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Mr. Ian P. Sowden

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  • Roughing It

  • A Personal Narrative
  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: Norman Dietz
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

"If there is any life that is happier than the life we led on our timber ranch, it must be the sort of life which I have not read of in books or experienced in person," wrote Mark Twain, and now you can share in that experience. The beloved American humorist spent seven years on a "pleasure trip" through the untamed wilderness of Nevada. Twain intended to spend three months touring silver mines, but the lure of rough terrain and comfortable clothes proved irresistible - as will this vibrant travelogue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Rowan on 03-07-10

Loved it.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-03-18

Wonderfully read eye witness of history. Real mining fever and hawian history with great humour.

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  • Appleby's End

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Vincent Brimble
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Available to download for the very first time, the fantastic Inspector Appleby series by celebrated crime writer Michael Innes.Appleby's End was the name of the station where Detective Inspector John Appleby got off the train from Scotland Yard.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pedantic masterpiece

  • By H. Tollyfield on 20-04-11

Painfully slow presentation

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-17

greatly disappointed by the reading. I gave up after 10 minutes. I know the story is great.

  • A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • By: Ellis Peters
  • Narrated by: Stephen Thorne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

In 1137 the ambitious head of Shrewsbury Abbey has decided to acquire the remains of Saint Winifred for his Benedictine order. Brother Cadfael is part of the expedition sent to her final resting place in Wales, where they find the villagers passionately divided by the Benedictines' offer for the saint's relics. Canny, wise and all too worldly, Cadfael isn't surprised when this taste for bones leads to bloody murder. The leading opponent to moving the grave has been shot dead with a mysterious arrow, and some say Winifred herself dealt the blow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Morbid Taste For Bones

  • By Dee on 14-04-13

nice ending nice wit nice humour.

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-17

Unusual plot told with wit and good humour. I wish the justice shown was real.

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  • Christmas at Candleshoe

  • An Inspector Appleby Mystery
  • By: Michael Innes
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 38

When an American multi-millionaire is keen to buy an Elizabethan manor, she comes up against fierce opposition from a young boy, Jay, and his band of bowmen, who are prepared to defend the manor and its nonagerian owner against all comers. It seems likely that that behind a monumental, 17th-century carving, by the hand of Gerard Christmas, lies a hoard of treasure.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A strange tale.

  • By Aspiring Bookworm on 14-04-13

wonderfully eccentric totally absurd

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Reviewed: 01-01-17

This utterly English, combination of erudite Ealing comedy, schoolboy thriller and fairytale gets better with each listening.

  • Touching a Nerve

  • The Self as Brain
  • By: Patricia S. Churchland
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

What happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? In this thought-provoking narrative - drawn from professional expertise as well as personal life experiences - trailblazing neurophilosopher Patricia S. Churchland grounds the philosophy of mind in the essential ingredients of biology. She reflects with humor on how she came to harmonize science and philosophy, the mind and the brain, abstract ideals and daily life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration destroys content

  • By Mr. Ian P. Sowden on 24-05-14

Narration destroys content

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-05-14

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

This book is thoughtful if slightly superficial.It discusses important subjects but the narration is suited to cosmetic sales or historical novels. She tries to add inappropriate excitement and sexiness. Let the words convey the meaning.