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  • The Outrun

  • By: Amy Liptrot
  • Narrated by: Tracy Wiles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

At the age of 30, Amy Liptrot finds herself washed up back home on Orkney. Standing unstable on the island, she tries to come to terms with the addiction that has swallowed the last decade of her life. As she spends her mornings swimming in the bracingly cold sea, her days tracking Orkney's wildlife, and her nights searching the sky for the Merry Dancers, Amy discovers how the wild can restore life and renew hope.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An important listen, but a little haphazard

  • By Suswati on 23-09-17

A book of hope

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 28-12-17

Gently mesmerising, disarming, heartbreaking in places and funny in others, this is a delight to hear and a story that gives you hope

  • A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal

  • By: Ben Macintyre
  • Narrated by: Michael Tudor Barnes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618

Kim Philby was the most notorious British defector and Soviet mole in history. Agent, double agent, traitor and enigma, he betrayed every secret of Allied operations to the Russians in the early years of the Cold War. Philby's two closest friends in the intelligence world, Nicholas Elliott of MI6 and James Jesus Angleton, the CIA intelligence chief, thought they knew Philby better than anyone, and then discovered they had not known him at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Retold with Gripping Narrative

  • By Avril Sawers on 14-10-14

The perfect spy story

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Reviewed: 15-12-17

A fascinating account of not only Kim Philby but the other members of the Cambridge 5, which once again highlights the massive ineptitude of MI6, as well as the 'better than fiction' stories of 20th C espionage. Well recommended

  • The Storm Before the Storm

  • The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic
  • By: Mike Duncan
  • Narrated by: Mike Duncan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 327

The Roman Republic was one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of civilization. After its founding in 509 BCE, the Romans refused to allow a single leader to seize control of the state and grab absolute power. The Roman commitment to cooperative government and peaceful transfers of power was unmatched in the history of the ancient world. But by the year 133 BCE, the republican system was unable to cope with the vast empire Rome now ruled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 7 minutes to 11 hours...

  • By borodude on 25-10-17

Absolutely Superb

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Reviewed: 04-11-17

If you're thinking of buying this, then you probably don't need me to introduce the author. This is a superb piece of work from the foremost history podcaster, and maintains the very high standards of which we are used. The narrative flows well, the reading is as smooth as you would expect, and the subject is bought to life perfectly. Buy this audio book, you won't be disappointed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Thomas Cromwell

  • The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
  • By: Tracy Borman
  • Narrated by: Gareth Armstrong, Paul Mendez, Sandra Duncan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

Thomas Cromwell is known to millions as the leading character in Hilary Mantel's best-selling Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. But who was the real Cromwell? Born a lowly tavern keeper's son, Cromwell rose swiftly through the ranks to become Henry VIII's right-hand man, and one of the most powerful figures in Tudor history. The architect of England's break with the Roman Catholic Church and the dissolution of the monasteries, he oversaw seismic changes in our country's history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiled by additional narration

  • By Stephen on 22-11-14

Superb

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Reviewed: 13-09-17

Thorough and engaging, this account of one of Britain's most debated characters is a must listen.

  • Storm in a Teacup

  • The Physics of Everyday Life
  • By: Helen Czerski
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

What is it that helps both scorpions and cyclists to survive? What do raw eggs and gyroscopes have in common? And why does it matter? In an age of string theory, fluid dynamics and biophysics, it can seem as if the science of our world is for only specialists and academics. Not so, insists Helen Czerski - and in this sparkling new audiobook she explores the patterns and connections that illustrate the grandest theories in the smallest everyday objects and experiences.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not such a big storm

  • By Viv on 05-02-17

Excellent democratic science

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Reviewed: 11-07-17

An absolutely superb text, narrated exceptionally well. This opens up some of the most complex themes of physics in a thoroughly approachable manner. Well worth a listen

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Woman's Work

  • By: Harriet Harman
  • Narrated by: Harriet Harman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61

Why does the political representation of women matter? And which hurdles - personal, political and societal - have been faced, fought and sometimes overcome in the past 30 years? From campaigning with small children to increasing the number of women in Parliament, bringing women's issues to the heart of the Labour Party and tackling a parliamentary culture with no consideration for family life, this frank, inspiring and politically charged audiobook is a crucial account of the progress (and occasional setbacks) made.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Became irritating - couldn’t finish!

  • By S. B. Hall on 27-11-18

Thorough modern history of the labour party

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 07-07-17

A good and thorough memoir which details the womens movement and changes within the labour party from the 1970s to today. Some interesting themes and a very relevant recounting of government in the last decades. Well worth a listen, and doesn't feel like the huge tome you are expecting it to be

  • The Man Who Made Things out of Trees

  • By: Robert Penn
  • Narrated by: Robert Penn
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Man Who Made Things out of Trees. Robert Penn cut down an ash tree to see how many things could be made from it. After all, ash is the tree we have made the greatest and most varied use of over the course of human history. Journeying from Wales across Europe and Ireland to the USA, Robert finds that the ancient skills and knowledge of the properties of ash are far from dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging and intimate

  • By Boggy of Bucks on 05-05-16

Thoroughly engaging

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Reviewed: 26-06-17

A great book, if you're interested in not only the process but historical narrative of woodland management and production. A lovely example of nature writing

  • Hidden Nature

  • A Voyage of Discovery
  • By: Alys Fowler
  • Narrated by: Miranda Cook
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Leaving her garden to the mercy of the slugs, award-winning writer Alys Fowler set out in an inflatable kayak to explore Birmingham's canal network, full of little-used waterways where huge pike skulk and kingfishers dart. Her book is about noticing the wild everywhere and what it means to see beauty where you least expect it. What happens when someone who has learned to observe her external world in such detail decides to examine her internal world with the same care?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A small beautiful journey of discovery

  • By clive on 19-04-17

Spellbinding

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Reviewed: 12-06-17

A wonderful, and sometimes heartbreaking book. The perfectly balanced story of how one woman found the wonders of a world close to water, of what it gave her in payment of her attention. This is a fantastic narration, whether you are of the boating persuasion or not

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived

  • The Stories in Our Genes
  • By: Adam Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Adam Rutherford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348

This is a story about you. It is the history of who you are and how you came to be. It is unique to you, as it is for every one of the 100 billion modern humans who has ever drawn breath. But it is also our collective story, because in each of our genomes we carry the history of the whole of our species.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Exquisite story, of us.

  • By Wyn Ap Hefin on 30-10-16

Riveting

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Reviewed: 30-05-17

Excellently researched and written, a thorough debunking of modern urban myth and pseudo science. Some of the finer points of DNA and genome research explained perfectly, without using exclusive language, and the narrative draws on many pertinent analogies to keep the listener engaged. Great work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everywoman

  • One Woman's Truth About Speaking the Truth
  • By: Jess Phillips
  • Narrated by: Jess Phillips
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

If you're thinking, 'Jess, who?' then I'm glad that there was something about 'everywoman' and 'truth' that caught your eye. Or you might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I'm a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch and a murderer and threatened with rape. The Internet attracts a classy crowd. So, speaking the truth isn't always easy, but I believe it's worth it. And I want you to believe it, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you! You are a real inspiration!

  • By VB on 28-08-18

Absolutely wonderful

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Reviewed: 25-05-17

This is the best piece of personal and political writing I've seen in years. I might be a bit in love with Jess after this, and definitely in awe of her. A wonderful woman and a great storyteller