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Mrs W.

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  • Dreams from My Father

  • A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Dreams from My Father is a masterpiece: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging. The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother's family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Mr. Elbow on 04-10-16

A Genuine Man. Superb

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Fantastic story, witty well written and definitely worth listening to. With all that is happening in America, it is wonderful to hear a strong, motivator and a genuinely great man speak.
The story is heartfelt and honest.

Please listen to the amazing speech at the end. It will make you realise what a difference there is in this humble man with a funny name and the fake president the USA has.

God I miss this guy.

  • Dead Man's Folly

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: David Suchet
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Sir George and Lady Stubbs, the hosts of a village fête, hit upon the novel idea of staging a mock murder mystery. In good faith, Ariadne Oliver, the well known crime writer, agrees to organise their murder hunt. Despite weeks of meticulous planning, at the last minute Ariadne calls her friend Hercule Poirot for his expert assistance. Instinctively, she senses that something sinister is about to happen. Beware: nobody is quite what they seem!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Suchet

  • By Diana on 23-06-09

Surprising narration!!

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

Reviewed: 19-10-18

This is one of my favourite Christie stories and it is well told, David Suchet is a good narrator but in this he actually makes Poirot a character he’s synonymous with sound like something from ‘allo ‘allo! Definitely not a Belgian Detective more like a vaudevillian French man!

For me that spoilt it somewhat as when acting on screen, he really is the best Poirot ever.

  • Mercury Theatre: The 39 Steps - August 1, 1938

  • By: Orson Welles
  • Narrated by: Orson Welles
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

The Mercury Theatre on the Air, a radio series created by Orson Welles, presented adaptations of classic literary works. These were performed by actors from Welles' celebrated Mercury Theatre repertory company, with music composed or arranged by Bernard Herrmann. The series ran from July to December 1938, after which the title was changed to The Campbell Playhouse.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unedited version

  • By Mrs W. on 14-10-18

Unedited version

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

Reviewed: 14-10-18

In this, the broadcast is complete with editing comments, script problems, appalling music and errors.

I do enjoy listening to Orson Welles but this was very disappointing and it made it very hard to follow.

Don’t bother.

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

The inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One and the White House residence. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing groundbreaking

  • By Amazon Customer on 23-09-18

Trump is a fu*lng LIAR!!

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

Reviewed: 15-09-18

Wow! I can see why Trump hates this book. The above is a direct quote from his own lawyer! (No spoiler as it’s already in the press!) Not only is he a liar, he’s thick as two short planks! Joking aside though, it’s the people pulling his strings that scare me.

Bob Woodward is probably the best investigative journalist ever. This book should be read/listened to by all those Trump supporters so they can hear what he really thinks of them.

All I say is hurry up and impeach him!!

  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Roger Ackroyd knew too much. He knew that the woman he loved had poisoned her brutal first husband. He suspected also that someone had been blackmailing her. Now, tragically, came the news that she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It

  • By Sue on 22-07-07

Classic Christie

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

Reviewed: 31-07-18

This is one of my most favourite stories, it's narrated beautifully by Hugh Fraser (can't do a scouse accent though!)

This is an unusual Christie story as it is 'narrated' by the local Doctor, so you get a very different perspective.

I'd recommend this book to anyone wanting a true classic novel masterclass.

  • Chapo Guzman, Sean Penn and Kate del Castillo

  • J.D. Rockefeller's Book Club
  • By: J.D. Rockefeller
  • Narrated by: Philip Benoit
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

"El Chapo" Guzman was planning to get Hollywood to produce a film about his life. Kate del Castillo, a famous actress in Mexico, persuaded him that Sean Penn had connections and experience to realize his dream. Learn the whole story of El Chapo, Sean Penn, and Kate del Castillo.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Guzman

  • By Mrs W. on 29-07-18

Guzman

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

The narrator for this is reading it like he's reading the news. I particularly didn't like his pronunciation of Guzman.
It's very repetitive but interesting story.

  • Rebecca (Dramatized)

  • Classic Movies on the Radio
  • By: Screen Guild Players
  • Narrated by: Loretta Young
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

This radio dramatization of the Hithcock classic, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, originally aired on November 18, 1948.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • NOT ONE SINGLE CASE!!!

  • By Mrs W. on 29-07-18

NOT ONE SINGLE CASE!!!

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

This wonderful vintage performance is acted well but the adverts for Camel cigarettes and their supposed "health benefits" are nauseating.

Would be great if they were edited out.

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Angela Lansbury
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

Angela Lansbury plays Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with matters of upbringing, marriage, moral rightness and education in her aristocratic society.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Abridged version

  • By Mrs W. on 29-07-18

Interesting Abridged version

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

I'm not a fan of this genre of book/film, but I am a fan of literature. So this had to be read. I tried the book but found it quite boring so decided to try the audiobook instead.

It's not as 'great' a story as its billed, but now I know what happens!.

  • I Wish I Learned This in School

  • I Wanna Help Students Learn From My Mistakes
  • By: Sean Penn
  • Narrated by: Bradley Manock
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars 1

If you're sick of being broke, or simply working too hard for little to no money, you want listen to this audiobook! I was in your shoes and I promise you, this book will show you things you never dreamed of. Money is easy to make. Follow my steps to passive income!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up after 5 minutes

  • By Mrs W. on 29-07-18

Gave up after 5 minutes

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Waste of time, the "tips" involved are so basic, I defy any student not to know them, for example: save money is a tip, get a part time job is a tip..... I mean, come on. Give students some credit. Not all of them are stupid.
Don't waste your time or money on this book.

  • International Women's Day

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Holly Newson
  • Narrated by: June Sarpong, Meera Syal, Lily Cole, and others
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

In this International Women’s Day Audible Sessions Special, seven influential women discuss literature and gender equality and the importance of diversity in storytelling and reveal the women who inspire them. Featuring June Sarpong, Lily Cole, Meera Syal, Pearl Mackie, Prue Leith, Sam Baker and Eleanor Tomlinson. As part of this Audible Sessions Special, Audible made a donation to the Malala Fund, a charity championing the education of girls across the globe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting content

  • By Kerry Pocock on 21-10-18

Interesting insight

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

Reviewed: 29-07-18

Very insightful. The focus on diversity of perspective is interesting and I totally agree.
We didn't need a female Dr Who or need a future female 007 Bond, what we need are much stronger powerful roles for women that can stand the test of time and the change of actors because the character is stronger than the person playing it.

Very interesting book recommendations too.