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  • The Christmas Hirelings

  • By: Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Saunders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,707
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,694

A heartwarming festive tale of redemption and cheer, The Christmas Hirelings is the story of a lonely widower who reluctantly invites a group of children to his manor for Christmas. It showcases the benefits of opening your doors and hearts during the holiday season.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! What a wonderful Christmas tale.

  • By Helen SJ on 17-12-18

Predictable But A Lovely Festive Freebie.

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

Reviewed: 13-12-18

The perfect listen as you dash about getting ready for Christmas. A great narration too. I'm sure the creator of Annie had read this book before writing his comic strip. A lonely old man is convinced to take three children into his Cornwall mansion over a Christmas period. Cheers Audible, a great festive freebie!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ep. 30: Once Upon a Time (Bullets and Blood)

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Hollywood has decided that James Cagney has been a stranger too long, inviting their prodigal son back to California for one very special evening.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvellous

  • By Jools on 24-01-19

A Brilliant History of a Warner Bros Studios

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

Starting in a small impoverished Polish village and ending at a lush Hollywood memorial ceremony this superb series of podcasts tells the story of Warner Brothers Studios. Alongside the story of the rise of the studio we have the biography of Jimmy Cagney and a few smaller stars. This series has it all, double dealing, thwarted love affairs, illegitimate and abandoned children, hostile take overs, tragic heroes. Jack Warner is surely the role model for every ambitious and ruthless film producer ever put on film. His life story would make a superb film in its own right I really can't express how enjoyable these 30 podcasts are.

Adam Roche's research, production and delivery are all superb. I'm really developing an obsession with his work. They balance the technical/production side of film making with anecdotes about the stars and the time periods that the films were shot. The addition of the Secret History of Hollywood podcasts to Audible was an inspired decision. I've downloaded and listened to them all.

Honestly just give them a go. Perfect company for cooking a meal, taking a walk or a commute.

  • Ep. 3 (The Game is Afoot)

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Tired of being typecast as literature's most famous detective, Basil Rathbone begins to lose interest in the character of Sherlock Holmes, and slowly drifts away from the film portrayals that had forever typecast him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story Behind the Definitive Film Sherlock Holmes.

  • By Farniboy on 23-08-18

Story Behind the Definitive Film Sherlock Holmes.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I grew up in the UK in the 70's and 80's for much of my childhood we only had three TV channels. I was a movie buff back then (as I am now) and because of the limited access to films at the time, I watched everything I could. Gangsters films, Hollywood musicals from Busby Berkley through to Paint Your Wagon, Westerns and Sci Fi films, I'd watch anything, The Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce films were family favourites and played all the time especially over Christmas.

This series of three documentary podcasts goes behind the scenes of the films from casting, filming and the critical reception and box office of the finished product. It even delves into the successful radio series that ran concurrently with the films. It was great to hear that taciturn Rathbone and the avuncular Bruce were close friends in real life.

I'm finding my self increasingly obsessed by Adam Roche Secret History of Hollywood series of podcasts. Bearing in mind these productions are a one man show and produced by a father of three with a full time job, the results are nothing less than miraculous.

Well researched and great delivery. Please give this a go.

  • Ep. 2 (The Game is Afoot)

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

With the advent of World War II, Sherlock Holmes suddenly seems antiquated to modern audiences. Universal Studios, however, has an entirely new plan for the adventures of Sherlock Holmes....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story Behind the Definitive Film Sherlock Holmes.

  • By Farniboy on 23-08-18

Story Behind the Definitive Film Sherlock Holmes.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I grew up in the UK in the 70's and 80's for much of my childhood we only had three TV channels. I was a movie buff back then (as I am now) and because of the limited access to films at the time, I watched everything I could. Gangsters films, Hollywood musicals from Busby Berkley through to Paint Your Wagon, Westerns and Sci Fi films, I'd watch anything, The Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce films were family favourites and played all the time especially over Christmas.

This series of three documentary podcasts goes behind the scenes of the films from casting, filming and the critical reception and box office of the finished product. It even delves into the successful radio series that ran concurrently with the films. It was great to hear that taciturn Rathbone and the avuncular Bruce were close friends in real life.

I'm finding my self increasingly obsessed by Adam Roche Secret History of Hollywood series of podcasts. Bearing in mind these productions are a one man show and produced by a father of three with a full time job, the results are nothing less than miraculous.

Well researched and great delivery. Please give this a go.

  • Ep. 1 (The Game is Afoot)

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 49 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

In 1939, 20th Century Fox teams Basil Rathbone with Nigel Bruce in their lavish production of The Hound Of The Baskervilles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Story Behind the Definitive Film Sherlock Holmes.

  • By Farniboy on 23-08-18

Story Behind the Definitive Film Sherlock Holmes.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I grew up in the UK in the 70's and 80's for much of my childhood we only had three TV channels. I was a movie buff back then (as I am now) and because of the limited access to films at the time, I watched everything I could. Gangsters films, Hollywood musicals from Busby Berkley through to Paint Your Wagon, Westerns and Sci Fi films, I'd watch anything, The Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce films were family favourites and played all the time especially over Christmas.

