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David Abbott

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  • This Is Going to Hurt

  • Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor
  • By: Adam Kay
  • Narrated by: Adam Kay
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,566
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,181
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,151

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave good-bye to your friends and relationships.... Welcome to the life of a junior doctor. Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay's This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, Well told

  • By The_Animagus on 23-09-17

Not impressed

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

Reviewed: 26-09-18

I don't find this enjoyable at all. Too much skewed to women's medicine. I was expecting a more general book, so the book hold my attention very little. I would not recommend this book to anyone

  • Dead in the Water

  • By: Penny Farmer
  • Narrated by: Tessa Gallagher, Ian Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

This is a study of the brutal torture and murder of the author's brother and his longtime girlfriend 40 years ago. In July 1978, two bodies were found in the sea off the coast of Guatemala and proved to be the remains of Chris Farmer and Peta Frampton, respectively a medical graduate and a law graduate, aged 25 and 24, from Greater Manchester. They had been beaten, tortured, and killed, their bodies weighted down and dumped in the sea from the yacht on which they had been crewing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen

  • By Danny on 10-10-18

Spun out for too long at the end

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

Reviewed: 25-09-18

The story is fine but the prose is not very good. If you are going to use a northern accent for the narration please don't make such a mess of the American accents. Pick a person who can do a northern accent AND other accents. So, a low mark for the narration.

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  • Strangeways

  • A Prison Officer's Story
  • By: Neil Samworth
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

A jaw-dropping account of life as a prison officer in one of the country's most notorious jails. Neil ‘Sam’ Samworth spent 11 years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all - gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out. Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high-security prison. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye-opening

  • By PN Orton on 27-06-18

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

I can't commend this highly enough, it's gripping reading. A MUST READ. A real life story for a real world.

  • Midnight Express

  • By: Billy Hayes, William Hoffer
  • Narrated by: Billy Hayes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 19

Midnight Express tells the gut-wrenching true story of a young man's incarceration and escape from a Turkish prison. In 1970, Billy Hayes was an English major who left college in search of adventures to write about, like his hero Jack London. He had a rude awakening when he was arrested at the airport in Istanbul trying to board a plane while carrying four pounds of hashish, and given a life sentence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything about this is great.

  • By David Abbott on 28-05-18

Everything about this is great.

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

Reviewed: 28-05-18

From start to finish it is superb and clears up inexactitudes in the film with Brad Davis, albeit that film being brilliant, gripping and "unputdownable", it got me through a night when otherwise I would have just laid in bed with insomnia.

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  • The Worst Journey in the World

  • By: Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

This gripping story of courage and achievement is the account of Robert Falcon Scott's last fateful expedition to the Antarctic, as told by surviving expedition member Apsley Cherry-Garrard. Cherry-Garrard, whom Scott lauded as a tough, efficient member of the team, tells of the journey from England to South Africa and southward to the ice floes. From there began the unforgettable polar journey across a forbidding and inhospitable region.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Takes your breath away

  • By Bettym on 17-06-13

Absolutely brilliant

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

Reviewed: 13-02-18

What did you like most about The Worst Journey in the World?

The factual part, the emotional part, the stoic part. I have listened to this a dozen times already. It's refreshing to hear this tild by many cotributors but mainly Apsley Cherry Garrard

What did you like best about this story?

Absolutely gripping,sometimes tragic.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Shambles camp.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, because it shows the stoic attitude on Englishmen. I feel sorry for the animals though.

Any additional comments?

More people should read this.

  • 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 1,197
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,090
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,090

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

fantastic

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

What made the experience of listening to Endurance the most enjoyable?

everything, story,adventure, excitement, good narrator.The full story of Shackleton's 1914 Polar adventure

What was one of the most memorable moments of Endurance?

all of it, a tragic moment is when they have to sacrifice important things

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

classic brilliance

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

yes

Any additional comments?

top 10 on audible

  • Shelter Dogs

  • Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays
  • By: Peg Kehret
  • Narrated by: Erin Clarke
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

A collection of true stories about the amazing lives of eight shelter dogs. Many of these dogs were unwanted because of their size, behavior, or medical condition. All of the dogs found owners who loved and cared for them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I like it

  • By David Abbott on 03-05-15

I like it

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

Reviewed: 03-05-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Shelter Dogs to be better than the print version?

Good stories with an emotional slant as well. The narration was good. I loved hearing these stories about the dogs. The narration was as good as the story.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I always have an emotional reaction top stories about dogs. I'm not the sort to laugh or cry often with audiobooks. Only with videos.

  • Copycat

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian White
  • Narrated by: Sue Reynolds
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

An unhealthy friendship takes a sinister turn. Almost everyone has a friend whom they barely tolerate. It’s that person whose jokes are always annoying, who tries to butt in on nights out, or who keeps coming over unannounced. For Martha, that friend is her new neighbor, Jennie.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • dreadful narration

  • By Kate Murphy on 09-01-15

Awful, terrible

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

Reviewed: 25-04-15

Would you try another book written by Gillian White or narrated by Sue Reynolds?

This is the worst book I have ever read, and the worst narration. Don't be fooled by the title, it has nothing to do with the film of the same name. Don't be fooled by the special price, it's worth NOTHING unless you want to read a completely unbelievable and pathetic and whining narrative. Choose some other chick lit

What will your next listen be?

don't know

What didn’t you like about Sue Reynolds’s performance?

whining in places and boring in others, slow narration with over-annoying percussive consonants

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no

  • Judgment Before Nuremberg

  • The Holocaust in the Ukraine and the First Nazi War Crimes Trial
  • By: Greg Dawson
  • Narrated by: Gary Dikeos
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

When people think of the Holocaust, they think of Auschwitz, of Dachau; and when they think of justice for this terrible chapter in history, they think of Nuremberg. Not of Russia or the Ukraine, and certainly not a town called Kharkov. But in reality, the first war-crimes trial against the Nazis was in this idyllic, peaceful Ukrainian city, which is fitting, because it is also where the Holocaust actually began.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hugely Important Story Damaged by Bad Writing.

  • By C. J. Lansdown on 25-11-16

wonderful story, but narration one of the worst

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

Reviewed: 17-01-15

Would you try another book written by Greg Dawson or narrated by Gary Dikeos?

I would read other books by Greg but not narrated by this other guy.

What other book might you compare Judgment Before Nuremberg to, and why?

Nuremberg trials

How could the performance have been better?

If you are going to have a narrator with a weird foreign-sounding accent it's better to use that narrator fro foreign language books. It's so annoying also to hear Barbarossa pronounced as Barbaroasa about 100 times, barely better than listening to text-to-speech. If I had had to pay for this narration I wouldn't have bought it.

Do you think Judgment Before Nuremberg needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

It's fine as it is

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