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  • Scattered Minds

  • The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder
  • By: Dr. Gabor Maté
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Written from the inside by a person who himself has ADD, with the wisdom gained through years of medical practice and research, Scattered Minds explodes the myth of ADD as a genetically based illness, offering real hope and advice for children and adults who live with this disorder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • this is the best ADD book to start with

  • By Philip Clarke on 31-05-17

Very disappointed with Audible and iTunes

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Yet again I can't listen to the title I've purchased. It doesn't download onto iTunes. I'm able to drag it over to iTunes from a download folder, but then, although it appears to be in iTunes, it won't play on my iPod. I would like to listen to this in my car but I don't find this system to be even remotely user-friendly.

  • In God's Path

  • The Arab Conquests and the Creation of an Islamic Empire
  • By: Robert G. Hoyland
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

In just over a hundred years - from the death of Muhammad in 632 to the beginning of the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 - the followers of the Prophet swept across the whole of the Middle East, North Africa, and Spain. Their armies threatened states as far flung as the Franks in Western Europe and the Tang Empire in China. The conquered territory was larger than the Roman Empire at its greatest expansion, and it was claimed for the Arabs in roughly half the time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good to read, but works poorly as an audiobook

  • By Jonathan on 24-01-15

Fxxxxxg useless

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

"Listening to Audible audiobooks with iTunes is easy!" says Audible. This is a flat lie. Yet again, the audiobook won't download. Really sick of this crap system. Worked fine for years. Now it's a load of shit.

  • Kolymsky Heights

  • By: Lionel Davidson
  • Narrated by: Peter Noble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Kolymsky Heights: a frozen Siberian hell lost in endless night and the perfect location for an underground Russian research station. It's a place so secret, it doesn't officially exist.... Once there, the scientists are forbidden to leave. But one scientist is desperate to get a message to the outside world. So desperate he sends a plea across the wilderness to the west in order to summon the one man alive who can achieve the impossible....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the introduction, it contains spoilers

  • By alice on 17-11-17

Exciting, imaginative and convincing

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

Reviewed: 16-09-18

I've read a lot of John le Carré, Frederick Forsyth and Andy McNab. It's very refreshing to find this. Beautifully read too - a perfect audiobook. (To avoid spoilers I skipped the introduction.)

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Town Like Alice

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Book Well Read

  • By Kindle Customer on 31-03-09

Miss Paget is travelling in the Far East

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

Reviewed: 31-07-16

This narrator Robin Bailey is brilliant.

A gripping story about some spirited people who were caught up in the war against Japan and its aftermath. It brought tears to my eyes and made me want to find out about their real-world counterparts.

A top audiobook!

  • Liberation Day

  • Nick Stone, Book 5
  • By: Andy McNab
  • Narrated by: Paul Thornley
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

If Nick Stone wasn't so desperate for his American citizenship, he probably wouldn't have agreed to do this one last job with the CIA. But Carrie is over there and he simply can't refuse the chance of a new life with the woman he loves.The job seems simple enough - and he is certainly skilled enough. Infiltrate the hostile, violent republic of Algeria, kill a money-laundering businessman, and bring back his severed head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • gripping

  • By wayne on 28-09-16

Top Audiobook

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

Reviewed: 26-08-15

Of the 8 Nick Stone books which I've listened to so far, this is my favourite.

Andy McNab and Paul Thornley are a brilliant team.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Endurance

  • Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
  • By: Alfred Lansing
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,500
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,500

In August of 1914, the British ship Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months, Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling

  • By penobscott on 10-07-17

One of my favourite audiobooks

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

Reviewed: 10-05-15

A thrilling adventure as well as a piece of history, it's very well written and very well read. Simon Prebble's voice is faultless, easy to listen to, and he does the men's various accents with subtlety.

When I finished Touching The Void I immediately wanted to know more about the story. It's the same with this one: I was so immersed that it's hard to leave it behind.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Country for Old Men

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501

Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First time author for me

  • By Mark on 28-05-08

Bloody Hell

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

Reviewed: 05-06-14

The narrator Tom Stechschulte is brilliant. His voices are much better than the actors in the film. In fact, this is a deeper experience than the film altogether. It's more involving. It moves more slowly, and the tension has time to build in your head.

It's a bitter story. This is really why I liked it; I think it's unusual.
One of my favourite audiobooks.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Battle

  • By: Cornelius Ryan
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

The Battle for Berlin was the culminating struggle of World War II in the European theater. The last offensive against Hitler’s Third Reich, it devastated one of Europe’s historic capitals and marked the final defeat of Nazi Germany. It was also one of the war’s bloodiest and most pivotal battles, whose outcome would shape international politics for decades to come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Good One

  • By Roland on 01-09-13

A Good One

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

Reviewed: 01-09-13

This is a narrative history well suited to be an audiobook. Not too technical, it's a compilation of people's experiences which follows the invasion of Germany at the end of the war, and the fate of Berlin. It's easy to listen to and I very much like Simon Vance's voice.

Various generals and their adjutants come into the story, German, Russian and American, but the story of Gotthard Heinrici is particularly captivating, as he tries to stave off the Russians and defy Hitler's crazy ideas at the same time. He wanted to give as many Germans as possible the chance to surrender to the western allies.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fire in the East - Warrior of Rome

  • By: Harry Sidebottom
  • Narrated by: Nick Boulton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

The far-flung and isolated citadel of Arete faces out across the wasteland, awaiting the inevitable invasion. One man is sent to marshal the defences of this lonely city; one man to shore up the crumbling walls of a once indomitable symbol of Roman power; a man whose name itself means war, a man called Ballista.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Persevering With

  • By Simon on 12-07-14

A barbarian in the Roman Army

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-10-12

I really enjoyed this first book in the series. Harry Sidebottom makes it believable and he credits the audience with the nous to be able to cope with some Roman vocabulary. I particularly want to say how much I like the narrator, Nick Boulton. He gives the germanic Marcus Clodius Ballista the voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger and this works brilliantly. He should read Beowulf in this voice too.



Great fun.