This series of three documentary podcasts goes behind the scenes of the films from casting, filming and the critical reception and box office of the finished product. It even delves into the successful radio series that ran concurrently with the films. It was great to hear that taciturn Rathbone and the avuncular Bruce were close friends in real life.

I'm finding my self increasingly obsessed by Adam Roche Secret History of Hollywood series of podcasts. Bearing in mind these productions are a one man show and produced by a father of three with a full time job, the results are nothing less than miraculous.

Well researched and great delivery. Please give this a go.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ep. 1 (Hunting Witches with Walt Disney)

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The 'Red Fear' comes to Hollywood via the multi-layered stories of Dorothy Comingore, Budd Schulberg, and Walt Disney.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moved and inspired

  • By MissyGful on 12-11-18

Reds Under The Bed and Much More.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I'm finding my self increasingly obsessed by Adam Roche Secret History of Hollywood series of podcasts. Bearing in mind these productions are a one man show and produced by a father of three with a full time job, the results are nothing less than miraculous.

This particular series tells of the rising anti-communist hysteria in post WWII Hollywood. How the HUAC (House of Un-American Activities Committees) affected the lives of all strata of the movie business from writers, and actors to the animators at Disney studios. Well researched and full of interesting anecdotes, these series are a must listen. Perfect listens for a short journey.

Well researched and great delivery. Please give this a go.

  • Ep. 2 (Hunting Witches with Walt Disney)

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 39 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

The first whispers of pro-communist propaganda make their way to screens via Warner Brothers' startling Mission To Moscow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Warning From History

  • By Stephen Gott on 13-09-18

A Tale of Hollywood's Tarnished Golden Age.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I'm finding my self increasingly obsessed by Adam Roche Secret History of Hollywood series of podcasts. Bearing in mind these productions are a one man show and produced by a father of three with a full time job, the results are nothing less than miraculous.

This particular series tells of the rising anti-communist hysteria in post WWII Hollywood. How the HUAC (House of Un-American Activities Committees) affected the lives of all strata of the movie business from writers, and actors to the animators at Disney studios. Well researched and full of interesting anecdotes, this series are a must listen. Perfect listens for a short journey.

Well researched and great delivery. Please give this a go.

  • Ep. 4 (Hunting Witches with Walt Disney)

  • The Secret History of Hollywood
  • By: Adam Roche
  • Length: 1 hr and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The fallout from the HUAC investigation has fractured the Hollywood community. Friends have turned on one another in order to save their careers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful Reading

  • By Deano Dino on 12-02-19

Great Documentary About a Tarnished Hollywood.

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

I'm finding my self increasingly obsessed by Adam Roche Secret History of Hollywood series of podcasts. Bearing in mind these productions are a one man show and produced by a father of three with a full time job, the results are nothing less than miraculous.

This particular series tells of the rising anti-communist hysteria in post WWII Hollywood. How the HUAC (House of Un-American Activities Committees) affected the lives of all strata of the movie business from writers, and actors to the animators at Disney studios. Well researched and full of interesting anecdotes, this series are a must listen. Perfect listens for a short journey.

Well researched and great delivery. Please give this a go.

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,015

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her 'our little genius'. Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A stunning read

  • By Simon on 19-01-14

A Poor Copy of Far Better Zombie Books and Films.

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

Reviewed: 17-08-18

The author is obviously a fan of horror fiction. He has taken characters, ideas and incidents from Boyle's 28 Days Later, Romero's Zombie films like the mad scientists and disgruntled bickering soldiers from Day of the Dead, the souped up Land Cruiser from Land of the Dead as well as chunks of Richard Matheson's, I Am Legend and grafted these ideas on to a coming of age story. Authors have been building stories with these storytelling tropes for decades, this authors crime is that this story isn't very exciting or scary.

If you want a n exciting, thrilling zombie book with young protagonists making their way in a world gone mad, read Charlie Higson's The Enemy.

Good narration from Finty Williams.

  • The Falcon of Sparta

  • By: Conn Iggulden
  • Narrated by: Michael Fox
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 321
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

When Cyrus, brother to the Great King of Persia, attempts to overthrow his reckless sibling, he employs a Greek mercenary army of 10,000 soldiers. When this army becomes stranded as a result of the unexpected death of Cyrus and then witnesses the treacherous murder of its entire officer corps, despair overtakes them. One man, Xenophon, rallies the Greeks. As he attempts to lead them to freedom across 1,500 miles of hostile territory seething with adversaries, 10,000 men set off on the long way home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conn's Falcon Has Him Flying High Again!

  • By Simon on 10-05-18

As Dry As The Land That The Book Is Set In.

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

Reviewed: 22-06-18

I've read (or listened to) all of Conn Iggulden's books. I love the blend of history, great characters and action. Unfortunately this book didn't live up to the blurb. I thought it would be a thrilling ride and not a pedestrian stroll. The march to safety is only really in the last third of the book. The supporting characters are wafer thin, and considering the Spartans are outnumbered and far from home, there is no real tension. As Walter Hill's film The Warriors shows there is a fantastic story to be told about Xenophon and his march to the sea, but unfortunately this isn't it.

I was similarly underwhelmed about his previous book Dunstan. I hope Conn gets his mojo back for his next book.

A good narration.