • By: Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston
  • Narrated by: Dickie Bird, Henry Blofeld, Brian Johnston
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Recorded live in front of appreciative theatre audiences, here are dozens of hilarious stories about legendary Test cricketers such as Richie Benaud, Ian Botham, Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Holding and Fred Trueman, as well as some of the most famous gaffes and practical jokes carried out by the commentary team on BBC Radio's Test Match Special.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A must for cricket lovers and listeners alike

  • By William Carse-Austen on 13-03-18

A must for cricket lovers and listeners alike

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

Hilarious stories from the cricketing world, from both sides. A must for any lover of the game.

  • The Blair Years

  • Extracts from the Alastair Campbell Diaries
  • By: Alastair Campbell
  • Narrated by: Alastair Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Shortlisted for the Channel 4 Political Book Award, 2007.
Longlisted for the Audiobook Download of the Year, 2007.

The Blair Years is the most compelling and revealing account of contemporary politics you will ever hear. Taken from Alastair Campbell's daily diaries, these audio extracts chart the rise of New Labour and the tumultuous years of Tony Blair's leadership, providing the first important record of a remarkable decade in our national life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rivetting

  • By David on 13-07-07

Great First Hand Account

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

Reviewed: 13-03-18

Exactly as you'd expect - a great first hand account of what it was to be at the cold front of the highly scrutinized world of politics - regardless of individual leaning. Very interesting to see how the machine works.

  • Backstabbing for Beginners

  • My Crash Course in International Diplomacy
  • By: Michael Soussan
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

The year is 1997, Michael Soussan, a fresh-faced young graduate takes up a new job at the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food program, the largest humanitarian operation in the organization's history. His mission is to help Iraqi civilians survive the devastating impact of economic sanctions that were imposed following the 1990 invasion of Kuwait. As a gaffe-prone novice in a world of sensitive taboos, Soussan struggles to negotiate the paranoia of his boss and the inner workings of one of the world's notoriously complex bureaucracies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An incredible, perspective changing, listen

  • By William Carse-Austen on 20-11-17

An incredible, perspective changing, listen

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

Reviewed: 20-11-17

Soussan's brilliant text is performed extremely well Maxwell Hamilton, who, (despite one questionable Australian accent for the head of the Australian Wheat Board) is great. The text itself is such an insight into the laughable world of lies, deceit and bigoted egos that block those with true passion and determination to change the lives of people who need it most. My personal favourite parts of the text - when Soussan explains how incredibly smart Saddam was, albeit shockingly corrupt, to mastermind the downfall of integrity of most first world countries of the world and the U.N. Members and chairmen of countries you wouldn't believe would partake in dodgy dealings are the first to be whistle-blown by Soussan; Not just the US and Russia - but Australia, France, New Zealand and plenty of others are all in on it.

Cracking yarn. An absolute must.

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  • The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised)

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: Judi Dench, Miriam Margolyes, Martin Clunes
  • Length: 1 hr and 57 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 132

Ever since the first night at the St James' Theatre on 14 February 1895, The Importance of Being Earnest has been recognised as one of the world's finest comic dramas. Now Judi Dench as Lady Bracknell leads an outstanding cast in this superb new production of Wilde's masterpiece, mounted to celebrate the centenary of the first performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully Written Wordsmithery

  • By William Carse-Austen on 21-03-17

Wonderfully Written Wordsmithery

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

Reviewed: 21-03-17

If you could sum up The Importance of Being Earnest (Dramatised) in three words, what would they be?

Witty, eloquent, ludicrous.

What did you like best about this story?

Wilde's ways with words and his ability to create the absurd.

What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Timing and approach.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Earnestly, Important.

Any additional comments?

A must listen for any genuine English literature fan.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful