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  • Easily Distracted

  • By: Steve Coogan
  • Narrated by: Steve Coogan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 707
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701

Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age, he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should "be on the telly". Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been given his first break as a voice artist on the satirical puppet show Spitting Image. The late '80s and early '90s saw Coogan developing characters.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Self conscious autobiography.

  • By Mr Duncan J Burden on 15-12-15

Funny enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 30-08-18

I really like Steve Coogan's characters. Paul Calf, Alan Partridge and Tommy Saxondale being my favourites. Steve Coogan himself gets a lot of bad press and I wanted to know more about him.

This book is excellent. The fact that he reads it just makes it better. I had several laugh out loud moments. The genesis of Duncan Thicket when he worked with/as a fork lift driver whilst he was a student stands out especially. The stories about his Dad really chimed with me. He's an Engineer and I totally empathise with his obsession of technical details .

Although the book is very funny and well read, there are moments of sadness that Steve delivers without getting mawkish.

After reading the book I want to now see Philomena as I don't think I've ever seen him in a non comedy role and am curious to see how he does it.

Great book about an interesting and talented man. Highly recommended.

  • The Human Factor

  • By: Graham Greene
  • Narrated by: Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

When a leak is traced back to a small sub-section of SIS, it sparks off security checks, tensions and suspicions - the sort of atmosphere where mistakes could be made. This novel opens up the lonely, isolated, neurotic world of the Secret Service.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Superb Narration

  • By Peter on 02-05-13

My first Graham Greene and a good choice too

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

Reviewed: 15-02-18

Good story, excellent narration. Will definitely look out for more read by Tim Piggot-Smith

  • Doctor Who: Scales of Injustice

  • Third Doctor Novelisation
  • By: Gary Russell
  • Narrated by: Dan Starkey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

An unabridged reading of this original novel featuring the Third Doctor, as played on TV by Jon Pertwee. When a boy goes missing and a policewoman starts drawing cave paintings, the Doctor suspects the Silurians are back. With the Brigadier distracted by questions about UNIT funding and problems at home, the Doctor swears his assistant, Liz Shaw, to secrecy and investigates alone. But Liz has enquiries of her own, teaming up with a journalist to track down people who don't exist.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tries to be too clever (but isn't)

  • By Jason W on 28-01-17

Tries to be too clever (but isn't)

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

Reviewed: 28-01-17

Initially this seemed like a good story. It has a great premise. However I gave up on it about halfway through as it became quite irritating. It's more about "look at how much I know about Dr Who" as they try to cram as many canon facts as possible.

It's a pity the author didn't do some research on the military as his assertion that Lethbridge-Stewart was a Sapper and then a Lance Corporal along with Mike Yates being promoted from Sergeant to Captain is quite ridiculous!

Narration by Dan Starky is excellent as per his other reads such as 'Amorality Tale'.

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  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,105
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,164
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,136

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exhilarating adventure. Brilliantly executed.

  • By Kaggy on 30-08-14

Great story and performance

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

Reviewed: 22-08-15

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

Yes. Gripping story with great humour. The performance by R.C. Bray is excellent. Best audio book performance I've listened to since joining Audible.

What other book might you compare The Martian to, and why?

The Apollo 13 story has parallels

Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favourite?

Mark Watney of course! Venkat Kapoor and Annie Montrose are good too.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Definitely!

Any additional comments?

As an Engineer a lot of the technical really appealed to me. Will be looking for more books written by Andy Weir and alsoany read by R.C Bray.