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  • So, Anyway...

  • The Autobiography
  • By: John Cleese
  • Narrated by: John Cleese
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207

John Cleese describes his nerve-racking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of eight and five-sixths; his endlessly peripatetic homelife, with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work, as a teacher who knew nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pythonic

  • By g on 14-12-16

Brilliant listen

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

John Cleese recounts his rise and rise from boyhood to Python with his usual magnificent wit. Turns out he's a massive Ned Sherrin fan. Who knew?

  • Look Who's Back

  • By: Timur Vermes
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,174

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up on a patch of open ground, alive and well. Things have changed – no Eva Braun, no Nazi party, no war. Hitler barely recognises his beloved Fatherland, filled with immigrants and run by a woman. People certainly recognise him, albeit as a flawless impersonator who refuses to break character. The unthinkable, the inevitable happens, and the ranting Hitler goes viral, becomes a YouTube star, gets his own T.V. show, and people begin to listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb satire on modern life

  • By Evolutionary Artefact on 16-09-14

Subversive and funny

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

Who would have thought it? A comedy about Adolf waking up in modern times and coming back to prominence. This is a very clever and subtle book that asks some interesting questions of the reader and society as a whole, while still working as an entertaining read. And by the way, the movie is terrific as well as a piece of guerilla film making.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Do No Harm

  • Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery
  • By: Henry Marsh
  • Narrated by: Jim Barclay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668

What is it really like to be a brain surgeon, to hold someone's life in your hands, to drill down into the stuff that creates thought, feeling and reason? In this brutally honest account, one of the country's top neurosurgeons reveals what it is to play god in life-and-death situations. Henry Marsh gives us a rare insight into the intense drama of the operating theatre and the exquisite complexity of the human brain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Brain surgeon in the 21st century nhs

  • By David on 15-07-14

Great read...

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

...and very frank one too, from a very experienced and wise medic who gives an honest account of working on the human brain.

  • Proof of Heaven

  • By: Dr Eben Alexander
  • Narrated by: Dr Eben Alexander
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Internationally acclaimed neurosurgeon Dr Eben Alexander always considered himself a man of science. His unwavering belief in evidence-based medicine fuelled a career in the top medical institutions of the world. But all this was set to change. One morning in 2008 he fell into a coma after suffering a rare form of bacterial meningitis. Scans of his brain revealed massive damage. Death was deemed the most likely outcome.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • It would be wonderful if it were true..

  • By The Steel Remains on 02-09-15

Thought provoking...

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-16

...but is it true? The establishment has worked hard to discredit the author, but whether or not he's on the level, this is a thought provoking book if you're in the mood to ponder your existence.

  • Scary Monsters and Supercreeps

  • By: Dom Joly
  • Narrated by: Dom Joly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 341

Dom Joly sets off round the world again, but this time he's not looking to holiday in a danger zone - he's monster hunting. In Scary Monsters and Super Creeps he heads to six completely different destinations to investigate local monster sightings.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dull, pompous and repetitive

  • By Matthew on 25-01-15

Wonderful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-16

The hilarious, sometimes surreal account of one man's quest to. become a professional monster hunter. The one-man Japanese restaurant scene is especially funny. Buy the audio book!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Spitfire Girl

  • By: Jackie Moggridge
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Jackie Moggridge was just nineteen when World War Two broke out. Determined to do her bit, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary. Ferrying aircraft from factory to frontline was dangerous work, but there was also fun, friendship and even love in the air. At last the world was opening up to women... or at least it seemed to be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Jane on 02-06-17

Brilliant biography

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

This is an epic story of a woman ahead of her time, pursuing an incredible lifelong adventure and passion in what was then very much a man's domain. This should be made into a film if it hasn't already. What a great read!

  • Welcome to My Nightmare

  • The Alice Cooper Story
  • By: Dave Thompson
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Alice Cooper is an American rock star whose career has spanned more than four decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, boa constrictors and baby dolls, Cooper has pioneered a grandly theatrical and violent brand of hard rock designed to shock.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By PJ on 13-08-16

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

Alice Cooper is a hero of mine and the early years of his story, as told in this book, when the band is getting going, is especially interesting.

  • Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You

  • By: Marcus Chown
  • Narrated by: Clive Mantle
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Did you know that there’s so much empty space inside matter that the entire human race could be squeezed into the volume of a sugar cube? Or that you grow old more quickly on the top floor of a building than on the ground floor? The two towering achievements of modern physics are quantum theory and Einstein’s general theory of relativity. But, almost a century after their advent, most people haven’t the slightest clue what either is about. Get set for the most entertaining science book of the year.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun, fascinating listen

  • By Peter on 23-06-10

Too confusing

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

Reviewed: 13-08-16

I don't regard myself as especially dense but I couldn't get very far with this book. The concepts are way too complicated for the casual listener but you could blame that on creation rather than the author. To be honest I think it would be a better print read than audio book listen...

  • Magicians of the Gods

  • The Forgotten Wisdom of Earth's Lost Civilisation – the sequel to Fingerprints of the Gods
  • By: Graham Hancock
  • Narrated by: Graham Hancock
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621

Graham Hancock's multimillion best seller Fingerprints of the Gods remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilization. Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new scientific and archaeological evidence which has only recently come to light.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great

  • By A on 14-12-15

Dry, unappealing, without charm, too long.

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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: 13-08-16

This sounded like an interesting read but it just tries too hard to be 'serious' and 'scientific'. The repetition is maddening and the whole piece is written and performed with a dazzling lack of charm. I didn't get to the end or even halfway, come to think of it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sane New World

  • Taming the Mind
  • By: Ruby Wax
  • Narrated by: Ruby Wax
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity. With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An out standing book!

  • By mark on 23-06-14

Inspiring read!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-16

I hadn't realised Ruby had been through such a difficult time and this is a very open, honest and helpful book, with the customary Wax wit and humour. I've practised mindfulness for a few years and it's definitely worth exploring.