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ABINGDON, United Kingdom
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  • The Call of the Weird

  • Travels in American Subcultures
  • By: Louis Theroux
  • Narrated by: Louis Theroux
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 525

For 10 years, Louis Theroux has been making programmes about off-beat characters on the fringes of US society. Now he revisits America and the people who have most fascinated him to try to discover what motivates them, why they believe the things they believe, and to find out what has happened to them since he last saw them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favourite downloads so far

  • By CA Weir on 26-06-07

Louis listing "weird" Americans he once spoke to

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

Reviewed: 30-08-16

no real content at all, seems like a quick money maker and not up to his usual standards

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Stasiland

  • Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall
  • By: Anna Funder
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

In 1989, the Berlin Wall fell; shortly afterwards the two Germanies reunited, and East Germany ceased to exist. Anna Funder tells extraordinary tales from the underbelly of the former East Germany. In a country where the headquarters of the secret police could become a museum literally overnight, and one in 50 East Germans were informing on their fellow citizens, there are thousands of captivating stories.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great project, well written but underdone

  • By Madeleine on 12-02-11

More of a diary than a study

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

Reviewed: 21-01-14

Well written and read but the book is more about the writer and her time in Germany trying to be a non fiction writer. Way too much filler where the writer describes how she feels, what she's thinking or how the light shines on this and that. There is some interesting stuff in there but its not detailed and not based on fact in the main.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing to Envy

  • Ordinary Lives in North Korea
  • By: Barbara Demick
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179

Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over 15 years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book - dreary reader

  • By Eileen on 24-01-11

Gripping and informative

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

Reviewed: 13-05-13

The narrator takes a little while to get used to as she is a bit stilted but after a while I was perfectly happy with it. The book is based around stories of defectors which makes it both gripping and informative as you learn about the characters lives in North Korea and their daring escapes. I originally thought the writer was allowing herself a little too much creative license as she talked about the characters thoughts and feelings but the last few chapters confirmed the amount of research and interviews that she had carried out.

A really good listen for anyone interested in Korea or simply stories from a very different culture.