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  • 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 1,322
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,205
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,205

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

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 20-01-18

It took me a while to get drawn into this but once I was, I carried it around with me.

  • Child 44

  • By: Tom Rob Smith
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 967

MGB officer Leo is a man who never questions the Party Line. He arrests whomever he is told to arrest. He dismisses the horrific death of a young boy because he is told to, because he believes the Party stance that there can be no murder in Communist Russia. Leo is the perfect soldier of the regime. But suddenly his confidence that everything he does serves a great good is shaken. He is forced to watch a man he knows to be innocent be brutally tortured. And then he is told to arrest his own wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Evocative if Slightly Preposterous

  • By Karl K Djinn on 02-12-15

A different world, survive any way you can.

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

Reviewed: 29-07-15

Pacey narration excellent as usual. Gripping plot which kept me listening and wanting to listen whenever I had a free moment. Went and purchased the second in the series when only halfway through Child 44.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Robot Overlords

  • By: Mark Stay
  • Narrated by: Rupert Degas, Mark Stay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Narrated by Rupert Degas, and behind-the-scenes diaries narrated by the author and screenwriter Mark Stay. This audiobook also features exclusive sound effects from the film. To find his father, one boy must defy an empire.... Three years ago, Earth was conquered by a force of robots from a distant world. They have one rule: stay in your homes. Step outside and you get one warning before you're vaporised by a massive robot Sentry or a crawling Sniper or a flying Drone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nerdy title for cool story

  • By James on 20-07-15

Nerdy title for cool story

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

Reviewed: 20-07-15

Would you listen to Robot Overlords again? Why?

Yes, definitely. Edge of your seat action that won't get boring fast.

What other book might you compare Robot Overlords to, and why?

World War Z - similar inter-related survival experiences that contribute to the narrative.

What about Mark Stay and Rupert Degas ’s performance did you like?

Good distinct character voices. Did the whiney teens believably without hamming them up too much.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Teens vs. Robots - who will survive?

Any additional comments?

Love it, love it, love it, love it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Go the F--k to Sleep

  • By: Adam Mansbach
  • Narrated by: Samuel L. Jackson
  • Length: 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 331

Go the F--k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland. California Book Award-winning author Adam Mansbach’s profane, affectionate, and radically honest verses perfectly capture the familiar - and unspoken - tribulations of putting your little angel down for the night.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Ideal Parenting Tool

  • By Oliver Dayman on 31-05-13

Don't bother

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-11

Not very good. Unless you like to listen to Samuel L Jackson swearing at his kid.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Unimagined

  • By: Imran Ahmad
  • Narrated by: Imran Ahmad
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

The narrator recalls his childhood in a series of snapshots: from coming second in a Bonnie Baby competition to attending the local grammar school and the shock of experiencing racism in its many forms. His response is to dedicate himself to becoming the quintessential English gentleman: tie perfectly knotted, shirt pristinely ironed and hair neatly combed. But like most boys, he has a parallel obsession with cars and girls.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unimaginative (couldn't resits)

  • By James on 22-10-11

Unimaginative (couldn't resits)

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-11

An interesting read about a boy/young man who struggles with religious belief and academic commitment. I learnt a lot about Islam and Christianity that I didn't know, but ultimately just ended up feeling sorry for the author. Isn't really a story, as such, and didn't appear to have a solid ending either. Just seemed to trail off. Wouldn't recommend it.

  • Carte Blanche

  • A James Bond Novel
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Toby Stephens
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

Fresh from Afghanistan, James Bond has been recruited to a new agency. It operates independent of Five, Six and the MoD, with its very existence deniable. Its aim: to protect the Realm, by any means necessary. The Night Action alert calls Bond from dinner with a beautiful woman. GCHQ has decrypted an electronic whisper about an attack scheduled for later in the week. And 007 has been given carte blanche to do whatever it takes to fulfil his mission.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ian Fleming's Bond for the 21st century

  • By Steve on 30-06-11

Doesn't try to be Flemming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 22-10-11

Some other authors have tried to capture Flemming's style of language and narration. Jeffery Deaver brings Bond into the present day very well. Toby Stephen's narration is perfect for Bond and handles accents and gender changes naturally in a way that doesn't jar.

Can highly recommend it - beats the pants off Devil May Care.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twilight: Twilight Series, Book 1

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738

When 17-year-old Isabella Swan moves to Forks, Washington to live with her father she expects that her new life will be as dull as the town itself. In spite of her awkward manner and low expectations, she finds that her new classmates are drawn to this pale, dark-haired new girl in town. But not, it seems, the Cullen family. These five adopted brothers and sisters obviously prefer their own company and will make no exception for Bella.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but couldn't bear the narrator.

  • By Lorraine on 14-06-10

Might be good for teenage girls...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-10

...that's probably about it.

Narration is a bit toneless and dull, but I suppose the story's told by a teenager so probably fairly accurate. The story is very mills & boon-ish for the most part and I found it quite dull and slow paced without much mystery or excitement. Not quite what the synopsis leads you to believe.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  • By: Muriel Barbery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 84

An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful narration

  • By Kimberley Julius on 22-10-14

Beware the good reviews

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-10-10

Disappointing. Wasn't able to finish this book. Both the main characters a difficult to like and get quite irritating at times. The story feels like it meanders on and on without any purpose apart from showing that the author has read widely and understands difficult philosophical concepts. Might just be me (I'm not too bright!) but I just like a good story. I didn't think this was.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful