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  • The Massacre of Mankind

  • By: Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Nathalie Buscombe
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 318
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The army is prepared. So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No one would have believed . . .

  • By Simon on 20-01-17

OK

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-04-19

Tedious but not terrible. Maybe it was always going to fail compared to the original. Narrator would do well to avoid putting on stupid fake accents.

  • Cops and Robbers

  • The History of the British Police Car
  • By: Ant Anstead
  • Narrated by: Ant Anstead
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

TV presenter and all-round car nut Ant Anstead takes the listener on a journey that mirrors the development of the motor car itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone's horses to 150mph pursuits with aerial support and sophisticated electronic tracking. The British Police Force's relationship with the car started with the chasing of pioneer speeding motorists, who were often caught by policemen on bicycles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Amazon Customer on 26-05-18

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 26-05-18

May have been delayed from original scheduled release but well worth the wait. Nostalgic and informative, written and narrated with passion and character.

  • The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich

  • A History of Nazi Germany
  • By: William L. Shirer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 57 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

Since its publication in 1960, William L. Shirer’s monumental study of Hitler’s German empire has been widely acclaimed as the definitive record of the 20th century’s blackest hours. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich offers an unparalleled and thrillingly told examination of how Adolf Hitler nearly succeeded in conquering the world. With millions of copies in print around the globe, it has attained the status of a vital and enduring classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique account

  • By R. Fowler on 07-12-10

Long But Stick With It

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Didn't realise just how long this book was when I purchased but do not regret it. Fantastic from beginning to end.

  • The Power of Habit

  • Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,014

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distil vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Appendix missing

  • By Mark Pack on 22-07-12

Entertaining Listening

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Probably the most easy to read self help book ever. Even if you are not interested in learning about habit you will likely enjoy the stories and scenarios.

  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book - superbly read

  • By Susan on 09-08-10

Slow Start But Stick With It.

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

Reviewed: 24-12-15

Struggled at first but glad I persisted. Confusing, complex but brilliant. Off to by the kindle version.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • At Home: A Short History of Private Life

  • By: Bill Bryson
  • Narrated by: Bill Bryson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341

Bill Bryson was struck one day by the thought that we devote more time to studying the battles and wars of history than to considering what history really consists of: centuries of people quietly going about their daily business. This inspired him to start a journey around his own house, an old rectory in Norfolk, considering how the ordinary things in life came to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More Fact Pact Bryson

  • By Stewart Webb on 06-06-10

Wasn't sure if this would be heavy going...

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

Was a little worried this may be a chore to get through.. Needn't have worried, fantastic book.

  • Britain etc.

  • The Way We Live and How We Got There
  • By: Mark Easton
  • Narrated by: Mark Easton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 33

Award-winning journalist and editor Mark Easton takes us on a tour around modern Britain, with a look at 26 subjects and how we relate to them. An Encyclopedia of British culture, Easton covers, in alphabetical order, a diverse list of topics including Alcohol, Beat Bobbies, Immigration, Knives and Murder, The Queen, Umbrellas... and many more!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre at best.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-15

Mediocre at best.

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

Struggled with this one, not a bad book but not a patch on some similar titles.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Fine Day for a Hanging

  • By: Carol Ann Lee
  • Narrated by: Maggie Ollerenshaw
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In 1955, former nightclub manageress Ruth Ellis shot dead her lover, David Blakely. Following a trial that lasted less than two days, she was found guilty and sentenced to death. She became the last woman to be hanged in Britain, and her execution is the most notorious of hangman Albert Pierrepoint's 'duties'. Despite Ruth's infamy, the story of her life has never been fully told. Often wilfully misinterpreted, the reality behind the headlines was buried by an avalanche of hearsay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Balance redressed in Ruth's story

  • By Vicuña on 05-04-14

Recommended

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

Reviewed: 04-07-15

I had little interest in this story & little knowledge of the case but bought this book after reading Carol's book about Myra Hindley. After a while the narrative drew me in and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this title.

  • One of Your Own

  • The Life and Death of Myra Hindley
  • By: Carol Ann Lee
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 18 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

'Infamous, I have become disowned, but I am one of your own' - Myra Hindley, from her unpublished autobiography. On 15 November 2002, Myra Hindley, Britain's most notorious murderess, died in prison, one of the rare women whose crimes were deemed so indefensible that 'life' really did mean 'life'. But who was the woman behind the headlines? How could a seemingly normal girl grow up to commit such terrible acts? Her defenders claim she fell under Ian Brady's spell, but is this the truth?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well researched. Terrible narration.

  • By Jamie Wilkins on 23-05-14

Excellent, Balanced Account

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

Reviewed: 23-06-15

Was a little uneasy purchasing this title as I thought it may sympathise with Hindley but found this to be a balanced and well written account narrated in a way that draws you in to the period and events. Have just purchased Authors other title straight after finishing this which I guess is a sign of how this title won me over.

  • Murders of Merseyside

  • By: Tom Slemen
  • Narrated by: Norman Gilligan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

In this compelling study of true crime, Liverpool's most popular author Tom Slemen recounts some of the most intriguing and baffling murders of Merseyside. This fascinating book is a must for all readers of true crime in general and Liverpudlians and Merseysiders in particular.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best book by Tom but good value.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-05-15

Not the best book by Tom but good value.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-15

Struggled a little to maintain interest in this one. Stories were a little too straightforward like a statement of facts and narration failed to bring it to life.